House of Prayer 14045 Space Center Blvd • Houston, TX 77062 • 281.488.4439



Sunday Fundays! are fellowship events, geared towards kids, but open to everyone.  Mark your calendar and join us for monthly fun with your House of Prayer family!
Car Wash- Saturday, September 19, 11am-1pm
The high school and confirmation youth will be holding a car wash as a part of their God’s Work, Our Hands service project. Come out and get your car cleaned...you won’t even have to exit your vehicle! Any donations that are received will be donated to Hurricane Laura relief.

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Confirmation is for those youth in 6-8th grades. We gather on Sunday mornings from 9:45-10:45 a.m. In addition, there are service and fellowship opportunities on a monthly basis. Bring your friends!
Confirmation Class Schedule, 9:45-10:45am Confirmation is for those youth in 6th to 8th grades. We will gather online via Zoom on Sunday mornings from 9:45-10:45 am. This year we will be focusing on Stewardship, the Old Testament, and The Ten Commandments. Invite your friends to join us! SEPTEMBER CLASS SCHEDULE: September 6 no class September 13 RALLY SUNDAY- Trivia Day! September 20 “Stewardship of Time” September 27 Rite of Confirmation for 9th graders- no class

Confirmation Banquet and Service, September 26-27 This year seven of our House of Prayer youth will be affirming their baptismal vows during our Rite of Confirmation. A banquet for these young people and their families will be held on Saturday, September 26th at 8:30 am at Bay Oaks Country Club. The Rite of Confirmation will take place on Sunday, September 27th at 11:00 am. Please keep these young people in your prayers on this special day, that they might continue to grow in their faith and embrace a life of discipleship.
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RECAP OF THE BOUNDARY WATERS CANOE TRIP- July 17-24
When Pastor Eric and I decided to go forward with the High School trip to the Boundary Waters in Minnesota, I felt the pressure to make sure the event went smoothly. This would likely be the biggest thing the kids did all summer. If it was a disappointment, the failure would loom large in their minds. After landing in Minneapolis and driving to Lutsen, things were going well. We spent a whole day in town, hiking to some beautiful falls, buying souvenirs, and seeing who could last the longest in Lake Superior’s icy waters. The kids, some of whom only really knew one of the others, were getting along swimmingly. Things changed the day we entered the Boundary Waters. The wind was stronger than the experienced chaperones had seen before, and the waves were rocking us as soon as we set out. Pretty quickly, the canoe I was in tipped over and took on water, sending our supplies downstream and forcing a rescue mission from our stalwart saviors. Even after everything was recovered, we couldn’t find a campsite near our planned path. There goes my worry-free trip. I’ll admit, it felt like God was laughing at our hubris for thinking that we could pull off a simple retreat during the COVID pandemic. The first devotional I had planned was around Jesus calming the storm and walking on water in Matthew 14. The irony did flash through my mind as we were buffeted by the waves. But it wasn’t until I read it over with the kids that the lesson hit me. “Oh you of little faith,” Jesus says to Peter (and me). When Peter steps out onto the water, we know it is still storming because it is the wind that scares him into sinking. Any trip, no matter where or when we went, would have storms. Jesus calls us to walk into the storm in faith, knowing that he is there. The next day, the waves were calm and the sun was out. We went to the middle of the lake we were at and had lunch. Because we had gone so far off from our original plan, we had this whole lake to ourselves, probably for the best given how loud we were. The day after was rainy and cold, but we made it to the next campsite. One of the high schoolers was able to start a fire despite the deluge, and we all had hot chocolate! That night we spent hours in the tent together talking about our lives and experiences. When asked to list their favorite moments, the ones God planned just for them, the Tent Talks were mentioned by every participant. Our last full day was also the most beautiful. The lake had never been more still, and we again ventured to a distant lake for a relaxed lunch in our boats. That sunset, we saw the comet NEOWISE, and looked at the uncountable stars that night. This would be a trip to remember. — Stephen Adkison, Youth Director
UPCOMING HIGH SCHOOL EVENTS
Fill My Cup, Sundays, 9:45 a.m., Zoom, beginning September 13th
High school youth are invited to join Stephen Adkison online for conversation, fellowship, and coffee. Bring your friends!
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House of Prayer is involved in many different ways in our Clear Lake community. Check out some of the upcoming opportunities, and give back for the ways that you have been blessed!
Communities in Schools
Please consider donating an item that is found on the wish list at the welcome desk in the narthex. Thank you for your continued generosity as we support those less fortunate here in the Clear Creek school district.
Family Promise, November 8-15
We will be hosting at our church families who have been displaced from their homes. There is opportunity for you to make a difference by providing a meal, or serving as an overnight host at the church. For more information, click HERE.
God's Work, Our Hands, The month of September
It is no surprise that as we experience a year like no other, we will also have a “God’s Work, Our Hands” event like no other as well! This year, in order to promote social distancing, we will be doing our annual outreach and service event a bit differently. Instead of identifying different projects and tasks within our community to participate in as groups, we are asking that everyone get involved in serving those in need as individuals. Here are two options from which you can choose:
1) HURRICANE LAURA RELIEF 3 years ago Hurricane Harvey hit Houston and left many in the city devastated. Our neighbors in Louisiana were kind enough to jump into action to help us out. Now it is our turn to return the favor, as Hurricane Laura destroyed everything in her path. The City of Houston is starting a supply drive for those of East Texas and SW Louisiana. From September 1-10, items can be purchased and dropped off at a variety of sites, including local Houston Kroger stores. Requested supplies include: diapers/wipes, cleaning supplies, personal hygiene items, nonperishable food, bottled water, pet food and supplies, generators, fans. If you would rather not purchase items directly, another option would be to make a monetary donation to the Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast Synod’s Disaster Fund’s online giving platform, Tithe.ly. St. Paul Lutheran Church in Lake Charles received extensive damage, and will need all the help they can get in the immediate future. 
2) CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE Have you identified a local need in your neighborhood that you can attend to? This option allows for individual creativity as we become God’s hands and feet in the world. Maybe a neighbor’s lawn needs assistance, or you decide to set up a lemonade stand to raise money for a charity you are passionate about. The possibilities are endless, and we encourage you to get to work...and then let us know about it! We would love to highlight in future publications some of the ways that our church members are serving in the world.
Feed Galveston, POSTPONED to a later date
Join an assembly line of volunteers in packaging meals for those who are hungry in Galveston County! The last packing event at First Lutheran Church in Galveston saw over 50,000 meals packaged and boxed up for those in need. Be a part of the solution to end hunger. You can make a difference!

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MUSIC MINISTRY SCHEDULE
Praise Team, Tuesdays, 7 p.m.- on hiatus Our Praise Team is always looking for new singers and musicians! Join us as we prepare for our Cowboy Church performance.
Handbell Choir,
Tuesdays, 7 p.m., August through May- on hiatus
Join the handbell choir and make a joyful noise unto the Lord! No prior experience necessary.
Adult Choir, Wednesdays, 7 p.m., August through May- on hiatus
Sing unto the Lord a new song! We gladly welcome all voices to join the choir.