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Worship Information

Holy Cross Welcomes You!

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

Sunday Services are at Holy Cross in Valle Crucis every Sunday at 8:30 and 11 a.m.
Please check this page for any possible changes to our regular worship schedule.

Holy Eucharist and Healing Service are
Wednesdays, 5:30 pm.  

Directions to Holy Cross and St. John's are here.

Everyone Is Always Welcome!

Occasionally service times change, especially for the weekend of the Valle Country Fair,
Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Holy Week so please check this page
for any schedule changes.



Read the December  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:

Friday, November 30, 2018
5:30 pm (Lower Parking Area at Holy Cross)
The Valle Crucis Community Tree Lighting & Carol Sing

This annual event invites neighbors and friends to gather together for a time of light refreshments, fellowship, singing carols and “songs of the season,” followed by the lighting of the huge spruce tree that dominates our lower parking area. Begun as a way to gather the community following the tragic fire at Valle Landing in 2016, the lighting of our tree serves as a beacon of hope and reminds those near and far of the blessings we experience together each and every day in this fair valley.

So, tell your neighbors, friends, and families, and plan to attend!

This Sunday

Sunday, December 2, 2018
The First Sunday of Advent

8:30 am          Holy Eucharist, Rite I, (A quiet service with no hymns or service music)

9:45 am          Adult Christian Education Class “Acts to Action” (Upper Skiles)

11:00 am         Holy Eucharist, Rite I, (with sacred music and hymns)

Noon             Fellowship time


We thank those who will serve this Sunday:


8:30 am

 11 am


Scott McDonough


Doris Boulton,
Susan Howard 


Scott McDonough

Mike Taylor,
Randy McDonough


Ann Iles

Susan Poorman

Prayers of
the People:

Jane Blackburn

Ann Gerber


Edie Tugman

Louis Gallien,
Webb Rice


Edie Tugman

Webb Rice

Healing Minister:

Katerina Whitley

Doris Boulton





















Next Week

Tuesday, December 4, 2018
Contemporary Worship Service

6:30 pm at Holy Cross

This month’s “First Tuesday” Contemplative Worship Service focuses on St. Nicholas of Myra. “St. Nick” is described as the “Friend of Children, Giver of Gifts, Climber of Chimneys,” and much more. So much so, that his official role as patron saint of sailors and those “tossed about by the tempests of doubt” are easily forgotten.
So, in addition to the offering of brief scripture readings, responsive prayers, silent reflection and song in the style of the Taizé, Iona and Celtic community traditions, our meditation on this occasion will challenge us to know St. Nicholas in a new way. Contemplative Worship Services invite attendees to gather in soft candlelight and experience for one’s own self what it means to, in the words of the Psalmist, “Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10).  

Whoever you are – Just as you are - Come, be still and know God. Come and be renewed.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018
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.

Thursday, December 6, 2018 
ECW Fellowship Time & Potluck Luncheon - 11:00 am

There will be no meeting program this month, but rather, just fun and fellowship! All women and friends of the parish are invited, and we hope you will attend! Please bring a dish to share and a $5-10 gift for the “Mystery Gift Exchange.”

Thursday, December 6, 2018
Spiritual Seekers at 5:30pm

Poetry, Ponderings, and Potluck will be held beginning at 5:30 pm in Skiles Hall.  Bring a dish to share, writings or books you are reading or writing. Invite someone to join the gathering.  All are welcome and no prior experience with the group is needed.  Questions?  Contact Pan McCaslin at 828.963.5198. In case of inclement weather, a decision will be made by early afternoon about meeting.  

Next Sunday, December 9, 2018
The Second Sunday of Advent

8:30 am       Principal Worship Service of Holy Eucharist, Rite II,

9:45 am       Adult Christian Education “Acts to Action” (Upper Skiles)

11:00 am     “A Service of Nine Lessons & Carols for Advent”

This unique service of scripture readins and prayers, choral and handbell anthems, a vocal duet, and congregational singing of carols and hymns, tells the story of our salvation from the days of Eden to the first Advent of the Christ at Bethlehem.

Noon:  Fellowship and Refreshments


99th Annual Hanging of the Greens

Sunday December 23 is the 4th Sunday in Advent, the day of our almost century-long tradition of the hanging of the greens, i.e. decorating the church for Christmas, and many volunteers are needed.  So wear your gardening/work clothes to the only service Sunday, December 23 at 9:30 am, then  join in the decorating at 11 am after fellowship in Skiles Hall.  All are welcome, all are needed!  This is a great tradition so join in!  There is a job for young and old alike.
Contact Dedy Traver at or call 898-5771 to let her know you will be participating or if you would like to donate a pot of soup or some sandwiches.

Advent Retreat

Friday, December 14, 2018

Advent Retreat: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Johnson Hall – The Valle Crucis Conference Center

As you prepare for Christmas, take time to savor the Advent anticipation. Stop for a few hours and recollect stories, poems, and music that thrilled you when you were a child. Delve more deeply into the mystery, awe, and wonder of the Incarnation. Come, pause with us in a four-hour retreat led by noted author and performer, Katerina Whitley. We will break for lunch.

All are invited and most welcome, women and men and young people.

Angel Tree Gifts Due Dec. 16

Angel Tree Gifts due under tree December 16!

 As we look forward to celebrating the upcoming holidays with family and friends let us also be God’s hands and feet as we remember and support the many individuals and families who have little to celebrate and those in nursing homes who are in poor health and have no family.  Many families in our community have only seasonal income so have very limited resources to cover basic needs in winter and little or none left for gifts for their children. 

Once again this Christmas our Angel Tree will focus on these families and individuals who, without our support, would have little or nothing on Christmas morning.  Our families are being identified through the faculty and staff at Valle Crucis School this year, and the staff at Life Care Center in Banner Elk will identify residents there who have no family.

Look for our Angel Tree to be up and decorated on the Sunday after Thanksgiving (November 25) with a multitude of Angels noting gifts needed or wanted by identified individuals.  We encourage you to make choosing and filling listed needs from these Angels a Holiday tradition for your family. Please return all gifts before the end of church service on December 16.

As we move into the Holiday Season please remember that this is a time when showing God’s love is especially meaningful.  Let us make it a Season of Joy throughout our community.    God bless you every one.

Christmas Flowers and Greenery

Donations for Christmas Flowers and Greenery 

The Altar Guild relies upon donations in order to decorate the Church for Christmas.  Please give generously using the envelopes provided. Completed forms must be submitted by 5pm December 16, 2018 in order to be included in all Christmas Service Leaflets.  Thank you!

Blue Christmas Service

A “Blue Christmas” Service will be held December 18th at 5:00 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.

Christmas Services

Gather for the joyous celebration of The Nativity of our LORD Jesus Christ amidthe quiet beauty of The Church of the Holy Cross. 

Christmas Eve: Monday, December 24
5:00 pm Children’s Story and Holy Eucharist
7:30 pm Special Music and Carol Singing
8:00 pm Holy Eucharist in celebration of Christmas 

Christmas Day: Tuesday, December 25
10:00 am – “Come just as you Are” Holy Eucharist celebration of prayer and scripture. 

O Come, let us adore Him, Christ, the Lord!

AutoBell Gift Cards Available through Sunday, Dec. 30

ECW Gift Program - Just in time for Christmas!

$20.00 AUTOBELL Car Wash Gift Cards

The ECW (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 Today through Sunday, Dec. 30th.

The ECW thanks you for your continuous support.

Prayer List Information

We will be purging our Prayer List at year’s end
If you wish for someone to remain on the current list, or to add someone new, please email Kathy Williams at Be sure to include the person’s full name, nature of prayer request, and any other pertinent information. Thank you.


Sunday, January 6, 2019

Mark your Calendars!

Sunday, January 6, 2019
The Feast of the Epiphany!

9:30 am only!
 One service only at 9:30 am featuring the March of the Three Kings, the Holy Eucharist, hymnody, and sermon. Following the service, breakfast will be served in Skiles Hall and, (weather and Fire Marshall permitting), we will hold a “burning of the greens” ceremony – a fun Epiphany celebration.

Campus Ministry Upcoming Student Dinners

Volunteers! Mark Your Calendars!
Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Holy Cross will host Westminster Canterbury Campus Ministry Students from ASU for a Moveable Feast.  The idea of a Moveable Feast is that the Campus Ministry students visit the churches that support them throughout the year so that they may build relationships with their supporters.  They also get the opportunity to worship in different Presbyterian and Episcopal Churches to broaden their experience of worship.  So on January 22, we will host a parish-wide covered dish supper.  Please sign up to participate and meet and get to know our Campus Ministry students.  The covered dish will begin at 6:00 and be followed by a Contemplative Service in the sanctuary.  Do plan to join us and show your appreciation for our Campus Ministry students!  Who can resist a Holy Cross covered dish meal?  Best cooks in the High Country attend Holy Cross!
To sign up:   Contact Kim Gauss 252-230-0774 or