Parish News



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, February 19, 2017 The Seventh Sunday after the Epiphany

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

Ushers:  Scott McDonough and Trish Lanier  
Lector:  Trish Lanier       
Prayers of the People:  Judy Bondi  
Chalice:  Nina-Jo Moore  
Hospitality:  Judy Bondi  

9:45 am:  Christian Education in Lower Skiles Hall

11am:  Holy Eucharist, Rite II with music.

We thank those who serve this morning:
Greeters/Oblationers:  Katie Hall and Ron McInnes
Ushers:  Mike and Gini Halus  
Lector:   Tav Gauss
Prayers of the People:  David Barber 
Chalice:  Karla Prudhomme and John Goodrich
Acolytes:  Jaidyn Toomey and Karla Prudhomme
Hospitality:   Susan Poorman

12 Noon: Fellowship Time Skiles Hall

Thursday, February 16, 2017
A Visit with The Rt. Rev. José McLoughlin in Skiles Hall.  
All are invited and encouraged to gather in Skiles Hall this coming Thursday evening for a light reception and visit with Bishop José. Our Bishop has embarked on a “road tour” of all parishes in the diocese and hopes to visit with every parish by year’s end. The Bishop’s intention for tonight’s gathering is simply an opportunity to “get to know one another” and share with him our hopes and dreams for ongoing ministry in our communities. The Bishop will be accompanied by Michelle M. Robinson, diocesan development officer.

Next Sunday February  26, 2017 The Last  Sunday after the Epiphany
8:30 am:  Holy Eucharist, Rite II, a quiet service without music.
9:45 am:  Christian Education (Lower Skiles Hall)
11:00 am:  Holy Eucharist, Rite II with music and closing anthem, " Farewell to Alleluia."
12:00 pm:  Fellowship time in Skiles Hall


Campus Ministry Meals Needed

March 21:  Meal at 3rd Place. Need volunteers to provide a light meal for 30 and deliver it to 3rd Place in Boone.

Hospitality Needed

The coffee hour sign-up sheet is located in the Parish Hall, ready for parishioners to choose a Sunday to provide food/refreshments for our after Church, 'Coffee Hour'! Providing refreshments and snacks for this social time, is a wonderful and very appreciated ministry, as it provides a time to socialize with our Church Family, while also providing a  venue to meet and chat with visitors to our wonderful Church!  If you have any questions, please contact Janice Russell or Karla Prudhomme.  Thank you in advance for participating in this Hospitality Ministry!

Spiritual Seekers Book Study


Spiritual Seekers Book Study and Reflection Group
Book picked for the next month is:  Falling Upward by Richard Rohr – Feb 20, Feb 27 and Mar 6.

Please feel free to get a copy and join other readers and reflectors on Monday nights in Skiles Hall, 6 – 7:30. The thread of conversation may wander anywhere.


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!

Save Old Telephone Directories

It's time to save your old telephone directories for Valle Crucis Elementary School.  Marilyn Welch says she will deliver them to the school if you will leave them in the foyer of Skiles Hall.  The school will receive a quarter for each directory!  Please help us help our local school.

Shrove Tuesday


5:00 – 7:00 pm  Please come out for pancakes, bacon and fun. The youth group is asking for a $5 donation to help with upcoming youth activities.

Let's Keep it Weird


 “KEEP CHRISTIANITY WEIRD”  A special presentation by Rachel Held Evans

Evans Auditorium, Canon Student Center, Lees-McCrae College, 7:00 pm. 

All are invited to gather and hear noted distinguished teacher and author, Rachel Held Evans this evening. Admission is free.

Evans believes that keeping Christianity relevant in a rapidly changing culture isn’t accomplished by fog-machines or “trendy” music and worship leaders, but rather, through rediscovering and reinterpreting the traditional sacraments – baptism, communion, confession and anointing – and doing so in ways that ring true to a skeptical, justice-oriented generation.