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Welcome & Worship Information


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

Sunday Morning Worship Services:


& ST. JOHN'S (Summer services only)


Summer Schedule (May 26, 2024 - September 1, 2024)

  • 9:00 a.m. - Holy Eucharist, Rite II aSt. John's with music and hymnody
  • 10:00 a.m. - Fellowship time on the lawn at St. John's 
  • 11:00 a.m. - Holy Eucharist, Rite II, at Holy Cross with music and hymnody
  • 12:00 p.m. - Fellowship time in Skiles Hall


The 11:00 a.m. service from Holy Cross is Live-Streamed via our YouTube Channel commencing at 10:50 am.
Click here to view our Live Streamed and previously recorded services.
Click here to view & download this week's worship leaflet.

Click here to view & download this month's Holy Cross Newsletter.




Online giving is now available - click here or click "Give Online" in the Navigation Bar at the top of the website.




Healing & Eucharist Services take place at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday evenings at Holy Cross.


Weekday Worship Services offered via "Zoom":

Compline at 8:00 p.m. every Monday & Thursday - click here to join the Zoom meeting

The "Virtual Waiting Room" opens 15 minutes before each service begins.
(Meeting ID: 880 7808 9328)


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


Further Information & Links:

To read recent sermons, visit the Sermons page.
The current Prayer List is here.

The Latest Sunday Worship Leaflet is here
The Current Holy Cross Newsletter is here.


This Sunday

Sunday, July 14, 2024 - The Eighth Sunday After Pentecost
  • 9:00 a.m. - Holy Eucharist, Rite II, at St. John's (with music and hymnody)
  • 10:00 a.m. - Fellowship time on the Lawn at St. John's
  • 11:00 a.m. - Holy Eucharist, Rite II, at Holy Cross (with music and hymnody) - This service is Live-Streamed via our YouTube Channel
  • 12:00 p.m. - Fellowship Time in Skiles Hall
We are delighted to Welcome Home to Holy Cross, the Rev. Dr. Scott Oxford.
Fr. Scott, our former Rector, is currently Scholar in Residence at App State, researching the early years of the Valle Crucis Mission. We appreciate him preaching and presiding at today’s worship services, and for all our services throughout the month of July.
Next Sunday, July 21, 2024 - The Ninth Sunday After Pentecost
  • 9:00 a.m. - Holy Eucharist, Rite II, at St. John's (with music and hymnody)
  • 10:00 a.m. - Fellowship time on the Lawn at St. John's
  • 11:00 a.m. - Holy Eucharist, Rite II, at Holy Cross (with music and hymnody) - This service is Live-Streamed via our YouTube Channel
  • 12:00 p.m. - Fellowship Time in Skiles Hall
  • 12:30 p.m. - MOC Meeting (Lower Skiles)

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News & Happenings

2024 Summer Food Ministry

The Church of the Holy Cross is partnering with Valle Crucis United Methodist Church in support of the 2024 summer food ministry program. Our combined efforts will supply meals for six families over the summer months when school meals are not available. We have 5 scheduled delivery dates. We are using the same volunteer sign-up link to make donations organized and user-friendly for the parish. In addition to continuing our history of helping others in our community, we are getting to know our neighbors at Valle Crucis UMC. They are excited about our participation and look forward to our help with this important volunteer opportunity.

Click here for the Volunteer Sign Up link and instructions to make your contributions to the 2024 Summer Food Ministry program. Our summer ministry team welcomes your donations! For questions, please contact Jeff or Angela Williams and Darby Logan.


Men's Night Out - July 16

The summer months have always been the best-attended gatherings of our Men’s Night Out group, and we expect the same in 2024. The next MNO gathering will be hosted by Jim Zellner from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 16 in his “party barn,” located at 3664 Winkler’s Creek Road in Blowing Rock. Off street parking is available for about 15+ cars, but carpooling is always encouraged. The meal will consist of Southern fried chicken, ham biscuits, mashed potatoes with gravy, green beans, and coleslaw with baked cinnamon apples for dessert. The cost is $10 per person and your RSVP is due no later than noon on Monday, July 15 to
MNO is a monthly opportunity for men from within the parish and in our community to enjoy having an evening of fellowship together. Remember to bring your beverage(s) of choice, and perhaps a friend or two, but PLEASE RSVP by the due date.


From The Mountaintop: The Edgar Tufts Story - July 16-23

Back by popular demand at Lees-McRae Summer Theatre is the acclaimed musical about the man who brought Banner Elk to life and changed the course of its history. The story of Edgar Tufts and the early days of Banner Elk Presbyterian Church is compelling and heartwarming. It returns to kick off the 125th anniversary celebration of the college. What did Banner Elk look like in the 1890s? With the vision of Edgar Tufts, a young seminary student, one tiny town gained a church, college, orphanage, hospital and more. The play is set to traditional mountain music by John Thomas and Tommy Oaks with book by our own Janet Speer. It's directed by Janet with many familiar faces from BEPC in the cast. Showtimes: 7:00 p.m. on July 16, 17, 18, 19, 20. 2:00 p.m. on July 20, 21, 23. Buy tickets online at

Shabbat Service at the Temple of the High Country - July 19

Rabbi Alty Weinreb and the congregation of The Temple of the High Country in Boone, has invited all members and friends of Holy Cross to join with them in worship at their Shabbat service on Friday, July 19 and to enjoy a time of fellowship over a meal that will follow the service.
This gathering is a follow up to our Christian Education Class this past Spring at which time Rabbi Alty and many of his congregation who were present that day extended this invitation as a means to get to know each other, as well as understand each other’s faith traditions that much further. (Thus, it is hoped that a similar event will be celebrated with the Imam and congregation of The Islamic Center in Boone this fall so that, perhaps someday, all three faith traditions might worship together.)
The Temple address is: 1043 W King St, Boone, NC 28607
NOTE: Because the Temple plans to provide dinner for us that evening, it is important that we have at least some indication of how many of our folks will attend. To that end, please contact Ahren Koenig, Parish Administrator, at extension 21 or via email at: and confirm your participation by no later than 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 17. Shalom!

Pantry & Kitchen Pickup

Thank you all so much for the outpouring of love for Fr. Allan and Pan during the June 30 gala! Unfortunately, some things have been left behind in the kitchen and pantry and need to be picked up. If you have forgotten something in the kitchen or pantry, please pick it up ASAP so we can keep everything organized. Thank you!

Fr. Allan and Pan are overwhelmed with the creativity, generosity and special messages shared at last Sunday's Celebration.
They need some help. In the large basket were several jars of jam and an Amazon gift card in an envelope.  Neither the jam or the gift card had any note on them.  If you gave either of these, please let Ahren know.
Thank you.

Linen Fairy Recruitment

I have been tasked with recruiting and scheduling linen fairies for St. John’s (summer) and Holy Cross (year round). While I know that many of you already have signed up for one building or the other, my task is to coordinate both! Wooh!
That said, are you willing to help at one church or the other? Both? Are you willing to tackle the small linens or can you do the large ones? Do you know anyone who might be willing to join this brigade? I’m hoping that we can recruit enough folks so that nobody is scheduled more than once every two months - but the more the merrier and the lighter the load. If you need instruction on just how to do this job, I will cheerfully provide training! Thank you, one and all.
My cell phone number is 252-230-0774. My email is I look forward to growing this ministry, both at Holy Cross and seasonally at St. John’s, to the benefit of all. Thank you, Kim Gauss

Jams & Jellies for VCF

The blueberries are ripening, the strawberries are so juicy and the peaches, my oh, oh my the peaches abound this year. What does all this mean? It means Dedy Traver needs you to begin putting up jams, jellies, chutneys, pepper sauce, pickles or whatever is your specialty. The Valle Country Fair is right around the corner and it’s time for the Welcome Center in Skiles Hall to start filling up with full jars of goodies.


Coffee Hour Hosts Needed

Coffee Hour is an important time of not only fellowship, but also a time to get to know our visitors and newcomers.People tend to stay longer and interact more when there is food.

Hosting Coffee Hour means providing light refreshments and a non-coffee beverage. Teams of two volunteers work best. The sign-up sheet can be found on the kitchen serving window ledge in Skiles Hall. Please consider hosting after the upcoming services !


Daughters of the King

Daughters of the King (DOK) meets weekly on Wednesday afternoons at 4:00 p.m. in Skiles Hall. The group invites any women of the church interested in finding out more about DOK to join them. Click here to learn more about DOK!