APRIL 2022


House of Prayer Lutheran Church

1470 S Washington, Bismarck ND 58504

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From Michelle's Desk:

Friends in Christ,

In the midst of this Lenten season and as we face really tough things in the community and the world in recent weeks, I can’t help but feel HOPE. HOPE as the days get longer and the darkness is waning, HOPE as the season is (slowly but surely) changing, HOPE in humanity and HOPE as we look ahead to celebrating Jesus’ resurrection. 

I’ve noticed signs of HOPE all over House of Prayer recently. 

The piles of non-perishables, household goods, and more that will go to Tracy’s Sanctuary House to help those who find themselves in desperate need will help to give HOPE to those in tough situations. THANK YOU for your donations.


I see HOPE in the 40 girls that attend BIO Girls every week here at HOP. They’re finding healthy ways to combat self-esteem issues, be a good friend, learning to fight peer pressure and how to make healthy, positive choices. THANK YOU for this space. 


I see HOPE in our group of 8th graders that are just a few weeks away from the Affirmation of Baptism. They’ve completed their 3 years of confirmation classes, attended services and taken sermon notes, and participated in fellowship & service projects. I have HOPE that with their parents’ help, they’ll continue to grow in their faith and be active in this church. THANK YOU to Pastor Joel, Tracie and all of our small group guides that have poured their time into our youth. 

I see HOPE as our Sunday School program continues to grow, year after year. THANK YOU to Phobe and to all those who take the time to teach these kids every week. The noisy offering that our Sunday Schoolers are collecting is giving them HOPE for new, safer chairs in their classrooms. THANK YOU for your contribution to upgrading our space. And THANK YOU to every parent and grandparent that makes the effort to get your kiddos here. 

I see HOPE in our Wednesday morning Bible Study group. We come together, dive into His word and we find there is HOPE among the troubles. THANK YOU to all of you that make that hour part of your week. 

I see HOPE in our worship services. Whether you’re going through difficult times or are experiencing mountain top moments lately, there is HOPE here at House of Prayer. I see HOPE in the online services that we’re able to offer. HOPE that we can touch people in our community and afar with the words and promises that a faith in Jesus Christ will bring. THANK YOU to the people that make that possible week after week. 

In the midst of temptation, suffering, betrayal, relationships, service…. I’ve found HOPE that God offers his mercy to all of us. HOPE that we can find joy, peace, and assurance in the middle of our trials.

I see HOPE in the upcoming Holy Week. Our hope is not in our own ability, or in our goodness, or in our physical strength. Our hope is instilled in us by the resurrection of Christ. Death has been defeated! I invite you to join us in the Holy Week journey as we all find HOPE this Easter. 

Blessings, Michelle 

Join us as we conclude our Lenten series “GOD’S MERCY”.

"Mercy in Service" will be the final chapter of the series on Wednesday, April 6th.


Psalm Sunday - 10:00AM - Chancel Choir presents a Musical Cantata

                 Brunch will also be provided by House of Prayers Youth

Maundy Thursday – APRIL 18 – 6:30 PM

                 (Featuring - First Communion for our Fifth Graders)

Good Friday – APRIL 19 – 6:30 PM

                 (Featuring – “A Service of Shadows”)


6:30 AM, 8:00 AM, 10:00 AM

(Holy Communion at all services)

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Youth Fundraising Update

Donut Fundraiser - $1383.00 raised.

Butter Braid Fundraiser – We sold 441 units for a profit of $2000.75.

Thank you for your continued support!!

Upcoming Youth Fundraisers

Palm Sunday Brunch – April 10th - 9:00AM - Noon

Rummage Sale – June 10th & 11th

We will begin taking donations in May. Stay tuned for exact dates. Items we will NOT be able take are TV’s or large exercise equipment. All furniture donations will need to be approved by Tracie.

Important Youth Ministry Dates

Confirmation End of Year Event – Wednesday, April 20th - 6:30 pm

Confirmation Banquet – Wednesday, April 27th - 6:30 pm

Affirmation of Baptism Service – Sunday, May 1st - 10:00 am

Senior High Youth End of the Year Event – Wednesday, May 4th

Senior Recognition – Wednesday, May 15th or Sunday, May 18th

Graduating seniors will receive a quilt as a gift from the House of Prayer quilters. They must be present to receive the quilt. 

2020 House of Prayer Summer Youth Retreat July 22-28, 2022

Camp Amnicon in Northern Wisconsin on the shores of Lake Superior.




On Palm Sunday, April 10, at the 10:00 a.m. service, the Chancel Choir and guest musicians are presenting “Come to the Cross and Remember” by Pepper Choplin. Christ's journey to the cross is filled with images of His sacrificial love for us: the palms, the cup and the bread, the nails, the crown of thorns, and more. These images form the centerpiece of our presentation. Come, reflect, and enrich your Lenten journey.

House of Prayer WELCA is hosting the Spring Cluster meeting on Saturday April 23from 9:30-2:30. All women are invited. Registration is from 9:30-10:00 and cost is $10.00. This includes morning coffee, muffins and noon meal.

Our speaker is Allison Traynor from Youth Works. We will be collecting a Love Offering for them. Items they can use are shampoos, body wash(boys and girls), deodorant, toothpaste and toothbrushes, snack bars, chips, etc., eye brow and eye liner, make-up.

We are also looking for a few ladies to help with the noon meal. If you are willing to help out please contact Gloria Hanson at 255-3398.

The Heart River Cluster consists of 10 churches from the Western Synd. 

Hope to you there. Registration deadline is April 9th with registrations being sent to Gloria


Welca Spring Project

Tracy’s Sanctuary House was chosen for our recipient. It offers a refuge for out of town individuals and families who unexpectedly must stay in Bismarck, usually due to a family member being transferred to our hospitals for advance care.

We’ll be accepting donations in the church narthex March 20th to April 10th. A list of needs will be available to take home. Items used most are snack foods and bottled water that fit in bags to take to hospitals, Thank You cards, disposable plates, utensils, etc., paper towels and toilet paper.

Thank you for prayerfully considering helping Tracy’s House continue their good work.

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The upcoming Mother's/Other Banquet is scheduled for Thursday, May 12th at 6:00 p.m. Please join us for a meal. A speaker will present a talk on ‘A Mother’s Heart’. Tickets will go on sale before and after church service Sunday April 24th and May 1st. Cost: $7 per adult and $4 for age 12 & under. Hope to see you there!!

The If:Gathering is happening next week!! April 8-9th. Come for part or all of it--you won't regret any amount of time spent listening to these incredible messages.  


We will provide water, coffee, snacks for Friday night and Saturday. We will break for an hour for lunch on Saturday.


Register online here or contact Michelle to register by cash/check.  



Check out this short podcast with Jennie's vision for this year's If:Gathering.  



The University of Mary Emerging Leadership class will be building and installing a Little Free Pantry for us in the very near future!  

This is an incredible opportunity to reach our neighbors in south Bismarck. I encourage you to fill the pantry when you’re able.

The Guiding Principles for LFP:

  • We share the movement!
  • The mini pantry movement is everyone’s, and we talk about it!
  • We work together!
  • Together, we create something big from something "little!”
  • We challenge assumptions!
  • We are interdependent!
  • We practice radical trust!
  • We are inherently trustworthy!
  • We give without expectations or strings!
  • We mutually benefit!
  • We feed neighbors!
  • Our neighborhoods can make good change from the bottom up!
  • We nourish neighborhoods!
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It has been fun getting settled into my new role as Children’s Ministry Coordinator. It is exciting to see the kiddos learn more songs, exploring more in their faith with hands on projects, and working alongside some amazing ladies who volunteer their time as teachers!

Special THANK YOU to all who donated to our noisy offering, as we work to raise $4,000.00 for new chairs in the classroom’s downstairs. Thus far, we have raised $1,304.87!!! WOW!! I feel so blessed to be apart of such a giving congregation. We have a couple more “noisy offerings” ahead of us; April 10th and May 8th. Which is also the next time the Sunday school kiddos will sing in church.

Special Days in April…

April 3rd Sunday School Serving Coffee and Treats

April 10th Palm Sunday & Singing Day at Church/Noisy Offering

April 14th Maundy Thursday, 5th graders will be served a spaghetti supper, along with a presentation from Pastor Joel, and receive their first holy communion with their family/godparents

April 17th Easter Sunday, NO SUNDAY SCHOOL

April 24th Teacher Appreciation Day

2022 Vacation Bible School Registration starts April 24, 2022!! 

VBS will be held

May 31-June 2 8:30am-12:30pm

We ended our Sunday school offering in March for Furry Friends Rock’n Rescue, our new mission through May will be to collect diapers and use the money from Sunday school offering to purchase diapers that are highly needed in the Fort Yates and Standing Rock Reservation, please read the following:

As we know; everyone has been affected in many different ways these past few years. Those in Fort Yates and the Standing Rock Reservation are no exception. Their tribal members have been affected by some of their services being closed for almost 2 years including services for their children. Services are slowly starting to open back up but many resources are falling short. Standing Rock Early Childhood Tracking serves families and their young children on and around the Standing Rock Reservation. The services support families in making sure that their children are meeting their developmental milestones (walking, talking eating, playing) along with assuring that their basic needs and safety are being met.  At this time; they are seeing a big need for diapers. When they work with a family; they have typically been able to give out a care package of 12 diapers, diaper cream and wipes. They do have enough cream and wipes but the diapers are their highest need and hardest to come by. 


We will be holding a "Diaper Drive" for those families served by Standing Rock Early Childhood Tracking. They are looking for diapers in the following sizes: size 2, size 3, size 4, size 5, size 6 and pull-ups (any brand is welcome).  


If you are not receiving my Sunday school emails with weekly lesson and newsletter, please contact me.

Many Blessings,

Phobe Frye



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We have started the spring session of BIO Girls and are so grateful for the space that House of Prayer allows us to use! We started with a lesson on the Energy Bus and had our first workout in the parking lot!  


There are 40 2nd-6th graders that we mentor to improve the self-esteem in adolescent girls through empowerment of self and service to others. We have 11 more weeks of lessons and workouts and will be running a 5K race on May 31st to end the session!  

There will be a summer session at HOP as well; watch for registration details to come out soon! 

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Want to celebrate those birthdays, anniversaries, the special people in your life? Honor those that have gone before us or maybe someone just needs to be uplifted? Did you know you can dedicate the weekly flowers to them? Sign up on the flower chart on the kiosk in the narthex or contact Vera in the office. Cost is $25 and you can take the flowers home after the Sunday service.  



Join us on Sunday, April 3rd at Noon as we prepare our church grounds for Spring. We would greatly appreciate just an hour or two of your time and energy! Join us at noon and we will feed you! After some sustenance we will begin a spring cleaning in and around the church. 

To Sign up please call:

Church office: (223-2202)

Luke Ingemansen: (202-2867) or

Reinie Kembel (391-8892)  


The congregation of House of Prayer approved in 1986 to build a new church and move from the South Anderson Street location to our present 1470 South Washington site with a brand-new construction. Gods' Ministry has been a blessing all the way. With ups and downs and challenges we faced we had to refinance our loan on October 10, 2010, with Kirkwood Bank & Trust South. They have supported us 100%.

The mortgage loan we agreed on is a commercial loan, 25-year amortization five-year term. The Maturity date is December 01, 2035. The approximate principal liability on our mortgage is $484,467.00 with a current monthly installment of $3,918.00 at a 4.25% interest rate. 


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We believe that everyone deserves to feel confident that quality health care is there when they need it, within reach for all. That’s why we at Northland Health Centers have been passionate about providing high-quality, affordable healthcare to our communities for many years.

Northland Health Centers is dedicated to delivering patient-centered, accessible, quality-driven, medical, dental, and behavioral health services to all generations to strengthen the health status in the communities we serve, regardless of the ability to pay. Northland Health Centers are located in 8 communities in North Dakota: Bismarck, Bowbells, McClusky, Minot, Rolette, Ray, Turtle Lake, and St. John.

Northland Health Centers is a very unique primary care provider! We truly care about the patient as a whole person. When you come to Northland Health Centers, we will screen you for any barriers to care that a person might be experiencing (i.e., housing insecurity, food insecurity, safety concerns, etc.). We have staff at our clinics that can help address those barriers to care so that you can focus on your health. 

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“You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.”  

2 Corinthians 9:11

Pastor Joel Samuelson

Minister of Discipleship - Michelle Hintz

House of Prayer’s Church Council

Jarred Roloff            President/Stewardship

Kadon Hintz      Vice President/Stewardship

Dawn Stave       Secretary/Mutual Ministries

Keith Zhorela               Treasurer

Amy Erickson              Mutual Ministries

Dana Hager                 PR Committee

Luke Ingemansen      Building & Grounds

Reinie Kembel            Building & Grounds

Chris Reinicke             PR Committee


House of Prayer Lutheran Church

1470 South Washington Street

Bismarck, ND 58504

Phone: (701) 223-2202


Office Hours:

8am to 4pm - Monday - Thursday

8am - Noon - Friday

Administrative Coordinator:

VeraLyn Weber

Pastor Joel - 701-516-4368

Michelle - 701-204-1463