May 22, 2020
My dear siblings of Holy Cross,

While much of the world is still in upheaval, Holy Cross has gifts to offer our community. This week, the Bishop’s Committee of Holy Cross got to do something celebratory: we have recommended our own Brian Petersen for priestly ordination to Bishop Susan. The fact that Holy Cross can offer the gift of sacramental leadership to the wider church in this time should give us all hopeful pause as we consider all that is before us. No one requires ordination to be leaders in God’s church, but some are recognized for spiritual gifts of leadership, and Brian has shown these again and again. I do not need to enumerate them here.

The other thing that ought to give us pause, though, is the Christian leadership that defines the church. This may surprise you, but clergy are NOT the first order of the church. I turn you to the catechism (“teaching”) found in our Book of Common Prayer (page 855):

Q.    Who are the ministers of the Church?
A.    The ministers of the Church are lay persons, bishops, priests, and deacons.

Notice who is listed first? That is right, it is not clergy at all. “Ok, but who are the laity?” That is everyone who is a Christian who do not hold an ordained office.

Q.    What is the ministry of the laity?
A.    The ministry of lay persons is to represent Christ and his Church; to bear witness to him wherever they may be; and, according to the gifts given them, to carry on Christ's work of reconciliation in the world; and to take their place in the life, worship, and governance of the Church.

So, my fellow ministers, let Brian’s forward movement in the discernment process not represent the end goal of anything. Instead, it is a different path from the ministry which he, and all of us, are called into by virtue of our baptism: to bear witness to him wherever they may be; and, according to the gifts given them, to carry on Christ's work of reconciliation in the world; and to take their place in the life, worship, and governance of the Church.

This Sunday, I will be preaching on the meaning of the Feast of the Ascension, and I will certainly talk about our Christian responsibility in the light of this feast. It is an event in the life of the church which is less ethereal and more about our own grounding in call to be Christ’s witnesses to the ends of the earth.

I ask that as we continue through this time, that each of us pray about what God is calling us each to do, or what we are called to be. This is not to say you ought to discern a call towards the ordination. Actually, I mean the exact opposite: how do we each live our daily calling as Christians, how do we individually reflect the light of the living God in the world?

St. Paul gives us this to ponder in his first letter to the church in Corinth:
“Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. To one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the discernment of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. All these are activated by one and the same Spirit, who allots to each one individually just as the Spirit chooses.”

What is the gift the Spirit has endowed you with? If the answer is “nothing” then we risk ignoring the Spirit entirely, which is a sin. God has given us gifts, no matter what stage of life we are in, even in this global pandemic. My prayer is that we discern each of our callings in such a way that it enables Holy Cross to shine brightly in this dark hour. We have been doing it, and we need each of us to continue to fuel that flame, and the Spirit will be poured out upon us. And for this moment, we can celebrate Brian, who is taking a very different path on his own journey of discipleship. May we all take note and may we all break ourselves open to see what God may have in store: this community, and the universal church, needs every single one of those gifts of the Spirit, many times over.

In discernment and excitement,

Worship & Formation
When Will We Gather In Person Again?

Many of you have asked this question in conversations with our vicar and/or senior warden. As our state and local officials begin phased "re-openings" of various sectors of our businesses the diocese is continuing to monitor health guidelines and issue guidance to our churches. At this time we anticipate that we are still weeks out, mid-to-late June at the earliest , from a possible re-starting of small gatherings (this will be updated as we have more information from Bishop Susan). The Bishop's Committee has established a small committee that is working on a written plan for restarting limited in-person worship based on guidelines issued by the diocese. Please know that once we restart in-person worship we will continue to livestream/record our service for those who will not yet be comfortable returning to in-person worship as well as for those who are homebound and unable to attend. Please watch the newsletter for future updates.
Sundays 9 AM

Please join us on Sundays for our virtual worship service via the button below. Our thanks to the staff of Camp Stevens for offering this weeks music. A PDF of the service booklet is available here.
You may also join the service on our Facebook page here.
Wednesdays 7 PM
on Zoom

Join us Wednesday evenings as we tour the Anglican World (and sometimes go back in time to earlier versions of the 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, and the worship booklet.
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All past service video's (since mid-March of this year) are archived on our Youtube channel here and on our Facebook page here .
Adult Formation Forum
Sunday at 10 AM
on Zoom
last session!

Join us this Sunday for the final discussion on global Anglican Communion series. This Sunday we will focus on the hyper local in relation to the 2006 schism issues around human sexuality caused here at Holy Cross. Several of our founding members who have been here from the beginning will give us insights into their experience of that time. This conversation ought to assure us of this congregation's ability to survive adversity, to thrive once the tumult is over, and offer hope that we can live into even now." To join the session click here on Sunday .  You will be placed in a "waiting room" prior to entry into the session.
Godly Play Online

We continue with our online resources for our families with children and offer the next installments of Godly Play videos.
Younger Kids (ages 3-9): The Synagogue and The Upper Room The first part of this Godly Play presentation evokes the liturgy of the word, which the Christian church developed from the readings and the discussions about them in the Jewish synagogue. The second part of the presentation evokes the liturgy of the table, which Jesus instituted during the Last Supper in the upper room. In the Godly Play classroom, the synagogue and upper room are joined together to form a model of Christian worship and much more.

Older Kids (ages 9-12): Knowing Jesus in a New Way, Part 6: On the sixth Sunday in the season of Eastertide we remember how the disciples returned to Jerusalem. They gathered again in their room and Jesus was there. They were more comfortable now with the new way of knowing him, so they ask many questions. And then he was gone, withdrawn in a way that is hard to understand or imagine. The disciples waited – what was to happen next? While they waited they found someone to replace Judas. God helped them choose Mathias, so now they were The Twelve, once more. They waited some more. They waited and waited.
Video offered by Christ Episcopal Roanoke
Thanks to Stacy Craft, Holy Cross Godly Play storyteller, for recording this video
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, June 17th, via Zoom. To read the approved minutes of the April meeting click here . To read the treasures report click here; income statement here; and, balance sheet here.

Last month we reported that we were working with the diocese to evaluate various programs offered through the recently passed CARES Act legislation (related to the COVID-19 pandemic) to see if any might be of benefit to Holy Cross. We are pleased to announce that the Diocese of San Diego successfully applied for CARES Act Payroll Protection Program (PPP) funding and Holy Cross, along with five other missions in the diocese will be receiving some assistance during this time while we are unable to gather in person. We will provide more information in the coming weeks.
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Offertory - Supporting Holy Cross

Holy Cross continues to be blessed in many ways. We thank all of you who continue to support our mission and ministry during this time when we cannot meet in person.

While we continue to deposit checks we ask that you consider consider one of the following ways to make your offering electronically:

Zelle - look for Zelle in your banking app (no credit cards) and send your offertory/donation to: Please note "general fund" on the note/what's this for line. There are no fees for using Zelle.

Faithstreet - Use your credit card or bank account. There is a fee with each transaction (just like Paypal, Venmo, and other payment processing services), Faithstreet offers the option for donors to pay the fee if desired (the fee is considered a donation to Holy Cross and is tax deductible) - Credit Cards: 3.5% +30 ¢; Bank Account: 1.5% +30 ¢.

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 and the fees outlined above apply.)
Recipe Sharing
Have you been cooking more than usual? Trying/experimenting with new recipes? We'd love to start a collection of recipes folks have created, found comforting, are using to stay healthy, or otherwise are enjoying during this time of staying home .

Jim and Cathy Zolner have started us off with Watermelon Gazpacho, recipe here, (pictured on the left) and a Black Bean & Corn Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette, recipe here.

Send in your recipe(s), you're welcome to include a picture. If you are using the recipe of someone else, please get their permission first and please understand, we are not able to share copyrighted material.

Who knows - maybe we will have enough recipes to create a Holy Cross COVID-19 Comfort Food Cookbook!!
Please hold all on our prayer list in your prayers:
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Prayer for Discernment:
Brian Petersen as he continues to discern if God's call for him is ordained ministry.

Prayers for Comfort:
Fr. Atwood, Tom & Wayne, Nancy, Arlene, Peter, Mary, Sandy, Tom & Ann, Barbara, Julie, MichaelMhead, Bob, and Jaimee, DJ & family of Dwayne, Wendy Morray and family - Greyson Morray, Tristan and Ian Morray, Courtney Seitz & Alexandria Garcia; Grant, all who have been affected by the COVID-19 virus, and those who have no one to pray for them.

Prayers for the Departed
We commend to God all who have died, including Dwayne Pittman (friend of Karen Sanchez), Margaret Murphy, Brandon Jenkins, Sidney King Jr., those who have lost their lives to the COVID-19 virus, and those who have given their lives for freedom’s cause.

Prayers for those celebrating Birthdays
Sue Baas, Dave Dana and Art Wahl

Prayers for those celebrating Anniversaries
Barbara and Tom Farley
Prayer for Memorial Day and the Fallen

O God, we ask your strength, that we might dedicate ourselves to perfecting your kingdom of peace and justice among nations. Let us give thanks for the many blessings of freedom which we possess, purchased at the cost of many lives and sacrifices. Fill us with courage to fulfill our tasks and in no way break faith with the fallen. We commend those fallen to your mercy and ask that you give them eternal rest. This we ask and pray in your name. Amen.
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.

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: or 760.930.1270.
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