Director of Music: Ledford Wilson                                                           Organist: Betty Winslow

Church Secretary: Susan Coard                                     Nursery Worker: Rebecca Burcher Jones

Directors of Youth: Andy Barnard & Ginny Owens                              Sexton: Michael Colbert

Director of Children’s Ministry: Cindy Williams & Doris Carawan

Acolyte: 8:30                              11:00 Jackie Phillips

   Next Week: 8:30 Grace Williams     11:00 Jessica Rosser

Children’s Church: 8:30 Meredith Steadman    11:00 Tess Bechthold

   Next Week: 8:30 Amy McClanan    11:00 Lynn Jordan

Offering Counters: Doris Carawan & Alan Foster   

   Next Week: Celia White & Joyce Stukey   


     C H U R C H   C A L E N D A R





3:15-4:00 p.m.

Autumn Care Nursing Home Visit


3:30-5:30 p.m.

Youth Group


5:00 p.m.

Choir Practice


5:00 p.m.

Confirmation Class








7:00 p.m.

Disciple I





6:00-7:30 p.m.

Youth Bible Study


7:00 p.m.

Lent Bible Study


7:00-9:00 p.m.

Disciple II


7:00 p.m.

UM Women’s Meeting


7:00 p.m.




The pastor is available in his office on Wednesday and Friday mornings subject to emergencies.  Please feel free to call the Pastor at any time on his cell phone (287-8420) or the church office (421-2778) and an appointment can be arranged.



Hickory United Methodist Church Mission Statement:

 “To live and proclaim the Gospel, seeking, encouraging and equipping all to become disciples of Jesus Christ.”





Welcome to Hickory United Methodist Church!  We hope today is a blessing and invite you to

worship with us again soon. The Pastor, Staff and people of Hickory will be glad to share with you about opportunities for Christian growth. Please call the church office for more info.  You may also email the church at or visit our website at  On Facebook: 





If you need help hearing today’s service, hearing aids are available.  Please see an usher.





The flowers on the altar are given in memory of Carlee Andrada’s birthday by her family.      




Christian love and sympathy is extended to Paul Hines and family upon the death of his mother.




Stephanie Stahler would like to thank you for the many acts of kindness shown during her recent loss.  Your prayers, cards, calls, visits and food were deeply appreciated.  I praise our Lord Jesus Christ for your compassion and loving support.                        Stephanie





The UM Women ask that you please start saving all brown paper grocery bags for use in their Easter Egg fundraiser.  Thank you!!      





Confirmation Class: Confirmation Class for Youth ages 12 and up (must be 12 before Jan. 1, 2018) will be held on March 12th, 19th and 26th, at 5 pm.  Please see the pastor or call the church office to register. 





2017 Offering Envelopes & 2016 Financial Statements are available in the Welcome Center.   





The Flower Chart for 2017 is now up in the Welcome Center.  Payment is due when you sign up.  Please make your check payable to HUMW and put it in the UMW box in the Choir Room or give your check to a member of the UMW.  Please do not put your check in the offering plate. 



Offering Counters: Help is needed on our Counter Team.  If you are interested in helping to count the offering on Sundays after the 11 am service, please contact Greg Moyer (377-1866).  Thank you.








MISSION TRIP:  The church is sponsoring a mission team to Teamwork City of Hope in Ntgactha, Tanzania, from April 8 to April 29, 2017.  City of Hope is a Christian based orphanage, children's school, and medical center serving the rural areas of northwest Tanzania near Lake Victoria and the border with Kenya.  There are plenty of ways to help make a difference in these children's lives, from general carpentry work, working the farm (the farm provides around 75 percent of the food for The City of Hope), working in the medical center, and maintenance work.  They are opening a new secondary school in February that still needs work.  But the best gift anyone can do for these orphans is to show up in person and love on them.  We know it isn't easy for most people to take three weeks off in a row, but if you can and are interested, talk to Greg (757-377-1866) or Kathy Moyer, or Curtis or Ann Tasker.  Other support is welcome for fundraisers and donations.  To see more of what Teamwork City of Hope is all about visit


New Pew Seat Upholstery, Seat Back Cushions, and new Communion kneeling cushions:   Work will begin the week of March 20th.  Thank you for your generous donations.



Wesleyan Covenant Association: We have been asked to provide information about the newly formed Wesleyan Covenant Association.  Information about this association is available on the table in the Welcome Center.



For more information contact Ginny Owens 757-621-8135 or Andy Barnard 757-235-1989.



Please begin saving all brown paper grocery bags to be used for Easter egg making.  Thank you!


Something amazing is happening this year: Angie Smith is going to be at London Bridge Baptist Church in Virginia Beach for a women's conference on May 5 & 6! For more information on the event, to register, or to see how you and the women of your church can get involved, please visit:  The price for the conference is $30.    




Prayer Requests for a Praying Church

New Requests for Members
Tanzania Mission Trip 
New Requests Beyond our Congregation
Mary McChesney – Rachel Burns’ friend
Members with Continued Concerns

Bev Warburton             Linda Emerson            

Colby Higgerson          Ralph Nichols              Andy Barnard               Bill Furlough               

Dave Feldman              Dave McCullough        Donna Mishler             Zach Quidley              

Chuck Fryer                 Harry Faircloth             Celia White                  Josh McClanan

Marty Hutto                 Carolyn Harrell             Alma Hooper               Wilanna Alexander        

Carolyn Rittenberry      Hulda Sorey                 Alice Jarman                Stephanie Stahler
Continued Concerns Beyond our Congregation
Randolph Nichols         Scott & Melissa Rummel
Debbie DeLorme          Donna White                Wanda Weston             Stephen Taylor
Al Antaki                     Jennifer Tunney            Bobby Lockett              Harry Blevins              
Annika Jersild              Rebecca Ireland            Terri Cumbia                Susan Rittenberry
Lindsey & Virginia Gardner - Ginny Owens’ parents
David Brown – Eva Delfenthal’s son                 Dolores Bulger – Kellie Swasey’s mother
Charlie Minehart – Cindy Feldman’s friend        Billy Gagnon – Margaret Norfleet’s brother

Ralph Munsey – Cindy Feldman’s friend           Angela Smith – Patricia Powers’ daughter

Jeanie Little – Phyllis Nix’s cousin       
Bill Kellner – Ledford Wilson’s uncle               Ginger Hoyos – Tim Mizell’s sister
Keith & Betty Jean Edwards – Carolyn Everton’s friends    Gabriela Arias – Sutherlyn Brinn’s friend
Don Erickson – Bill Reed’s friend                     Cynthia Anderson Brock – Cindy Holland’s friend
Ethel Davis – Debbie Cowling’s neighbor          Jim Anderson – Kim Schorr’s father
Margie Cannata – Elaine Hutto’s aunt                Kathy Auguis – Elaine Hutto’s cousin
Connie Carpenter – Susan McKee’s cousin        Rebekah Burke – Stephanie Stahler’s friend
Kathy Woolard – Pearl Weston’s friend             Todd Winstead – Marj Barnes’ friend   
Chris Grant – Kathy Moyer’s brother                 Doris & Gene Bryan – Cindy Feldman’s parents

Tamara Emberton – Alan Foster’s sister             Donna Ward – Stephanie Stahler’s cousin            

Rachel Gordon – Craig Robertson’s niece          Miles Brown – Stan Best’s cousin                    
Our Deployed Military -Send a note of thanks to military overseas, go to .

Our Friends in Continued Care -                    Bobbi Heath – Lake Taylor

Anne Tate – Currituck House                            Jim Powell – Currituck House

Nina Curling – Autumn Care                             Autumn Care Residents

Kenny Hobbs – Chesapeake Healthcare             Marilyn Pratt – Chesapeake Healthcare 

Our congregation hears all prayer requests during Sunday services.  Please feel free to voice your request during the service.  Please indicate your request on the Prayer Request cards found in the pews or call the church office (421-2778). On the Prayer Card, please list the person’s name you would like to add to our Prayer List, their relationship to you, and the prayer concern.  Place the card in the offering plate or the Prayer Request box on the organ.  Names will remain on the List for 4 weeks unless otherwise requested. 

Order of Worship

+ + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + +     8:30 & 11:00 a.m.   + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + +




THE BRINGING IN OF THE LIGHT                                                                        Acolyte

THE CALL TO WORSHIP         “We Will Glorify”                                      Chancel Choir


*PRAISE SONGS                   “Sweet, Sweet Spirit”                                        see bulletin

                                                  “Come, Holy Spirit”


*THE AFFIRMATION OF FAITH   “The Apostles’ Creed, Traditional Version”

                                                                        No. 881


THE ORGAN INTERLUDE                                                                      

Please register your attendance by using the form found in the red folder on each pew at the middle aisle.  Visitors are asked to please include your complete address and phone number.  Please print.                 




Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.  Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread.  And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.  For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever.  Amen 

                                                           “On Eagle’s Wings”

            And God will raise you up on eagle’s wings, bear you on the breath of dawn,

            make you to shine like the sun, and hold you in the palm of His hand.   


ANTHEM                                     “He Is Faithful”                                        Chancel Choir                    


(In addition to your offering, the person on the center aisle is asked to hand the attendance sheet

     from their row to the usher. Thank You.)

            The Organ Offertory            

            *The Doxology and Prayer of Dedication


THE CHILDREN’S MESSAGE                                                                                 Pastor    

   (During the singing of the hymn, children, preschool-2nd grade may go to Children’s Church.)



*HYMN                          “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty”                                No. 139


THE SCRIPTURE READING                                                                  Matthew 6:19-24

                                                                          In blue pew Bibles page 960


MESSAGE                                 “That Which Lasts”                                              Pastor






*THE HYMN OF CELEBRATION AND COMMITMENT                                               No. 580       

                                                                  “Lead On, O King Eternal”




*THE CHORAL RESPONSE      “O How He Loves You and Me”                            All

               Oh, how He loves you and me, Oh, how He loves you and me. 

He gave His life, what more could He give?

               Oh, how He loves you; Oh, how He loves me; Oh, how He loves you and me.


*THE TAKING OF THE LIGHT INTO THE WORLD                                          Acolyte



                            *Denotes the Congregation Standing



Memory Verse:                                                            Matthew 6:21  (NIV)

21  “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”      





Praise Songs:                  SWEET, SWEET SPIRIT

There’s a sweet, sweet Spirit in this place, and I know that it’s the Spirit of the Lord.  There are sweet expressions on each face, and I know that it’s the presence of the Lord.

Sweet Holy Spirit, sweet heavenly Dove, stay right here with us, filling us with Your love.  And, for these blessings we lift our hearts in praise.  Without a doubt we’ll know that we have been revived when we shall leave this place.



Come, Holy Spirit, I need You.  Come, sweet Spirit, I pray.  Come in Your strength and Your power.  Come in Your own gentle way.  Come, Holy Spirit, I need You.  Come, sweet Spirit, I pray.  Come in Your strength and Your power.  Come in Your own gentle way.