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 
Someone in the crowd said to him, "Teacher, tell my brother to divide the family inheritance with me." But he said to him, "Friend, who set me to be a judge or arbitrator over you?" And he said to them, "Take care! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; for one's life does not consist in the abundance of possessions." Luke 13:13-15

How we think of our money and possessions is a spiritual issue. If we do not have the right mentality, our possessions can gain power over our thinking and behavior. Put another way, how much is enough? Do we trust God to provide for our needs or do we act like it is only ourselves? Jesus teaches us to be in right relationship with God first and the rest will fall into place. Like many of Jesus' teachings this is easy to understand and hard to live. Join us Sunday as we seek to embody a faithful and generous life.
A Great Week at Vacation Bible School
The Incredible Race VBS has been a winner this week! Over 70 kids crossed the continents, raced around the world, learned about friends from other countries and how God loves us all. Thanks to all the families and 40+ volunteers that made this trip soar!
Summer Sundays with Mindy
Mindy wrapped up this fun summer music program where kids learned how to play xylophones and metallophones and shared their songs in worship this past Sunday. Many thanks to her for leading this and all the children who brought their musical talents to share!
Luther Park Camp Week
Our 5 campers from House of Prayer LOVED their time at Luther Park last week and have already shared their desire to go back next year (though one asked about going again next week) and even some talk of working there when they are old enough. This is the power of the Holy Spirit moving in the camp community - it is fun, welcoming, and makes you want to go back again and again!
Urban Wildland Race
Thanks to those who ran in, volunteered for, and cheered on the racers of the Urban Wildland 5K and Half Marathon this past weekend! It was a wonderful event full of excitement and pride for everyone's accomplishments. We were happy to be there supporting the joint programming of the Wood Lake Nature Center and Richfield Public Schools.
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
Veggie Table Tuesday
August 6th is our next Veggie Table event from 4:30-6:30pm at Season's Park Apartments (951 E 77th St). Come visit with neighbors and get free produce, or if you'd like to help volunteer we would appreciate that as well! Contact Brent King with questions (
Graduation Invitation-Sunday
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.
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. We still have space for preschoolers in the fall. All are welcome. Stop by anytime!  Contact Nicole Olson, Preschool Director, for more information .
Ladies Dessert Luncheon

Parking Lot Party
Mark your calendars for Sunday, August 25, from 3-6pm for this year's Parking Lot Party! Come celebrate with our congregation, our neighbors, the congregations who share our building. There will be free food, live music, a bounce house, gaga ball, raffle prizes, face painting, games, crafts, giant obstacle course, slacklining, cake walk, and of course the ever-popular dunk tank - this year featuring pastors, City Council members, School Board members, and more! Invite all your friends and neighbors! Contact Pastor Ben at with questions.
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
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.
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.
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
House of Prayer Lutheran Church of Richfield, MN
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