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 Jake McClanan     11:00 Henry Boswell

   Next Week: 8:30 Kathryn Steadman     11:00 Jackie Phillips

Children’s Church: 8:30 Elizabeth Lovelace    11:00 Kathleen Barnard

   Next Week: 8:30 Cheryl Cooper    11:00 Jennifer Tortone

Offering Counters: Greg Moyer & Tom Tortone   

   Next Week: Sharon Magyar & Gale Bryant   


     C H U R C H   C A L E N D A R


2:00-3:30 p.m.

God’s Kids


3:30-5:30 p.m.

Youth Group


5:00 p.m.

Choir Practice


5:00 p.m.

Confirmation Class


6:00 p.m.

Mature Men’s Basketball


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.






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 honor of Emily Vitale’s 5th birthday by Susan Vitale.      




Krispy Kreme Donuts - Youth will be selling Donuts next Sunday, April 2, between the 2 services.  They are $8.00 a dozen.  All money goes towards our mission trip to Raleigh in August.  If you would like to reserve a box or 3, please contact Ginny Owens at 757-621-8135.




Gods Kids will have their Annual Easter Egg Hunt on the grounds of the church on Saturday, April 8th, at 11:00 am.  Come join us for a great time.  Light refreshments will be provided.        





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 continues today at 5 pm.    





Easter Egg & Easter Lily Order forms are in the bulletin.  Please turn in completed forms in the boxes in the Welcome Center.    





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





The Flower Chart for 2017 is 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 27th.  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.



Youth Mission Trip: July 30- August 4th, Raleigh, NC, the cost is $650.00 per person, Ages 11- 18 are welcome to join us, we have 8 slots available.  If you would like to go with us to Raleigh or you want more information, please contact Ginny Owens 757-621-8135, Andy Barnard 757-235-1989 or email us at  We have Participant Informational and Release forms for those interested. 

Mission Trip Parents Meeting:  Sunday, April 2nd, at 3 pm, we will have a Parents Meeting in the Fellowship Center.



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.    



Gods Kids will have their Annual Easter Egg Hunt on the grounds of the church on Saturday, April 8th, at 11:00 am.  Come join us for a great time.  Light refreshments will be provided.        





Prayer Requests for a Praying Church

New Requests for Members
Steve Barnes   
New Requests Beyond our Congregation
Members with Continued Concerns

Tanzania Mission Trip Bev Warburton            

Linda Emerson             Colby Higgerson          Ralph Nichols              Andy Barnard              

Bill Furlough                Dave Feldman              Dave McCullough        Donna Mishler            

Zach Quidley               Chuck Fryer                 Harry Faircloth             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
Mary McChesney – Rachel Burns’ friend         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            Keith & Betty Jean Edwards – Carolyn Everton’s friends
Bill Kellner – Ledford Wilson’s uncle               Ginger Hoyos – Tim Mizell’s sister  
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            “In His Time”                                         Chancel Choir


*PRAISE SONGS                 “Love, Mercy and Grace”                                    see bulletin

                                                      “Love Lifted Me”


*THE AFFIRMATION OF FAITH     “Affirmation from Romans 8:35, 37-39”

                                                                        No. 887


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                       “Love Grew Where the Blood Fell”                     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                          “God of Grace and God of Glory”                                  No. 577


THE SCRIPTURE READING                                                                       Matthew 7:1-6

                                                                            In blue pew Bibles page 961


MESSAGE                                     “Compassion”                                                    Pastor






*THE HYMN OF CELEBRATION AND COMMITMENT                                               No. 572       

                                                                       “Pass It On”




*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 7:1-2  (NIV)

1  “Do not judge, or you too will be judged.  2 For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”        


Praise Songs:               LOVE, MERCY AND GRACE

‘Twas Love that gave at greatest cost, A Life, that mine should not be lost.
The Love that died in deep despair, My debt fully satisfied there.  CHORUS

The Love that freely all forgives, In fullness now within me lives;
Thro’ every trial this I see; His grace is sufficient for me.  CHORUS

God’s love His mercy and His grace, Combine to raise a fallen race;
His hand is ready, ere we call, Held out with forgiveness for all.

CHORUS:       It was love that took my place, On the cross of Calvary;

It was grace, redeeming grace, That paid my ransom full and free.

Over sin, without, within, I have the victory,

Thro’ grace, marvelous grace, that lives in me.


                                             LOVE LIFTED ME

I was sinking deep in sin, far from the peaceful shore, Very deeply stained within, sinking to rise no more, But the Master of the sea, heard my despairing cry, From the waters lifted me, now safe am I.  CHORUS

All my heart to Him I give, ever to Him I’ll cling, In His blessed presence live, ever His praises sing, Love so mighty and so true, merits my soul’s best songs, Faithful, loving service too, to Him belongs.  CHORUS

Souls in danger look above, Jesus completely saves, He will lift you by His love, out of the angry waves.  He’s the Master of the sea, billows His will obey, He your Savior wants to be, be saved today.  CHORUS

CHORUS:       Love lifted me! Love lifted me!

When nothing else could help, Love lifted me!