Mt. Pisgah

Lutheran Church

9379 Hwy 127 North

Hickory, NC  28601

(Bethlehem Community)

Phone:  828-495-8251

Fax:  828-495-8252

Worship:  8:00 and 10:30 am

(Nursery provided)

Sunday School:  9:15 am

(For all ages)

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Sunday, August 19th  

New Member Class

9:15 AM Emmaus Room


Thursday, Aug 23rd

Preschool Parent Meeting

Preregistered students only

7:00 PM


Saturday, August 25th  

Council/Vision Retreat

8:30 AM to 1:00 PM


Sunday, August 26th  

Rally and Youth Sunday

Blessing of the Backpacks

New Members Received

Covered Dish Breakfast

9:15–10:15 AM


Wednesday, August 29th  

KIC & Confirmation Ministries

Parent Meeting follows dinner

Dinner at 5:30 PM

Confirmation at 6:00 PM

Saturday, September 1st to 3rd

Teens Ecounter Christ



 Tuesday, September 4th

Preschool Classes 3-year-olds

Wednesday, September 5th

Preschool Classes 4-year-olds


Tuesday, September 4th—10th

Bible Studies Resume

Click here for times


Saturday, September 8th

Addy's Giving Heart

Mad Hatter's Gala Event

6:00–10:00 PM


Saturday, September 15th

Church Work Day

8:00 to 11:00 AM


Saturday, September 29th

Youth Golf Tournament


Sunday, September 30th 


Covered dish lunch

One service—10:00 AM


Saturday, October 6th


for 3rd-5th graders

ELCA NC Synod at Mt. Pisgah


Saturday, October 13th

BBQ Fundraiser

Boy Scout Troop #275


Sunday, October 14th

LRU Concert at Unity Lutheran


Saturday, October 27th

Fall Festival


Saturday, December 1st

Bethlehem Star Lighting






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March 2018


BETHLEHEM—Does the arrival of March mean shopping for corned beef, cabbage, and a good recipe for Irish soda bread? Or perhaps does the beginning of March instigate a perusal of your closet looking for anything green? If so, it’s obvious that you must know that St. Patrick’s Day is approaching. Looking to “get your Irish on?” If the answer to any of the previous questions is ‘Yes,” then it’s time for some Irish step dancing to bring on the mood. All adults and children secretly yearning to enjoy all things Irish, are invited to attend a free performance by the St. Joseph’s Irish Dancers on Friday, March 9th at 5:00 PM at Mt. Pisgah Lutheran Church in Bethlehem. There will be refreshments served following the performance. The event is sponsored by the Bethlehem Library and the Friends of the Library.

The St. Joseph’s Irish Dancers came into being at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Newton and have been performing traditional Irish step dancing since 1996. Director, Meg Barrett started with 12 dancers and is now teaching 50 students at a private studio. This accomplished dance company is composed of students from the surrounding area, aged from elementary to high school. Barrett states, “Most of my students leave the group after high school and head to college, where they continue with Irish dancing. Many of the colleges have Irish Dancing clubs since the phenomena created by theatrical production of Riverdance.”

St. Patrick’s holiday makes March their busy performance season, but they dance year round at nursing and assisted living homes, libraries, churches, and schools. The group will dance both individual and the group style of Irish jigs, reels, hornpipe, and ceili dances—a type of native group dancing of Ireland danced to traditional Irish music.

St. Joseph’s Irish Dancers’ next public engagement will be held at Hiddenite Arts and Heritage Education center, a ticketed event, on Friday, March 16th, and J. McCroskey's Irish Pub & Grill on St. Patrick Day on March 17th. For more information, visit the St. Joseph’s Irish Facebook page.

Glenda Leonard, the Branch Manager of the Bethlehem Library shares, “We love bringing events like this to Bethlehem. We want the community to think of us as more than just a library. We want to be the place where folks come to learn things like computer skills, attend the different events we are able to bring to the area, and we want to make certain everyone feels welcome here.” Visit to find out more.

Mt. Pisgah Lutheran Church is the church home to over 800 warm and convivial church members; the church is located at 9379 Route 127 North, in Bethlehem, in front of the Lowes Food shopping center. Sunday services are 8:00 AM and 10:30 AM, Sunday school at 9:15 AM. For directions and further information, please call the church at 828–495–8251 or visit our website at and our Facebook page Mt. Pisgah Lutheran Church ELCA. 


March 2018


HICKORY, NC—Join with Mt. Pisgah and Unity Lutheran Churches, as they celebrate the joy found in sharing the gifts of music, art, and the testimony of a life journey, with a program to benefit Outreach Ministry, Safe Harbor. In cooperation with Lenoir-Rhyne University, this benefit event will feature a concert from the Lenoir-Rhyne University’s A Cappella Choir and Brass Ensemble in a 2018 pre-tour performance.  The program, open to the public, will be hosted at Unity Lutheran Church on March 4th, at 3:00 pm.  Admission is free, and all are invited to attend a reception following, to meet the musicians, artists, and speakers from Safe Harbor.

With a long and rich history beginning in 1935, LR’s A Cappella Choir has toured throughout the United States and abroad, including a 2015 music-mission trip to Costa Rica.  Dr. Ryan Luhrs, Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at Lenoir-Rhyne University, directs the Choir. The Choir has performed at the installations of two national ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America) bishops and for the 200th Anniversary of the North Carolina Synod. Shortly after this performance, the choir leaves on its annual spring tour, beginning March 7th through the 15th, with performances in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. Programs will feature choral and brass music, and end with their home concert on March 25th.

The Brass Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Christopher Nigrelli, Professor of Music, is frequently seen in area churches, in formal recitals, at campus functions, in department-sponsored hymn festivals, and with the A Cappella Choir. The Brass Ensemble performs literature of all style periods and in a wide variety of genres.

Coupled with the musical performance, student artists from Lenoir-Rhyne’s Visual Arts Program, under the direction of Claire L. Pope, MFA, Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator, Fine Arts, will present artwork created with messages of hope. Drawing II students will present handmade books filled with a positive and empowering visual story as a gift to survivors. Painting II students will also display artwork exploring the concepts of flowers as a symbol of fragility and strength.

This program will include information and speakers from the ministries of Safe Harbor. Safe Harbor exists to create a Christ-centered community where women can work to rebuild their lives through immediate and long term programs.  Safe Harbor serves women and children, experiencing homelessness or poverty, through their New Day Program, and serves women that are in recovery, in their year long Whole Woman Residential Recovery Program. In addition to counseling, case management, and classes, transitional housing is offered to women and children in their 16-unit apartment complex, through their Greenleaf program.  Women in these programs are also offered "work therapy" through the social enterprises such as ReSource Warehouse and Gallery and Scents of Hope. For more information about their programs and services, please visit: 

Jackie McKool, Development Director, offers, “Safe Harbor’s heart is in empowering women to get back on their feet, and to walk out with all that God has called them to be and do.” Safe Harbor receives a substantial part of their funding from churches, businesses, individuals, and events like this. A free-will offering will be collected to benefit Safe Harbor.

“This event celebrates God’s work in the world through the arts,” states Pastor Kate Crecelius, of Unity Lutheran.  “We’re incredibly grateful and excited to host LRU’s Music and Art departments —more—

to promote awareness of, and support, the work and mission of Safe Harbor.  This concert is the result of many people coming together from across the city, and is the vision of Pastor Mike Stone, of Mt. Pisgah Lutheran Church, who reached out to us.  We all belong to each other, and we can make the world a more beautiful place, only when we work together.” 

Unity Evangelical Lutheran Church is a caring Christian community and a welcoming center of faith in action, where disciples are nurtured, where neighbors are cared for, and where all people can gather. Unity serves Hickory, Catawba County, and the world, and can be found at 3025 Falling Creek Road, NE, Hickory, NC 28601. For directions and more information, please call Unity Lutheran Church at 828.324.1533 or visit

The Mt. Pisgah Lutheran Church family warmly welcomes all, and is located at 9379 Route 127 North in Bethlehem, in front of the Lowes Food shopping center. Sunday services are 8:00 AM and 10:30 AM, Sunday school at 9:15 AM. For directions and further information about Mt. Pisgah Lutheran Church, please call the church at 828.495.8251; visit our website at or our Facebook page at Mt. Pisgah Lutheran Church, ELCA.


Mt. Pisgah Gives Thanks in an Ecumenical Service

Bethlehem—Thanksgiving and Family—words that seem to go hand in hand this time of year. At Mt. Pisgah, the word ‘Family’ is defined much broader than Merriam-Webster Dictionary’s most simplistic definition, “A group of people who are related to each other.” At Mt. Pisgah, ‘Family’ more closely resembles another Merriam-Webster definition, “A group of people united by certain convictions or a common affiliation.” So, at Mt. Pisgah, a family they are.

Sunday night, November 19th, the church family of Mt. Pisgah celebrated Thanksgiving with a meal and worship service, as it does annually. But, this year, the concept of family became even a little bit broader and things were very different.  Invited to attend were two other church families—the church family from Unity Evangelical Lutheran and the church family from Mt. Pisgah AME in Hickory. Pastor Mike, of Mt. Pisgah—Bethlehem, explains, “Mt. Pisgah Lutheran Church was so very blessed during their annual Sunday evening before Thanksgiving dinner and worship, to share food, fellowship, and worship with Unity Lutheran and Mt Pisgah AME Churches. It was an amazing time of great joy to share together. Pastor Kim E. Moss, from Mt Pisgah AME, reminded us in her homily that we do all have so very much to be grateful for. My Thanksgiving was made by this marvelous shared experience.” Mt. Pisgah’s Vicar, Sam Mailleue added, “Last night’s service was a perfect example of the power of Christ insomuch as three different groups of people were joined together as one in celebration of our unifying God!”

Over 300 people gathered together to share a meal and offer up thanksgivings to God during worship. The service included a puppet show explaining the story of Jesus and the ten lepers (otherwise known as “Jesus tames the ten leopards,” as a confused puppet opined), with scripture readings by the Vicar and Pastor Kate Crecelius from

Unity Lutheran and the homily was given by Pastor Kim E. Moss of Mt. Pisgah AME. The service closed with a recitation of the Lord’s Prayer while everyone in the Sanctuary stood, joining hands. Many attendees commented that the mood was especially moving and beautiful.

Pastor Kim expressed her thoughts on the service, saying, “In this season of Thanksgiving, Mt. Pisgah AME is grateful for our continuous agape relationship with Mt. Pisgah Lutheran. The sharing in fellowship, food, fun, and worship was a blessing. To quote many of my members…’that was awesome!’ We Give Thanks!” Pastor Kate echoed, with a similar sentiment, “ It's both a lot of fun and very meaningful to worship with the wider Church.  I'm very grateful to my partners in faith for last night's service and inviting us into it.”

This writer thinks the Mt. Pisgah family just got a whole lot bigger…

Join us and enjoy the community of Mt. Pisgah Lutheran Church, located in front of the Lowe’s shopping center on Route 127 in Bethlehem.  For directions and further information, please call the church at 828-495-8251 or visit our website at or find us on Facebook at Mt. Pisgah Lutheran Church ELCA.



Enjoy YOUTHQUAKE for all 3rd through 5th graders at Mt. Pisgah

Bethlehem, NC — On Saturday, October 21st, the NC Lutheran Synod will be hosting a one day retreat for 3rd through 5th graders at Mt. Pisgah Lutheran Church.  Participate in activities that will explore we explore the seven Faith Practices. Small groups will interact through music, dancing, play and prayer.

Elementary-aged youth will have the opportunity to meet other young people their age in the NC Synod, participate in Bible Study, play games, pray together and just have fun in the name of Jesus. Lunch will be a Pizza picnic. Check-in starts at 10:00 am and runs to 10:30, and the program ends at 3:00 pm.  The cost for the event is $20 per youth, which includes a t-shirt, lunch, crafts, music, and program and each youth must have a completed medical release form. To register for YOUTHQUAKE, visit: or call the church office at 828-495-8251.

Join us and enjoy the community of Mt. Pisgah Lutheran Church, located in front of the Lowe’s Food shopping center on Route 127 in Bethlehem.  For directions and further information, please call the church, visit our website at or find us on Facebook at Mt. Pisgah Lutheran Church ELCA.





Bethlehem, NC—If you’re looking for something different to do, and having a lovely evening of dinner and dancing appeals to you, consider attending the upcoming annual gala to support the charitable organization - ‘Addy’s Giving Heart.’ Addy’s Giving Heart was founded in 2013 in memory of Addison (Addy) Cook.  Addy Cook was an eight year old girl whose too short life ended February 24th, 2013.  Addy suffered a pediatric stroke, at five months old, which triggered subsequent seizures throughout her lifetime. Addy’s Mom, Frances Cook, describes her as, “a bright, loving 8 year old, who loved life and everyone in it; she was always happy, with a smile on her face even through all she endured.”

In March of 2013, Fran and her mom, Cathy Hebel, resolved to create a way to let Addy’s legacy live on.  ‘Addy’s Giving Heart’ was born. Addy had spent too much time in hospitals, recovering from seizures, but through it all, she was always concerned that other children in the hospital had toys to play with.  With that thought in mind, they started with the idea of filling gift boxes and bags with small stuffed animals and age/gender-appropriate toys. These packages would then be delivered to area hospitals for their pediatric patients. Their hope was to “spread kindness, one gift at a time.”

Fran’s husband, Jason, and Addy’s three sisters, Kaira, Hope, and Haven, all loved the idea.  A discussion with the Pediatric Department at Jeff Gordon’s Children’s Hospital in Concord told the Cooks that these gifts would be joyfully received, so they moved forward creating the initial gifts.  At first, the Cooks used their own money to purchase the items, but have since received funding through events and donations. Cook, a member of Mt. Pisgah Lutheran Church, says, “The church has been so supportive as well, allowing us to hold our events there and helping with some of the expenses.  They also have dedicated some offerings to assist with the funding, and many members donate items and their time. We feel incredibly blessed.“

The Country and Western-themed event, starting at 6:00 pm and ending at 10:00 pm, is a casual event with guests invited to come in their cowboy boots, hats, and country-best. The night will include wine, dinner/dessert, dancing and a Silent Auction. Dinner will include a barbeque buffet, hot potato bar, and more donated by The Olde Tavern of Hickory, Iron Thunder Saloon and Grill, Texas Roadhouse, and MOUNTAIN Fried Chicken. Live music will be provided by “the Logic” ( Attendees that bring a five dollar (or more) toy donation will be entered in a raffle for a chance to win a four Park Hopper tickets to Walt Disney World.

A Silent Auction will be held offering bidding for over items including: baskets themed around crafts, toys or family game night, gift certificates for the national white water center, Drury Inn, the Catawba Science Center, a ride-along NASCAR experience, and much more. All the proceeds go to purchasing items for Addy’s Giving Heart.  Tickets are available for an entire table of six at $150 or $30 per seat.  Tickets can be purchased by contacting Frances Cook at and payment can be made at the door.

Mt. Pisgah Lutheran Church is located in front of the Lowe’s shopping center on Route 127 in Bethlehem.  For directions and further information, please call the church at 828-495-8251 or visit our website at or Facebook page at Mt. Pisgah Lutheran Church ELCA. 

Addy’s Giving Heart has also distributed over 5,000 hygiene bags for low income children and  children in the foster care system for Alexander, Catawba, and Iredell counties. They accept donations of new toys, a hospital stipulation, and other items listed on their wish list at For further information about donations, visit the AGH page on Facebook at Addy’s Giving Heart or visit the website at  

To date, Addy’s Giving Heart has delivered over 9,000 gift boxes and bags to North Carolina hospitals including: the Pediatrics unit at Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory, Jeff Gordon’s Children’s Hospital, Levine Children’s Hospital, the Ronald McDonald House at Duke Children’s Hospital, and Brenner’s Children’s Hospital, among others. Recently, AGH expanded their delivery areas to include the Ronald McDonald’s house of Greenville, SC and the Greenville Children’s Hospital and Shriner’s Children’s Hospital, all in South Carolina. A minimum of 50 gift packages are delivered to each location and gifts have been much appreciated,” says Cook. “We’ve received many thank you letters from patient’s parents letting us know how much their children get pleasure from getting them.”

Addison Cook left her loved ones too soon, but she leaves this world with the memory of her smile and one pretty amazing legacy.




Area First Responders Honored

Sunday, September 11th

Bethlehem, NC — On Sunday, September 11th, the National Day of Service and Remembrance, Mt. Pisgah Lutheran Church in Bethlehem invited area First Responders to join with the congregation and be recognized for their efforts in the community and join in a tribute to the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on America. The service included a special prayer offering a blessing over the First Responder attendees.

Special guests who attended with their spouses and families included, from the Alexander County Sheriff Office: Sheriff Chris Bowman, Chief Deputy, Tod Jones, Deputy Rick Lail, and Lt. Michael Harrison, from the Bethlehem Volunteer Fire and Rescue: Jeff Davis, Josh Davis,  Dylan Jolly, (also of City of Newton Fire Department), Douglas Sigmon, John Fox, Logan Walters, and Anna Benfield. Additionally, State Trooper Brandon Travis, State Trooper Brian Sharpe, Officer Justin Dagenhart of Troutman Police Department, and David Cozaart, Battalion Chief City of Hickory Fire Department, attended.

Pastor Michael Stone took time during the children’s sermon to explain exactly what it meant to have these special First Responder’s in church on this day. Following the message, the children delivered a special gift for each of the visitors, created by Mt. Pisgah’s Kids In Christ program to each one. Inside the bag was candy and the following explanation for the candy:


LIFESAVER                      – to remind you of the many times you’ve been one!

STARBURST                     – for the burst of energy that you need!

100,000 GRAND               – since you’re not doing it for the money!

HERSHEY KISSES            – to show our love for you!

GUM                                – to help everyone stick together!

TOOTSIE ROLL                 – for when you roll with the punches!

PEPPERMINT PATTY          – helping you keep your cool!

SNICKERS                       – to help keep your humor!

MOUNDS                          – for the mounds of courage you show!

We love you and appreciate all that you do for our community! Mt. Pisgah Kid’s in Christ


Pastor Mike, as he is known to his congregation, spoke about God as the number one First Responder. He said, “We have a good Shepherd God who understands what it means to be a First Responder, what it means to go into harm’s way, going after the lost, like they did fifteen years ago, digging through the dust and the rubble and the fire and the ashes, looking for even just one survivor. When there’s danger, He run towards it, not away from it. We have a God that has a heart for that, who understands that, that’s what he does. We have A God who understands what it means to go into harm’s way, to not take the easy way, that when there’s danger and there’s threat, not to run away.”

“We are absolutely honored that these people, dedicated to the safety of our community, chose to worship with us today,” stated Susan Lydick Greene, spokesperson for Mt. Pisgah. “I spoke with Sheriff Bowman, and he told me that several churches in the area were having similar services.  I think we all felt very appreciative for all of those taking the time to join us, so we could give our thanks to them. I feel we, as a community, want to show that support, give that thanks, but opportunities to be able to do so happen less than they should. THAT is what made the day so special, it was gratifying to everyone!”

Pastor Michael Stone added, “It was such a privilege and joy to have such a large representation of Alexander, Catawba and Iredell county first responders with us in worship and lunch Sunday September 11th. It was very meaningful to say thanks for all that they do to serve and protect our communities. This recognition was all the more poignant as Sunday was also the 15th remembrance of 9/11 when so many first responders both risked, and lost, their lives in their rescue of others in need. It felt very good to thank these men and women for a job well done!”

Following a barbecue lunch, as acknowledgement of the September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance, the Mt. Pisgah Community and invited honored guests representing our areas First Responders, took time to assemble gift bags for Addy's Giving Heart. ’ Addy’s Giving Heart was founded in 2013 in memory of Addison (Addy) Cook. Addy Cook was an eight year old girl whose too short life ended February 24th, 2013. Addy had suffered a pediatric stroke when she was five months old which triggered subsequent seizures throughout her lifetime. Addy’s mom, Frances Cook, describes her as, “a bright, loving 8 year old, who loved life and everyone in it; she was always happy, with a smile on her face even through all she endured.”

In March of 2013, Fran and her mom, Cathy Hebel, resolved to create a way to let Addy’s legacy live on. ‘Addy’s Giving Heart’ was born. Addy had spent too much time in hospitals, recovering from seizures, but through it all, she was always concerned that other children in the hospital had toys to play with. With that thought in mind, they started with the idea of filling craft boxes with small stuffed animals and age and gender-appropriate toys. These boxes would then be delivered to area hospitals for their pediatric patients. Their hope was to “spread kindness, one box at a time.”

These special boxes from September 11th are destined to be delivered to Jeff Gordon’s Children’s Hospital in Concord, NC. To date, Addy's Giving Heart has delivered 5,500 boxes and bags of toys to pediatric patients and 2,100 hygiene bags to children in need. For more information, and ways to help, visit

The September 11th  National Day of Service and Remembrance is the culmination of an effort originally launched in 2002 by 9/11 family members and support groups who worked to establish the charitable service day as a forward-looking way to honor the sacrifice of those who were lost and those who united in response to the tragedy.

For more information about the National Day of Service and Remembrance, see:…/m…/fact-sheets/september-11

Join us, please! Enjoy the fellowship of Mt. Pisgah Lutheran Church, located in front of the Lowe’s shopping center at 9379 Route 127 North in Bethlehem.  For directions and further information, please call the church at (828)495-8251 or visit our website at 




Mt. Pisgah to Host Special Conference

for All Moms and Daughters

Mt. Pisgah Lutheran Church in conjunction with Corinth Reformed Church are pleased to announce that Corinth Church will be hosting the Polished Conference, in Hickory, for all interested mothers and daughters on Saturday, September 17th, from 10 am to 4 pm. The conference is designed exclusively for young women, from grades 7th and up, and their moms, and examines self-worth, beauty, fashion, adversities, relationships, and purpose, from a Biblical perspective.

The Polished Ministries was founded by Emma Danzey, a graduate of Liberty University, where she earned her degree in music and worship studies, specializing in Christian music artistry.  In October 2013, Emma released her first extended play (EP), “Deep Within” with producers Cody Norris & Ed Cash. Her mission is inspiring young women to embrace the extraordinary. Co-Founder, Debbie Presnell has worked with both high school and college-aged woman for over 30 years. She is a published author, national speaker and workshop presenter, co-founder of Shine! Ministries, and a partner with the Polished Conference. In addition, she teaches Bible study and sign language classes, has on online prayer/Bible study page on Facebook, and blogs at Living Life Together.

The organization was founded out of Hickory in 2014, as a result of Danzey’s dream to bring together young women, and encourage growth, unity, and friendships. Together with Presnell, the conference was designed to reach young women and Moms from various backgrounds, cultures, and communities. Danzey states,” During a time of constant change, and with standards being lowered by the minute, we need to teach young women the skills 
necessary to be poised and respected; these skills come with knowing the truth about how God sees us and who He has created us to be!"

The organization’s mission is to equip young women with the tools necessary to live as refined women of God, polished after the similitude of the palace, and help them discover their purpose, worth, and ability to influence.   

The six–hour conference will include dynamic group sessions with Presnell, and Special Guest, Lydia Carlino, worship with Danzey, teen break-out sessions on relationships, fashion and more, and sessions just for Mom with Special Guest, Teen Counselor, Jackie Perry.  The day will be spent examining self-worth, adversities, and relationships from a Biblical perspective.

The Polished Conference is open to the public. Moms and daughters, including all those with special ‘Like-My Mom,’ and ‘Like-My Daughter’ relationships, are welcome to attend. Tickets are $20/person and include lunch and T-shirt. Tickets can be purchased by contacting the Mt. Pisgah office at (828) 495-8251. For more information about the Polished Ministries, visit or on Facebook at Polished Conference, LLC.

All net proceeds will be donated to Helpindiakids with Mukti Mission USA, an Indian-founded, Indian-led mission to the poor, exploited and disenfranchised, that is transforming and shaping lives one person at a time. For more information on this outreach program, visit

Join us please! Corinth Reformed Church is located at 150 16th Ave NW, Hickory.