September 11, 2020
Dearest siblings,

I hope this finds you well as we enter the fall. Despite fires and other frustrations in society and life, the mission of Christ’s body, the church, continues to move forward. I write this in the midst of the Clergy Leadership Institute that I and our wardens—Karen Sanchez and Katie Ho—are gleaning so much from. You will hear more about this and its outcome later. Most importantly, our feast day is upon us! We are transferring Holy Cross Day, September 14th, to this Sunday, September 13th.

Thus, I want to invite you all to the Adult Forum that follows at 10AM, the topic of which will be Holy Cross, you all! I want to hear your stories, your love of this community of Holy Cross! This stems from a comment several people have made to me in recent months: that you all, as a congregation, know me better than I know you. I would say that is an unfortunate fact of life during COVID. So, please, help me to get to know you all a bit by logging on this Sunday at 10AM to tell me about yourself and what you love about your community!

And, there will be more opportunities for us to learn about each other and the life of the church as the fall gets into gear. Here is the quick and skinny of what we’re planning to do through the end of October. Note that I will lead these forums (unless otherwise stated).

September 13th – Holy Cross Members and Memories!
September 20th – Lectionary Study Trial 1 (led by Brian Petersen)
September 27th – Lectionary Study Trial 2

October’s theme: Eco-theology and Creation Care
October 4th – Resilience, Watersheds, and the Ten Commandments (led by Brian Petersen)
October 11th – Resource Awareness, Farm-to-Table (led by Robyn Hill PhD, and Bob Meloon)
October 18th – Environmental Justice & Community Organizing (led by Pete Hasapopoulos, lead organizer, SDOP)
October 25th – Humanity and Our Planet: What it means to be Human on a Finite World

I hope you are as excited for these as I am! Of course, there will be more “in the pipeline” as we continue onward. In this and all else we hope you will be heartened by each other’s virtual presence, and hopefully, as we work on other possible reopening proposals, we can gather more closely, physically, in the not-too-distant future!

Blessings,

Richard+
Worship & Formation
Sundays
Worship Service
9 AM
via livestream

Join us on our Livestream platform (link below) or on Facebook here.

The service bulletin is here.
Miss last Sundays service? Watch it below:
All past services video's are archived on our Youtube channel here and on our Facebook page here.
Wednesdays
Evening Prayer
7 PM **
on Zoom

We tour the world via Evening Prayer from countries throughout the Anglican faith tradition (and sometimes from our own prayer book). Come feed your soul and take a little time to socialize with your fellow Holy Cross family members!

Please watch for Tuesdays email with the link to join us via a Zoom video, or call in from your phone if you choose not to use video.

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

** Every other Thursday, next service Sept 17th
Led by our seminarian Brian Petersen, the service begins with a short spoken prayer service and then transitions into 20 minutes of Centering Prayer. The service lasts about 45 minutes.

The Zoom link will be provided in our Tuesday midweek newsletter along with the link to the Wednesday Evening Prayer service.

Click here for a short brochure from Contemplative Outreach on information about Centering Prayer.
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Adult Formation Forum
Sundays at 10 am on Zoom

This Sunday, September 13thHoly Cross Members and Memories! Come share your stories, your love of this community of Holy Cross! It will also be a great chance to socialize with each other.

To join the Zoom forum click here.

Upcoming forums - led by Rev. Richard unless otherwise stated:

  • September 20th – Lectionary Study Trial 1 (led by Brian Petersen)
  • September 27th – Lectionary Study Trial 2

October’s theme: Eco-theology and Creation Care
  • October 4th – Resilience, Watersheds, and the Ten Commandments (led by Brian Petersen)
  • October 11th – Resource Awareness, Farm-to-Table (led by Robyn Hill PhD, and Bob Meloon)
  • October 18th – Environmental Justice & Community Organizing (led by Pete Hasapopoulos, lead organizer, SDOP)
  • October 25th – Humanity and Our Planet: What it means to be Human on a Finite World
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Looking for resources for individual study material? The Episcopal Church has a great list of resources here - learn/individuals.

Need a copy of our Book of Common Prayer? Click here for the online version.
Neighbors in Faith
Many thanks to all who continue to support this ministry. We provided sandwiches for lunches and a simple dinner meal for 50 people August 24th and 31st for our homeless and food insecure friends in downtown Carlsbad. Out next scheduled date to provide a simple dinner meal is Monday September 28th. Stay tuned for information on how you can help support our Neighbors in Faith Ministry!

God bless, Joyce

Follow our Neighbors in Faith ministry on Instagram, @neighborsinfaith_carlsbad, and Twitter, @NIF_Carlsbad. 
Stewardship & Supporting Holy Cross
Bishop's Committee
 
Bishop's Committee meetings are held the third Wednesday of the month from 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm. The next regular BC meeting is Wednesday, September 16th, via Zoom.
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Offertory - Supporting Holy Cross

Thank you to all who continue to support our mission and ministry during this time when we cannot meet in person. We continue to accept checks mailed to the church office. We also offer the following convenient ways to electronically make your pledge and other donations:
Look for Zelle in your banking app or online account (no credit cards) and send your pledge/donation to: holycross@holycrosscarlsbad.org. Please note "general fund" on the note/what's this for line for your pledge. There are no fees for using Zelle.
Use the button above to make your pledge/donation via your credit card or bank account. There is a fee with each transaction (just like Paypal, Venmo, and other payment processing services). We use Faithstreet and they offer the option for donors to pay the fee (the fee is considered a donation to Holy Cross and is tax deductible).

Text giving - text the amount you want to donate to 646-832-4848. Click on the link you receive and enter the Holy Cross quickcode, hcec. Follow the instructions to finalize the process. (This is part of our Faithstreet platform)
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 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.
Prayer for Discernment:
Brian Petersen, our seminarian, as he continues to discern God's call for ordained ministry and as he attends seminary.

Prayers for Comfort:
Fr. Atwood, Tom & Wayne, Peter, Arlene, Tom & Ann, Paul, Bob, Rob, Grant, Trina & Ron, Jerry, Bill Norton & Family all who have been affected by the COVID-19 virus, all who have been impacted by the fires in California, Oregon, and Washington, and those who have no one to pray for them.

Prayers for the Departed
We commend to God all who have died, especially Deb Norton, those who have lost their lives to the COVID-19 virus, those who have lost their lives to the Wildfires, and those who have given their lives for freedom’s cause.

Prayers for those celebrating Birthdays
Peter Buswell, Edie Luoma, Emily Craft, Bob Meloon

Prayers for those celebrating Anniversaries
Patrick & Kylie Jenkins

Prayers for those Traveling
Larry Kucera
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.
In the Diocese
Upcoming Ordination

God willing and the people consenting, Cindy Campos will be ordained to the diaconate on Saturday, September 12th, in the courtyard at the Episcopal Church Center. The service will take place at 11:00 a.m. Because of COVID-19 restrictions, the number of participants is limited, and we cannot invite the entire diocese to be physically present. However, all will be able to participate via the live stream of the service on the Diocesan Facebook page. Cindy is sponsored by St. Bartholomew’s, Poway. Congratulations, Cindy!
Bishop Susan Brown Snook is excited to invite you to this year’s Diocesan Convention: Casting Our Nets, November 6-7. As we move into the Year of Evangelism in the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego, we are especially focusing on sharing the joy of Christ in our lives with the world. Today, the world needs the hope and joy of Jesus Christ more than ever.

At this year's convention, you can look forward to presentations on the strategic plan, a keynote from the Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers, workshops, and more.

For the first time in the history of the EDSD, Diocesan Convention will be held completely online. To help prepare for this year’s convention, the Diocesan Staff has prepared a new convention website to help explain and provide resources for our first virtual convention. Through this site, you can register as a delegate, a visitor, or an exhibitor, read through the current resolutions presented to Diocesan Convention, and make suggestions for nominations that are still open for elected office. Please explore the new website and contact us with questions or suggestions.

Nomination are open!
Nominations for Elected Positions are open. If you would like to nominate someone for an elected position, please visit the convention website and put forward your nomination.

But how are we going to meet virtually?
Utilizing a new event management platform, Whova, delegates and visitors can look forward to a clear agenda, ways of connecting, exhibitor space, workshops, and more. Due to the technological hurdles of a virtual convention, we are asking that ALL delegates attend one of three online training sessions to prepare for Diocesan Convention. Each session will have an overview of the Whova platform, voting, and more. Please register for 1 of the 3 training sessions through the convention website.  Visit the new website at www.ConventionEDSD.org.

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