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Welcome & Worship Information


Holy Cross is an Episcopal Church and Member of the Diocese of
Western North Carolina
(828) 963-4609

Important COVID-19 Update:
Given the rise in infections with the COVID-19 BA.5 subvariant throughout the High Country (especially in Watauga and Avery Counties), we recommend that all persons attending in-person worship services wear masks at this time.

While not mandatory, wearing a mask will help curtail the spread of the variant, especially among those most vulnerable to infection.


Sunday Morning Worship Services:  


Autumn & Winter Schedule

Sunday of Labor Day weekend through Sunday of Memorial Day weekend

8:30 a.m. - Holy Communion at Holy Cross (without music)
11:00 a.m. - Holy Communion at Holy Cross (with music)

The 11 am service from Holy Cross is Live-Streamed via our YouTube Channel.
Click here  to view our Live Streamed and previously recorded services.


Healing & Eucharist Services take place at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday evenings at Holy Cross.


Weekday Worship Services offered via "Zoom":

Compline at 8:00 p.m. every Monday & Thursday - click  here  to join the Zoom meeting

The "Virtual Waiting Room" opens 15 minutes before each service begins.
(Meeting ID: 894 5800 3478)


On-Line Giving Is Now Available here or click "Give Online" in the Navigation Bar at the top of the website.


The Sacrament of Reconciliation: 
This Sacrament is offered at any time by appointment. Please contact the Rector directly at (828) 963-4609 ext. 22

To read recent sermons, visit the Sermons page.
The current Prayer List  is  here.

The Latest Sunday Worship Leaflet is here

The Current Holy Cross Newsletter is here.


This Sunday

Sunday, September 11, 2022Please note the change in schedule for next Sunday as St. John's will be closed for the fall & winter.

The Feast of the Holy Cross and Dedication of 2023 Pledges

  • 8:30 a.m. - Holy Eucharist, Rite II at Holy Cross - this is a quiet service with no music
  • 9:30 a.m. - Fellowship time in Skiles Hall
  • 11:00 a.m. - Holy Eucharist, Rite II, at Holy Cross with music and hymnody - This service is Live-Streamed via our YouTube Channel
  • 12:00 p.m. - Fellowship time in Skiles Hall

Click HERE to download this week's service leaflet.

We thank those who will serve this Sunday:

  • Greeters/Oblationers:  Stuart Tugman (8:30 a.m.) and  Chuck & Kathy Canady (11:00 a.m.)
  • Ushers:  Stuart Tugman (8:30 a.m.) and  Chuck & Kathy Canady (11:00 a.m.)
  • Lector: Pan McCaslin (8:30 a.m.) and Dawn Harris (11:00 a.m.)
  • Prayers of the People: Pan McCaslin (8:30 a.m.) and Lynne Thomson (11:00 a.m.)
  • Chalice: Edie Tugman (8:30 a.m.) and Nina-Jo Moore (11:00 a.m.)
  • Acolytes: Edie Tugman (8:30 a.m.) and Nina-Jo Moore (11:00 a.m.)

Next Sunday, September 18 -

The Fifteenth Sunday After Pentecost with guest Preacher & Presider Rev. Sam Tallman

  • 8:30 a.m. - Holy Eucharist, Rite II at Holy Cross - this is a quiet service with no music
  • 9:30 a.m. - Fellowship time in Skiles Hall
  • 11:00 a.m. - Holy Eucharist, Rite II, at Holy Cross with music and hymnody - This service is Live-Streamed via our YouTube Channel
  • 12:00 p.m. - Fellowship time in Skiles Hall


  • Click HERE for News from The Episcopal Church
  • Click HERE for News and Events throughout the Diocese of Western North Carolina



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News & Happenings

Coffee Hour Hosts Needed

Coffee Hour is an important time of not only fellowship, but also a time to get to know our visitors and newcomers. This time after each worship is most successful when we have a little more than just coffee to serve. People tend to stay longer and interact more when there is food.

Hosting Coffee Hour means providing light refreshments and a non-coffee beverage. Teams of two volunteers work best. The sign-up sheet can be found on the kitchen serving window ledge in Skiles Hall. Please consider hosting after the upcoming services in September and October, or even sign up for a later date!


2022 Valle Country Fair

This year’s Valle Country Fair is Saturday, October 15 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. We need volunteers to help with setup on Thursday, October 13 and Friday, October 14, as well as anyone available to help during the day of the fair. The success of the Fair depends on volunteers to help with a variety of jobs both during the Fair and during the setup days!

Please email Julie Gates at if you are willing to pitch in and include the following information:

  • Name and contact information
  • Day/time available to volunteer (Thursday/Friday/Saturday)
  • Type of work (no restrictions / light work / seated work)

Sign-up sheets will also be up in Skiles Hall in the next week or two. Thank you in advance for your help. If you have questions about volunteering, feel free to call Julie Gates at 704-906-2269 or email her at Thank you.


Women Writers Fall Workshop

A two-day Woman Writers Fall Workshop retreat will be hosted by Katerina Whitley from Thursday, September 15 to Saturday, September 17, held in Crab Orchard Hall with lodging in the Mission House. Special pricing options are available for commuters and those wishing to participate in one day only. 

Pricing is as follows: $238 for the full program; $114 for the commuter rate; $52 for one day. 

Come and explore ways to express ourselves in writing with master author Katerina Whitley, a native of Thessaloniki, Greece. A Holy Cross member, Katerina has worked as a church journalist on the diocesan and national levels, taught at universities, and has authored seven books, including her memoir, Myth and Memory: My Childhood in WWII Greece. To register and find additional information, visit the Conference Center website at 


Men's Night Out

Men's Night Out will gather at the home of Edie & Stuart Tugman from 5:45 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The address is 216 Cherry Drive in Boone. Note that parking is non-existent, so folks will be shuttled every five minutes from 5:25 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. from a few blocks away on the Boone Drug side of the EarthFare parking lot on King Street. Stuart will prepare his famous chicken vegetable stew and appropriate side dishes, but please advise of any dietary restrictions when you RSVP by noon on Monday, September 19 via email to or via calling/texting (704) 608-2755.


Coffee's On

Coffee's On usually meets via Zoom on Saturdays at 10:00 a.m. Click to here  to join Coffee's On.

Meeting ID: 878 3876 2772


The Salvation Army Personal Need Pantry Drive

The Salvation Army in Avery, Ashe and Watauga Counties is collecting donations for personal needs and hygiene products! Can you help by providing any of the following items?

Most used items include: Dish detergent, feminine hygiene pads, hand soap, laundry pods, men's & women's deodorant, men's & women's disposable razors, paper towels, shampoo, toilet paper and incontinence pads.

Other commonly used items include: Toothpaste, dental floss, body wash, shaving cream, band-aids, sunscreen, tissues, hand sanitizer, household cleaner and dishwasher pods.

Please note that we will not be accepting drop-offs at the Church - take all donations directly to the Salvation Army at 136 Furman Rd, Boone NC 28607. For any questions, please call (828) 262-1005.


A Simple Gesture Continues

Food/Grocery Drive for the Hunger & Health Coalition

One in four children in the High Country are hungry. Along with other churches in the area, we have a simple way to meet this immediate need. Green recyclable grocery bags are available in Skiles Hall. Simply fill them with the items listed on the bag and return it to the Welcome Center area in Skiles Hall on the date listed on the bag.  Thank you!


Hospitality House Dinners

Holy Cross parishioners supply Hospitality House with dinners several times a month. This involves teams preparing a dinner for about 100 people.  Each team prepares 1 meal per year for the Hospitality House. Since Covid, some teams have been having the meals catered.  The Valle Crucis Conference Center will cater meals as will F.A.R.M. Cafe and area restaurants. At this time there is a need for more team members for this important mission.  There are funds available, if needed, to help sponsor this service.  If you would like to help, please call Suzie Long at 828-264-0685


Daughters of the King

Daughters of the King (DOK) meets weekly on Wednesday afternoons at 4:00 p.m. in Skiles Hall. The group invites any women of the church interested in finding out more about DOK to join them. Click here to learn more about DOK!