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Sunday, August 14, 2022

The Tenth Sunday After Pentecost

  • 9:00 a.m. - Holy Eucharist, Rite II at St. John’s with music and hymnody
  • 10:00 a.m. - Fellowship 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

Click HERE to download this week's service leaflet.

We thank those who will serve this Sunday:

  9:00 a.m. Service 11:00 a.m. Service
Greeters, Oblationers Ron & Nancy McInnes Mary Pietan & Frank Watson
Ushers Ron & Nancy McInnes Mary Pietan & Frank Watson
Lector  Sis Kinney Susan Poorman
Prayers of the People  Sis Kinney Jan Skopecek
Chalice Edie Tugman Nina-Jo Moore & Becky Pendergast
Acolytes Edie Tugman Nina-Jo Moore


Next Sunday, August 21, 2022

The Tenth Sunday After Pentecost

  • 9:00 a.m. - Holy Eucharist, Rite II at St. John’s with music and hymnody
  • 10:00 a.m. - Fellowship on the Lawn at St. John’s
  • 11:00 a.m. - Holy Eucharist, Rite II, at Holy Cross with music and hymnody featuring special music by the Charlotte Choir School MasterSingers from St. Peter’s Episcopal Church - This service is Live-Streamed via our YouTube Channel
  • 12:00 p.m. - Fellowship time in Skiles Hall


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  • Click HERE for News and Events throughout the Diocese of Western North Carolina

Worship Information


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

Important COVID-19 Update:
Given the rise in infections with the COVID-19 BA.5 subvariant throughout the High Country (especially in Watauga and Avery Counties), we recommend that all persons attending in-person worship services wear masks at this time.

While not mandatory, wearing a mask will help curtail the spread of the variant, especially among those most vulnerable to infection.


Sunday Morning Worship Services:  


Summer Schedule

Sunday of Memorial Day weekend through Sunday of Labor Day weekend

9:00 a.m. - Holy Communion at St. John's (with music)
11:00 a.m. - Holy Communion at Holy Cross (with music)

The 11 am service from Holy Cross is Live-Streamed via our YouTube Channel.
Click here  to view our Live Streamed and previously recorded services.


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


Weekday Worship Services offered via "Zoom":

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

The "Virtual Waiting Room" opens 15 minutes before each service begins.
(Meeting ID: 867 4841 37907)


On-Line Giving Is Now Available here or click "Give Online" in the Navigation Bar at the top of the website.


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 the Sermons page.

The current Prayer List  is  here.

The Latest Sunday Worship Leaflet is here

The Current Holy Cross Newsletter is here







News & Happenings

Coffee's On

*NOTE: Coffee's On is cancelled on August 13. Join us in-person on the front porch of the Rectory at Holy Cross on August 20 at 10:00 a.m.

Coffee's On usually meets via Zoom on Saturdays at 10:00 a.m. Click to here  to join Coffee's On.

Meeting ID: 878 3876 2772

Church of the Holy Cross Hidden Treasures Sale

The Church of the Holy Cross Hidden Treasures Sale will take place in Skiles Hall on Saturday, August 27 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., with setup on Friday, August 26 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Members of the Church will buy their own table(s) for $10 each and will sell their own items. 

Registration deadline to reserve a table is Sunday, August 21.

All forms and payments must be submitted to Ahren by this date and registration forms can be picked up at St. John's or Holy Cross. Donations can be made from outside the Church only through members participating in the sale. Drop-offs at the Church will not be accepted. A 10% tithe is required from all sellers, or you can choose to give more. Each seller is responsible for their setup, coding, pricing of their items, and providing a receipt to their customers. The customers will pay our cashier inside Skiles Hall. We will have a credit card reader available for the sale

The Sale will benefit the mission works of Holy Cross Episcopal Church. Expect a vast selection of items ranging from plants and clothing to housewares and electronics.

2022 Valle Crucis Country Fair Poster Distribution

The 2022 Valle Country Fair Posters are ready! 

Can you help with the Valle Country Fair posters/flyer distribution?  If so, please sign-up at the link below.  We will have packets with your name on them in Skiles Hall for pick-up. Your help is greatly appreciated!

Poster distribution needs to be completed between the end of August and no later than the first week of September. Contact Tracey Heiss at 703-919-9767 if you have further questions. Please review the available slots at this link:  and click on the button to sign up. Thank you!

Men's Night Out

Men's Night Out will gather at the Gauss House at 5:45 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The address is 269 Cross Creek Trail between Valle Crucis and Banner Elk. "The Grillmaster" Tav will provide his famous grilled and BBQ chicken with appropriate side dishes. Bring a lawn chair or beach chair as seating is limited. Please RSVP by Monday, Aug. 15 to Keith Martin via email - - or by calling 704-608-2755.

The Listening Post

The Listening Post is seeking volunteers to serve 1.5 to 2 hour shifts on Tuesdays and/or Thursdays at the Plemmons Student Union or the new Leon Levine Health Science Hall for the fall semester beginning on August 23 at Appalachian State University. Two volunteers are also needed to serve at Park Place Cafe in Trivette Hall from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Wednesdays.

The Listening Post is a campus ministry sponsored by Presbyterian Episcopal Campus Ministry. Volunteers should be able to ask leading questions with an open mind and heart to mature adult conversationalists without trying to "fix it" or put forth an agenda. Listening Post workers are not counselors; rather they enjoy the encouragement and support of ASU's Counseling Center and its administration.

Volunteers must attend a brief orientation session. Parking is provided. Contact Ms. Jinx Miller, Listening Post Coordinator by email at, phone: 828-355-9639 or Rev. Stephanie Hankins, Presbyterian Campus Minister by email at, phone: 404-915-9830 to talk about volunteering. Learn more about this unique ministry at their Facebook page:

Women Writers Fall Workshop

A two-day Woman Writers Fall Workshop retreat will be hosted by Katerina Whitley from Thursday, September 15 to Saturday, September 17, held in Crab Orchard Hall with lodging in the Mission House. Special pricing options are available for commuters and those wishing to participate in one day only. 

Pricing is as follows: $238 for the full program; $114 for the commuter rate; $52 for one day. 

Come and explore ways to express ourselves in writing with master author Katerina Whitley, a native of Thessaloniki, Greece. A Holy Cross member, Katerina has worked as a church journalist on the diocesan and national levels, taught at universities, and has authored seven books, including her memoir, Myth and Memory: My Childhood in WWII Greece. To register and find additional information, visit the Conference Center website at 

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!

Fellowship Hosts


We have openings for folks to “host” the fellowship time that follows each worship service. Hosts provide snack foods and beverages, as well as clean up after each gathering. Decisions about what to serve are solely up to you. Elaborate spreads of foods and pastries are not necessary - crackers and fruit can suffice. Please be aware of allergies, such as gluten. Regardless of food and beverage selections, we appreciate your willingness to serve.

See the Sign-Up sheet at the Kitchen Service Counter in Skiles Hall to sign up. Thank you!


Hospitality House Dinners

Holy Cross parishioners supply Hospitality House with dinners several times a month. This involves teams preparing a dinner for about 100 people.  Each team prepares 1 meal per year for the Hospitality House. Since Covid, some teams have been having the meals catered.  The Valle Crucis Conference Center will cater meals as will F.A.R.M. Cafe and area restaurants. At this time there is a need for more team members for this important mission.  There are funds available, if needed, to help sponsor this service.  If you would like to help, please call Suzie Long at 828-264-0685

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!