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Announcements for the Week of July 21, 2024

Welcome to worship at Chain of Lakes. Today Sally Narr will lead worship. Sally is a retired Christian Educator in the Presbyterian Church. She has served in many churches–and served as staff at Chain of Lakes.  

During July the people of Chain of Lakes are collecting food for HOPE 4 Youth. The Local Impact Team has set a goal of raising 2,000 pounds. The current amount raised will be shared during worship. HOPE 4 Youth is the only organization in the suburban metro whose sole focus is helping youth who are homeless. When you leave today the Ushers will give you a grocery bag.  Bring back the bag full of items if you can.

Memorial Services

The funeral for David Nelson, Kate Lawrence’s father, will be Saturday, July 27 at 11am at Chain of Lakes Church

A Celebration of life fellowship gathering for Joe Raschka, husband of Ann Raschka, will be at the Bunker Hills Event Center on Thursday, August 1 from 1 to 3pm. 

Children are invited to participate in the Kid’s Church and Nursery programs during Sunday service. Children aged 5 and under can be checked in at the nursery before service, and elementary aged children will be dismissed during the service. Please fill out the check-in form in the nursery with your cell phone and child info. Parents will be contacted via text if your child needs assistance during the worship  service.  At the end of the service, please pick up your kids from the Nursery and Kids’ Church areas.

Student leaders are needed for VBS July 29 – 31!  Come serve as a crew leader or assist in areas like crafts, games, and skits. This is a fun opportunity to get involved and help create an awesome experience for the kids coming to VBS.

 Contact Amanda at amanda.s@colpres.org  if you would like to volunteer at VBS. 

VBS is going to be fin-tastic this year as we “Dive into friendship with God!” Next Sunday is VBS Kickoff Sunday! The kids will be sharing a song in worship and everyone will get a chance to see the creativity and fun that will be taking place at VBS.  This is our last week to invite and share the event with friends and neighbors. Please do your part and invite the kids in your life to come grow in friendship with God! Contact Amanda at amanda.s@colpres.org if you would like to volunteer at VBS. 

Sunday, July 21  Sally Narr will preach about refreshment.

Sunday, July 28  As part of the Refresh series, Pastor Paul will talk about nature. The children from Chain of Lakes will sing.

Sunday, August 4  Vacation Bible School Sunday! The ministry of Vacation Bible School will be celebrated. The children will sing. In the Refresh series, Pastor Paul will speak about caring for youth and children. Communion will be celebrated.

The Mental Health and Wellness Group will meet today in the nursery room after worship with Colleen Gramling and Whitney Berre leading. All are welcome.

The Grief Group is taking a break through August and will return in September. 

These groups are in the planning stage, dates not yet determined. If you are interested in any, contact info@colpres.org

Neurodivergent Support Group
Chain of Lakes would like to offer a neurodivergent support group
for families/caregivers of those with neurodivergent children or other family members.

Hospice Care Volunteer
Are you interested in hospice care? Olive Grove Hospice at White Pines Assisted Living and Memory Care in Blaine (our neighbor to the east) is recruiting more volunteers to provide love and compassion for terminally ill patients. Volunteers often help with companion visits, music as expressive therapy or help with phone calls and clerical work. Training provided.  

Rehabilitate Your Faith
Are you a former evangelical who has deconstructed your faith and are now ready to rebuild it? This group is for you. Rehabilitate your faith in a safe space with others who have been hurt by fundamentalism.

Practice of Prayer
Do you have a gift or desire to bring Light to people and circumstances in need through prayer, meditation and mindfulness? Raise some health with like-minded folks who wish to serve others through the practice of prayer.

Do you have the spiritual gift of Hospitality? Would you like to spend more time with a friend or get to know someone? Please consider signing up to host Fellowship on a Sunday morning. There is a sign-up sheet in the work area with openings until the end of the year. Never hosted before? Let Jan Boehm know, and she’ll explain it more and/or connect you with an experienced host. It’s easy, stress free, and fun!

Because of the increase in worship attendance in 2024 the Session has voted to begin two services on Sunday, September 22. Worship services will be offered at 9 and 10:45am. Each service will be identical and ministry with kids will be offered at each service. The Additional Service Task Force wrote a report that had the recommendations the Session approved. If you would like to read the report, pick up a copy or request one by sending an email to info@colpres.org. Yay, God for this development of Chain of Lakes Church!

Monday, August 12, 10am-noon help clear the worship center for the City Primary August 13 election. Wednesday, August 14, help set it  back up, and clean. Please mark the communication card, or the sign-up sheet.

Here’s your chance to try disc golf in a free, fun outing Sunday, August 18, 2-4pm at the Coon Rapids Disc Golf Course, 10300 Woodcrest Dr NW, Coon Rapids. Ryan Espy will provide the discs and encouragement, you bring water, sunscreen, bug spray, and trail-appropriate shoes. If you ever played catch with a Frisbee, you can play disc golf. All ages are welcome. Mark your calendar, and sign up on the communication card.

Chain of Lakes will host a Craft Fair on Saturday, November 9th from 9am – 2pm.

Chain of Lakes will be hosting a Craft Fair on Saturday, November 9th from 9am – 2pm.  Click here for crafter and vendor booth registration details

Congratulations to the congregation for giving $636 to the Helping Hands fund last Sunday on Deacon Sundae and contributing eleven gift cards of $25. The Helping Hands is a fund that directly shares financial help with people from Chain of Lakes who are going through a hand fund. The fund is administered by the Deacons.

7/21     Sunday        12:00pm   Mental Health and Wellness Group
7/22     Monday         2:30pm    Interior Design Task Force
7/23     Tuesday       11:00am   Staff
7/24     Wednesday  6:00pm   Stream Team

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

Small Groups, Health & Healing Workshops and Programs – Why participate? To connect with others, grow in faith, learn and have fun!  
Sign up at info@colpres.org  Small groups meet at Chain of Lakes Church unless otherwise specified
 
Health & Healing Ministry Support Groups

A Grief Group and a Mental Health Group are offered after the Sunday Worship Service on varying Sundays.

Grief Group will meet July 7 after worship. All are welcome. The Mental Health and Wellness group will meet after worship on July 21. 

The month of August will be a time to reflect and the Grief Support Group will begin again in September. 

The following groups are in the planning stage, dates not yet determined. If you are interested in any, contact info@colpres.org

Neurodivergent Support Group
Chain of Lakes would like to offer a neurodivergent support group for families/caregivers of those with neurodivergent children or other family members.

Hospice Care Volunteer
Are you interested in hospice care? Olive Grove Hospice at White Pines Assisted Living and Memory Care in Blaine (our neighbor to the east) is recruiting more volunteers to provide love and compassion for terminally ill patients. Volunteers often help with companion visits, music as expressive therapy or help with phone calls and clerical work. Training provided.  

Rehabilitate Your Faith
Are you a former evangelical who has deconstructed your faith and are now ready to rebuild it? This group is for you. Rehabilitate your faith in a safe space with others who have been hurt by fundamentalism.

Practice of Prayer
Do you have a gift or desire to bring Light to people and circumstances in need through prayer, meditation and mindfulness? Raise some health with like-minded folks who wish to serve others through the practice of prayer.

 

Summer Pop-Up Small Groups

Disc Golf – August 18
Here’s your chance to try disc golf in a free, fun outing Sunday, August 18, 2-4pm at the Coon Rapids Disc Golf Course, 10300 Woodcrest Dr NW, Coon Rapids. Ryan Espy will provide the discs and encouragement, you bring water, sunscreen, bug spray, and trail-appropriate shoes. If you ever played catch with a Frisbee, you can play disc golf. All ages are welcome. Mark your calendar, and sign up on the communication card.

More Pop Up groups will be posted here as they are scheduled.

 

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.  Let Chain of Lakes pray for you! Fill out the Communication Card on the About page to send a prayer request, or email the church office: info@colpres.org  or call 763.465.8585. Also contact the church office for more information or to be a part of the Prayer Group. 

Chain of Lakes first season of Wonderful Wednesdays has concluded. Please take part in the various summer events and small groups, and then Wonderful Wednesdays will start a new season in September.

What happens at Chain of Lakes’ Wonderful Wednesdays?  Dinner, Youth Group, Speakers and Small Groups

  • 6:00pm A meal and fellowship will be shared by youth and adults in the Chain of Lakes worship space
  • 6:30pm Youth Group will go to the Youth area with representatives of the Youth Council
  • 6:30pm Adults hear a presentation or attend a small group.

Wonderful Wednesdays are open for anyone to attend – all are welcome. 

Ministry Teams

More information about each team can be provided by each team’s respective team lead. Contact the church office to reach any of the team members: 763.465.8585 or info@colpres.org
 
Is your team creating an event for the church? Please fill out this Communications Form to help the Communications Team promote the event! Ideally the form will be filled out two months before the event. Contact Amanda Serfling at info@colpres.org if you have questions about the form.
Communications
Chris Audet, Kathy Brevig,  Ashley Gramling, Chris Krebsbach (Lead), Pastor Paul Moore (staff)
 
Connection
Heather Butterfield (Lead), Gloria Ivers, Kate Lawrence, Mary Neese, Pastor Paul Moore (staff)
 
Building, Grounds & Technology
 Bob Bushard, Kevin Clunis, Amy Cory, Steve Cory, Paul Edgett (Lead), John Ivers, Pastor Paul Moore (staff), Dick Pederson
 
Local Impact
Janice Aanenson (Lead), Jeff and Maria Douglas, Sarah Green, Pastor Paul Moore (staff), Dick Pederson, Ann Raschka, Ann Turner
 

Personnel
Jolene Altrichter, Greta Clark (Lead), Val Owens,  Pastor Paul Moore (staff)

Small Groups Planning
Kathy Brevig, Ivy Cavegn (Lead), Judy Chesla, Charlie Clark, Sonia Larson, Pastor Paul Moore (staff) 
 
Volunteer Empowerment
Jolene Altrichter, Pastor Paul Moore (staff)
 
 

Stewardship/Finance
John Altrichter (Lead), Gina Bloomfield, John Ivers, Sara Lord, Dave Nyberg, Pastor Paul Moore (staff)

Worship
Whitney Berre. Jan Boehm (staff), Lois Bushard, Paul Edgett, Aaron Lawrence, Pastor Paul Moore (staff)
 
Family Ministries Team
 Amy Cory, Kayla Flanagan, Val Owens, Isaiah Sanchez, Liza Socolova, Jordan Serfling, Amanda Serfling (staff)
 
Youth Council
Chris Audet, Bob Bushard, Heather Butterfield, Amanda Serfling (staff)