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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   


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

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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.

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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 

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In this third video in our series of "Temple Talks" as a part of  our "Stewardship for All Seasons,"  Linda Lutz, a lifelong member of Bethany Evangelical Lutheran Church, Hickory, NC shares the inspiring story of how Bethany Congregation is engaged in over forty-four ministries in the congregation and the surrounding community. She highlights a few of these ministries as Chair of the the Evangelism and Social Ministry Committee. As Linda notes, every Sunday the Lay Assisting Minister dismisses the congregation with the words: "Go in peace. Be the Church. Serve the Lord." The Congregation responds: "Thanks be to God!" Bethany Congregation seeks to be faithful to our Purpose Statement: "As we are 'Gathered to worship, sent out to serve, and continually enlightened by the Word” as Bethany Evangelical Lutheran Church we are living our Mission Statement of “Devoting ourselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.”

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.

In this first video of four from presenters involved in our "Stewardship for All Seasons" initiative, members of Bethany and the community share the inspiring stories of what Bethany is doing in  the Westmont / West Hickory Community. In this first video, Montaria Perry, Inspired Learning, Bethany Evangelical Lutheran Church Site Coordinator shares how Bethany Evangelical Lutheran Church of Hickory, NC is having an impact in the greater Hickory Community by permitting the Congregation's Parish Center, Peeler Classroom Building, and Parish Center Kitchen to be utilized by "Inspired Learning." Montaria encourages Members and those in the community alike to support Bethany Congregation in its over 44 Ministries in the Community and within the State of NC and the world, as Bethany Member point to the Kingdom of God.


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In our second video, above Dr. Gail Summer with "Kids Ready Catawba" of Catawba County, NC discusses the great ministries which Bethany Evangelical Lutheran Church (1644 Main Avenue Drive, NW, Hickory, NC 28601 can, and is providing for our children and families in the Greater Hickory Community. Gail discusses the sobering reality in this "Temple Talk" of how many young people in their young formative years are affected by traumas that can affect young people throughout their lives. Gail discusses how Adverse Childhood Experiences or ACEs can have a catastrophic effect on entire families, communities, and in schools. The good news is that Bethany through its ministries and fellowship opportunities is participating in the inspiring effort of pointing to the Kingdom of God by offering a Community of Resilience. This is scientifically proven to mitigate against the lasting damage of ACEs with the promise of restoring hope and transforming an entire system. Dr. Linda Lutz and the Rev. Dr. C. Pierson Shaw of Bethany Congregation recently participated in training hosted by the Center for Trauma Resilient Communities Training hosted in Hickory in a cooperative effort by agencies such as "Kids Ready Catawba." The training and the inspiring story of ways that Bethany Congregation is and will continue to point to the Kingdom of God in our work together reminds all of us of the promise which Jesus makes in the Gospel of Luke Chapter 12 ,"Do not be afraid little flock, for it is the Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom ." But Jesus would remind us also, "For where you treasure is, there your heart will be also." As Bethany continues to invite those in our community and in the congregation to prayerfully consider our gifts of time talent, and gifts to God's service, we invite all to remember that we, as the Church, are called, gathered, and sent as the Church to be the Church for the sake of the world. Prayerfully consider where your heart is, and put the gifts that God has first given us to work in the inspiring efforts in supporting congregations like Bethany Evangelical Lutheran Church and efforts such as those described by Gail Summer in this video.

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In this fourth video in our series of "Temple Talks" as a part of  our "Stewardship for All Seasons,"  Dick Edwardson, one of the newest members of Bethany Evangelical Lutheran Church, Hickory, NC shares the inspiring story of how Bethany Congregation is engaged in over forty-four ministries in the congregation and the surrounding community and how this very active congregation in ministry for the sake of the world led him to join Bethany, as he was seeking out a Congregation to join. He shares how Bethany's members were warm and inviting when he visited on his first Sunday and the call to join Bethany in its ministries was a calling from God through prayer. He speaks of how the  video of the cross lighting, here on this website and on this page inspired him to be a part of Bethany's membership. Dick reflects upon the passion for inclusion and welcome exhibited by Bethany members that  were a major factor in becoming part of generous giving as part of Bethany's 2019 Stewardship Campaign. As Jesus said, "‘Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions and give alms. Make purses for yourselves that do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." (Luke 12)


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.

“Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” (Luke 12:33)

These words of promise that serve as our theme for our stewardship theme this year remind us that we as Christ’s disciples are called to be servants of God and freed from the bondage to the ancient condition that is sin. Many Sundays in the Church year we confess before God and one another, that we have offended you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. Our hearts have not clung to you, our lips have not praised you, our lives have not glorified you, as you deserve. Because of us your name is dishonored among the nations, and we are not worthy to be called your people.”

Yet, we also confess and affirm together that for the sake of God’s Son, Jesus Christ, God the Father has mercy on us. We further pray that God might forgive “us, renew us, and lead us, so that we may delight in the Father’s will and walk in God’s ways,” through the power of the Holy Spirit, to the glory of God’s holy name. Baptized, forgiven, and renewed, we are reminded that as the sheep of Father’s hand, (Psalm 95:7) and shepherded by our Lord Jesus Christ, (Psalm 23, John 10) we are called, gathered, sent, and continually enlightened by the Holy Spirit through the Word. We are called to be the Church, the body of Christ pointing to the Kingdom.