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


Webmaster email

slgreene13@gmail.com

 


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Events

 

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

(TEC)

 

 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 

Homecoming

Covered dish lunch

One service—10:00 AM

 

Saturday, October 6th

YouthQuake

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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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 sea...by 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: "...to make disciples of all nations..to 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.

 

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