House of Prayer Lutheran Church

1470 S Washington, Bismarck ND 58504

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WORDS OF HOPE from Pastor Joel

Mercy - compassion or forgiveness shown toward someone whom it is within one's power to punish or harm.

Our God is certainly a God of mercy. Are you known as someone who is merciful? Throughout the ministry of Jesus, we see him share mercy towards others. Many times, it is people that others don’t believe deserve mercy. Maybe one of the most compelling stories about mercy is found in John 8. Jesus is sitting at the temple teaching people when the Pharisees bring a woman to Jesus and ask, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the very act of committing adultery. Now in the Law of Moses it commands us to stone such a woman. What do you say?” In response Jesus says, “Let anyone among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” One by one all the people drop their stones and walk away. Then Jesus tells the women go and sin no more. MERCY!

There are many times in our lives where God has shown us or our loved one’s mercy. God has every reason to give up on each of us, but He doesn’t. The Gospel of Grace is essentially the Gospel of mercy. This concept of grace and mercy has been so engrained in Christians that we can start taking the grace and mercy that we receive from Christ for granted. We just expect God is going to show us mercy; but we forget to live that lesson out in our life and likewise share mercy towards others during our disagreements or when we have been wronged. 

Our Lenten series will look at the mercy that Jesus shows throughout his ministry and challenge us to show others mercy as we recognize the mercy Christ continually shared. It is challenging to show someone mercy because it usually means sacrifice on our part. Jesus was often ridiculed and mocked for showing mercy towards others, they thought showing mercy was a sign of weakness rather than strength. But through showing people mercy, Jesus changed people’s lives. He set them on a trajectory of change that otherwise would not have been possible. And he continues to change lives through the gift of mercy, because of Jesus’ act on the cross he gives all of us the opportunity to receive mercy and forgiveness and offers us the opportunity to spend eternity with Him.  My hope is that in remembering his live and his act upon the cross we also will be compelled to share similar mercies to others. We are at a place in this world where we need to be about showing one another mercy to change the trajectory of this world. Come and hear of God’s mercies in our upcoming Lenten Series at 6:30 each Wednesday evening.

God’s Mercy,

Pastor Joel  

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In this upcoming season of Lent, we will focus on the theme of God’s mercy, we will highlight God’s mercy toward us in the sacrifice of his Son. We, in turn, are called by God, especially during this time of repentance and reflection, to be living sacrifices for Him, displaying our devotion to Him in word and deed. Jesus helps us to see the richness of God’s mercy in his life, death, and resurrection. The services will focus our eyes of faith on the meaning behind God’s mercy made manifest in Christ.


March 2nd – Ash Wednesday “Mercy in Ashes”

March 09th - Lent #1 “Mercy in Temptation”

March 16th - Lent #2 “Mercy in Suffering”

March 23rd – Lent #3 “Mercy in Betrayal”

March 30th – Lent #4 “Mercy in Relationships”

April 06th – Lent #5 “Mercy in Service”

From Michelle's Desk


I read something that struck me in my daily devotion, Bible in a Year 2022, on multiplication. God takes what little we have and multiplies it. House of Prayer may be a small congregation but He can multiply what TIME we give, what TALENT we share and what TITHES we offer. BUT, we need everyone on board.  

We need EVERYONE praying. There is power in numbers and when we join together in worship on Sundays or Wednesdays our community gets stronger. Join us and when you're not with us, PRAY for us.  

We need EVERYONE giving. We can't function and thrive on one or two major donors. If House of Prayer is going to achieve great things and make a difference in our community and our world, we need EVERYONE to give with a willing heart. God will multiply the pennies into enough.  

We need EVERYONE serving. YOU all have talents. Whether it's quilting, teaching, mechanical, leading, singing...we need YOU. We all play roles in our community and this is no different. Celebrate each other's talents and encourage one another to be involved. Push each other to PRAY, GIVE, SERVE.  

I really believe God has big plans for House of Prayer. This community is unlike any other I've been a part of. The support I've been given in this new role is just incredible. Thank you. I pray that you all feel led to pray, give and serve this Lenten season and beyond.  



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Upcoming Youth Fundraisers

Butter Braid Fundraiser – Feb 16th to Mar 6th

Palm Sunday Brunch – April 10th

Rummage Sale June 10th & 11th 

We will begin taking donations in May. More details to come.

Confirmation Important Dates

8th Grade Faith Statement Workshop Wednesday, March 23rd 7:30 to 9:00 pm

End of the Year Event – April 20th

Confirmation Banquet – April 27th

Affirmation of Baptism Service – May 1st

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Confirmation February Service Event

Confirmation youth made 9 tie blankets and 14 dog tug toys. The blankets were donated to the Bismarck Cancer Center.

The dog tug toys were donated to Furry Friends.

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February 2022 Mini Donut Fundraiser

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2022 Ski Trip to Red Lodge

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

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

WELCA Bible Study will be held Saturday, March 19 at 9:30 a.m. All women of the church are welcome. 

*April date for WELCA Bible study will be April 2nd.


House of Prayer WELCA will be hosts for the spring Heart River cluster meeting which is scheduled for Saturday, April 23rd. Our church is part of the western ND synodical women of ELCA. This event includes churches in our Heart River area. 

Alison Traynor will be our speaker from Youthworks. Additional information for start time coming soon. Please consider attending.


Mark your calendars for the upcoming Mother/Other banquet which will be held on Thursday, May 12th at 6:00 p.m. Tickets will go on sale in April.

For more information, please contact JoDee at 202-1002


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.

The House of Prayer Quilters have been busy this winter making quilts for Lutheran World Relief, Local Charities, and Baptism Blankets. 

We can always use new and used material for squares and backs and also sheets of any size, new or used for backs also.  If you are spring cleaning closets and ate getting rid of any of these items, please consider donating them to the quilting group. We would truly appreciate it. 

Thank you,

Gloria Hanson and Cheryl Langei, Co-Chairs

IF:2022 Is a two-day event where women all over the world gather together, get equipped, and discover the next step in their calling to go and make disciples.

April 8, 2022

6:00PM - 9:00PM

April 9, 2022

9:00AM - 3:00PM



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.  



The Leap Ahead Preschool classrooms and Michelle's office are incredibly peaceful thanks to Jody Sommer, Trenton Hintz (and crew), Bob Hanson, Pat Gilhooly, Kyle Zahn and Eric Schwingler!  They installed new LED lights that are brighter (but with dimmer switches!) and silent! Thanks for your time and talents, men!  

A big thanks to Michelle and Jody Sommer for providing a soup and sandwich lunch for our volunteers.  

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BIO Girls 

I am thrilled to be Co-directing another session of BIO (Beautiful Inside and Out) Girls this spring! This is a 12-week, faith-based program with a mission to improve the self-esteem in adolescent girls through empowerment of self and service to others. House of Prayer has generously gifted us the space to host these sessions since 2018. We have 13 mentors serving 40 girls ages 2nd-6th grade and will have another session that runs July-September. We are always looking for sponsors and mentors.  Michelle

Check out more about this program here:

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Pastor Joel Samuelson

Michelle Hintz - Minister of Discipleship

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