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 
"Be careful what you ask for. You just might get it!"

That saying is nowhere to be found in the Bible. Yet we can hear it even in our churches. The truth is that we try to be careful about what we ask God. Even though we ask for good things from our heart, our hearts don't serve us well. Our hearts can ignore red flags in relationships, overlook or deny consequences, or just crave something that has unintended effects. This week, we will consider how we pray and what we do with unanswered prayers. See you on Sunday!
Whole Bunch of Mennickes
on Sunday
In what has become a summer tradition of sorts, Phil will be joined by a number of vocally blessed people who share his last name to form a mini-choir that will lead our 9:30a worship. They will sing a wide variety of choral music woven throughout the service. Come out and take in the Word through song!
Urban Wildland Race Saturday 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
Incredible Race VBS-Starts Next Week 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 ( 
Water, Water Everywhere Wrap Up
Congratulations to Cathy Shromoff, the winner of the water initiative drawing of the Peg Sandin original watercolor 'Spring Snow.' Thanks to all those who signed up to be a good steward of our water resources and water related projects: community garden (3), rain garden (2), adopt a drain (19), willingness to receive EcoFaith emails (12). The results of the Drinking Water Taste test are as follows:  Minneapolis water (12), Richfield water (2), Hand Pump water at Lake Nokomis (4).
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 how to apply it for life today. Sign up on the attendance card or email Pastor Ben
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
Graduation Invitation
Sunday, August 4, 3:00-6:00 pm, HOP Fellowship Hall. Come celebrate Jonathan Ongeri's graduation with us! We would love to have you come celebrate this special milestone as well as Jonathan's acceptance to Augsburg University. Food and refreshments will be provided. Contact Savanna Kamara with questions, 612-998-9790.
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. Contact Sue Burt at 952-888-4939 for more information on the vital outreach.
HoP Preschool Open House
Join House of Prayer Preschool for an Open House! Saturday, August 10th from 1-3 p.m. See the preschool room, meet Nicole, enjoy refreshments and hear about our program. All are welcome. Stop by anytime!
Contact Nicole Olson, Preschool Director, for more information
VBS at Woodlake
"Transformed Community" with Luther Point
Dates: August 5 - 9, 2019
Times: Mon-Thurs, 9a - 4:30p; Fri 9a - 12p
Ages: Pre-K - 6th grade (completed)
Cost: $50 per child or $100 per family (Scholarships Available).
Please contact for more info or to register
Grade school program is full-day and includes an afternoon field trip. Pre-K program is free and runs till 12pm; pre-k parents are encouraged to stay if they can!]
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.
Collaboration Worship at Veteran's Park
Sunday, August 18, at 10 am at Veteran's Park
Mark your calendar to come worship with our friends from Woodlake and Oak Grove. A picnic lunch will follow. Woodlake will provide the main dish, Oak Grove the salads/sides, and House of Prayer the dessert. For more information, contact Pastor Ben at
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.
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!
Need Prayers? 
Want to Pray for Others?
The back of our weekly attendance card gives you the opportunity to request prayers for yourself and/or someone else each week. Please check the "Prayer Chain" and/or "Staff Prayer Chain" on the prayer concerns side of the yellow "Welcome," card. If you are attending ReFuel worship please check the box on the green card under "How Can We Pray For You".  If you would like to be in the prayer chain email to pray for others please write your email address on the card and include "Add me to the Prayer Chain Email List." For ongoing prayer requests, please fill out a new card as prayer emails are updated each week.
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.
House of Prayer Lutheran Church of Richfield, MN
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