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

COVID-19 Response:
Our facilities are open for worship, prayer, and fellowship as noted below.
Thank you for your ongoing support and commitment to the mission and ministry of Holy Cross!
We continue to respond to the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic and are committed to supporting the health & welfare of all parishioners, friends, and visitors to this sacred place. 
Thus, we require that all persons, regardless of vaccination status, wear masks when on the church premises. 


On Line Giving Is Now Available here or
"Give Online"
 in the above Navigation Bar.

Read the Holy Cross Newsletter for October, 2021




Sunday Morning Worship Services:


8:30 am without music
11:00 am  
with sacred music
The 11 am service from Holy Cross is Live-Streamed via our "YouTube" Channel.
here to connect to the Church of the Holy Cross
YouTube Channel. 
(This Channel also offers an opportunity to view all prior recorded weekday and Sunday services.)

Worship Leaflet for this Sunday is here.


Weekday Worship Services:

Weekday Services are offered via “Zoom.”
Compline at 8 pm:  Monday, Tuesday, Thursday
Friday Prayer
Evening Prayer at 6:00 pm: Wednesdays only
here to be connected to live Compline and/or
Evening Prayer offered via "Zoom".
The "Virtual Waiting Room" opens 15 minutes before each service begins.
(Meeting ID: 889 4311 3582)


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).

Sunday Services from Sunday of Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend: 
9:00 am: Holy Commmunion at St. John's (with music)
11 am: Holy Communion at Holy Cross (with 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


To read recent sermons, visit Sermons.
Current Prayer List  is  here.


This Sunday

Sunday, October 24, 2021
The Twenty-second Sunday After Pentecost 
8:30 am    Holy Eucharist, Rite II (no music)
9:30 am    Fellowship time in Skiles Hall
11:00 am   Holy Eucharist, Rite II (with music and hymnody)
This service is “Live-Streamed” via our YouTube Channel
12:15 pm    Fellowship time in Skiles Hall

A Good deal for a great meal!
Fresh from the Valle Country Fair! (at 50% off, too!
Quarts of Smoked Tomato Bisque are now  on sale in Skiles Hall for only $15.00.
See Debbie Galleher (after the 8:30 service) or Janice La Capra (after the 11:00 service).
This Sunday's Worship Leaflet is here.

We thank those who will serve this Sunday:

   8:30 am Service at Holy Cross 11 a.m. Service at Holy Cross
Greeters Ed & Beth Beck Carolyn Shepherd
Ushers Ed & Beth Beck Stella Barbato
Lector Jane Blackburn Claire McDonough
Prayers of the People Jane Blackburn Carolyn Shepherd
Chalice Ted Ponko Nina-Jo Moore
Acolyte Ted Ponko Nina-Jo Moore

Next Sunday, October 31, 202
The Twenty-third Sunday After Pentecost

8:30 am    Holy Eucharist, Rite II (no music)
9:30 am    Fellowship time in Skiles Hall
11:00 am     Holy Eucharist, Rite II (with music and hymnody)
This service is “Live-Streamed” via our YouTube Channel
12:15 pm    Fellowship time in Skiles Hall



Annual Meeting

Sunday, November 7, 2021

One Service ONLY at 9:30 am

Come and celebrate the abounding grace of God that has continued to touch lives through the ongoing mission & ministry of Holy Cross even in the midst of a pandemic;  hear reports from our leadership, and enjoy this annual time of joy-filled fellowship. Three new Vestry Members will be elected at the meeting.

The Slate of Vestry Nominees for the Class of 2024 (with pictures and biographical information) are now posted in Skiles Hall. They are:

      Walter Browning      Patty Dilly      Andrea McDonough.

If you wish to nominate someone other than those on the slate, please complete and submit a Nomination Form (available in Skiles Hall) to the Parish Office by no later than Sunday, October 31, 2019.

2022 Pledge Drive

The Finance Committee has begun to prepare the 2022 Budget for presentation at the Annual Meeting on Sunday, November 7. Parishioner and friend’s financial pledges for the coming year play a significant role in that process.

To help the Finance Committee achieve their goal of presenting a balanced budget this year and if you have yet to do so, please complete and return your 2022 Pledge Card to the Parish Office as soon as possible. If you have misplaced your card, feel free to pick one up from the Narthex, Skiles Hall, or the Office.

Please know that regardless of the amount pledged for the coming year, we remain most thankful for the continuing generosity of parishioners in giving of their time, talent, and treasure in service to God and this community. Thank you for your continuing support.

All Saints Sunday Observance

Preparing for All Saints’ Sunday Observance
Sunday, November 7, 2021

It has been our tradition on every All Saints’ Sunday to name aloud Parishioners and friends of the Parish who have died during the past year. However, given that names are often handwritten into the Prayers of the People roster each week, we do not always know how the deceased is known to the parish or if that added name is simply a memorial from prior years. To that end, a list of names has been posted in Skiles Hall for your careful review. The posting will remain in place until Sunday, October 31st. Please let us know if we have inadvertently omitted a name.

Note: If you add a name, please be sure to print in the relationship to you and/or Holy Cross otherwise their name will not be read aloud. Thank you for your help.

Walking The Mourner's Path

Beginning Monday, October 4, 2021
“Walking the Mourner’s Path”

“Walking the Mourner’s Path” is an exceptional eight-week series on grief and mourning. It will be offered on Monday afternoons beginning October 4 from 4:30 – 6:00 pm.  If you, or others you think might be interested, please contact Jane Backburn at

Adult Christian Education (A.C.E.) Online Class Forming!

“The Church Cracked Open: Disruption, Decline and new Hope for Beloved Community”
by The Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers.

Join others in study of Canon Speller’s latest book.  The Canon for Evangelism for the Episcopal church, Speller invites us to look at our history, theology, pain, beauty and hope for the Church today. Meeting by Zoom, Mary Stolberg and Pan McCaslin will facilitate the study.  Please let either of them know of your interest by emailing them at mary.stolberg@gmailcom or

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

Meeting ID: 878 3876 2772

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!