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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!

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!

“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 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.

 

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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 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.

Chapter 3: Doing Big Things with Big Faith

Pastor Bobby Schuller continues his series “The Narrow Road: How To Be Alive” with the message “Doing Big Things with Big Faith” at Shepherd’s Grove on Sunday January 15, 2017.

With this message, Bobby reminds us that we are offered the opportunity to get to heaven by faith. No one wants you to go to heaven more than God. Since God is rooting for you, and always looks after you, you should be confident enough in God’s plan for your future without fearing the present. Faith is key; you can have faith in God because he is not holding anything over your head. Pray with faith, not with sympathy, because faith is what pleases God.

Chapter 2: Do less. Be more. Connect with others.

Pastor Bobby Schuller continues his series “The Narrow Road: How to be Alive” with his message “Do less. Be more. Connect with others” at Shepherd’s Grove on Sunday January 8, 2017.

In this message, Bobby fixates on our ability to inherit heaven on earth. As we reflect on our sins, mistakes, and regrets, it becomes clear that these negative elements have ultimately been rooted in our lack of connecting with others, or a fear of not belonging. Bobby stresses the spectacular importance of this one truth: the greatest human need is to connect deeply with others. You are enough; you don’t need to earn anything. You deserve to make love a priority.

 

 

 

 

 

Chapter 1: The World Needs Someone Like You

Pastor Bobby Schuller begins his new series for the new year entitled “The Narrow Road: How to be Alive” with the message “The World Needs Someone Like You” at Shepherd’s Grove on Sunday January 1, 2017.

With this message, Pastor Schuller reminds us that we all have gifts and talents that the world needs. Just like Jesus, we have the same power by faith to bring the best out of people. If we use words to describe ourselves in a negative way, we will convince ourselves that it is true because words harbor an inconceivable amount of power. And since there is authority in our words, we should use that power to proclaim positivity over our lives and the lives of others. We are inspired to start this year off with the enlightening message: “You are the light of the world; you are the salt of the earth”.

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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.