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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 Worship  8 & 10:30 AM

Nursery provided

Light breakfast 9:00 AM

The Story Program 9:15 AM

for all ages



 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 


 Church Council Retreat

Saturday, August 24

8:30 AM to 12:00 PM


God's Work Our Hands

Youth Car Wash

Saturday, August 24

3:00 - 6:00 PM

For Bethlehem Elementary School 


Blessing of the Backpacks

Sunday, August 25

8:00 & 10:30 AM services


Rally Sunday

Sunday, August 25

Breakfast & meeting 

9:15 to 10:15 AM


Church Workday

Saturday, September 21

8:00 - 11:00 AM


Youth Golf Fundraiser 

Saturday, September 28

lunch 11:00 start 12:00 

Old Still Golf Course


160th Anniversary


Sunday, October 6

One service at 10:00 AM

Bishop Tim Smith preaching

Pastor Kate Crecilius installed


NC Synod YouthQuake

Saturday, October 19

Mt. Pisgah hosting event

10:00 AM - 3:30 PM

3rd-5th graders  


Fall Festival

Saturday, October 26

12:00 to 3:00 PM

































October Devotions----"Tis the Season"

Isn't Fall a great time of year?  Thanksgiving is perfectly placed on the calendar between the beginning of Fall and the beginning of Advent/Christmas.  It is a time when we all can give thanks to God, even for the smallest of Blessings. 

At our church picnic I shared some special blessings we have at Mt. Pisgah: 


—We know how to laugh and we know that the “Joy of the Lord truly is our strength.” 


—We enjoy getting together whether for Worship, Bible Study and even the most menial of tasks.  We enjoy knowing the promise of our Lord's presence when 2 or 3 gathered.  I practically have to blow a whistle to bring us back together after the passing of the Peace on Sunday mornings.

Children &Youth

– What a joy to have 50 + children come forward for children's sermon—I can't wait until Fall Festival and our Christmas Program!

- Our young people are such a Blessing to lead us in worship and to help in so many ways. 


—With our church and Food Pantry—we touch many lives and would be missed if we were not here.  Close to 20% of our budget goes outside the doors of this place to help so many in need in our community and world.


—Every new member class has someone who comments “you sure like to eat!”  Well, we know that where 2 or 3 Lutherans are gathered there will always be a covered dish.:)

There are so many blessings we have at Mt. Pisgah; which I never want to take for granted. We serve a Great and Faithful God whose presence in Jesus is revealed to all.

Isaiah 43 is a scripture that lifts this up. I hope our youth will lead us in singing this on Youth Sunday October 23rd.  

Here are the words:

Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers,

they will not sweep over you.  When you walk through fire, you will not be burned;

the flames will not set you ablaze.  For I am the Lord, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior;

Since you are precious and honored in my sight, and because I love you, I will give you life. 

Do not be afraid, for I am with you. 

How can you say anything but thanks to that?  

God Bless,

Pastor Mike


September Devotions from Pastor

151 years is an amazing span of time to envision and grasp.  In that time Mt. Pisgah witnessed or participated in a Civil War, the Great Depression and two World Wars and the horiffic tragedy of 9/11 2001.  Through the ups and downs of history around us and within our church history, God has always been faithful and present.

So, ponder with me for a moment all the history made in those three buildings which were called Mt. Pisgah, and more importantly with the people of Mt. Pisgah.  The thousands of gatherings to celebrate Word and Sacrament and the countless covered dish fellowship times—second to none!  In my brief snapshot of time within this history of Mt. Pisgah, I think of many things, but primarily that this is a place of grace and warmth.

To walk into the sancturary is to see the shape of a wooden boat—reminding us of God

  • who saves from the flood;
  • who calms the rough seas with an outstretched arm; and
  • who left the crowd on the shores to proclaim a word of grace.

To walk into the sancturary is to see wood carvings of mountain top journeys.  It is on the mountain tops that God has always showed up to His people in a big way.  To all who come here it is easy to see that the God of yesterday and today has “shown up” in amazing ways.

He has revealed Himself in the past faithful planting of a church by Abraham Boliek and in the present by God's faithful people building an addition in respone to Patriarch Abraham's call that we are “Blessed to be a Blessing.” (Genesis 12)

It is impossible in this Grace-place called Mt. Pisgah, not to be inspired by the gifts shared by all seen in: wood working, furniture, stained glass, mosaic, memorials and landscaping.  The people here have left their mark and most importantly realize that they are gifted in order to share their gifts.

So how, in quick summary, would you share what it means to be part of this special church?

Would it be …..

  •  the sense of generosity in outreach?
  •  the sense of pride in our facility?
  •  the sense of gracious warmth in fellowship?
  •  the sense of expectancy in our worship?

It is hard to say what one would highlight and treasure the most.  But there is not doubt that we are the sum total today of all that has preceded us in the past.  The faithful pioneers of yesterday have given us a legacy of hope to move forward into the unknown frontier of the future.  What motivated and inspired them is identical to what gives us encouragement today.  That is, finally, that we are of all things most grateful to the One that we can always count on, whose changeless grace and love is truly the same yesterday, today and forever.

Soli Deo Gloria

To Him be the glory,

Pastor Mike



Devotions for July 20-31

“Be Still and Know That I Am God”   Psalm 46:10 

What a blessing it has been to take our youth to work-camp again.  They worked hard in building, mulching and putting on V.B.S. for migrant worker families.  The daily trip to the work site from Eckerd College was about 40 minutes each day. Every afternoon my car was packed with noisy kids competing with the loud music heard even outside their ear buds.  But without fail, after about 10 minutes on the return trip, their hard work under the Florida sun had taken its toll.  Every one of those highly animated teens collapsed like deflated rag dolls construed in all kinds of positions in the welcome silence of sleep. In my rearview mirror, it  was a sight to behold,  and one to savor for the moment since this stillness would not last long.   The radio could be heard in this quiet moment  and this was the song I heard.  

                                “Word of God Speak” 

                   I'm finding myself at a loss for words

                   And the funny thing is it's okay

                   the last thing I need is to be heard

                   but to hear what You would say 


                   Word of God speak

                   Would You pour down like rain

                   Washing my eyes to see

                   Your majesty

                   to be still and know

                   That You're in this place

                   Please let me stay and rest

                   In Your holiness

                   Word of God speak 

                   I'm finding myself in the midst of You

                   Beyond the music, beyond the noise

                   All that I need is to be with You 

                   And in the quiet hear Your voice. 

As someone has said we live in “noisy times” when everyone has much to say about everything.

We have political pundits on all sides ranting and raving.

We have righteous indignation expressed over what seems to be jilted justice in the Anthony case.

We have frustration and disappointment over senators, governors, sports figures and coaches who let us down over and over.

Much can and is said about all of this but in truth there is usually more fire then light.  Sometimes there is no word appropriately able to capture and express all that we think or feel.

In my own life I have regretted many words emotively and hastily spoken but I have never regretted the choice of silence.  

It is precisely in the cacophony of noise vying for our attention that we really can appreciate God's silence.  The One who tells us that it is in the stillness that we can best find and hear Him.

In all my frustrated desires for God to have an audible voice and a verbal  answer  to my every plea, it is true that what I  really need is His silent listening.  It is far more precious to have our Father's undivided attention when we speak than to be interrupted by one more loud voice.  And it is so often in His silent response that we hear the real answer. 

Our God is like that—a still small voice which can easily be drowned out by this loud and noisy world which thinks it has more important things to say.  It is no wonder that Daniel characterized God at the end of times as the Ancient of Days who waits quietly as the Anti Christ verbally accosts in rants and raves.  Our Lord modeled this same quiet confidence before both the Jewish and Romans authorities at His Passion, as they mistakenly assumed that they would have the last loud word against our Lord's persistent silence. 

So in this noisy hurried world and particularly  this summer, I hope you can find some great quiet space and time to listen for God's still small voice.  And in His silence to know that true love - truly listens. 

                   from all wavelengths

                          “Be Still and Know.....

                   Surround sound,

                   bombarded by

                   chatter and clatter

                   clamoring for attention


                   to open a soul

                   or lend an ear to.

                   If that verbiage

                   of selfish agendas, political nuances

                   and subtle labels,

                   would be expunged

                    and exorcised from all sound.


                   would fill up space

                   and empty noises would be swallowed with silence.

                   And in that haunting but refreshing stillness

                   we would know

                   that then and only then is

                   there room to





Devotions for the week of June 20 and June 27

– this preacher got so long winded this will serve for 2 weeks for the 20th and 27th  :)

(We invite you to join with us Sunday for Sunday School as we dig into the Psalms together in Phillip Yancey book “The Bible Jesus Read.”)

Though we do not think of it much, The Old Testament  was the only scripture that Jesus had to read or reference.  Even the Apostle Paul's early admonition to Timothy in 2 Timothy 3:16-17, “All Scripture is God—breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuilding, correcting and training in righteousness,” was referring first to the Old Testament.

In many ways we need to unlock some of the mysteries in the Old Testament to fully understand all to the truths in the New.  In Yancey's book we will look in depth at 5 particular Old Testament books.  Oswald Chambers commented on each of these books—The Psalms teach us how to pray; Job teaches us how to suffer,  Song of Solomon teaches you how to love, Proverbs teaches you how to live and Ecclesiastes teaches one how to enjoy life.

More than anything else  the Old Testament is a reminder of God's grace.  He chose a people and a nation (Israel) not because of their worthiness but most often in spite of their  weakness and challenges.

Just look at the leaders he picked, “Abraham pimped for his wife, Jacob cheated his brother, Moses murdered, David murdered and committed adultery both—yet all of these ended up on God's list of favorites. Jacob got his new name Israel (God-struggler) after an all-night wrestling match with God, and ever since the name of God's people has harkened back to that contest. God's people are, literally, the children of struggle.  God has it out with loud complainers like Job, Jeremiah, and Jonah.  He engages Abraham and Moses in lengthy arguments—and sometimes lets them win!  In his wrestling match with Jacob, God waits until daybreak to inflict the wound; till then Jacob holds his own.  Quite obviously, God prefers honest disagreement to dishonest submission.  He takes human beings seriously, conducts dialogues with them, includes them in his plans, listen to them”

That is a grace we should never take for granted and a grace we all need


We thank you for wanting an authentic real relationship with us. Thank you for loving us and being gracious to us so much that we can be true and honest about all of our feelings and struggles. There is no other way you would want us to speak to You than as to our Best Friend.


In Jesus name we pray



Devotion for the Week of June 13th 

Since we have just begun the season of Pentecost let's continue our theme of the Holy Spirit.  Hope you will have a blessed week:

The Holy Spirit warms the cold and brings the distant close.  Recently I ran across a parable that makes that point: 

Once upon a time there was a piece of iron, which was very strong and very hard.  Many attempts had been made to break it, but all had failed.

“I'll master it,” said the axe.....and his blows fell heavily upon the piece of iron, but every blow only made the axe's edge more blunt, until it finally ceased to strike and gave up in frustration.

“Leave it to me,” said the saw....and it worked back and forth on the iron's surface until its jagged teeth were all worn and broken.  Then in despair, the saw quit trying and fell to the side.

“Ah!” said the hammer, “I knew you two wouldn't succeed.  I'll show you how to do this!”  But at the first fierce blow, off flew its head and the piece of iron remained just as before, proud and hard and unchanged.

“Shall I try?” asked the small soft flame.  “Forget it,” everyone else said.  “What can you do? You're too small and you have no strength.”  But the small soft flame curled around the piece of iron, embraced it....and never left it's side until it melted under its warm irresistible influence.

God's way is not our way of harsh coercion and force but of soft warmth and love. 

“Come Holy Spirit melt our hearts anew under the irresistible warmth of your gracious love.” In Jesus name we pray

John 17