Chain of Lakes
Weekly Announcements
Welcome to Worship
Sunday, October 20, 10:30am

Welcome to worship at Chain of Lakes.

 A special welcome to Tahni Cullen who will be preaching. The title of her sermon is “Tougher, Calmer, and More Resilient” Also thanks to Rob deWidt and the New Brighton Celebrate Recovery Band who will lead music. Gloria Ivers will be sharing a Vision 2020 talk. Vision 2020 is the theme of this year’s stewardship drive.  

 Please stay after worship for a time of fellowship in the Community Life Center.

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Restrooms are located past the worship space.
Walk past the pulpit and kitchen, and the restrooms are on the left.


                           Upcoming Worship 
  • Sunday, October 27        Pastor Paul will share a sermon called, “Discovering and re-discovering my identity” Tools will be given so each person can discover or rediscover their Inspirational Intersection
  • Sunday, November 3        Pastor Paul will share a sermon called, “Vision 2020.” He’ll talk about a vision that God has for Chain of Lakes in the next year. Communion will be celebrated.
Youth and Family

Sunday Circles  

Children are welcome to go with Bethany Bourgoin to Sunday Circles after Time for Children. Sunday Circles is the educational ministry offered by Chain of Lakes. Younger children and babies will be welcomed by Sherri Varsho, Chain of Lakes Childcare Coordinator.


Students 5th-8th grade are welcome to come to the kid’s area during Sunday Circle time.  The Tweens ministry group will be led by Carol High today. These kids will go deeper into the teachings of Jesus in a program called Deep Blue.

The next Confirmation session is today after worship – Confirmation students and mentors are invited to join Bethany Bourgoin and Carol High at noon. This session’s discussion will explore how God helps us transform the pain in our lives into the power we need to transform the world. 
Trunk or Treat  
Mark your calendars for October 27, 5:30-7pm at the church property for the most fun night around. The Youth & Family Team needs your help to jazz up the trunks of your car for this year’s theme of “Disney Movies” at Trunk or Treat. Please mark on the Communication Card if you are willing to help donate your trunk, and invite your friends and family. This is one of the most successful events in the history of Chain of Lakes – let’s make this fun, and amazing! 


New Faith Partnership

Chain of Lakes is excited to announce a new faith partnership with Spring Lake Park Schools! The Local Impact Team accepted this challenge knowing what Chain of Lakes will do. Spring Lake Park Schools are near the new Spring Lake Park elementary school on Davenport and 105th. Also, the neighborhood near the Chain of Lakes property is served by Spring Lake Park Schools. The faith partnership with Blaine High School and Anoka Technical continues as well. Outward Focus is one of Chain of Lakes Core Values. Go to to learn more.

The month of October will be the collection period for donations to Spring Lake Park Schools. The greatest need is feminine hygiene products-tampons, pads, liners. Also needed are personal care goods-full size bottles of shampoo, conditioner, deodorant and body wash. Gently used snow pants and winter boots of all sizes are also needed.
Fall Small Groups                       
Bowling   Chain of Lakes Fall League started
Monday, September. 9 and will end November 11.
7pm at Bowlero in Blaine 
Rejuvenate  A Wednesday night ministry called Rejuvenate started September 25, runs through October 30. We are called by Christ to dine together; to pray, eat and deepen relationships, to rejuvenate. The evening starts with a meal at 6:30. Two small groups will then be offered along with activities for youth and children. 
The small groups are the following: Pastor Paul will lead a video series called, “Unafraid -Living with Courage and Hope in Uncertain Times.” This video series is based on a book by Adam Hamilton. 
Jolene Altrichter and Tammey Busch will lead a small group called, “Serving from the Heart: Finding Your Gifts and Talents for Service.” This small group will help participants identify their own gifts and talents for service.
Sign up on the Communication card or call the church office, 763.208.8049 to participate in one of the groups.
                Team and Small Group  Meetings
  • Monday, October 21             9am  Cleaning
  • Monday, October 21             5pm  Connection
  • Monday, October 21             7pm  Bowling
  • Tuesday, October 22           10am Staff
  • Wednesday, October 23       1pm  Nominating
  • Wednesday, October 23       2pm  Personnel
  • Thursday, October 24          7pm  Building 2.0
  • Friday, October 25               2pm  Office help
                            Box City October 24

Chain of Lakes sponsors Box City at Blaine High School. Come to Blaine High School at 6pm Thursday, October 24. A program with inspirational speakers starts at 6:30pm. Meet some of the teens who will be sleeping outside, or sleep outside yourself to spotlight teen homelessness. If you would like to take part in this event, contact Val Owens for more information: 763-202-5532.

Glimpses of Heaven group

Pastor Paul created a “Glimpses of Heaven” Facebook group. Participants will be encouraged to share on the Facebook page glimpses of heaven they have had. The page will be active until the start of Advent on December 1. This is a marvelous way to be encouraged in our faith journey. Encourage your friends–especially your friends not connected to God or the church–to participate. Sign up on the Communication card. 

Second Anniversary Celebration

Sunday, November 10 is the second anniversary of Chain of Lakes becoming a church. Special activities are being planned for that day. A Cameroonian choir will sing and Estimate of Giving cards for the stewardship campaign will be shared. If you would like to be on a task force to make further plans for this day, mark the Communication Card. To be on the Task Force means you would come to one meeting and help out on the day.


                Additional Worship Service                                 A group called the Additional Service Task Force has been meeting since early this year to look at the possibility of adding an additional worship service. People believe that when a worship space is 80 percent full, worship attendance will stop increasing affecting church growth.  During the school year Chain of Lakes is nearly 80 percent full on over half of the worship services. The Task Force recommended to the Session that an additional worship service be started in January. The Session asked the Task Force to share their vision with the congregation. Members of the Task Force are Karen Bakia (chair), Becky Booker, Paul Edgett, Inga Ewing, Noel Lutsey, & Dave Nyberg.   
Survey about Additional Worship Service

Everyone in the congregation is encouraged to take an on-line  survey about adding an additional worship service. The link for the survey is: AyPhvTVxvFTIxDZzPB57qASE33VlA/edit?ts=5d9ec219                                                                                                                                                            Leaders’ Retreat                                         The Session, Deacons, all Ministry Team participants, and staff are invited to the Fall Leaders’ Retreat on Saturday, November 2 in the Garden Room of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Minneapolis. The Retreat starts at 9am and will end at 3pm.


     Hiring Committee for new Music Director

People serving on the Hiring Committee for the new Music Director are Chris Audet, Karen Bakia, Becky Booker, Paul Edgett, Sally Leitch, and Pastor Paul (staff). If you know of someone who might be interested in this position, encourage them to send a resume to Pastor Paul at Information about the Music Director can be found on the Chain of Lakes website at


                Disciples at Chain of Lakes

Pastor Paul and the Connection Team will be leading a Disciples at Chain of Lakes gathering on Sunday, November 3 starting at noon. This gathering is intended for people who would like to join Chain of Lakes.

Arrive to worship at least five minutes before worship begins

The worship team wants to encourage everyone to come to worship at least five minutes before worship begins. Arriving early is an excellent way to be prepared to worship the Almighty!

                          Worship Surveys

Worship surveys are put in random bulletins each Sunday. If you have a worship survey in your bulletin, would you fill it out today? The surveys are read by the worship team and help Chain of Lakes improve the worship experience at Chain of Lakes.


Bethany Bourgoin will frequently add content to the Chain of Lakes Instagram page. When you go to the page, like the posts. This will increase the number of people who will see the post. To find and like the page do a search on Instagram for “chain_of_lakes_blaine.”