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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.

5 Reasons You Should Go to “O Holy Night”

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Shepherd’s Grove is preparing for the Christmas season!


Christmas is just about to get in to full-swing, and we here at Shepherd’s Grove want to help you get the season going with a truly dazzling show! On December 3, our sanctuary will be filled with the sounds of Christmas as we present our “O Holy Night” Concert. This is shaping up to be a wonderfully special evening, and we want you to be a part of it. Here’s 5 quick reasons you won’t want to miss this show.

1. Amazing artists

We are overjoyed to have some exceptionally gifted artists performing on our stage, from powerhouse performers well-known to “The Voice” fans, to skilled entertainers of operatic and theatrical renown.

2. Watch it before the rest of the world

It’s no secret that the Hour of Power with Bobby Schuller has a global reach, and this concert will be no exception. A recording of this performance will be shared with our friends around the world, in places like the Netherlands, Hong Kong and Germany to name a few. Come take in the joy of the season, and know the performances you’re watching live will soon be enjoyed by people all around the globe!

3. Take a moment to breathe

Let’s face it; this time of year can get a bit hectic. By attending our performance, you are setting aside time to simply take in the wonder and enchantment around this time of year. As Bobby often says, even Jesus set aside time to rest, and so should you.

4. A white Christmas… in SoCal?!

Most of us here in Southern California enjoy the warm weather year-round, and are more than happy to avoid the harshness other areas of the world face in the winter months. Still, there’s something magical about a light snowfall that can warm you in ways a California climate cannot. We want to make sure you get to experience such an iconic Christmas moment, so make sure you’re prepared for a flurry or two while attending!

5. The gift of an experience

The truth is, you’re going to be putting your money towards many physical things this December, which are sure to bring joy, but nothing can beat a shared experience among friends and family. Those memories will last much longer, and are far more priceless.

Moreover, by attending our concert, you will be supporting a community ministry with a global reach, sharing the message of Love and Dignity year-round.

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We truly hope to have you with us on December 3, but know that seating is limited. If you would like to attend, you can purchase your tickets HERE, or by calling 866-GET-HOPE(438-4673).

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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.

Shepherd's Grove Christmas Village during Season of Rejoice

Nearly 1,000 Kids and Families Celebrate the Season at Shepherd’s Grove Christmas Village

Shepherd's Grove Christmas Village during Season of RejoiceThe smell of a crackling fire and sounds of beloved Christmas carols wafted through the air as Santa Claus — with the help of several volunteers — welcomed nearly 1,000 people from the Shepherd’s Grove congregation and community to the inaugural Shepherd’s Grove Christmas Village.

Held December 11 and 12, the Christmas Village offered a bevy of activities for little ones and their family and friends. One of the nights’ biggest hits, aside from the massive bounce house and inflatable slide, was the opportunity to throw snowballs and play in the snow. Also among the fun were a “reindeer” race, cookie decorating, nativity craft, screening of “A Shepherd’s Story” and the opportunity to meet Santa Claus!

The two-night event, hosted by Pastor Geoff Madison and the Shepherd’s Grove Family Ministry team, was an incredible experience thanks to more than 60 volunteers who dressed as Christmas trees, shoveled snow, welcomed guests, distributed hot cocoa and candy, and much more. We are so grateful for everyone who donated their time, money or resources to help bring the Season of Rejoice to our community!

The Shepherd’s Grove Christmas Village is part of Season of Rejoice, our six-week celebration of Christmas that culminates with three services on Christmas Eve. Click here for service times and details. We hope to see you there!

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Top 7 Reasons to Visit the Shepherd’s Grove Christmas Village

Shepherd's Grove Christmas Village at Shepherd's GroveThe North Pole comes to Season of Rejoice during the Shepherd’s Grove Christmas Village, a two-night festival featuring an array of Christmas activities and treats for all ages. Hosted by Shepherd’s Grove Family Ministry, Shepherd’s Grove Christmas Village will offer a myriad of festivities for all ages. Here are the seven things we’re most excited for (and you should be, too):

  1. Santa will be there! Because it’s hard to imagine Christmas without him, the big man in red will be visiting Shepherd’s Grove to meet and take photos with little ones. I’ve also heard he will be bringing gifts for all who visit him!
  2. Experience “The Shepherd’s Story” in the Village Theater. Immerse in the Christmas Story in this short, fun-filled live theater performance.
  3. Cookies and hot chocolate. Just for Shepherd’s Grove Christmas Village, Mrs. Claus will open her kitchen and offer hot chocolate and cookies to decorate (and eat, of course)!
  4. Christmas crafts and reindeer games. If you’re like me and crafting is one of your favorite Christmas activities, you will love our Christmas Nativity craft! Also especially exciting, this year we’ll have reindeer games sure to make the whole family shout with glee.
  5. Sing along with our Christmas Carolers. As you tour the Village Square, which will be decorated with a huge display of inflatable decorations, keep an ear out for some of your favorite Christmas tunes.
  6. There will be SNOW. A rare sight in Orange County, Shepherd’s Grove will host a winter wonderland perfect for making and throwing snowballs or building snowmen!
  7. Admission is free! We are so excited to share the joy of the Christmas season with our community, so we invite you to bring as many friends and family members you can for an evening of unforgettable yuletide fun for free!

Shepherd’s Grove Christmas Village will be open:

  • December 11, 6:30 pm – 9 pm
  • December 12, 5:30 – 8 pm

For more information on the Shepherd’s Grove Christmas Village or any of our other Christmas events, please visit SeasonofRejoice.com.

We hope to see you there!

Free Sunday Breakfast for College Students During Advent

College students now have one more reason to rejoice during the Advent season. Starting on November 29, college students can present their school ID at the Shepherd’s Grove Deli to receive one complimentary breakfast item and beverage of their choice.  

This offering is a part of Season of Rejoice at Shepherd’s Grove and will be available through December 20.

Season of the Rejoice is a yearly Christmas celebration comprised of more than a dozen events, including inspirational worship services and interactive festivities. For more information please visit SeasonofRejoice.com.

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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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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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The Gift of Winter

Pastor Bobby Schuller continues his series entitled “Hope in Your Winter” on the forth Sunday of Advent with the message “The Gift of Winter” at Shepherd’s Grove on December 18, 2016.

During the holiday season, it is easy to get carried away with stress. Society is incredibly hurried, and Christians in particular harbor a lot of guilt that stems from always trying to set things right. Bobby reminds us that we do not have the all-encompassing power to change the world. God will gently call you to people and places according to His timing. You do not have to prove anything to anybody, because you are enough, and God is proud of you. Take the time you’re given off from work this holiday season and rest, be with the people you love, and just take this time to enjoy your life–you deserve it.

 

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Receive God’s Gift for You

Pastor Bobby Schuller continues his series entitled “Hope in Your Winter” on the third Sunday of Advent with the message “Receive God’s Gift for You” at Shepherd’s Grove on December 11, 2016.

In this series, Bobby stresses the importance of facing our fears. Especially for those of us who worry on a regular basis, this is our time to open our eyes and heart to receive good things; stop always looking for the bad. Bobby alludes to multiple stories such as Aladdin, Lord of the Rings, and Star Wars to accentuate the theme of the main character going through challenging obstacles to come out victorious. He mentions these spectacular journeys to emphasize that doing things that scare you train fear out of your life. You will beat your monster, and your monster will make you better.

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You’ll Find What You’re Looking For

Pastor Bobby Schuller continues his series entitled “Hope in Your Winter” on the second Sunday of Advent with the message “You’ll Find What You’re Looking For” at Shepherd’s Grove on December 4, 2016.

Advent is a season of waiting, expectation, and desire. Many of the desires God has given you are good. In this message, Bobby stresses that if you want something, and it doesn’t go against anything the Bible says, then God probably wants it for you too. He encourages us to remind ourselves, “don’t lose hope; don’t give up,” because “He who seeks finds, he who knocks the door will be opened.”

 

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Anything is Possible in the Kingdom of God

Pastor Bobby Schuller begins his series entitled “Hope in Your Winter” on the first Sunday of Advent with the message “Anything is Possible in the Kingdom of God” at Shepherd’s Grove on November 27, 2016.

In this series, Bobby strays away from a dark standpoint on the Christmas season and focuses on the unlimited possibilities that are offered to us during this time. He reminds us that, while we may be faced with suffering, we must respond to seemingly impossible situations with faith. Winter is the season for starting over, and good things are always coming.