Holy Cross offers several ways for our members to be involved in the life of the parish: The Altar Guild, Ushers, Choir, Acolytes, Lectors and Eucharistic Ministers offer their gifts to make beautiful and coherent our worship of God.
The Altar Guild
True Servant Ministers, the members of our Altar Guild work behind the scenes, caring for the linens and Eucharistic vessels. They prepare the credence table and altar for every service, and they are here to wash and put away everything after the service. The Altar Guild keeps the linens washed and ironed, the silver polished, and does anything else that is needed at various times of the year.
The Care Committee and Eucharistic Visitors
Members of the Care Committee visit parishioners who are home bound or in the hospital and extend the care and love of our church community to them.
Eucharistic Visitors are sent from the church to share Bread and Wine, consecrated at the Holy Cross altar, with our members who cannot come to church.
The Holy Cross Choir
Our Sunday 11:00 worship service, and all our special services, would not be as meaningful without our Choir. Under the direction of Organist/Choirmaster Bruce Power, our faithful Choir leads our praises and sings anthems and other service music each Sunday. Practice and warm-up are at 9:45 a.m., in the chancel on Sundays. New members are always invited and wanted!
The Episcopal Church Women
The ECW is one of the oldest ministries within Episcopal parishes. The women of the Church have traditionally taken on all sorts of tasks to minister in times of war and peace in whatever ways the church and the community needed.
On Wednesdays during Advent and Lent the ECW organizes Holy Cross Soup Days. Homemade beef vegetable soup, crackers, coffee and homemade dessert are served to the tables in the Undercroft — all for a cost of $4.00/person! Soup Days are days eagerly anticipated by people from all over town, as much for the fellowship and warm surroundings as for the meal.
Each year in the fall, the ECW hosts a Fall Festival, selling homemade baked goods, jellies and jams, “second time around” items and Christmas ornaments.
Earnings from Soup Days and the Fall Festival are offered back to the community in ministries supported by Holy Cross and the ECW.
Many of our parishioners serve as Ushers, Acolytes, Lectors and Eucharistic Ministers in our services of worship. Our Altar Guild prepares the altar for worship in the changing seasons of the Church Year, cares for our Eucharistic vessels and maintains the Sacristy.
Ushers are the first people a Newcomer meets as they come through our door. Those who usher welcome and give information, answer questions and invite and extend hospitality to all who come to worship with us. They also bring the gifts of the People, the offering of bread and wine, to the altar for the Eucharist.
Lectors have the vital ministry of reading the Word of God and leading the congregation in the psalm during worship. It is their ministry to convey God’s Word as a Living Word to the people.
Eucharistic Ministers receive training and are licensed by the Bishop for their ministry. Serving in worship is very rewarding personally and of great value in the beauty, depth and meaning of our worship of God.
It’s hard to imagine our 11:00 Sunday Eucharist without our Acolytes. They are faithful in their service to make everything flow smoothly. Acolytes lead the Processions in and out of the Chancel, assist with the offering and the preparation of the table for Communion, ring the Sanctus bell, and stand ready to help in any way that’s needed.
The Building and Grounds Committee
Tommie Sue Gerry Brooks head up our Building and Grounds Committee, and Doug Meshel clips the hedges, weeds the flower beds and cuts back dead plants. The primary responsibility of this committee is our Rose Garden, where the ashes of former members and friends of Holy Cross are buried. Members of Building and Grounds Committee weed, plant seasonal flowers, and mulch and fertilize the garden flower beds to keep the garden a lovely place where people can sit and enjoy the quiet surroundings.