Happening Tonight!   
Join us at St. Joseph's Catholic School on Wednesday, February 13, 2019 for an Interfaith Panel Discussion addressing the question "Who Is My Neighbor?".
100 St. Joseph S Dr, Greenville, SC 29607
John Paul II Center
7:00 PM
Free and open to the public
The evening will be moderated by Fr. Sandy McDonald, pastor of St. John Neumann Parish in Columbia, South Carolina. We are pleased to welcome the following diverse board of panelists:
Rev. Dennis McManus, Ph.D. Georgetown University professor, consultant for the USCCB's Secretariat for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs and Jewish Catholic Relations Committee.

Dr. Akif Aydin President of the Atlantic Institute. The Atlantic Institute was founded to bridge the deep gap of social interaction, to promote respecting differences, and to commit to the common good in the State of South Carolina.

Rabbi Matthew Marko of Congregation Beth Israel, a Conservative Synagogue in Greenville, South Carolina.

Pastor Deb Richardson-Moore of Triune Mercy Center, a non-denominational mission church that ministers alongside the homeless in downtown Greenville, South Carolina.

Frances Worthington, author and a representative of the Greenville community's Baha'i congregation.
Please, RSVP
There will be no Holy Eucharist at 7:15 am this  
Friday February 15th. 
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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 rector@holycrossep.org 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 , http://www.edusc.org/cursillo/cursillo.html .  

February 17th - Feeding our Faith - 7 Films on the celebration of the Eucharist - A Eucharist Story  
February 24th - Feeding our Faith - Bread & Wine with Sara Miles
Lakeside Ladies
The winter gathering of Lakeside Ladies will take place on February 23, 2019 from 1pm to 4pm.  Ladies are invited to embrace this mini-retreat opportunity for giving up the rush of the world to savor the joy of just being  and the pilgrimage of silence.  We will follow our usual format: lectio divina, extended silence for personal meditation and reflection, snack time, sharing period, and closing worship.  If you feel called to this time of rest beside the still waters of the lake at 2430 Wilsontown Road, Laurens, please RSVP to reserve your place (and guide snack preparation).  Call or email Pam Imbler at 864-399-6143 or psimbler@charter.net to RSVP or for further information.
Has the journey through Lent to Easter become an "Are we there yet?" experience? Has Holy Week drifted toward "same old, same old" for you? We have an unique Lenten opportunity to bring fresh light to the all too familiar journey!
The book Entering the Passion of Jesus (ISBN# 9781501869556) provides the basis to an enriching and challenging 6 session program for Lent. This program will be offered at Holy Cross on Thursdays at 10:00am beginning March 7 and concluding April 11.
Author Amy-Jill Levine, Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt, explores the last days of Jesus' life in this book and in the video  introductions of the program sessions. By setting major events of what we call Holy Week in historical and cultural context, Levine analyzes the risks and motives of the story's characters. She shows how the biblical texts raise ethical and spiritual questions for readers, and how we all face risk in our Christian experience.
Sign up for this special Lenten program in the Narthex. Participants can buy the book at Barnes & Noble or Amazon, and it is available in paperback  or e-book (Nook or Kindle). If cost of the book exceeds financial ability, please contact Rev. Erin.  For further information about this program please contact Pam Imbler.
Registration Opens - May 1
Silent Auction - Sunday, May 5
Retreat Dates at Kanuga - Sept. 20-22
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The Flower Ministry is pleased and grateful to welcome new volunteer Leize Smith. Thank you, Leize, for your willingness to serve!  
The flower ministry is still looking for a substitute and/or 5th week volunteer. If you are interested in being a part of this meaningful ministry, please reach out to the ministry's leader Deb Koltonski
at debkol1231@gmail.com or (864) 423-4464. 
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 secretary@holycrossep.org or 864-967-7470 ext 100
**Payment is required at the time of reservation**    
Episcopal Pledge Quota Strategy
As many of you know, in order to balance our budget we had to drastically reduce our Episcopal Pledge (quota).  We could pay our full asking if each family gave $36.00 a month to " quota" as shown below on My Holy Cross. If this is something you are

  1. Log into My holy Cross HERE 
  2. Select Repeating Gift
  3. Scroll until you see QUOTA-DIOCESE
  4. Enter amount
  5. Schedule Details - Select how often (weekly, monthly)
  6. Then select the start date
  7. The last step for this page is to select under "continue until" 12 gifts for the year.
  8. Then click continue to complete submission.

Power Packs  
Thank you for your continued donations!
A "Wish List"has also been set up on Amazon.  
You can view and purchase items from our wish list by Clicking here 
Our current needs are:
Juice boxes
Individual serving size pop top cans or cups of vegetables
Individual serving size pop top cans or cups of diced fruit
Pop top cans of pasta
Pop top cans of beanie weenies
Microwaveable chicken & rice cups
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(leslie.donahue@gmail.com), Jennifer Hellams (jy.workman@gmail.com), Linda McAllister(lrdmcallister@gmail.com), or Bob Shumaker (bobshumaker2@gmail.com). 
Children's Ministries 2019
Important information:
If you would like to purchase a Winter and Spring set of leaflet for Sunday lessons ($15.00) or make a donation, please give to Kimberly or put in her box. They will be here Tuesday February 5th so we will begin our series Sunday, February 10th. 
VBS leaders and volunteers are needed!! We have not  
set a date due to lack of response to help. If we don't  
have volunteers then we can't have VBS :(                 
Please let Kimberly know if you are interested.  
April 14- Palm Sunday 9:30-10:15 No Formation
10:30 Children will participate in The Liturgy of the Palms with the congregation and then proceed to Chapel for a special Palm Sunday service
April15-19 -Spring Break
April 21- Easter Sunday No Formation or Chapel
April 28 10:30 Children's Bilingual Sunday
              11:45 Picnic at the Pavilion
June-date TBA
VBS- ATHENS 2019 Holy Land Adventure * pending volunteers 
Coming up in March
  Tickets on sale now!
Oysters for Outreach
All proceeds will be used to support Holy Cross Outreach Ministries. 
Saturday, March 9
4:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  $30 seafood plate   and   $10 non seafood plate 
We will be serving Oysters , low country boil, hotdogs, desserts, beer,
wine, and iced tea. Oyster knives provided. 
 Purchase your tickets online now using my Holy Cross by clicking here
or the sign up sheet located in the Narthex!  
PRIMETIMERS: The St. Patrick's Day party is Saturday, March 16, 6:00, in the Parish Hall. Corned beef, cabbage, carrots, potatoes, Irish Soda Bread, desserts, coffee & water will be provided for only $10. Please pay when you sign up on our bulletin board. Beer & wine are permitted. Don't forget to wear green. Questions: swshumaker1@gmail.com (380-5547) or reniehump@charter.net (963-9631).
Youth Group
If you would like to purchase a Reform notebook($20.00) or make a donation, please put in labeled sealed envelope,  give to Kimberly  or put in her box. They will be here Tuesday, February 5th so we will begin the ReForm series Wednesday, February 6. 
YOUTH LEADERS are  needed now and for next year!! Please let Kimberly know if you are interested. 
* Please see sign up sheet for 2019 Youth dinners in the Narthex. 
Important Information:
I am so excited about our new curriculum, ReForm. They are going to learn a lot about the basic core beliefs through engaging lessons, discussions, and activities. There is a Notebook that is essential to complete each lesson and is much more than "just a Notebook". It really gets the kids to think and respond trough drawing, journaling, etc. If you would like to purchase one for your child please let me know.
The cost will be $20 and the sooner the better.
March 6- Ash Wednesday
Dinner signup sheet is in the Narthex for the remainder of the year. Please note that the Wednesdays during Lent will be dinner and programs for family.
April15-19 Spring Break
April 17 No Youth
May 5 Youth Sunday

Questions or Concerns: Email Kimberly @ youth@holycrossep.org call @ 864-967-7470 ext. 106 or text @843-345-9620 
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Simpsonville, SC 29681
Ministry Partner- Upstate Warrior Solutions
"Veteran Coffee Meet-Up"  
on the 2nd Thursday of each month 8-9AM at GratefulBrew, 501 S. Pleasantburg.  
Drop ins welcome 
No RSVP required  
Are you a seasoned professional? Whether you are a veteran or civilian, you have likely worked hard to improve your professional standing within the community, and you have a lot to offer. We would love to include you in supporting, impacting, and ultimately achieving our mission.
We are always looking for individuals with unique skills sets, such as carpentry or resume development, or those of you who have expertise in professions, including but not limited to accounting, finance, or criminal and civil law. But if you have a special certification or qualification or do a job you think would be beneficial for the warriors, the veterans, to help them reintegrate back into society, please reach out to us!
Successful reintegration has to involve community and civilian interaction. And you, whoever you are in the community, could be the one to help that warrior successfully reintegrate back into society. Not only would you be servicing the warrior, you would be servicing yourself and helping yourself integrate into society and spread the word about your talent. It's a win-win!
Do you have some extra time on your hands and are interested in Upstate Warrior Solution? You are in luck! We could use someone like you to give your time to help impact the mission of our organization. It is not important whether you are a veteran or civilian or have any particular, professional experience or qualification. If you are willing to help us out, we can find a place for you!
If this sounds like something you would be interested in, we encourage you to reach out to us. We have three areas of need you can choose to help out at Upstate Warrior Solution: volunteering at our events, answering the phone at our front desk in our Greenville office or mentoring veterans. But don't feel limited to those positions. If you can give your time in another capacity we can work something out with you. Please contact Nate Moore at nmmoore@upstatewarriorsolution.org or call him at 864-523-2073.