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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

Announcements for the week of September 19, 2021

Welcome to worship at Chain of Lakes Church.  A special welcome to Rev. Denise Dunbar-Perkins who is preaching. Rev. Dunbar-Perkins is a former Moderator of the Twin Cities Area Presbytery. Thanks to Chris Audet for being the worship leader.

Worship is taking place today in person and online at colpres.online.church.

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. 

Children and youth are invited to go to Sunday Circles after the announcement about the Youth Launch Party.

Let’s get this upcoming year of youth ministry started off on the right foot. All middle through high school youth and their friends are invited to join the launch of Youth Group on Wednesday, September 22.  Here is the schedule, so you know where to come if you are running late:

5:30pm:   Gathering at Chain of  Lakes

5:45pm:   Drive to Lilliput

7-7:15pm: Drive to Culvers

8pm: Return to church

If your family is  participating, let Denton know before Wednesday, September 22 to make sure that a seat is available for everyone! Check the Communication Card, or email him at denton.n@colpres.org .

Remember the definition from last Sunday’s Sermon? It’s inspired by 1 Corinthians 12:7. A congregation is a collection of spiritual gifts working together for the common good. Be connected and united by knowing your spiritual gifts and the spiritual gifts of others. If you completed your spiritual gifts inventory and submitted your top gifts, thanks! If you need a copy of the inventory or are ready to submit your results, email info@colpres.org and Jolene Altrichter will follow up with you.

September 26                   Richard Bahr will lead worship. He is the Executive Director of Threshold to New Life, an organization that helps the homeless in the Twin Cities. He is author of “Those People, The True Character of the Homeless.”

October 3                           On World Communion Sunday, we will have a special emphasis on Communion.

Save the date – Worship on Sunday, October 10 will take place at Tom Ryan Park in Blaine. The park is located at Blaine City Hall, 10802 Town Square Dr NE, Blaine

Chain of Lakes has traditionally celebrated the many different cultures in the congregation during worship in October. This year the celebration will be on Sunday, October 31. If you would like to help plan that celebration, mark the Communication Card.

If you enjoy daily devotions, consider participating in the Expressions of Faith Facebook group page. Every day the devotion is posted. Almost every day people comment on the devotion and conversations break out. To join, search Facebook for Expressions of Faith and join. All are welcome to participate.

Pastor Paul and his wife, Amy, are celebrating their twenty years (now twenty-one years) of marriage by going on a longboat on the Rhine River from September 13-22. Their trip was postponed from last year because of COVID.  He will be in the office this Thursday, September 23. You can follow their trip on his personal Facebook page.

The Session, Ministry Team Leaders, and Staff are invited to the Session meeting on Tuesday, September 28 at 7pm. The group will meet with Theresa Zikmund who is leading the congregation in a strategic planning process.

Every spring and fall, Chain of Lakes is responsible for picking up and bagging trash along a two mile stretch of 125th Ave in Blaine. A team of 10 to 20 Chain of Lakes Disciples will meet at Perkins at 9am.  By 10am this group will move to the church property and join the rest of the group. It will take about 2 hours to complete. Safety vests and garbage bags are provided by Anoka County.

Meet for breakfast at 9am at Perkins, 12545 Ulysses St NE, Blaine

If you choose to skip the breakfast, meet at 10am on the church property at 2708 125th Ave NE, Blaine.

Sign up on the Communication Card, on the sign-up sheet in the Community Life Center, or talk
to Dick Pederson.

If the way is clear, construction will start on the new building in September. Construction will take approximately eight months to complete. 

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 info@colpres.org

September 21   Tuesday            11am   Staff
September 22  Wednesday  5:30pm  Youth Launch Party

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 info@colpres.org
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 info@colpres.org

As a way to go deeper into the new sermon series on1 Corinthians, Pastor Paul is leading a small group on 1 Corinthians that will meet for three weeks on Thursday, August 26, September 2, and Wednesday September 8 at 7pm on Zoom. 

Chain of Lakes bowling starts Monday, September 13 and the 10 week session ends on Monday November 15th.  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 info@colpres.org to sign up or get more information.

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 info@colpres.org

  • Prayers for families and communities impacted by gun violence. Healing and a change towards peace in these communities
  • For health in the world amidst COVID 19
  • Traveling mercies for Paul & Amy Moore
  • Prayers for Jennifer Ivers, who found out her immune system hasn’t been working since having COVID 19 months ago
  • For Heather Butterfield’s mom, Mary Lynn, and step-dad Dennis to heal from COVID 19
  • For Amy Moore’s brother, Brad Fagerland, who was in a farm accident and sustained broken ribs, collar bone and shoulder. For healing, and gratitude for the first responders
  • For Nde Tse, who is serving in the United States military in Iraq – protect him
  • For Pam Graves to heal from the September 8 surgery on discs in her spine
  • For Amanda Serfling’s friend Chelsa Jacobson, healing prayers that her vocal cords will work, so the trach can be removed
  • For Sue Schultz, that a procedure September 21 on nerves in her spine will be successful
  • 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
  • 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 info@colpres.org
 
Is your team creating an event for the church? Please fill out this form to help the Communications Team promote it!
Communications
Chris Audet (chair), Kathy Brevig (staff), Brad Olson, Pastor Paul Moore (staff), Amanda & Jordan Serfling
 
Connection
Jolene Altrichter (chair),  Heather Butterfield, Ginnelle Edgett, Pastor Paul Moore (staff)
 
Facilities
John Ivers (chair), Kevin Amundsen, Paul Edgett, Pam Graves, Dick Pederson, Pastor Paul Moore (staff)
Local Impact
Ken Booker, Kayla Flanagan, Tjay Harris, Val Owens, Dick and Sharon Pederson (chair), Pastor Paul Moore (staff)
 

Personnel
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, Becky Booker, Paul Edgett, John Ivers, Dave Nyberg,  Pastor Paul Moore (staff)

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

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