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.

Summer Schedule of Services 
Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day:


9 am
    St. John’s Church: Holy Communion with “old-time Gospel style” hymns.
11 am   Holy Cross Church: Traditional Holy Communion Service with hymns.
(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, July and August only: Contemplative worship service.

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 Summer Newsletter.

News from the Diocese is here.

Recent sermons are here. 

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


Coming Up:

Men's Night Out Tomorrow:

Thursday, June 20, 2019   6:00 – 8:00 pm

The June meeting will be held at the home of Ray Lutz at 241 Old Crows Road. Directions are very easy as Old Crows Road is 2 miles from the church off of Dutch Creek Road, the road across from the church and on the left side of the road…a stone mailbox and an American flag flying.  Men’s night out is a social gathering of men from the parish and others outside the parish who just have a good time together.   Ron McInnes will be cooking his famous Brats and Burgers, so bring your own beverage for a great night out!  Food cost is split among the group ( usually about 5 dollars each).  Please reply for food ordering purposes to Ray Lutz, email or call 305 975 6140.

This Sunday

June 23, 2019
The Second Sunday after Pentecost

9 am         St. John the Baptist Church, Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with  hymns

10 am       Fellowship on the lawn of St. John's

11 am       Holy Cross Church, Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with music and hymns

Noon        Fellowship in Skiles Hall


We thank those who will serve this Sunday at St. John's and Holy Cross:


9 am, St John's

11 am, Holy Cross


Kim and Tav Gauss

Sherrie Rice, Mary Watson


Kim and Tav Gauss

Webb Rice, Frank Watson


Jaidyn Toomey

Mary Hansley

Prayers of
the People:

 Alicia Toomey

Bruce Nelson


Ann Iles

Floyd Townsend


Ann Iles

Randy McDonough















Next Week

Wednesday, June 26, 2019
Daughters of the King Meeting

4:00 pm - 5:15 pm in Skiles Hall
All women are welcome to gather for a time of study and prayer. The parish Eucharist follows at 5:30 pm.

Saturday, June 29, 2019
Daughters of the King Picnic

St. Helena Chapter of Daughters of the King invites all women of the church and friends to our quarterly lunch meeting on Saturday, June 29. This will be a picnic, beginning at 11:00, at the Apple Orchard Pavilion located next to Lynne Thomson’s house in Banner Elk. Please call Lynne for directions at 1-540-290-2630. (We'll have singing and prayers, time to visit, a delicious picnic lunch, ending with Eucharist. All friends and women of the church are invited. You can get to know us and what we are about, and just enjoy the day with Christian women. We need to know if you are coming so that we can prepare the picnic. Contact Ann Iles at (828- 387-2930; for questions and to make a reservation.

Next Sunday,  June 30, 2019
The Third 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) at Holy Cross
12:00 pm    Fellowship time in Skiles Hall


Rummage Sale News - A Food truck!

Mark your calendars - Friday, July 19 and Saturday, July 20, 2019
Please bring your unwanted treasures to the youth room downstairs in Skiles Hall.  We will not be taking clothes this year, but would love to have household items, jewelry, books (no textbooks or encyclopedias, please), tools. linens, and just about anything else you could spare.  Donations are tax deductible, so it’s a good time to clean out the attic and the garage!

New this Year!!! - There will be a fun and tasty addition to our ECW Rummage Sale this July. The Doggin' It Food Truck will be selling hotdogs and more, including breakfast items(!), both Friday and Saturday, July 19 & 20. Mike anticipates setting up on Thursday in time to serve lunch to any of the volunteers working that day. He generously offered to give a contribution back to Holy Cross out of his proceed.

2nd Summer Food Ministry is next Week!

The first delivery was very successful.  Thank you, all!  Without your donations and volunteered time organizing the shelves and delivering to the families, this ministry would not be possible. If you would like to receive emails about Summer Food Ministry, please contact Ann Gerber at  Second delivery is Friday, June 28 for which we still need meat and eggs.  Click here to pledge those foods in the amount you choose. Please note that 7 lbs. of lean ground beef are on the list, but 7 people must sign up in that slot meaning we are asking for 1 lb. from you (if you'd like to donate more, sign up for this item multiple times). 
All donations for the 2nd delivery are due on the shelves no later than 5 pm next Wednesday, June 26.  Remaining "food due" dates are Wednesdays, July 24 and August 14.

Prayer Pals!

In an effort to continue connecting our community of Holy Cross, I'm introducing Prayer Pals! 

I would like to link parishioners from the St. John’s service to parishioners from the Holy Cross service so that we can be sure to have some crossover of our community. This is an easy, fun, and active way to build our community. Like pen pals, except that instead of writing each other letters, you pray for each other. This could still involve writing notes, or meeting for a cup of coffee or tea to chat and find out more about each other. It is also a nice way to reach out to someone and find out what specific prayers are on their hearts and minds. Sharing prayer with each other is an incredible way to build relationship with one another and also with God. Sign up sheets to participate will be placed in the nave of each worship space (and in Kathy's office during the week) and then I will match people together. I look forward to seeing how this experiment goes! 

Rev Anna

A Simple Gesture

Please pick up a green recyclable grocery bag from the Choir Room.  Fill it up with the items listed on the bag and return it (filled!) to the Choir Room (under the bell tables) on the date listed on the bag.  Hunger and Health Coalition volunteers will pick them up. This is a very easy thing to do for the 1 in 4 children who are hungry in the High Country.

Sabbatical Through July 31: Update

A reminder that, during this time away for refreshment and spiritual renewal, Fr. Allan will not be responding to (nor checking) voicemail messages or email. All pastoral care and administrative needs should be addressed to Rev. Anna and/or Kathy Williams, Parish Administrator. Please consider offering the following prayer on Fr. Allan & Pan’s behalf during their absence: (“Prayer for Travelers” BCP p 831) 

O God, our heavenly Father, whose glory fills the whole creation, and whose presence we find wherever we go: Preserve those who travel in particular Allan & Pan; surround them with your loving care; protect them from every danger; and bring them in safety to their journey's end; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.