January 8, 2021
Dear siblings in faith,

This Sunday we will be celebrating the Baptism of Jesus, which I personally hold to be the most important celebration in Epiphany. This is not an unprecedented opinion, as our Eastern Orthodox siblings also celebrate this aspect of Christ’s life over the visitation of the magi. Yes, the magi are fun, and it is all well and good for us to observe their visitation to Jesus, but John’s baptizing of Jesus marks the clear beginning of Jesus’ ministry among us.

“In the early Church, Christians, particularly those in the East, celebrated the advent of Christ on Jan. 6 by commemorating Nativity, Visitation of the Magi, Baptism of Christ and the Wedding of Cana all in one feast of the Epiphany. By the fourth century, both Christmas and Epiphany had been set as separate feasts in some dioceses. At the Council of Tours in 567, the Church set both Christmas day and Epiphany as feast days on the Dec. 25 and Jan. 6, respectively, and named the twelve days between the feasts as the Christmas season.

“Over time, the Western Church separated the remaining feasts into their own celebrations, leaving the celebration of the Epiphany to commemorate primarily the Visitation of the Magi to see the newborn Christ on Jan. 6. Meanwhile, the Eastern Churches' celebration of Theophany celebrates Christ’s baptism and is one of the holiest feast days of the liturgical calendar.”1

As part of our own observance of this significant ritual act that we share in with Jesus, we will be doing a renewal of our own baptismal vows. We ourselves are to be a sort of theophany— “theophany” means a visible manifestation of angels or God to humanity—as we are the body of Christ incarnate in the present world. Yes, we all fall short of it, but that is precisely why we must remember that we are washed in living water. Yes, we come to God just as we are, but God also plants and waters something new, and we grow in faith and transform into something that we could not necessarily be before: a symbol of God’s presence and light as Christ’s collective body.

This time has been marked by plague, insurrection, lack of leadership, frustration, confusion, and uncertainty. Our baptism is reminder of our call to grow a spirit of peace, justice, and loving embrace to a wounded and fragmented world. Together, we can be the living water the world needs, and Jesus will lead the way with us.

See you Sunday,
Richard+

Presiding Bishop Curry’s Word to the Church:
Who shall we be?

Earlier today Presiding Bishop Michael Curry issued the following video message to the Church:
A transcript of the statement follows:
 
And now in the name of our loving, liberating, and life-giving God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.
 
In another time of national crisis, another time of danger for our nation, in 1865 on March the fourth, Abraham Lincoln concluded his second inaugural address with these words:
 
With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation’s wounds; to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan—to do all which may achieve and cherish a just, and a lasting peace, among ourselves, and with all nations.
 
Lincoln knew in that moment, in the moment of a national crisis, a moment of great danger, that such a moment was a moment of decision, when a nation, when a people must decide who shall we be? What kind of nation, what kind of people shall we be? A hundred years later, Martin Luther King faced the same reality. Who shall we be? The civil rights movement was waning. The great victories that had been won had been won. And yet now questions of poverty and economic despair and disparities raised an awesome specter on the nation. We were at war.

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Services at Holy Cross
Due to the ongoing struggles in our county, region and state to contain the COVID-19 virus and out of an abundance of care and concern for our communities health and safety, over conversation and prayerful consideration your vicar, Rev. Richard, and wardens, Katie Ho and Karen Sanchez, agree it is necessary to continue to suspend in-person worship until at least the end of the month. We will continue to live-stream our service of Spiritual Communion from the church. This means that only those immediately involved with the service, 3 individuals, will physically be at Holy Cross, masked while physically distant. We thank you for your understanding and are grateful for your ongoing support.
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Worship this Sunday, January 10th
First Sunday after the Epiphany
9 AM
The service will be video livestreamed
(No Drive-In/In-person Church at this time)

A PDF version of the service booklet is here.

Watch the livestream on our church online platform OR on our YouTube channel by using one of the buttons below.
You may also watch the service on Facebook here and listen to audio only here.
Miss last Sunday's service?
Watch it here.
All past service video's are archived on our Youtube channel here.

Midweek Online Worship
Via Zoom
Wednesdays
Evening Prayer
7 PM ** on Zoom

We tour the world and experience Evening Prayer from countries throughout the Anglican faith tradition, including our own Prayer Book. Rooted in ancient monastic tradition, this is a perfect way to end the day.

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

This service provides a space for the practice of silence and welcoming God's presence in the midst of our busy lives (lasting about 45 minutes, the service begins with a short spoken prayer service and then transitions into 20 minutes of Centering Prayer).
Watch for our mid-week check-in newsletter with the service links.
Christian Formation
Sunday Forum
10:30 am** on Zoom

This Sunday: Insurrection, Disease, & Baptism - Washing away the tears
We'll discuss this week's chaos, COVID, and our response as Christians through the lens of our baptism.
Godly Play families: here are your next two Youtube video lessons, we will have several new lessons updated shortly!

Epiphany here
Holy Baptism here

Happy New Year, your Godly Play story tellers.
Stewardship and Supporting Holy Cross
Pledges are welcome at any time. If you haven't yet pledged towards 2021 and you believe in what God is doing through this blessed community of faith please consider making a pledge today. By clicking the secure button below, you may complete your pledge on line. Or you may click here for a PDF version of the pledge card to print, fill out, and email to Mike at colliermh@gmail.com or mail to the church office at 2510 Gateway Rd., Carlsbad, Ca. 92009.
All 2020 pledge payments and contributions must have been received by the church office, or post marked, by no later than December 31st, 2020, to be included on your 2020 giving statement (this is an IRS requirement).

If you have a remaining balance on your 2020 pledge that you wish to fulfill, you may still do so - please note on your payment "2020 pledge" and we will credit your pledge balance for last year - however, the amount you pay will be applied to your 2021 giving statement (this is an IRS requirement).
You may mail pledge payments and contributions/donations to the church office however, we ask that you prayerfully consider using one of the following electronic giving options:

  • Zelle: in your banking app or online bank account (no credit cards) and send your pledge/donation to: holycross@holycrosscarlsbad.org. Please note "pledge or general fund" on the note/what's this for line. There are no fees when you use Zelle. OR

  • Use the button below (secure) to make your pledge or donation via your credit card or bank account via our Faithstreet giving platform. There is a fee with each transaction (just like Paypal and other payment processing services) and they offer the option for donors to pay the fee which is treated as a donation to Holy Cross and is tax deductible.
Bishop's Committee

Bishop's Committee ("BC") meetings are held the third Wednesday of the month from 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm. The next BC meeting is January 20, 2021 via Zoom. If there is something for which you wish to bring to the BC's attention, you may reach out to our Wardens, Karen Sanchez and Katie Ho, or any BC member. Their contact information is in the church roster or you may reach them via the church office at holycross@holycrosscarlsbad.org.
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Despite 2020 being an incredibly trying year, we come to you in thanksgiving because the mission and vision of Holy Cross - to worship, share, and exercise the servant ministry of our Lord Jesus and to be known as an open and welcoming church - has carried on uninterrupted (it's been different than what we knew before that's for sure!).

While much of the world closed during the pandemic, we stayed open! When in-person worship was no longer possible, our worship remained open - Sunday services moved online via Facebook and soon thereafter also on our new online.church platform, and now livestreamed - each and every Sunday since mid-March. We also have offered online mid-week services to provide additional opportunities to help feed people's souls, welcoming friends, some known, some new, from as far away as the east coast. Our adult formation forum has remained open - online via Zoom throughout the year. So many of you have stepped out in faith, no doubt with a bit of trepidation, and learned to "Zoom", learned how to record yourself reading a lesson and/or a hymn for the Sunday service - THANK YOU, all of this would not have been possible without you.

During this past year our homeless friends continued to need to eat and our Neighbors in Faith Ministry continued to respond preparing and serving a monthly meal. When the numbers of people who were food insecure grew you all responded with overwhelming generosity to our drive-by drop off events. And, throughout the year you have done what Holy Cross does best, opened your hearts, checked in on one another and continued to be the welcoming Open Minds, Open Arms of Holy Cross.

THANK YOU to all who gave from their heart of their time, talent, and treasure throughout the year. Yes, by God’s grace and your generosity, we have stayed open and, we will remain open!

As we look forward to 2021, we are mindful that personal circumstances and finances have been upended for many by this global pandemic. This is also true for many churches, including Holy Cross. In the coming weeks the Bishop's Committee will be finalizing the 2021 budget. We continue to seek an early exit from our lease however, Greene Properties has not given us any indication of their willingness to do so without lining up a new tenant to replace us first. So, we are making the difficult decisions to ensure we are able to continue financially with a rather large deficit in the coming year. While our 2021 Pledge Campaign, Certainty in Uncertain Times, has fallen short of our goal, we are confident that God has a plan for Holy Cross and we know that with faith the Holy Spirit will guide us. Bishop Susan continues to be vocally supportive of our continuing mission as a congregation, her commitment to our ongoing success, and her hopes and prayers that we continue as a strong symbol of Christ's love and mission in North County.

In the coming weeks you will hear more about our 2021 budget, where we have cut expenses, how we will use our reserves to help address the deficit, possible grant(s) and other opportunities we might pursue to address our financial challenges, as well as an update on our lease situation. Additionally, we will provide you with the date for our Annual Meeting, at which time we will review this past year and highlight our hopes and dreams for the future, review the 2021 budget, as well as hold an election for Bishop's Committee positions. Due to the challenges of planning for a meeting where we cannot meet in-person, as well as finalizing our budget, we will not hold our Annual meeting until sometime in February this year (date still to be determined).

We know that God is able to accomplish God's purposes regardless of the challenges we face at this moment. To all that have pledged for 2021, thank you for standing with us to be part of God's plan and to help us continue uninterrupted for another year: We will still be open - livestreaming our service, worshiping in-person when we are able, meeting on Zoom for Evening Prayer and Adult Forum - meeting in-person when we are able, feeding the homeless, checking on each other and welcoming each other with Open Minds, Open Arms. Above all, thank you to our Lord, for the blessing of being called to service in our Lord's holy name.

With gratitude and abundant blessings, 

Rev. Richard and Karen, your Senior Warden
Pastoral Care
Whenever you have a concern or problem you would like to discuss confidentially, when a loved one is ill or has died, or whenever a visit with someone from Holy Cross may be of help to you, please contact Rev. Richard at 715.492.0297. Our clergy and members of our lay Pastoral Care team are commissioned to bring God’s grace and offer a time of listening, companionship, and prayer with those who are unable to attend worship or otherwise are in need of receiving such care. Short-term counseling, crisis intervention, and referral to other social service providers are also available.
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, Postulant for Holy Orders, as he continues to discern God's call for ordained ministry and as he attends seminary.

Prayers for Comfort:
Fr. Atwood, Randy, Tom & Wayne, Arlene, Ann, Paul, Bob, Michael, Art, Grant, Jerry, 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, especially 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
Fr. Edelman

Prayers for those celebrating Anniversaries
none this week

Prayers for those Traveling
none this week
Notes of Care
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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

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.

Fr. Theodore Atwood
c/o Nazareth House Room N130
6333 Rancho Mission Rd
San Diego, CA 92108
 
Tom Andreas & Wayne Kirts
1930 W San Marcos Blvd Spc 234
San Marcos, CA. 92078

Arlene Cull
4714 Athos Way
Oceanside, Ca 92056

Allen & Cathie Zych
4014 Layang Layang Circle #J
Carlsbad, CA. 92008


In the Diocese
You are invited to attend this first virtual event designed to meet and learn about your Muslim neighbors on Thursday, January 14 at 7 pm.

Many people don’t know the most basic facts about Islam. The overwhelming majority of the world’s 1.5 billion Muslims share the same values that are common to humanity everywhere – and long for a peaceful and prosperous life for their families.

Together, the Reverend Joe Rector of All Souls' Episcopal Church and the Ecumenical and Interfaith Officer for the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego, and Salaam want to bring Muslims and non-Muslims together.

“I would encourage all those interested in learning more to attend this session. Come with an open heart and an open mind and together we will learn to love and respect each other,” said Dirbas.

For more information click here.
Humor Corner
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Staff and Leadership
Our Clergy
Bishop: The Rt. Rev. Susan Brown Snook ***
Vicar: The Rev. Richard Hogue - vicar@holycrosscarlsbad.org **
Associate Priest: The Rev. Theodore Atwood
Assisting Priest: The Rev. Walter Edelman
** office hours: Sunday - Thursday 9 am - 5pm. Fridays and Saturdays are his Sabbath days. Rev. Richard will always be available for pastoral emergencies regardless of the day, but asks that you understand he will not be responding to general emails, text messages or phone calls on his Sabbath days as he is trying to get the rest that God requires of all of us. As a reminder, Rev. Richard is 3/4 time with Holy Cross and 1/4 time with St. Andrew's and his work hours Sunday through Thursday will support both congregations.

Staff
Church Secretary: Kathleen Menei, Jr. - holycross@holycrosscarlsbad.org
Bookkeeper: Muriel Wahl, Bookkeeper

Leadership - Bishop's Committee ("BC")
Sr. Warden: Karen Sanchez - seniorwarden@holycrosscarlsbad.org
Jr. Warden: Katie Ho
Mike Collier
Marci Stafford
Treasurer: Larry Sebastian
Clerk: Dave Dana

Contact information:
Church office: 760.930.1270
To contact any of our clergy, 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, due to COVID-19, staff is working remotely. The office email is monitored regularly and office voice mail (phone) and mail is checked twice a week. In the event of a pastoral emergency please contact Rev. Richard directly.

*** To contact the Bishop's office or another member of the diocesan staff ("EDSD"):
EDSD phone: 619-291-5947
EDSD staff directory: https://edsd.org/staff/
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