August 5, 2022
This Sunday August 5
first service at our new home!
9:30am - NEW service time

Every box may not be unpacked or everything in its final resting place but we are excited to welcome everyone to our first service at our new home with Jewish Collaborative of San Diego (JCo). Our service this Sunday will include the Liturgy of Dedication for our new space. We hope you will join us!

As a reminder our Sunday services will now begin at 9:30am, this allows us to stagger the arrival of parking for services between our service and Christ Presbyterian Church services as we all share the large parking lot.

Things to know:
  • Parking - there is a large parking lot across the street from JCo, you may park in any available space.
  • You may also park on the street - please be mindful not to park in front of the fire hydrant located in front of the community garden and just before the ramp to the entrance of JCo - there is NO red curb marking in front of the hydrant but the Carlsbad police will issue's tickets
  • Please do not park in the small lot immediately in front of Christ Presbyterian Church
  • Service animals are permitted in the building, no other animals are permitted inside the building
  • Smoking is not permitted anywhere on the property or premises
  • We will continue to project the service bulletin on screens, please download the booklet to your phone or print a copy at home and bring it with you if your prefer your own copy
  • We will continue to livestream our services, see the Worship at Holy Cross section below for the links
  • Our mailing address, email and phone numbers remain the same

We will have coffee hour immediately following the service - we will not have to rush out of the space or move our vehicles, so please plan on staying for time to socialize or as those of us who have lived in Hawai`i know it - "talk story"!

Jewish Collaborative of San Diego (JCo)

Like many of you, I had very mixed feelings when I read Bishop Susan’s statement about Lambeth Calls that she shared a few weeks ago (for those unfamiliar with the situation around the Lambeth Conference, the statement contains a detailed explanation and is available by clicking here. On the one hand, I was very proud of our bishop for speaking out publicly and definitively taking a stand for the equality of LGBTQ+ persons in our church, and was pleased to see that many other bishops joined with her in solidarity to influence the proceedings at the conference. At the same time, I was quite disheartened and disappointed to see the extent to which the voices of intolerance and discrimination still hold sway in the wider Anglican communion. It seemed as though reconciliation would be impossible, and that the Anglican communion would continue to follow in the pattern of the world where divisions grow more rigid each and every day. While it was wonderful to hear so many voices in the church standing up for the dignity of every human being, it was also sad to be reminded that the church mirrors much of the brokenness we see in our world as well.

In the past week, however, the news from Lambeth has been more positive. Calls by some conservative bishops to sanction LGBTQ+ churches have been rejected, and the level of dialog and listening has increased. The original Lambeth Calls document has been revised to acknowledge that there is no consensus among Anglicans worldwide on issues related to human sexuality, but that the churches of the communion commit to walk together and listen to each other as much as possible despite deep theological differences.

This might not seem like a huge accomplishment to some – and there is still much work to be done in the church in advancing the cause of ensuring equal rights for all people. But as our Presiding Bishop, Michael Curry, points out, this lifts some of the clouds of despair and allows for hope. Hope is not based on utopian dreams that we might all agree without conflict, but rather that we are committed to struggling through that conflict together. Bishop Curry reminds us that Jesus does not command us to agree with each other, but to love one another. Love does require us to call out injustice where we see it, but it also requires us to acknowledge the humanity and belovedness of even those with whom we disagree. To the extent that Anglican bishops were able to model this sort of love in conversation and fellowship with each other this week, I can believe that the hope of the church being a healing community for the world is still possible.

A video of Presiding Bishop Curry’s statement on Lambeth is available by clicking here.

In Christ,
Will You Join Us?

Thank you to those who have responded to our call to join us in this period of "Renewal!". We have two individuals/families who were not able to pledge in December who have pledged now, one individual who has increased their pledge, and two individuals who have made financial gifts toward the 2022 Operating Fund.

This increases our 2022 pledges by $4,800 to a total of $110,929, still below our $185,000 goal for this year and $72,000 below the amount pledged in 2021.

As we begin to look forward to settling into our new home at JCo and look forward to our future and all that we understand God to be calling us to be, we ask ALL to prayerfully consider joining in this period of “Renewal!”: a renewal of our Spirit, a renewal of our dedication to Holy Cross, and a renewal of our relationships with one another.

If Holy Cross is to grow, attract new members, and if we want to be able to fulfill the vision we outlined in our Strategic Plan this will take a whole community dedicated to our "Renewal!".
It is an exciting time to be a member of Holy Cross. We hope you will join us and support us on this journey. If you are able to assist financially, please complete and return the form we mailed to your home or use the online form via the link below. Thank you to those who have already completed your Renewal! form.

Click here to complete your Renewal! form!
Beach Mass last Sunday

Thank you to all who attended our special Beach Mass last Sunday at Buccaneer Park in Oceanside. It was a beautiful day and the park was the perfect setting directly across from the beach with lots of open space. We even had coffee hour following the service, thanks to all who brought the yummy food to share!
Photo's by Linda Collier. You may see more pics here.
August Outreach
Food Security
for Refugee Families

Dear kind and generous people of Holy Cross,

Our August outreach ministry is the donation of rice and cooking oil to refugee families. These families are in the U.S. with the approval and sanction of our government. They have all been vetted and cleared by the United Nations Refugee Programs.

Your past generosity has provided tons of rice and hundreds of gallons of cooking oil. Through the Episcopal Refugee Network (RefugeeNet), your donations will help provide food security to many, many families in need.

For 2022 this outreach ministry is blessed with an anonymous $1,000 matching donation. Please consider your own donation to this very worthwhile outreach program. You may make an in-kind donation of rice and cooking oil, or by a check made payable to Holy Cross with “Rice & Cooking Oil” on the memo line or online via Zelle or Faithstreet please note “Rice & Cooking Oil” on the memo/what's this for line.

Mike Collier coordinates this ministry. Feel free to ask him any questions at 760.753.0556, or in person at church.
St. Mark's Back 2 School Bash

Thank you to Cathy and Jim Zolner for representing Holy Cross this past Wednesday, August 3rd, in helping St. Mark's prepare for their 10th annual Back 2 School Bash. Cathy and Jim along with a wonderful crew of other volunteers helped stuff backpacks to get St. Mark's ready for their Back 2 School Bash to be held next Saturday, August 13th. The backpacks and their content will be blessed this Sunday and each backpack will be tagged letting its owner know that their backpack has been blessed and that St. Mark's love is with them. Cathy said: "It was fun and it was great to see St. Mark's and meet other volunteers". 
Photo's from Cathy Zolner and St. Mark's August 5th Newsletter
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Worship at Holy Cross
Ninth Sunday after Pentecost:
August 7, 2022 - 9:30AM - NEW TIME!
at JCo - our NEW Location!
7805 Centella St. Carlsbad
YouTube & Online.Church   
*Masks required for unvaccinated.
People who have other high-risk factors are also encouraged to wear a mask
We use a screen to project the service bulletin. If you prefer your own worship booklet please download the booklet using the button below to your phone or tablet, or print a copy at home, and bring it with you. Thank you for helping us to be better stewards of God's creation (reducing paper waste).
Video on Demand (VOD): Miss any of the past Sunday services?
You may find them on our YouTube channel here.

Rooted in ancient monastic tradition, this is a perfect way to end the day. Watch for our mid-week check-in newsletter with the service links.

Christian Formation

Adult Formation

Stay tuned for upcoming programs
Calling All Godly Play Kids!
on hiatus for the Summer

Godly Play is grounded in the Montessori tradition and uses special materials and storytelling that invite the children into scripture and church tradition.

For more information please contact Sue Baas.
Upcoming Ministries & Events
All Saints Cemetery Clean-Up
on hiatus during summer
9:30 am - 10:30
200 Peyri Road in Oceanside,
next to Heritage Park

Our All Saints clean up is on hiatus for the summer. Stay tuned for fall when cleanup visits to the cemetery will resume and help us maintain this lovely historic Episcopal property!
Wounded Warrior Battalion West - Camp Pendleton

We deliver healthy snacks to the Wounded Warrior Battalion staff and the Marines and sailors recovering from wounds, injury and illness.

Contact Tom Mauro at 847.989.0305 for more information about this ongoing ministry or for how you might participate.
Immigration Ministry Update

For the past six years, Holy Cross’ Immigration Ministry has provided assistance to one of our parishioners, a Nigerian refugee who is seeking asylum in the United States. This assistance has come in the form of legal help, job and housing assistance, and spiritual and emotional support. The ministry has been made possible by the work of many of our members and by the financial donations of our congregation. At this time, our parishioner (whose name is withheld from this newsletter due to safety concerns) is facing additional roadblocks in his legal struggle for asylum, and Holy Cross is once again re-establishing the Immigration Ministry fund to help with his legal fees. Your donations to this fund are greatly appreciated at this time, as well as your prayers. Donations can be made via check made out to Holy Cross with “Immigration Ministry” in the memo line, or via any of our electronic payment platforms. If you have any questions about this ministry, please contact Rev. Brian via phone or email. 

Visioning Ministry
Visioning Update

On July 17th, our Visioning Team presented to the congregation the culmination of many months of hard work in the crafting of our Strategic Plan. After a review of the team’s work in refining and defining Holy Cross’ identity, vision, purpose, and values, we launched into a robust congregational discussion about the goals and objectives specified in the plan.

The group discussions, facilitated by members of our VT, generated a great deal of valuable feedback and ideas from our members. Some key points raised were:

  • Keeping our website and social media presence updated in a timely fashion, and also making sure our online materials are accessible to people with disabilities
  • Addressing issues with livestream audio.
  • Identifying leaders to maintain consistent spiritual growth and formation programs
  • Reaching out to seniors and others in need in our immediate neighborhood
  • Understanding how to counter the effects of the pandemic on community activities

I know that many of us were also anxious to hear about the action steps associated with these goals and objectives. We chose not to discuss these at the meeting due to time constraints – let’s put it this way: Holy Cross has a lot planned for the next five years! However, the congregation’s suggestions were compared with the existing actions in the plan and several minor updates and additions were made to improve the final plan. These will be shared with the congregation very shortly once the complete plan is reviewed by Bishop Susan and Canon Jason Evans. I also believe that you will find many of the questions and concerns raised in the meeting will be addressed in the specific action steps.

One other suggestion that came up frequently in the discussion was the need to reach out to members of Holy Cross that have stopped attending church. This is something that members of the VT, including myself, have been engaged in throughout the visioning process, and we will continue to maintain contact with everyone who chooses to remain on our congregational roster. I anticipate that some of these members may return with our move back to South Carlsbad. However, it is also essential for Holy Cross to grow and attract new members if we want to be able to fulfill the vision outlined in our plan. This will take the effort of every one of our current members – not just one individual or even a team, but a whole community that is dedicated to sharing our message of Open Minds, Open Arms in South Carlsbad! I want to thank all our members who attended the meeting for your openness, honesty, patience, and dedication to this community. It is that dedication that makes us who we are and fills me with confidence that we will grow into this new vision of who God is calling us to be. I hope that all of you came away from this meeting with renewed energy and a sense of purpose for the journey ahead – now let’s get it started!

Rev. Brian
Giving and Tithing
Thank you to all for your continued pledges and donations. These are integral to our ability to continue our mission, ministries, as well as to stay current on all of our financial obligations.

You may find information about how your pledges and donations support Holy Cross in the Controllers Report published each month in the Bishop's Committee (BC) section of this newsletter. Please don't hesitate to reach out to our Warden's, Karen Sanchez and Katie Ho, or any member of the BC if you have questions or would like additional information on our finances or any aspect of Holy Cross.
MAILING ADDRESS: 2647 Gateway Rd Suite 105 #290, Carlsbad, Ca. 92009
Bishop's Committee

Bishop's Committee (BC) meetings are the third Tuesday of the month from 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm. The next regular BC meeting is TUESDAY, August 23, 2022** in-person and via Zoom.

Meetings are open and anyone may attend. Please reach out to Karen Sanchez for the Zoom link if you wish to attend remotely.

If there is something for which you wish to bring to the BC's attention, you may reach out to our Clergy-in-Charge, Brian Petersen, our Wardens, Karen Sanchez and Katie Ho, or any BC member. Their contact information is at the bottom of the newsletter, also in the church roster, or you may reach them at the church office:

You may read the approved June Minutes here; Controllers Report here; Priest-in-Charge Report here; and Sr. Warden's Report here.
Pastoral Care
If you have a pastoral emergency and are unable to reach anyone at the church office, 760.930.1270, then always call our Priest-in-Charge, Brian Petersen, at 442.320.0548. If you are unable to reach Brian+ please call our Sr Warden, Karen Sanchez, at 808.494.0558.
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 our Clergy-in-Charge:
For Rev Brian Petersen, protect, nourish and sustain him through the work of the Holy Spirit. May he find rest and encouragement in the loving care of God and this congregation.

Prayers for Thanksgiving
For our hosts JCo, for this community of Holy Cross

Prayers for Comfort:
Randy Echito, Art Wahl, Tom Andreas, Arlene Cull, Ann Mauro, Paul Vanderpool, Barb Ross, Mia, Sandra Rindge, Mike Collier, George Fern, Fr. Vic Krulak, Jim Backoff & Terry McClain & family, Judy Cater, Bob Laskey, all who have been affected by the COVID-19 virus, all who have been affected by gun violence, and those who have no one to pray for them.

Prayers for the Departed
We commend to God all who have died, especially John Erickson, Barbara Schnelker, those who have lost their lives to the COVID-19 virus and those who have lost their lives to gun violence.

Prayers for those celebrating Birthdays
Tim Decker, Charlotte Laubach, Lois Baxter, Emma Tinney

Prayers for those celebrating Anniversaries
Fr. Brian and Kelly Petersen, Rev. Roger & Cliff

Prayers for those Traveling
none this week

Anglican Cycle of Prayer
We pray for the Church in the Province of
the West Indies.

Diocesan Cycle of Prayer
We pray for the Clergy and people of All Souls’ and San Diego Young Adult Ministry in the Diocese. We also pray for our Bishop and all those participating in the Lambeth Conference.

The people of Ukraine and Russia; for peace; for all communities affected by gun violence
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.

Tom Andreas
1930 W San Marcos Blvd Spc 234
San Marcos, CA. 92078

Arlene Cull
4714 Athos Way
Oceanside, Ca 92056

In the Diocese and Beyond
By: Chris Tumilty, Director of Communications

Diocesan Convention returns to an in-person gathering for the first time in two years. On Friday, November 11, everyone can join Convention online for an evening of virtual presentations, a panel discussion, and workshops. On the morning of Saturday, November 12, elected delegates, clergy, and visitors will gather at St. Bartholomew’s in Poway to worship, learn, and discern together–reflecting on becoming a better people of God.

Each year at Diocesan Convention, the people and clergy of the diocese elect their representatives to serve in many different leadership capacities. Nominations for those positions are open now. God might be calling you to serve! These leadership groups are vital to the mission of our Diocese. Having a diverse team of leaders helps the Diocese make strategic, Christ-centered decisions.

To continue reading and for information on the elected offices and the nomination process click here
Sharing God's Good News
How can we share Good News in ways that feel authentic and just? You are invited to join Jerusalem Greer, staff officer for evangelism in the office of Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, and the Episcopal Evangelism Team for this evangelism workshop. More information here.
Creation Care 101
Thinking about starting a Creation Care ministry but need more information on creation care? Consider participating in Creation Care 101, a free program, toolkit, and community-building resource designed for the church. More information here.
DSJC Invites You to Network
The Diocesan Service & Justice Coalition is a group of dedicated service/outreach and peace/social justice coordinators who gather to network and share ideas and collaborate on projects to make a greater impact in our community. More information here.
Environmental Summer Film Fest
Grab some popcorn and join the Environmental Summer Film Festival on Wednesday August 24. More information and to sign up here.
Godly Play Training Retreat
In partnership with Christ Church Coronado, the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego is pleased to offer a Godly Play Core Training Retreat on August 19-21. Sign up here.
Read all the latest from this weeks diocesan newsletter here
Have you heard the latest Good news?
The Presiding Bishop Michael Curry will be joined by social justice leader, The Rev. Dr. William Barber! Two of the greatest public speakers in a generation, AND The Voices of Our City choir! You may remember this street choir from America's Got Talent where they were honored with the 'Golden Buzzer' for their performance. Read more here.

Sign up for the Good News Festival and receive VERY EXCITING NEWS about this amazing, upcoming event. Sign Up Here

Book Your Room
Book your room for the Good News Festival and capitalize on this exclusive room rate at the Town and Country Resort: here
Staff and Leadership
Our Clergy
Bishop: The Rt. Rev. Susan Brown Snook ***
Clergy-in-Charge: The Rev. Brian Petersen, Deacon -
Brian's+ is available for Zoom or phone call meetings on Tuesday afternoons, Thursdays, & Friday afternoons and at the office on Sundays. Please schedule at time using this link: If you have a pastoral emergency please email or text him (442.320.0548). If you are unable to reach him please contact Karen Sanchez, our Sr. Warden.

Bookkeeper: Muriel Wahl
Controller: Erin Sacco Pineda, CPA - ESP Accounting
AV Tech Guru: Jack Cater
AV Tech Asst: Finley Dicus
Admin/Communications Coord: Ryan Cagle

Leadership - Bishop's Committee ("BC")
Sr. Warden: Karen Sanchez -
Jr. Warden: Katie Ho
Members at large: Mike Collier, Allen Zych
Treasurer: Grant Ford
Clerk: Robyn Hill

Contact information:
Church office: 760.930.1270
Mailing address: 2647 Gateway Rd Suite 105 #290, Carlsbad, CA. 92009
To contact any of our 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, our staff work remotely. The office email and voice mail is monitored regularly. In the event of a pastoral emergency please contact Rev Brian. If you are unable to reach him then please contact Karen Sanchez, our Sr. Warden.

*** 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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