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 Holy Cross is an Episcopal Church and Member of the Episcopal Diocese of
Western North Carolina
(828) 963-4609
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Read the June, 2022 Holy Cross Newsletter here.

Regular Sunday Worship Services:  

9:00 am at  St. John's (Directions here)
11:00 am  
with sacred music and hymns
The 11 am service from Holy Cross is Live-Streamed via our "YouTube" Channel.
HERE TO connect to the Church YouTube Channel
(This Channel also offers opportunities to view all prior recorded weekday & Sunday services.)


Weekday Worship Services

(Offered via "Zoom" as follows):

Click HERE for Compline Services at 8 pm:  Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday

Click HERE for Evening Prayer at 6:00 pm: Wednesdays only

The "Virtual Waiting Room" opens 15 minutes before each service begins.


Regarding Covid-19

Our Mandatory Mask requirement was lifted on March 1, 2022

  • Nevertheless, all parishioners, friends, and visitors to our facilities are welcome to continue to wear masks during worship services and social gatherings.

  • Some parishioners should continue to wear masks. This includes those who have declined vaccinations or are not fully vaccinated, as well as those who may be immuno-compromised, uncomfortable not wearing a mask, or unable to maintain appropriate social distancing.


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


To read recent sermons, visit Sermons.

The Prayer List  is  here.

Latest Sunday Worship Leaflet is here.

The Holy Cross June Newsletter is here.

Weekly  Diocesan News  is  

This Sunday

SUNDAY, MAY 29, 2022
The Seventh Sunday of Easter

“The Ascension of Our Lord Jesus Christ”

St. John’s Re-opens for the Summer
Directions  to St. John's  are here.
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)
(This service is Live-Streamed via our YouTube Channel)
12:00 pm   Fellowship time

Joyful thanks to Dr. Nancy Schneeloch-Bingham for sharing her wonderful woodwind talents in worship this morning!

We thank all those who will serve this Sunday: 


9 am Service, St. John's

11 am Service, Holy Cross

Greeters, Oblationers

Stella Barbato

Jim and  Darby Logan


Stuart Tugman

Jim and  Darby Logan


Jane Blackburn

Ann Iles

Prayers of the People 

Jane Blackburn

Andrea McDonough


Edie Tugman

Andrea McDonough

Crucifer Edie Tugman

Randy McDonough

“The Day of Pentecost”

9:00 am        Holy Eucharist, Rite II at St. John’s (with music and hymnody)
10:00 am        Fellowship on the Lawn at St. John’s
11:00 am         Holy Eucharist, Rite II, at Holy Cross (with music and hymnody)
(This service is Live-Streamed via our YouTube Channel)
12:00 pm        Fellowship time in Skiles Hall
5:00 pm       1st Summer Concert at St. John’s featuring:
The Handbell & Vocal Choirs of Holy Cross & Banner Elk Presbyterian Church, guest musicians, and hymn sing.
 A potluck supper follows.


Summer Food Ministry

Summer Food Ministry, 2022, First delivery June 10

The first delivery to families identified by the Valle Crucis School social worker as in need of food throughout the summer months will be June 10, 2022.
--The shelves go up in Skiles Hall June 1st . All food is due on the shelves absolutely no later than 5pm Wednesday, June 8.

Sign up using the link below for any food and its amount you will donate:

The first collection is due on the shelves in Skiles Hall no later than 5 pm Wednesday, June 8 so that an inventory can be taken that evening.
--Packing is Thursday June 9 in Skiles Hall.
--First delivery is Friday, June 10.

You can donate a bit or a lot. Every jar, box, can and container counts.
Contact Ann Gerber with questions you may have, and THANK YOU for your support of Summer Food Ministry families!

Men's Night Out

Date and Time: Tuesday, June 21, 2022 from 5:45 to 7:30 p.m.

  • Location: Meadowood, the lovely home of Ray Lutz and Pam Conover in the Dutch Creek Road community. The address is 241 Old Crows Road off of Dutch Creek Road in Valle Crucis, but the GPS address is Banner Elk, 28604. It is about two miles from Holy Cross; watch for the stone mailbox on the left-hand side of and the “Old Crows” street sign.

  • BYO everything.

  • Please feel free to bring and wear your own mask... or not!  There will be no judgement and we want peace of mind to those who feel uncomfortable without a mask.

  • Men’s Night Out is an opportunity for men of the parish and our community to enjoy an evening together. Feel free to bring a friend... or three.

  • RSVP by noon on Monday,  June 20 to Keith Martin via email to or by cell to 704.608.2755.

Coffee's On

Coffee's On meets via Zoom Saturdays at 10:00 a.m. Here is the link to enter the virtual Coffee's On: 
Join Zoom Meeting

Valle Country Fair selling "Collectibles and Book Sale

VCF “Collectibles” and Used Book Sale

Collectible short- and long-sleeved tee shirts from previous years’ Valle Country Fairs are for sale downstairs in Skiles Hall. These are leftover shirts and are only $5.00 each.
Also, in case you are unaware, the ECW has a large collection of used books for sale downstairs in the Children’s Chapel. Please go find a treasure.

Episcopal Church Women

The Episcopal Church Women (ECW) invite you to join us for our next meeting on Thursday June 2nd at 5:30 pm in Skiles Hall. We will be meeting in the evening for a potluck dinner and OASIS service project.

Bring your favorite dish to share, a new or gently used tote bag, and two or three items from the list below. After the meal we’ll assemble bags with hygiene items for the local women’s shelter.


Brushes/Combs/Hair ties,
 Body lotion/Facial moisturizer, 
Soap/Body wash, 
Razors/Shaving cream, 
Feminine hygiene products, 
Make up/Make up remover, 
Cleansing wipes.


Volunteers Needed at St. John's

Volunteers are needed to assist with the following this Summer:

  • Ushering & Greeting (Contact Stella Barbato)

  • Opening/Closing, Altar Guild, and Linens (Contact Edie Tugman & Judy Bondi)

  • Flowers (Contact Kim Gauss & Catherine Pfaff)

  • Refreshments (Contact Janice LaCapra & Marilyn Welch)

  • Concert Parking Coordinators (Contact Fr. Allan)

Please consider taking a week (or three) to help make this summer’s worship services at St John’s a success! Those wishing to learn new skills or would appreciate a refresher are invited to gather at St. John’s on Friday, May 27 at 11:00 am … Bring a sandwich and stay for lunch afterwards.

Volunteer(s) Needed to Help Publish Parish News

Ann Gerber has been organizing the Parish News for more than 10 years and she's slowing down a little bit. If you would like to learn how to publish the Parish News page on the Holy Cross website, please get in touch with Ann. Her information is in the church directory. Thank you!

A Simple Gesture

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!

Your Help Is Needed

We have a few more openings for folks to “host” the fellowship time that follows each worship service. Hosts provide snack foods and beverages, as well as clean up after each gathering. Decisions about what to serve are solely up to you. Elaborate spreads of foods and pastries are not necessary, but rather, crackers and fruit can suffice. Regardless of food and beverage selections, we appreciate your willingness to serve.

See the Sign-Up sheet located at the Kitchen Service Counter and sign up today. Thank you!