May 13, 2022
For gardeners in Southern California, May usually means planting season for summer blooms and veggies. Now you may have observed that this has been a bit of a challenging spring season for planting – the weather has swung wildly between hot and cold, and overall it has been quite dry despite some occasional late-season rain. Still, with some added care this year we still hope to see our work in May yield a harvest that we can celebrate later in the summer. We don’t know exactly what that harvest will look like, but we can trust in the miracle of life and do what we can to create the conditions for abundant growth. 

In many ways, this care for conditions mirrors the work we do in the church as we cultivate the ground of our hearts to see the miracle of resurrection spring forth in our lives. The Easter season is one of anticipation, because we know that the seed of new life has been planted – but we don’t know exactly when or how it will take shape. But we know that Easter leads us to Pentecost, where the church receives the power of the Spirit to go forth in its mission to the world. And so we prepare ourselves anew for acknowledging that power and boldly going forward as God has called us.

Here at Holy Cross, we have done a great deal of work in planning, dreaming, researching, and praying together about our next steps as a community, and we are just now starting to get glimpses of what that harvest might look like. We have been blessed with great opportunity in our potential new location, both for strengthening our existing ministries and finding new ways to embody the love of Jesus. But we still need to do the work of paying attention and care to the conditions for growth – how do we embody our message of welcome as a community? How do we care for each other? How can we use our gifts and talents to serve each other and those around us? Let’s continue to ask these questions, and let’s continue to pray, worship, and imagine together as we live into this exciting future that awaits Holy Cross. 

In Christ,
Location Update

As previously communicated, based on congregational feedback, the Visioning Team recommended and supported the Bishop's Committee in continuing its discussions with JCo about a space-sharing arrangement. Last week Rev. Brian and Senior Warden Karen initiated additional discussion with JCo and this past Monday, Senior Warden Karen and Mike Collier met with JCo's Treasurer and began discussion on a potential lease and other arrangements. Our hopes are to be prepared for the diocesan approval process in June. As previously communicated, the Canons of our Diocese require Bishop and Standing Committee approval for a mission to enter into agreements such as this (there are a couple of other reviews required as well). We will continue to keep you updated on our progress.

Thank you all for your participation throughout this season of discernment -- it's exciting to see how the Holy Spirit works through us when we work together. 
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Please Save the Date!
Saturday, June 18th at 10am
St. Andrew's, Encinitas**

God willing and the people consenting, the Rt. Rev. Doctor Susan Brown Snook will ordain the Rev's. Brian Petersen, Lilia Mendoza, Katherine Gordon, and Nancy Burnett to the Priesthood. Ordinations will take place at St Andrew's in Encinitas with a reception to follow**. Your prayers and presence are requested.

** This is a diocesan event - vaccination is required for attendance.
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Worship at Holy Cross
Fifth Sunday of Easter
May 15, 2022 at 9:00 AM
YouTube & Online.Church   
*Masks required for unvaccinated.
People who have other high-risk factors are also encouraged to wear a mask
Photo: Peter Preaching; from Acts, Chapter 11, tells the story of Peter's teaching in Jerusalem. The painting of Peter preaching is part of the Linaiuoli Tabernacle, a large altarpiece by Fra Angelico's, approximately 1400-1455. The section of Peter Preaching is one of three smaller panels below the main one. The scene shows St. Mark writing down the sermon on a tablet as Peter preaches, an illustration of the non-canonical ancient tradition that St Mark’s gospel is essentially St Peter’s eye-witness account. Copyright in the public domain.
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. Thank you for helping us to be better stewards of God's creation (reducing paper waste).
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 program information.
Calling All Godly Play Kids!

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.
Visioning Ministry
Visioning Update

Your Visioning Team met Sunday, May 1st after the congregational meeting. We started our time together by reflecting on the congregational meeting, the location discussed, and considered what steps/timeline are necessary should we move forward with this property. I believe you'll be hearing more about that process from Deacon Brian, so I won't repeat it here. 

We then dove in to our SWOT analysis, where we considered Holy Cross's Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats (both internally and externally). It was an interesting process, starting with the team brainstorming and then narrowing down our top 3-5 in each area. From there we picked 5 topics for Goals (refined Goal statements are in development). This process took up more than our allotted time so we planned our next steps. Our facilitator, Allan Dorsey, will be sending us each information on how to craft effective SMART objectives. The Visioning Team will break up into groups of 2-3 and work on a first draft of these objectives so that when we reconvene for our next meeting on June 5th, we will have a first draft of objectives to discuss as a group. Our goal is to have all of the objectives for each of the 5 Goals defined so that we have clear directives of what Holy Cross intends to do moving forward. As we can see the light at the end of the Visioning Team tunnel, we discussed what does the end look like? After 2-3 more meetings, our final output will be a Strategic Plan as well as a clear definition of where Holy Cross is going to land. We've had time at our "campsite" to do this important work, and deciding on our next more permanent home will happen in the near future. This last push is going to be a lot of work, but it is exciting to see all that we've accomplished and to feel like we are almost done.

Katie Ho, Jr. Warden
Upcoming Ministries & Events
All Saints Cemetery Clean-Up
Upcoming Tuesdays: 5/24*
9:00 am - 11:00
200 Peyri Road in Oceanside,
next to Heritage Park

*Weather permitting (rain cancels)

Please text or call Katie Ho at 619-990-2298 if you think you might join in - especially so she knows who to contact if she needs to cancel.
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.
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 Thursday of the month from 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm. The next BC meeting is Thursday, May 19, 2022 via Zoom.

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:

Meetings are open and anyone may attend. Please reach out to Karen Sanchez for the Zoom link if you wish to attend.
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 Clergy-in-Charge, Brian Petersen, at 442.320.0548, or our Sr Warden, Karen Sanchez, at 808.494.0558.
The Episcopal Diocese of San Diego is offering monthly workshops via Zoom for Eucharistic Visitors. These learning sessions can serve as a resource for those trained to be Eucharistic Visitors and those preparing them. Whether you are a novice or seasoned Eucharistic Visitor, opportunities abound to learn more, develop or improve skills and become more proficient in how we serve God and the church.

How we become involved in the church’s ministry as a Eucharistic Visitor varies. For some, an inner sense tells us, “this is what I ought to do” for some, our clergy asks us about becoming involved in this ministry. Others may be requested by their priest, deacon, or warden to fill a need in the congregation. Beyond how we begin our involvement in lay ministry is God’s reality calling us to do so. Jesus’ words to his first disciples apply to us as well: “You did not choose Me, but I chose you.” [John 15:16]
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 for our Interim Clergy-in-Charge:
Brian Petersen, Deacon, who is currently completing his Clinical Pastoral Education program (classroom and field placement in a hospital setting) prior to his ordination to the Priesthood on June 18 (God willing and the people consenting).

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

Prayers for Comfort:
Randy Echito, Art Wahl, Tom, Arlene Cull, Ann Mauro, Paul "Tony" Vanderpool, Dawn Portzer, Barb Ross, Mia, Sandra Rindge, Mike Collier; Betty Byrd; Fr. Steve McPeek & family, Carolyn Hendrix Coil and family, George Fern, Joshua McPeek, 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 Fr. Doug Coil, Michelle Kalena McPeek, 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
Michael-Mhead Phillips, Joyce Nehlsen, Jon Simpson

Prayers for those celebrating Anniversaries
none this week

Prayers for those Traveling
Karen Sanchez

The people of Ukraine and Russia; for peace
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

In the Diocese and Beyond
May AAPI Film Series
Celebrate AAPI (Asian American Pacific Islander) Month through facilitated discussion and clip viewing of the 5-part PBS series: Asian Americans. Register here.
ECS Gala - Saturday, May 14
A night of creative cuisines, live music, and fun auction items at Humphrey’s Half Moon Inn. Information & Register here.
Help Ukrainian Refugees
Specific needs will change as the crisis evolves. As of right now, there is a need for food, water, and shelter. Please consider partnering with Episcopal Relief & Development in this response. Give to ERD Ukraine Response Fund 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.
Sacred Ground is the Episcopal Church’s film & reading based series which creates space for difficult but respectful and transformative dialogue on race, racism & faith. Information session June 1st, Circle starts June 15th. Register now by emailing
December 9 -10th

In the Book of Ecclesiastes, we read that there is “a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance.” These last two years, as the world has faced a pandemic, have been difficult. We have experienced loss and division. We are long overdue for some good news and celebration! 

This December, during the season many Christians recognize as Advent, the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego is preparing to throw a party for our region, calling it, The Good News Festival. Our keynote speaker will be the Rt. Rev. Michael Curry. Bishop Curry preached a sermon that inspired millions around the globe in May 2018 during the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Along with Bishop Curry, the Good News Festival will be filled with music, arts, speakers, and other festivities at the Town & Country Resort here in San Diego. 

You are invited to be inspired, to sing, to dance, and to celebrate with us! Thank you for your early commitment to stay informed about the upcoming festival. Be sure to share this email with friends and family so they can sign up for regular email updates about special guests and activities as they are announced.
Staff and Leadership
Our Clergy
Bishop: The Rt. Rev. Susan Brown Snook ***
Clergy-in-Charge: The Rev. Brian Petersen, Deacon -
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: 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 -
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, 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 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:

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