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Purpose Statement

We are called to be an authentic Christian community;
where strangers become friends, friends become disciples, disciples impact the world

                                                       Core Values

Core Value:   A principle, quality, belief, and/or attitude that is foundational to our community
Explanation:  A statement that further explains the Core Value
  • Hospitality We will go out of our way to welcome people as Jesus welcomed them, with an open heart and open arms.
  • God’s Church In every decision we seek to discern God’s desire. No leader, person, or ministry is more important than what God wants.
  • Relevance  Jesus successfully communicated his message by using examples and symbols of first century culture. We will be open to using examples and symbols of our culture to communicate Jesus’ message.
  • Acceptance We accept people without judgment, regardless of what has happened in their lives or where they are on their faith journeys.
  • Outward Focus We will keep the needs of the broader world before us and won’t only focus on our own congregation’s needs.
  • Investing in Future Generations Our priority is to create an atmosphere where children, youth, and young adults grow in faith.
  • Healthy Disagreement When we disagree we will encourage discussion while valuing all opinions. We will speak truth in love, treat others respectfully with dignity, and seek to remain in community.
  • Joyful Love We are released to love each other with joy because of what God has done for us. We are a community who enjoys spending time together and supporting each others’ journey.

What to Expect in Worship

You will be greeted at the front door, then you will enter the Community Life Center. You will probably be greeted again, either by the pastor or an usher. Hang your coat in the coat rack, then get a nametag, available for all, whether this is your first visit or you’ve been here hundreds of times. Coffee and water are on a cart, and you are welcome to take beverages into the worship space. 

The usher will give offer you a bulletin packet, which includes a  Communication Card, Devotion and special announcements. 

Children are welcome to be with their parents throughout worship, or they may go to  Sunday Circles after the second song, or after Communion on Communion Sunday. Denton Nissley, Director of Youth and Children’s Ministry, or Sherri Varsho, Childcare Coordinator, will lead the way. Children age 3 and under may be in the nursery with Sherri Varsho.

The worship service starts at 10:30am, lasts approximately one hour. Song lyrics, Scripture readings, and other items are on the overhead screen. Pastor Paul Moore and Music Director Jan Boehm lead worship. The Praise Team leads the congregation in a mix of contemporary and traditional songs. Please be sure to fill out the Communication Card and put it in the offering basket.

After worship everyone is welcome to stay a while, have a cup of coffee, and just visit if you wish. Your presence is appreciated.

Click here to plan your visit.

June  26   “Invite a friend Sunday.” Everyone is asked to invite a friend to worship. Who can you introduce to this beautiful new space? Please pray every day for opportunities to invite someone to worship on that day. Pastor Paul will begin a summer sermon series called, “Advice from Jesus.” The topic will be “How to be my authentic self without stepping on other people’s toes.” Many special activities are planned.

July 3  Pastor Howard Dotson will lead worship. He has been very involved with relief efforts to Ukraine and was recently in a picture on the front page of the Star Tribune.

July 10  Celebrate Christmas in July! Pastor Paul will preach about the perils of having a Santa Claus faith. Many special activities will be celebrated.

Because of the move of equipment from Davenport to our new worship space no live-online worship will be offered on May 15, 22, & 29. People can worship online by engaging the worship video at vimeo.com/chainoflakes. That video is posted shortly after worship is over on Sunday.

Click on Announcements to see what’s happening this week at Chain of Lakes, and for the list of prayer requests. 

Click on Devotions for Daily Devotions.

The Session has voted to follow the guidelines of Center of Disease Control and the Minnesota Department of Health. With recent changes in the CDC guidelines, worship leaders are now not required to wear a mask.  Anoka County is in the lowest risk category. Feel free to wear or not wear a mask as you wish.

CHAIN OF LAKES CHURCH ADDRESS
2650 125th Ave NE, Blaine, MN 55449

Sunday Worship starts at 10:30am

Worship Communication Card

Who is Chain of Lakes?

Welcome!
Chain of Lakes is an active, friendly community in the north metro where people of all races, abilities, sexual orientation and ages grow and share in their faith with all God’s people to impact the world.

 
This church embraces female and male leadership, supports youth and family events and activities, celebrates varied music opportunities for all ages, and works to end youth homelessness in Anoka county.
 
If you are looking for a group of people who will accept you and a church who will do whatever is possible to help you in your faith life, come visit!
 
If you want to make a significant impact in the community, Chain of Lakes is your church!

Location
Chain of Lakes Church is located at
2650 125th Ave NE, Blaine, MN 55449
Phone: 763.208.8049
Email: info@colpres.org

After 10 years of worshipping in various locations, Chain of Lakes now has a church building to call HOME. Come check it out!
 
Chain of Lakes is a Presbyterian Church.
More information about the Presbyterian organization can be found below:

Staff

Staff - Pastor Paul 2020

Paul started his work at Chain of Lakes in March 2009 after serving for 16 years as pastor of Community Presbyterian Church in Plainview, MN. He has a BA in Political Science from Carleton College and a Master of Divinity from Union Seminar in NYC.

What Paul appreciates about his work at Chain of Lakes is leading a group of people who are so committed to being authentic, growing in personal faith, and making a significant impact in the community.

Check out his blog here to learn more of his perspectives.

Pastor Paul would enjoy having a cup of coffee with you.

Contact Paul at pastor@colpres.org or 763.257.6994.

Staff - Kathy Brevig 2020

Kathy started as Church Administrator for Chain of Lakes In March, 2016. Her experience as a newspaper proofreader, quality editor, Co-director of Communications for a non-profit organization, and many years of working on committees as a volunteer, prepared her for the job’s diverse responsibilities.

Kathy is a talented quilter, loves reading, kaleidoscopes, and spending time with friends and family. Her favorite part of the job is interacting with all of the wonderful people at Chain of Lakes.

Contact Kathy at info@colpres.org or 763.208.8049.

Jan served as Director of Worship Ministries at Ankeny First United Methodist Church, Ankeny, Iowa, before retiring in 2016. After moving to Minnesota in 2020 to be closer to her children & grandchildren she found Chain of Lakes to be a good fit and came out of retirement. She has a BME from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, her major instruments being piano, oboe and organ.

Jan looks forward to growing the music ministry at Chain of Lakes and enjoys helping people to discover and nurture their musical gifts.

Contact Jan at jan.b@colpres.org or 763.208.8049.

Denton was the Minister of Youth and Christian Discipleship at the Methodist Church in Nevada, Iowa. During his four years there he built the youth group up from six to forty.  He and his family live in Brooklyn Park. Denton is excited about the possibilities of being part of a young, growing church.

Contact Denton at denton.n@colpres.org or 763.208.8049

Staff-Sherri-Varsho

Sherri is the dedicated, caring Childcare Coordinator at Chain of Lakes. Her warm, engaging style quickly puts children at ease and her genuine love of God and children makes kids feel special. As Sherri provides love and patience with the children in her care, in return she is rewarded with their humor, attention and love.

Sherri likes to read, fish, and visit Como Zoo. She lives with her husband Rich, their son Vincent, and dog and 2 cats.

Contact Sherri at sherri.v@colpres.org or 763.208.8049.

Session

Class of 2023:
Class of 2022:
Pastor Paul Moore, Moderator

Deacons

Class of 2023:
Class of 2022: 
Reach out to the Session or Deacons by contacting the church office at 763.208.8049 or info@colpres.org

Chain of Lakes Church has a new building!

Chain of Lakes had a ceremonial groundbreaking for a new building August 15, 2021. Official groundbreaking started October 5, 2021. The property is located just east of Malmborg’s Garden Center in The Lakes in Blaine, MN on the south side of 125th Ave NE.
 
The plans were the result of much research, many meetings, and prayers for discernment by the Chain of Lakes Building Team. Chain of Lakes ministry teams & staff were consulted. The Blaine community was invited to provide input through the “Your Ideas Matter” meeting on the church property in The Lakes. Surveys were posted on the Chain of Lakes website and on Facebook. The congregation had an opportunity to give opinions at a Congregational Building Forum.
 
The Building Team worked with Jeff Stromgren, of Rice-Stromgren Architects, to incorporate those needs into a plan. That plan is now a reality. Come visit Chain of Lakes Church  first phase building in The Lakes , 2650 125th Ave NE, Blaine, MN 55449
 
It’s a step by step process. It’s an expression of faith.
 
Groundbreaking October 5, 2021
Groundbreaking Celebration, ready to dig! August 15, 2021