Director of Music: Craig Robertson                                                    Organist: Betty Winslow

Church Secretary: Susan Coard                                     Nursery Worker: Rebecca Burcher Jones

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

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

Acolyte: 8:30 Grace Williams   11:00 Abby Bechthold

   Next Week: 8:30 Jackson Tortone   11:00 Natalie Bar

Children’s Church: 8:30 Meredith Steadman  11:00 Michele Bar

   Next Week: 8:30 Elizabeth Lovelace  11:00 Lindsey Kennedy

Offering Counters: Sharon Magyar & Gale Bryant  

   Next Week: Trip Cofield & Leo Lewis   




     C H U R C H   C A L E N D A R


12:15 p.m.

Staff/Parish Comm. Meeting


2:00-3:30 p.m.

God’s Kids


5:00 p.m.

Choir Practice


6:00-8:00 p.m.

Youth Meeting


7:00 p.m.

Church Conference/Administrative Council


6:30 p.m.

Mature Men’s Pickup Basketball


7:00 p.m.

Men’s Bible Study


6:30-8:00 p.m.

Youth Bible Study


7:00 p.m.

Disciple Class


7:00 p.m.



2:00 p.m.

Memorial Service


CAST – January 22nd – 29th.

NEST – March 5th – 12th. 


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.


A special thank you from all the staff at Hickory UMC to the congregation for the gift cards we received and all of the other kindnesses shown to us during the Christmas season.


The Mercer Family would like to thank everyone for the many gifts and acts of kindness shown them during this Advent and Christmas season.


There will be a Staff/Parish Committee Meeting today at 12:15 p.m.  The Book of Discipline of the UM Church mandates that the committee meet annually to review the clergy leadership for our church.  As a result of this meeting, the committee must advise the Bishop via the District Superintendent as to whether the congregation would be best served by the Pastor serving another year or that a change in clergy leadership may best benefit the church.  The Staff/Parish Committee will meet to consider this important decision in the life of the church.  You are welcome to contact any of the members of the committee with input (praise and/or concern) you believe would be beneficial in making a recommendation.  The members of this committee are: Don Brewer (410-2139), Chair, Sharon Nichols (436-7289), Susan McKee (819-7240), Cheryl McCall (718-3822), Curtis Tasker (421-4700), Dave McCullough (421-0471), Kim Schorr (525-6134), Harry Faircloth (204-4550), David Feldman (482-8323) and Leo Lewis (421-9180).


Pending approval by the Staff/Parish Relations Committee, a church conference will be held at Hickory UMC on Monday, January 6th, 2014, at 7 pm.  The purpose of the Church Conference is to seek approval by the congregation of Hickory UMC for Brandon Nichols to be certified as a candidate for ordained ministry in the Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church.  All members of Hickory Church are eligible to vote at this conference.


2014 Offering Envelopes: Offering Envelopes are available in the Welcome Center.  Please call the church office if you do not find your envelopes or if you need additional envelopes for family members.


New Flower Chart: The new flower chart for 2014 has been posted in the Welcome Center.  Please take a moment to sign up for the Sunday of your choice.  Directions are posted at the top of the chart.  Thank you for helping the sanctuary look even more beautiful for worship.


Mission Trip: Elizabeth Vertigan will be going on a Mission Trip to Danli, Honduras, in March.  She is trying to raise support for her trip.  All funds must be raised by Feb. 1st.  Her letter to the church is available on the bulletin board in the Welcome Center.  If you are interested in helping her, please see her letter which gives further instructions and contact information.  Thank you.


Food Pantry at Chesapeake Ave. UMC: There is a container in the Welcome Center for dry pasta, rice, cereal & stuffing.  Please help us fill the box!


CPR/AED Training: If you would be interested in CPR/AED Training, please call the church office (421-2778) and leave your name and phone number.  It is our goal to have several volunteers who regularly attend each service trained to use our AED equipment.


Staff/Parish Mailbox: A mailbox has been placed in the Welcome Center for the Staff/Parish Committee.  You are invited to share your ideas, comments, questions, concerns or compliments regarding any Hickory Church staff member.  We welcome your input.  Thank you.


Lions Club Broom Sale: Benefits the blind, hearing impaired and diabetic in our community.

Household broom- $11 / Patio broom - $12.  Any questions call 547-5479 or email


50th Anniversary: Chesapeake Storybook: Please call June Vinson (651-0553) if you are interested in purchasing a copy.  Proceeds benefit the Chesapeake Community Messiah Production.  Cost is $25.


                                                           UM MEN

Men’s Bible Study: Tuesdays, 7 pm.  All men are invited to attend.

The UMM are hosting the Elizabeth River District United Methodist Men’s Annual Winter Banquet to honor Pastors and Life Members on January 14th, at 6:30 p.m.  Please see the flyers posted in the Welcome Center for more details.


                                                        UM WOMEN

Next Meeting: Thursday, Jan. 16th, 7 pm, Joyful Noise classroom.  All women are invited to attend.


                                                        UM YOUTH

Wednesday Night Bible Study: 6:30-8:00 pm – Jan. 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th. 

Sunday Night Youth Group: 6-8 pm – Jan. 5th, 12th.  No meetings Jan. 19th, 26th.

Prayer Requests for a Praying Church

New Requests for Members
Leo Lewis                    Brenda Little                Chuck Vertigan
New Requests Beyond our Congregation
Members with Continued Concerns
Carolyn Everton                                 
Kenny Hobbs              Sean Folan                   Bill Cherry                   Mary Daughtrey          
Arnie Lindblad                        Ray Stutz                     Jeff Locke                   Dave McCullough       
Anne Tate                    Robin Gronemus         Jean Dryer                   Nancy Jennings                      
Carolyn Rittenberry     Alice Jarman                Nicole McKee              Stephanie Stahler
Continued Concerns Beyond our Congregation
Adrian Robertson        Kevin Guffee              Thomas Weston          
Phyllis Nix                   Eddie Brakob               Doris Harris                 Stephanie Woodson
Tina Kay                      Nellie Chappell                        Chase Moore               Pearl Weston               
Wanda Weston                        Christine Griggs           Natalie Robertson        Ginger Curling            
Sharon Lessard                        Cheryl Manning           Michael Sweeney         Parker Lutz                 
Rev. Bob Robinson     Katie Thacker              Debbie Fry                   P. T. Weston Family   
Joe Etheridge               Mickey Ottley              Donna White               Phylis Weston             
Flora Lee Powers         Naomi Sullivan                        Rev. Leroy Adams       Sally Peterson            
Ian Miller                     Mike Best                    Mark Lozano-Ross      Suzanna Gery             
Joan Bryan – Cindy Holland’s friend
Danny Stithem – Jonquil Finch’s friend                      John Tyler – Al Bradshaw’s friend
Ron Hornsby – Kathleen Barnard’s friend      Mary Lou Kent – Carolyn Everton’s friend
Audrey Lutz – Amy McClanan’s mother                     Fulton Farley – Elizabeth Lovelace’s cousin
Geraldine Webb – Cindy Feldman’s aunt        Jay Eure – Gerald Shupe’s friend       
Mel Smith – Joy Barnard’s brother                  DiAnn Springer – Gay Judah’s sister-in-law
Laura Belcher – Michelle Brinn’s friend                      Nancy Lintz – Lynn Hughes’ sister     
Wesley Garbe – Amy McClanan’s nephew     Michael Wolfe – Tucker Harris’ friend           
Linda Dawes – Cindy Feldman’s friend                      Charles Minehart – Cindy Feldman’s friend
Jackie Smith – Stephanie Stahler’s friend        Margaret Chadwick – Gay Judah’s friend
Miles Brown – Stan Best’s cousin                    Rachel Gordon – Craig Robertson’s niece
Kyrsten Haley – Natalie Robertson’s niece      Ray Ricks – Susan Coard’s father
Our Deployed Military -Send a note of thanks to military overseas, go to .

Karlie Barnes                          

Our Friends in Continued Care -                                          

James Walston – Georgian Manor                   Anne Hathaway – Spring Arbor of Outer Banks         

Nina Curling – Autumn Care                           Autumn Care Residents  

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 CHORAL CALL TO WORSHIP  When I Speak Your Name”     Eileen Cottingham


*PRAISE SONGS                       “All Hail, King Jesus”                                     see bulletin

                                                     “Shine, Jesus Shine”


*THE AFFIRMATION OF FAITH    “The Nicene Creed”                                     No. 880



  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.






(The person on the center aisle is asked to hand the attendance sheet from their row to the usher.)

        The Organ Offertory         

      *The Doxology and Prayer of Dedication


THE CHILDREN’S MESSAGE:                                                                  Cindy Williams                     

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



*HYMN:                           “All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name”                            No. 154


THE SCRIPTURE READING                                                 Genesis 1:1-5 & John 1:1-5

                                                                                         In blue pew Bibles pages 1 & 1049    


MESSAGE                                      “Finding Meaning”                                            Pastor


ANTHEM                       “How Deep The Father’s Love For Us”      Eileen Cottingham


HOLY COMMUNION                 

   (You are invited to leave a freewill offering at the Communion Rail.  These funds are used for Missions.)


*THE HYMN OF CELEBRATION AND COMMITMENT                                        No. 413                                                    

                                                 “A Charge to Keep I Have”

(During the singing of this hymn, you are invited to spend time at the altar rail in prayer or dedication of

     your life to Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.)









*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:

The Word Became Flesh                    John 1:1   (NIV)

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.



Praise Songs:               ALL HAIL, KING JESUS

All hail, King Jesus,  All hail, Emmanuel: King of kings, Lord of lords, Bright Morning Star. And throughout eternity I’m going to praise Him, And forevermore I will reign with Him.

All hail, King Jesus,  All hail, Emmanuel: King of kings, Lord of lords, Bright Morning Star. And throughout eternity I’m going to praise Him, And forevermore I will reign with Him.


                                        SHINE, JESUS SHINE

Lord, the light of Your love is shining, In the midst of the darkness shining; Jesus, Light of the word, shine upon us, Set us free by the truth You now bring us; Shine on me. Shine on me.  Shine Jesus, shine, fill this land with the Father’s glory; Blaze, Spirit, blaze, set our hearts on fire. Flow, river, flow, flood the nations with grace and mercy; Send forth Your Word, Lord, and let there be light.

Lord, I come to Your awesome presence, From the shadows into Your radiance; By the blood I may enter Your brightness; Search me, try me, consume all my darkness;  Shine on me. Shine on me.  Shine Jesus, shine, fill this land with the Father’s glory; Blaze, Spirit, blaze, set our hearts on fire. Flow, river, flow, flood the nations with grace and mercy; Send forth Your Word, Lord, and let there be light.