Our mission is to celebrate and witness love, justice, and mercy
by facilitating spiritual enlightenment, welcoming differences,
and embracing the interconnected web of life

Seeking a Minister

SEARCHPlease spread the word: we are seeking a quarter-time (25%) consulting/contract minister, hired to serve for a mutually agreed upon set period of time. Preferably this contract would be for a minimum of one year with potential option for renewal. Click here for all the details in the official search letter. Application deadline is August 12, 2016.


This I Believe Part two of a two-part series! Inspired by the popular 1950s radio series of the same name hosted by Edward R. Murrow, and by the ongoing project at http://thisibelieve.org, we'll devote two Sunday mornings to sharing short essays describing the core values that guide our daily lives. On the 24th we'll hear from you. Prepare your brief statement now to share in the service on Sunday!

Interfaith Event July 28

interfaithThe Catawba Valley Interfaith Council (CVIC) will hold a special program entitled "Fostering a Compassionate Community" on Thursday, July 28, at First Presbyterian Church beginning at 7:00 pm. A panel of five to seven people from different faith traditions will discuss the need for interfaith cooperation among religious and secular groups. A time for questions and discussions will follow the presentations. There will be refreshments for the evening provided by Olive Branch. The First Presbyterian Church is at 237 2nd Street NW in Hickory.

All-Committee Night: Aug 3

Committee work can be beautiful!The next of our regular All-Committee Nights at the church! Join us at 5:30pm with a brown-bag supper -- then at 6:00 we'll break off into our groups. Later we get back together to give brief reports on what we've done. It usually turns out to be fun because we enjoy each other's company!

Pick the committee that most interests you:

  • Membership and Caring |  Music |  Religious Education |  Program and Publicity |  Social Concerns |  Congregational Growth |  Building and Grounds |  Finance / New Budget Priorities

Aug 21: "Can't Make It Here Alone"

uua colorOn Sunday, August 21st, Paulette Moerdyk and Gabriele Weinberger will lead a service on building community through small ministry -- UU Covenant Groups. They're calling it "Can't Make It Here Alone," and it could hold the future of our congregation! Be sure to be with us on the 21st!

Our Annual Picnic! August 27!

picnicWrite it on your calendars! August 27th is the day we'll hold our annual picnic at Geitner-Rotary Park. More details as we get them, but plan to join us at 12:00 noon and stay until whenever. Food, fun, and fellowship!

Click here to read more about beautiful Geitner-Rotary Park ...

August 28: The Day of Fond Farewell

Rev. Bob. Photo by Shelly Frome for the Black Mountain NewsAugust 28th is the Sunday before Rev. Robert MacDicken begins his well-deserved retirement. So we have two services planned, quite different from each other, and you'll want to attend both!

11:00am - Rev. Bob's ultimate sermon from our pulpit is entitled "Denouement by Denouement," with the cheery subtitle "The End is the Beginning." It sounds appropriate and we're sure the details will be intriguing. Then...

5:00pm - Community leaders from the entire area will join us in appreciation of Rev. Bob's outstanding contributions to the local interfaith alliances as they work together for peace and justice in the Catawba Valley and beyond. Party after!

Collections for ALFA Continue

ALFA serves to improve the lives and health of those affected by HIV/AIDS while preventing transmission through education and testing.

You can be part of this wonderful ongoing effort supporting real people in our community by bringing much needed food & non-food items to the collection bin in our front hallway. Here are the items that are ALWAYS needed:

  • Peanut butter and jelly/jam
  • Pasta and pasta sauce
  • Canned stews and chili
  • Beans in cans or bags
  • Canned tuna, chicken, salmon  
  • Canned fruit or fruit cups
  • Boxed mashed potatoes, rice
  • Soap, deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste
  • Laundry detergent, dryer sheets
  • Toilet paper, feminine products

Your generosity is much appreciated!

Requested Sermon Material

Many people have requested Gabriele Weinberger's "Holocaust Memorial" talk. Here it is as a PDF: Yom HaSoah 2016

Rev. Bob encourages everyone to read a talk from several years ago: Why Do UUs Worship?
and his excellent talk on Valentine's Day had many people wanting to read the text, so here it is: Of Love and Massacres

And a few people have asked for a couple of things after LMFW Lee Shackleford's talk January 31st. And here they are: an audio recording of the talk and a link to the "Coexist" handout so you can print your own!

Proud to be an LGBTQ Welcoming Congregation

Street Address:
833 5th St. SE
Hickory, NC 28603
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 9164
Hickory, NC 28603



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