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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.

Office Hours: The office is located in Skiles Hall; our parish administrator's hours are Sunday-Thursday, 9 am to 5 pm.

Summer Schedule of Services 
Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day:


9 am
    St. John’s Church: Holy Communion with “old-time Gospel style” hymns. Here are directions to St. John's.
11 am   Holy Cross Church: Traditional Holy Communion Service with hymns. Here are directions to Holy Cross.
(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, Contemplative worship services during summer months.

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.

Published sermons are here. 

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

                                         Coming Up

This Sunday

Sunday, August 25, 2019
The Ninth Sunday After Pentecost

 9:00 am Holy Eucharist, Rite II at St. John’s with music and hymnody

10:00 am  Fellowship on the Lawn at St. John’s. 

11:00 am  Holy Eucharist, Rite IIat Holy Cross with music and hymnody

12:00 pm Fellowship time in Skiles Hall

12:30 pm Valle Country Fair Full Leadership Meeting: (Lower Skiles Hall) Now that we are within 10 weeks of the fair, our time together as a group becomes even more important. If you cannot attend, please send a representative with your update or share your information with us ahead of time so we can update the group. Sandwiches and snacks will be provided. Thank you for your support and commitment to this 41st Valle Country Fair. How blessed we all are to be a part of this amazing community. 

3 pm National Healing Day Bell Ringing Event: Holy Cross will join with thousands of churches throughout our nation in a solemn tolling of our Church bell to remember and honor the first enslaved Africans who landed in English North America on August 25thin 1619.  

We thank those who will serve this Sunday:


9 am, St John's

11 am, Holy Cross


Jerry and
Rebecca Hutchins

Katie Hall,
Susan Howard


Jerry and
Rebecca Hutchins

Sandy Barber,
Brad Barber


Nancy McInnes

Andrea McDonough

Prayers of
the People:

Alicia Toomey

Pan McCaslin


Sis Kinney

Robin Byerly,
Floyd Townsend


Sis Kinney

Randy McDonough

















Next Week

Wednesday, August 28, 2019
Daughters of the King Meeting
4:00 - 5:15 pm
The Daughters of the King (DOK) have a new meeting day and time: we meet on Wednesday afternoons from 4:00 p.m.-5:15 p.m., after which we are encouraged to attend the weekly.
Wednesday afternoon Parish Eucharist, now being held at 5:30 p.m.  All women of the church are welcome at DOK meetings. 

Next Sunday, September 1, 2019 
The Twelfth Sunday After Pentecost 

9:00 am  Holy Eucharist, Rite II at St. John’s(with music and hymnody)

10:00 am        Fellowship on the Lawn at St. John’s

11:00 am         Holy Eucharist, Rite II, at Holy Cross(with music and hymnody)

12:00 pm        Fellowship time in Skiles Hall

5:00 pm         “Mozart in the Mountains” presented by the acclaimed chamber music ensemble from northern Virginia,
                       Mannheim Rocket!

Tonight’s concert brings to a close the current season of our popular Summer Concert Series at St. John’s.  Along with your covered dish to share in the potluck after the concert, please bring a lawn chair as we have had large attendance for our concerts this year. Outside speakers will be place so you will not miss anything. Admission is $5.00.



Looking Ahead to Sundays, September 8th and 15th

Sunday, September 8, 2019 - 

Typically, the last summer service at St. John’s is held on the Sunday of Labor Day weekend and the services return to Holy Cross with the kickoff of our fall program the following Sunday.  However, given the “earliness” of Labor Day this year, we are extending services at St. John’s one week to include September 8th.

And on Sunday, September 15, 2019 - 

Our fall schedule resumes - services are at 8:30am and 11am at Holy Cross with the observance of Holy Cross Day on Sunday, September 15 with services at Holy Cross. An All-Parish Breakfast along with The Annual Parish Ministry Fair in Skiles Hall will be held between services that day. 

You're Invited!

The mission, ministries and service of Holy Cross continue to touch not only the lives of our many members and friends, but also the lives of countless others throughout the region. Remembering Holy Cross in your Will/Estate is a wonderful way to ensure that the legacy of this dynamic parish will live on for multiple generations to come. To that end, you are invited to become a Founding Partner in The Vale of the Cross Legacy Foundation. See the foundation brochures for additional information.

Volunteers Needed Sunday Mornings!

The Vestry has tried to secure paid employees to work in the Nursery on Sunday mornings but has not been successful thus far.  We advertise on our website that a Nursery is provided and want to be a welcoming church to young families.  So, we are proposing a practice that some Episcopal churches use.  That is that members of the congregation serve in this capacity on a rotating basis.  We need to have two people scheduled for each Sunday, because this is the minimum number required. In case of an emergency, one could help the child in distress and not leave the other children unattended. 
Training is required for Nursery Workers and would be provided at Holy Cross.  The training is a 4-hour session.  If 12 or more people would volunteer, then each person would be scheduled only once every 6 weeks.  The time commitment would be about two hours from 10:30 – 12:30. Some people have indicated an interest but cannot pick up children.  We would work to pair you with a person who could pick up a child.
Prayerfully consider this opportunity and email Kathy at holy_cross@skybest.comif you would be interested and willing to serve Holy Cross in this way.

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.