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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

9 a.m. at St. John's and 
11:00 a.m. at Holy Cross

Directions to St. John's and 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.
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This Week

Sunday, July 2, 2017 The Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

9 am: Holy Eucharist Rite II at St. John's (see top of page for directions)

We thank those who serve this morning:

Greeters/Oblationers: Julie and Bob Gates           
Ushers: Julie and Bob Gates         
Lector: Trish Lanier    
Prayers of the People: Alicia Toomey  
Chalice: Pan McCaslin 
Acolyte: Pan McCaslin 
Healing Minister: Trish Lanier

11:00 am: Holy Eucharist, Rite II, a service with sacred music and hymns.    
We thank those who serve this morning:

Greeters/Oblationers: Marsha Fuller and Doris Boulton       
Ushers: Jim and Sarah Jordan       
Lector: Carolyn Shepherd       
Prayers of the People: Jim Logan
Chalice: Mike and Gini Halus     
Healing Minister: Robin Byerly
12 Noon: Fellowship Time Skiles Hall 

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 DOK Meeting: The 10:00 group of St. Helena's chapter of the Daughters of the King will meet at 10:00 on June 28thin Skiles Hall.   All daughters are welcome. Persons who are interested in the focus of this group are also invited to visit. It may be that the structure of prayer, study and service would appeal to you also.

Thursday July 29, from 6-8 pm, Men's Club meeting. Location 241 Old Crows Road, Valle Crucis, Banner Elk, NC   About 2 miles from Holy Cross Church off Dutch Creek Road (across from the church).  Stay left on Dutch Creek.  Old Crows Road has a stone mail box 2 miles on the left.  Some men are car pooling from the church shortly before 6 PM. Please RSVP for food ordering or come anyway, about 16 planning to participate so far.  Contact   Ray Lutz, 305 975 6140 or email 

Monday, July 3,  2017, Spiritual Seekers Book Study Group wll not meet. We will begin The Return of the Prodical Son by Henri Nouwen on July 10.  6:00-7:30 pm. All are welcome!

Tuesday July 4, 2017 Annual All Parish Picnic at Kim & Tav Gauss Cabin  5:00 PM until…

The annual Fourth of July Picnic will be happening at Tav and Kim Gauss's cabin in Matney once again this year. All parish members, their families, and their holiday guests are welcome. Hamburgers and hotdogs will be provided. Wonderful music will be provided on the front porch by “The Neighbors Band”.  Bring a dish to share, your favorite adult beverage and your favorite picnic chairs or blankets. Please let us know how many to expect. 252.230.0774, 828.963.2711, orgausskf@yahoo.comIf you need directions, let us know.  Music starts at 5:00.  Ya’ll come!

Note: In light of the Parish BBQ today, there will be no Contemplative Worship service this evening. Also note that the Parish office will be closed today.

Thursday, July 6, 2017 ECW will meet at 11 am in Skiles Hall. There will be no program. We will spend the time preparing for the rummage sale. Please bring your own sandwich for lunch. Beverages will be provided. 


Next Sunday, July 9, 2017, The Fifth Sunday after Pentecost 

9:00 am :  Holy Eucharist, Rite II, (with hymns) at St. John’s
10:00 am:  Fellowship time at St. John’s
11:00 am:  Holy Eucharist, Rite II, (with sacred music and hymns)   
12:00 pm:  Fellowship time in Skiles Hall





Contemplative Worship Service

Tuesday, August 1, 2017 at 6:30 pm

Following a hiatus for July 4th celebrations, our next Contemplative Worship Service will be held on Tuesday, August 1st at St. John’s. Bathed in soft candlelight, participants gather for a time of silent reflection, scripture reading, responsive prayer, and the singing of simple melodic songs in the Taizé, Iona, and Celtic community traditions. This is a great opportunity to experience for one’s own self to, Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10).  Each service lasts for approximately one hour and visitors are always welcome.

Whoever you are – and just as you are - come and be renewed.

Coffee's On!

As a thank you to all who helped make the Rummage Sale a success, please drop by for coffee or iced tea at the Rectory on Saturday, July 22 from 10-12.  If you have visitors in, please know all are welcome. Dress is casual. Being able to rest after all the hard work will be a nice way to spend a Saturdaymorning and to meet other folks. The Rectory is two driveways up 194S from the church, 5198 NC Highway 194S, 828-863-5198. Contact Pan McCaslin for any questions or if you need a ride.

Summer Food Ministry

For the 3rd consecutive summer Holy Cross parishioners are helping feed Valle Crucis School children and their families who have been identified by school administrators as food insecure.  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.

St. John's Concerts

The St. John's Summer Concerts are held the first Sunday of each summer month, beginning in June.  Concerts are at 5:00 pm and cost $5.00 per person.

The remaining concerts are as follows:
July 2 - The Good Vibes Trio (swing, bossanova & torch songs).
August 6th - Corde Contanti Duo - 19th century & Renaissance through modern Celtic & Folk songs
September 3 - American Rogues - An exciting performance of Celtic music as you have never heard it before.

Help Organize for the Rummage Sale

Annual ECW Rummage Sale, July 13, 14, 15  9:00 am until 1:00 pm

Please save the date so you can shop.  Also, Please note the deadline for goods to be accepted at the Rummage Sale:  All clothes by June 27. Everything else by July 8.There is a Sign Up Sheet in Skiles Hall for those who can help during the week of July 8 through July 15. Please see or call Marilyn Welch if you have any questions:  828-963-5915.