Dateline: July 24, 2014 – Posted: 10:15 PM PDT – Don Schnake is a long time member of the Crystal Cathedral and well known usher on Sunday morning, As many of you know, Don’s surgery scheduled for today took six and one half hours to complete, and we are happy to report Don is doing well.

Don has also been an avid participant on the Pens-Opinion Blog Page since the inception of this website in 2011, and has authored many well thought out, informative blogs.

We all pray for you to heal quickly, Don.

Dateline: July 19, 2014 – Hour of Power viewers and local membership of Shepherd’s Grove who have been anxiously waiting to view the HOP program airing on Sunday, July 20, to hear Bobby’s remarks about “getting laid” are going to be sorely disappointed.

The program airing this weekend on the Hour of Power is a repeat of program 2301 and is numbered program 2320 for this airing. So, Bobby’s “foot in mouth” message from July 6, 2014 will air on August  17, 2014 as HOP program 2324. Why the change in program airing this particular program? We have no idea.

UPDATE July 21,2014  From a knowledgeable staffer.

Several re-runs were built in to the July schedule. The program taped on 7/6 will air on 8/17 as HOP2324.  This is the planned schedule.

Dateline: July 6, 2014 – Pen’s Opinion Buzz is often criticized by the detractors of this website for occasional inaccuracies in the “Campus Buzz.” However, the disclaimer in the orange banner above says, “What’s talked about, witnessed, leaked, passed around and anonymously emailed.” Having said that, here is an item we received today.

“Tree of Life is beginning its move into the sanctuary on July 28– the day after the final taping of the ‘traditional Hour of Power.’”

Consistory member and close Schuller friend, Jim Case is overseeing the renovation project with money coming from consistory member and close Schuller friend, Jim Dawson.

The design for the Tree of Life is by wife of close Schuller friend and co-pastor, Chad Blake.

Dateline: July 6, 2014 – Former Crystal Cathedral / Shepherd’s Grove organist, Tom Leonard in the news!

Tom was Guest Organist today, Sunday, July 6, at St. Andrew’s Church in Newport Beach, California.

Dateline: July 6, 2014 – Does anyone (other than ministry officials) know what the real plan is concerning the discontinuance of the in-house production department and the termination of production personnel?

At first, we were hearing the in-house production team would be employed until early September. It was brought to our attention that at least one audio person received a letter in the mail from Shepherd’s Grove that his last day of employment would be July 27, 2014. Has anyone else in production received such a letter? If so, please let us know!

So, here’s an idea. Let’s just wait and see what unfolds! Any word about separation pay for these long term loyal, highly technical people?

Dateline: July 3, 2014 – The end of this July also marks the end of our in-house production department. All personnel associated with the production of the Hour of Power (both audio and television) will lose their jobs at Shepherd’s Grove.  The original announcement claimed they would be kept on until early September. However, that has now changed.

Traditionally, in-house audio personnel were responsible for audio setups for weddings, funerals, memorial services and other events occurring during the week. If no in-house audio personnel are to be retained who will cover the events mentioned above?

Mindy Kim

Dateline: July 1, 2014 – Former Crystal Cathedral choir member Mindy Kim returns on Sunday, July 6 to once again be a member of the Hour of Power Choir at Shepherd’s Grove.

Mindy had become a member of the St. Simon & Jude Church Choir in Huntington Beach, California. Sunday, June 29, 2014 was her last Sunday singing there. Welcome back, Mindy!


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The operators of Pens Opinion web site wish to extend our heartfelt thank you to the dedicated in-house television and audio production departments for their years of loyal service at the Crystal Cathedral and Shepherd’s Grove.

For those Hour of Power viewers who were not privileged to know you personally, but only by the outstanding product each and everyone of you produced, here  are some of the names associated with The Hour of Power over the 44 plus years of in-house production;

Mike Nason, Phil Roberts, Rod McKay, Nancy Warshaw, Mark Warhsaw, Peter Baird, the late Gary Van Pelt, Keith Reese, Terry Duckworth, Steve Conrad, and numerous camera men, grips and audio personnel.

Farewell and Thank you each and every one!

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