4 Reasons Why You Should Attend Financial Planning Ministry’s Estate Planning Seminar

On Sunday, April 30th, from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm, in the activity center, we are grateful to be hosting the Financial Planning Ministry (FPM) here at Shepherd’s Grove! They are are a trustworthy non-profit organization dedicated to helping you protect your assets for the people and ministries you care about with proven success!

Here are the top 4 reasons why you won’t want to miss this seminar:

  1. Learn about what wills, trusts, and estates mean from a biblical perspective turn your earthly treasures into Kingdom ones!
  2. Receive free assistance in setting up a will, living trust, or estate or update your existing one!  
  3. Set up an additional one-on-one meeting with FPM, (again, at no charge), to further establish and secure your will and estate.
  4. If nothing else has peaked your interest, there will be light refreshments to enjoy!

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Sign up sheets will be at the CONNECT table Sundays on the plaza. Or call Shepherd’s Grove at (714) 971-4000 for more information.

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Amber Brings Shepherds Grove Outreach to Africa

We are proud to announce the return of our telecommunication staff member, Amber, from her enlightening mission experience in Kenya, Africa. This January, Amber answered God’s calling to spread his word in Africa for 3 weeks. We had the chance to sit down with Amber upon her return so that we could extract the ingrained memories of her cultural and spiritual life-changing experience.

Amber’s Calling

When she was merely 14 years old, Amber recalls God placing Africa within her heart. With this awareness, she continuously told herself “I am going to Africa,” manifesting her own reality that was put into action by the pieces that were laid out for her. At 19 years old, Amber regularly attended a life group on Sundays at Shepherd’s Grove, where she told the pastor that she had a heart for Africa. Her plans were put into place when the pastor told Amber that he met a girl whose parents are pastors who own an orphanage and widow center in Kenya. By placing the girls into communication with one another, Amber was offered the opportunity to visit this amazing family. It didn’t take long for Amber to agree to this transformational mission that she had been manifesting for 3 years. 6 months later, with the unwavering support of everyone at Shepherd’s Grove, she made her first step into the embodiment of her mission.

The Arrival

After a lengthy flight to Nairobi, Kenya, and a 7-hour bus ride to Migori, Amber arrived and was greeted by an immense amount of love. From there, she was welcomed into the home of 2 pastors with warm, open hearts, who were elated to share their space. Amber spent most of her time in Migori working with the orphans and widows, offering them love, laughter, and the word of God. “They watch the Hour of Power every Sunday, in their little home on a tiny TV” Amber says in shock, repeatedly. “They were so thankful that they had a visitor, but they were even more thankful that this visitor came from Hour of Power.”

 

The Lifestyle

What surprised Amber the most about the atmosphere was that, despite their poor quality of life, for people who have nothing, they want to give you everything. Upon entering each house, Amber was showered with kindness and food offerings, to a nearly overwhelming point. “They love you and they don’t even know you,” she reminisces. “They don’t look at your appearance. All they know is that this person is sent by God.”

The Culture

The most spectacular element of the Migori culture that Amber wishes she could share with us is the way that they worship. She describes the way that they sing and dance to show their love and gratitude as incredibly free. “I wish people could see that! It would give us a fire. They don’t care what people think about them.” She was fascinated to know the impact that Hour of Power has on their daily lives, and how grateful they are to be alive in God’s love.

Amber’s Perspective

Having known that Africa had been placed in her heart at an early age, Amber’s perspective strengthened even more after returning from her journey. “God can use anyone” Amber reassures us, beaming with honesty and nostalgia. “It doesn’t matter what nation you’re from, what language you speak, where you’re at—everyone needs God’s love.”

As the impact of the love and hospitality Amber experienced throughout her journey  weighs freshly on her heart and mind, it is evident that this will not be her last trip to Africa. We are confident that she will continue to spread the word of God and Hour of Power’s mission of love and dignity all over the world, wherever her heart takes her. God loves you Amber, and so do we.

Talented Performers Set For “Lasting Legacy” Event

On April 20, 2017 at 5:30 PM, we will be honoring the legendary director Don Neuen, with a evening of warm memories, stunning performances, and best of wishes for his next adventure, as he steps away from directorship after decades of service.

Many of Don’s favorite performers will be in attendance, honoring the man with their amazing musical gifts! Here are a couple of the performers you can expect to see if you attend:

Tom Tipton

A longtime soloist with a legacy going back decades with the Hour of Power, Tom is a living heritage of musical expression. Famous for his blending of gospel, jazz, R&B and hymns, Tom has performed all around the country, from small gatherings to the White House. He is known to share his gifts at anywhere freedom and liberty are celebrated!

Dorothy Benham

The winner of the prestigious title of Miss America in 1977, Dorothy remains lovely both inside and out. A classically trained lyric-coloratura soprano, she has brought her exceptional talent and soaring high-notes to the Hour of Power many times to the delight of our audiences.

Daniel Rodriguez

Known as the “Singing Policeman,” Daniel’s powerful tenor voice lifted spirits and inspired hope following the tragic attack on September 11, 2001. As an officer in New York City’s finest, he was only two blocks away from the towers of the World Trade Center when they were attacked. Now, Daniel continues to bring hope and inspiration as he performs around the country. His close work and friendship with Don and our ministry will be on full display!

 

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There are limited seats still available for this in-person-only event. To purchase your tickets, please visit our online store by clicking HERE.

 

 

Lasting Legacy: A Tribute to Don Neuen

Whenever folks talk about the Hour of Power with Bobby Schuller and Shepherd’s Grove Church, one of the first things that comes to mind is our amazing music, and our sensational choir. It’s no secret that we are blessed to have the “best choir in the world,” as Bobby says so often from the pulpit.

At the center of that excellence is conductor extraordinaire Don Neuen, who has been faithfully serving our congregation with his immense talent and knowledge for several decades.

Don is known worldwide as one of the best performance leaders in the world, and one of the foremost scholars and experts on the works of Handel. His textbooks and scholarly work is widely used, and have been translated and shared around the world.

He is also the recipient of numerous accolades, including the highest honor given to citizens from his home state of Indiana.

Recently, Bobby Schuller joined Don in the choir loft to announce his upcoming retirement, which can be watched here:

We are thrilled for Don to begin his next chapter, and are overjoyed to send him with best wishes as we celebrate his work and time with us.

On April 20, 2017 at 5:30pm we will be hosting our special event, “Lasting Legacy: A Tribute to Don Neuen,” to be held in the Arboretum at Christ Cathedral. This occasion will include dinner with Don and friends, shared reflections and memories from his time with us, and sensational performances from longtime favorites like Tom Tipton, Dorothy Benham, and Daniel Rodriguez. Of course, Don’s beloved choir will be there as well, showcasing the love and skill he has added over the years.

Tickets are available for purchase starting Sunday, March 12, in the plaza at Shepherd’s Grove, or by calling us at 714-971-4000. Cost will be $25, with a limited number of VIP tickets available for $100. This is an exclusive event, and tickets WILL sell out!

We wish nothing but the best to Don and his wife in their newest adventure, and invite you to join us in showing our love and admiration.

God loves you, Don, and so do we!

Tickets can be purchased here:  http://shepherdsgrove.seatyourself.biz

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Don will be leading the Hour of Power Choir for a special performance of Handel’s Messiah at Shepherd’s Grove on Friday, April 14 at 7:30 pm. This free event is open to all! learn more here.

Handel’s Messiah coming to Shepherd’s Grove

This upcoming Friday, April 14, all are invited to attend a wonderful evening of music and celebration, as the Hour of Power Choir and Orchestra performs the latter movements of Handel’s Messiah, led by world-renowned Handel scholar, conductor Don Neuen.

Considered by many to be one of the preeminent scholars on the works of Handel, Neuen’s directorship in this performance will be a celebration of decades leading the Hour of Power’s choral excellence. His well-deserved retirement following this concert means that this will be an exceptional and uncommon opportunity to see and hear Handel in the hands of an expert.

Messiah features many wonderful solos, and the wide talent of our celebrated choir will be on full display. Rarer still, to have such skill freely available to enjoy is worth bringing your friends and family!

The concert will begin at 7:30 pm in the sanctuary, with doors opening shortly before. This concert is non-ticketed and will be open to everyone (attendees will be given the opportunity to make a love offering if they so wish). We are expecting a very full house, and seating will be first come, first serve. Please call 714-971-4000 with any questions you may have.

Top 4 Reasons to Attend at 8:00 am

Here at Shepherd’s Grove, we are big fans of Sunday. It is the beginning of our week, and the perfect time to realign and motivate ourselves for the days to come.

Recently, we have had the joyous problem of an overflowing Traditional service at 9:25 am, and have launched an 8:00 am service to accommodate the blessing of growing attendance. This is a fantastic opportunity for both church members and newcomers alike, as our new timeslot has a few unique advantages. So, as our invitation to join us for the earlier time of worship, here are a few great reasons to consider the move!

  1. Beat the Crowd

First and foremost, this service is to alleviate the overcrowding caused by having only one Traditional service. If you’ve been with us on any recent Sunday, you know how difficult it can be to secure a seat in the pews. Again, this is an absolutely wonderful difficulty to have, as it means our message of love and dignity is touching people in our community, and compelling them to join us. We rejoice in God’s power to impact lives through our work!

Join us for the same, quality worship you've come to love!

Join us for the same, quality worship you’ve come to love!

By coming to our 8:00 am service, you will have the advantage of a more unhurried selection of seats. We want our congregation to feel comfortable in our church, as we attempt to be hospitable in God’s home.

  1. Enjoy your Sunday

As Bobby has often said, having a day to relax and enjoy is essential for spiritual health. SO often, our hurried lives can lead to stress and anxiety about what is happening and what is to come. Your Sunday should be a chance to decompress, and to experience life as God has called us to.

Consider our 8:00 am a chance to get a head start on your Sunday. Come, be filled with and inspired by the sermon, music, and church life, and go out with more time left in your day for that which brings you happiness!

Of course, church is not just something to be “gotten over with” every week, but rather to be the staring point to a Christ-centered life. The Christian week may begin with church, but it does not end with the doxology. Go out, and be rejuvenated with more Sunday to enjoy.

  1. Welcome Newcomers

One of the greatest joys in our faith is welcoming new attendees to our church, and helping them to become a part of our family. Our church is wonderful at

All your favorites, including the world-renowned Hour of Power Choir, will be there!

All your favorites, including the world-renowned Hour of Power Choir, will be there!

bringing in new people, as evidenced by our growing numbers!

Many things go in to whether a church feels welcoming to a new person or family, and we want to make every effort to put our new friends at ease. Numerous church analysts report that a key negative in a welcoming church environment is if a church service feels either too empty, or too full.

When a service reaches over 80% capacity, it can be unwelcoming to first-timers, making it feel like there isn’t a place left for them. When sparsely attended, a service can feel undesirable. Our goal as a church family should be to make these new friends feel as welcomed and loved as possible, no matter when they choose to attend.

So, we are asking those able to make the switch to our 8:00 am service to do so, as we continue to celebrate our growth, and not give reason for it to stop. This is our church home, and like any good hosts, we want to accommodate our guests to the best of our ability. By coming earlier, you are helping to show your love to our new attendees at that hour with a richer environment, and opening up space for others at 9:25 am.

  1. Support the Team

In order to bring the same level of quality performance and fellowship to our 8:00 am service, all of us – from the choir and orchestra, to the staff and volunteers – have committed to getting up even earlier (many arriving at 6 am or before!) to serve our congregation with the best of our ability. We are dedicated to

Our staff and volunteers will be there, and we'd love to have you as well!

Our staff and volunteers will be there, and we’d love to have you as well!

making the very best church opportunities for our congregants and community, and have worked diligently to make this 8:00 am service a reality.

At our earlier time, you’ll get the same caliber of excellence in worship you’ve come to expect from us, with all the heart and support we can give. We love our church, and we are willing to do what we can to help that love grow. We invite you to join us in this effort.

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We are so blessed to have a ministry that reaches so many, from our growing number of folks in person here at Shepherd’s Grove, to our burgeoning audiences around the world through the Hour of Power with Bobby Schuller program. Our foundation of support lies in you, our wonderful congregation. You carry the message of love and dignity out with you from our services every Sunday, and we are grateful for the light you share with us all.

New Things In Store for Student Ministries In 2017

By Robert Brazile
Youth Pastor, Shepherd’s Grove

2017 is going to be a big year for Shepherd’s Grove Student Ministries! The main goal we have as a student ministry this year is to get more involved with both the local community and the local junior high and high schools. We know that ministries can often get too caught up in the “number game,” where it’s all about the quantity of people that attend their youth group. Rather than drawing in students to benefit our own number game, we’d like to reach as many students as possible with the gospel. Through reaching out to the community and local schools, we hope we can draw more students into our church, and in turn, draw more students into our Christian family!

But how are we going to do that? Well, we’re glad you asked! We have three BIG things we are planning for 2017, and they’re going to be good.

1. Camping, Winter-Style

This year, in addition to our usual summer camp, we are adding a winter retreat! In February, we will embark on a weekend camping trip to allow students to escape from reality, enter God’s amazing creation, and spend some down time reflecting on what God’s doing in their lives. We’re really excited to see what God will do here!

2. A New Summer Camp

After looking into some different summer camps, we think we’ve found a really great camp option. Different from our past camps, this one will allow us to take even more students. Last year we took four leaders and 26 students to stay on houseboats in the Sacramento River Delta and it was a blast. But this year, we hope to take a total of 40 people to camp!

3. Fun Outreach Events

We also have smaller events planned to reach the students in our community. We’re planning bowling nights, game nights, movie nights, and beach days. We want to provide a fun opportunity for students — who may even be new to church — to spend time with people their age and to enjoy themselves in a completely positive environment. Sometimes church can be intimidating, but we want to eliminate all the intimidation in our student ministry.

Be on the look out for God to move in BIG ways here at Shepherd’s Grove in our student ministry!

Christmas Eve will be a Magical Time at Shepherd’s Grove

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Don Neuen leads the Hour of Power Choir

It’s hard to believe that Christmas is already here! With all of the busyness that comes with it, the holiday season can be over before we really get to appreciate it. We here at Shepherd’s Grove know how difficult it can be to set aside even a few moments to reflect on the season. While time may seem short, we would like to offer you an opportunity to take in Christmas with a service dedicated to its joy and meaning.

On Christmas Eve, we invite you and yours to experience the majesty of the holidays with us, as we celebrate with sensational music, powerful words, and the wonderful hope in the birth of the Savior.

Our Choir and Orchestra will immerse you in the anthems of the season, working in harmony with our Modern worship team to celebrate with one and all. Hear the Gospel not just read, but proclaimed in exuberant celebration. Take in Bobby Schuller’s message, as he passionately speaks into the birth of Jesus and what it means for us, even today.

As Bobby often says, “Nobody does Christmas quite like Shepherd’s Grove,” and we are aiming to prove him right once again. Hope and rejoice with us this Christmas Eve, and may we all have a blessed new year.

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There will be two services on December 24, 2016 at 4:00 pm and 5:30 pm. For more information, please call Shepherd’s Grove at (714)971-4000.

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Voices of Hope Children’s Choir to Share their Christmas Spirit

On December 18, 2016, the Voices of Hope Children’s Choir will be “taking over” the sanctuary for an evening of music, Christmas spirit, and fun… All led by the kids themselves!

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The children, rehearsing choreography

Starting at 6 pm, our wonderful young ones will be leading all those attending in a time of high holiday spirits as they share their musical gifts, led by director Sarah Grandpre. Hear the Christmas story as told by the children, sharing the story of our Savior’s birth. Expect a few fun musical surprises as well!

Following the service, sweet refreshments will be served. Come and support the hard work our children have put in to performing, and experience the holiday spirit as only they can share.

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Do you have a child in 1st-10th grade looking to gain valuable vocal experience singing with our choir? Information, and an opportunity to sign up will be made available following the event. Rehearsals are Thursday evenings from 4-7, and our director requests unchanged voices only.

“O Holy Night” a Great Success!

On the evening of Saturday, Dec. 3, we were honored to host the annual “O Holy Night” Concert. Talented artists from stage and screen joined our phenomenal choir and orchestra for a night of stirring Christmas music. We had a full house, as our local community gathered to celebrate the season!

While there were far too many wonderful moments to list here, these are a few highlights from the show:

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The Schuller family welcomes the crowd to our celebration of Christmas.

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It takes a lot of courage to sing in front of so many people, but Noelle Lidyoff performed “Sing We Now of Christmas” wonderfully!

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Caity Peters shared deeper meaning of the season with her rendition of “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day”

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Todd Strange jumped back and forth from the choir loft to center stage, using his gifts as an operatic tenor on songs like “Where Else Would a Lamb Be Born?”

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Dorothy Benham is always a Shepherd’s Grove favorite, singing the titular song of the night.

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Our own Voices of Hope children’s choir, led by Sarah Grandpre, performed “All is Well”, with a surprise joining of the Hour of Power choir to back them up!

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Kevin Rose’s smooth voice fit perfectly with songs like “Believe”

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Maiya Sykes had everyone on their feet following songs like “Jesus, O What a Wonderful Child”!

This was truly an amazing night of Christmas fun for everyone, right down to the magic of snowfall in Southern California! If you missed the concert and would still like to see it, or just want to watch it again (and again and again!), DVD’s of the program will soon be made available for purchase.

We would like to thank Dr. Marc Riley and the Hour of Power Orchestra, Don Neuen and the Hour of Power Choir, our amazing soloists and everyone that helped to make this evening a success. It is a joy to be able to share such great shows in our community. Merry Christmas, everyone!