November 27, 2020
It is hard to believe that it is here, but Holy Cross’s birthday (we turn 34 on 11/30!) will be observed this Sunday the 29th, which is also the first Sunday of Advent. Advent is of course a season of discernment, conjuring images of candles in the dark. The darkness is not bad, to be clear, it is simply the place where God prepares something new to be revealed. The darkness of the womb, like the darkness of the tomb, is a sanctuary for slow, measured growth, once it can emerge, we see it by the slight flicker of the lonely light of a candle. But my first Advent with you all will be one of celebration, as we have several new aspects to our drive-in worship as well as several birthday surprises for the congregation! Be sure to register for drive-in or tune in on Sunday!
First Sunday of Advent & Holy Cross Birthday Celebration
Sunday November 29th
We have some special surprises planned so we hope you have saved the date and will join us for worship either in person at Drive-In church or via livestream as we celebrate the beginning of a new church year and a new year for Holy Cross.

The Advent Wreath will be lit, we will have more live participation at the service and we have a new BIG screen TV for those who attend drive-in worship so we can enjoy seeing those who record parts of the service from home (we love being able to include Robyn who is far away and others who are unable to join us "in person" via our cars), plus a few special surprises! Hope to see you in person or have you join us via livestream - see below to sign-up for Drive-In Church or for the streaming link!

Why I like in-person drive-in services at Holy Cross
Reason number 1. I get to see many of you who have been absent in my life for seven or eight months.
Reason number 2. I think the liturgy is more relevant when I’m there in person.
Reason number 3. I get a better opportunity to get to know our Vicar, Reverend Richard.
Reason number 4. I feel like I’m being supportive of our church.
Reason number 5. In my car I don’t have to worry about face masks, social distancing and hand sanitizer.
Reason number 6. It’s kinda’ cool. At least until we can move back inside.
Joyce was so happy to see everyone!
Joyce's special posters were on both side's of her car!
Our new BIG TV - it will be on a rolling cart soon!
Worship & Formation
Streaming Update

Our apologies for the hic-ups this past Sunday, please bear with us as we get to know our new equipment. We didn't have technical difficulties per se as much as we just got a few steps incorrect in the setup of three laptops and all of the equipment. We're still in the learning phase and ask for your forgiveness. We also had a mic issue at the podium during the sermon, we will work on that!
In-Person and Online Services

BOTH in-person (video livestreamed and recorded) and mid-week online services are offered at Holy Cross. We hope you will find a service that feeds your soul and helps you enjoy fellowship with your HC faith family.
Worship this Sunday, November 29
9 AM, Drive-In Church
The service will be video livestreamed

To register for this Sundays and future upcoming Drive-In services use the button above. Please simply select "1 person attending" so as to indicate that you are bringing a single vehicle. Our ushers will gather information of anyone with you in your vehicle on Sunday for an accurate count and potentially for contact tracing.

A PDF version of the service booklet is here. Download to your tablet or phone (please do this before you come to church on Sunday) or print a copy at home and bring with you. We will also have sanitized printed copies available on Sunday.

You may also watch the service on Facebook here, or on our YouTube channel here, and listen to audio only here.
Miss last Sundays service? Watch it by clicking on the picture to the right. (We had a bit of accidental silence until 4.30 minutes in. The sermon had a slight issue due to the mic's frequency setting. Bottom line for the sermon: Christ the king is an ironic phrase given our gospel passage). All past service video's are archived on our Youtube channel here and on our Facebook page here.


Please watch for Tuesdays email with the link to join
via Zoom
Evening Prayer
7 PM ** on Zoom

We tour the world and experience Evening Prayer from countries throughout the Anglican faith tradition, including our own Prayer Book.

** 3rd Wednesday each month starts at 5 PM due to Bishop's Committee meeting
Contemplative Prayer
Noon on Zoom
Resumes December 3rd

Please note: we were meeting every other Thursday and we will not meet on our next scheduled Thursday, November 26th, Thanksgiving Day. Beginning Thursday, December 3rd, Contemplative Prayer will meet weekly rather than every other week.
Christian Formation
This Sunday November 29th
10 am on Zoom
Paul’s Letter to the Galatians

We continue our four week study of Paul's Letter to the Galatians. WHO IS PAUL IN HIS OWN WORDS? This Sunday we will discuss how Paul defines himself in Galatians 1 and 2 (1st person witness) and then consider why he felt the need to write his biographical information. Please the first two chapters of Paul's letter to the Galatians of Bob's Translation of Paul Letter (pages 3 & 4), and then consider the two questions on the session 2 document here. Write down your thoughts and come prepared to share your ideas on Sunday. The document is in PDF format so you are able to print it and have it in front of you on Sunday.) Materials for the course: Bob Meloon's Translation of Paul's Letter to the Galatians here and map of Galatia here. Both are in PDF format and may be printed on hard copy if that is easier for you.

If you missed last week no worries, please join us this week!
Stewardship and Supporting Holy Cross
2021 Pledge Campaign
Certainty in uncertain times
           Certainty in God’s love for us
           Certainty in our love for our church
           Certainty in our mission to help the disenfranchised
           Certainty in our love and support for each other  

The above is the theme for our 2021 Pledge Campaign, Nov. 29th – Dec. 28th. It will formally kick off this Sunday as we celebrate Holy Cross’s 34th birthday. Your Bishop’s Committee has, through careful deliberation, established a pledge goal of $187,000. Please consider God’s love, and your love for our church as you decide your level of financial support for Holy Cross in the year ahead. Your contributions represent 97% of our budgeted total income for 2021.

We are truly fortunate to have called a vibrant and enthusiastic Vicar, our spiritual leader, Reverend Richard. His presence in our lives greatly helps us to overcome the dilemma of separation and anxiety. He provides us with certainty on our way through uncertain times.

Some of the specifics of the Holy Cross 2021 draft budget are below to provide both transparency and clarity to the Pledge Campaign, and our church finances. Your church leadership estimates we will remain in our current building during 2021. We have asked for an early termination of the lease, but it seems unlikely. Our facility is our largest expense, followed by clergy expenses. Those two, plus $27,502 we will contribute to the Diocese as our Common Life Share payment, represent 95% of our 2021 expenses.
In this strangest of years, I ask you to be both courageous and confident. Have courage to face the uncertain times, and the confidence that together we can accomplish much. May God Bless You in all you do.


Mike Collier
Pledge Campaign Chair
Pastoral Care
Whenever you have a concern or problem you would like to discuss confidentially, when a loved one is ill or has died, or whenever a visit with someone from Holy Cross may be of help to you, please contact Rev. Richard at 715.492.0297. Our clergy and members of our lay Pastoral Care team are commissioned to bring God’s grace and offer a time of listening, companionship, and prayer with those who are unable to attend worship or otherwise are in need of receiving such care. Short-term counseling, crisis intervention, and referral to other social service providers are also available.
Please hold all on our prayer list in your prayers:
If you would like to be added to the Prayers for Comfort, or would like to add someone else (please get their permission first) or add a family member to the Prayers for the Departed, please contact the church office at: email or 760.930.1270. Please mention 'Prayer List' in the Subject line and include whether the prayer request is for "Comfort" or for the "Departed".

Individuals will remain on the prayer list for 4 weeks. Please contact the office if you wish to have someone added for another 4 weeks.
Prayer for Discernment:
Brian Petersen, Postulant for Holy Orders, as he continues to discern God's call for ordained ministry and as he attends seminary.

Prayers for Comfort:
Fr. Atwood, Tom & Wayne, Arlene, Ann, Paul, Bob, Michael, Jen, Grant, Jerry, Rhonda, the Petersen Family, Charlotte and the Laubach family, Maxine & Bob, Pamela & Cliff, Charlie, Marilyn & Art, Mary & Ray, all who have been affected by the COVID-19 virus, all who have been impacted by the fires in California, Oregon, and Washington, all who have been impacted by hurricane's and tropical storms, and those who have no one to pray for them.

Prayers for the Departed
We commend to God all who have died, especially Arlene Stehlheber, Peter Laubach, those who have lost their lives to the COVID-19 virus, those who have lost their lives to the wildfires, hurricanes and flooding, and those who have given their lives for freedom’s cause.

Prayers for those celebrating Birthdays
Mirna Tinney and Fr. Roger Haenke

Prayers for those celebrating Anniversaries
none this week

Prayers for those Traveling
George Fern
Notes of Care
Thinking of you. Humming bird watercolor card illustration
If you would like to be added, or suggest someone to be added (please get their permission first) to Notes of Care please contact the church office at: or 760.930.1270

Note: If you have lost a member of your family and would like us to include you and your family in "Notes of Care" please provide the name and relationship of your loved one, the date they entered into glory, and the address of where you would like notes of care sent.
Please keep in your thoughts and prayers those who are unable to be with us in worship and reach out to them to let them know they are missed.

Fr. Theodore Atwood
c/o Nazareth House Room N130
6333 Rancho Mission Rd
San Diego, CA 92108
Tom Andreas & Wayne Kirts
1930 W San Marcos Blvd Spc 234
San Marcos, CA. 92078

Arlene Cull
4714 Athos Way
Oceanside, Ca 92056

Allen & Cathie Zych
4014 Layang Layang Circle #J
Carlsbad, CA. 92008

Advent Resources
Read Waiting & Watching, a book of daily devotions published by Forward Movement. Contributors are Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, Scott “Lent Madness” Gunn and others. Available as a book or a Kindle ebook.

Make space. No need to open your wallet for this one. Just set aside time each day for some quiet. Turn off the phone, don’t look at the computer, and open your heart and mind to hear God’s call to you.

Read scripture. You can look up the daily scripture readings for any date here. They’re also listed in the back of the Book of Common Prayer. You might pair this practice with silence, above.

Shop like you’re a Christian. Can you make an impact on the world with your Christmas shopping — or lack thereof? Consider making charitable gifts for friends and family instead of buying more consumer goods. Think about buying from a small business or from a company that works for a positive impact with its workers and communities.

Connect with friends. Invite several friends to join you weekly for prayer and discussion of how we can turn toward Jesus in this difficult time. You can do this online, so your friends can be all over the world.

Adapted from Is Advent the New Lent by the Supreme Executive Committee - Lent Madness (The Rev. Canon Scott Gunn & The Rev. Tim Schenck)
Message from Episcopal Community Services
Happy Thanksgiving to the Holy Cross community from ECS! We are so grateful for your support and partnership and for your investment in the lives of the men, women, and families we serve every day. Blessings and peace to you and yours this Thanksgiving.
Humor Corner
Cartoon from St. Swithin’s, by The Rev. Jay Sidebotham, copyright © 2002 The Church Pension Fund.
Staff and Leadership
Our Clergy
Bishop: The Rt. Rev. Susan Brown Snook ***
Vicar: The Rev. Richard Hogue - **
Associate Priest: The Rev. Theodore Atwood
Assisting Priest: The Rev. Walter Edelman
** office hours: Sunday - Thursday 9 am - 5pm. Fridays and Saturdays will be his Sabbath days. Rev. Richard will always be available for pastoral emergencies regardless of the day, but asks that you understand he will not be responding to general emails, text messages or phone calls on his Sabbath days as he is trying to get the rest that God requires of all of us. As a reminder, Rev. Richard is 3/4 time with Holy Cross and 1/4 time with St. Andrew's and his work hours Sunday through Thursday will support both congregations.

Church Secretary: Kathleen Menei, Jr. -
Bookkeeper: Muriel Wahl, Bookkeeper

Leadership - Bishop's Committee ("BC")
Sr. Warden: Karen Sanchez -
Jr. Warden: Katie Ho
Dennis Baggett
Mike Collier
Brian Petersen
Marci Stafford
Treasurer: Larry Sebastian
Clerk: Dave Dana

Contact information:
Church office: 760.930.1270
To contact any of our clergy, staff, or BC members that do not have an email address listed above please use the church email address, your message will be forwarded to the individual. If you wish to contact them in confidence please indicate that in your message and we will ask the individual to contact you.

As a reminder, due to COVID-19 staff is working remotely. The office email is monitored regularly and office voice mail (phone) and mail is checked twice a week. In the event of a pastoral emergency please contact Rev. Richard directly.

*** To contact the Bishop's office or another member of the diocesan staff ("EDSD"):
EDSD phone: 619-291-5947
EDSD staff directory:
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