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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.

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!

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. 

Season of Rejoice - Bobby Schuller

Shepherd’s Grove to Launch Annual Christmas Celebration November 21

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The light of Christmas shines brightly at Shepherd’s Grove! This year, Shepherd’s Grove will host the inaugural Season of Rejoice, a yearly Christmas celebration comprised of more than a dozen events, including inspirational worship services and interactive festivities.

Season of Rejoice - Bobby Schuller“It’s a tremendous joy to bring the beauty of Christmas to our community each year through Season of Rejoice,” said Pastor Bobby Schuller. “At Shepherd’s Grove, we strive to make happy students of Jesus, and Season of Rejoice now provides us with a new platform to engage with those around us.”

Season of Rejoice kicks off with “O Holy Night,” a divine musical experience featuring a stunning orchestra, angelic choral ensembles and spectacular soloists including Daniel Rodriguez, Marla Kavanaugh, Dorothy Benham, Karina Nuvo, Mandie Pinto, Diane Freeman-Reynolds and Michael Skidgel.

The six-week-long holiday event continues with traditional and contemporary Advent services featuring inspirational messages from Bobby Schuller, along with activities for all ages, including throwing snowballs and playing reindeer games at Shepherd’s Grove Christmas Village.

This joyful event culminates in three glorious Christmas Eve celebrations, 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.

For more information please visit seasonofrejoice.com.

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Chapter 13: Your Secret Life Matters Most

Pastor Bobby Schuller continues his series “The Narrow Road: How To Be Alive” with the message “Your Secret Life Matters Most” at Shepherd’s Grove on Sunday March 26, 2017.

In this message, Bobby advises us to manifest vulnerability as a quiet, dignified strength. Within this theme, Bobby also differentiates humility and shame, to encourage us not to confuse one for the other. There is tremendous strength in being rooted in humility and being at peace with your imperfections. You have value. So make a commitment to abandon your shame and be vulnerable with your life.

Chapter 12: Gratitude and Joy

Pastor Bobby Schuller continues his series “The Narrow Road: How To Be Alive” with the message “Gratitude and Joy” at Shepherd’s Grove on Sunday March 19, 2017.

In this message, Bobby reminds us that a grateful heart is a magnet for miracles. By viewing each hurdle and obstacle as a blessing, you will be able to look at your life in an entirely new light. Rather than looking upon your past with regret, learn to accept each decision as a part of what makes you strengthened in the present. Because the more grateful you are, the better the future you’re preparing for yourself.

Chapter 11: Sufficiency and Generosity

Pastor Bobby Schuller continues his series “The Narrow Road: How To Be Alive” with the message “Sufficiency and Generosity” at Shepherd’s Grove on Sunday March 12, 2017.

This week, Bobby encourages us to be generous. Generosity practiced in faith can cause anyone to feel wealthy. Do you need an opportunity in life? Transcend your problems and help others succeed. When following God, wealth is not simply defined by monetary gains. Rather it can be measured by wisdom, knowledge, character, and benevolence. Give something away to someone in need, so that you can hear the Lord say to you, “come follow me.”

Chapter 10: Don’t Worry-It Will Be Okay

Pastor Bobby Schuller continues his series “The Narrow Road: How To Be Alive” with the message “Don’t Worry-It Will Be Okay” at Shepherd’s Grove on Sunday March 5, 2017.

It’s easy to become swept up in the anxieties of our every day, but Bobby reminds us this week to slow down, let our anxieties go, and give them to God. Training your eyes to see what’s good, and not dwelling on the negative things that may happen can be tricky. But simply by walking in the strength of faith, anything is possible. Life is too beautiful to worry about the little things. Let go, trust, and live in the easy rhythms of grace. That is a good life.

Chapter 9: Let Your Yes Be Yes, and Your No, No

Pastor Bobby Schuller continues his series “The Narrow Road: How To Be Alive” with the message “Let Your Yes Be Yes, and Your No, No” at Shepherd’s Grove on Sunday February 26, 2017.

In this message, Bobby accentuates the importance of honesty and vulnerability by explaining the power of the words “yes” and “no”. As human beings, it is not realistic for us to say yes to everything. By saying yes when you mean no, and no when you mean yes, you are lying to yourself and those around you. The reason we lie is because we’re not at peace with the truth. Even if it hurts people, in the long run, the truth is always the best choice. For you, and for God.

Chapter 8: Be the Real You, You Don’t Have to Prove Anything

Pastor Bobby Schuller continues his series “The Narrow Road: How To Be Alive” with the message “Be the Real You, You Don’t Have to Prove Anything” at Shepherd’s Grove on Sunday February 19, 2017.

This week Bobby reassures us that, whatever we do, when we do something out of love rather than fear, it will be blessed by God. Allowing ourselves to be vulnerable and open might be difficult, but by doing so out of love, nothing but joy will result from such actions. You don’t have to pretend to be someone you’re not simply because you’re craving acceptance. The most honest acceptance stems from being your true, whole self. You are loved!

Chapter 7: Of Course You’re Angry, but Let it Go.

Pastor Bobby Schuller continues his series “The Narrow Road: How To Be Alive” with the message “Of Course You’re Angry, but Let it Go” at Shepherd’s Grove on Sunday February 12, 2017.

In this message, Bobby takes a moment to address an emotion that has the immediate ability to completely consume us: anger. Like pain, anger means that something is wrong. But how do we best approach this emotion?

It is not anger that brings sin upon us. Rather, it is the words we say while we are trapped in this negative mindset; we cannot get them back once said aloud. Because of the impact of our words, we are encouraged to use our words more constructively. Speak the truth, and speak it kindly.

Chapter 6: Dealing with Criticism and Competition

Pastor Bobby Schuller continues his series “The Narrow Road: How To Be Alive” with the message “Dealing with Criticism and Competition” at Shepherd’s Grove on Sunday February 5, 2017.

In this message, Bobby harkens upon the Golden Rule of “love thy neighbor” to introduce a new idea: love your critics, love your competitors. By choosing to be merciful, you are proving that you entrust your life in Jesus. Very often, critics can be the best thing in your life, because they keep you grounded. Life is too good to hold a grudge, so love your enemies.

Chapter 5: Servant Leadership

Pastor Bobby Schuller continues his series “The Narrow Road: How To Be Alive” with the message “Servant Leadership” at Shepherd’s Grove on Sunday January 29, 2017.

In this message, Bobby approaches the importance of servant leadership through Jesus’ actions. Jesus was the greatest servant, greatest leader, and his goal was to bless people. With this, Bobby reminds us that each little action can create an enormous impact. If you focus on the deep, God will focus on the wide; if you focus on the individual, God will focus on the masses. God wants us to have this beneficial influence on others, so we are called to find a need and fill it.

Chapter 4: The Golden Rule

Pastor Bobby Schuller continues his series “The Narrow Road: How To Be Alive” with the message “The Golden Rule” at Shepherd’s Grove on Sunday January 22, 2017.

In this message, Bobby explains how The Silver Rule becomes The Golden Rule, and the importance of each. Through this explanation, we are reminded to not only love and care for others, but also to love and care for ourselves. Love is what you do; your love is Christian, and that means it’s proactive, not reactive. Bobby also fixates on the significance of empathy, because a good person is a loving person, and we are all worthy of love, no matter our faults.