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Voices of Hope Music Camps Return This Summer!

We are excited to welcome back the Voices of Hope Children’s Choir’s summer program, inviting children in 1st – 12th grade who LOVE to SING! In each of these week-long camps, singers will learn musical skills including part-singing, sight-reading, and vocal technique, culminating in a performance at the end of the week. Our goal is to introduce young people to the sheer joy of singing and to encourage them to perform and grow in a supportive environment! Our program is entirely tuition free, because we feel very strongly that music education should be available to every child.

We meet Monday – Friday from 9:00am – 3:00pm with a performance at 6:30pm on Friday. You may choose to attend one session or both (we encourage both!). Parents are asked to sign their children in each morning and are encouraged to come back between 2:30 – 3:00pm each day before pick up to hear the group’s progress. Each camper is asked to bring a daily lunch, and is encouraged to wear comfortable clothes and shoes. We provide additional snacks, water, pencils, music materials, and performance T-shirts. The kids will be creating simple sets for a fun concert, and younger campers will have time after lunch break to work on additional crafts. We meet each morning in the Sheepfold modular on the Shepherd’s Grove campus, with each week’s final performance to be held in the sanctuary. The church is located at: 12921 Lewis St, Garden Grove, CA 92840.

Please email a completed registration form (link at the bottom of this article) to sarah.grandpre@hourofpower.org. Space is limited, so early sign up is encouraged.

We look forward to seeing you there! 

Sarah Grandpré

Director of Voices of Hope Children’s Choir

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Voices of Hope Children’s Choir is available to children throughout Orange County. Our vision is to awaken a love of music in our youngest generations, and to share the message of hope with our local, national, and international communities through the Hour of Power with Bobby Schuller television program and various concert venues. We seek educate young people in the art of collaborative singing and performing, and to teach them to embrace their unique God-given abilities. We aim to enrich children’s lives through artistic excellence, and to develop their self-confidence and musical experience in a safe and supportive environment.

Voices of Hope Children’s Choir Summer Music Camps ‘17

July 17th-21st  – Pop Music

July 24th-28th – Broadway Music

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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!

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.

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!

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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“O Holy Night” Christmas Concert to Delight Audience on December 3, 2016

The Christmas season is quickly approaching, and we are excited to invite you to our spectacular “O Holy Night” Concert on December 3, 2016 at 7 pm. This one-night-only engagement will feature the immense talent of the world-renowned Hour of Power Choir and Orchestra, as well as a bevy of talented guests.

This evening of holiday cheer and enchantment is sure to delight the entire family, with familiar and powerful anthems sharing the true meaning of the season! Get to know a few of our featured artists:

o-holy-night-headshots-caityCaity Peters is a vocalist out of Long Beach, CA. She has traveled to several nations, teaching music to children around the world. An alumni of The Young Americans (the first show choir in America), Caity recently performed on “The Voice”, and had all four judges competing fiercely to get her on their team.

o-holy-night-headshots-toddTodd Strange is a brilliant tenor, and is a member of the Los Angeles Master Chorale and the Los Angeles Opera. He has been featured in shows around the country, and is a sought-after performer for his youthful but powerful performances onstage.

o-holy-night-headshotsmaiyaMaiya Sykes is a soloist from Southern California. She has spent several years touring as a backup vocalist for Macy Gray, and in 2014 was a contestant on “The Voice”. She has been featured on many viral Postmodern Jukebox videos with her unique takes on classic hits.

o-holy-night-headshots-kevinKevin Rose was a prominent member of the Hour of Power Choir, and has had several stellar performances on our stage over the years. He is currently contributing his talents to the lively bluegrass band, Who’s Clayton.

o-holy-night-headshots-dorothyDorothy Benham is a lyric-coloratura soprano. She has appeared on Broadway and been a guest artist with Symphony Orchestras throughout the country. In 1977, Dorothy was crowned Miss America and today she continues to be a part of the Miss America organization.

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Ticket sales are open now, and are available for purchase by clicking HERE, calling 866-GET-HOPE (866-438-4673) or by visiting our Bookstore on the Plaza on Sunday mornings. Cost is $25 General ($20 Children, ages 3-12), with a small number of $50 VIP tickets available (VIP option includes premium seating options, as well as a special gift!). Seating is highly limited, so get your tickets today!

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Be the First: Forgive and Be Forgiven

Pastor Bobby Schuller continues his series “Our Deepest Need” with the message “Be the First: Forgive and Be Forgiven” at Shepherd’s Grove on Sunday July 23, 2017.

This week, Bobby reminds us that we must, must, must forgive. That’s not to say it will come easily. By forgiving, we lift the burden of harboring such negative feelings, and can move forward to greater things!

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!