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Worship Information

The Church of the Holy Cross,
an Episcopal Church and Member of the Diocese of Western North Carolina, 
celebrates Holy Eucharist, Rite II Sundays at

8:30 am at Holy Cross,

11:00 am at Holy Cross

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

Holy Eucharist and Healing Service are
Wednesdays 8:00 a.m.  

Everyone Is Always Welcome!

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Reflections -- News from the Diocese may be read here. 

Father Allan McCaslin's Sunday Sermon may be read 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.


This Week

Sunday, October 22, 2017, The Twentieth Sunday After Pentecost

The Flowers on the Altar are given to the glory of God, in appreciation for all the workers involved with the Valle Country Fair and in loving memory of John Earl Cooper, III. 

Note: One Service Only! 

9:30 am: Holy Eucharist, Rite II, at Holy Cross.

10:30 am: Fellowship Gathering on the Fair Grounds.

Come to church in comfortable work clothes (bring gloves, too) and join with visitors, friends, and fellow parishioners in this united service of worship, prayer, thanksgiving, and Holy Eucharist. We will gather after the worship service down at the fairgrounds for snacks and refreshments, and a walkthrough of our fairgrounds gathering up our layout markers and fair materials. NO HEAVY LIFTING to be done as we should have enough strong bodies on hand for what little may be required. Estimated time for the grounds clean-up is under 2 hours. Even if you stay for just a ½ hour or so, your help will make light work.

We thank those who serve this morning:
Greeters/Oblationers: Katie Hall and Laura Lavarnway        
Ushers: Francis Pressly and Ron McInnes  
Lector: Bradley Barber and Jaidyn Toomey
Prayers of the People: Alicia Toomey  
Chalice: Tav Gauss and John Goodrich     
Acolyte: Tav Gauss

Thursday, October 19, 2017, 5:30 pm–7:00 pm “VCF Volunteer Thank You Supper”

Hamburgers and Hot dogs will be served.  Bring your own beverage of choice. Begun two years ago, this time of fellowship has proven to be a wonderful opportunity to get to know the many volunteers who will be on hand at Saturday’s fair. Quart containers of chili and Brunswick stew will be available for purchase by volunteers so they will not have to hassle with this on Saturday the day of the fair.  Please bring your own lawn chair.

Monday, October 23, 2017, Spiritual Seekers Book Group will meet tonight in Bishop Ives Cabin. We continue to study Joyce Rockwood Hudson's book, Natural Spirituality. All are welcome! 6:00 pm-7:30 pm. 

Friday, October 20, 2017, Final Preparations & Set Up for the Fair (Additional Helpers are always welcome!)

Holy Cross Kitchen Bakers Needed

  • Baked Goods are due to Skiles Hall by 9 am on Friday, October 20. You may drop them on the first table in Skiles on Thursday afternoon if needed. Please make sure they are marked as to type and ingredients, if special (ie, gluten free, nuts, sugar-free.)

  • You may bring them pre-packaged or not, we will have decorators and pricers available. Our minimum packs are for $1.00 (i.e. 3 small cookies or 2 large in a bag.)

  • No frostings, meringues or cream fillings (per Health Department)

  • Novelty baked goods, cheese straws, cakes, and pies are the best sellers. Cookies and brownies sell quickly around lunch time.

  • Baked goods that need to be frozen can be brought to Skiles and place in the freezer downstairs if needed.

  • Thank you in advance.      

Saturday, October 21, 2017, The 39th Annual Valle Country Fair!

Saturday, October 28, 2017, 6:30 pm–11:00 pm Hunger and Health Coalition 3rd Annual Masquerade Ball! - Blowing Rock Country Club

Holy Cross is reserving 4 tables for this event that features heavy hors-d'oeuvres, cash bar, performances by the Appalachian Musical Theatre Ensemble, and, of course, the annual costume contest. Cost is $55/person or $100/couple. Email Susan Howard at to register.

Sunday, November 5, 2017, All Saints Day Offering

The All Saints Day Offering will be collected on Sunday, November 5.  In the past, both Holy Cross Church and the conference center have received grants from this fund. You will find special envelopes for the Offering in the October 29 & November 5 service leaflets.  Please give generously.

Next Sunday, October 29, 2017, The Twenty-First Sunday After Pentecost

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

 9:45 am: ACE: “God’s Vision for Justice and Ecology” (Lower )   

11:00 am: MORNING PRAYER, Rite II, (with sacred music and hymns)

12:00 pm: Fellowship time in Skiles Hall




St. Mary's Music

Award-Winning Cuban Pianist, Fidel Leal, Returns to Blowing Rock

Award-winning pianist Fidel Leal, who thrilled the audience with his performance earlier in the season, returns for the last concert of the season at St. Mary of the Hills Episcopal Church in Blowing Rock on Saturday afternoon, October 21st, at 4 pm in the nave of the church.


Hospitality House News

October 20 – Winter clothing give away at Hospitality House. Needed: Gently used winter clothing: gloves, toboggans, pants, long sleeve shirts, fleece, windbreakers, socks, sweatshirts, sweatpants).   In addition, as overnight housing will increase with colder weather, new blankets, used towels, small toiletries, and new underwear and socks are always needed.  They can be dropped by Hospitality House, marked for Colin who is in charge of the project. Or if you need them picked up, please contact Pan McCaslin, 828-963-5198.

ASU Campus Ministry Help

ASU Campus Ministry Help Needed! Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Holy Cross is scheduled to provide dinner for 30 members of our Campus Ministry Group at ASU on Tuesday, November 13.  The Vestry provided a much appreciated fried chicken dinner in October.  I would be most grateful if several members of our parish would volunteer to prepare the November meal. I was thinking that an early Thanksgiving feast might be in order. Perhaps ham, sweet potatoes of some description, green salad, cornbread, and, of course, yummy desserts.  Please contact me at 252.230.0774 or if you are willing to help.  I will deliver the food to 3rd Place for you. Thank you!  Kim Gauss, Campus Ministry Liaison. 

Valle Crucis School Dinner

Saturday, November 4, 2017 Valle Crucis School 3rd annual “Farm to School BBQ Dinner”

Jaidyn is selling tickets for the dinner at VC School on Saturday November 4th 4:00-8:00.

There will also be a Silent Auction, Cake Walk, Games, a Dunking Booth, and much more!

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for kids 10 and under. Order tickets, pay up front, and tickets will be delivered to you or you may pick them up the night of the dinner. Thank you!

Hunger and Health Coalition

Saturday, October 28, 2017, 6:30  pm – 11:00 pm  Hunger and Health Coalition - 3rd Annual Masquerade Ball!, Blowing Rock Country Club

Holy Cross is reserving 4 tables for this event that features heavy hors-d'oeuvres, cash bar, performances by the Appalachian Musical Theatre Ensemble, and, of course, the annual costume contest. Cost is $55/person or $100/couple. Email Susan Howard at to register.

Got Shoes

Grace, granddaughter of Serge & Jill Storelli, is collecting shoes for a school project. Shoes will be refurbished and given to those in need. The company doing this will contribute money to a field trip the students will be taking. Please drop off shoes in any condition to Holy Cross through the month of October and they will be promptly picked up by Jill.  Thank you, one and all!