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 
Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions, and give alms. Make purses for yourselves that do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Luke 12:32-34

God's love for us knows no bounds and God's deepest desire is to provide the kingdom for us, including a heavenly future and a Spirit-filled present. There are times however when we prevent ourselves from experiencing the fullness of God's abundant blessings. How we think about and utilize our possessions and wealth has a lot do with our relationship with God. If we trust God will provide for our needs and live without fear, we can experience more peace, joy, and contentment. If are constantly anxious and worried about never having enough, we will suffer emotionally and spiritually. Join us Sunday as we consider the liberating gift God provides for us: a life beyond worry and anxiety toward a life of contentment.
The Corinthian Letters
Pastor Ben is leading 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
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 .
Collaboration Worship at Veteran's Park
Mark your calendar to come worship with our friends from Woodlake and Oak Grove on Sunday, August 18, at 10 am at Veteran's Park. A picnic lunch will follow. Woodlake will provide the main dish, Oak Grove the salads/sides, and House of Prayer the dessert. Please sign up on the attendance card if you would like to bring a dessert.For more information, contact Pastor Ben at
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.
Cake Bakers Wanted for Parking Lot Party Cake Walk
Calling all cake bakers! Sign up on the attendance card to bake a cake for the Cake Walk at the Parking Lot Party on Sunday, July 25. Bake your favorite and drop it off on Sunday morning or bring it with you when you come to the party at 3pm that Sunday. Please indicate if your cake contains nuts or is gluten-free. The more cakes we have the more rounds we can play! Contact Cara Wright at 612-866-8471/ with questions.
Raffle Items for Parking Lot Party 
Each year at the Parking Lot Party we have various baskets that are raffled off to attendees. The raffle tickets are free, and are drawn throughout the afternoon to announce the winners. It is a very popular part of the Parking Lot Party, and the baskets are amazing! We need your help to donate items to create these baskets. Some ideas that have been popular in past years include; baking baskets, holiday baskets (Halloween, Christmas, etc.), art baskets, craft baskets, baby baskets, back to school baskets; the possibilities are endless! The best part is that many of these items can be found at the Dollar Tree! Please contact Jill Larson at or Gretchen Swenson at for more information and other ideas for potential baskets!
Sign Up for Sunday School & Youth Group 
September 8th and 11th are when we restart weekly Sunday School and Youth Group and we hope you join us! All children age 4 to 12th grade are encouraged to come be part of what God is doing in and through our youth. You can sign up online at or talk to Ben Whalen ( or 612-500-9523) to get a paper registration form. Ben is also happy to answer any questions you might have about our programs.
Are You Ready for Some Football?
The HOP Fantasy Football League is about to begin again. The live draft will be Tues., Sept 2nd at 6:30pm in the conference room. The league is a free and friendly league and is open to players of all levels of experience. Contact Pastor Ben if you would like to play!
Ladies Dessert Luncheon

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!
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.
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.
Assumption Festival
Saturday, August 17th, Family Night
* Mass 4:00pm
Live Music by Auburn Moon Band 5:30 p.m.-11:30 p.m
* Family-Friendly Foods
* Pop, Water, Beer
* Games for All Ages
* Raffle Tickets- $2,000 Grand Prize
Raffle drawing on Sunday - Do not need to be present to win

Sunday, August 18th, Celebrate!
*Masses - 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m. & 1:00 p.m.
*Live Music 10:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Great Food - Roast Beef, Chicken, Hispanic Favorites and MORE!
*Pop, Water, Beer
* Games for All Ages
* Raffle Tickets- $2,000 Grand Prize
Raffle drawing on Sunday - Do not need to be present to win

Church of the Assumption, 305 East 77th Street,Richfield, MN 55423, 612.866.5019
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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