Please note: (Event CANCELLED Due to Weather)

Hickory – Join Unity Evangelical and Mt. Pisgah Lutheran Churches, on Sunday, December 9th at 7pm as they present an evening concert event. In cooperation with Lenoir-Rhyne University, this free benefit event will feature a concert by the College Singers, a chamber ensemble composed of auditioned members of the A Cappella Choir and directed by Dr. Ryan Luhrs, Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities and the Brass Ensemble directed by Dr. Christopher Nigrelli, Professor of Music.

The concert will be held at Mt. Pisgah Lutheran Church, 9379 Hwy 127 North, in the Bethlehem community. A reception will follow the concert. As part of the evening, a speaker representing Alexander County Foster Parents Association will share her experience as a licensed foster parent. A love offering will be passed to benefit the association.

Dr. Luhrs states, “The audience will treasure this evening performance as the music surrounds the audience resonating with light of Christ’s birth. The program, based on the previous week’s performance of “A Lenoir-Rhyne Christmas,” at Grace Chapel, will feature a variety of seasonal choral music, brass music, and familiar carols.

The idea to form the Alexander County Foster Parents Association began at Christmas in 1985, with a group of four families. At that time there were 14 children in foster care. There are currently 46 children in foster care, and 16 families participate at this time.

The Parents Association uses any donated funds for situations where children may have been suddenly removed from a home with a difficult situation and don’t even have toothbrushes or any clothes but the clothes on their back. The foster parents will not have yet received any funds to assist with the material needs of these children and they may not be in a position to immediately provide those material goods but are willing to immediately provide the care and love a child in this situation needs.

Unity Evangelical Lutheran Church serves Hickory, Catawba County, and the world, and can be found at 3025 Falling Creek Road, NE, Hickory, NC 28601. For directions and more information, please call Unity Lutheran Church at 828.324.1533 or visit

The Mt. Pisgah Lutheran Church family warmly welcomes all and is located at 9379 Route 127 North in Bethlehem, in front of the Lowes Food shopping center. For directions and further information about Mt. Pisgah Lutheran Church, please call the church at 828.495.8251; visit our website at or our Facebook page at Mt. Pisgah Lutheran Church, ELCA.

For more info., call Susan Lydick Greene at 828–638-8513 or email: [email protected].

In case of inclement weather, please check the following for a new date: Mt. Pisgah website at or Facebook page at Mt. Pisgah Lutheran Church ELCA, or the Facebook Event page at Lenoir-Rhyne College Singers and Brass Benefit Concert or Unity Lutheran’s website at or Unity Evangelical Lutheran Church on Facebook.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Brass Ensemble performs.