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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!

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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, April 30, 2017 The Third Sunday of Easter

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

Ushers:  Trish Lanier and Scott McDonough        
Lector:  Jane Blackburn        
Prayers of the People:  Nancy McInnes   
Chalice:  Ann Iles and Nina-Jo Moore 

9:45 am: Adult Christian Education, Lower Skiles Hall

11:00 am:  Sung Morning Prayer, Rite II, with music. 
We thank those who serve this morning. 

Greeters/Oblationers:  Ernie and Mary Armstrong      
Ushers:  Robin Byerly and Maria Morton          
Lector:  Carolyn Shepherd         
Prayers of the People:          
Acolyte:  Jaidyn Toomey
Hospitality:  Mary Watson and Kim Baker 
12 Noon: Fellowship Time Skiles Hall 

Monday May 1, 2017  Spiritual Seekers Gathering 
“The Book of Joy – Lasting Happiness in a Changing World,” a conversation between the Dali Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu continues as the focus of discussion for the next several weeks.  All are welcome!

Thursday May 4, 2017  ECW Meeting at 11:00 am in Skiles Hall. The speaker will be Melanie Childers, head of Pastoral Care at Watauga Hospital. She will be speaking about a program she is developing, AppFaithHealth.  Please bring a sandwich to share.

Sunday, May 21, 2017  Coming Soon!  - “Rogation Sunday

Bring plants, seedlings, and seeds for special blessings and prayers today!

St. John's will be opening for the summer on Memorial Weekend, May 28th.

Anyone who is interested in assisting with services at St. John's,  i.e., altar guild, greeting, usher, etc., please contact Lynne Thomson either by phone or email - 540-290-2630,


Next Sunday, May 7, 2017  The Fourth Sunday of Easter

8:30 am: Holy Eucharist, Rite II, (quiet service without music)

9:45 am: Adult Christian Education – Lower Skiles

11:00 am: Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with music and hymnody.  

12:00 Noon:  Fellowship Time in Skiles Hall




Baird's Creek Vintage Valle Music

May 21 Kick-off concert:  The Dollar Brothers, the John Cockman Family, Sarah & Mark McGuire, storyteller ReVonda Crow.
June 18:  Sound Travelers, the Burnett Sisters.
July 16:  Folk and Dagger, Maura Shawn, Bryan McFarland.
Aug. 20:  The Threshold Singers, The Junaluska Gospel Choir.

All concerts are 4-6 pm and admission is free.  At Baird's Creek Presbyterian Church on SR 194S 2 miles from the Mast General Store.

United Thank Offering

United Thank Offering Sunday is 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.

Summer Food Ministry

For the 3rd consecutive summer Holy Cross parishioners will help feed Valle Crucis School children and their families who have been identified by school administrators as food insecure.  Simply put, that means hungry.  Children in these families won't have enough to eat during the summer when they no longer have access to school breakfast and lunch 5 days/week.  Holy Cross Church volunteers donate food and make 4 deliveries to these families throughout the summer.  If you would like to participate by donating food, time and/or energy, please contact Ann Gerber at or 297.3466.  Important:  Please do not bring any food stuffs to the church before June 1st.