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Monday, September 28, 2009

Worship Team in Fremont

I asked Jason Liu who led worship in Fremont yesterday to tell me how he got the band together and this is the note that he sent me. Please read.

Hi Pastor Dudley,
It was an honor to meet you in person today, I have always wanted to see you and have been anxious for today to come –I have admired your preaching skills ever since I first came to Shepherd and saw you up there on the screen, you were amazing. We had a great service. I’m thankful that you could come all the way up here in the mists of your busy schedule.

Anyways, here’s a brief (hopefully brief) summary of how the band was formed at the Shepherd of the Hills Church in Fremont:It was nearly 2 years ago in the fall of 2007, when Kevin Kelly (the harmonica player) asked me to provide some music at this church when people are dining. I accepted his request and came to Shepherd for the first time. Soon enough, the worship leader at my own church (Centerville Presb. Church) left the job, so our church had to worship leaders in and out being interviewed. Manny saw this opportunity to ask one of the interviewees (Mike Spain) to play at Shepherd during worship time. When Mike came on board with this job; I played with him during worship to learn more about this position. So that was the Fremont Shepherd of the Hills band for nearly 7 months until Mike left toward the end of summer in 2008. That was when Manny saw that I had enough experience to take over Mike’s job –for I have been singing for quite awhile during my summer youth concert - as a worship leader at Shepherd. I played every Sunday with Kevin Kelly leading the church into worship.

During this transition, I have tried many guitar/bass players to accompany me to lead worship. However, none of these players worked out. Toward the end of 2008, Manny had been constantly asking me to recruit the whole band, but it wasn’t an easy task; no one had the mind to commit to a job like this. Finally I remembered the musically talented youth I’ve met during the summer youth band concert in 2008- Connor Fisher (guitarist) , Logan Fisher (bassist) and Mike Ryu (drummer). I asked them to be on board with me in the beginning of 2009 and they happily accepted my request.

In the beginning when the full band was formed, Manny didn’t think we were ready to take on 4 times a month to lead worship, so we had the opportunity to lead worship about 2 times a month. And every Sunday morning after Sunday school the band would practice at our church’s high school youth room – we had all the equipments for the whole band. And Sunday evenings we would be at the church an hour early to set up and prepare to worship the Lord.

A few months had passed when Manny recommended me Jessica Diesta for playing the sax phone with us. We gladly accepted her as a member of this worship team around March of 2009. We have been a band ever since – we would always practice on Sunday mornings and we would go to Shepherd whenever we had the opportunity. The band has been improving ever since the first time we played. We were nowhere near where we are right now at worshiping the Lord.

Shepherd of the Hills has been giving us a wonderful opportunity to use our talents to worship the Lord and help to bring the church into worshipping too. Furthermore, I believe that God has been leading this band into the right path; I believe that God has been planning this before I even knew how to play guitar; and I believe that God still has the plan for us to help to lead people into the worship of the Almighty God. And this band will do whatever God has in His way to glorify Him through our talents.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Come Double Day is upon Us

This weekend we are asking EVERYONE to bring a twin or a double. If you are a lawyer, bring another lawyer. If you are a U.C.L.A fan bring another Bruin. If you like to work out, bring another gym rat. If you are funny, bring another comedian. You catch my request. Try to bring a friend or an acquaintance that can pass as your double.

I will be preaching 6 times this weekend. Saturday night at 5 and 6:30 on the Porter Ranch campus as well as Sunday morning at 8:30 and 10:00 a.m. Afterwards, I will rush to the West L.A. campus (we are meeting in the Brentwood Theatre on the V.A. Administration campus at the Northwest corner of the 405 and Wilshire Blvd.) and preach at 11:00 a.m and THEN I will speed to LAX and catch a flight and preach in Fremont California at 40204 Paseo Padre Pkwy. (94538-2999)

You say preacher "Are you crazy"? And I would answer "YES, FOR JESUS" I am crazy.
Just trying to spend my life reaching people with the gospel. Hope I will see you at 1 of these 6 services with a visitor by your side.

A couple of quick things to note:
This morning at 7:00 a.m I attended my life group and it was SUCH a blessing to be into the word studying further the book of Galatians. Please find a way to get plugged into a life group. It will be life changing for you. If you can't find one then START one. It's NOT THAT DIFFICULT.

Lastly, Our campus in Lancaster recently got into a new building. If you know of anyone living in the Antelope Valley, please get them this information.

The following note was from David Macer, he is the campus Pastor for Lancaster.

Shepherd of the Hills - Antelope Valley opens it's new building this past Sunday! (The building looks incredible after all the work that our team of dedicated volunteers has done! Pictures will be posted next week at or at

Services are at 8:30 am and 10:00 am at 43437 Gadsden, Lancaster, CA 93534

Directions: 14 Freeway exit Ave K, head east for 0.7 miles turn right (just past Lowe's). The church will be on the right hand side. We look forward to worshipping with you!

Be blessed and I hope to see you this weekend.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Shepherd Staff 2009

This morning, I met with the staff here at Shepherd and shared with them the plans for 2010. They need to know before January 2010 because they need several months to prepare their individual ministries for the direction that we are headed.

We had a GREAT MORNING of sharing, and they are currently meeting with their team leaders to come up with some ideas that they can implement that coincide with their particular ministry. It's always a rich time, and I enjoy sharing with them the thoughts and ideas that I have for the next year.

Whenever we have this yearly planning meeting I am always humbled by how wonderful our staff is and the sacrifices and commitments they make here at Shepherd. We are a BLESSED church and one of the KEY reasons for our church being so blessed is the quality of the staff that the Lord has gathered here.

These folks do NOT work for the applause of man and they do NOT work for financial gain. They work because they feel CALLED OF GOD and together they are making a difference in the LIVES of many people here in the valley and around the world.

There has never been a greater or sweeter group of staff people in any other church. I TRULY believe that. I want to thank EACH of them for their time, effort, sacrifices and their commitment to you and to the Lord.

If you get a chance, make sure you THANK THEM. They will be humbled by your gratitude.

In love
Pastor Dudley

Friday, September 11, 2009

September 11th and September 12th.

Most people remember 9-11 and they have vivid recollections whenever they just hear the date, September 11th. And for good reason. That was the day that some 3000 lives were lost in a day of TERROR here in the United States of America. As you watch the news today, you will note that there are MANY reports here in L.A and around the world to help us remember those who lost their lives on that tragic morning, and it is my prayer that we will never forget that moment when our COUNTRY was attacked. I always pray that we will seek God the way we sought Him on 9-11.

September 12th. Does that date ring a bell? It should. September 12th, exactly ONE YEAR AGO, was the day we had a tragedy in our own backyard. That was the horrific day where 25 people lost their lives when a collision took place between Metrolink and a Union Pacific train. Tomorrow morning at 9:30 a.m. on September 12th, 2009 there is going to be a memorial service at Stoney Point Park in Chatsworth.

There will be several speakers and they have asked me to do the invocation, which I will be honored to do, of course, and they will be dedicating some type of plaque to memorialize those who died.

I wish to list their names so that we will never forget.
Christopher Aiken
Dennis Arnold
Dean Lafoy Brower
Alan Lloyd Buckley
Yi Chao
Spree Desha, LAPD Officer
Walter Arney Fuller
Ronald Grace
Michael Hammersley
Jacob Hefter
Chen-Yuan Kari Hsieh
Ernest Stephen Kish II
Gregory Lintner
Paul Long
Manuel Macias
Aida Magdaleno
Beverley Rivers Mosley
Charles Peck
Howard Barry Pompel
Donna Lynn Remata
Robert Martin Sanchez
Doyle Jay Souser
Roger Spacey
Maria Elena Villalobos
Atul Vyas

It is difficult for me to even type out those names. Although we are grateful to have a memorial to honor them, those who lost their loved ones on that day that will grieve again, and hurt again, and cry again, and we will mourn again with them. And more than anything else we will wish they were with us once again.
I pray that tomorrow will surely honor those who have died.
May we remind ourselves of how brief life is. The Bible says that our lives are like a vapor or a mist, because we are here but for a few minutes and after that we will all face eternity. Jesus tells us in John 14:6 that He is the WAY, the TRUTH and the LIFE and it's through Jesus that we can have the assurance of everlasting life.
May not just ONE day be seared into our consciousness, but may BOTH dates be in our hearts and minds. September 11, 2001 for the 3000 who died and September 12th for the 25 who were simply living their lives when a tragedy took their lives and devastated their families. It's times like this that I pray that we will RUN to GOD and not away from Him.
He is truly the ONLY ONE who can TRULY HELP US.
If you can NOT attend the service in the Morning then at least take a few moment of silence in their honor and remember them, and then LOVE on your own family friends because we never know when it could happen to you or to me. The picture above came from Stewart Uy who started this photography site which stands for Savoring Christ "2" gether.

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Fires of Revival

After taking the month of August off to prepare for 2010, it is time to refocus and jump back into 2009, the year of being "Connected to the Vine." It is always foolish NOT to have dreams and goals, and it's even more foolish to plan and dream without submitting and acknowledging that GOD IS SOVEREIGN and LORD OF ALL OUR PLANS.

The past several weeks have been rather hectic with school starting, finishing up next year's plans and returning to the pulpit and leading the church into our Fall Revival, which begins on October 17 and runs through October 21. With those dates just 6 weeks away, we are asking our church to immerse ourselves into asking God to move mightily in our lives and in our city. Revival is of God, yet it is crucial that God's people place themselves into full submission to his will and allow God to work freely among his children.

The stark reminder of the fires, that have been in the news for the past 2 weeks, lead me to remember that TRUE revival can sweep across a land like fires running wildly from mountain to mountain, according to the winds that push them. The literal fires that we have witnessed continue to rage. And while I PRAY DILIGENTLY for these fires to be extinguished, I PRAY CONSTANTLY for the FIRES OF REVIVAL to SWEEP across our CHURCH and our CITY. LORD, send a REVIVAL and LET IT BEGIN IN ME.