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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 are open for worship, prayer, and fellowship as noted below.
Thank you for your ongoing support and commitment to the mission and ministry of Holy Cross!
We continue to respond to the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic and are committed to supporting the health & welfare of all parishioners, friends, and visitors to this sacred place. 
Thus, we require that all persons, regardless of vaccination status, wear masks when on the church premises. 


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Read the Holy Cross Newsletter for December, 2021




Gather amid the quiet beauty of The Church of the Holy Cross
for the joyous celebration of The Nativity of our LORD Jesus Christ.
Friday, December 24
5:00 pm Holy Eucharist, Rite II
7:30 pm Special Music and Carol Singing
8:00 pm Holy Eucharist in celebration of Christmas

CHRISTMAS DAY: Saturday, December 25
10:00 am – “Come just as you Are” Holy Eucharist celebration of prayer and scripture.

10:00 am – Celebration of the Holy Eucharist with music, scripture, and prayer.

O Come, let us adore Him, Christ, the Lord!



Sunday Morning Worship Services:  

8:30 am without music
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 Leaflets for this Sunday for the 8:30 am service is here
and for the 11 am service of Lessons and Carols is here.


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.
Diocesan Weekly Newsletter is here.


This Sunday

Sunday, December 5, 2021
The Second Sunday of Advent

8:30 am       Principal Worship Service of Holy Eucharist, Rite II 
8:30 Worship Leaflet is here.

9:30 am       
Fellowship in Skiles Hall

11:00 am    
 "A Service of Nine Lessons & Carols for Advent.”
This service of scripture readings and prayers, choral and handbell anthems, and congregational singing of carols and hymns, tells the story of our salvation from the days of Eden to the 1st Advent of the Christ at Bethlehem. 
11 am service worship leaflet is here.
The service will be Live-Streamed via our YouTube Channel

12:15 pm       
Fellowship in Skiles Hall

We thank those who will serve this Sunday:

   8:30 am Service 11 am Lessons and Carols
Greeters Sis Kinney  
Ushers Sis Kinney  
Lector Edie Tugman  
Prayers of the People Edie Tugman  
Chalice Nina-Jo Moore  
Acolyte Nina-Jo Moore  

Coming Up:


Next Sunday, December 12, 2021
The 3rd Sunday of Advent

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

Deliver Your Angel Tree Gifts by December 12
IT'S ANGEL TREE TIME!! The link for this year’s Angel Tree is below:

There are several children at Valle Crucis school and several residents of The Life Care Center in Banner Elk for whom Holy Cross Church is their only Santa Claus.  We also are helping out our Valle Crucis Teachers with gift cards this year as well.  Thank you all in advance for your generosity!

Below is this years "Virtual Angel Tree" registry and sign-up for gift donations.  Here is how the Angle Tree gift donations will work this year:

--Sign-up for gift(s) donations via this SignUPGenius
--Bring your wrapped and tagged gift(s) to Skiles Hall. A Christmas tree will be in place after the 29th and a designated box will be available before that.  
--Please begin bringing wrapped and tagged gifts starting on Sunday November 28th.
--All gifts and teacher gift cards need to be delivered to Skiles Hall no later than Sunday December 12th. 
--For those buying gifts Life Care Persons please add a few nice toiletries (lotions, creams, body washes, etc.)

THANK YOU so much for your help!
Questions? Call Judy Bondi 828-297-1998, Jo Betts Baxley 910-523-9495 or Tracey Heiss 703-919-9767.



Hospitality House Christmas Offerings

Hospitality House Christmas offerings

Following all Worship Services throughout the Season of Advent, Hospitality House Cookbooks and Honor Cards will be on sale in Skiles Hall! In addition, any warm coats, gloves, underwear, hats, or boots are greatly needed at Hospitality House. If you will drop them off at the church, they will be delivered to the House. Thank  you.

Diocesan Centennial Celebration

The Diocese of Western North Carolina
Centennial Celebration - 2022 Diocesan Calendar

We are very excited to announce a special project for our Diocesan Centennial Year, our 2022 Diocesan calendar. Inspired by the amazing work being done across the diocese, each month features a different ministry—from food pantries to community gardens and is a celebration of the many ways in which our diocese are the hands and feet of God in the world. 

In collaboration with writer and Church of the Holy Cross, Valle Crucis member Katerina Whitley, monthly prayers and reflections are offered in relation to the featured ministry. These monthly meditations may help us reflect on the many ways we can be church, far outside the walls of a building.

We have ordered a limited supply of Calendars which will be available for purchase from the Parish Office later this month. The cost is $15 per calendar. If you are interested in purchasing a calendar, please visit or email the parish office and place your order today!

Men's Night Out

Tuesday, December 21, 2021
Men’s Night Out!
5:30 to 7:30 pm (dinner around 6:15)

Location: The Dining Hall at the Valle Crucis Conference Center.

Chef Alex Fish is preparing a traditional Christmas dinner of roast turkey, cornbread dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, cranberry chutney, and assorted holiday pies (apple, pecan, pumpkin, etc.) at a suggested donation of $20 per person. 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.

RSVP by noon Monday December 20 via email to or by text or phone to 704.608.2755.

Note:  MNO is taking a break over the winter months of January & February. We will resume our gatherings in March 2022.


Blue Christmas

December 19 at 5:00 pm.

A “Blue Christmas” Service

Grief and loss do not abate just because of self-distancing and handwashing. Holiday times are difficulty for those who are alone. Each year, close to the longest night of the year, we gather in the sanctuary of Holy Cross in candlelight, to read scripture, remember those who have died, sing songs, sit in silence, and experience God’s presence and wait with others for Christ’s birth.

December 19, 2021, invites us to gather both in person and by Zoom for a contemplative service and a collaborative time of offering. Join in at 5 pm. Invite a friend, or other family members. To join by zoom, follow posted link at

Hunger and Health Coalition Needs Volunteers

The Hunger and Health Coalition  is always in need of volunteers who are passionate about helping our vulnerable neighbors in the High Country who do not have enough to eat or lack access to the critical medications they need. During COVID-19, HHC has created a drive-thru system to provide food and medications curbside to clients who remain in their vehicles. Clients are able to receive services Monday-Friday, 10a.m. - 3p.m.; HHC is closed on weekends.
The winter season — especially December and January — is a slow season for HHC in terms of volunteer participation but is a season when the nonprofit experiences an influx of clients.
For more information about HHC, visit or call (828) 262-1628. To sign up to volunteer as an individual or group, or for more information about remote opportunities (such as conducting your own food drive), email HHC Volunteer Coordinator Kayla Lasure.

The Church Cracked Open

Adult Christian Education of "The Church Cracked Open" continues into January with a break for Christmas. Here is the Zoom link for all meetings -
Please contact Pan McCaslin for any further information.

Hanging of the Greens

Special Announcement:
The 102nd Hanging of the Greens!

The 4th Sunday of Advent: Sunday, December 19, 2021

                       10:00 am        One Service Only – Holy Eucharist, Rite II

                       11:30 am        “102nd Annual Greening of the Church”

Just as they have for the past 101 years, all parishioners and friends are invited to gather for the annual Hanging of the Greens in advance of Christmas. We need as many people as possible to help transform the décor of our beloved church from the somber tones of Advent to the glorious brightness of Christmas. To provide opportunities for all to participate, we will offer a single worship service at 10:00 this morning followed by a time of fellowship in Skiles Hall in preparation for the 102nd Annual Greening of the Church commencing at 11:30 am.  

So, bring your clippers and a lot of enthusiasm!  The garlands and wreaths are purchased but we need folks to find greenery such as fir, white pine, Galax leaves, boxwood, etc. and bring it to the church by Friday, Dec. 17th. Please let Dedy Traver know if you can help. She may be reached at 898-5771 or email

Everyone’s help is needed with the candle holders, putting greenery in the windows, hanging wreaths and garlands, etc.  Soup and sandwiches will be served!

Christmas Tree News

The “Valle Crucis Community Tree Lighting and Carol Sing” originally planned and scheduled for Friday, December 3rd, is currently ON HOLD until further notice.

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!