House of Prayer 
is a gathering of God's people who value:
Compassionate Community, 
and Relationships

Here is an update of what is happening at
House of Prayer this week!
Worship This Sunday 
Jesus said to her, "Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty. The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life." The woman said to him, "Sir, give me this water, so that I may never be thirsty or have to keep coming here to draw water." John 4:13-15

We will conclude our focus on water this week with John 4, where we find Jesus sitting by a Samaritan well tired out and thirsty from his journey. While resting, a Samaritan woman showed up midday to draw water and he dared to ask her for a drink. She dared to ask him questions. Their conversation profoundly changed her and brought many from that city to believe in Jesus. Join us this Sunday as we explore our thirst for water that gives us both physical and spiritual life.
Family Mission Trip
The 14 families who travelled to Superior, WI last weekend are home and had a blast serving the community and spending time with one another. We got to go bushwhacking through a swamp, paint a hockey rink and some garden boxes, pull some weeds, pick up trash, and so much more with several partner organizations in town. We also enjoyed the marvelous hospitality, tasty food, and beautiful location of Camp Amnicon. It was also a great chance to continue building relationships between House of Prayer, Oak Grove, and Wood Lake Lutheran Churches - we already look forward to having another collaborative family trip next summer!
Luther Park Summer Camp Week
Five youth from House of Prayer leave this week for camp at Luther Park. They'll get many chances to play games, explore nature, sing songs, have campfires, and more. We ask that you pray for them this week that it would be a fun and faith-changing experience. We look forward to hearing how it goes and how they've grown. Thank you again to all the shareholders who invested in these important summer activities - you make these life changing events possible!
Water, Water Everywhere Speaker
Paul Nelson, Scientist and Environmental Services Program Manager for Scott County,  (center of photo) spoke at House of Prayer Sunday, July 14, about Nurturing Life in the Waters of Creation.  He volunteers with the EcoFaith Network, an initiative of the Minneapolis Area Synod of ELCA, and has been involved for many years with water program efforts here and with the Lutheran Church of Christ in Nigeria.  
Incredible Race VBS-Invite Your Friends!
Invite your friends, neighbors, and grand kids to FREE Vacation Bible School! July 29 - Aug 1. Family Dinner: 5:15-5:50 pm & Program: 6:00-8:15pm. Our theme is "The Incredible Race" which will take us around the world to different continents each night to learn that people all around the world are all part of God's big human family. Activities include music, crafts, drama, and more! Register at or reach out to Heidi Thomas with questions ( 
Urban Wildland Race - Come Cheer Our Runners!
The Urban Wildland half marathon and 5k race is next Saturday, July 27th starting at 7am. This fundraising race supports hands-on student learning at Wood Lake Nature Center and House of Prayer is helping sponsor it this year! We have members running the race, volunteering, and cheering from the sidelines! If you'd like to come watch and cheer, please meet at the Sable house (6521 11th Ave) at 6:45 that morning and bring a lawn chair. The full course map is available at
The Corinthian Letters
Pastor Ben will lead a bible study on 1 Corinthians and 2 Corinthians on Wednesday nights at 6:30pm August 7-September 4. This study will focus on the historical, theological, and ethical issues surrounding the people of Corinth and there application for life today. Sign up on the attendance card next week or email Pastor Ben
Outreach to Richfield Renters
The Richfield Community Housing Team is planning several opportunities this month and next to talk with renters in town about their experiences. The goal is to engage tenants in local efforts to address the affordable housing crisis. Roles involve door knocking, phone calls, or behind the scenes logistics. If you'd like to help out, please contact Paula Hall (
Northern Winds Concert Band / Ice Cream Social
Sunday, July 28th, 7:15 pm in the House of Prayer back yard.
Please join us for great summer music and ice cream. In case of rain, the concert will move inside to the Fellowship Hall. Contact Joe Speakman at
Meals on Wheels Drivers Needed
Drivers are needed to provide a nutritious meal to homebound persons in our Richfield area. Meals on Wheels drivers provide meals to the lonely, sick, elderly, and handicapped not only with food, but also with understanding, patience, smiles and listening ears. We pledge to give of ourselves, never forgetting that in the giving - we also receive the gift. Contact Sue Burt at 952-888-4939 for more information on the vital outreach.
HoP Preschool Update
Olivia misses her friends! We still have space in the fall for more preschoolers - spread the word! Contact Nicole Olson, Preschool Director, for more information
VBS at Oak Grove Next Week
ROAR VBS at Oak Grove Lutheran Church this week, July 22nd-26th from 9:00am-12Noon! Oak Grove is located at 7045 Lyndale Avenue in Richfield.  Register at or call Kelli Olson at 612-720-1210!  
VEAP School Supply Drive
Many students in our community need help filling a backpack to ensure success during the school year. This summer VEAP will collect and sort school supplies and then distribute to the schools. Backpacks, headphones, USB thumb drives and calculators are the most needed items. Traditional (new) supplies like notebooks, paper, pens and pencils are also needed. Please drop off your donations in the VEAP Box in the Narthex through August 1. Contact Irene Sable at 612-86-3405 with questions.
HOP Foundation Minutes
The House of Prayer Foundation met on Monday, July 8. Click Here to read the minutes from the meeting. Contact Ernie Lindstrom at 612-866-4895 with questions.
Lutheran Night at the Twins
6:50 pm; Monday, August 5, Target Field, Minneapolis
Lutherans will gather on the evening of August 5 for the 13th annual Lutheran Night at the Twins event to watch the division-leading Minnesota Twins take on the Atlanta Braves! A variety of options are available for lower level, terrace level, and upper level seating. The prices range from $15 to $36 for individual tickets. For tickets, visit A group rate is available for 20 or more tickets purchased together. Contact Phil Mennicke at if you are interested in possibly being part of a group.
Summer Collaboration Project-VEAP Diapers
The VEAP Collaboration Team, with a VEAP representative from each church - Oak Grove, House of Prayer, and Woodlake - asks you to bring diapers from now until the end of September. The diapers can be any size and quantity. If you would prefer they be purchased by others, please contribute with a check made out to House of Prayer and designate "VEAP Donate & Do" in the memo line.  We will pick a Saturday in October for volunteers to meet at the VEAP warehouse to repackage the diapers for distribution. During this repackaging, VEAP gives the volunteers a tour of their facilities so we can see the whole operation and how they serve our neighbors in need. Volunteers of all ages are welcome, so plan to bring your whole family. Thank you for your continued support of this awesome organization.
Book Discussion Group
We will be meeting on Thursday, September 5, 2019, at 7:00pm in the Fireside Conference Room to discuss Small, Great Things by Jody Picoult. Everyone is welcome!
Let's Visit!
Would you like a visitor from one of our pastoral staff members? While we often hear of needs within the congregation, sometimes we are unaware of the needs within our family of faith. Pastor Ben or Pastor Kelly would be happy to visit any of our members or friends who would like a pastoral visit. These visits could be health related but could be for any reason. Contact the church office via telephone 612-866-8471 or Pastor Ben via email
Women's Summer Bible Study at Oak Grove
All women of Oak Grove, Woodlake and House of Prayer are invited to attend our summer Bible Study sponsored by Lydia Ruth Circle of Oak Grove. The study, For such a time as this: Lessons from Esther, will be on the second Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the lower lever of the church. Light refreshments will be served. No preparation is required. The Bible Study is published in the Gather magazine, a publication of the ELCA for women. Copies of the study will be available at each session.
August 13: Using our voices
Libera Boy's Choir
The London-based boy's choir "Libera" will be performing at the Cathedral of St. Paul on July 26th at 7:30 PM. They last performed here in 2011. Their music encompasses a wide range of genres, from Classical and chant, to ambient and popular styles of music. You can listen to their albums on music streaming sites such as Spotify and Apple music, and you can see their music videos and live performances on Youtube. Go to for ticketing information.
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