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Worship Information

The Church of the Holy Cross,
an Episcopal Church and Member of the Diocese of Western North Carolina, 
celebrates Holy Eucharist, Rite II Sundays at

8:30 a.m. - a quiet service
11:00 a.m. -  with sacred music 

Directions to Holy Cross are here.

Holy Eucharist and Healing Service are
Wednesdays 8:00 a.m.  

Everyone Is Always Welcome!
 

Newsletter -- Read our current monthly newsletter here.

Reflections -- News from the Diocese may be read here. 

Father Allan McCaslin's Sunday Sermon may be read here.

Prayer Lists -- We have a separate page for our prayer lists here.
Or you can locate it by clicking on "Prayer Lists" under Parish News in the navigation bar
at the top of each page.

 

This Week

Sunday, March 26, 2017 The Fourth Sunday of Lent

8:30 am:
  Holy Eucharist, Rite I, a quiet service without music.
We thank those who serve this morning:

Greeters/Oblationers:  Trish Lanier and Craig Adams  
Ushers:   Trish Lanier and Craig Adams
Lector:  Nancy McInnis        
Prayers of the People:  Edie Tugman
Chalice:  Edie Tugman
Hospitality:  Father Allan and Pan McCaslin


9:45 am: Adult Christian Eduacation, Lower Skiles

11 am:  Holy Eucharist, Rite I, with music.  We thank those who serve this morning:

Greeters/Oblationers:  Doris Boulton and Susan Howard   
Ushers:  David and Sandy Barber      
Lector:  Susan Poorman      
Prayers of the People:  Larry Byerly    
Chalice:  Robin Byerly and Tav Gauss   
Acolytes:  Spencer Sharrits  
Hospitality:  The Toomey Family  
12 Noon: Fellowship Time Skiles Hall

Thursday, March 23, 2017: Part 3, and Conclusion of the Lenten Series.
6 pm in Skiles Hall:  Understanding Episcopal Tradition and The Drama of Christian Worship
Having explored the 19th & 20th Century Liturgical Reform movement and its impact upon how Episcopalians worship together today, our study now turns its focus towards the great “Drama of Christian Worship” that unfolds among us each and every week. Everything we do in worship together has both important theological and symbolic meaning. Come and learn more about your role as we proclaim together the “Greatest story ever told.”

Next Sunday April 2,  2017  The Fifth Sunday in Lent
8:30 am:  Holy Eucharist, Rite I, a quiet service without music
9:45 am:  Christian Education (Lower Skiles Hall)
11:00 am:  Holy Eucharist, Rite I, with music
12:00 pm:  Fellowship time in Skiles Hall

Holy Week Schedule of Worship Services:

Passion Sunday (Palm Sunday) – April 9 at 8:30 and 11:00 am

(Please Gather in Skiles Hall for the Liturgy of the Palms)

Maundy Thursday – April 13 at 7:00 pm Holy Communion and Foot Washing

(A Prayer Vigil before the Blessed Sacrament follows from 8:30 – 12 Midnight)

Good Friday – April 14 at 12:00 Noon Stations of the Cross

Good Friday – April 14 at 7:00 pm Solemn Liturgy for Good Friday

Holy Saturday – April 15 at 9:30 am Morning Prayer

Easter Sunday – April 16 at 8:30 am & 11:00 am The Resurrection of Jesus Christ!

Festival Holy Eucharist with Special Music and Brass ensemble at both services!

9:30 am - Easter Brunch in Skiles Hall hosted by the ECW

10:00 am - Children’s Easter Egg Hunt

NOTE: Sign Ups are encouraged and needed for the Prayer Vigil that 

follows the Maundy Thursday Liturgy on April 13. See the Roster in Skiles Hall.

Jesus asked,“Could you not watch with me one hour?” (Matt 26:40, Mark 14:37)

Announcements

March for Diapers

During the entire month of March, ECW will be collecting diapers for the Children’s Council to distribute to mothers who struggle to make ends meet.  Last year Holy Cross collected over 3,000 diapers.  This will be our only diaper collection this year, so we are asking everyone to bring diapers to Skiles Hall in an effort to “break the record” and help some local families in need.


Rummage Sale

Yes, it is time again to bring your donations for the 2017 Rummage Sale slated for July 13, 14 and 15.  This year ECW will be accepting clothes again, so feel free to bring your gently used, clean clothes along with household items, furniture, tools, and almost anything else except old computers monitors or televisions.  Please note that all donations should be taken downstairs unless other arrangements have been made.  Remember one man’s trash is another man’s treasure!


Needed: Photos of St. John's

We are looking for good photos of the exterior of St. John's for the church website.  If you have one or two as jpegs you would like to share, please contact Ann Gerber at 828.297.3466.  Many thanks.


MUDAfrica

Anders Sjostrand who grew up in the Holy Cross community would like us to know he is in Africa now working as an intern for MUD Africa (Mobilizing and Uniting Africa) an organization working for equal land rights.  Anders writes the organization's blog posted on their website which you can read at http://mudafrica.org.


Easter Flowers Memorials

Easter will soon be here and the church will be arrayed with beautiful fresh flowers. Please consider making a donation to the Flower Fund for Easter flowersThere are Easter Flower envelopes available for your use. Please include with your donation the name(s) of those in whose memory or honor you would like to have flowers given. All memorials will be listed in the Easter bulletin. Please give to Kathy by April 11th at 10:00 AM.


United Thank Offering

United Thank Offering Sunday will be May 14th.  The boxes, envelopes and information leaflets are available in Skiles Hall.  As we journey through Lent, attempting to lead a more intentional life of prayer and thanksgiving, make your contributions to your "blue box" daily as you remember the many blessings of this life.  100% of your offering to UTO goes to meet human needs and expanding mission and ministry around the world.

 


Spiritual Seekers Gathering

Monday March 27, 2017 

Speaking of Dying” – a DVD which encourages individuals and groups to speak about all aspects of dying will be previewed.  Beginning April 3Sacrament of the Present Moment, by Jean Pierre de Caussade will be studied for several weeks, followed by The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World by Dali Lama and Desmond Tutu and finally Illuminated Prayers.  The group is open to anyone interested and meets Monday evenings, from 6-7:30 pm in Skiles Hall.


Holy Week Worship Schedule

Passion Sunday (Palm Sunday) – April 9 at 8:30 and 11:00 am

(Please Gather in Skiles Hall for the Liturgy of the Palms)

Maundy Thursday – April 13 at 7:00 pm Holy Communion and Foot Washing

(A Prayer Vigil before the Blessed Sacrament follows from 8:30 – 12 Midnight)

Good Friday – April 14 at 12:00 Noon Stations of the Cross

Good Friday – April 14 at 7:00 pm Solemn Liturgy for Good Friday

Holy Saturday – April 15 at 9:30 am Morning Prayer

Easter Sunday – April 16 at 8:30 am & 11:00 am The Resurrection of Jesus Christ!

Festival Holy Eucharist with Special Music and Brass ensemble at both services!

9:30 am - Easter Brunch in Skiles Hall hosted by the ECW

10:00 am - Children’s Easter Egg Hunt