Gaston & Catawba

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On Oct. 5, Mt. Pisgah Lutheran Church hosted a celebration of 149 years of ministry.

The Rev. Jerome Cloninger led worship, which was held at Henry Fork River Park.

Cloninger was ordained at Mt. Pisgah on July 6, 2003. He now serves Salem Lutheran Church in Wakefield, Neb.

Following worship, the congregation had a picnic and cookout.

This was the second of three celebrations that will culminate in October 2009 with a 150th anniversary service of thanksgiving for Mt. Pisgah's ministry.

The service will be held at Mt. Pisgah and will be led by the N.C. Synod bishop.

The Morganton Downtown Development Association is now accepting applications for Morganton's 2008 Christmas Parade. The parade is scheduled for 6 p.m. Dec. 2, and the theme is “Racing into Christmas.”

The parade will feature the No. 2 BB&T Chevrolet Monte Carlo NASCAR Busch Series Car.

First Brockland Insurance and Salon Professionals are sponsors of the event.

Businesses, groups, churches and organizations interested in participating in the parade can contact the Morganton Main Street office at 828-438-5280 or

Gina Smith