Parish News

Worship Information

Holy Cross Welcomes You!

We are an Episcopal Church and Member of the Diocese of
Western North Carolina.

Please check this page for any possible changes to our regular worship schedule especially during Advent and Christmas, Holy Week, Easter,
and Valle Country Fair time.


Sunday Services from Sunday following Labor Day through Sunday prior to Memorial Day weekend
at Holy Cross:
8:30 am:
Holy Communion, a quiet service (no music).
11 am:    Holy Communion (with music).
1st Tuesdays, 6:30 pm
      Contemplative worship service of quiet reflection, prayer and song.  
5:30 pm       Quiet Holy Communion & Healing Service.

Office Hours: The office is located in Skiles Hall; our parish administrator's hours are Sunday-Thursday, 9 am to 5 pm.

Summer Schedule of Services 
Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day:


9 am
    St. John’s Church: Holy Communion with “old-time Gospel style” hymns. Here are directions to St. John's.
11 am   Holy Cross Church: Traditional Holy Communion Service with hymns. Here are directions to Holy Cross.
(Please note healing ministers are present on first and third Sundays each month to pray with you as you desire.)

1st Tuesdays of the Month:  

6:30 pm   St. John’s Church, Contemplative worship services during summer months.

5:30 pm   Holy Cross: Quiet Holy Communion & Healing Service (no music).

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

Read the January 2020 Newsletter here.

News from the Diocese is here.

Published sermons are here. 

Prayer Lists -- We have a separate page for our prayer lists here.
Or click on "Prayer Lists" under Parish News in the navigation bar at the top of each page.


 Coming Up

This Sunday

Sunday, January 26, 2020
The Third Sunday After the Epiphany

8:30 am        Holy Eucharist, Rite II, (A quiet service with no hymns or service music)
9:45 am        Adult Christian Education (ACE). (Upper Skiles. All are welcome!) 

11:00 am       Holy Eucharist, Rite II, (with sacred music & hymns)

12:00 Noon   Fellowship time

We thank those who will serve this Sunday:


 9:30 am:

 11 am:


 Scott McDonough 
 Sarah Jordan

Lynne Thomson
Doris Boulton 


 Scott McDonough 
 Sarah Jordan

Robin Byerly
Stella Barbato


 Edie Tugman

Robin Byerly

Prayers of
the People

 Edie Tugman

Jim Logan


 Sis Kinney

Anrea McDonough
John Goodrich


 Sis Kinney

Brad Barber













Next Week

Wednesday, January 29, 2020
Daughters of the King Meeting, 

4:00 pm - 5:15 pm in Skiles Hall

All women of the Church are welcome to gather with The Daughters of the King (DOK) for a time of study and prayer. 

The parish Eucharist follows at 5:30 pm.

Next Sunday, February 2, 2020
The Fourth Sunday After the Epiphany
“The Presentation of Christ in the Temple: Candlemas”

“The Presentation of Christ in the Temple” also known as "Candlemas Sunday" includes a special candlelight procession at the start of both services. Therefore, weather permitting, our worship services will begin by gathering first in Skiles Hall. 
Please bring personal candles for blessing at the Eucharist.

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

9:30 am       Breakfast in Skiles Hall!

11:00 am      Holy Eucharist, Rite II, (with sacred music & hymns)

Noon          Fellowship time

Coming Up The Following Week:

Monday, February 3, 2020
Walking the Mourner’s Path 

Walking the Mourner’s Path will begin on Monday February 3 from 4:30 - 6:00 pm.  Anyone interested in attending, please speak with Rev. Anna, Jane Blackburn or Pan McCaslin.  Cost of the materials is $60, with assistance available if needed.


A TED Talk with Your Help!

In an effort to raise awareness of Spirit Ride and TR (Therapeutic Riding), Patty Adams might be making a TED Talk on the main stage, but only with some help.  Now we need people to view (for at least three minutes to count as a view) and share, share, share on Face Book!  The more views Tedx gets, the better chance we have of the main site transferring it onto their page.  Right now Patty is in a TEDx (Hickory) subcategory on the TED YouTube page. Here's the YouTube link of Patty giving her Talk. Congratulations, Patty, on a job well done!

Become a Founding Partner

All are welcome and encouraged to become Founding Partners in The Vale of the Cross Legacy Foundation. See the brochures in the Narthex, Skiles Hall, and Welcome Center for additional information.

“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 the Choir Room.  Simply fill them with the items listed on the bag and return it to the Choir Room (under the bell tables) on the date listed on the bag.  Thank you!