October 8, 2021
My fellow disciples,

This Sunday we will celebrate “Coming Out” Sunday. “National Coming Out Day” (NCOD) is traditionally October 11th, so we’re celebrating it together in our service, along with our hosts at Oceanside Sanctuary. You may read a bit more of the history of “National Coming Out Day” here. Why does it matter? To quote the source:

“It’s a celebration of diversity:
When different people come together, we are all stronger. Hate and homophobia thrive in silence, according to the Human Rights Council, and this day serves to bring into light and accept the differences we have.

“It shines a light on an important movement in history:
A recent poll shows that 5% of Americans identify with the LGBTQ+ community - and that’s not even counting all the allies and supporters! The movements that stand behind NCOD is working to give all these people freedom, voice, and choice in how they live their lives.

“It can be life-changing:
The decision to live your life out of the closet — truly genuine, and not hiding any aspects of your identity — is a huge step for many people around the world. NCOD can represent this new beginning, and be one of the most important days in a person’s life.”

If you are at all inclined, I encourage use of pride and ally symbols of LGBTQ+ communities as a sign of support and total inclusion. Joey Pearson, music minister of Oceanside Sanctuary, will be joining us to lend a musical celebratory air to the day. “Open minds, open arms” is an embrace of what has been cast aside, and certainly that has historically been the LGBTQ+ communities experience. Exclusion has been the cruel tool of the church and other parts of our society for so long. The reality is that Jesus himself embraced the very groups who many still try to push away today.

May we be a sign of God’s vision of welcoming diversity, and may this Sunday serve as a foretaste of that heavenly banquet where God welcomes ALL!

One last note, please also be sure to check out the information below about our Prayer Walk for Sunday the 17th of October and how you can sponsor it and benefit the United Thank Offering! Our route is a simple one that would take a little less than 20 minutes going straight trough. But, as you no doubt recall, a Prayer Walk is done while praying with your eyes and ears, so we will take our time (up to 25 more minutes tops) to stop, soak in the place and its people, before returning on our journey. I look forward to seeing what the Holy Spirit may reveal to us!


Rev Richard
Last Sunday we mistakenly announced the fall back time change was this coming Sunday - we fall back November 7th! We apologize for any confusion. Please don't change your clocks this Sunday!

It's an opportunity for us to join together in prayer and gratitude:

  • Prayer: We'll reintroduce a sense of call for Holy Cross in our current location with a Prayer Walk - walking(1) through our Oceanside neighborhood praying with our eyes and our heart wide open noticing signs of hope and signs of need, and how God might call us to be present to both and then re-imagine how God might be calling us to ministry with our neighbors.
  • Gratitude: Our Prayer Walk will support the United Thank Offering (UTO)(2) Great EpisGOpal Race. UTO is a ministry of The Episcopal Church for the mission of the whole church. This year, all offerings made to UTO will be disbursed to ministries and missions supporting Care of Creation, turning love into action by caring for God’s creation to protect the most vulnerable – who will bear the largest burden of pollution and climate change – through justice, advocacy, environmental reparations, and the development of formational materials.


  • Sign-up to be a member of Team Holy Cross here (after completing your personal information, select Choose your own adventure, select "yes" under Would you like to join/create a Group/Team and select Team Holy Cross; $30 registration fee goes to UTO - contact Karen Sanchez, Sr Warden, if you need help!) Note: You do not have to register on the UTO site to participate in the Prayer Walk however, doing so is one way to support UTO and join in the spirit of team ministry!
  • Make a donation towards the Team Holy Cross fundraising goal here (we set a $100 goal - help us meet or beat that goal!!)
  • You may also support Team Holy Cross by making a donation to Holy Cross that will be sent to UTO.
  • Via Zelle - please note "UTO" on the memo/what's this for line
  • Faithstreet - please select "General" from the dropdown menu and note "UTO" on the memo line
  • Via a check - Drop in the offering plate on Sunday or mail to the church office.

(1) The Prayer Walk will be about 45 minutes total with the walk itself will taking about 20 minutes and the additional time, about 25 minutes, being allocated to stop/pray/watch/listen. A map of our walk is here.

(2) Through UTO, individuals are invited to embrace and deepen a personal daily spiritual discipline of gratitude. UTO encourages people to notice the good things that happen each day, give thanks to God for those blessings and make an offering for each blessing using a UTO Blue Box. Rather than the UTO Blue Boxes, this year we are participating in the Great EpisGOpal Race. We ask you to prayerfully consider supporting Team Holy Cross with a donation of Gratitude for all of God's blessings in your life.
Read more about the UTO 2021 Gratitude Challenge here.
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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.
Thank you to all who participated in our Annual Blessing of the Animals this past Sunday. It was wonderful to have so many animal friends, and their humans, welcomed to our liturgy.
Grant with Tom's dog Baxter
(Tom was still at the altar)
Joey and Keisha with Teddy
Karen with dogs Lilikoi and Kimo
The Ho family and their menagerie of
 cats and bearded dragon
Marlene and Larry and a virtual blessing
of Joey
The Ho family with their bearded dragon and the cats in crates in the middle
Joey, Keisha and Teddy
Karen, Lilikoi and Kimo
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
September 18th

I met with our new diocesan Canon for Mission Jason Evans before going to Wisconsin. He has been particularly helpful in my thinking about all this and will be there for at least some of the BC retreat in Julian (November 19-21 at Camp Stevens). For one thing, beyond resources I’m now going through, he reframed Holy Cross’s situation to me as less one of a church plant and more of a church redevelopment, or congregational redevelopment. Whatever we choose to do next, it will be less church planting that a redevelopment project for this reason: we have an existing congregation that has been through consequential changes, so we are not starting from scratch, we are adapting to a new way of being, in a new space, place, and mission field.
To continue reading click here


Prior 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

Katie is unable to lead the All Saints Cemetery ministry right now due to a foot injury. However if anyone would still like to go, John from St. Michael’s, volunteers at the cemetery every Tuesday morning (she hasn’t had to unlock the gate herself in months), and it’s a pretty safe bet for anyone who would like to help out, particularly in her absence, to go. 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 katetravels@yahoo.com for more information or to let her know you're joining in.
Wounded Warriors

Our Wounded Warrior healthy snacks visits continue twice monthly. 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 or for how you might participate.
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 Treasures Report published each month in the Bishop's Committee (BC) section of this newsletter. Please don't hesitate to reach out to Larry Sebastian, our Treasurer, 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 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, October 21st 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: holycross@holycrosscarlsbad.org.

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 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, 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, Ian, Tristan, Marilyn and Arthur, the people of Afghanistan, 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
none this week

Prayers for those celebrating Anniversaries
none this week

Prayers for those Traveling
Jack Cater
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

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

In the Diocese and Beyond
Camp Stevens Acorns to Oaks Auction 2021

It's time again for the Acorns to Oaks Auction. All proceeds from Acorns to Oaks 2021 will support Camp Stevens' Transformation Fund as we work to recover, rebuild, and reimagine our future.
New Items will be posted each week on Thursday.
The items will stay up for bidding until October 31 unless a bidder
chooses the "Buy Now" Options. 

We'll post on social media, here, on Thursday when each week's items
are ready for bidding. 

See all items currently available to bid on here.

If you have any questions, contact Kathy Wilder at kathy@campstevens.org

You may learn more about Camp Stevens here.
Children and Youth Ministry leaders are invited to a weekend training and retreat at Camp Stevens. The training begins at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 16th, and will conclude with Eucharist in the outdoor chapel on Sunday, October 17th. You are welcome to come on Friday night for additional sabbath time, at no additional charge. Per diocesan guidelines, all attendees must be vaccinated for Covid-19.
Retreat Cost: $125
Saturday only (without overnight accommodations): $50
Registration includes Your accommodations in the Wolterstorff Lodge at Camp Stevens, three incredible Camp Stevens meals, and a few special surprises. 

Highlights of the weekend include
  • Small-Group breakouts for Godly Play, youth ministry games, Las Posadas, and pageants

  • Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany planning for children, youth, and families

  • DSD resource review for chaperones, social media, and waivers

  • Best practices – resource, program, and event sharing

  • Hiking, napping, singing, laughing, sitting around the fire, and being disconnected from the world for sabbath

  • Worship in the Camp Stevens outdoor chapel
The diocese would truly love it if a Children and Youth Ministry representative from each parish was represented at this Leadership Retreat. Please encourage your friends and colleagues to join us! If you are interested in representing Holy Cross please contact Rev. Richard.

Any questions regarding this program should be directed to Charlette Preslar, cpreslar@edsd.org.
As we move through the Season of Creation this fall, the EDSD Creation Care Task Force and a number of churches in our Diocese are hosting events, services, and more to help us engage in learning and work focused on care for the earth, one of God’s most precious gifts to us. Here is the complete calendar of offerings. To learn more about the EDSD Creation Care Task Force, contact Deann Rios at drios@edsd.org.
Humor Corner
Cartoon from St. Swithin’s, by The Rev. Jay Sidebotham, copyright © 2002 The Church Pension Fund.
Staff and Leadership
Our Clergy
Bishop: The Rt. Rev. Susan Brown Snook ***
Vicar: The Rev. Richard Hogue - vicar@holycrosscarlsbad.org **
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 - seniorwarden@holycrosscarlsbad.org
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: https://edsd.org/staff/

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