January 4, 2020
Christmas Nativity Scene Of Three Wise Men Magi Going To Meet Baby Jesus in the Manger with the City of Bethlehem in the distance Illustration
This Sunday, as Christmastide ends, we enter Epiphany. In Matthew's Gospel we will hear the story of the Wise Men and how they followed the star to Jerusalem, asked where the recently born King of the Jews was to be found, and how they visited the infant Jesus. Madeleine L’Engle, in her book “The Glorious Impossible” says of the Wise Men: “The wise men were wise men indeed, men of great intellectual sophistication; but each one saw the birth of an unknown child as an event of unprecedented proportions. They understood that the birth of a single child could affect the entire universe, just as physicists today understand that all of creation is a single organism. Nothing happens in isolation. … So, these ancient astronomers believed that something was happening in Bethlehem that would change the world.”

Perhaps what made these Wise Men so wise was their ability to broaden their vision; They could look beyond the immediate around them and understand that each person’s life is like a pebble tossed into water. Each of us has a rippling effect on all those around us and our ripples intersect endlessly – on and on. As we begin this New Year and decade, perhaps this is not the time for resolutions. Perhaps it is the time for increased awareness of our interconnection, of our interdependence. We are called to love one another, to care for each other, and to be responsible for each other before God. Embrace your call here at Holy Cross for we are a community of faith who believes in the hope that our lives, and the lives of those around us, will be changed for the better as we pay homage to Christ, as those Wise Men did all those years ago.

Rev Roger, Deacon Seth, and Fr Edelman
This Sunday - A Glorious Celebration!
We celebrate Max Peterson’s baptism in the Name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit as he is lovingly adopted by God into God’s family.
Potluck Brunch : We bid Rev. Roger farewell and thank him for the many blessings we have received through his ministry with us. Please bring a dish to share during our fellowship time. Current sign-ups include: 2 Appetizer, 1 Salad, 1 Side/Casserole, 4 Dessert, 2 Main Dish, 2 Other.
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Our Choir will provide special music for this liturgy. Come hear their beautiful voices.
Annual Meeting
Sunday, January 19, 2020

We will celebrate our many ministries and outreach as we review this past year and highlight our hopes and dreams for the future, review the 2020 budget, as well as hold an election for Bishop's Committee positions and Diocesan Convention delegates.

Will you prayerfully consider serving?

We will be holding an election to fill four Bishop's Committee positions.  Description and duties:  In the Episcopal Church, the Bishop's Committee is a body of elected lay people (members) with the primary task of: Overseeing the lay ministries of the church; Ensuring the church building and grounds are cared for; And, ensuring parish funds are administered appropriately. 

We will also elect two delegates, and alternates, to the 2020 Diocesan Convention. Description and duties:   A delegate attends and represents Holy Cross at the Diocesan Convention which will convene on Friday and Saturday, November 13 and 14, 2020, at St Paul's Episcopal Church, Yuma, Az. Delegates are expected to attend the convention sessions on both days and vote on amendments and the diocesan budget. The convention operates on a paperless process, delegates need to have access to a laptop, tablet or mobile device to access the convention booklet and to cast votes on ballots and resolutions during the convention. The church will reimburse mileage to/from Yuma and one nights lodging.

To nominate someone, or yourself, click here for the nomination form and criteria for serving in these ministries.

Ministry Leadership Transitions

Lay Eucharistic Visitors : We give thanks for the ministry of Marcia Pierce who has faithfully led this ministry for the past year. Marcia's quiet presence has been a blessing to those she has visited and to this ministry team, and she will be missed. Marcia and Aldon are on their way to their new home in Tennessee. We are blessed to have Muriel Wahl assume leadership of this ministry.
Wardens and Bishop's Committee ("BC") : We will give thanks and celebrate the ministries of the following individuals who are transiting from their current roles:
  • Tom Mauro: Tom is stepping down as Sr Warden after two years of faithful leadership in this role. Tom leads with a heart full of grace and while he will no longer serve in this capacity, we can expect to be blessed by his gentle presence in various ministry areas at Holy Cross.
  • Karen Sanchez: Bishop Susan has appointed Karen as Sr Warden effective with our Annual Meeting. Karen is resigning her position as a BC member to assume this new role.
  • Stacy Craft: Stacy was appointed to fill the final year of Randy Echito's term and will transition off BC leadership. She will not be standing for election to another term as she has recently completed her master's degree and is pursuing a full-time position in her chosen field.
  • Sue Baas: Sue's 3-year term is concluding. Per the terms of our By-laws, she is not eligible to serve or be appointed to a BC role for a period of 1-year. We can expect to find Sue to continue her involvement with Godly Play.
  • Marcia Pierce: As noted above, Marcia has resigned from the BC due to her move to Tennessee.
Upcoming Ministries and Events
Please RSVP to Keren Mondaca by January 8th at kmondaca@edsd.org.

If you would like to attend and need a ride please contact Tom Mauro (he can take 7 people) or Karen Sanchez (she has room for 4 people).
Please hold all on our prayer list in your prayers:
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Prayers for Comfort:
Fr. Atwood, Diane & Margaret, Tom & Wayne, Nancy, Arlene, Peter, Mary, Jan, Kasey, Steve and Amber, Marilyn and Art, Mary and Ray, Pat, Sandy, Bella, Kaitlyn, and all who have no one to pray for them.

Prayers for the Departed
We commend to God all who have died, especially Jan Hire, and those who have given their lives for freedom’s cause.
Please hold the family and friends of Jan Hire in prayer. Jan passed away peacefully in her sleep on Wednesday evening in the company of her family. Details of the memorial service are still being planned. We are awaiting an address update from her family for where to send notes of sympathy and will share it with you as soon as we know.

May Jan's soul, and the soul's of all the departed, rest in peace.
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 holycross@holycrosscarlsbad.org 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".

Note: If you have lost a member of your family and would like us to include your loss with "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.

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.
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: holycross@holycrosscarlsbad.org or 760.930.1270.
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Eucharistic Visits

This ministry is an extension of our Celebration of the Eucharist each week - bread and wine that has been blessed on Sunday is reserved for our Lay Eucharist Visitors to take to those who are unable to join us.

To arrange for a Lay Eucharistic visit please contact the church office at 760.930.1270. Muriel Wahl, our lay Pastoral Ministry leader, will be notified of your need and she, or a member of the team, will contact you to make arrangements for a visit. Please let the office know if you wish to have a visit on Sunday following worship or another day of the week.
Bishop's Committee

Bishop's Committee meetings are open to anyone who would like to attend. Any church member may ask any BC member to speak on their behalf or on behalf of a proposal they wish to forward. Meetings are held the third Wednesday of the month from 6 pm - 8:30 pm. The next BC meeting is Wednesday, January 15th.

*Ministry and Finance reports are posted on the bulletin board in the kitchen.
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Cartoon from St. Swithin’s, by The Rev. Jay Sidebotham, copyright © 2002 The Church Pension Fund.
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