About

Shiloh Lutheran Church is in the Bethlehem community, across the Catawba River to the north of Hickory, NC. Founded in February 1886 it has a long history of serving its Lord Jesus Christ in this rural Alexander County.  Our mission is to make disciples for the Kingdom, people who live to share the love of God in word and deed. We are affiliated with the North American Lutheran Church (NALC).

We worship in the Lutheran liturgical tradition, mixing old favorite and newer contemporary hymns. We believe the Holy scriptures are inspired by God and the standard by which we order our lives as God’s people. We celebrate Holy Communion the first and third Sundays of each month and Festival Sundays.
Sunday School 9:30 am  Worship 10:30 am   Weekday Bible study Thursday 10:30 am

The people of Shiloh are generous and caring. Our regular benevolence offerings benefit our denomination’s theological education program, Bethlehem Elementary School benevolence, and West Alexander Midddle School benevolence. We also support the local food pantry. We provide office space and offerings for the Bethlehem Benevolence Fund which assists Bethlehem residents with no church affiliation through tough financial circumstances.

Our pastor, the Rev. David L. Hefner, came to us from Lancaster, PA in September 2012 and has family roots in the Hickory area. He has thiry-one years in the ministry, graduated from Gettysburg Theological Seminary in 1982.

2 Responses to About

  1. Marilyn Chester says:

    Do you have children’s and senior’s programs? What are they like? What is your strongest mission? Your weakest?
    I am sorry. Let me introduce myself; I am Marilyn Chester and a student of SUM Bible College and Theological Seminary. I am asking these questions for my assignment in the class of “Contemporary Issues in Church Development”.
    I thank you in advance for your time.

  2. Sharon Sharpe says:

    We are a small Lutheran (North American Lutheran Church) congregation in a rural county in the foothills of western NC. We have one young family and our average age is probably over 70. Average attendance is 50. We have the regular standard committees which function at a minimum. We do have Sunday school for the two children and an adult class of 15-20. We have two weekday Bible studies with a total of 20+ attending regularly. We have a Golden Group that goes out once a month for a ride in the church van to see the “sights” and set lunch. We collect offerings for the school backpack program which gives food to children so they can eat on weekends, support the local food pantry, local benevolence fund run by the ministerial association, two school benevolence funds. Other than that we don’t do much.

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