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)


Church email

 secretary@mtpisgahelca.org


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Events


 Sundays 

 Worship  8 & 10:30 AM

Nursery provided

Light breakfast 9:00 AM

The Story Program 9:15 AM

for all ages

 

 Wednesdays

 Prayer Group  7:00-7:30 AM

Bible Study  8:30-9:30 AM

 Dinner  5:30-6:20 PM

Bible Study  6:15-7:30 PM

Confirmation & KIC  6:20-7:30 PM

Adult Choir  7:00-8:00 PM 

 

 

 

 

Graduates Recognition, Jun 2

8:00 & 10:30 AM

 

Father's Day, Jun 16

8:00 & 10:30 AM

 

Evening VBS, Jun 23-27

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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May 2019


LENOIR-RHYNE A CAPPELLA CHOIR AND BRASS ENSEMBLE TO PERFORM EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW OF THEIR IRELAND CONCERT TOUR

A CONCERT TO BENEFIT NONPROFIT ADDY’S GIVING HEART

 

HICKORY, NC—Come feel the excitement of a journey not yet taken and spend the afternoon of Sunday, May 19th at Mt. Pisgah Lutheran Church with the Lenoir-Rhyne A Cappella Choir, College Singers, and Brass Ensemble. Experience the anticipation of the choir and instrumentalists just one day before they fly to Dublin to begin their week–long Ireland tour. In this exclusive, free preview, the Lenoir-Rhyne performers share their repertoire of a variety of music, with selections specific to their travels to Ireland.  Dr. Ryan Luhrs, Ph.D., Director of Choral Activities and Assistant Professor of Music who leads the A Cappella Choir and The College Singers, and Dr. Christopher Nigrelli, Professor of Music who directs the Brass Ensemble share that the concert and the performances in Ireland will feature primarily the diverse music the choir has worked on and performed throughout the 2018-19 academic year, but will also have some a few surprises. 

Dr. Luhrs explains, “A piece unique to the Ireland tour will be “Danny Boy” arr. Michael McGlynn. This might be the most famous of Irish folk tunes. One of the concerts will involve a joint performance with an Irish community choir, the Millicent Singers.  It can be a bit intimidating to be an American choir and sing Irish folk music in Ireland. I’m glad we’ll be collaborating with an Irish community choir to sing this song when we’re over there.”  

”The choir is singing “Danny Boy” because of collaboration with the Millicent Singers of Cane, Ireland.” Ryan continues, “The director of the Millicent Singers suggested we sing ‘Danny Boy’ together and I, in turn, suggested we sing an Appalachian folk song. So we’ll also sing ‘Will the Circle Be Unbroken.’ I’m looking forward to the cultural exchange—not only getting to know each other through singing in the same choir – but also by singing the folk music of each other’s region.”

Another selection specific to the Ireland tour will be performed by ‘The College Singers’—a select 12-member subset of the A Cappella Choir— who will sing an arrangement of “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” by the Irish band U2.  The Lenoir-Rhyne Music program sends performers to Europe every four years. May 23rd, when the group will be in Ireland, marks the 49th anniversary of the choir’s first overseas trip which occurred in 1970. The choir has performed in Germany and Austria, among other locales, and now, Ireland for the first time. For more information about the Choir, visit them on Facebook at Lenoir-Rhyne A Cappella Choir and for information on the Brass Ensemble, on Facebook, visit Lenoir-Rhyne University Brass Ensemble.

A love offering will be collected to benefit outreach ministry Addy's Giving Heart (AGH). AGH is a nonprofit organization that provides gift bags to children in Pediatric care units in hospitals all over North and South Carolina. 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. Fran and her mom, Cathy Hebel, resolved to create a way to let Addy’s legacy live on.  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.” Since 2013, AGH has delivered over 10,000 bags/boxes. For more information about the 'Legacy of Love' that is Addy's Giving Heart, visit www.addysgivingheart.org.

Pastor Mike Stone of Mt. Pisgah offers, “We are so blessed to host the Lenoir-Rhyne A Cappella Choir and Brass Ensemble. We are excited for their concert series in Ireland and being able to the important ministry of Addy’s Giving Heart.”  The program begins at 3:00 p.m. and is free, open to the public, and no ticket is required. A small reception will follow the concert and more information on Addy’s Giving Heart will be available. The Mt. Pisgah Lutheran Church is located at 9379 Route 127 North in Bethlehem, in front of the Lowes Food shopping center. Sunday services are held at 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. with Sunday school for all ages held at 9:15 a.m. For directions and further information about Mt. Pisgah Lutheran Church, please call the church at 828.495.8251; visit our website at www.mtpisgahelca.org or our Facebook page at Mt. Pisgah Lutheran Church, ELCA.

 

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APRIL 2019

THIRD ANNUAL CHICKEN BBQ APRIL 6TH AT MT. PISGAH

Ken Wasmund and Lots of Chicken!BETHLEHEM, NC—Do you love delicious chicken barbeque, moist and packed with flavor? Then mark your calendars for Saturday, April 6th, set your GPS to bring you to Mt. Pisgah Lutheran Church in Bethlehem, and plan on spending just a little bit of money for a great cause and great food. Event Coordinator for the troop, Ken Wasmund points out that the event was moved from an autumn activity to the spring this year. “The Boy Scouts decided to move the event to the early spring due to scheduling issues in October. They are excited about taking advantage of the warmer temperatures and the excitement folks feel getting out of the house after winter. There’s nothing better than kicking off ‘Spring Fever’ with some great tasting chicken, continually basted with a marinade and cooked over an open charcoal pit.”

Wasmund adds, “Our first year we started with 350 chicken dinners and this year we are making 450 chicken dinners because we continue to sell out every year.” Hosted by Mt. Pisgah, all proceeds from this event benefit Boy Scout Troop #275, which help pay for the troop’s yearly charter fee, classroom, and camping supplies. The event starts at 12:00 pm and continues into late afternoon or until the food runs out. Chicken BBQ plates include half a chicken, homemade slaw and beans, a freshly baked dinner roll, dessert, and a drink for $10.00. Kid’s Hot Dog plates are available for $5.00 and include one side, dessert, and a drink.

Come join with Mt. Pisgah Lutheran Church and the event’s other sponsors—Hendrick Honda Hickory, a new sponsor this year, Paramount Kia of Hickory, Evans Drug, Leonard’s Express, and Dr. Thomas Rider, DDS, of Bethlehem, and in supporting Boy Scout Troop #275. Mt. Pisgah Lutheran Church is located at 9379 Route 127 in Bethlehem, in front of the Lowes Food shopping center. For directions and further information, please call the church at 828-495-8251 or visit our website at www.mtpisgahelca.org or our Facebook page at Mt. Pisgah Lutheran Church ELCA.

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  MARCH 27, 2019

 READY FOR A CHANGE? LISTEN TO WHAT’S CALLING YOU, COME AND BE INSPIRED!

BETHLEHEM, NC—Feeling restless? Have you thought that life has another purpose for you, and you are just spinning your wheels day–to–day as you wait for that purpose to make itself clear to you? You are not alone. Visit Mt. Pisgah Lutheran Church in Bethlehem on Wednesday evening, March 27th, and listen to author, Kathy Izard, tell the audience how she changed her life direction when she got involved with two projects that involved so much coincidence, serendipity, and God-incidence that she wrote it all down in her book The Hundred Story Home: a memoir of finding faith in ourselves and something bigger.

This is Izard’s second speaking engagement at Mt. Pisgah. She spends time encouraging audiences both small and large all over North and South Carolina, Delaware, Georgia, Virginia, Tennessee, and Texas. Her goal for the audience is to hear her story and walk away inspired to be courageous and ready to effect change. She wants to encourage people and let them know that they can make a positive difference in their community. Izard explains how to listen to your “inner whisper” and then act, instead of waiting and watching life happening around you.

Calling Charlotte home, Kathy Izard lives with her husband and four daughters.  This journey that lead to the publication of her book began when she was running an independent graphic design business and also volunteered at Charlotte’s Urban Ministry Center. An unlikely meeting with formerly homeless author, Denver Moore, (Same Kind of Different as Me) changed the course of her life. Inspired by Denver’s challenge to do more than serve in the soup kitchen, Kathy quit her job to take on what seemed like an unimaginable task in her second half of life—to build housing for Charlotte’s homeless. Woven together in this motivational story of a call to social action is Izard’s personal journey to define the meaning of home.  Kathy led the development of Moore Place, Charlotte's first "Housing First" supportive housing building in Charlotte, which provides housing for up to one hundred chronically homeless men and women. For more information about Kathy Izard, visit www.kathyizard.com. More information about Moore Place is available on their Facebook page @Moore Place.

Bring your book to be signed (books will also be available for sale) and join the Mt. Pisgah community for a Taco Bar meal at 5:15 pm and listen to Kathy speak at 6:30 pm. There is no cost to attend this event, but a love offering will be collected. Mt. Pisgah Lutheran Church is located on Route 127 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 www.mtpisgahelca.org or our Facebook page at Mt. Pisgah Lutheran Church, ELCA.

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MARCH 21, 2019

ST. JOSEPH’S IRISH DANCERS TO PERFORM AT MT. PISGAH

BETHLEHEM—St. Patrick’s Day is over and yet you are still looking for ways to “get your Irish on.” If so, then it’s time for some Irish step dancing to keep the mood going. 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 Thursday, March 21st, from 5:00–6:00 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. 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 http://alexanderlibrary.org/about-the-library/bethlehem-branch/ 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 www.mtpisgahelca.org and our Facebook page at Mt. Pisgah Lutheran Church ELCA.

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DECEMBER 2018

BETHLEHEM STAR LIGHTING THIS SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2018

 

BETHLEHEM, NC—This weekend, Saturday, December 1st, The Bethlehem Star, that was irreparably damaged by the EF2 tornado in October of 2017, has been rebuilt and will shine bright again on Saturday, December 1st!  Come join us as we kick off the Christmas season with the lighting of the new Bethlehem Star! There will be dinner, bonfires, Christmas carols to sing, performances by a community choir and a southern gospel group—The Pathfinders with cookies and hot chocolate, and warm cider to drink! Pastor David Ross, of Fellowship Advent Christian Church, will read the Christmas story and members of his church will provide the live nativity, including animals.

The Bethlehem Star Lighting Event will begin with a hot dog meal available at 6:30 PM and on. The Star Lighting activities begin promptly at 7:00 PM. There is no cost for attending the Star Lighting and parking is free. There will be designated parking for the disabled. The Bethlehem Star is located on the property of Mt. Pisgah Lutheran Church ELCA at 9379 Route 127 in Bethlehem, in front of the Lowes Shopping Center. For directions and further information, please call the church at 828-495-8251; or visit our Facebook page at Mt. Pisgah Lutheran Church ELCA or our website at www.mtpisgahelca.org. (A rain date for the event of Monday, December 3rd has been established).

After the star was damaged, community members started with almost nothing—no manpower, no money, no star. A committee was formed over the summer and they were not prepared for the outpouring of support—financial, manpower, and otherwise—that this project and event would inspire. In no uncertain terms, could anyone anticipate the response to the call to "Raise the Star!"  It's a small community with a great big love for this Star! Come visit with us, because we have a story, many of them, in fact, of a community that lost its shining star, with not much hope of getting it back, a community not defined by geographic boundaries, but by their love for this star and star lighting event.

This community came together with that love, and accomplished much, much more than many thought possible. In this time of divisiveness and controversy, come celebrate the season of giving and love, with a community that came together for the love of a star, and not just any star, but the star that symbolizes and signifies the birth of a Savior.

The new star, built by Carpenter Decorating, has been mounted on a new tower and two Norway Spruce Christmas trees were donated by Jack Hicks, of Hicks Trucking of Elk Park, NC and planted. The Manger scene has been painted by Boy Scout Troop #275.  A Community Choir, lead by Donna Reid, comprised of members from five community churches will perform. The Pathfinders, a mixed Southern Gospel trio from Mt. Holly, NC, will also perform. With the primary goal to sing as a church quartet, the Pathfinders, founded in 1993, realized that God had bigger plans and they began traveling throughout the Southeast and expanded their ministry. Throughout the years, The Pathfinders have had multiple single releases. This included several Top 80 songs on the Singing News charts and a single from their latest CD, “Mercy Answered” being named as one of the top 10 new releases. In addition, they have had several Top 40 songs on other industry charts.

Two different keepsake ornaments will be for sale for $10 each on the night of the event.  One ornament was originally constructed by Latt Moretz out of pieces of the old Bethlehem Star and the second is wooden star ornament designed by Dennis Parlier.   Both ornaments are pictured on the Bethlehem Star Lighting Event Facebook page. The Mt. Pisgah Youth and members will coordinate a hot dog meal, with a suggested donation of $5.00. Proceeds from a hot dog meal and sale of the keepsake ornaments will be donated to Bethlehem Ministerial Association Benevolence Fund.

NOVEMBER 2018

MT. PISGAH WILL GIVE THANKS IN AN ECUMENICAL SERVICE NOVEMBER 18TH

Rev. Kim Moss Mt. Pisgah AME, Pastor Mike Stone, MPLC, Pastor Kate Crecelius, Unity Lutheran, Deacon Robin Cogan, MPLCBethlehem—Thanksgiving and Family—words that seem to go hand in hand this time of year and at Mt. Pisgah, a family they definitely do. Join with the families from Mt. Pisgah Lutheran in Bethlehem, Mt. Pisgah AME of Hickory, and Unity Evangelical Lutheran Church of Hickory, as they celebrate Thanksgiving in an Ecumenical event open to all. A Community meal begins at 5:15 PM, followed by a service of Thanksgiving at 6:30 PM with performances by our hand bell choir and more special music. All are welcome.

Pastor Mike, of Mt. Pisgah—Bethlehem, explains, “Mt. Pisgah Lutheran Church is 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. Join with us and enjoy the feelings of community at 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 www.mtpisgahelca.org or find us on Facebook at Mt. Pisgah Lutheran Church ELCA.

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OCTOBER 2018

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

Bethlehem, NC — On Saturday, October 6th, 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. 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: go to: lutheranyouth.org, find the events tab, select ‘YouthQuake 2018,’ click on ‘Register today’ and enter your email in the signup box. 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 www.mtpisgahelca.org or find us on Facebook at Mt. Pisgah Lutheran Church ELCA.

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Support Disabled American Veterans with Dinner, Saturday, October 20th

Bethlehem—Come out and support the Disabled American Veterans of Alexander County by attending a dinner sponsored by Olive Garden and Chapter 84 of the Alexander County DAV. The dinner and live auction begin at 6:00 pm, on Saturday, October 20th, at Mt. Pisgah Lutheran Church in Bethlehem.  Dinner includes spaghetti, breadsticks, salad, drinks, and dessert, for $15.00 and will be followed by the live auction. Door prizes will be awarded. There is a long and varied list of items to be auctioned including: household furniture, leaf blowers, lawn furniture, and more. You do not have to attend the dinner to attend the auction; no ticket is required to attend the auction.

This is the third annual event held by Chapter 84 of the Taylorsville DAV.  All proceeds go to benefit Alexander County disabled veterans. The Disabled American Veterans are dedicated to a single purpose: empowering veterans to lead high-quality lives with respect and dignity. We accomplish this by ensuring that veterans and their families can access the full range of benefits available to them and funds raised at this event will go to purchasing things like hospital beds, materials for building wheelchair ramps, wheelchairs, walkers, and other items of benefit to the disabled.

Tickets can be purchased at the door or by calling James Adair at 828.495.4688 or 828.446.3507.  The DAV meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 582 Carrigan Road in Taylorsville.  Alexander county veterans are invited to attend meetings that start with a meal at 6:15 to 7:00 pm, and continue until 8:15. For more information, visit the Taylorsville DAV Chapter 84 Facebook page.

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 www.mtpisgahelca.org or find us on Facebook at Mt. Pisgah Lutheran Church ELCA.

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‘Fall’ into fun at Mt. Pisgah’s Fall Festival on Saturday, October 27th!

What better way to celebrate the dramatic display of autumn decorations, colorful leaves, crisp air, and pumpkins, but at a free Fall Festival at Mt. Pisgah Lutheran Church. Bring the kids and experience family fun with games, two bounce inflatables, face painting, pony rides, and ‘Trunk or Treat.’  New this year is a smoke simulator with a demonstration of what to do in case of a fire by St. Stephen’s Fire Department.  A hotdog dinner will be available, along with candy, a cake walk, horse-drawn carriage and more.

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 www.mtpisgahelca.org or our Facebook page at Mt. Pisgah Lutheran Church, ELCA.

The festival runs from 1:00 to 3:00. Costumes are optional.

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SEPTEMBER 2018

MT. PISGAH CELEBRATES HOMECOMING SEPTEMBER 30TH

Bethlehem. NC—The congregational family of Mt. Pisgah Lutheran Church and Pastor Mike Stone welcome all to their annual Homecoming service on Sunday, September 30th. Mt. Pisgah will be celebrating with one service at 10:00 am with Pastor Andrew Weisner, Dean of Campus Ministry and Hickory’s Lenoir-Rhyne University Pastor, will be speaking. Boy Scout Troop 275 will be assisting during the event and the service will include Brass Ensemble performances from students at St. Stephens High School. Following the service, everyone is welcome to bring a dish to the covered dish luncheon, and enjoy fun for everyone with games of cornhole, inflatables for the kids, and other activities.

Come join with Mt. Pisgah Lutheran Church in Bethlehem. Mt. Pisgah Lutheran Church is located on Route 127 in Bethlehem, in front of the Lowes Food shopping center. Regular 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 www.mtpisgahelca.org or our Facebook page at Mt. Pisgah Lutheran Church, ELCA.

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JUNE 2018

Mt. Pisgah announces Vacation Bible School Program “Shipwrecked!”

Bethlehem, NC — Bring your family to share all the fun and activities at Mt. Pisgah Lutheran Church’s Vacation Bible School, evenings, Sunday, June 24th – Thursday, June 28th. This year’s theme is “Shipwrecked: Rescued by Jesus.” Get ready for your children to go on an adventure to an uncharted island where kids are rescued by Jesus!

A light meal will be available from 5:15 to 6:00 pm every night. The program will start at 6:00 and conclude at 8:45 pm. Age-appropriate lessons will be available for children in preschool through sixth-grade and learning will be made fun with storytelling, crafts, music, and games.

Watch your kids venture onto an uncharted island where kids survive and thrive. They will be anchored in the truth that Jesus carries them through life’s storms. In keeping with the theme, kids travel through field-tested rotations that reinforce relevant Bible Points and immerse kids in new adventures. Every station is designed to reinforce the daily ‘Bible Point’ in a hands-on, interactive way. In addition to these engaging lessons, the fun will keep on coming, as families enjoy hayrides, train rides (both for the young and young-at-heart), games and a bounce house.

Join us, please! Experience the warm and welcoming 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; visit our Facebook page at Mt. Pisgah Lutheran Church ELCA or our website at www.mtpisgahelca.org.

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APRIL 2018

MT. PISGAH COMPLETES WALKING PATH OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

HICKORY, NC—“It’s important to the Mt. Pisgah family that the community recognizes us not only as a busy place, but a ‘Grace Place’ where anyone is welcome, any time,” states Pastor Mike Stone of Mt. Pisgah Lutheran Church located in Bethlehem.  “We feel our facilities are here to be used and shared, and we share them with numerous community groups:  the Boy Scouts, Brownie Scouts, the Alexander County Senior Center, AA, several fitness programs like Zumba and F3 (Fitness, Fellowship and Faith) and soon the new Bethlehem Farmers Market among other activities. Additionally, we are the home of the Good Samaritan Food pantry and serve as a Meals on Wheels pickup location.”

Spokesperson Susan Lydick Greene continues, “We are a congregation that cares about each other and embraces all. We take a holistic approach to faith in our lives and feel that sharing our belief system involves more than what happens here in this building on Sundays.”

Mt. Pisgah recently completed a project that stemmed from discussions during the study of “The Daniel Plan.” The Daniel Plan defines itself as a groundbreaking healthy lifestyle program founded on biblical principles and focused on The Essentials: Faith, Food, Fitness, Focus and Friends, (Source: http://www.danielplan.com/start/about-us/what-is-the-plan/). Funded in part by a Peeler-Casey grant from the North Carolina

Lutheran Synod and generous private donations, Mt. Pisgah members’ hard work and the help of a contractor or two, a new walking path has been completed that circles the property. The walking path is 1/3 mile and covered with 300 tons of finely crushed gravel.

The path is lit for nighttime walking and equipped with benches spread out along the path. An informational kiosk and doggie litter bags were just added as part of an Eagle Scout project as well.

 “We are excited to offer the walking path as a safe place for our church family and members of the surrounding counties to come to walk, gather with friends to get some exercise, bring their pets to walk, or just sit and enjoy time outside. The gravel is very soft to walk on and kind to knees, hips, and feet,” Pastor Mike says with a knowing grin.

Mt. Pisgah Lutheran 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; visit our website at www.mtpisgahelca.org or on Facebook as Mt. Pisgah Lutheran Church ELCA. 

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MARCH 2018

ST. JOSEPH’S IRISH DANCERS TO PERFORM AT MT. PISGAH

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 http://alexanderlibrary.org/about-the-library/bethlehem-branch/ 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 www.mtpisgahelca.org and our Facebook page Mt. Pisgah Lutheran Church ELCA. 

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MARCH 2018

CELEBRATING FAITH AND THE ARTS! A BENEFIT FOR SAFE HARBOR

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: www.safeharborrescuemission.org. 

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 www.unitylutheran.net.

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 www.mtpisgahelca.org or our Facebook page at Mt. Pisgah Lutheran Church, ELCA.

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NOVEMBER 2017

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 www.mtpisgahelca.org or find us on Facebook at Mt. Pisgah Lutheran Church ELCA.


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OCTOBER 2017

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: https://lutheranyouth.org/event/youthquake-hickory/ 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 www.mtpisgahelca.org or find us on Facebook at Mt. Pisgah Lutheran Church ELCA.

 

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SEPTEMBER 2017

THIRD ANNUAL GALA TO RAISE FUNDS FOR ADDY’S GIVING HEART

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” (thelogicband.com). 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 addygh@gmail.com 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 www.mtpisgahelca.org 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 www.addysgivingheart.org/wish-list. For further information about donations, visit the AGH page on Facebook at Addy’s Giving Heart or visit the website at www.addysgivingheart.org.  

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.

 

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SEPTEMBER 2016

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 http://addysgivingheart.org/.

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: http://www.nationalservice.gov/…/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 www.mtpisgahelca.org. 

 

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SEPTEMBER 2016

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 http://www.polishedconference.com/ 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 http://helpindiakids.org/.

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