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Shepherd’s Grove Loves Moms!

We had a blast on Mother’s Day celebrating our Moms at Shepherd’s Grove. We watched a video featuring what our kids love about their moms, we enjoyed pink sprinkle donuts, and we smiled for our photo booth. Check our your photos down below and share them using #SGlovesmoms!

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.

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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“Wish of a Lifetime” Fulfills Dream of Visiting Shepherd’s Grove

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Photo courtesy of Danielle Penn Photography

Here at Shepherd’s Grove, we are so blessed to share in a community not only here in Southern California, but across the world through Hour of of Power with Bobby Schuller. For many, our music, worship and messages play an important role in their spiritual walk, and it is an honor and a privilege to hear how this ministry has touched them. That’s why we were so excited to meet Ruth.

 

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Photo courtesy of Danielle Penn Photography

Ruth Birman and her husband of 56 years have been avid viewers of our weekly program for decades, watching Bobby and his grandfather from Longwood, Florida. They had always planned to come and visit us, but Ruth’s husband passed away earlier this year before that dream could become a reality. Still wanting to make the trip herself, Ruth made her way to California.

 

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Photo courtesy of Danielle Penn Photography

When Wish of a Lifetime, a wish-granting organization, and Brookdale Senior Living heard Ruth’s story, they arranged for Ruth and her daughter, Sarah, to travel across the country and share in a service with us. On October 23, we were incredibly honored to meet Ruth in person!

The two stopped by our green room before service, where they met with Bobby and Hannah. The spry and jubilant 86-year-old had both of the Schullers in fits of laughter, and they were touched to hear about the role their church has played in her and her late husband’s lives. After a quick tour “behind the scenes” of the program, Ruth was escorted to her reserved seat in the front of the sanctuary, where she received a standing ovation from our congregation, honoring her and her husband as dedicated members of our church family.

God loves you Ruth, and so do we.

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Photo courtesy of Danielle Penn Photography

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.

Christmas Eve at Shepherd's Grove

Celebrate Christmas Eve at Shepherd’s Grove

Christmas Eve at Shepherd's GroveChristmas Eve is just one week away! Whether you live down the street or across the country, we invite you to join us for the culmination of Season of Rejoice at Shepherd’s Grove during one of four special Christmas Eve celebrations.

  • 3 pm, Shepherd’s Grove: Contemporary Service, led by Grove Worship.
  • 5 pm, Shepherd’s Grove: Traditional Service, featuring the musical talents of Mandie Pinto, Courtney Taylor, Todd Strange and Richard Rivale, along with reflective Scripture readings and performances by the renowned Shepherd’s Grove choir and Shepherd’s Grove Handbells.
  • 5 pm, Hour of Power Webstream: Watch a webstream of “O Holy Night,” a divine musical experience featuring a stunning orchestra, angelic choral ensembles, and spectacular soloists.
  • 7 pm, Shepherd’s Grove: Traditional Service, featuring the musical talents of Mandie Pinto, Courtney Taylor, Todd Strange and Richard Rivale, along with reflective Scripture readings and performances by the renowned Shepherd’s Grove choir and Shepherd’s Grove Handbells.

If you are located in Southern California, we also invite you to view a broadcast of “O Holy Night” at 5 am Christmas morning on KCAL 9.

For more information on our Christmas Eve services, please visit SeasonofRejoice.com or call (714) 971-4000.

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An Open Letter to All 2016 Presidential Candidates

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In less than a year, our nation will have a new leader. The new President of the United States will be sworn in, vowing to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States” to the best of their ability. Since President Washington, this vow has been made with one hand on a Bible — a symbol of trust in God held by our nation’s leaders.

As we continue into the primary season, I have been reflecting on the level of stress, conviction and pressure that you, our 2016 presidential candidates, must be feeling. I also recognize that this is a time to turn to God, trust Him and ask Him for strength.  

Just like my grandfather, I recognize the commonality between all candidates — God loves you all. And, so do we. Regardless of political affiliation, stances on economic or social issues, religious beliefs, or any other divisive characteristic, I invite you to Shepherd’s Grove and the Hour of Power for a time of prayer and conversation. We would love to cover you and your campaign in prayer, asking God to work through you, give you strength and comfort, and show you love during this busy time.   

If you would like to visit Shepherd’s Grove for prayer, or if you would like to arrange an on-air interview on Hour of Power, please contact our press relations team at (714) 971-4034.

May God bless you!

Bobby Schuller

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“O Holy Night” Welcomes Season of Rejoice at Shepherd’s Grove

Daniel Rodriguez - O Holy Night - Season of RejoiceBeautiful music filled the sanctuary this past Saturday, November 21, as nearly 800 people across two performances celebrated the birth of Jesus and welcomed the Christmas season at Shepherd’s Grove during the second bi-annual “O Holy Night.” The evening featured 16 songs performed by a stunning orchestra, the angelic Hour of Power Choir and spectacular soloists Daniel Rodriguez, Marla Kavanaugh, Mandie Pinto, Dorothy Benham, Diane Freeman-Reynolds, Logan Watts, Casey Zemen, Frank Snip, Michael Skidgel and Karina Nuvo.  

The night also featured Scripture readings from the Christmas story by Pastors Bobby Schuller, Chad Blake, Russ Jacobson and Glenn DeMaster. A glorious narration of Jesus’ powerful life, followed by a choral rendition of “Joy to the World” brought the evening to a glorious conclusion.   

“O Holy Night” also served as the launch of Season of Rejoice, a six-week-long annual holiday event that features entertainment for the whole family, as well as traditional and contemporary Advent services featuring inspirational messages from Bobby Schuller.

For more information on Season of Rejoice, visit seasonofrejoice.com.

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Be There: Being Present and Responsible

Pastor Bobby Schuller continues his series “Our Deepest Need” with the message “Be There: Being Present and Responsible” at Shepherd’s Grove on Sunday July 16, 2017.

This week, Bobby reminds us that as Christians, one of the best ways to bond with God is through people. Every one of us is high maintenance, and no one can maintain themselves. There are people in this world who love you, and you should love them back, because you need them. The people who accept you for your imperfections and flaws, and choose to love you anyway, that is the deepest form of bonding. Believe you are wanted, believe you are not a burden, and go deeper. It will transform your life.

Be Generous: Find a Need and Fill It

Pastor Bobby Schuller continues his series “Our Deepest Need” with the message “Be Generous: Find a Need and Fill It” at Shepherd’s Grove on Sunday July 9, 2017.

With this message, Bobby reminds us that our relationship with God cannot be separated from our relationships with other people. And the best way to love Jesus is to love the people He has given you. We are all high-maintenance individuals, but the more significant thing we can do to tend to our relationship with God is to serve others. This week, ask a loved one, “What’s the greatest need you have from me that I’m not giving you?” Try not to be offended by the answer, but rather respond with compassion.

Be Seen: You Can Trust Others

Pastor Bobby Schuller begins his new series “Our Deepest Need” with the message “Be Seen: You Can Trust Others” at Shepherd’s Grove on Sunday July 2, 2017.

In a world seemingly filled with emptiness and boredom through social media and other forms of technology, it is difficult to distinguish whether this is helping or hurting our connection with one another. How can we bond with each other in a more genuine way?

The greatest barrier that blocks us from bonding with others is the belief that there’s something about our lives that isn’t lovable, causing us to hide it. Pastor Bobby reminds us that the deepest needs that we may feel inclined to hide, are the things that deserve to be shared and loved the most. In order to be loved deeply, you have to be seen deeply.

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A Passion for your Name

On Sunday June 25, 2017 at Shepherds Grove, Pastor Chad Blake speaks about the importance of maintaining passion at the core of our lives. To live a fruitful life, it is also crucial to find the strength to alleviate the shame and guilt that keeps us from living out our passion

Yahweh Tsidkenu: I am your Righteousness

Pastor Bobby Schuller concludes his series “I Am” with the message “Yahweh Tsidkenu: I am your Righteousness” at Shepherd’s Grove on Sunday June 18, 2017.

This week’s message is “I am your Righteousness.” With this message, Bobby helps us reinforce one idea: God is for us, not against us. We should not feel shameful toward our imperfections, because those are the very aspects that God loves. He isn’t looking for perfect people, He’s looking for someone like you–someone who has faith. That is all that God asks for. So let go and have faith, because God is so proud of you.

Yahweh Rapha: I am your Healer. You will be well

Pastor Bobby Schuller continues his series “I Am” with the message “Yahweh Rapha: I am your Healer. You will be well” at Shepherd’s Grove on Sunday June 11, 2017.

This week’s message is “I am your Healer.” Everywhere He goes, all God does is heal. There is no tragedy God cannot redeem. Bobby reminds us that if you have not received the miracle that you have asked of God, it is simply because God has a better plan in store. Heaven is within you, and it is released through faith. Believe in your miracle!