A Blue Christmas
A “Blue Christmas” Service will be held December 18th at 5:30 pm.
Offered as a ministry to those who, because of deaths, illness, or for reasons known only to them, find the holiday season difficult, “A Blue Christmas” provides an opportunity for quiet reflection and consolation.
Anyone interested in helping plan, read scriptures aloud, or serve in any way on this occasion is asked to contact Pan McCaslin, 828-963-5198.
Sunday, December 24th
The 24th of December is the 4th Sunday of Advent AND Christmas Eve! The service will be at 9:30 am - Holy Eucharist Rite II with sacred music and hymns. At 10:30 am is the 98th Annual Greening of the Church.
Because Christmas Eve falls on Advent IV this year, the timely decorating (or “greening”) of the Church in advance of that evening’s services presents quite a challenge! We need as many people as possible to help decorate this beloved building. Soup and sandwiches will be available in Skiles Hall. Bring your clippers and a lot of enthusiasm! The garlands and wreaths are purchased but extra greenery is always welcome. Everyone’s help is needed with the candle holders, putting greenery in the windows, hanging the wreaths and garlands, etc. Also, we need folks to find greenery such as fir, white pine, Galax leaves, boxwood, etc. and bring it to the church by Dec. 22nd. Please let Dedy Traver know if you can help with this. Dedy may be reached at 898-5771 or email email@example.com.
Christmas Eve Services
Sunday, December 24:
5:00 pm Children’s Story and Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Carols
(A “Birthday Cake” reception follows in Skiles Hall)
7:30 pm Special Music and Carol Sing
8:00 pm Candlelight service of Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with carols
A special reception and time of fellowship follows in Skiles Hall. Coffee, hot apple cider, and soft drinks will be served. You may bring other beverages of your choice. We ask that those attending bring light hors d'oeuvres, finger food, or sweets to share. Help in cleaning up is very much needed and always appreciated.
Christmas Day Service
Monday, December 25, 2017, Christmas Day at 10:00 am: “Come just as you Are” service of Holy Communion and prayer.
One of the joys of Christmas here at Holy Cross is the love that we share through our Angel Tree. On the tree this Sunday, set up in Skiles Hall, are gift options of all kinds and sizes for less fortunate individuals and families in our community. If you would like to participate but find shopping a challenge, there are always needs for gift cards. Please return all gifts before the end of church services on December 17.
Donations for Christmas Flowery and Greenery
Checks should be made to Holy Cross Church with Christmas Flowers noted in the memo line. Don’t forget to print your request on the included form. If you wish your gift to be anonymous, please put “by anonymous” in your request. PLEASE NOTE: Completed forms must be submitted by 5:00 pm Sunday, (12/17) in order to be included in the Christmas Eve Service Leaflet. Thank you for helping to make this the most beautiful Christmas ever!
ECW Gift Program
Just in Time for Christmas! Episcopal Church Women invite you to help their fundraising efforts by purchasing AutoBell Car Wash Gift Cards. The cards make great Christmas gifts for family, friends, teachers, hair stylists, etc. Proceeds from the sale will benefit community charities. Cards are available in Skiles Hall after the 8:30 services and 11:00 o’clock services beginning this Sunday through Sunday, December 31st. ECW thanks you for your continuous support.
Interested in Buying a House
via For for the Poor's Housing Program? Many in attendance for the Rev. Bruce Torrey’s presentation on the work of Food for the Poor (FFP) during his visit on November 12 were touched by the urgent need for housing in Haiti and throughout the Caribbean. The need has become even more urgent given the devastation of hurricanes these past few months.
Recognizing that FFP’s program provides direct assistance and the immediacy of housing needs, your Vestry has agreed to sponsor 1 home at a cost of $3,600. This covers not only construction of the home, but also, ensures sanitation. If you would like to help in this endeavor, please make your check payable to Holy Cross and note in the memo line: FFP House Purchase. Thank you!
Update: We are delighted to advise that an anonymous donor has offered to match Holy Cross’ purchased if we raise all $3,600 before Christmas! If you would like to help in this endeavor, please make your check payable to Holy Cross and note in the memo line: “FFP House Purchase.” Thank you!
Help Support Hospitality House
Hospitality House Cookbooks ($20) and Honor Cards (minimum of $5.00 donation) are available after each service for the next several Sundays. All proceeds are used to assist Hospitality House residents. See Pan McCaslin for more information.