February 14, 2020
Art from the Heart
Potluck Brunch and Art Show
THIS Sunday, February 16th
This Sunday we celebrate the many artists among us with an exhibition of artwork from the members and friends of Holy Cross. We will also celebrate the wonderful bounty of delights to tempt our taste buds as we join together in a potluck brunch. The fun begins following worship - hope you will join us!

For those who are displaying art work - please plan on dropping off your item(s) tomorrow, Saturday, at the church between 2 and 4 pm. If you are not available then please contact Judy Cater, if you have not done so, to make other arrangements.

Volunteers Needed: Tomorrow, Saturday, between 2 and 4 pm, to help set-up.
Sunday, following the event to help with clean-up.
NOTE: Please bring your palms from last year to church this Sunday or next.
We will burn them to make the ashes for the service.
Ash Wednesday (from the Latin Dies Cinerum , meaning "Day of Ashes") marks the start of the season of Lent which is the forty days, excluding Sundays, between Ash Wednesday and Easter ( April 12th) . Ashes are referred to many times in the Old Testament as a sign of sorrow, mourning, repentance, and mortality (2 Samuel 13:19; Esther 4:1-3; Job 42:6; and Jeremiah 6:26).

On this day, we will gather, along with Christians throughout the world, to begin our Lenten journey with the darkness of ashes. During the service the ashes will be applied, in the sign of the cross, to the forehead of each attendee with the words "Remember you are dust and to dust you shall return". The mark made by the ashes is a powerful reminder of our mortality and frailty. And, from there we will begin our journey...

Lent is a journey, a journey which has been taken each year for centuries by many Christians throughout the world. Our journey begins with the darkness of ashes and concludes with the light that breaks on Easter morning. During this journey we are called to follow a path of discovery to take on new ways to grow our faith - through prayer, study, worship and reflection. It is a path that ends with one being ready to truly celebrate the meaning of Easter.

Lent is not a journey to be taken alone. It is meant to be experienced in community, surrounded by others, all of us continuing to grow as brothers and sisters in Christ. We bear each other’s burdens and struggles. We share and celebrate in each other’s joys. We forgive each other as we are forgiven by God. We pray for each other and earnestly try to love each other as God unconditionally loves us. That is what being part of a worship community means and it is why church matters . God uses the smaller community of the church to help us learn how to live together in God’s greater creation, the world.

Lent is a special time set aside for us to study how we live together – with God, with others, and with ourselves. This is a valuable time, perhaps a time to deprive and discipline yourself if you find that helpful, but also a time to explore. Lent can be a time of joy and discovery. 
We hope you will take that journey of discovery during Lent to grow your faith and prepare for the celebration of Easter. Here are some resources to help you in your Lenten Journey:

Lent 2020: A Call to Prayer, Fasting, and Repentance Leading to Action
An Invitation from Presiding Bishop Curry to Turn and Pray on Behalf our Nation: to view click here.

Living Compass: Offers a free Lent Devotional that can be downloaded in PDF format or sign up to receive each days reading via email. Click here for their website.

Episcopal Relief & Development Lenten Resources: click here for information on daily Lenten Podcasts, the Forward Movement daily devotions booklet and additional resources for Lent.

Signs of Life - Why Church Matters: Beginning on Ash Wednesday, join the Brothers of the Society of Saint John the Evangelist (SSJE) and the Department of Lifelong Learning at Virginia Theological Seminary in a study of the Signs of Life throughout the holy season of Lent. For information and to sign-up to receive emails click here.

The Signs of Life - Why Church Matters reader in a printable PDF format is available here.

The Signs of Life Lenten Calendar with daily practices for each day during Lent is available in PDF format here.
Upcoming Ministries, Special Services, and Events
Ongoing Ministries and Services
Mass (Holy Eucharist)
Sundays 9 am  (Godly Play)
Wednesdays Noon -
service on hold until we call our new vicar
Bishop's Committee Meeting
3rd Wednesday of the month
February 19th
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm in Multipurpose Room
All Saints Cemetery
Tuesdays, February 25
9:30 am - 10:30/11:00 approx
200 Peyri Road in Oceanside,
next to Heritage Park
Contact Katie Ho for more information
Wounded Warrior Battalion West - Camp Pendleton
2nd & 4th Wednesdays of the month
February 26
contact  Tom Mauro to participate
Coffee Hour
Sundays following Worship
Monthly Birthday Celebration -2nd Sunday
of month (Feb 16th this month)
Sign-up sheet to bring  light  refreshments* is in the Tietge Room.

*Holy Cross provides coffee and juice, we suggest items such as fruit, muffins, bagels, cookies, cheese and crackers. Please know this is not meant to be a full brunch but rather, a simple offering enabling us to sit and break bread together as we visit.

Neighbors in Faith
Next Picnic in the Park February 27th
5 pm - Magee Park in Carlsbad

Neighbors in Faith provides a simple meal to our homeless friends at Potluck in the Park in Magee Park, Carlsbad.

Meal preparation will take place at the church in the afternoon before the meal - this is a great way to get involved with the ministry if you can't make it out to the park. Contact Brian Petersen if you are interested in volunteering, either at the church or at the park. 
A Journey of Discernment

Many of you are aware that Brian Petersen has been discerning if God's call for him is ordained ministry. This type of discernment is a lengthy process in which an individual enters into periods of reflection, discussion and discernment. To assist Brian, Holy Cross, as part of the diocesan discernment process, has established a Congregational Discernment Committee. The Discernment Committee consists of two trained facilitators from the diocese, and three members of Holy Cross - Bob Meloon and Cathy and Jim Zolner. This committee will be meeting with Brian on a regular basis over the next several months and together they will pray, talk and discern what God's call for Brian's future ministry might be. This step of Brian's journey is but one part of a larger diocesan discernment process. The final outcome of this journey for Brian may be either an affirmation of the call to ordained ministry or to the continuation of the call to lay ministry.

We ask that you understand the conversations from these meetings are deeply personal and will be held in confidence. Please keep Brian and the Discernment Committee in your prayers. 
Pastoral Update

A message from Tom Mauro:

Ann is at home and continues to recover day by day. Every day is a better day.
Long term prognosis is very good, but it will take a while for her blood to be reabsorbed back into the surrounding tissue.

The big card from Holy Cross and all the individual cards and prayers have really meant an awful lot to Ann and to me. They certainly help with her recovery.

Thank you so much.

You may continue to reach out to Ann and Tom with notes of love and comfort at:
4962 Kalamis Way
Oceanside, CA 92056-7410
Please hold all on our prayer list in your prayers:
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Prayers for Comfort:
Fr. Atwood, Tom & Wayne, Nancy, Arlene, Peter, Mary, Sandy, Tom & Ann, Barbara, Julie, and all who have no one to pray for them.

Prayers for the Departed
We commend to God all who have died, especially Dominic Messina (Cathy & Jim Zolner’s neighbor), and those who have given their lives for freedom’s cause.
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".

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.

Note: If you have lost a member of your family and would like us to include your loss 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.
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, February 19th.
*Ministry and Finance reports are posted on the bulletin board in the kitchen.

Your Bishop's Committee for 2020

Sr. Warden:  Karen Sanchez - email: seniorwarden@holycrosscarlsbad.org
Jr. Warden:  Larry Kucera
Members:  Dennis Baggett, Katie Ho, Bob Meloon, Brian Petersen, Marci Stafford.
Treasurer:   the BC will formally appoint our treasurer at the next meeting
Clerk:   the BC will formally appoint our clerk at the next meeting.
Support the Mission and Ministries of Holy Cross
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...................... Search Update

The BC is currently in the discernment process.

Although the process is transparent, the names of ALL candidates and personal information, including gender, location and other items that might identify a candidate, will be kept in strictest confidence by the Search Committee and by the BC. 

A prayer for our interim period and vicar search

Almighty God, giver of every gift we receive:
look graciously on your Church,
and guide those who shall discern
whom God is calling to be vicar of Holy Cross.
Grace us with patience, trust, and hope
through the interim times of doubt and uncertainty.
We pray that we may receive a faithful pastor,
who will care for your people and equip us
to continue, improve, expand, and reach out
with our ministries to all whom we can touch;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Year of Discipleship 2020
Following the Way of Love
Seasonal Focus: Pray
Dates:   Epiphany, Jan. 6 - Feb. 26

The diocese offers resources to help you develop spiritual practices via the link below:
In the Diocese and Wider Community
Leadership Academy
THIS Saturday, February 15, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

All clergy and lay ministers are encouraged to attend the Leadership Academy at held this year at Good Samaritan , 4321 Eastgate Mall, San Diego - University City. This full day of learning will feature workshops in all the areas of the church’s mission, from evangelism to pragmatic skills for church management. We will have a dynamic keynote speaker, Katrina Browne, who will speak about Sacred Ground, the Episcopal Church’s program for racial reconciliation and healing. Workshops will follow several tracks:
  • Sacred Ground
  • Evangelism
  • Discipleship
  • Transformational Leadership
  • Service & Justice
  • Wardens and Vestries Basics
The full schedule and descriptions will be released soon! Bring your clergy, staff, lay ministers, and vestry or bishop’s committee for the greatest positive impact. Registration is $25, lunch included. Scholarships available. Contact the Rev. Canon  Nancy Holland  .

Keynote Speaker: Katrina Browne

Katrina Browne, creator of the Sacred Ground curriculum for the Episcopal Church, will guide participants through an opening plenary. She will lead a track of workshops over the course of the day for those who wish to delve deeper.  Learn more   about Ms. Browne.
Eucharistic Visitor &
Pastoral Care Visitor Training
Ministries of Healing, Presence and Hope

Saturday, February 22

Session is full and registration is closed - we will share the next date for training.
Summer Camp Registration Now Open

Wonder and adventure await! Through Camp Stevens’s unique  Adventure Group model , which offers a dynamic schedule, dozens of activity options, a 1:3 staff to camper ratio, and unparalleled access to nature (and away from screens!), no week at Camp Stevens is ever the same — and we love it that way! Whether playing a lawn game, on a sunset hike, or taking a shot at archery, every moment is an intentional opportunity to make friends, develop self-esteem and confidence, and safely experience the outdoors. Check out the  daily schedule  and  sample menus , and  be in touch with any questions  about the one-of-a-kind Camp Stevens summer camp experience.

Additional information about camp programs, Camperships (financial assistance) and a link to register are available here.
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