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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 December 5, 2021

Welcome to worship at Chain of Lakes Church.  Welcome also to everyone worshiping online at Today is the second  Sunday of Advent. Pastor Paul is continuing an Advent sermon series called, “The Best Christmas Ever.” Each Sunday he is speaking about specific ways that can make this the Best Christmas Ever. Today he is providing tools for deepening the relationships that are most important to us; he will also provide tools for reaching out to people who have become cut off from us. Communion will be celebrated. Everyone is welcome to the table.
Thanks to Chris Audet and Richard Garcia for lighting the Advent candles. 

For the next month everyone at Chain of Lakes is encouraged to take a survey called MAP, which stands for Missional Assessment Profile. This survey will help the congregation with our next three-year financial campaign. Jim Weckwerth from Kairos will be speaking about the survey during the Friendship Time. The survey can be taken via a paper copy today or online at Whether today is the first day you’ve attended worship or whether you attended the first worship service twelve years ago, you are invited to take the survey.

Please fill out the Communication Card that is in the bulletin and share it during the offering. Financial contributions can also be shared during the offering. If you are worshiping online, share your Communication Card and financial contributions at 

The Session has voted to follow the guidelines of Center of Disease Control and the Minnesota Department of Health. Everyone is encouraged to wear a mask. No one will be excluded from worship because they do not wear a mask. 

During Advent we will have a “hymn sing” for 10 minutes before Sunday morning service.  Using our hymnals, pick your favorite hymn and we’ll sing a few verses together.

Children and youth are invited to go to Sunday Circles with Denton Nissley and Sherri Varsho after Communion

You are invited to take part in something silly. On December 12, kids can make some noise with Screaming Balloons!  Invite your friends with kids to participate  as we aren’t going to be heavy on theology, but real heavy on fun. I am excited to start this once a month where we do something a little bit silly together with our kids to experience their joy.

If you haven’t already checked it out, go to online, and look for the link: Youth Group volunteer Sign-Up Genius. Upcoming Wednesdays have multiple spots for volunteers to sign-up. Whether you can bring some food, or can sit and take part in helping lead the group, you are welcome! Please consider a Wednesday that would work for you, and contact me with any questions that you might have. Contact me at Denton Nissley, Director of Youth and Children’s Ministries.


Welcome to the month of December. A bunch of things are happening as a church and as a youth group this month. To keep up with everything,  add @colpresyouth for instagram or Facebook. December 8th we are excited to go to the Santa Parade. Meet at the church same as always at 5:30pm, get sack lunches, then we will go to Lakeside Commons Park for the Santa Parade. Bring some non-perishable food items to hand to the firemen, and they will return candy canes. I will be making a large amount of hot cocoa to  keep us warm inside, but dress appropriately for the weather!   Denton Nissley, Director of Youth and Children’s Ministries.

The Connection Team is offering a Get-To-Know-You gathering on Tuesday, December 14 at 6:30pm at Chain of Lakes. This is an opportunity for new people to connect to each other and to learn more about the congregation. If you are participating, send an email to Pastor Paul at

Have you noticed the focus on homelessness and hunger this past month at Chain of Lakes? Activities and events included Blaine High School Box City, Hope Place cookout, River Trail Learning Center food drive/delivery, and Cub grocery bagging for local shelters. Thank you, Local Impact Team, that is, Sharon Pederson (team lead), Ken Booker, Dick Pederson, Kayla Flanagan, Val Owens, and Pastor Paul, for organizing opportunities for all of us to serve and care for our community. You rock!

December 5   As part of the “Best Christmas Ever” series Pastor Paul will talk about relationships. He will provide tools for deepening the relationships that are most important to us; he will also provide tools for reaching out to people who have become cut off from us. If you know of someone who is struggling with relationships, invite that person to worship. Communion will be shared.

December 12  As part of the “Best Christmas Ever” series Pastor Paul will talk about service. LaChelle Williams, the new Executive Director of HOPE 4 Youth will speak. Information about Hope for the Community will be shared. 

December 19  As part of the “Best Christmas Ever” series Pastor Paul will talk about faith.

Christmas Eve worship is one of the most beautiful worship services of the year. Enjoy hearing the Christmas story, special music, a message, Communion and ending the service by candlelight.  This year worship will be on Friday, December 24 at 5:30pm. Invite a friend!

Chain of Lakes has received a very generous financial gift. Every dollar contributed to the Christmas Offering will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $4,000! The goal for the offering is $4,000. This is a wonderful opportunity for Chain of Lakes to have a balanced budget in 2021. This offering is over and above a family’s Estimate of Giving. Please mark your gift as “Christmas Offering.”

Chain of Lakes is collecting gift cards for any amount from Target or Walmart  for the residents at HOPE Place for Christmas.  HOPE Place is the only residence for homeless youth in the Twin Cities Metro. The Local Impact Team will deliver them on December 23, so please bring them by Sunday, December 19.  Thank you ! 

Mark your calendars now for a Christmas Concert to be held on Sunday, December 12 at 4:00pm here at Chain of Lakes Church.  It’s going to be a “COL Christmas”!  

Sign up to bring food to the HOPE Place Holiday dinner Thursday, December 16, 5:30pm. Check the Communications card at church or at

Sometimes everyone doubts their angels…Joseph Loved Mary is a one-person nativity play featuring writer/actor Nathaniel Norton that’s part silly characters and part family drama about the courage to love. Come to this family friendly play Sunday, December 19, 4pm at Chain of Lakes Church.

The trusses for the building are being constructed off site. They are tentatively scheduled to be installed the week of December 20.  Not a lot of activity will happen on the property until then.  The tentative date for the end of construction is the first week in May. Check on the Chain of Lakes Facebook page and for frequent picture updates.

If you have not had the opportunity to turn in your Estimate of Giving card, consider doing it today. Estimates of giving are just that–and estimate of what you think you will give to the operating budget of Chain of Lakes in 2022. These cards are helpful to the leaders of Chain of Lakes as a budget is put together for 2022. You can find an Estimate of Giving card in the bulletin and also online at

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

December 6  Monday           5pm  Stewardship
December 6  Monday       7:30pm Building Team
December 7  Tuesday           11am  Staff
December 7  Tuesday           4pm  Personnel
December 7  Tuesday           7pm  Session
December 8  Wednesday     1pm  Volunteer Engagement
December 8  Wednesday5:30pmYouth Group
December 8  Wednesday      7pm  Worship Team
December 9   Thursday         7pm  Deacons
December 12  Sunday           4pm  Chain of Lakes Christmas Concert


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

Chain of Lakes bowling Autumn league has ended. The Spring league will start in February. Starting time is 6:45pm at Bowlero Bowl 11351 Ulysses St NE, Blaine, MN 55434. Cost is $10 each per night.  Contact Alice Nyberg or email to sign up or get more information.

An ongoing group organized by Pam Graves meets on Zoom at 1:30pm Mondays to study the New Testament, starting with Matthew. Contact if you are interested in this group, or would like to start your own Bible Study small group.

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

    • Pray for Amanda, a young adult friend of John & Jolene Altrichter, who lost both of her parents to COVID this month a week apart. She’s an only child who needs your prayers of care, strength and compassion
    • For the 15 missionaries held hostage in Haiti to be rescued, and for God’s spirit to prevail
    • For Jill Mehrkens, who has COVID
    • For Jay Harris who is hospitalized with a rare virus. That he will regain his ability to speak and walk. For his wife Denise and adult children as they journey with him.
    • For Deb, a friend of Diane Moe’s, who is in the hospital with COVID in serious condition
    • Strength and healing for all with COVID, and for hospital employees working tirelessly
    • For Michelle, Jim Langford’s niece, whose transplanted kidneys are failing; medication is undermining her immune system
    • For Paul Foreman’s mother, Sharon Quist, who is undergoing chemotherapy
    • For Misty Young’s mother, who was recently diagnosed with breast cancer, and for her grandmother, living with pancreatic cancer
    • For Nde Tse, who is serving in the United States military in Iraq – protect him
    • For Laurie Arbes’ sister Bobbi, who has lung cancer, and asks for light and peace
    • For Sherri Varsho, who is living with cancer, going through treatments: strength, healing

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
Is your team creating an event for the church? Please fill out this form to help the Communications Team promote it!
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
Kathy Brevig, Heather Butterfield, Pastor Paul Moore (chair)(staff)
COVID-19 Safety Task Force
Sally Leitch (chair), Jolene Altrichter, Becky Booker, Paul Edgett, John Ivers, Dave Nyberg,  Pastor Paul Moore (staff)

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

Jan Boehm (staff), Becky Booker, Paul Edgett, Richard Garcia, Pastor Paul Moore (staff)
Youth & Family
Nancy Clunis, Stacy Foreman, Justin Leitch, Lena Truong, Denton Nissley (staff)