July 29, 2022
This Sunday July 31
Special Beach Mass - 9am
at Buccaneer Park in Oceanside

This Sunday, July 31st, there is NO SERVICE AT OCEANSIDE SANTUARY and NO livestream service.

We will have a special Beach Mass at Buccaneer Park in Oceanside followed by a potluck brunch and beach party. Bring your beach or lawn chair and a breakfast/snack item to share (pastries, fruit, coffee cake, etc.) and join us as we celebrate summer and time together. Drinks will be provided. The service will take place in the park -- just look for our canopy. Parking is available in both the parking lot and adjacent street parking.

Please note: we are unable to provide a livestream from the park so there will be no online option this Sunday.

Buccaneer Park
I will return them to their homes, says the Lord (Hosea 11:11)

This Sunday’s reading from the Hebrew scriptures is one of my favorites in the Bible. The poetic passage from the prophet Hosea paints a picture of God as a deeply loving parent expressing unconditional love for their child, despite all the child’s failings. This parent-God tenderly recalls moments such as teaching the young child to walk, which stir God to compassion and love even as the child has wandered far away as they have grown. It recalls Jesus’ parable of the prodigal son, where the father waits with great anticipation to welcome home the son who has gone on his own wayward journey in life. And yet even through those wanderings, God has “led them with the cords of human kindness, with bands of love” as they have searched for a place to call home. What a beautiful picture of a God who always leads us in our journeys!

At Holy Cross, we have been in a liminal space of journeying and seeking home for some time now. Our “campsite” in Oceanside has provided us with a safe place to discern and to grow, and at times to struggle with questions of our identity and calling. In the midst of a journey, especially an unexpected one, we often fail to see the larger picture of how it shapes us and draws us into becoming our beloved selves. Just look at all the grumblings and bad choices of the children of Israel as they wandered in the desert for 40 years! But with the benefit of hindsight and perspective, I think we can now see clearly how the Holy Spirit has been leading us all along with those “bands of love” toward an even more fulfilling future.

It is true that we have suffered some losses and heartaches along the way. But as I looked out on our congregation that gathered for our first meeting at JCo a few weeks ago, something struck me – Holy Cross might be small in number at the moment, but we are mighty in both faith and the willingness to step out in that faith. Our faithful remnant carries with it a renewed energy and a sense of vision that enables us to make bold steps into a future that is both unknown and exciting. We are equipped with everything we need to further God’s mission in South Carlsbad, and now we have found a home from which to do so. This is not the end of a journey so much as the beginning of a new one – so let us take what we have learned from our time in the wilderness and let us live into that mission knowing that God has and will continue to lead us all along the way. 

In Christ,
Will You Join Us?

Thank you to those who have responded to our call to join us in this period of "Renewal!". We have two individuals/families who were not able to pledge in December who have pledged now, one individual who has increased their pledge, and one individual who has made a financial gift towards the 2022 Operating Fund.

As we begin to look forward to settling into our new home at JCo and look forward to our future and all that we understand God to be calling us to be, we ask ALL to prayerfully consider joining in this period of “Renewal!”: a renewal of our Spirit, a renewal of our dedication to Holy Cross, and a renewal of our relationships with one another.

If Holy Cross is to grow, attract new members, and if we want to be able to fulfill the vision we outlined in our Strategic Plan this will take a whole community dedicated to our "Renewal!".
It is an exciting time to be a member of Holy Cross. We hope you will join us and support us on this journey. If you are able to assist financially, please complete and return the form we mailed to your home or use the online form via the link below. Thank you to those who have already completed your Renewal! form.

Click here to complete your Renewal! form!
Holy Cross is Moving!

We began the process of moving back to South Carlsbad this week as we look forward to beginning our new space-sharing arrangement with Jewish Collaborative of San Diego (JCo) on August 1st. This was a do-it-yourself move and while we didn't have a tremendous amount of items to move it seemed like a HUGE task as we started the day out on Monday. But it all went well thanks to the efficiency of our volunteers! We still have lots of organizing to do at JCo! Our thanks to Sue and John, Karen, Tom, Allen, Rev. Brian, Jack, and Gary from OSC for their time and hard work on the physical move. We look forward to welcoming everyone to our first service at JCo on Sunday August 7th - please remember, we have a special Beach Mass this Sunday at Buccaneer Park in Oceanside.

Oh, did you see Fr. Brian's article in the Diocesan Newsletter this week? Holy Cross Returns to South Carlsbad - to read the article click here.
These last two pics are at JCo.
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Worship at Holy Cross
Eight Sunday after Pentecost:
July 31, 2022 at 9:00 AM
Special Beach Mass - 9am
at Buccaneer Park in Oceanside

Sunday August 7
First Worship Service at JCo!
9:30am - NEW Service time

Jewish Collaborative of San Diego (JCo)
Video on Demand (VOD): Miss last Sunday's service?
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

Adult Formation

Stay tuned for upcoming programs
Calling All Godly Play Kids!
on hiatus for the Summer

Godly Play is grounded in the Montessori tradition and uses special materials and storytelling that invite the children into scripture and church tradition.

For more information please contact Sue Baas.
Upcoming Ministries & Events
All Saints Cemetery Clean-Up
on hiatus during summer
9:30 am - 10:30
200 Peyri Road in Oceanside,
next to Heritage Park

Our All Saints clean up is on hiatus for the summer. Stay tuned for fall when cleanup visits to the cemetery will resume and help us maintain this lovely historic Episcopal property!
Wounded Warrior Battalion West - Camp Pendleton

We deliver healthy snacks to 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 or for how you might participate.
Outreach Opportunity
St Mark's back 2 School Bash

Our sister church, St. Mark's, in City Heights, annual back 2 School Bash on Saturday August 13th, provides their neighborhood children—from refugee and low-income families–with new backpacks and supplies so that they start each new school year with pride and joy. While we won't be fundraising for backpacks this year we are looking for volunteers to help - there are two options: 1) at the day of the event, August 13 or 2) on stuffing backpacks on August 3rd at 5pm. If you are interested please contact Rev. Brian at pastor@holycrosscarlsbad.org.
Immigration Ministry Update

For the past six years, Holy Cross’ Immigration Ministry has provided assistance to one of our parishioners, a Nigerian refugee who is seeking asylum in the United States. This assistance has come in the form of legal help, job and housing assistance, and spiritual and emotional support. The ministry has been made possible by the work of many of our members and by the financial donations of our congregation. At this time, our parishioner (whose name is withheld from this newsletter due to safety concerns) is facing additional roadblocks in his legal struggle for asylum, and Holy Cross is once again re-establishing the Immigration Ministry fund to help with his legal fees. Your donations to this fund are greatly appreciated at this time, as well as your prayers. Donations can be made via check made out to Holy Cross with “Immigration Ministry” in the memo line, or via any of our electronic payment platforms. If you have any questions about this ministry, please contact Rev. Brian via phone or email. 

Visioning Ministry
Visioning Update

On July 17th, our Visioning Team presented to the congregation the culmination of many months of hard work in the crafting of our Strategic Plan. After a review of the team’s work in refining and defining Holy Cross’ identity, vision, purpose, and values, we launched into a robust congregational discussion about the goals and objectives specified in the plan.

The group discussions, facilitated by members of our VT, generated a great deal of valuable feedback and ideas from our members. Some key points raised were:

  • Keeping our website and social media presence updated in a timely fashion, and also making sure our online materials are accessible to people with disabilities
  • Addressing issues with livestream audio.
  • Identifying leaders to maintain consistent spiritual growth and formation programs
  • Reaching out to seniors and others in need in our immediate neighborhood
  • Understanding how to counter the effects of the pandemic on community activities

I know that many of us were also anxious to hear about the action steps associated with these goals and objectives. We chose not to discuss these at the meeting due to time constraints – let’s put it this way: Holy Cross has a lot planned for the next five years! However, the congregation’s suggestions were compared with the existing actions in the plan and several minor updates and additions were made to improve the final plan. These will be shared with the congregation very shortly once the complete plan is reviewed by Bishop Susan and Canon Jason Evans. I also believe that you will find many of the questions and concerns raised in the meeting will be addressed in the specific action steps.

One other suggestion that came up frequently in the discussion was the need to reach out to members of Holy Cross that have stopped attending church. This is something that members of the VT, including myself, have been engaged in throughout the visioning process, and we will continue to maintain contact with everyone who chooses to remain on our congregational roster. I anticipate that some of these members may return with our move back to South Carlsbad. However, it is also essential for Holy Cross to grow and attract new members if we want to be able to fulfill the vision outlined in our plan. This will take the effort of every one of our current members – not just one individual or even a team, but a whole community that is dedicated to sharing our message of Open Minds, Open Arms in South Carlsbad! I want to thank all our members who attended the meeting for your openness, honesty, patience, and dedication to this community. It is that dedication that makes us who we are and fills me with confidence that we will grow into this new vision of who God is calling us to be. I hope that all of you came away from this meeting with renewed energy and a sense of purpose for the journey ahead – now let’s get it started!

Rev. Brian
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.

You may find information about how your pledges and donations support Holy Cross in the Controllers Report published each month in the Bishop's Committee (BC) section of this newsletter. Please don't hesitate to reach out to our Warden's, Karen Sanchez and Katie Ho, or any member of the BC if you have questions or would like additional information on our finances or any aspect of Holy Cross.
MAILING ADDRESS: 2647 Gateway Rd Suite 105 #290, Carlsbad, Ca. 92009
Bishop's Committee

Bishop's Committee (BC) meetings are the third Tuesday of the month from 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm. The next regular BC meeting is TUESDAY, August 23, 2022** in-person and via Zoom.

** At the June meeting BC moved future meetings to the fourth Tuesday of the month.

If there is something for which you wish to bring to the BC's attention, you may reach out to our Clergy-in-Charge, Brian Petersen, our Wardens, Karen Sanchez and Katie Ho, or any BC member. Their contact information is at the bottom of the newsletter, also in the church roster, or you may reach them at the church office: holycross@holycrosscarlsbad.org.

Meetings are open and anyone may attend. Please reach out to Karen Sanchez for the Zoom link if you wish to attend.

You may read the approved June Minutes here; Controllers Report here; Priest-in-Charge Report here; and Sr. Warden's Report here.

Pastoral Care
If you have a pastoral emergency and are unable to reach anyone at the church office, 760.930.1270, then always call our Priest-in-Charge, Brian Petersen, at 442.320.0548. If you are unable to reach Brian+ please call our Sr Warden, Karen Sanchez, at 808.494.0558.
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 our Clergy-in-Charge:
For Rev Brian Petersen, protect, nourish and sustain him through the work of the Holy Spirit. May he find rest and encouragement in the loving care of God and this congregation.

Prayers for Thanksgiving
For our hosts at Oceanside Sanctuary and the space they provided during our time of discernment, for this community of Holy Cross.

Prayers for Comfort:
Randy Echito, Art Wahl, Tom Andreas, Arlene Cull, Ann Mauro, Paul Vanderpool, Barb Ross, Mia, Sandra Rindge, Mike Collier, George Fern, Fr. Vic Krulak, Jim Backoff & Terry McClain & family, Judy Cater, Bob Laskey, all who have been affected by the COVID-19 virus, all who have been affected by gun violence, and those who have no one to pray for them.

Prayers for the Departed
We commend to God all who have died, especially John Erickson, Barbara Schnelker, those who have lost their lives to the COVID-19 virus and those who have lost their lives to gun violence.

Prayers for those celebrating Birthdays
none this week

Prayers for those celebrating Anniversaries
none this week

Prayers for those Traveling
none this week

Anglican Cycle of Prayer
We pray for the Church of the Province of
West Africa.

Diocesan Cycle of Prayer
We pray for Clergy and people of All Saints’, San Diego and the children and teachers of All Saints’ Preschool.

The people of Ukraine and Russia; for peace; for all communities affected by gun violence
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: 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.

Tom Andreas
1930 W San Marcos Blvd Spc 234
San Marcos, CA. 92078

Arlene Cull
4714 Athos Way
Oceanside, Ca 92056

In the Diocese and Beyond
My Cup Runneth Over
By: Hahn Tran
A Resolution was born from the Deputation of the Diocese of San Diego for human rights and social justice.
Continue reading here.
Creation Care 101
Thinking about starting a Creation Care ministry but need more information on creation care? Consider participating in Creation Care 101, a free program, toolkit, and community-building resource designed for the church. More information here.
DSJC Invites You to Network
The Diocesan Service & Justice Coalition is a group of dedicated service/outreach and peace/social justice coordinators who gather to network and share ideas and collaborate on projects to make a greater impact in our community. More information here.
Environmental Summer Film Fest
Grab some popcorn and join the Environmental Summer Film Festival on Wednesday, June 22, July 27, and August 24. More information and to sign up here.
Godly Play Training Retreat
In partnership with Christ Church Coronado, the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego is pleased to offer a Godly Play Core Training Retreat on August 19-21. Sign up here.
Summer Camp, Family Camps & Wilderness Trips

Something great for ALL ages at our Diocesan Camp Stevens in Julian! Over 250 acres of forests, trails, gardens, buildings, team-building challenges, and outdoor play areas. Learn more about our unique programs on our website.
Read all the latest from this weeks diocesan newsletter here
Good News Festival Updates
Book Your Room
Book your room for the Good News Festival and capitalize on this exclusive room rate at the Town and Country Resort: here

Have you heard the latest Good news?
The Presiding Bishop Michael Curry will be joined by social justice leader, The Rev. Dr. William Barber! Two of the greatest public speakers in a generation, AND The Voices of Our City choir! You may remember this street choir from America's Got Talent where they were honored with the 'Golden Buzzer' for their performance. Read more here.

Sign up for the Good News Festival and receive VERY EXCITING NEWS about this amazing, upcoming event. Sign Up Here
Staff and Leadership
Our Clergy
Bishop: The Rt. Rev. Susan Brown Snook ***
Clergy-in-Charge: The Rev. Brian Petersen, Deacon - pastor@holycrosscarlsbad.org
Brian's+ is available for Zoom or phone call meetings on Tuesday afternoons, Thursdays, & Friday afternoons and at the office on Sundays. Please schedule at time using this link: https://calendly.com/rev-brian/. If you have a pastoral emergency please email or text him (442.320.0548). If you are unable to reach him please contact Karen Sanchez, our Sr. Warden.

Bookkeeper: Muriel Wahl
Controller: Erin Sacco Pineda, CPA - ESP Accounting
AV Tech Guru: Jack Cater
AV Tech Asst: Finley Dicus
Admin/Communications Coord: Ryan Cagle

Leadership - Bishop's Committee ("BC")
Sr. Warden: Karen Sanchez - seniorwarden@holycrosscarlsbad.org
Jr. Warden: Katie Ho
Members at large: Mike Collier, Allen Zych
Treasurer: Grant Ford
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 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, our staff work remotely. The office email and voice mail is monitored regularly. In the event of a pastoral emergency please contact Rev Brian. If you are unable to reach him then please contact Karen Sanchez, our Sr. Warden.

*** 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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