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Worship Information

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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 have re-opened for worship, prayer, and fellowship as noted below.
Thank you for your ongoing support and commitment to the mission and ministry of Holy Cross!
Due to a significant increase in people testing positive for Covid-19 locally, we ask that all persons,  regardless of vaccination status, wear masks when on the church premises. 


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Read the Holy Cross Newsletter for September, 2021




Sunday Morning Worship Services:

ST. JOHN'S CHURCH - 9:00 am with sacred music

THE CHURCH OF THE HOLY CROSS - 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.

Important Covid-19
Related Information from Fr Allan:

--First off, let me assure you that because attendance at in-person, indoor worship services has remained at about 50% of the seating capacity at both St. John’s and Holy Cross, our 9:00 am and 11:00 am in-person, indoor services will continue without interruption.

--The mandate that all persons wear masks while on our premises also continues, just as we also urge attendees to be mindful of the health and welfare of others, and, if not already done so, get vaccinated.
--However, planned indoor gatherings anticipating capacity crowds such as the Dennis Lehmann Memorial Service (August 21) and the 5th Tuesday Potluck Supper (August 31) are postponed. (We hope to reschedule both events for late September.)

--Small indoor gatherings and all outdoor gatherings may continue without interruption provided that all present wear masks and maintain appropriate social distancing.

--We will re-evaluate these protocols over the next 30 days and adjust them as needed or recommended.


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,  September 19, 2021
The Seventeenth  Sunday After  Pentecost
8:30 am:
 Holy Eucharist, Rite II at Holy Cross   (quiet service with no music)
9:30 am: Fellowship time in Skiles Hall
11:00 am:     Holy Eucharist, Rite II, at Holy Cross (with music and hymnody)
This service is “Live-Streamed” via our YouTube Channel
12:15 pm: Fellowship Time in Skiles Hall
We thank those who will serve this Sunday:

  8:30 am Service at Holy Cross 11 a.m. Service at Holy Cross
Greeters Stella Barbato Susan  Howard
Ushers Stuart Tugman Catherine Pfaff
Lector Sis Kinney Susan  Poorman
Prayers of the People Sis Kinney Larry  Byerly
Chalice Edie Tugman Robin Byerly,  George  Ehrhardt
Acolyte Edie Tugman George  Ehrhardt

Sunday, September 26, 2021
The Eighteenth 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


VCF Volunteer News

Calling all volunteers!
It is Valle Country Fair time! 
As you know, the Valle Country Fair will be live this year on Saturday, October 16th from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM. Thank you to the many who have been working diligently for months to organize this Holy Cross and High Country tradition! 

Execution of the fair requires many hands. We need people to help the day of the fair (October 16) as well as a few people to assist with set-up on the day before. There are a wide variety of jobs available. Fair weekend is an excellent time to invite close friends and family to the valle, and put them to work for a great cause.

Email Julie Gates at if you are willing to help out. Please include the following information:

  • Name and contact information

  • Day/time available to volunteer on Saturday, October 16 (8:00 AM – 4:00 PM)

    • We also need 4-5 people to help with final set-up on Friday afternoon, October 15 from 3:30 PM – 6:30 PM.

  • Type of work (no restrictions / light work / seated work)

Sign-up sheets will be up in Skiles Hall later this week as well. Thank you in advance for your help. If you have questions about volunteering, please call Julie at 704-906-2269 or email her at

COVID-19 information: The Fair Leadership have had extensive discussions and are implementing safety protocols to help ensure the health and safety of our parish and the community.  Sanitation and Hand Washing Stations will be throughout the fairgrounds with colorful signage to help identify these areas. Social distancing and mask protocols are also being implemented along with additional signage addressing these as well.  We are closely monitoring local, state and dioceses updates and guidelines as well as CDC guidelines.  All protocols are subject to change, and updates will be made as necessary or directed. 


Men's Night Out

Our next “Men’s Night Out”  gathering will take place on Tuesday, September 21 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m with dinner around 6:15 p.m.

Location: Pittsborrow, on the beautiful grounds of Barbara and Walter Pitts' home at 286 Bluestone Wild Road, just off of Broadstone Road less than a mile from Hwy 105. 

BYO everything so that there is no sharing food in keeping with previous protocols; individually-packaged, single-serving ice cream will be provided for dessert. Bring your own mask and beverage of choice to enjoy while visiting with others in a respectful, socially-distanced manner.

Guests?  Absolutely! Men’s Night Out is an opportunity for men of the parish and our community to enjoy an evening together.  Feel free to bring a friend... or three.

Please RSVP by noon on Wednesday prior to the gathering via email to or by text or phone to 704.608.2755. 

Looking ahead: On Tuesday, October 19, we'll be back at Ray Lutz's home at Meadowood; on November 16, MNO will invade the Heiss household; and we're hoping to meet in the dining hall at the VC Conference Center for a holiday gathering in December, but the date is TBA. 

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!