June 4, 2021
Dear siblings in Christ,

Happy Pride!

I write to you with confidence from the Holy Spirit. As many of you no doubt recall, we’ve come to the end of our 3-month Memorandum of Understanding of the “campsite” as of June 1st. Since May 23rd, we have returned to in-person worship, which I am so grateful for! In conjunction with your Bishop’s Committee, Bishop Susan, and our gracious hosts at Oceanside Sanctuary Church, Holy Cross will engage in a new one-year Memorandum of Understanding, at a rate of $3,000 per month until the end of next June. This will become official once the Executive Council and Standing Committee of the diocese votes to enact it on June 5th and 15th respectively. This is a structure which is very reasonable for both congregations.

This gives us one year of stability in our current worship environment and for our visioning process while affording us options in a year’s time. I want to thank the leaders of both congregations, especially our Bishop’s Committee, the Rev. Jason Coker, and Bishop Susan. This will be a time of transition, continuing since we first realized we could not stay where we were in Bressi Ranch, and we can live at our campsite for a little while as we determine our future together.

I know you probably have questions, so in lieu of my usual missives to you all, please avail yourself of this Q&A I’ve written. We will also dedicate this Sunday’s forum time (10.30AM, Zoom link here), so you can ask further questions then.


Q: Why are we in Oceanside again?

A: Simply put, we were hemorrhaging financially in our previous location. We lost both the sub-letting communities, B’nai Tikvah and the American Catholics, which to the best of my knowledge have dissolved. Combined with relatively soft pledge numbers from 2019 and the economic downturn of the pandemic, we were likely to burn through reserves and the gifts of the congregation at a rate of $10,000/month while not being able to utilize the space ourselves. You can review much of that information from our previous communications by clicking here. Fundamentally, we saved $79,000 on the life of our lease by accepting a buyout of $55,000 in February. The lease was to end in March of 2022, had we remained through it we would have drained $68,000 from reserves from our projected deficit this year alone, and likely looking for a new space as well.

Amid the lease buy-out process from our previous location in February of this year, we needed to find an immediate landing place to continue live-streaming worship, what we deemed a “campsite.” We estimated need a campsite for 6-8 months. A number of locations were considered, and the Bishop’s Committee was unanimous in our choice of Oceanside Sanctuary Church (OSC) for a few reasons, the values between our communities were aligned, the 3-month Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was reasonable to both congregations during the height of quarantine, and it was the most accessible space and welcoming congregation of the ones we considered. We began that MOU in March, that was for our “campsite” situation, and it ran out as of June 1st.

Q: Why are we signing a one-year lease, I thought this was a “campsite” for 6-8 months?

A: Circumstances have changed significantly, chiefly because we are once again worshipping in-person. Our estimate in February of 6-8 months of being at a “campsite” were based on a belief that we may not be back to in-person worship until September or later. Fortunately, between vaccinations, better health practices by much of the general public, and continuing drops in infection rates, we no longer need to merely “camp.” We are doing more than just administering and livestreaming from the building now.

As one BC member aptly put it, “we’re not camping anymore, we’re renting an apartment.” We are now starting to live together again, in the sense that we can worship together and meet people from OSC. Because we are going to be using the space more and more as public safety restrictions are lifted at the state, county, and diocesan levels, we hope gathering will become more convenient to more of you, especially later in June.

Thus, both congregations needed a new agreement at this stage for practical and legal reasons. By signing this one-year Memorandum of Understanding with Oceanside Sanctuary Church at $3,000/month under our current budget projections we will have cut our shortfall from $68,000 to just under $1,000. In a single year, we will have nearly eliminated the potential shortfall. This is a blessing from God for our finances, as close to a financial miracle as we will ever see! This is a one-year MOU, it affords us time to build, implement, and execute our forthcoming visioning process, and potentially find another location or negotiate an even more reasonable lease as this new MOU expires.

Q: We were paying $900-$1,000/month, this lease is for $3,000/month, why are we paying more now?

When we entered into the 3-month Memorandum of Understanding we were paying $500/month for a small office on the second floor of the building, small storage room and $100 for each Sunday we livestreamed from the Sanctuary. We did not have any additional access to use other spaces in the church, nor to gather in-person at the facility.

Now that we are able to gather in-person once again and hope to be using the space more and more as public safety restrictions are lifted at the state, county, and diocesan levels, we will have additional access to more of the facility and therefore, we have a new Memorandum of Understanding at this cost.

Our new arrangement includes the following: A larger private office space on the main level with a keyed private exterior entrance; small storage room; shared use of all main level spaces including the sanctuary, soundbooth, classrooms, library, cafe and restrooms, as well as the basement meeting space, kitchen and restrooms. Utilities, Internet, Cleaning Services and software booking admin for shared spaces is included.

As you can see this represents us going from renting a small office space on the second floor to a larger one on the first floor, along with reasonable access to most of the rest of the building while not having to directly pay for utilities. We look forward to using more of the space as our own activities begin to pick up and I settle in and also having the opportunity to get to know our brothers and sisters at OSC.

Q: Will we be able to worship at another time?

A: Yes, we can. The new Memorandum of Understanding provides for us to begin our service with one of two available time slots available on Sundays: up to 9 am or 12:30 pm or later. This is structured around OSC's current worship time of 10:30 am.

One important consideration for our start time for the up to 9 am time slot is the time needed for transition between our service and OSC's service. They need time to begin sound checks and service preparations and require us to remove all of our items (candles, vestments, flags, flowers, chalice, etc.) that we use in our service so we must be clear of the sanctuary, including the altar, by no later than 10 am. (The same applies in the reverse if we start at 12:30 pm - OSC must provide us access for set-up and preparations prior to a 12:30 start time).

Once we are able to resume social activities, HCE parishioners will be able to make use of the cafe and common areas for fellowship past 10 AM, but for those of you who have been up to the church already, we will have to be sure to clear the parking lot by no later than 10:20 AM so OSC folks have a place to park (again, the same would apply to OSC if we decided to worship at 12:30 pm or later).

We could move from 8:30 AM to either 9 AM or 12:30PM or later on Sunday. I welcome more input on this but cannot promise everyone’s desires can be met.

As an aside to this, a very popular option on the reopening survey were a beach worship or something at All Saints Episcopal Chapel near Mission San Luis Rey in Oceanside. We can arrange these if some volunteers help envision it, market it, and are willing to help set it up. Contact me directly if you would like to help with either!

Q: What’s going on with the “visioning process”? Why haven’t we heard more about this yet?

A: One of the biggest benefits of signing this one-year MOU, for me as your priest, is the simple luxury of stability for a year, something we have not known as community since I accepted the call to Holy Cross just before the pandemic. This stability affords me the chance to prepare for the real work we have to do, and I’m excited to get down to the task. With this settled until about this time next year, I can dive deep into forming our visioning process and helping execute it. We received a grant of $14,500 from the diocese for this work, and Donald Romanik, the president of the Episcopal Church Foundation, has agreed to lead our process for us. This is a massive opportunity for us as a community and requires a wise use of time and resources.

We get to define a new way of being church in a time when we need experimentation, collaboration, living our joyful discipleship loudly to show the world the way of Jesus through our Episcopal prism! Knowing I can focus on this now means we can point a way forward with prayer and the power of the Holy Spirit, rather than worrying about cash-flow and where we might be next. I will take the time required to get this thing right for us in collaboration with our other leaders.

As such, I’m looking into how to best utilize this moment for the congregation as a whole, and I’m really excited about the possibilities. What I know we will likely do in the coming months:

·      Between now and the fall with the help of the Bishop’s Committee prayerfully discern and appoint 10-12 congregants who will live out the visioning process as a community. This will likely require reading, training, research, collaboration, as part of a community covenant (also known as a “rule of life”) on the part of those on the visioning team.
·      The visioning team, as a community, will be empowered to listen and discern with the congregation to define our values, aspirations, joys, concerns, and the mission. They will also be empowered to point the way forward for the congregation in terms of recommendations to the Bishop’s Committee and other leaders. They will not be responsible for a possible relocation of the congregation, but the Bishop’s Committee may convene an exploration team if necessary.
·      Engage with the vicar and other coaches/instructors/collaborators to listen, reflect, and act. Those actions can be determined in the future, and could involve establishment of a new ministry, further experimentation with liturgy, or recommending systemic changes to our Bishop’s committee and other leader. Action may need not be limited to these aspects, in conference with the Bishop’s Committee and Bishop Susan of course.
·      Visit other congregations for research purposes.

Q: What can I do to help?

A: If you would like to help in anyway, contact me, Rev. Richard at your earliest convenience. You can email me at vicar@holycrosscarlsbad.org or call me on my cell, 715.492.0297. Texting is preferred, but if you leave a voicemail I’ll get back to you at my earliest convenience. Frankly, it would be lovely just to take those of you who would be comfortable out for coffee!

Beyond that, I want to know who would like to be on the visioning team, so I’m happy to hear your thoughts on who, or what skills, you’d like to see on this team which will point our way forward as disciples of Jesus in the Episcopal Church. Too many people are praying and rooting for us for this to fail, though we may stumble, we always persevere.

Yours in the name of Christ,

Congregation Meeting
This Sunday!
June 6th at 10:30am
General Information & Updates Session
via Zoom

As we begin to emerge from the slow thaw of COVID, we will settle and then shake up new patterns over the coming months. While there are a lot of things we cannot say for sure at this time, Rev. Richard wants to address some next steps we will likely take as a congregation over the course of this year, and have a chance to address some of your questions for our community. Join us this Sunday for some general updates and information via the Zoom link that will be included in Friday's newsletter.
Worship at Holy Cross
If you are joining us in person we use a screen to project the service bulletin (this is new and will take some getting used to for some). If you prefer your own worship booklet please download the booklet using the button below on 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
Sunday Adult Forum
Sunday's 10:30 AM
on Zoom

This Sunday, June 6th
Congregation Meeting
General Information & Updates Session

Up Coming Sundays:
June 13        The Early Church I – Pre-Nicea Place of Women                
June 20        The Early Church I – Pre-Nicea Councils                            
June 27        The Early Church I – Syrian Christians                                
July 4            Independence Day - No Session
July 11          Hebrew Scripture – Torah                                                  
July 18          Hebrew Scripture – Ketuvim                                             
July 25          Hebrew Scripture – Nevi’im  
Ministries and Outreach
All Saints Cemetery Clean-up

This is a great way to be outdoors helping to do basic yard work and some beautification projects at historic All Saints Cemetery (Episcopal) in Oceanside. Katie Ho coordinates this ministry. The next gardening date is: 9:30-11am, Tuesday 6/8. 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.
NEW 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.
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 colliermh@gmail.com 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.
Bishop's Committee

Bishop's Committee ("BC") meetings are the third Thursday of the month from 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm. The next regularly scheduled BC meeting is Thursday, June 17th 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.
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:
Bob, Randy, Art, Tom, Arlene, Ann, Paul, Jen, Ruth, Dawn, Donald, Michael, Brian, Barb, Mia, Betty, Ray and Karen, family of Fr Ted, 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 Ray, Mary, Dorothy "Dale", Fr. Ted, Nancy, 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

Prayers for those celebrating Anniversaries
none this week

Prayers for those Traveling
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

By the Cater, Holding and Cater-Brame Families To the Glory of God and In Loving Memory of 1st Lt. Roslyn Littmann Schulte, USAF.
Please continue to hold the family of Fr. Ted Atwood in prayer. Fr Ted ended his earthly journey on Sunday, May 23rd, he a much beloved vicar of Holy Cross, having served from November 19th, 2006 until June 30th, 2010.

Plans for his memorial service are being made for Monday, June 21st at St. Dunstan's Episcopal Church in San Diego at 10 AM. We do yet have all the details but we understand in-person attendance may be limited, a registration link will be provided if there is space available, and the service will be livestreamed. More details will be shared as they become available.

Fr Ted is survived by his sister Anne Petrey, daughters Catherin Atwood Voels, Margaret Atwood Gerard, and grandchildren. You may reach out to Fr Atwood's family with notes of care and condolences at:

Family of the Rev. Theodore Atwood
6785 El Banquero Place
San Diego, Ca. 92119

May the souls of the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace.
Resources for Spiritual & Emotional Support 
Podcasts are a great way to add prayer and reflection to your daily spiritual practice. Listen while you take your daily walk, on your commute, while you clean the house, do yard work, or anywhere! Here are a few to help get you started.
Faith to Go Podcast

A Weekly, On The Go Resource
for Parents and Non-Parents Alike

Hosted by the Faith To Go team in the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego, David Tremaine and Charlette Preslar. Joined each week by a special guest, the Faith To Go team highlights themes from the Sunday Gospel reading for you to take into your faith discussions and reflections throughout the week. Click here listen or for the podcasts to download, also available in Apple Podcasts.
The Way of Love Podcast
with Bishop Michael Curry

Hosted By Sandy Milien & The Most Rev. Michael Curry

This podcast offers ways to engage with the Way of Love, The Episcopal Church’s intentional commitment to practicing faith by following Jesus. Hear stories and get practical advice from Bishop Michael Curry and others who are putting the Way of Love practices (Turn, Learn, Pray, Worship, Bless, Go, Rest) into action.

Forward Day by Day Podcast
Forward Movement

The online podcasts from Forward Day by Day are brief daily inspirational meditations reflecting on a specific Bible passage, chosen from the daily lectionary readings as listed in the Revised Common Lectionary or the Daily Office from the Episcopal Church's Book of Common Prayer. These are the devotions from the printed copies for those who have missed the booklets!

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts; Spotify; or Stitcher and anywhere else you listen to podcasts.
Need Someone to Talk To?

This past year with Covid and increased racial and political tensions has changed life for many, if not all of us. If you feel anxious, stressed, worried, sad, bored, depressed, lonely or frustrated - You’re not alone! The diocese has a list of resources to connect with real people that can help, here.
In the Diocese and Beyond
Register Today for the forth Transformation Academy class:
The Evangelism Academy!
June 17 from 6-7:30pm


Evangelism Begins with Listening: Following God into the Neighborhood
In this time when so much has been disrupted in our lives and society, Christians are called to deepen their listening: to God, to each other, and particularly to the longings and losses of their neighbors. This session will explore simple practices of listening to stories, discerning the Spirit's leading, and investing presence and relationship with neighbors for the sake of love and witness in Christ.

Breakout 1: Ten Easy Steps to Starting a Military Ministry
The Rev. Dr. Frank Munoz, Missioner for Military Ministry in the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego

Breakout 2: Seed Corn is for planting, not eating: Why Jesus knew young adults are the way to sustain and transform faith, community, and the world
The Rev. Darin Johnson, Agape House Campus Pastor

Register here.
Humor Corner
Agnus Day appears with the permission of www.agnusday.org
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. 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.

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 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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