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

Sunday School 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 




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
































                         Council of Ministries                                   



Kyle Setzer


Laura Barnes


Renee Mawyer


Jean Pope


Debbie Sipe


Bill Oelkers


Joyce Fekete


Sandy Hefner


Connie Killian


Shawna Cronan


Richard "Red" Wright


Renae Arney

Christian Education

Yvonne Osborne


These are the formal ministries at Mt. Pisgah and their respective liaisons on the congregational council:

Worship & Music, Sandy Hefner, council liaison

This committee is charged with managing the worship life of the church, overseeing the music programs, seeking ways to enhance worship, and providing for special worship opportunities.  The members of this committee gather volunteers for the various duties of the worship service such as altar guild, lay assistants, acolytes and crucifers, ushers, and nursery assistants as well as planning special music. 

Evangelism, Debbie Sipe, council liaison

The group recruits volunteers to host refreshments each Sunday and to serve as greeters.  Their other duties include mailing goody boxes to college students and to military personnel, recognizing visitors, obtaining sponsors for new members, updating the church’s pictorial directory, and serving as liaisons for Via De Cristo and T.E.C.

Outreach, Connie Killian, council liaison

The Outreach Committee identifies, coordinates, communicates and evaluates opportunities for Christian service in the church and community.  Currently the committee sponsors a prison ministry in Alexander County, supports Habitat for Humanity, and coordinates Mt. Pisgah’s food pantry, Hospice, prayer groups, and other outside community activities such as AA, Alanon, and Weight Watchers.

Fellowship, Shawna Cronan, council liaison

The dictionary defines fellowship as friendly association and mutual sharing.  Our Mt. Pisgah Church is a wonderful example of this definition.  Much of the fellowship at Mt. Pisgah happens through the many social activities that are scheduled throughout the year.  New member receptions, Lenten and Advent dinners, a Thanksgiving dinner, an annual spring celebration for women and girls of all ages, and a twice yearly church picnic in a park are some of our responsibilities.  The kitchen is kept stocked with supplies necessary for all church social activities to run smoothly.  Fellowship is a “fun” committee serving in the Mt. Pisgah tradition of fellowship, friendly association and mutual sharing.

Youth, Renae Arney, council liaison

Encouraging our youth to take part in T.E.C. (Teens Encounter Christ), participating in service projects, leading worship services, and hosting teen events are goals of this ministry.  In addition to the more serious aspect of this ministry, the youth have fundraisers, a beach trip, a Halloween Festival, post football game gatherings, youth dances, overnighters, and a host of other fun activities.

Finance, Joyce Fekete, council liaison

Along with the church treasurer, this committee supervises the financial needs of the church that include forming the annual budget, conducting budget hearings and audits, and ensuring responsible accounting practices.  Subcommittees perform personnel evaluations of the paid staff and oversee the building/construction loan.   Finally, the ministry communicates financial concerns to council.

Property, Richard "Red" Wright, council liaison

Overseeing, planning, and caring for the physical plant and property of the church is this committee’s responsibility.  They direct lawn maintenance, janitorial services, snow removal, and semiannual workdays.  The committee also makes decisions for purchases to enhance the church building and grounds.

Christian Education, Yvonne Osborne, council liaison

Oversees the full range of Mt. Pisgah’s Christian education.  It studies, designs, recommends, and implements ever-changing programs:  Vacation Bible School, Sunday School teachers and materials, confirmation, adult Bible studies, preschool, Rally Day, Christmas programs, Kids in Christ, and others.  This is definitely a busy committee.

Stewardship, Bill Oelkers, council liaison

The stewardship ministry is busiest in late winter as they plan and implement the spring stewardship campaign to fund the church’s ministry and mission.  They ensure that quarterly statements are distributed, and they follow up on the church’s financial status and giving as needed.

NC Synod,  Bishop Tim Smith 

Other outreach ministries that we support:

Preschool, for 3 and 4 year olds, Linda Bloom, director. Call the church office at 828-495-8251 for more information.

Good Samaritan Food Pantry, Frank Simmons, director.  The Food Pantry celebrated 30 years of service to the Alexander County area on March 132015.  In 2014, we served an average of 186 families in crisis per month, an increase of 362% from 2005. 

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