Parish News




Worship Information

Holy Cross Welcomes You!
We are an Episcopal Church and Member of the Diocese of Western North Carolina.

From the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend through
the Sunday of Labor Day weekend we celebrate

Holy Eucharist, Rite II at St. John's Church, 9:00 am, and

at Holy Cross Church, 
11:00 am.

Holy Eucharist and Healing Service are
Wednesdays, 5:30 pm.  

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

Everyone Is Always Welcome!

Occasionally service times change for special holidays so please check below 
for possible schedule changes.



Read the July/August Newsletter.

News from the Diocese is here.

Latest sermons are 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.

Coming Up:


Friday, August 10, 2018
“Music in the Valle”
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm at the VC Community Park

We are delighted to participate in the Valle Crucis Community Park’s Summer Concert Series by sponsoring The Sheets Family in concert. 
All are asked to bring a dish to share and gather in the Pavilion for a potluck supper (5:30-ish pm), to enjoy a time of fellowship and laughter followed by the concert at 7 pm. Whether you come for the potluck meal or just attend the concert be sure to bring a lawn chair and favorite beverage.  A “sign up” sheet about needed food items is posted in Skiles Hall. Volunteer providers of picnic supplies would be greatly appreciated. Contact Jim Brown at: for additional information or to offer help.

Saturday, August 11, 2018
6th Annual Fundraiser in Memory of Adam Galleher
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm at The Apple Barn

Enjoy a delicious dinner, drinks, live music and silent auction. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased from Kathy Williams or by visiting  We have been blessed to be able to give back to our local schools in memory of Adam and we hope to see you all on August 11! 

This Sunday

Sunday, August 12, 2018, The Twelfth Sunday After Pentecost

9:00 am Holy Eucharist, Rite II at St. John’s with music by the Holy Cross Vocal Choir

Following the Service, Fellowship on the Lawn at St. John’s with free blood pressure screenings provided through the AppFaith Health Program

11:00 am  Holy Eucharist, Rite II at Holy Cross with music by the St. Peter’s MasterSinger Youth Choir from Charlotte, NC

Following the Service, Fellowship time in Skiles Hall with free blood pressure screenings provided through the AppFaith Health Program

We thank those who serve this Sunday:


 9 am at St. John's

11 am at Holy Cross

Greeters, Oblationers:

Steve and
Carol Smith

Janice Russell


Steve and
Carol Smith


Karla Prudhomme,
Maria Morton


Nancy McInnes


Floyd Townsend


Prayers of
the  People:

Jane Blackburn

Louis Gallien


Ann Iles

Chuck Canady,
Webb Rice


Ann Iles

Webb Rice














Next Week

Commencing the Week of August 12, 2018

Stone Restoration Work at Holy Cross

As announced in June, Holy Cross Church building requires stone and masonry repairs. Funding is in place although additional donations are always appreciated. The project requires the removal of the capstones at the rear of the Nave, as well as above the South Transept, in order to repair disintegrated mortar that is enabling water leaks and damage to the exterior stonework and interior plaster. In addition, numerous cracks in stones and mortar will be repaired. The Parish has contracted with Stone Restoration of America From Charlotte known for their expertise in repairing historic structures.
The parish is advised that while the work itself is scheduled to commence August 20 and anticipated to take 4 weeks to complete, scaffolding and other needed structures will be erected the week of August 12.

Monday, August 3, 2018

Spiritual Seekers! 6:00 – 7:30 pm in Skiles Hall

Tonight, we continue our discussion on Bishop John Shelby Spong’s book, “Why Christianity must change or die.” For further information, contact Pan McCaslin, 923-5198. All are welcome to attend these weekly and often lively gatherings.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018
Daughters of the King Meeting, 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm – Skiles Hall

All women of the Church are welcome to gather with The Daughters of the King (DOK) for a time of study and prayer. Note: At the conclusion of the meeting, many attendees typically join with parishioners for the weekly Wednesday afternoon Eucharist at 5:30 p.m.

Thursday, August 16, 2018
Men’s Night Out

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm:  See Time and RSVP Notes Below

Where:  Home of Bob Capps, at 315 Dutch Creek Road Extension (Drop down Dutch Creek Road opposite Conference Center; turn right on DCR Extension; driveway with 315 house number on left before bridge. Limited parking at house, so carpool or park at bottom of driveway or DCR Ext., and walk up hill).

What:    Hoisin/Garlic BBQ Chicken; Asian Potato Salad; Squash Bread Casserole; Baked 4 Bean Casserole; Silver Queen Corn w/melted butter; Blackberry Cobbler with hard sauce; iced tea; BYOB! Dinner: $6.00 each.

RSVP REQUIRED: Bob needs a head count in order to ensure enough food.  Please confirm your attendance by emailing him at prior to Tuesday, August 14.  
Time:  Note: Fly fisherman and swimmers may come at 5; cocktail hour at 6 with dinner following.

Saturday, August 18, 2018
Coffee’s On (at the Rectory)

10:00 am – 12 Noon
Come by and sit on the porch, sip some coffee or iced tea and visit.  Bring along house guests or those new to the church.  Rectory address: 5198 NC Hwy194S, Banner Elk, NC 28604.  We’re two driveways above Holy Cross. For childcare or a ride, call Pan McCaslin 828-963-5198. 

Next Sunday, August 19, 2018
The Thirteenth Sunday After Pentecost

9:00 am Holy Eucharist, Rite II at St. John’s

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

11:00 am Holy Baptism and Holy Eucharist, Rite II, at Holy Cross

12:00 pm Fellowship time in Skiles Hall


Save the Date! - October 25

Thursday,October 25, 2018 at 5pm in the Apple Barn.

WE are giving ourselves a celebration!!!!!

Valle Country Fair at 40!!!!!

Round up your memories, photos, anything to share. More information to come in September.
Thank you for your devoted service to our local communities.

Foyer Groups Forming

“Foyer groups” are a fun and easy way for parishioners to gather together on a regular but informal basis to enjoy one another’s company and to get to know other people who share a common interest in this parish community.

Sign-ups for the 2018-19 “Foyer Season” has commenced. Sign-up sheets are located in the sitting area at Skiles Hall and in the vestibule at St. John's Church.  Even if you have participated this year or in past years, please sign up by September 10 to verify that you wish to be active in Foyer again this year. Any questions may be e-mailed to Carolyn Shepherd (


Little Free Pantry

Do you know Holy Cross has a Little Free Pantry?  We installed one last Spring in the Skiles Hall parking lot, but it turned out that spot wasn't very convenient for anyone wanting to use it or contribute to it so it has been relocated to the lower parking lot and is easily accessed from the main road.  The llittle "house" directly across from the giant fir (aka Christmas) tree is easily identified by a large sign exclaiming "Little Free Pantry."  It is for those who are not easily able to meet everyday and personal needs.  If you'd like to know more about this pantry, please consult this flyer or go to  Help spread the word.  Take what you need, leave what you can.  Thanks!