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January 12 at 10:00 am
Home of Lee Pennebaker
302 South Almond Drive, Simpsonville, SC 29681
(Anyone who has problems with steps, enter through open garage)

THE LITTLE WHITE HOUSE, Center for Autistic Children, and our Ministry Partner is in need of the following donations.
  • The painting of four ceilings. They are approximately 10 x 14 each. Painting would have to be done on the weekend or evenings after closing.
  • Someone to go into the crawl space and get "junk" out from under there. Crawl   space is very tight.
    • This task would require a person of smaller stature. This can be done during regular daytime hours.
  • A vapor barrier in the crawl space. The Center is approximately 1100 square feet. The accessible crawl space is slightly smaller.
If you or your group or business are able and willing to provide any of these very needed services, please contact Jackie Donboch 864-320-0470. Thank you.


January 26
  Holy Cross Annual Meeting & Chili Cook-off
Plan to be part of the Annual Chili Cook Off following the Annual Meeting!
We are looking for people to make chili,
cornbread and deserts.  
Sign up in the Narthex today!
  Meeting will be at 5:00 pm
  Chili Cook-off begins at 6:00 pm
  Meeting will be held in the
Sanctuary and the cook-off will be held in the Parish Hall.

Altar Flowers and Candle
If you wish to donate flowers and/or candles to the altar, please use the online form or contact Jenni at or 864-967-7470 ext 100
**Payment is required at the time of reservation**    


You are invited to a fascinating program about the
2018 Parliament of World Religions! 

by JoAnn Borovicka, 2018 Parliament Presenter
Saturday, January 12, 2019
6:30 PM potluck dinner, 7:30 PM program
Greenville Bahá'í Center (132 Greenacre Road, Greenville, SC 29607)
This past November, the seventh Parliament of World Religions since 1893 was held in Toronto, Canada and attended by a remarkably diverse group of over 10,000 people from around the world. Come to this colorful program on Saturday, January 12th to hear a first-hand account of this exciting event. Bring a dish to the potluck dinner at 6:30 pm and stay for the program or come just for the program at 7:30 pm. All are welcome!
Questions? Call or text 864-901-5426
Join us this Sunday January 13 -at 9:30 am for
Coffee & Conversation
in the Reception Room (all newcomers welcome)

What's Next?                 Get Connected.
New? ...   Been here a while?...  
Come to a Connections Session and get plugged in!
Learn about Holy Cross ministries and how you can plug in.  Help us to know your interests, gifts, passions, talents, needs, or wonderings. We want to connect you with the ministries and programs that interest you, like small groups and programs here at Holy Cross, ministries in the Simpsonville community, outreach in the world, and spiritual support offerings.
Join us on Sunday, January 20, at 9:30 am in the Reception room.
     Holy Cross will be hosting a blood drive  
(date has been rescheduled) 
Wednesday Jan 30 from 4pm-7pm
Look for the sign up sheet in the Narthex in the next few weeks to save a time slot that best works for you!  


We are currently in need of:
Pop-top canned pasta
Microwaveable chicken & rice
Vegetable cups
Healthy snacks such as pudding cups, raisins, granola bars, goldfish, peanut butter crackers, etc.
A "Wish List"has also been set up on Amazon. You can view and purchase items from our wish list by Clicking here  
Monetary donations are also accepted. Please make checks payable to Holy Cross and put "Power PACKs" in the memo line. Thank you so much for your support.
For more information or if you would like to donate your time, please contact Leslie Donahue(, Jennifer Hellams (, Linda McAllister(, or Bob Shumaker (
Stewardship Progress 2019 
        There is still time! If you have not turned in your pledge card you may still do so by one of the following methods;
*Completing the form online   and auto draft bank set up.
(make sure to choose repeating gift at the very top if giving monthly) 
*Calling the church secretary. She can assist you with setting up your pledge online 
*pick up a pledge card in the front office or Narthex
-once completed you may mail it in or hand it to the secretary, treasurer or any staff member
     Our progress as of December 27 2019 
Children's Ministries 2019

The time has come to start planning the 2019 Vacation Bible School program.

Our first meeting will be Thursday January 24th at 6:00 pm.

We will have light refreshments.

Put on your thinking caps and join Kimberly to help launch her first VBS at Holy Cross.

Please email Kimberly asap if you are interested in being a part of this exciting ministry opportunity.
Cursillo Weekend February 2019

Cursillo Weekend February 21-24, 2019
Have you ever wondered, "What is my purpose in life? Why am I here?
Does God have a plan for me? Are faith and belief the same thing?"
If you have or have had these types of questions or similar ones, you might consider attending a Cursillo weekend. The weekend runs from Thursday evening to Sunday afternoon. The next weekend is February 21-24, 2019, at Bishop Gravatt Conference Center.
Cursillo is a ministry in the Episcopal Church, with the support of our bishop. The weekend has fifteen talks, over three days, given by lay persons and clergy, then discussed in small groups.It provides an opportunity to deepen your faith and to experience the love of God within a supportive and prayerful community.
For more information,contact Fr. Mike at or anyone who has been to cursillo (they usually have a butterfly on their nametag.) Find applications and learn more about Cursillo on the DUSC Website , .      
Youth Group
* Please see sign up sheet for 2019 Youth dinners in the Narthex. 
* Let me know your thoughts on changing Youth Night to Sundays from 5-7 or 5:30-7:30
*February 9, 2019 - Come join us to cheer on the Furman Paladins!! Holy Cross Episcopal Church Takes Over Timmons Arena, Saturday, February 9, Furman Paladins Vs. East Tennessee State At 4:00 P.M.  
* Tickets must be purchased by Thursday, February 7, at 7:00 P.M. 
Tickets are $12.
Included in the price of each ticket:
1. Concession voucher for a drink and two slices of Papa John's pizza.  
2. A very cool Furman Paladins coaches hat.
3. Dave & Buster's $5 Power Pack Game Card. 
4. A postgame autograph session with the Furman basketball team. 

This is a super event for the whole family and you are going to watch Furman play a great Southern Conference 
Questions or Concerns: Email Kimberly @ call @ 864-967-7470 ext. 106 or text @843-345-9620 
Holy Cross Episcopal Church | | 205 E. College Street
Simpsonville, SC 29681
January's Holy Cross Ministry Partner

2019 Ministry Partners of Holy Cross

How well do you know our Ministry Partners?
January's Ministry Partner is the Greenville Literacy Association.
Below are some highlights from this ministry; 
Greenville Literacy Association
For 50 years, Greenville Literacy Association (GLA) has provided opportunities for adults of all income and literacy levels to achieve self-sufficiency through education. Over the years, our programs have touched the lives of tens of thousands of Greenville area adults and helped to make the most extreme forms of illiteracy rare. We are proud of this legacy and grateful to all the many GLA supporters and volunteers who played a part in it.
Today, GLA and the Greenville community face a new set of challenges. As most residents know, the economy of our area has changed dramatically in recent years, and many low-skilled adults have been left behind. According to 2013 Census estimates for Greenville County:
   16,000 adults have less than a 9th grade education.
   42,000 adults lack a high school diploma.
   14,000 adults are not fluent in English.
©2019 Greenville Literacy Association, Inc. All Rights Reserved
How to help:
Donate Funds - Greenville Literacy Association is PayPal verified. We use the secure PayPal website to accept online donations. To donate via PayPal, click on the Donate button below. We also accept donations directly and securely through our website, where you can choose to designate your gift, give in someone's memory, or sign up for monthly automatic draft giving.
Donate Items - Greenville Literacy Learning Centers have the following needs on the "wish list" of items. If you have an item you would like to donate, please call Michelle Irby at 864-467-3456 .
* Texas Instruments TI-30X MultiView Scientific Calculator
*LCD projector
*USB thumb/flash drives
*Copy Paper - pastel yellow, pink, blue

*Cardstock - yellow  
*Mechanical pencils
*Publix $20 gift cards for Tutor
In-Service events
*Disposable tableware
     (plates, cups, napkins, etc.)
         for tutor training sessions
*Dry erase board markers
     (please no low odor)
* Dry erase board erasers
* Paper towels
   (daily cleaning of white boards)
*Used books for the 2019 Really Good, Really Big, Really Cheap Book Sale." You may drop off your donations at our McAlister Square center, September 1-July 31, Monday - Friday from 9am - 4pm.

Call us at 864-467-3456 and we'll meet you outside with a cart for easy delivery.
**Please bring your books in substantial handled bags or small boxes. We don't want you or any of our staff or volunteers injured trying to lift heavy boxes.
Volunteer Your Time -   Current Volunteer Needs. Contact us at,
Greenville :            Please call Michelle , Susan or Heidy at 864-467-3456
Simpsonville :        Please call Harriet or Benedicte at 864-688-2212
Greer :                    Please call Jennifer or Caroline at 864-355-3055
What Your Contribution Can Provide
*Operational funding for GLA's learning centers
*$80 will cover a scholarship for one student's fees for a year
*$150 will pay for one student to take the GED test
*$750 will fund the entire cost of educating one student for one year
*$930 will buy 15 subscriptions to "News for You" - a current events newspaper created specifically for low literacy adults
*$4999 will buy GED software seats for independent study to augment the classroom experience. These seats can be used by 25 students at a time, but in total, many more than 25 can make use of this new learning tool.
  Greenville Literacy Association's
mission is to enrich our community by increasing the literacy and
employability of our citizens.
    The Greenville Literacy Association is a not for profit, charitable organization formed under Section 501(c)3 of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code.
     Donations to the Greenville Literacy Association are tax-deductible as charitable contributions for US federal income tax purposes.
      GLA promotes an inclusive and welcoming environment for all. We strive to be a community where people of different cultures, intellectual positions, and lifestyles can come to learn and give back to the community. GLA provides educational opportunities and support services on an individual basis including participants with disabilities such as learning, physical, emotional and mental. Through local partnerships, we do our best to provide wrap-around services to encourage stabilization, including referrals to partner agencies, based on students' needs and goals.