September 16, 2022
As we continue into the Season of Creation, I’d like to take a moment to reflect on the theme of the season this year: “Listen to the Voice of Creation”. Listening to creation can mean many different things, but one way that we can listen better is to become better acquainted with the forms of life in our local ecosystems. In the busyness of our lives, it’s easy to take for granted the wonders of creation that can be found in our own backyards. We don’t need to travel to faraway wilderness wonderlands (although those are great too!) to experience the presence and wisdom of the Creator. Particularly here in San Diego County, we have a tremendous amount of biodiversity with animals and plants that are uniquely shaped by and adapted to our environment. Learning more about these creatures can teach us much – we can learn about resilience, interconnectedness, adaptability, and the abundant nature of providence that sustains all of our lives together on our “island home”.

My friend Rick Halsey, director of the California Chaparral Institute, is passionate about sharing the marvels of our local environment. He recently wrote an article called “10 Reasons Why Chaparral Is So Awesome” that you can read here: . It’s a great introduction to the many delights and surprises you’ll find just by venturing out into the hills and canyons of San Diego County. I think you’ll find that if you make the effort to get to know better and listen to the creation you find all around you, the more connected you will be with the Creator, and with all of your fellow creatures!

I also want to share with you a special event coming up next week that expands on the theme of Listening to Creation. I have been working alongside a group of local leaders from various faith traditions to put together an interfaith service of prayer, celebration, and dedication to action to being better stewards of the Earth. The service will take place next Wednesday, September 21st, at La Jolla Shores Park (right by the beach). We’ll have a bring-your-own picnic dinner and fellowship time at 5pm, followed by a service in the park at 6pm. This will be a great opportunity to honor creation along with our sisters and brothers from a variety of faiths – we’d love to see some of our Holy Cross family there as well! More details and a flyer are below. May this season find you blessed with a greater awareness of the bounty of the Creator’s goodness! 

In Christ,
Nature is filled with words of love,
but how can we listen to them amid constant noise?

Photo by Dr. Robyn Hill - Quote from Laudato Si’
 an encyclical of Pope Francis on Care for Our Common Home
THIS Sunday, September 18th

Whether you were in church just this past Sunday, several months ago, or it’s been several years, please come home THIS Sunday, September 18th. We’ll be celebrating our patronal feast day -- the feast known as the Exaltation of the Holy Cross in the eastern church and Holy Cross Day in the Episcopal Church (transferred from September 14th). This has always been a day of celebration at Holy Cross, and we will continue that tradition in our beautiful new worship space. We’ve missed seeing so many of you so please come home and connect with the Holy Cross community and celebrate being together.

Following our morning eucharist service, which begins at 9:30am, we will have a joyful (made more so by you joining us in person!) catered celebration brunch on the lanai of our new space.
Please reach out to fellow members and friends of Holy Cross and invite them!
Listening to Creation
Interfaith Service at La Jolla Shores

This summer we have witnessed stifling heat in Europe, flooding in South Korea and India, and massive wildfires and drought in California. Climate change is here and now–and getting worse. As persons of faith we are called to own the problem and move to act. On Wednesday, September 21 we will hold Listening to Creation: The Earth Speaks–The Time is Now, an interfaith service moving from Lamentation to Stewardship to Joy. All are welcome when we gather at 5:00 pm at La Jolla Shores Park, 8300 Camino del Oro for a BYO meal (please BYO beach chairs too). The service will begin at 6:00 pm and conclude by 6:45. All of our faith traditions call us to attentiveness and deep listening. Out of this intentional attention, we act!!  

This event is sponsored by a group of local faith communities and the Interfaith Coalition for Earth Justice. For more information contact the Rev. Brian Petersen at
Zoom Formation Group
Begins Thursday September 29

As we enter into our new program year, I am very excited to announce that we will be having a new opportunity for Christian Formation available via Zoom. Our new Zoom Formation Group, led by Rev. Brian, will be meeting on Thursdays from 5pm-6pm, and all are welcome to join. To begin, we’ll be discussing the Lectionary readings for the week and digging deeper into the Scripture. Book and topical studies might be added later as the group continues. Feel free to join us any time – you don’t need to commit to being there every week in order to attend. The first meeting will take place at 5pm on Thursday, September 29. A link to the meeting will be provided in the newsletter in the coming weeks. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Rev. Brian at, and we look forward to seeing you there! 
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Worship at Holy Cross
Holy Cross Day (transferred)
September 18, 2022 - 9:30AM
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

Zoom Formation Group
Begins Thursday September 29

As we enter into our new program year, I am very excited to announce that we will be having a new opportunity for Christian Formation available via Zoom. Our new Zoom Formation Group, led by Rev. Brian, will be meeting on Thursdays from 5pm-6pm, and all are welcome to join. To begin, we’ll be discussing the Lectionary readings for the week and digging deeper into the Scripture. Book and topical studies might be added later as the group continues. Feel free to join us any time – you don’t need to commit to being there every week in order to attend. The first meeting will take place at 5pm on Thursday, September 29. A link to the meeting will be provided in the newsletter in the coming weeks. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Rev. Brian at, and we look forward to seeing you there! 
Calling All Godly Play Kids!

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. 

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, September 27, 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 July 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 and 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, Bob Laskey, Fr Edelman, David Poddig and family, 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 Barbara Lange, Queen Elizabeth II, 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
Jean Varley, Allyson Gobler

Prayers for those celebrating Anniversaries
none this week

Prayers for those Traveling
Mike Collier

Anglican Cycle of Prayer
We pray for Igreja Episcopal Anglicana do Brasil

Diocesan Cycle of Prayer
We pray for St. Mark’s, San Diego, and for our Ecumenical partnerships on the International Day of Peace, September 21.

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

Fr. Walter Edelman
17427 Gibraltar Court
San Diego, CA 92128-2332

Season of Creation Prayer from 2020 Jubilee Year for Earth - Congregation of Sisters of St. Joseph
In the Diocese and Beyond
Our own Maggie Ho will be performing in Disney’s Mary Poppins with the Moonlight Youth Theater at the Moonlight Amphitheater in Vista. Information below if you’d like to see the show. Tickets are available here.

Diocesan Convention returns to an in-person gathering this year 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.

Every year, at Diocesan Convention, we elect people to positions of leadership. Nominations are open for General Convention Deputation, Executive Council, and more. The nomination form is here.

Visitors are welcome to attend convention, please register as a visitor and enjoy the worship, business and fellowship of the Diocesan Convention with the many others in attendance from throughout the diocese. Lay visitor cost is $45 and you may register here.
ECS Night with SD Loyal
Join ECS clients, staff, and supporters for a fun, family-friendly afternoon, on Oct. 9, as we cheer on San Diego’s local professional soccer team and celebrate the transformative work of ECS. Show up early and watch our Head Start Scholars take part in the pre-game ceremonies and escort the players out to the field. Tickets here.
Ordination to the Diaconate
God willing and the people consenting, Michael Kilpatrick and Pete Martin will be ordained to the Holy Order of Deacons on Saturday, October 22, 2022, at 11 am at St. Paul's Cathedral. Live Stream will be available on Diocesan Social media channels. More information here.
Season of Creation 
This year in solidarity with faith communities across the globe, the EDSD Creation Care Task Force invites you to celebrate another Season of Creation from September 4 - October 2
More information here.
Camp Stevens Celebrating 70 yrs
Join us for our Restorative Justice Retreat. Camp Stevens is celebrating 70 years of impact and growth while looking toward the future! We will learn, listen, love, and start the process of healing across faiths, generations, identities, cultures, and beyond. More information here.
Lay Eucharist Visitor Training
Whether you are a novice, interested in being a trainer, or a seasoned Eucharistic Visitor, this course offers opportunities to learn more, develop or improve skills and become more proficient in how we serve God and the church. One day training from 9am - 2pm via Zoom offered once/month October 2022 - March 2023. More information and sign up here.
Sacred Ground
Sacred Ground is the Episcopal Church’s film & reading based series which creates space for difficult but respectful and transformative dialogue on race, racism & faith. Not sure if Sacred Ground is right for you? On October 2nd members of a recently completed Sacred Ground Circle will be visiting Holy Cross and will be available to answer questions about their experience.
There's more information on programs and training available in this weeks diocesan newsletter here
The highlight of the festival is Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and the Rev. Dr. William Barber two of the greatest public speakers in a generation, as well as the Voices of Our City Choir! Don't miss this once in a lifetime opportunity for a celebration of Good News! And the Festival is FREE - Invite a friend!
Have you heard the latest Good news?
The Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and The Rev. Dr. William Barber are looking forward to joining San Diego this December 9-10 for a celebration of Good News! But we need your help!

Are you local to San Diego and want to volunteer at the Festival? Join the crew! With opportunities to serve throughout the weekend, the Good News Festival crew will help make this amazing event run smoothly.

With opportunities to welcome guests, help with logistics, stage management, and more, the Good News Festival needs your help! Volunteer here.

The Good News Workshops
The Good News Festival Team is excited to announce these workshop opportunities offered throughout the day on December 10:
  • Borders, Migration & Jesus;
  • Faith and LGBTQ+ Rights
  • Evangelism in the 21st Century
  • Starting New Faith Communities in San Diego
  • Food Security and Faith Communities
  • Creation Crisis and Care
  • Affordable Housing and Faith Communities
  • How to Try
Join us at the Good News Festival and enjoy world-class presenters for constructive workshops or panel discussions. Space will be limited. More information about the workshops and registration is here.

Book Your Room
Want to enjoy the Festival and not worry about driving home after the evening is done? Book your room for the Good News Festival and capitalize on this exclusive room rate at the Town and Country Resort: here.

Holiday Marketplace
We are excited to offer a Holiday Marketplace to support your business and to feature fair trade and minority-owned businesses in this special aspect of the Good News Festival. We anticipate having thousands of guests at the Festival, and it is our hope that the Holiday Marketplace will be an especially big draw because it falls at a perfect time for Christmas shopping! Vendor space is limited. Register as a vendor here.
Staff and Leadership
Our Clergy
Bishop: The Rt. Rev. Susan Brown Snook ***
Clergy-in-Charge: The Rev. Brian Petersen, Deacon -; 442.320.0548
Brian's+ is available to meet at our church space on Tuesdays, and at our office at St. Andrew's, Encinitas on Thursdays by appointment and at the church 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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