Thrivent Financial® Members my direct their Choice Dollars® to the ministry at Bethany Evangelical Lutheran Church of Hickory, as well as other ministries in the ELCA, the larger Church, or community by following these simple steps. This is another way Thrivent® Members can put the profits of Thrivent Financial ®  to work in your community for the common good.

Trying to locate Bethany Evangelical Lutheran Church? Hickory is often hard for both new comers and for residents alike to navigate. Hopefully this will assist you in locating Bethany from wherever you may be, whether coming for special events or worship opportunities. Simply click on More options on the map below and this will assist you with directions via Google Maps® and will enable you to plug in your present location for precise directions to Bethany. You then have the option with this Google Maps® link to upload these directions to your tablet or smart phone via messenger, email or even upload the map, or print the map out for navigation. This brings you to our actual mailing address at the South Parking Lot, with an Entrance to the Parish Center, and to the Entrance to the Peeler Educational Building   

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Learning, Serving

From Bible study to men's and women's ministries to volunteer opportunities, there is a way for you to connect here.  Learn more.

Gathered, Sent, & Enlightened

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Our faith community welcomes you and your family. Join us every Sunday to worship, pray, and learn.

​​​Hurricane Florence

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One way of grasping the devastation left behind in the wake of Hurricane Florence is an advisory issued by the North Carolina Department of Transportation. In it the NCDOT advises to avoid unnecessary travel through eleven of the hardest hit counties in the Eastern part of North Carolina. These eleven Counties where the risk of flooding remains the greatest include:

Bladen, Brunswick, Columbus, Duplin, Jones, Lenoir, Pender, Robeson, Sampson, Scotland, and southeastern Wayne (south of US-70 Business and east of US-117).

The North Carolina Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America has several suggests several ways everyone can assist in alleviating the suffering:

NC Synod's Domestic Disaster Relief goes directly to needs identified by pastors and congregations in our synod or in neighboring synods. Give now. Send checks made out to "NC Synod, ELCA" with the note "Hurricane Florence" to NC Synod, ELCA, 1988 Lutheran Synod Drive, Salisbury NC 28144.

Lutheran Services Carolinas' Disaster Relief will offer on-the-ground assistance in affected areas. (Choose "LSC Unrestricted" and note "disaster recovery" in the comments.) Give now.

Thrivent Financial is matching gifts made dollar for dollar--up to $1 million--through the end of 2018. Go to the Thrivent Disaster Relief page, expand the Hurricane Florence section (using the plus sign), choose your relief organization from those listed, and complete the form. Givers need not have Thrivent accounts to have donations matched.

Collect Theses Items

Living into our agreement of the Declaration Along the Way, Bishop Tim Smith, Bishop of the NC Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America has contacted Bishop Zarama of the Raleigh Diocese of the Roman Catholic Church about how we might respond. Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Raleigh has a substantial infrastructure for distribution of items and they have welcomed our help. They are currently collecting:

Baby diapers--all sizes (18-36 mos. sizes are the greatest demand)
Baby formula (definitely formula, NOT food)
Baby wipes
Feminine hygiene products (sanitary pads, tampons)
Adult diapers
Bottled water (pints, liters, 1-gallon, or 3-gallon containers)

Ship items by UPS or USPS Priority Mail--or deliver directly--to Raleigh:

Hurricane Relief
2013 Raleigh Blvd.
Raleigh, NC 27604

You may also assemble kits: Emergency Clean-Up Kits, Personal Hygiene Kits, or School Kits. Follow these instructions and then bring them to the trailer under the carport canopy on the East Parking Lot at Bethany (the first set of directions above, bringing you to our office entrance not our physical mailing address) and we will ship them to the Hurricane Relief. For Info on kits as noted above, click here


Worship is held on Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings. Additional services are held during special seasons of the church year. Learn more.

Come home to the love of the Lord.

Gathered to worship, sent to serve, and continually enlightened by the Word we are
devoting ourselves to the apostles' teaching, and fellowship, to the breaking of bread, and the prayers.

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For more than 100 years, Bethany Lutheran Church has placed value on all the members of our congregation--the very young, preschoolers, teens, young parents, and senior citizens. All ages can connect through Christian programs such as Sunday School and Bible study, music, arts and crafts,meals, outreach in the community, and more! We extend a special invitation to individuals and families to share in these faith-based activities with us.

This Google Maps® upload gives directions to the Entrance to the North and East Parking Lots. At this Entrance simply enter from 17th Street, NW at the Bethany Evangelical Lutheran Church sign, drive around the North end of the building, and go to the right. From the East Parking Lot there is access to the Holiday Bazaar in November, by way of the glass door at the Bell Quad, the entrance to the Office Wing, and the Upper and Lower Narthex entrances to the Worship Space, for special Grandview Middle School Assemblies, the Choir Entrance, and a side entrance to the Parish Center where we hold Wednesday Night Eucharist and Agape Meals from September to May, as well as Movie Nights, events hosted by the Hickory Public Schools, the Westmont / West Hickory Community Meetings and many other special events throughout the year.Consider this Website as your key to those activities