Community News


~ A Weekly Listing of Mission Opportunities ~


October 2, 2011 


Worship with Holy Communion – 9:30amSunday School – 9:30amFaith Talk 10:40-11:40am – Bible Study: Chapter 2: Making Sense of Scripture, led by Pastor Anne.

Flowers donated by:

* Brent and Angela King Brent and Angela King in loving memory of mom, Orla Dokken

Bulletin donated by:

Sun Current Ad donated by:

Honor an occasion, a special person or the memory of a loved one by sponsoring a Sunday Bulletin, Flowers, or the Sun Current Ad. The sign up sheets are on the bulletin board in the Narthex near the sanctuary.

Visitors, there are no strangers here at House of Prayer. We welcome you! please let us know who you are by introducing yourself to us. Please fill out out the blue form in the church bulletin. You may also call the church office at 612 866 8471 for further information and request our weekly e-News on line. Our email address is: Again, welcome to our spiritual home.

Living Giving to God:

On Sept. 25, 374 people worshipped during the morning services. Offering (Plate and Simple Giving) was $6483. Please remember that $10,000 is needed weekly to sustain God’s mission at House of Prayer. An offering of time and talents included 35 hours of service given this week. Several examples of volunteering include: …Listening Post participation…choir practice, Hi-lines lay-out and MIRA… helped with church mailings….Thank you for generously giving to God with your whole lives.


* Tuesday, October 4 – Worship Ministry Team – 5:00pm
* Tuesday, October 4 – Card Ministry – 6:30pm
* Tuesday, October 4 – Executive Ministry Team – 6:30pm
* Wednesday, October 5 – Simple Supper – 5:30pm – Walking Tacos, served by EVMT
* Wednesday, October 5 – Blessing of the Animals – 6:15pm
* Wednesday, October 5 – Adult Bible Study – 6:30pm
* Wednesday, October 5 – Social Seniors St. Croix River Boat Trip – Leave from church 10:00am
* Wednesday, October 5 – Music School, Confirmation and God Squad – 6:30 pm
* Thursday, October 6 – Adult Education Ministry Team – 3:00pm
* Thursday, October 6 – Book Discussion Group – 7:00pm
* Saturday, October 8 – Property Team Meeting – 9:00am

Lost and Found Coats, Hat, Umbrellas! Please check the Lost & Found located on the west coat rack. Currently there are about 6 coats and 3 umbrellas. There are also several articles in the church office that may be yours.

See the weekly calendar in the Bulletin or the full Monthly Calendar for scheduled events.

Do you have a submission for the Community News? Call 612-866-8471 x207 or email your entry by Monday to the office.



* Sunday, October 9 – Dog Days following the 9:30am service
* Saturday, October 15 – Women’s Fellowship Craft Day – 9:00am
* Oct. 31 – “Trunk or Treat” – 5 pm – north parking lot
* Nov. 3 – Global Companion Celebration, hosted by HoP – 6 pm
* Nov. 5 – Annual Fall Festival – 9 am-3 pm

See the weekly calendar in the Bulletin or the full Monthly Calendar for scheduled events.

Church Use Schedule ~ To schedule your activities and meetings, be sure to fill out a blue sheet, located in the office, or call Cammy in the office. She will be glad to help you with your forthcoming meetings. Forms are also availableonline. Thank you.

Building Use ~ As a courtesy to Ramo and all who use the spaces of House of Prayer for meetings and rehearsals, PLEASE fill out a blue Building Use Request form from the office to schedule ANY event taking place at HoP. Thanks!

Hi-Lines articles due by the 15th each month. Please send your articles via email to the new address: Elyn Kirchner is our new Hi-Lines editor. We welcome her. Also, the weekly Community News articles are due close of day on Tuesdays.



Conference Assembly Delegates Needed ~ House of Prayer needs three delegates for the Assembly, on Sunday, November 20, at Christ Lutheran Church in Blaine. This is an extra-important gathering of Congregations. Nominations for Synod Bishop will be decided at this meeting.The Minneapolis Area Synod Assembly is February 17 -28, 2012. Please contact DeeDee Edlund if you wish to be a delegate.

Support Ministry Team

Are you counting your volunteer hours? Please enter your volunteer hours on the blue inserts in the bulletin. Countable hours are any organization in which you participate, such as card ministry, property team, prayer shawl, funeral committee, and other services in your church and to the world.


Outreach Ministry Team

Volunteer for Habitat for Humanity on Volunteer Day Saturday, October 29 ~ There is a “build” going on in Richfield this day, so it’s a great day to help out neighbors. It is part of a Thrivent Builds project. This is your chance to help build a new house in Richfield at 6704 Pleasant Avenue South. Please arrive by 8:20am to sign in. The project ends at 4pm. Remember to bring your lunch and snacks.

Outreach Ministry Team needs you! ~ Doing God’s work with our hands! Do you have an interest in service to our local and global community? The Outreach Ministry Team is looking for you. We have a core group of dedicated members but as always more hands make lighter work. We meet the third Thursdays of the month at House of Prayer at 5:30pm. We manage the outreach accounts and determine where to donate the HOPE funds. Please give prayerful consideration to joining us. Contact Larry Edlund.


Because of your generosity House of Prayer was able to provide assistance to our community, locally and worldwide. The Outreach Ministry Team made contributions as listed below during last fiscal year:
$10,000.00 – Mpls Area Synod
$6,386.50 – World Hunger
$2,716.03 – Simpson Shelter
$2,000.00 – Luther Park
$1,840.00 – VEAP
$1,222.00 – Friendship Fund
$1,000.00 – Lutheran Social Services
$1,000.00 – HOP Preschool
$748.00 – Greater Mpls Council of Churches
$718.91 – Loaves & Fishes
$500.00 – Meals on Wheels
$500.00 – Feed My Starving Children
$357.00 – Red Cross
$250.00 – ELCA Global Missions(Caminando Unidos)
$200.00 – Habitat for Humanity
$200.00 – Cinco De Mayo
$164.45 – Treehouse Dinner
$100.00 – MARC (Mall Area Religious Council)
$50.00 – Metro Lutheran (paper)
$10.00 – WIC

All funds that you give that are specified for a certain fund, such as world hunger, go to that fund. HOP just collects it and sends it out each quarter.

A special thank you to:
Steve Johnson for 10 years of leadership to Outreach Ministry Team.
Karen and Dave Steenson – Simpson Shelter coordinators
Mike Murphy – Loaves and Fishes coordinator
Cheryl Hjortaas – VEAP coordinator
Paul Danielson – Habitat for Humanity coordinator
Sue Burt – Meals on Wheels

Again thank you for your support.
Larry Edlund, OMT lead

Want to help? Because of the economy it’s difficult to make our money last through the end of the month. That’s true among our members and folk in the community around us. One of our Leadership Ministry Team members suggested that we ask the congregation to help by donating ‘Target Gift Cards. They are good for groceries and household needs. We are suggesting cards of at least $25.
The Outreach Team will simply track the number of cards received and given away. Please mark the card with the amount on the card. You can give the cards to Pastors Anne or Chuck. Thanks for your generosity!

Simpson Shelter ~ House of Prayer serves the homeless on the second Tuesday of every month. The time commitment is about 3.5 hours. If you would like to be a part of this outreach ministry, contact Karen Steenson.


Worship Ministry Team


Evangelism Ministry Team

Guide Book Errors ~ Extra Guide Books are available in the church office. If you have found an error, please place a note in DeeDee Edlund’s box in the church with the needed corrections.

Sunday Morning Greeters Needed!
We are seeking several friendly faces willing to be greeters at the door before Sunday and Holy Week services. Only requirement is to arrive at church about 15-20 minutes before the start of service, put on the special nametag, smile and welcome worshippers, members or visitors alike. Great volunteer opportunity for families! Call Emilie Femrite if you could help one time or more.

INFORMATION DESK ~ Check it out this morning! Lots of health information from the City of Richfield. Flyers are available. Help yourself.

Also, we are looking for a few helpers to staff the Information Desk on Sunday mornings. If you have any interest in helping, please contact Sally Boyd.


 Adult Ministries

Sunday Morning Adult Education (Faith Talk) ~ (10:40-11:30 am in the Parish Hall)
It’s kick off time for Adult Education Sunday morning Faith Talk. Presentations are held in Parish Hall from 10:40-11:40am. Mark your schedules for these events:
October 2:Bible Study: Chapter 2. “Making Sense of Scripture”.

Wednesday Evening Adult Education

The Wednesday Evening Session starts on September 14 at 6:40pm, with the book, “Making Sense of the Christian Faith”. Both sessions will be in Parish Hall. Refer to the inserts in the bulletin and fill out the registration form. See information above.

What’s the loneliest room at House of Prayer? (It’s probably the Library!) Please stop in and browse the shelves. We have over 1400 books, music CDs and DVDs– something for everyone! Make it a weekly stop to check out some great reading and listening. We add new books every few weeks. Thank you to Christine Larson for lots of new Christian fiction books and Frances Sheppard for many large-print Reader’s Digest volumes. Note that large-print books are marked with blue dots on the spine.

Lectionary Bible Study meets each Thursday from 9:30- 11:00 am. to discuss the upcoming Sunday morning Bible texts. Coffee is served. All are welcome. (on Summer Break)

Book Discussion Group ~
Please read “The Diary of Anne Frank” and “The Book Thief”, by Markus Zusak for discussion on Thursday, September 8th at 7:00pm.

Weekly GREEN Tip: Don’t send unwanted items to the land fill –donate them. You can donate clothes, toys, even used building supplies to organizations that will make use of them and reuse them. All of these things took resources and energy to produce, so we should re-use them.


Youth and Family Ministry Team

Sunday School Volunteers Needed! ~ Sunday school teachers and nursery volunteers are needed for the fall. No experience is needed. If you love working with children, please contact Kristen Tranby.

Blessing of the Animals~ Please join us for our annual Blessing of the Animals, Wednesday, October 5, at 6:15pm. Bring your animals, stuffed or real, to receive a blessing in honor of St. Francis, patron saint of animals and the environment. We will meet briefly between Simple Supper and the start of Wednesday night programming to celebrate God’s creatures. See you there!


Heritage Team Remembers:

The Heritage Team Calls for Photographs! Pastor Chuck Carlson was installed at House of Prayer November 10, 1985. During his 26 years with us, Pastor Chuck has probably had his picture taken more times by more people than any other pastor. The Heritage Team is coordinating a file to record and preserve photographs of Pastor Chuck, and we request your help in locating as many pictures that include him as possible before he leaves us.
Do you possibly have pictures of Pastor Chuck that you would be willing to share with us — we can scan them and return them to you — for this project? Please contact Darlene Clauson, email, or leave photographs in the Heritage Team mail slot in the church office if you can assist.

The Heritage Team invites you to check out the new Communications display featuring Hi-Lines through the years and various publications published by House of Prayer. Thanks again to Ruth Nordholm for her artistic talents so generously given.


Life Together

DOG DAYS ARE HERE AGAIN! On October 9th, following the 9:30 service , all are invited to the ANNUAL end of summer meal with Brats, Ball Park Hot Dogs, Baked Beans, Potato Salad, Chips, Dessert & Beverages. Don’t go out to eat. Stay and eat with your House of Prayer friends. Free Will Offering: Suggested $5.00 / Person $15 / Family.

New Art Work ~ Thank you to Stefanie Fiser for the new framed print currently displayed on the easel by the Information Desk. Stefanie purchased the print on her recent trip to Tanzania and presented it as a gift to House of Prayer during her September 18 Adult Forum presentation. Be sure to ask Stef more about her trip!

Attention all Runners! ~ Looking for a way to have fellowship in the House of Prayer community AND get your run in? Join the House of Prayer Cross Country Team! All ages, abilities and distances welcome.
The first meeting is Saturday, 9/17 at 9am. Don’t worry about the “team” thing– the only competition we will face Saturday morning is our alarm clocks. Further inquiries: Dan Nelson (

House of Prayer Women’s Fellowship – Saturday, October 15~
5th Annual Craft Day will be 9am – 12 noonish in the Fellowship Hall and Kitchen. Morning coffee and lunch included! Please bring $10 to cover the cost of supplies. We will be making gifts in a jar-type craft to donate to the Fall Festival Craft Table. This does not require any crafting skills…we will be assembling. This year we are especially looking for “Snowman” coffee mugs. Let Judy Holmes or DeeDee Edlund know if you can come by Sunday, Oct 9th. !

Annual Fall Festival is Saturday, November 5, 9am-3pm
It’s only a month now until our Nov. 5 Annual Fall Festival. Watch for worker sign-up sheets in the bulletin and at the Information Desk next week. Meanwhile:
+ If you have Raffle Items to donate, please notify Brenda Wessman right away.
+ If you can donate specific Coke products or bottled water for the luncheon, please call Pam Murphy to find out what is needed.
+ To reserve a vendor table, call Marian Flanagan.
+ If you live on a busy street or corner lot, please offer to post a lawn sign around the neighborhood, starting on Oct. 16.
+ Start saving books, CDs and DVDs for the Book Sale.
+ Get ready to bake your specialties for the Bake Sale.
Volunteer opportunities abound. Consider serving at the House of Prayer booths, and helping to setup or take down tables. Your time and talents are very much appreciated for this action-filled day!

Social Seniors St. Croix Boat Trip ~ The Social Seniors have planned a boat cruise with a deli buffet on the St. Croix River on Wednesday, Oct. 5. We will leave HoP at 10 am and will be able to board the boat at 11 am. We should return about 2:30 pm. (There will be some walking on the boat walkway and ramp). The cost will be $33 and is due by Sept. 25 to “House of Prayer Social Seniors.”

The Social Seniors wish to thank everyone who helped to make our Pot Luck a big success. Larry and Mary Markes were so gracious to furnish the cattails for our center pieces. Also, great thanks to Kristin Tranby, who drove the church bus to pick up those who could not have attended. Thank you again, the Social Seniors Committee.

30 Trees Were Saved! Thank you to all who participated in the Shred It Event on September 17th sponsored by Thrivent Financial. Approximately 6,000 lbs of paper was collected in 2 hours! The shredded paper will be made into toweling. This great recycling effort results in cutting 30 fewer trees.

Prayer Shawl Ministry ~
Come join the knitters and crocheters on Monday evening at 6:30 and Wednesday afternoon at 2:00pm. It’s a great time to enjoy your friends and share your skills. Beginners are always welcome. Gather in the Narthex.

House of Prayer e-News! If you have not already done so, please consider subscribing to our e-News bulletin which goes out every Thursday afternoon at 4:00pm. It’s easy to subscribe…just call the office at 612-866- 8471 or send an email to

Did you Know? ~
* If you miss a Sunday Morning worship service, you can get a copy of the service on CD. Contact Cammy in the office if you would like a copy.

* If you are interested in being on the email prayer chain, please let Pastors Anne or Chuck know your email address. The prayer chain is sent out weekly via email and regular mail for those who do not have access to email.

* If you are a Thrivent Financial Member, you may be able to direct some Thrivent Choice Dollars to assist God’s mission at House of Prayer. Contact Margaret in the office for more details or your Thrivent Representative for information. On the web contact;

Recent Bereavements
Our sympathy and prayers for:
Marjorie Holm Boyd, mother of Sally Boyd, on Aug. 11
Loretta Hanson, long-time member
Clarice Nelson, long-time member
Jim Larson, long-time member and wife of Jill, on Sept. 18

Thanks to all who attended and brought so much delicious food to the Pot Luck on Rally Sunday. Great thanks also, to all who set up, served and cleaned up, too! It was a very successful gathering of friends with much fun and laughter.

New Technology ~ House of Prayer Tape Ministry is now changed to the Compact Disc Ministry. Although this ministry is designed for people who are unable to get to church, anyone is welcome to have a copy. Jim Youngquist can help you with your requests. Discs will be available on Sundays after the sermon.

Grandmas wanted!! ~ We want you to join HoP Grandmas’ Club. Meetings are held the third Wednesday of each month, starting on September 15 through May 18. We start out with a very informal meeting followed by devotions and eating, drinking coffee and socializing. Twice a year we have outings. We welcome you wholeheartly and look forward to seeing you on Wednesday at 10:00 am in the Parish Hall. Follow up with Anne Barnes if you have any questions.

Facebook! ~ Do you belong to the House of Prayer Group? Join us onFacebook, a social network of all sorts of people. Our church has a group on Facebook and it is a way for us to interact and share the good news about our faith community and all that God is up to among us. Pastor Anne and Kristin Tranby are the administers of our page. Share the Good News! Spread the word about House of Prayer on-line!

Fellowship Opportunity If you are looking to meet more people at HoP and develop deeper relationships, we have the answer for you! Fellowship Groups are people who gather on a monthly basis for social and/or service project events. All are welcome! No special talents required, just a desire to connect with others. There are groups of all ages, so please feel free to contact Jim and Heidi Thomas to find out how to get connected.

Military Update ~ Please keep all military personnel and their families in our prayers. It is very important that we remember all those that currently and in the past have served our country to keep us safe and free. Help us update our military board (located on the south side of the main office door) by providing information about House of Prayer members (or relatives of members) who are currently in active military service.

Submit a picture (if possible) and current information on name, where they are stationed and any other information you wish to share with us. We want to honor them, thank them for their service and pray for them. Please consider emailing or writing them once in awhile. Submit your information to Debbie Wessman. Leave in the box labeled “Military Board”in the church office or call her.



Marriage Rocks! ~ Lutheran Marriage Encounter is gearing up for their Fall weekends in Minnesota. Whether your marriage is rocky or rock solid, you’ll be glad you attended a Lutheran Marriage Encounter Weekend.
The Fall Schedule weekends in Minnesota are October 14-16 in Duluth and November 18- 20 in Brooklyn Center. For more information contact Dick and Judy Dehnel at 952-432-3105, Pete & Phyllis McMahon at 763-561-1575 or visit

Family Fun! Richfield Farmers Market is open Saturdays from 7 am to Noon at Veterans’ Park and Fridays from 2-6 pm. at the Assumption church parking lot, 305 E. 77th Street. There are excellent vendors to supply your needs.

HOUSEHOLD AND OUTSIDE MAINTENACE FOR ELDERLY ~ Seniors, are you looking for some assistance with your household chores? H.O.M.E is a program that helps older adults (age 60 plus) remain independent by providing services they are unable to do for themselves. Service costs are based on a sliding contribution scale.
Our core staff, with a network of skilled workers and volunteers will perform painting, minor repairs, raking, snow shoveling, lawn mowing, house cleaning, laundry, and grocery shopping. Call: 952-888-5530.


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