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Welcome & Worship Information

Welcome! 

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

 

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Sunday Morning Worship Services:  
THE CHURCH OF THE HOLY CROSS

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Autumn & Winter Schedule

 

  • 8:30 a.m. - Holy Eucharist, Rite II at Holy Cross without music and hymnody 
  • 9:30 a.m. - Fellowship time in Skiles Hall
  • 11:00 a.m. - Holy Eucharist, Rite II, at Holy Cross with music and hymnody
  • 12:00 p.m. - Fellowship time in Skiles Hall

The 11:00 a.m. service from Holy Cross is Live-Streamed via our YouTube Channel commencing at 10:50 am.
Click here to view our Live Streamed and previously recorded services.
Click here to view & download this week's worship leaflet.

Click here to view & download this month's Holy Cross Newsletter.

 

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

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Weekday Worship Services offered via "Zoom":

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

The "Virtual Waiting Room" opens 15 minutes before each service begins.
(Meeting ID: 814 7883 7391)

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The Sacrament of Reconciliation: 
This Sacrament is offered at any time by appointment. Please contact the Rector directly at (828) 963-4609 ext. 22

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Further Information & Links:

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.


 

This Sunday

Sunday, February 25, 2024 - The Second Sunday in Lent
  • 8:30 a.m. - The Great Litany and Holy Eucharist, Rite I (without music)
  • 9:45 a.m. - Christian Education Class: “A Good Enough Lent” (See Below)
  • 11:00 a.m. - The Great Litany and Holy Eucharist, Rite I (with music) - This service is Live-Streamed via our YouTube Channel
  • 12:30 p.m. - Fellowship Time
  • 12:45 p.m. - VCF Leadership Meeting (Lower Skiles)
We thank all those who will serve this Sunday:
  • Greeters/Oblationers:  Edie Tugman (8:30 a.m.) and Katie Hall & Darby Logan (11:00 a.m.)
  • Ushers:  Edie Tugman (8:30 a.m.) and Katie Hall & Darby Logan (11:00 a.m.)
  • Lector:  Nancy McInnes (8:30 a.m.) and Susan Poorman (11:00 a.m.) 
  • Prayers of the People:  Edie Tugman (8:30 a.m.) and Carolyn Shepherd (11:00 a.m.)
  • Chalice: Sis Kinney (8:30 a.m.) and John Goodrich (11:00 a.m.)
  • Acolytes: Sis Kinney (8:30 a.m.) and Ann Iles (11:00 a.m.)

Next Sunday, March 3, 2024 - The Third Sunday in Lent

  • 8:30 a.m. - The Great Litany and Holy Eucharist, Rite I (without music)
  • 9:45 a.m. - Christian Education Class: “A Good Enough Lent” 
  • 11:00 a.m. - The Great Litany and Holy Eucharist, Rite I (with music) - This service is Live-Streamed via our YouTube Channel
  • 12:30 p.m. - Fellowship Time
 

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News & Happenings

Lenten Weekly Christian Education Classes - Sundays at 9:45 a.m.

“A Good Enough Lent”
Lent lasts for a full 40 days, but Sundays don’t count. They are a day off from whatever you are abstaining from during Lent, a day to remind us that we are made for both—grief and joy, sorrow and delight. Our Sunday classes will encourage attendees to reflect upon what they are leaning about themselves and the world throughout this season, about God’s grace, the importance of community, and how together with grateful hearts we “Bless this Lent.”
 
Two Daily Lenten Devotional Series
All are invited to participate in any of the following opportunities for continuing growth and grace in your on-going journey of faith.
“A Good Enough Lent”
“Bless the Lent we Actually Have”
40-Days to Reflect, Pray, and Bless our Imperfect Lives
Another well-thought-out daily devotional series by Kate Bowler invites participants to recognize the realities of their daily lives – the joys and heartbreaks – within the context of Jesus’ own walk to Calvary where he will suffer and die. We will walk with him, but here is the marvelous grace of this season and series: Jesus always walks with us and will continue to walk with us through whatever kind of Lenten day you are having. Download this daily devotional program from Kate’s website at https://katebowler.com/lent/. Again, a limited supply of guidebooks are available in Skiles Hall.
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“A Good Enough Lent”
A 40-Day Companion to Read, Reflect, and Pray
Building upon the positive feedback of our Advent Series Bless the Advent we Actually Have, author Karen Bowler (Kate) invites us to delve that much more deeply into the grace of the Season of Lent. Kate writes, “During Lent we ask God to show us the world as it is … (and) are invited to set aside our perceived call to perfection, and recognize that just as our world is wounded … God sits here with us.
This daily devotional series offers a scripture lesson to read, consider reflective questions, and then a time of prayer. We suggest downloading this series via Kate’s website at https://katebowler.com/lent/. A limited supply of guidebooks are available in Skiles Hall.

Coffee Hour Hosts Needed

Coffee Hour is an important time of not only fellowship, but also a time to get to know our visitors and newcomers.People tend to stay longer and interact more when there is food.

Hosting Coffee Hour means providing light refreshments and a non-coffee beverage. Teams of two volunteers work best. The sign-up sheet can be found on the kitchen serving window ledge in Skiles Hall. Please consider hosting after the upcoming services !


 

March for Diapers

It’s almost “March for Diapers” time!

Beginning March 1, ECW will be collecting all sizes of children’s diapers to donate to the Children’s Council. Last year, we collected over 2,000 diapers! Help us surpass that number this year by placing unopened packages of diapers in the collection box in Skiles Hall. We’ll be collecting the entire month of March.


 

Lenten Retreat with Katerina Whitley - March 2

Valle Crucis Conference Center – Crab Orchard Hall
Join writer and educator Katerina Whitley for a thoughtful and art-filled day as she guides retreatants to seek the profound meaning of Lent. For Christians, Lent is the most sacred time of the church year. It leads us into Holy Week, for which Lent should be a time of preparation.
The retreat will be held in Crab Orchard Hall with optional lodging in the Mission House. The group will meet from 10 - 3 with a lunch break in the dining hall at noon. Lunch is included in cost of program.
Please contact the Valle Crucis Conference Center to register for this workshop, or follow this link to sign up: https://form.jotform.com/233465927181159.

Women Writers Spring Workshop with Katerina Whitley - March 14-16

Valle Crucis Conference Center – Crab Orchard Hall
If you have dreamt of writing but have hesitated, this may be your opportunity. Join the Spring Writing Workshop, together with other Valle Crucis women writers, many of whom have been attending the workshop since 2007. We write, read and share together; we are a community of writers.
Join Katerina Whitley for a full weekend of reflection, companionship, and getting some words on paper, March 14-16. Spend your weekend here with us! The retreat will be held in Crab Orchard Hall with lodging in the Mission House.
Please contact the Valle Crucis Conference Center to register for this workshop, or follow this link to sign up: https://form.jotform.com/233414258929160.

ECW Irish Dinner - March 16

The Clans of Ireland invite the good people of Holy Cross to a St. Patrick’s Day celebration Saturday evening, March 16, 2024, in Skiles Hall at 6:00 pm.. A full Irish dinner will be served with plenteous drink and mischief.

 

Reservations are $35 per person. Proceeds go to the ministry of the ECW in honor of our beloved Saint Patrick, St. Thomas, St. Scott, St. Allan McCaslin and St. Pan McCaslin. For reservations call Claire McDonough at 828-266-3542 prior to March 10Seating is limited.


 

Coffee's On


Come join us from whichever state you’re in at the moment by following the link below.
 
Join Zoom Meeting
 
Meeting ID: 878 3876 2772

 

Food Vender Opportunity for the 2024 Valle Country Fair

After 32 years (yes, 32 years!) of coordinating, cooking, staffing, and serving the Barbecue and Brunswick Stew Tent at the Valle Country Fair, Mike & Debbie have decided to “retire”. (Why so early, I just don’t know!) The October 19, 2024 VCF will be their last fair as “keepers” of the Barbecue & Brunswick Stew Tent.
 
Debbie & Mike want to help train their successors and for that we are truly thankful. They have been a wonderful asset to the Fair and to Holy Cross and we offer our thanks and praise for their stewardship and faithful service.
 
Now, that said, we need volunteers to be their successors.
 
Please call Tav Gauss at 252-230-7341 or email him at tav@tavgauss.com if you would like to participate as part of the group who will take their place, or have a suggestion about who might volunteer in that regard. In the meantime, Thank you Debbie and Mike!
Tav,                                                     
Tav Gauss, VCF 2023-2024 Chair

Men's Night Out Reminder

Please note that Men's Night Out is taking three months off during the winter season, but will resume gatherings in March 2024. However, if you are interested in hosting one of our gatherings this year, please send an email to KeithTMartin@gmail.com.


 

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!