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.

Christmas Village returns to Shepherd’s Grove

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2015 Shepherd’s Grove Christmas Village

Come celebrate the Christmas season with our community as we welcome back the Christmas Village to Shepherd’s Grove! This is a wonderful opportunity to share in the joy of the holidays with family and friends, taking place Dec. 10 from 6pm-9pm.

There will be some wonderful things to see and do this year, including festive holiday crafts, sweet cookie decorating, and a chance to visit with Santa himself! And, despite the traditionally warm California weather around the holidays, our forecast is calling for REAL SNOW to play in! If you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, take a ride on our exciting 35-foot sled run. There will be delicious treats, warm drinks, and plenty of fun to be had, all completely free of charge. So come, and bring your family in friends to this Christmas wonderland.

If you’re interested in helping to make the fun, stop by our Connect table this Sunday, or give us a call at (714) 971-4000. Happy Holidays, everyone!

Nick Vujicic at Shepherd’s Grove Oct. 16

On October 16, 2016, we will have Nick Vujicic with us here at Shepherd’s Grove. Nick was born with a rare genetic abnormality which prevented the growth of arms and legs, but hasn’t let it stop him from leading a fulfilling life, and touching the minds and hearts of people from all around the world!

Recently, Nick visited with our Hour of Power family in the Netherlands, and shared the following in their publication, HoopMagazine. Get to know his story in his own words, as we look forward to his upcoming visit!

Different from Birth

“My parents always taught me that everything happens for a reason and that you should always try your hardest, trust God and never give up. I’m
grateful to them for that. My parents not only did an amazing job raising me; they also had the courage to have more children…On the day I was born, my nick-1dad stood next to my mom and saw a little shoulder, but no arm. He almost fainted when he saw that, and the nurse had to escort him out of the room. I had what is called phocemelia. I have no limbs, and there isn’t any medical explanation for it. The doctors said I was likely to grow up a vegetable.

My mother said: “Take him away, I don’t want to see him!” My dad comforted her and said: “He’s beautiful.” They took me home, but it took three or four months for my mother to make her peace with it.”

Wrestling with Suicide

“When I was six, I tried to live with prosthetic limbs, but after months of trying I found that all they did was limit me and I tried to function without as much as I could.

I was the first disabled person in the Australian school system and I was bullied. My parents encouraged me to ignore it, but I didn’t want to be special. I wanted nothing more than to have arms and legs, and to be like everyone else! Everyone searches for something to make them happy – for some people it’s money, or drugs or alcohol. I just wanted to not be rejected. Every time another kid made fun of me or excluded me from a game, my fear came back. But my parents kept believing in me and told me they would never give me up. At home, I was safe. When I was ten, I wanted to kill myself. I felt worthless, and I thought I would always be a burden to my parents and never get married. That’s why as a teenager, I wanted to be as independent as possible. My parents encouraged me and said: “You’ll never know what you’re capable of until you try.” Now I can do all kinds of things like swimming, fishing and snowboarding. I can brush my own teeth and wash my own hair. In every situation, I try to achieve as much as I can. It’s not what you have, it’s what you do with it. I am no longer afraid of failure.”

Finding Hope

“I started giving speeches when I was about 19, and I travelled the world. I had family in California and they encouraged me to come over: “Nick, make your dreams come true! You can reach the whole world!” they said. I started Life Without Limbs and now, the organization has existed for over a decade. I’ve been to more than 53 countries and travelled millions of miles – it’s true! I am incredibly grateful to be able to speak for world leaders, but also to orphans and those who have been hurt or forgotten. I have a caregiver who travels with me. It’s so great talking to young people. They’re in the middle of a phase in which they’re still really being formed, discovering their values and setting goals. In my experiences with younger people, I see that sometimes it’s worse to live in a broken home than to live without limbs. I want to tell them they don’t have to be afraid. It’s not about the outside. It’s about who you are on the inside. I always think of my father who said: “you’re a gift, you just came in a different package.”

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“I’m also married now. My wife Kanae is Japanese-American; we met in Texas. It was love at first sight. We are so grateful to have met each other!

Three months after we started seeing each other, I went through a personal crisis. I wanted to start a couple of companies, but it didn’t work out. Someone stole money from me. I had to ask my parents for money and when all of that hit home, I fell back into a depression and into the fear of being fearsome to others. All I did was cry. And what’s more, I couldn’t believe that Kanae would stay with me. But she said ‘I’m not going anywhere. I’ll get a job, it’ll be all right.’ That was when I knew she would be my wife. Nine months later, I asked her to marry me and one year after we were married, our son Kiyoshi was born and then Dejan.”

Being a Miracle

“My message goes beyond church walls and is based on my belief in Jesus. I tell people not to give up. Sometimes, we’re waiting for a miracle that doesn’t happen. I myself wished many things were different in my life. But the thought of me being a miracle in someone else’s life gives my own life value. We all have our worries. I’m no superhero. But I do embrace life as much as I can and focus on what is most important.”

To learn more about Nick and Life Without Limbs, please visit www.lifewithoutlimbs.org.

NEW Sunday Service Pre-Launch Celebration!

As you have probably heard by now, our church is growing! So much in fact, that we are adding another Traditional service, beginning at 8 am on September 11, 2016. This service will be a mirror image of the 9:25 am service, with all of the wonderful music and worship our congregation loves.

For four Sundays at 8 am,  beginning August 21, leading up to and including our new Sunday morning Traditional service, join your Shepherd’s Grove family for special celebrations. Attend all four events and become an 8 am Sunday Service Charter Member, and have your name written down as a part of the living history of Shepherd’s Grove!

 

PRAYERS & PANCAKES

Aug. 21 in the Activity Center. Enjoy a complimentary breakfast and gather together to lift up this new service during a time of community prayer.Pre Launch crop 1

 

MORNING OF MELODIES

Aug. 28 in the Sanctuary. Select choir and orchestra members will inspire us all during a concert of spiritual classics.

 

STAFF SONGS & SWEET

Sept. 4 on the Plaza. Enjoy a sweet treat while musically talented members of our church staff entertain us with pop favorites.

 

OFFICIAL LAUNCH

Sept. 11 in the Sanctuary. Be there for the very first early morning traditional service, which is just like the 9:25 am service.

 

This is such an exciting time in the ministry of this Church, and we’re so glad to have you as a part of it. God loves you, and so do we!

NEW on the YouVersion Bible App: “Stability in a Fragile World”

Now on the popular YouVersion Bible app, you will find Bible Study Plans based on recent message series that I have presented at Shepherd’s Grove and on Hour of Power.

YouVersion1440My first seven-day reading plan is available now. My hope is that this reading plan offers you practical steps to finding “Stability in a Fragile World.” You may be experiencing a tough season as you carry a big burden, be it financial, physical, relational, or spiritual. In the midst of all of these trials that are the suffering of life, God is faithful to carry us through. Through this reading plan, I invite you to spend just a few minutes a day reflecting on His faithfulness.

I hope you’ll also look for more plans to come in the months ahead. It’s my hope that these reading plans provides you with a sense of hope and encouragement, and that you are reminded each day you read that God loves you just as you are. I truly believe that time spent in His word and His presence refreshes and restores us more than anything else.

The YouVersion Bible app, available for download at bible.com, provides a free Bible on your phone, tablet, or computer that brings God’s Word into your daily life. The plans offer a simple way to read the Bible every day, just a little at a time.

 

Bobby Schuller plays Pokemon Go and recognizes it is bringing new people to church.

How Pokémon is Bringing People to Church

Bobby Schuller plays Pokemon Go and recognizes it is bringing new people to church. In the coming weeks, you may notice some rather odd behavior on our church campus. Both familiar and unfamiliar faces, wandering around seemingly at random in front of our sanctuary, staring intently at their smartphones, held up as though they are taking a picture.

Don’t worry. They’re not crazy. They’re just playing Pokemon GO.

Bobby Schuller, who has taken up the game himself, had this to say:

“I really like this game, because it’s family friendly and has gamers getting off the couch and out hiking.”
This is a unique and wonderful opportunity for us as a Church to show how everyone belongs by welcoming these folks on to our campus. The game itself uses a mapping system, highlighting places of interest in the real world to visit for in-game rewards. Shepherd’s Grove was chosen as one of these places of interest, and it has already begun to draw people to our church!

“We always want to be a church at the center of the community in Orange County,” said Bobby, when asked about our church’s connection to the game, “We’d love to see people hanging out on our lobby playing Pokemon Go!”

So, if you are here with us at the church, and you see someone walking with phone in-hand, be sure to point him or her in the right direction!

For those of you who are playing Pokemon GO, we invite you to join us in the foyer immediately following the first service (around 10:45 am) at our Pokéstop to take advantage of a Lure Module that will be place there. Happy training!

Pokemon Go Players Visit Shepherd's Grove

Pokemon Go Players Visit Shepherd’s Grove

 

This post was written by Cameron Jackson, the Digital Influence Specialist for Shepherd’s Grove/Hour of Power with Bobby Schuller. 

A Simple Guide to Walking on Water

By Pastor Bobby Schuller

Do you trust God? I mean, do you really trust God? If you’re like me, learning to trust and rely on God in a deep way is a constant process. This July, I invite you to join us as we explore what it looks like to truly walk in faith with our new series, “A Simple Guide to Walking on Water.”

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Together, we will learn how to trust God in a deeper and more assured way as we step out in faith into the world around us. I hope you’ll join!

Here are some highlights of what we’ll be covering each week:

July 3: Trust not Clarity
(Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-12, 17-19)

God doesn’t give us clarity. He gives us faith (trust). The weirdest thing about walking by faith is we don’t know where we are walking.

July 10: God is for You
(Luke 13:10-17)

Religious people may be against us, but God is for us. John 10:10b says, “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”

July 17: Risk
(Matthew 14:25-32)

We can do everything God has called us to do. We should dream to do bigger things so that God gets the glory. We, the disciples, are supposed to do everything the rabbi does, and he has called us because he believes we are good enough.

July 24: Endurance
(James 1:2-4, Philippians 1:6)

Faith is about patience. Don’t quit because God will finish what he’s started in us. This sermon will focus on the story of Hagar, and how Abraham and Sarah tried to rush the process with God.

July 31: Words of Faith
(James 2-4, 9-12)

If we want succeed in life, we must succeed first in our words. Our world has made words cheap, so the less we speak the more people will listen to us. The more we listen, the more people will be willing to take our advice.

August 7: Vulnerability
(2 Corinthians 12:7b-10)

Being vulnerable is an act of faith that makes God strong in our weakness.

August 14: From Pride to Humility
Pastor Chad will preach the seventh message in this series about faith, trust, pride, and humility.

Shepherd’s Grove Comes to Hillsong Channel June 1

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At Shepherd’s Grove, we are a community of happy and whole students of Jesus who seek to bring God’s love and dignity to the entire world, and we do this through the weekly-televised Hour of Power with Bobby Schuller. So, we’re incredibly excited to share that beginning June 1, our services now will be televised every day on Hillsong Channel! Formerly The Church Channel, this new network will feature:
  • On Saturdays and Sundays, an abbreviated half-hour version of Hour of Power with Bobby Schuller with music, interview guest, and a shorter message.
  • On Mondays through Fridays, a half-hour Bobby Schuller, featuring continuous full series of our pastor’s messages.
For times and locations to view these and all other programs with Bobby Schuller, call 866-GET-HOPE (438-4673).​ Watch full episodes of Hour of Power with Bobby Schuller here.
Voices of Hope

“Voices of Hope” Debut During Season of Rejoice

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Voices of Hope, our children’s choir at Shepherd’s Grove, made their public debut  December 20 during a special evening Advent service held at Shepherd’s Grove. During Celebration of Advent: Christmas Extravaganza, the choir sang three songs beginning with All is Well and O Come, Little Children. They were then joined by Daniel Rodriguez and Karina Nuvo to sing Christmas Day by Michael W. Smith.

“Our debut was nothing short of outstanding, due to hours of hard work, tons of prayers, and supportive families and children who trust me and this program,” said Sarah Grandpré, artistic director for Voices of Hope. “It also was incredible to be able to give the kids’ families the joy of seeing them use their talent to glorify God.”

The evening also included the singing of carols, the vocal talents of  Marla Kavanaugh and the Shepherd’s Grove Community Orchestra.

About Voices of Hope
Under the direction of Sarah Grandpré, Voices of Hope is a tuition-free professional group of 4th through 8th grade students who share the message of hope through music both locally and internationally. The choir rehearses weekly at Shepherd’s Grove and performs at the church and on the Hour of Power with Bobby Schuller for major holidays. They also plan to tour in the future.

“Our mission for Voices of Hope is to share the message of hope through the very powerful language of music. To achieve that, my goal is to nurture the children’s self-esteem in a safe and supportive environment, resulting in musical excellence and professionalism. I aim to choose music that is wholesome and life-affirming, so that the truths of the Gospel can be reinforced to my singers and communicated through them to our world. Voice of Hope was formed with faith that God will bring us the right families to participate in this choir. I would love for the program to grow, and I trust that God’s plan is at work and with His grace we are moving forward.”

– Sarah Grandpré, artistic director for Voices of Hope.

About Sarah Grandpré
Sarah Grandpré is the artistic director of Voices of Hope. As a concert soloist, Sarah has performed oratorio works by Handel, Haydn, Beethoven and Bach. Career highlights include making her Carnegie Hall debut as the Soprano soloist in Brahms’ Requiem with Manhattan Concert Productions and performing in Royce Hall with renowned conductor and Hour of Power Choir director Donald Neuen as a Soprano soloist for his final performance of Beethoven’s Mass in C Major with the UCLA Chorale and Philharmonia. She also has been featured in Handel’s Messiah at the Crystal Cathedral and for the Hour of Power with Bobby Schuller at Shepherd’s Grove. 

In addition to her growing number of professional singing engagements, Sarah runs a successful private studio in Orange County, California where she teaches vocal and piano technique. 
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