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This Sunday

Sunday, August 7, 2022

The Ninth 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 Dawn Harris & Edie Tugman Katie Hall & Randy McDonough
Ushers Dawn Harris & Edie Tugman Katie Hall & Randy McDonough
Lector  Jane Blackburn Ann Gerber
Prayers of the People  Jane Blackburn Ann Gerber
Chalice Tav Gauss Chuck Canady & Andrea McDonough
Acolytes Tav Gauss Chuck Canady


Next 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 for News from The Episcopal Church
  • 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

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 am: Holy Commmunion at St. John's (with music)
11 am: 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.


Weekday Worship Services offered via "Zoom":

Compline at 8:00pm every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday, click  here to join the Zoom meeting
Evening Prayer at 6:00pm every Wednesday, click  here to join the Zoom meeting

The "Virtual Waiting Room" opens 15 minutes before each service begins.
(Meeting ID: 889 4311 3582)


On-Line Giving Is Now Available here or
click "Give Online" in the above Navigation Bar.


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.

The current Prayer List  is  here.

The Latest Sunday Worship Leaflet is here

The Current Holy Cross Newsletter is here





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

Clothing Needed

App Faith Health is collecting clean, gently used clothing – including pants, shirts, and shoes in all sizes - for patients of the Behavioral Health Unit at Cannon Memorial Hospital. People are often admitted for psychiatric care wearing only the clothes on their backs. Some are admitted from quite a distance away and do not have the needed clothing for their stay in the hospital. Please place your donations in the box marked CANNON located in the Skiles Hall Welcome Center. Thank you

Summer Food Ministry 2022

The Summer Food ministry returns again this summer, helping families in need of food throughout the summer, as identifed by the Valle Crucis School social worker.

The online shopping list will be published on June 1st.   Please visit the list, select items you wish to donate, and place them on the shelves in Skiles Hall by 5pm, Wednesday June 8th for delivery to the families on Friday, June 10th

You can donate a little or  a lot. Every jar, box, and can of food counts.  Contact Ann Gerber with any questions you may have.  Thank you!

Mountain Deanery Celebration

All parishoners of Holy Cross (as part of the Mountain Deanery) are invited to join Bishop Jose for a Deanery-wide celebration of fellowship, faith and diocesan history!

Where: The Mill at Rock Creek, 3606 Highway 194 North, Boone, NC

When: Tuesday May 24th, 6pm - 9pm

Please note, this is a ticketed event, limited to 80 persons.  

Tickets are $40 per person and includes dinner and 2 tokens for beer or wine.  To reserve your spot, please purchase your tickets online here.

Your Help Is Needed


Volunteers Needed to help Publish Parish News. 

Ann Gerber has been organizing the Parish News for more than 10 years and she's slowing down a little bit. If you would like to learn how to publish the Parish News page on the Holy Cross website, please get in touch with Ann. Her information is in the church directory.  Thank You!


Fellowship Hosts

We have a few more openings 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, but rather, crackers and fruit can suffice. 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!


ECW News


The Episcopal Church Women (ECW) invite you to join us for our next meeting on Thursday June 2nd at 5:30 pm in Skiles Hall. We will be meeting in the evening for a potluck dinner and OASIS service project.

Bring your favorite dish to share, a new or gently used tote bag, and two or three items from the list below. After the meal we’ll assemble bags with hygiene items for the local women’s shelter.



Brushes/Combs/Hair ties
 Body lotion/Facial moisturizer
Soap/Body wash
Razors/Shaving cream
Feminine hygiene products
Make up/Make up remover
Cleansing wipes

Coffee's On

Coffee's On meets via Zoom , on Saturdays at 10:00am
Click to here  to join Coffee's On

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!