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Evening Offering: $

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HOP Revenue: $

HOP Expenses: $

HOP Net Operations: $




NOTE: The figures below represent INCOME, Expense and Net Operations as presented at the Congregational Meeting July, 19, 2015.

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Dateline: February 16, 2016 Thoughts on the Barn wood background: Completely unsuitable for church decor let alone a television production set unless it’s a set for “HeeHaw!”

The same leadership which had the unpopular “barn wood” backdrop installed during the misguided Mark Bass production days has repeatedly promised the Shepherd’s Grove congregation that the the tacky wood backdrop wood “look” would be removed. The first mention in the fall of 2014 has now stretched well over a year.

However, the buss is that the leadership is finally making good on their word and that the “barn wood” will finally soon be removed in favor of a more appropriate look for our church and the Hour of Power. This positive decision is all most likely being made possible the the recent million dollar donation  by Jim and Susan Dawson.

At last, a wise move which will dignify the look of our world class choir and dignify the appearance of our world class orchestra and most of all, dignify the décor of the pulpit so the Bobby Schuller won’d be lost in the dark wood background.

This is great news for our church and the Hour of Power making the production more suitable for television broadcasting.

Dateline: February 20, 2019 – Posted: 12:30 PM PST – We are hearing our pastors are shaking their heads in wonder as to why the second service isn’t growing. It’s been eleven years since Bobby Schuller started “The Gathering” with around 200 persons in attendance which eventually had to merge with Chad Blake’s “Tree of Life” to stay alive.

Mystified, the pastors are now trying to make the second service more like the first Hour of Power service format with the exception of having praise and worship music (not including Don Neuen and the Hour of Power Choir).

If the pastors want to fill up the second service, they simply need to duplicate the first service with Don Neuen and the world class Hour of Power Choir.

Dateline: February 28, 2016 – Posted: 11:49 AM PST – Published in the Sunday, February 28, 2016 Church Bulletin in the Transitions Section, “Ruby Madison, mother of [Pastor] Geoff Madison, grandmother of Hillary Blake and [mother-in-law of Pastor] Chad Blake passed away on February 22, 2016.

Our condolences to Pastor Geoff Madison, Hillary Blake and Pastor Chad Blake. Our prayers are with you.

Jennifer lost her 5 1/2 year battle with liver cancer on Thursday Feb. 25, 2016 at St Joseph's Hospital in Orange. She was 38yrs old. Jenny's first job was at the Crystal Cathedral where she literally grew-up. She continued to work for the church through it's many difficulties changing jobs as needed from the bookstore to pre-school administration, then pastor's assistant and on to administration as her disease progressed. She was baptized in the Cathedral during the last church service held there. Jenny was a registered lifetime member of the Girl Scouts, 11yrs as a child and the last 21yrs as a leader. Jenny loved her family, Ducks Hockey and country music. Her best friends -

were her sisters who tenderly, patiently spent many hours helping care for her and making her laugh. She is survived by her parents, Bob & Christine Behrens and her sisters, Becky and Molly. A memorial service will be held Sat. March 12, 11AM at Shepherd's Grove Church.

Published in Orange County Register on Mar. 9, 2016

Dateline: March 11, 2016 –  Jennifer Stebbens, former manager of the Crystal Cathedral Bookstore, lost her 5 ½ year battle with cancer. Obituary below.

Dateline: May 1, 2016 – Posted: 4:25 PM PDT – We are beginning to get more emails concerning the status of the backdrop now infamoustly dubbed “The Barnwood.” Periodically, we hear “The Barnwood” is coming down. Then a little bit later, we hear “The Barnwood” is staying up.  Interspersed with, “Is the Barnwood coming down or staying up,” are emails wanting to know, “I heard Hour of Power letters were being nailed to “The Barnwood,” and then “What happened to the letters on The Barnwood? There’re not there anymore!

Here is the answer. We, at Pens-Opinion don’t know.  We just tacitly watch as do you, dear reader, to see what happens. Stay tuned, but please don’t hold your breath.

Dateline: June 12, 2016 – Posted 12:30 PM PDT – Beginning in September 2016, Shepherd’s Grove is planning a second traditional service. The service will be at 8:00 am. The next traditional service will begin at 9:25 am and the contemporary service will remain at 11:15 am.

The question that remains is; Will the ushers be willing to come in that early on a Sunday Morning on a regular basis?

Dateline: June 19, 2016 – Posted: 1:30 PM PDT – The Main Page Banner will soon change to reflect the incorporation on Pen’s Opinion as a tax exempt 501c3 religious organization.

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Dateline: June 25, 2016 –  Carol Barber, Principal of Trinity Christian Schools is retiring June 30.  John Charles and Chuck Trout are acting Principals during the search for a new Principal.

Breaking News: More shake-ups at HOP.  Some staff let go. Fulfillment farmed out. More to follow. 

The operators of this website are committed to the success of Crystal Cathedral Ministries, Shepherd’s Grove Church and its leadership. Therefore it is painful to us collectively to report that a extremely reliable source tells us the following:

Show is reportedly doing just awful.  No donations coming in.  Joel Osteen's media people have skimmed off so much, they should be sued.  Evelyn Freed has supposedly decided to cut her funding soon. 

Bobby's illusions of grandeur are failing fast now.  Russ Jacobson has been a terrible leader (rather..."yes-man").  Nepotism with Bobby's cronies is worse than before. Nobody knows what they are doing now.  Or what to do in the future.  Just stumped! 

I was right about Osteen's people.  They sucked what they could out of the Hour of Power and have left things in very poor shape.  Bobby wanted to be Joel's "pal" so badly he couldn't see the big "screw you" coming.

The staff at the Hour of Power fulfillment warehouse has been let go except for Jamie Dollente, long time manager of fulfillment. He has elected to resign his position.

Again, we are hopeful our church leadership will break the tie with the Osteen ministry and see it for what it really is. Let’s all pray for the success of Crystal Cathedral Ministries, Shepherd’s Grove Church and our leadership.