Announcements for the week of December 5, 2021
Welcome to worship at Chain of Lakes Church. Welcome also to everyone worshiping online at colpres.org. 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 surveymonkey.com/r/COLBlaine21 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 colpres.org.
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 linktr.ee/colpresyouth 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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 colpres.org.
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 colpres.org 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 colpres.org.
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 colpres.org
- Make a contribution via automatic withdrawal. This is a convenient way to give. If you need a form, email email@example.com
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