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Chain of Lakes is passionate about helping people become who God desires for them to be.
Chain of Lakes helps people in four ways:

Chain of Lakes helps people in their faith life
Chain of Lakes wants everyone to become and grow as a disciple of Jesus. Being a disciple means that our relationship to Jesus Christ is the most important relationship in our life.

Chain of Lakes helps people in their relationship life
Relationships can be messy. They are just as hard now as when Jesus developed a following. God can help us with our relationships. Chain of Lakes is willing to address topics that prevent us from having quality relationships.

Chain of Lakes helps people heal from past wounds
Let’s face it—we’ve all been hurt. These hurts can prevent us from being who God desires for us to be. Chain of Lakes wants to help people be released from the pain of the past so we can move into the future.

Chain of Lakes helps people develop their identity in Christ— Their Inspirational Intersection
The Inspirational Intersection is the intersection between what God wants us to do and what we want to do. At this intersection is tremendous energy, imagination, and love. We want to help every person who connects to Chain of Lakes discover this place. And when people do—watch out!! The world is going to be changed!


Announcements for the week of May 9, 2021

Welcome to worship at Chain of Lakes Church.  Happy Mother’s Day! Today Pastor Paul is completing a sermon series called “Messy Families.” Each week he has shared specific qualities that can help our families through our messes.  Today he is preaching about celebrating the love of our mothers. A special Power Point presentation celebrating mothers will be shared.  All women will receive a flower and everyone is welcome to have a picture taken in the photo booth. A special offering called “Stimulate” will be launched. Childcare coordinator Sherri Varsho will be available to care for children.

A special blessing to all, in particular to guests, who worship today. Everyone is asked to fill out the Communication Card in the bulletin at church
or online at All guests who fill out the Communication Card will receive a gift.  


Chain of Lakes is committed to a safe and pleasant worship service. Please observe the following:

  • Wear masks always
  • Maintain a six-foot safe social distancing
  • Avoid group gatherings; take your belongs to your seats
  • Use hand sanitizer


Chain of Lakes is also sharing a livestream of today’s worship service. To worship online at 10:30am click the Sunday Online Worship Service button at  

Three new Confirmation students will be publicly welcomed to Chain of Lakes Church on Sunday, May 16. Those young people are JP Foreman, Jacob High, and Chara Sommerfeld.

Sunday, May 30, Chain of Lakes will honor loved ones who have passed by having a candle lit in honor of them during worship.  During this time of remembrance, you can either write the names of your loved ones on a card and have someone read their names or come forward to read their names.  For those worshiping on-line, send your name(s) thru the Chat option and someone will read those names for you.

Through the end of May a Stimulate Special Offering will be taken. The purpose of the offering is to continue to stimulate the ministry of Chain of Lakes. Each week someone will speak about an important ministry at Chain of Lakes. Your offering will help stimulate this ministry. This is an over-and-above offering meaning that gifts are separate from Estimates of Giving. The offering is part of the 2021 budget. The goal for the offering is $4,000. There will be a year when special offerings are not taken, but it is not this year. Thanks in advance for everyone who gives to the Stimulate Special Offering. At Chain of Lakes all financial giving is voluntary, confidential, and no one will be treated any differently based on financial giving.

Chain of Lakes is hiring a Director of Youth Ministry.  The person will work up to 15 hours a week and will partner with the Youth and Family Ministry Team to grow the ministry with children and youth. This person will have the unique opportunity of leading this ministry as Chain of Lakes enters a new building on the church property. If you know of someone who might be interested in applying for this position, encourage them to look at the Job Description which is on the Chain of Lakes web site –

If you have attended Chain of Lakes worship online, then you know about the hosts who welcome you, chat with you, and pray with you. Maybe you’ve thought you might enjoy being an online host. This volunteer position requires serving once a month from home as well as computer, social media, and multitasking skills. Training by an experienced host is provided. To learn more about being a “host with the most,” contact Jolene Altrichter or email

Do you miss those old hymns?  Do you have your favorites?  Good news!  We’re going to be singing some of your favorites on select Sundays this summer.  Do you  have a favorite praise song?  This is going to be a “song suggestion summer.”   Send your titles (and artists names, if possible) to and we’ll try our best to include it this summer.  If you have questions, please contact Jan Boehm, Music Director.

This Tuesday, May 11, the Presbytery of Twin Cities Area will vote to guarantee the Building Loan of Chain of Lakes Church. If all goes as expected this vote will go well for Chain of Lakes. A special thanks to the Loan Team of Chain of Lakes who helped guide the loan through this process. The Loan Team is made up of John Altrichter, John Ivers, Dave Nyberg, and Pastor Paul (staff). 

If you would like to receive a copy of the Floor Plan for the future building, send an email to

A copy of the floor plan is also on the wall of the Community Life Center along with a thermometer that shares how Chain of Lakes is doing on receiving Building Fund gifts.

Pick up a copy of Prepare to Care, a planning guide for families with elderly adults. Copies are in the Community Life Center of Chain of Lakes Church.

Chain of Lakes has a Community Garden on the church property in The Lakes.

Eighteen plots have been rented, and there are still some plots available. The annual rent is $25 if you help with garden chores, or $50 if you prefer to not volunteer.  Water for the garden is available at central faucets/hoses in the gardens. The gardens are open to the public. Go to to learn more and for an application. 

Everyone is encouraged to do their best to keep current on financial giving. Consider:

  • Mail a contribution by check to the church office
  • Make a contribution on the church website at
  • Make a contribution via automatic withdrawal. This is a convenient way to give. If you need a form, email

May 10   Monday           10am   Cleaning Crew
May 10   Monday             7pm   Bowling League at Bowlero
May 11    Tuesday       2:30pm   Staff meeting
May 11    Tuesday             4pm   Presbytery Meeting           
May 12    Wednesday 7:30pm   Hiring Committee
May 13    Thursday           1pm   Volunteer Management
May 14    Friday                2pm   Office Help/cleaning


Volunteer for worship

Chain of Lakes is a place where you can share the gifts and passions God has given you.
Learn about God and express praise through various volunteer activities that help this community to worship God. To sign up or learn more, please contact Chain of Lakes at 763.208.8049 or
Lead Music
From bluegrass, to choir, to children with their bells, Chain of Lakes is singing a new song unto the Lord!
The worship music team rotates between a dedicated group of volunteer musicians from Chain of Lakes weekly. 
If you are a musician looking to use your gifts in a ministry setting, you are welcome here. Instrumentalists and vocalists are encouraged to inquire and become a part of how God is using musicians at Chain of Lakes.
Other Leadership Roles
click on each description below for more information:

Small groups

Why join? To connect, develop friendships, have fun. Click on each title for group information; sign up at 763.208.8049 or

Pastor Paul Moore’s Lent sermon series is called, The Sermon on the Mount – An Introduction to the Kingdom of Heaven. These small groups go even deeper into The Sermon on the Mount. There will be 6 sessions, going through the week following Easter. Heather Butterfield also has a group that will discuss the book Discovering How to Pray, by Hope MacDonald.

  • Mondays at 2pm John and Gloria Ivers  lead a group over Zoom on “The Sermon on the Mount”
  • Tuesdays at 10am Kathy Brevig leads a group at Chain of Lakes (observing COVID precautions) on “The Sermon on the Mount”
  • Wednesdays at 7pm Pastor Paul leads a group over Zoom on “The Sermon on the Mount”
  • One Wednesday a month at 7pm Heather Butterfield leads a group over Zoom on the book Discovering How to Pray, by Hope MacDonald,with the first group March 10
  • Other Wednesdays at 7pm Heather Butterfield leads a group over Zoom on The Sermon on the Mount
Sign up by contacting, calling 763.208.8049, or marking the Communication Card on this website.

The Chain of Lakes Church Spring Bowling League starts March 1 at Bowlero in Blaine, and runs through May 3. Bowling starts at 7pm. COVID-19 precautions are observed. If you would like to bowl, contact Alice Nyberg through the church office email, or mark the  Communication card at under the About tab, “What to expect”.

Prayer Group & Prayer Requests

Members of the Chain of Lakes Prayer Group pray over the requests that are received at Chain of Lakes each week. See the list of current prayer requests below. Let Chain of Lakes support you! For more information and to be a part of the Prayer Group contact the church office at 763.208.8049 or

  • Praise God for the results of Gloria Ivers scan at Mayo last Friday – no evidence of cancer!
  • For Heather Clinton’s friend Keith, who has advanced lung cancer. Pray for a miracle for Keith and his wife Eileen
  • For Nathan Simmer to find his mission, a way to use his God-given talents
  • For Jennifer Ivers, granddaughter of Gloria and John Ivers, that she recovers fully from COVID-19 and breathing complications
  • For Laurie Arbes sister Bobbi, who has lung cancer. Strength and healing
  • For Heather Butterfield’s friend Bob, who has sepsis – healing
  • For Jay Thomas, friend of Beau Field, to be healed of cancer
  • For Alice Nyberg and Kathy Lutsey, both of whom had back surgery, healing
  • For COVID-19 vaccinations to be administered to all who want them
  • For Sherri Varsho, who is living with cancer, going through treatments. Healing and strength
  • For Dave Brady, Nancy Amundsen’s brother, who has Lewi Body dementia. Strength for him and his family

Ministry Teams


More information about each team can be provided by each team’s respective chair person. Contact the church office to reach any of the team members: 763.208.8049 or
Chris Audet (chair), Kathy Brevig (staff), Brad Olson, Pastor Paul Moore (staff), Amanda & Jordan Serfling
Jolene Altrichter (chair),  Heather Butterfield, Ginnelle Edgett, Pastor Paul Moore (staff)
John Ivers (chair), Kevin Amundsen, Paul Edgett, Pam Graves, Dick Pederson, Pastor Paul Moore (staff)
Local Impact
Ken Booker, Kayla Flanagan, Val Owens, Dick and Sharon Pederson (chair), Pastor Paul Moore (staff)

Val Owens (chair), Becky Booker, Paul Edgett, Pastor Paul Moore (staff)

Small Groups
Richard Garcia, Pastor Paul Moore (chair)(staff)
COVID-19 Safety Task Force
Sally Leitch (chair), Jolene Altrichter, Karen Bakia, Becky Booker, Paul Edgett, John Ivers, Dave Nyberg, Julie Carr (staff), Pastor Paul Moore (staff)

John Ivers (chair), John Altrichter, Noel Lutsey, Dave Nyberg, Pastor Paul Moore (staff)

Jan Boehm (staff), Becky Booker, Paul Edgett, Pastor Paul Moore (staff)
Youth & Family
Lena Truong (chair), Nancy Clunis, Stacy Foreman, Justin Leitch, Carol High (staff)