Church of the Holy Cross
2455 Gallows Road
Dunn Loring, VA 22027-1225


Interfaith Meeting for Tanzania

Dr. Henry Ziegler, Dr. Bahati Maxwell, and Mr. Mohammed Shariff Manekia will discuss the life-saving work being done by Faith in Action Tanzania, an interfaith partnership created specifically to serve vulnerable women and children in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Faith in Action brings together Christian and Muslim leaders and Government agencies to identify and serve widows, orphans, and unmarried children with children in a very poor urban neighborhood. The meeting will take place Thursday, June 29, 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 6715 Georgetown Pike, McLean. For more information, contact Henry Ziegler at

Join the Parish Lunch Line

The third Sunday of every month we gather in the parish kitchen to make sandwiches for clients of Northern Virginia Family Service's Bailey's Crossroads shelter. After our 9:00 a.m. service, we work for about 45 minutes to assemble and package sandwiches with the supplies we have on hand. All are welcome to come help out for as much time as you can spare. We are always accepting donations of lunch meat, cheese, and bread.

Health Mission to Tanzania

Holy Cross parishioners Dr. Henry and Priscilla Ziegler have been medical missionaries for many years, partnering with Tanzanian individuals and organizations in order to improve the health and education of poor Tanzanians. Holy Cross has become increasingly involved in supporting this important work, and a group traveled to Tanzania in February, 2012 to offer hands-on assistance. The team of 12 improved the buildings and the financial systems, taught the nursing assistants, give an AIDS orphans party, taught primary school children and paid for lunch for 750 students at the school. We also visited and assisted an isolated rural village. In 2013, three youth traveled with their parents to teach computer skills to school-age children in Dar es Salaam. In August of this year, a team of nine will travel to one of the poorest communities in Dar es Salaam to construct an open-air waiting room at St. James Anglican Hospital and build a playground for the children of St. Augustine’s Primary School.

If you are interested in learning more about Health Tanzania, or Holy Cross's participation in this program, please contact the parish office .

Donate online to support the mission:

Read the latest report from the Zieglers here. If you would like to receive the HABARI GANI newsletter regularly, please contact Priscilla Ziegler .


CHO Food Pantry

The Committee for Helping Others (CHO) houses a food pantry that provides food and other basic supplies to its clients. Holy Cross collects items on a weekly basis to help support this program.

You are invited to bring in items at any time and place them in the red wagon outside the sanctuary. You can also help by delivering the contributions to CHO as needed.

The immediate needs are tomato sauce, spaghetti sauce, applesauce/canned fruit, raisins/dried fruit, pancake syrup, diapers: sizes newborn/4/5, toilet paper, bar soap, laundry detergent, kitchen dish soap. Items NOT NEEDED at this time include pasta, peanut butter and jelly, canned beans, soups and vegetables. Please consider donating grocery cards to cover perishable or restrictive dietary items or items not covered by food stamps—soap, toilet paper, diapers, or any other non-food items.

CHO Clothes Closet

The CHO Clothes Closet serves about 40 families (160 people) each Monday during the spring, fall and winter seasons. They are collecting spring/summer clothes and request that donations be appropriate to the season.  Gently-used clothing and shoe donations can be dropped off in the CHO hamper by the red wagon. Thank you for your continued support of the CHO Clothes Closet.