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
































The Sanctuary at Mt. Pisgah



The wood works in our sanctuary are a tribute to "The Mountains of the Lord" by the late church artist and woodcarver Ernst Schwidder.


It has been of particular interest to us that so many instances of importance recorded in Holy Scripture occurred on a mountain.  Simply referencing the various major peaks is in itself the story of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation.  From the flood to baptism.  From the burning bush to the tree of sacrifice.  With suns and rainbows and stars.  We celbrate the story of creation and re-creation through the "Mountains of the Lord".

From left to right:

The first panel is of Mt. Ararat, Genesis 8 and 9.  Here is the story of a new beginning.  The mountain rises above the waters of the flood as the ark with Noah and his family finally find haven, coming to rest on that peak.  Above is the dove with the olive branch held in its beak to remind us of the story.  Above is a rainbow as the symbol of God's vovenant with His people and the promise never again to destroy the earth.

The next panel is Mt. Moriah (Genesis 22).  Here the story of Abraham and Isaac.  "Because you...have not withheld your son, your only son, I will indeed bless you, and will multipy your descendants as the stars of heaven and as the sand..on the your descendants shall all the nations of the earth bless themselves, because you have obeyed my voice."

The next panel recalls the story of Mt. Sinai (Exodus 3 and 31).  These are familiar forms, the Burning Bush and the tablest of the Law, recalling the stories of Moses and the wandering in the desert...specific references to how God manifested himself, and the Giving of the Law on this mountain.

 The next is Mt. Tabor (Psalm 89).  This is an allegorical reference to the mountains praising God as King of the Universe.  Throughout Psalms, mountains are referred to as the Dwelling Places of the Almighty.

The center panel is a quotation from Psalm 148 calling all of God's creation to praise His name:  "Praise the Lord from the earth...mountains and all hills...beasts and all cattle...all people..young men and maidens together...old men and children...praise the name of the Lord."

The story  of the mountains of the Lord would not be complete without including Mt. Pisgah.  In Numbers 23 there is the story of two prophets, Balak and Balaam, who felt God was not hearing the prayers of His people.  To get His attention they climbed Mt. Pisgah and there erected seven altars on which they offered burnt offerings.  God paid heed and was pleased.  In our chancel the altar itself becomes a symbol of the mountain for it is to remind us of those offerings.  The top of the altar is composed of seven sections bolted together and the pedestal shows flames recalling the burnt offerings.  The implication is of course that we must here in this place, in our time and in our way, also make offerings to God.

On the New Testament side, the first panel is that of Mt. Hermon (Matthew 17).  It was here that Jesus showed Himself to be God as He was transfigured before His disciples.  "..His face shone like the sun" is reflected by the monogram for Jesus appearing in front of a sun shape.

Next is Mt. Calvary (Luke 23 et al).  Here again the most momentous event in the life of the Christ, giving Himself as a sacrifece for God's people, took place on a mountain.  Here again the sun plays a major role as we recall its darkening at the moment of His death.  The processional cross is also located adjacent to this panel, for as we move this symob in procession we are to be reminded of how we are to take the message of redemption out into the world.

The next mountain is Mt. Olivet (Acts 1).  As the theme of the window is the Ascension, so the words of Jesus on that occasion have been added: " make disciples of all baptize..." as well as the great promise, "I am with you always, to the close of the age."

The final pael is that of Mt. Zion (Rev. 14).  This is a reference to the dwelling place of God.  Also included on this carving is areference to another symbol from John's Revelation, the "Bright and Morning Star."  This is one of several cosmic forms used as allegories for the Godhead in the Bible.