Dateline: November 24, 2014 – Posted 7:45 AM PST  -  Confusion this weekend surrounding this week’s HOP telecast.  Some outlets showed the new program (2338) while others aired reruns. We asked people who should know on Sunday and got no answers, so we’ll assume it’s another production snafu by this new amateur production team.

This comment from a local TV viewer in Southern California..

“If they’re going to show reruns, why don’t they bring back some of the real shows, so we have something decent to watch”

Dateline: November  19, 2014 – Posted 8:30 PM PST – Received from a regular attendee of the Evening Service.

Pastor Bennett told the group that he was worried about the ministry's finances,  He said he wasn't sure they had enough money to finish the year. HOP donations have gone down to almost nothing with the new format. One of our friends thinks Bill also said that he was embarrassed being a consistory member. He and two others thinking about resigning.


UPDATE: November 24 - Bill Bennett approached us yesterday and wanted us to believe that the story above was untrue and hurtful.  We’ve double-checked - triple checked - with people who were there.  We’re sticking with the story.


Dateline: November 16, 2014 – Posted 7:00 PM PST – An HOP viewer offers this opinion:

“One of the things which jumps out glaring in the new HOP format is the broadcast beginning with photos of beautiful classic churches while the sound track is a swooshing synthesizer sound trying terribly to make the sound of a church organ i.e. a pop music sound guy who thinks an organ is just pushing the "organ" button on his keyboard. Of course going from the beautiful classic churches to a shot of the random cabin motif of Shepherd's Grove is also head scratching.

To anyone with any education this obvious disconnect from the first moment of the HOP broadcast says something [to the viewer], is very unaware, isolated, uninformed, unsophisticated and not wanting to attract aware, informed, and sophisticated people.”


Dateline: November 9, 2014 – Posted 1:00 PM PST – Looking at the “Church Report Update” published in the Sunday church bulletin today, and also on this website, it’s beginning to look like the “new Hour of Power format” is negatively impacting donations.

The “church side” is listed as being $70,970.00 short of goal and on the Hour of Power side it is listed as being $647,074.00 short of goal. Just a week or so ago, the church side was approximately $32,000,00 short of goal. This raises the question, are donors voting on the new HOP format with their wallets?  What do you think?


Dateline: October 30, 2014 – Posted 10:15 PM PDT – We're still trying to learn about the plans for the "Advent Sundays" HOP shows - December 21 and 28. From what we hear, there isn't a plan as of this date. Several "big ideas" have been nixed because there's no money.

Another "not-big idea" may still be floating around. Bobby wants to record services in the Activity Center, with a smaller, "intimate" gathering.
Great thinking - we spend almost a half million dollars to spruce up the sanctuary and he wants to head off to a smaller barn!

We're betting that plan-gridlock will continue, and we'll be seeing re-runs. A great celebration of the season.


Dateline: October 25, 2014 – Posted 8:15 PM PDT – We’re hearing there was an emergency consistory meeting (board meeting) aboard Jim Dawson’s boat on Friday to discuss the new format Hour of Power program 2333.  According to our source, board members were instructed to have viewed program 2333 and be prepared for discussion of that subject prior to the meeting. Anyone have more info on this, let us know.

Dateline: October 20, 2014 – Posted 9:00 PM PDT – We would like to know the answer to this question !

The final taping for this year in the sanctuary is November 23.  Taping resumes on January  4. What will be shown on The Hour Of Power December 21 and 28; January 4, 11 and 18?  Reruns?



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