September 10, 2021
Fellow searchers and seekers,

“If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it. For what will it profit them to gain the whole world and forfeit their life? Indeed, what can they give in return for their life? Those who are ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of them the Son of Man will also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”
Mark 8:34b-38

This is one of the most oft quoted portions of Jesus’ teachings. I also think it’s one of the most severely overlooked in one way: what it calls us to do. My perception is that many times we preachers set aside the fact that this statement is coming from a person who ultimately dangles humiliated, battered, and dead from a Roman cross. He willingly and purposefully permits himself to be publicly humiliated and executed by the state under somewhat specious indictments. His self-sacrificial love is too much for us as people. We often say that Jesus died for us so that no one else must make the sacrifice. But then why do we laud the martyred saints then and now? What is it about Jesus’ sacrificial call that we wish to distance from ourselves, and turn into some ethereal exculpation? Why do we acquit ourselves of the obvious?

The easiest answer is that we aren’t at all interested in following Christ in such a radical way, leading to some self-flagellation for what we’re unable or too lazy to give up from ourselves, and then some paltry ways to make amends or bargain with God follow. But, I think that too is a somewhat lazy answer. The real answer, I think, is that we do not think the sacrifice of our own lives amounts to anything. Nothing could be further from the truth.

The lives we give up following Jesus are in fact the very act of God coming into this world, the inbreaking and incarnating of the same Spirit of God through our very own veins and bones, through our flesh and blood. The sacrifices we make, and that all the saints make, are the living proof and scars of the resurrected God of love still loving and holding this world. Our crosses are Christ’s, as Christ’s is our own. “For what will it profit them to gain the whole world and forfeit their life? Indeed, what can they give in return for their life?” The real sacrifices of our lives will show Christ alive to the world. What are we called to sacrifice?

In truth, hope, and love,

PS       Be sure to welcome Fr. Fred Thayer back to Holy Cross this Sunday while I’m away celebrating my father’s birthday! He’s grateful to return after having served as interim for Holy Cross previously.

Rev Richard
Welcome the Rev. Fred Thayer

This Sunday, September 12th, we welcome back the Rev. Fred Thayer to Holy Cross. We were blessed to have Fr. Thayer as supply clergy with us during our transition period in early 2020 prior to Rev. Richard's start with us. Fr. Thayer was the rector at St. Bartholomew's in Poway before "retiring" in 2013. Since his retirement, he has served in part-time capacities as both supply and interim clergy in various parishes within the diocese. 
Rev. Richard on Vacation
Through Monday, Sept. 13th

Rev. Richard is on vacation (with family celebrating his fathers 80th birthday!) through Monday, September 13th. During this time he will not have access to his work email, text or voicemails. If you have a pastoral or other emergency while Rev. Richard is away please contact our Senior Warden, Karen Sanchez, at 808.494.0558.
A Pleasant Surprise
last Sunday!

For those who worshiped in-person last Sunday we were delighted to find Fr. Edelman back in the pews! The service time change allowed him the opportunity to make the drive from his home to join us in-person. Welcome back Father it was so nice to see you again!!
Pastoral word from Presiding Bishop Michael Curry
on 20th anniversary of Sept. 11
Sept, 8, 2021
As followers of Jesus, and with our siblings in other faith traditions, we place great value on the act of remembrance. As we reflect on the solemn anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001, we remember many loved ones lost and first responders who put their lives at risk, modeling the sacrificial love of Jesus, who said: “No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”
While 20 years have passed, I also want us to pause and remember the days that followed these tragic events. There was a moment in the aftermath when people came together. We were praying, grieving, and also working together. Because in that moment, however fleeting it was, we knew with immediacy and vulnerability that we need God, and we need each other.
Memories of that tender cooperation—of love for each other as neighbors—serve as guiding lights for the present. Amidst the ongoing pandemic and natural disasters that have taken so many lives and pushed first responders to their limits, and amidst a worldwide reckoning with the sin of racism, we are called to become the Beloved Community whose way of life is the way of Jesus and his way of love.

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry will deliver a blessing and sermon Sept. 11 and 12 as part of A Time and Space of Remembrance and Healing at Trinity Church Wall Street in New York, which served as a relief mission for recovery workers at Ground Zero for nearly a year after the buildings fell.

There are numerous hybrid online/in-person services beginning tomorrow, Saturday, September 11th at 8:40am (EDT) with the Bell of Hope: Prayers for Peace and Reconciliation and concluding on Sunday, September, 12th with a Requiem Holy Eucharist in Observance of the 20th Anniversary of September 11, 2001 at 11:15am (EDT) with Presiding Bishop Michael Curry preaching, and a Compline by Candlelight: Anthems for Peace and Hope Observance of the 20th Anniversary of September 11, 2001 at 8pm (EDT).

For more information and links to the services:
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Worship at Holy Cross
We use a screen to project the service bulletin. If you prefer your own worship booklet please download the booklet using the button below to your phone or tablet, or print a copy at home, and bring it with you. We are doing this for health precautions and to be better stewards of God's creation (reduce paper waste) - thanks for your understanding.
Miss last Sunday's service? Watch it below.
Video on Demand (VOD): All past service video's are available on our YouTube channel here.
Rooted in ancient monastic tradition, this is a perfect way to end the day.
Watch for our mid-week check-in newsletter with the service links.
Christian Formation
We're on hiatus. Look for upcoming information on future programs.
Visioning Ministry
Visioning Updates

August 6th

As part of our ongoing visioning and discernment for the future, and due to the nature of our question from our Bishop, i.e., does Holy Cross desire to be a church plant of the diocese in Oceanside, I’ve had to adjust aspects of our visioning process. Donald Romanik, who had agreed to lead this process, has agreed to scale back on the long-term (5-10 year) strategic thinking that he typically does. Instead, he will now remain a strategic thinking partner with me moving forward, rather than leading the process for us as a congregation. He is happy to continue in this capacity, and we discussed a couple of innovative possibilities for how Holy Cross can function in the future. More on this to come! To continue reading click here


July 16th

As you all know, the Bishop’s Committee is preparing for a visioning ministry/process to help the congregation determine our calling as a community and how that will relate to any future location. While the Bishop’s Committee and Bishop Susan have the final say on any such matters in terms of decision making, we emphatically want this to be a congregationally informed discussion. The result of this process will be the visioning ministers’ recommendations to the Bishop and the Bishop’s Committee.

Our first step will be to clearly identify our values, who we are, who we want to serve, who we want to become as we grow into our next milestone. continue reading here
Ministries and Outreach
All Saints Cemetery Clean-up

Wren, Corbin, and Katie visited All Saints Cemetery on Tuesday, August 31st. The kids will be back in school, but join Katie for light yard work/gardening at historic All Saints Cemetery (Episcopal) in Oceanside every other Tuesday (for September: the 14th and 28th) between 8:30-10:30am. Lots of space and fresh air, masks only required if having close conversations.

Contact Katie via call or text at 619.990.2298 or via email at for more information or to let her know you're joining in.
Wounded Warriors

Our Wounded Warrior healthy snacks visits continue twice monthly. Donations in any amount will help offset the difference between food contributions from area merchants and the additional cost of the snacks. We continue to get a warm reception from the Wounded Warrior Battalion staff and the Marines and sailors recovering from wounds, injury and illness. Contact Tom Mauro at 847.989.0305 for more information about this ongoing ministry
You may make a financial donation, via:
  • Check: made out to Holy Cross with “wounded warriors” on the memo line (Please mail your check to the church: 2647 Gateway Rd, Ste 105 #290, Carlsbad, CA 92009 or bring it with you on any Sunday and place it in the collection plate located just inside the the door in the sanctuary);
  • Zelle: (send to: please note “wounded warriors” on the memo/what's this for line;
  • Faithstreet: select "Wounded Warrior Outreach" from the dropdown menu.
Giving and Tithing
Thank you to all for your continued pledges and donations. These are integral to our ability to continue our mission, ministries, as well as to stay current on all of our financial obligations.

If you have not yet pledged, pledges are welcome at any time and you may do so by clicking the button below and completing the online pledge form or click here for a PDF to email to Mike at or mail to the church office at 2647 Gateway Rd Suite 105 #290, Carlsbad, Ca. 92009. If you haven't already pledged this year please prayerfully consider supporting this blessed community of faith with a pledge.
MAILING ADDRESS: 2647 Gateway Rd Suite 105 #290, Carlsbad, Ca. 92009
Please be sure to update your recurring pledge payments to our new mailing address.
Bishop's Committee

Bishop's Committee (BC) meetings are the third Thursday of the month from 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm. The BC will not meet in August due to summer travel schedules, the next regularly scheduled BC meeting is Thursday, September 16th 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 at the church office:

Meetings are open and anyone may attend. Please reach out to Rev Richard for the Zoom link if you wish to attend.
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 or the church office at 760.930.1270. 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 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 of Remembrance for September 11, 2001:
Gracious and merciful God, we remember the terrible acts against humanity that the world has suffered and especially those in our country on this day twenty years ago. We pray for the innocent victims and their families. We pray also that those whose hearts are filled with hate might be turned toward love. Help us not to speak or act rashly, but fill our hearts with passion for those in need and strengthen our wills that we may do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly before you.

Prayer for Discernment:
Brian Petersen, Candidate for Holy Orders, as he continues to discern God's call for ordained ministry and as he attends seminary.

Prayers for Thanksgiving
For our hosts at Oceanside Sanctuary, and for this community of Holy Cross.

Prayers for Comfort:
For for Randy, Art, Tom, Arlene, Ann, Paul, Jen, Ruth, Dawn, Michael, Brian, Barb, Mia, Betty, Ray & Karen, Bruce, Grayson & Abrienne, Betty, Craig & Keith, the McCurdy family, Cliff, Richard, Vincent, Belle, Mary, Karin, Sandra, the people of Afghanistan, all who have been affected by Hurricane Ida, 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 Pam, Linette, and Carolyn, 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
Bill, Mary, Mike, Lois, Arlene, Jack, Daniel, Mae

Prayers for those celebrating Anniversaries
none this week

Prayers for those Traveling
Richard & Maura
Notes of Care
Thinking of you. Humming bird watercolor card illustration
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

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.

Tom Andreas
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 and Beyond
Diocesan Vaccination Policies for Staff and Events
by Bishop Susan Brown Snook

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego has been committed to loving God and our neighbors through public health policies that help ensure healthy practices within our diocese. Now that the Pfizer vaccination has been fully approved by the FDA, EDSD’s Executive Council met on Saturday, August 28, 2021, and approved a new COVID-19 policy. This policy applies to employees of the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego, and to diocesan events such as Clergy Conference, Diocesan Convention, and the Good News Festival, until further notice. The diocese is not issuing directives for employees of congregations or for congregational events, but we recommend these policies for your Vestry or Bishop’s Committee to consider adopting or adapting for your congregation. These policies do not apply to events that are organized and managed by outside (though affiliated) groups, such as Cursillo, Episcopal Community Services, or RefugeeNet.
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Bishop Susan's and Presiding Bishop Michael Curry's
Recent Message's

Pray for the World - Bishop Susan

Dear Friends in Christ,
Many of us are grieving for the people killed and wounded in the recent terrorist strike at the airport in Kabul, including 13 members of the US military, 10 of whom were based at Camp Pendleton on the northern end of our diocese. As families mourn their loved ones, and as many people in Afghanistan continue to try to leave the country, our hearts are torn by the plight of all who suffer.
At the same time, Hurricane Ida has made landfall in Louisiana on the sixteenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, which caused suffering that is etched in many of our hearts.
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Presiding Bishop Michael Curry highlights ways to help Afghan refugees through Episcopal Migration Ministries

As Episcopalians, as followers of Jesus, as people of faith, we mourn the recent loss of life in Afghanistan, the ongoing chaos and instability, and the risk that many Afghans face, in particular women and girls.

The situation in Afghanistan is changing quickly with many lives lost and thousands more at risk. The current crisis leaves over 5 million displaced Afghans in the country, in bordering nations and many more around the world who have been evacuated, who are trying to find long-term safe solutions.
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How Can You Help?

How You Can Help Refugees

As we discern Christ's call about how to meet this moment, I'd invite you to start by considering supporting The Episcopal Church's refugee resettlement agency, Episcopal Migration Ministries (EMM). EMM, the refugee and migration ministry of The Episcopal Church, needs your support to welcome our Afghan allies to communities across the country. EMM is one of nine national refugee resettlement agencies tasked with the challenging and life-saving work of supporting Afghans who arrive with parolee status. The Afghan Parolee Services program provides very limited support only for parolees for the first 30-90 days; your donations can ensure they have a safe place to live and access to basic needs during and beyond that period. EMM will need to provide at least $3,000 worth of housing and cash assistance for each person arriving on parolee status.  

  • Donate to Neighbors Welcome: Afghan Allies Fund
  • Financial support is critical at this time. Donations to the Neighbors Welcome: Afghan Allies Fund will provide the housing assistance, medical services, and financial support for basic necessities.

  • Map of EMM Affiliate Partners
  • Connect with an EMM local affiliate. Visit affiliate websites, sign up for their emails, and stay tuned for ways you can volunteer to support their work. If you are not near an EMM affiliate, please visit to find opportunities closer to you.

To find out more information or to join our diocese’s interest group on border and migration ministries, please contact our Border and Migration Missioner, Troy Elder, at

How to Help: Members of the Military

Resources for veterans dealing with grief and anger over the situation in Afghanistan are available here through the VA website. Our diocese’s Missioner for Military Ministries, The Rev. Frank Munoz, is also available to talk with any veteran who would like a listening ear. He deployed to Afghanistan in 2010 and shares in the sorrow many veterans are feeling. He will share with our diocese anything he finds about helping with tangible needs of the families of those killed this week. He can be reached at
In all the emergencies that confront us, our faith assures us that Jesus Christ is present with those who suffer. His suffering in his life on earth demonstrates his compassion for our world and the people who are in danger, fear, and pain. May God be with all who suffer in this perilous and conflicted time, and may Christ bring peace and comfort in this stricken world.

Additional Opportunities

Find out how to stay involved in the work of advocacy in ensuring the U.S. government honors its commitments to our Afghan allies at  

To contribute financially to provide for housing, medical and financial support, and expanded community sponsorship to serve our Afghan allies, visit to make a secure donation online, or text “EMMALLIES” to 41444.
Thank you for joining us for Transformation Academy: the virtual learning and enrichment series where we were able to dive deeper into four diocesan priority areas: Peace & Justice, Evangelism, Discipleship, and Leadership. We hope that you were able to experience transformation “by the renewing of your minds” during the presentations and conversations that we had!

Due to the great success of this series we wanted to offer one additional chance to come together to learn about a ministry that is particularly important to us in San Diego. EDSD is pleased to present a Transformation Academy Extra:
Troy, EDSD Border Missioner, is an attorney, community- and faith-based activist, and former law professor with nearly 25 years of experience representing refugees and immigrants. Speaking Spanish, French, and Haitian Creole, Troy has worked on various aspects of immigrant advocacy at numerous organizations throughout the United States and abroad. He spent a decade teaching immigration law, poverty law, international human rights, and ethics at U.S. and foreign law schools, most recently at Yale. He also studied liberation theology and colonization as a Henri Nouwen Scholar at Yale Divinity School, receiving a master’s degree in Religious Ethics in 2013.
Diocesan Convention Changed to Virtual Meeting
Saturday, November 5-6

Diocesan Convention 2022 will be held virtually November 5-6. The virtual environment allows EDSD to provide live workshops and presentations from across the Episcopal Church. With expanded offerings, new workshops, and guest speakers, you can enjoy a safe, educational, and energizing convention from the comfort of home--or as a delegation at church.

While we were all looking forward to an in-person convention this year, the continued uncertainty around the prevalence of COVID variants, partial vaccinations, and concern for public health, the decision was made to host Convention virtually. This change reduced the cost of Convention. EDSD will issue a partial refund to those who have already registered.  

Registered delegates will be provided with a zoom link and voting code via email the week of Convention. Visitors can enjoy the live broadcast through the Diocesan YouTube channel.

Visit for regular updates and registration information.
Good News Festival Rescheduled to Dec. 2022!
As you know, our diocese has been looking forward to welcoming Presiding Bishop Michael Curry for a Revival here in the Diocese of San Diego this year. We have also been keeping a close eye on the COVID situation, as we want to make sure that our festival gathering is safe for all involved. After prayer and careful consultation, we have decided to reschedule the Good News Festival for Dec. 9-11, 2022. Presiding Bishop Curry is still coming, and the Town & Country has graciously agreed to honor our commitment, one year later. While it’s disappointing to reschedule, we want to make sure that our event is held as safely as possible, with the opportunity for a large group to gather in person and celebrate. We thank co-chairs Susan Jester and Martin Hall, and the committee they are leading, for all the great work that has gone into planning so far!
The extra year will offer us an opportunity to reboot the Year of Evangelism. Originally scheduled for 2021, our ability to do some of the things we had hoped for in the Year of Evangelism has been limited by COVID restrictions. Stay tuned for more information about a Year of Evangelism in 2022 that will include revival opportunities in congregations, training and support in doing evangelism in your communities, and other ways to grow in faith and discipleship! We are praying for a true spirit of renewal to come into our diocese as we emerge from this COVID time. In 2022, more than ever, our communities will need to hear the Good News of Jesus Christ!

If you have questions regarding the festival, please feel free to contact the Director of Communications, Chris Tumilty, who is always happy to help.
Humor Corner
Cartoon from Culyer Black, Inherit the Mirth.
Staff and Leadership
Our Clergy
Bishop: The Rt. Rev. Susan Brown Snook ***
Vicar: The Rev. Richard Hogue - **
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.

Bookkeeper: Muriel Wahl
AV Tech Guru: Jack Cater
AV Tech Asst: Miles Fesler

Leadership - Bishop's Committee ("BC")
Sr. Warden: Karen Sanchez -
Jr. Warden: Katie Ho
Members at large: Mike Collier, Marci Stafford
Treasurer: Larry Sebastian
Clerk: Robyn Hill

Contact information:

Church office: 760.930.1270
Mailing address: 2647 Gateway Rd Suite 105 #290, Carlsbad, CA. 92009
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 and voice mail is monitored regularly. 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:

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