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Please note:
Usher needed!
  Looking for a way to become more involved?  
Ushering is a great way to serve!
 The Ushers are looking for someone who will serve every  
4th Sunday at 10:30.   
 If you are interested please reach out to Harry Marchant or one of the Ushers. They will be glad to answer any questions if you have them and welcome you to the Ushering ranks! 

Happening in August

Connection Session

New members and visitors are invited to learn about Holy Cross ministries and where they can plug in.
THIS Sunday at 9:15am in the Parish Hall.
Existing members, if you have questions regarding CCB, having issues or want to refresh your memory, Jenni will be offering support during this time as well.  
We look forward to seeing you!

 Phase one is nearly completed!
Considerations and decisions are being made now as to artwork. Any suggestions please contact Bob Shumaker.
**Also, please keep the hallway free from clutter.  
Thank you. 

The Greenville Literacy Association, a Holy Cross Ministry Partner, could use volunteers for their upcoming major fundraiser, a book sale August 10-12. They need:
1. People to unpack boxes of books Thursday August 9th at 9am-1pm or 1pm-5pm.
2.People to direct book buyers to appropriate book locations on Saturday the 11th and Sunday afternoon the 12th.Various times.
3. Friday August 10th is the Preview Dinner and Presale. $35/person or $60/couple.
Go to for more information and to sign up. Mention Holy Cross Church. The location of the sale is McAllister Square, 225 S. Pleasantburg Drive.
Contact Jerry Ryan  
Outreach Program Coordinator  
if you have any additional questions 
Back to School Blessings/ Meet and Greet 
Sunday, August 19 during the 9:30 A.M. hour we will meet to have a little 'meet  & greet' for our NEW Children's Ministry Coordinator, Kimberly Topo.
 We can have a fun time with Monkey, the Piñata, and refreshments to get to know her, any new kiddos, and Adult Leaders a bit better. Hopefully the weather will allow us to do our piñata and refreshments just outside  the entrance  under the tree so we can hang up the piñata! So come on out and monkey around with us a bit!           
    Back pack Blessings
will be at the 10:30 A.M. service so have your school aged kiddos bring their backpacks ready for school and receive a blessing to start a new school year's adventure. Know that we will continue to pray for their success and safety and joy for this whole school year."   
Bless other students in need
School supplies should be donated by August 12th. There will be baskets in the Childrens Chapel for school supplies and gently used backpacks to be given to children in need. Our first group will be those to whom we give POWER PACKS each week at Hickory Tavern Elementary School, some children in our own Hispanic Congregation of whom Fr. Fred has made note, and if sufficient are given, we will add some from Simpsonville Elementary to be determined by teachers there. Goodwill has lots of backpacks for $2-4 that are in good condition if you don't have a little one's to pass along when they get their new one in a few weeks! It is essential that children have what they need if they are to be given the best opportunity to learn the skills needed to succeed in the world.
Supplies are already on the shelves at Walmart, Dollar Tree and local drug store where SALES are on. Staples also has a great deal on school stuff as well. It would be a good idea to get them prior to the rush. If you do not have time and prefer to donate $$$ to assist, see Trisha Thackston-Ganner or place a "School Supplies $$$" envelope in the plate on Sunday.
A list of needs will be posted in the Narthex as well.
 #2 Pencils (pack of 10)
Crayons (Crayola 24 pack)
Scissors (5"blunt end)
Plastic Pocket Folders ( Each child is required to have 3)
Composition Notebooks WR (100 ct. Pages)
Glue Sticks 9 .28 oz.(12 pack)
Hand Sanitizer (8oz pump dispenser)
Re-closeable Bags (Qt. Size)
Tissues (1 large box)
Notebook paper (3 hole with 100 sheets per pack)
***Some require 3 ring binders
Pumpkin Patch Planning Meeting open to visitors
The Pumpkin Patch Planning Group will meet August 29 at 6:30 pm at the pavilion to begin final planning for the 2018 season.  Visitors are welcome and encouraged to attend. 
If you are new at Holy Cross or even if you have worked at the Patch in previous years and want to learn about contributing as a member of this Pumpkin Patch Planning group you should consider attending this meeting.  It is a fun way to get to know others in our church family while at the same time supporting this important annual outreach ministry. 
Dinner will be provide.  We just ask that you sign-up on the Sign-up Center so we know how much food to prepare. If you find that you are interested in serving we could really use your help.  For more information contact Randy Cockrill at or 905-0199.

Please join us August 22 at 6 pm in the conference room.    
Seminar on Human Trafficking
 Friday, August 24 from 8 am to 1:30 pm at the TD Convention Center, sponsored by Bon Secours. 
To register or get more information Click Here   
Local Food Bank/Golden Strip 
Golden Strip Emergency Relief & Resources Agency has stated that their food pantry was very low. If you have any non-perishables that you would like to donate, please leave them in the big wicker bins located in the Reception Room. Thank you!   
 Euchre players are needed on Wednesday at 1 pm at the Simpsonville Activity and Senior Centers, 310 W. Curtis St., Simpsonville. Call Tony Koltonski at 864-423-4468.
Summer goes by so fast! Children will go back to school this month which means our Power PACK ministry will begin again soon. Last year, we provided weekend food bags for 29 children at Hickory Tavern Elementary/Middle School. We do not know yet what this year's needs will 
be, but it's time to prepare and stock our pantry! 
Please help us stock up by purchasing what you can. There's a wagon in the Reception Hall to collect your donations. Thank you so much for your support.
Juice Boxes/Pouches
* Individual Oatmeal Packets
* Single Serve Cereal Boxes
* Individually Wrapped Cereal Bars
* Diced Fruit Cups
* Applesauce Cups
* Veggie Cups
* Ramen Noodle Packets
* Individual Mac & Cheese Cups/Packets
* Single Serve Cups/Pop-top Cans Pasta/Chicken & Rice
* Single Serve Pop-top Cans/Pouches Chicken, Tuna, Stews, Vienna Sausage, Beans &
Franks, Soups, & other Entrees
* Individually Wrapped Granola Bars
* Pudding Cups
* Peanut Butter or Cheese Cracker Packets
* Single Serve Packets of Nuts/Trail Mix
* Single Serve Packets Pretzels
* Snack Size Raisins

Monetary donations are also accepted. Please make checks payable to Holy Cross and put "Power PACKs" in the memo line. Check the Holy Cross website, the bulletin board in the narthex, or the information cards in the pew racks for more information. Thank you for your support of this ministry to our community. For questions or to donate your 
time, please contact Leslie Donahue (, Jennifer Hellams 
( or Linda McAllister (
Happy Summer!  We will have a Youth Gathering on Wednesday, August 8 in the Parish Hall!  We will work on a project together and then have time to hang out and catch up with each other.  Please bring a snack or dessert to share!  Reply to this email to let me know you are coming on the 8th!  Thanks!  
Youth Group Kick Off will be August 22 from 6-8 pm in the Parish Hall!  Pizza and papers, ice cream and information!
Please sign up to host a meal for the Youth Group.  Sign up sheet on the bulletin board.  You can cook, bring carry out or make a donation of $75 Mother Susan will do the shopping and the cooking.

Special Events

All about Spanish with Father Fred       
This is your chance to Learn Spanish from a native speaker!
And help raise funds for the Holy Cross Hispanic Ministry.
Classes will meet on Thursdays from 6PM to 7PM
Tentative schedule:
Session 1- September 6 to October 11
Session 2- October 18 to November 29
Session 3- December 6 to January 10
Session 4- January 17 to February 21
Sessions will build off previous sessions.
Tuition $30 per session paid in advance.
For more information on textbook & charts see post at Narthex.

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