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There will be no 7:15 am Holy Eucharist this Friday June 8th. Sorry for the last minute update.

Please note, there will be no Holy Eucharist Wednesday June 27th.
Vacation Bible School

2018 Vacation Bible School will be Sunday, June 24 through Thursday, June 28 at Holy Cross from 6:00 supper through 8:30 P.M. Holy Cross has purchased a fun learning package called "SHIPWRECKED: Rescued by Jesus" to engage ages 4 through fifth graders. Sixth graders through high school are invited to be helpers and teachers. SAVE THE DATES!

Decorations are already made, the package provides clear plans, BUT what Holy Cross needs now is YOU to make it happen! Please come join us. We need sufficient volunteers to do this as an outreach to the HC Academy and our community!
VBS training for leaders and assistance
June 10th and June 17th 9:30 am -10:20 am in the conference room. Please let us know you are coming by emailing Patricia.  
Happening in June
Please join this Sunday June 10th at 9:15 in the Parish Hall
Pet Memorial  
There will be a Pet Memorial Service
June 10th at 11:45 at St. Francis Gardens
PRIMETIMERS: On Tues, June 12, 7:00, In Concert-Tim Zimmerman & the King's Brass will be performing at Fountain Inn Baptist Church. We can go to dinner first (TBD) about 5:30 or just meet at the concert. Sign up on our bulletin board. Questions: (380-5547) or (963-9631).
2018 Women's Retreat
Holy Cross Episcopal Church presents "Strong Women of Faith"
The Holy Cross Women's Retreat, scheduled for September 21-23, 2018, provides an annual opportunity for a God centered weekend away from our daily obligations to rest, reflect, and nurture our bodies and souls, renew and develop new friendships, enjoy fellowship, and worship together.
September 21-23, 2018 
Kanuga Conference Center, Hendersonville, NC 
The retreat begins with dinner on Friday, September 21st and ends after lunch on Sunday, September 23rd.  Registration fees include meals, accommodations and use of facilities. 
Check-in is from 2pm-6pm on Friday the 21st. 
Education for Ministry (EfM) is a four-year program from the School of Theology at the University of the South at Sewanee. Over the course of four years, EfM students study the Old Testament, the New Testament, church history, and theology while learning to engage in theological reflection. By examining our own beliefs and our relationship to our culture and the tradition of our Christian faith, we learn what it means to be effective ministers in the world. Coming to terms with the notion that everything we do has potential to manifest the love of God, we discover that ministry happens everywhere we go and in everything we do.
An EfM group consists of six to 12 participants and a trained mentor who meet once a week from September through May. Our group meets on Wednesdays from 6-8 p.m. Participants commit to one year at a time. The cost for the course is $375 per year, which includes the cost of all materials except a Bible. Please don't let the cost prevent you from joining us as scholarships are available. Continuing education credits are also available for this course.
If you are interested in signing up for the class for 2018-2019, please plan to attend our sign-up session in the parish hall June 24 at 9:30 a.m. to fill out the necessary paperwork. If you have questions, please talk with any of our current Holy Cross group members: Patty Barnes, Barbara Burton, Pam Imbler, Kerry Kelley, Nancy Mathews, Kay McNabb, Sharon Putman, Cheryl Randal, Monica Rodriguez, Peggy Tollison, and Anne Smith. Bobbie Godwin is the mentor and can be reached at 843-287-3760.
Welcome to God's Table!
A Special Workshop for Children & Families
Dear Parents, Grandparents, and Other Caregivers,
On July 8 at 9:15 am, I will offer a special workshop for children and families. The session will last about forty-five minutes and is geared towards children ages four and up. We will learn about the Eucharist and it's meaning through hands-on, kid-friendly activities. All are welcome, regardless of whether your child has yet to receive communion or has been receiving communion for a while. It is preferred that each child, regardless of age, is accompanied by at least one parent or other caregiver.
Please e-mail  or call 864-967-7470 x 105 to RSVP. If you can't make this Sunday, I anticipate offering another session again in the fall.
Rev. Erin

Ecuador Team Update
Please pray for the Ecuador team as we prepare to travel! The Journey of the Heart/El Viaje del Corazon (Ecuador mission) Facebook page is now live!  Check our our new Facebook page
The Ecuador Team is collecting lightly used children's clothing to donate to the children's clothing closet at Cristo Liberador.  Any children's sizes clothing welcome.  Please place in basket near the bulletin board.  These clothes will be worn by the youngest members of the church but also shared with families in need in the church neighborhood.
We will travel to Quito, Ecuador this summer, June 18-28.   Team members from Holy Cross are Marc Gonzalez, Hayley Hellams, Hunt McLeod, Mother Erin Rath, Anne Smith, Ben Smith and Mother Susan Hardaway,  The other team members are from St. John's/Columbia, Grace Church/Anderson, St. James'/Greenville, First Baptist/Mauldin and St. John's Methodist/Anderson.
We will be working at Cristo Liberador Episcopal Mission in Quito, Ecuador.   Some of our team members will also travel to the coast to work at St. Maria's Episcopal Mission in the city of Esmeraldas, with their seminarian who is a member of Cristo.  In Quito and in Esmeraldas we will be making repairs on the church buildings and at homes of children who benefit from the Education Equals Hope scholarships.  

Please be sure to RSVP so that we can contact you in case of a cancellation due to weather. 

When: June 23, 2018
Where: Paris Mountain State Park
2401 State Park Rd, Greenville, SC 29609
Time: 8:30 AM
Details: Park at Shelter 1.
Lake Placid Loop is a 0.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Greenville, South Carolina that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail. We will add in a small portion of Mountain Creek Trail and continue to the Outdoor Classroom where we can have a quiet place off trail to celebrate Holy Communion. Total hike is approximately 1.5 miles and is rated EASY. The trail is composed of natural material and relatively smooth but does have some roots and rocks in it. There is a short hill climb and descend at the dam with stairs on the Lake Placid Loop.  
We will want to carpool since a PARK PASS is needed for entry.  
If you do not have a Park Pass the park fees are as follows: Admission-
5 adults; $3.25 SC seniors (age 65 & older);  
$3/ child age 6-15;  
Free for children 5 and younger. The Park website is:
If you would like more information on Holy Hikes, please contact Laura Snow Hawkins at or text/call me at 412-874-0300. The Holy Hikes website is
Holy Hikes Upstate South Carolina is sponsored by St. Peter's Episcopal Church

School is out for summer! Thank you to everyone who took the time to pack the bags, deliver to Hickory Tavern, and contribute food and funds during the school year.  
We ask that you continue to remember Power PACKs when purchasing groceries over the summer, but please look for an expiration date of no sooner than October 2018 so that food will keep until the next school year. Monetary donations are also accepted and will be held in a designated account until needed. Please make checks payable to Holy Cross and put "Power PACKs" in the memo line.
For more information, please contact Leslie Donahue (,  Jennifer Hellams ( or Linda McAllister (
Click here to read more about Power PACKs and what kind of food goes into a weekend PACK.  
Thank you for your support of this ministry to our community.  


Have a great summer break!!

Questions? email or call or text 864-483-2250

Mother Susan Hardaway
Holy Cross Episcopal Church | | 205 E. College Street
Simpsonville, SC 29681