Once upon a time, there was an old man in China who had one horse and one son. One day, the horse wandered away and was lost. Upon learning this, the neighbors went to the old man and told him they were sorry to hear about his bad luck. 

“How do you know it is bad luck?” he asked. Soon thereafter, the horse returned and brought back with him many wild horses. Upon learning this, the neighbors again went to the old man, this time congratulating him on his good luck. “How do you know it is good luck?” he asked. Having so many horses, the son took to riding, and it so happened that he was thrown from a horse and broke his leg. Once again, the neighbors went to the old man, this time expressing sorrow at his bad luck. 

“How do you know it is bad luck?” he asked. Soon thereafter, a war broke out and the old man’s son, because of the injury, did not have to go to war. The neighbors looked at the old man with jealousy as they muttered to him, “look at your good luck.” The man chuckled and replied, “How do you know it is good luck?”

Just like the old man, we know not how God works and how magnificent His plans and designs are. God works in beautiful, wonderful, and most of all mysterious ways. We do not understand the awesomeness and power of the God we worship, but if anything is for certain He has plans for us, and those plans are of peace and prosperity. No matter how these plans come to be, how they reveal themselves, or how they begin in each one of our lives, the plan is all the same; to get us across the finish line and meet our maker in heaven. This week we will be looking into two plans that came from God, and two people's reaction; one of explanation, and one of expectation.

Connected to the vine, 
Youth Pastor Victor

Sermon: How can this be? 
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Thank you so much for your offering! We are doing well with the small attendance that we have! God is good!  We are blessed to come together to worship God. May God continue to bless this church.   Offering website. 

Bible Study with Gladys Hernandez at 10am Sabbath Morning. Adults will be meeting in the fellowship hall. Please come join us! 
Link for children's Sabbath School on zoom is:

Hillsboro Sabbath School with the Harwoods @ 9am. Here is the link:
Meeting ID: 984 9453 4818, Password: 065424
  • We are open for church again! Come join us! 
  • Transfer request for 1st Reading: Gladys Hernandez.
  • Interested in joining a small group? Teresa Lyons is starting one! Contact Teresa for more info! 
  • It's time to order 2021 Devotional Books at the special church rate. Flyers are on the table in the church foyer, or you can visit to see what's available. Deanna Vice will be placing an order on December 28th, just in time for the new year. Please email Deanna at with your order by the 8th or 27th of December. The special church prices are listed in the flyer. If you have any questions at all, please feel free to reach out and contact Deanna for pricing.
  • Community services still needs your help! We need men’s clothing, coats, blankets, sleeping bags, tents, hygiene items, and prayers for those struggling in our community. Don’t forget, you can donate to community services through Considering volunteering? We’d love to have you join our team. Contact Amy for more information
    Thank you for your prayers, love and support! 
  • We are raising $10,000 for the first stage of improvements. Thank you for all your support!
  • We are still needing donations and help to complete the Rhia Trailer Project. If you would like to find out how you can either participate or donate please contact Teresa Lyons for more information. God bless.
  • Need Any Help?:  If anyone is needing help with anything, please feel free to reach out to us by email or call us at 503.648.3922.
  • Prayer Meeting: Friday night at 7pm. :
Florene is all settled into her new place and is doing well! Praising God she is well and loving her new apartment! 

Please keep in your prayers one of the ladies on Florene's former floor at Cornell Estates,  as she has been battling covid. 

Prayers for a new service dog for me. Someone is helping me, prayers for his efforts to be successful, according to God's will.
- Rhia Drouillard

I want to thank everyone who has been praying for my sister JoAnn. She has been found after a year of missing. She is still in need of much prayer. Please continue to ask for Gods abundant love to wash over her and provide healing. Our family also asks for wisdom as we seek to determine how best we can support her. 
-Peggy Horne

I ask an interest in your prayers for my wife Sandi Schmitz who is on the "Home Hospice" care program and I am on the "Home Palliative Program"  We are tired of this old world and are ready to go to sleep till Jesus comes to take us home.  We pray for His will to be done in our lives.  We pray to remain faithful until He puts us to sleep.
-Sandi and Tom Schmitz

Please put our son David Lyons mother-in-law, Mary Churchill on the prayer request list.
-Teresa Lyons

Requesting prayers for my brother, Dennis, who has recently been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer - devastating for his whole family!  
-Donna Schmidt

If you have any prayer requests please feel free to email us at
We cannot wait to pray with you! 
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