February 26, 2021
Dear siblings in Christ,

This week has been one of rapid transition for so many aspects of our common life. I am personally excited for what these transitions can mean for Holy Cross. Before I go further, I need to thank our entire Bishop’s Committee for the incredible amount of work they have put in to making this move successful. Huge debts of gratitude are due to the Altar Guild and Godly Play ministers as well. Jack Cater too is once again doing so much to ensure our transition is as seamless as is possible in these times. This journey is not possible without all of you!

Wednesday morning of this week Jack Cater and I went to Oceanside Sanctuary to get keys and the lay of the land from their lead pastor Jason Coker, who I have worked closely with over the past couple of years on issues of social justice here in North County. Jason showed us our new office and guided us through where the necessary equipment can be hooked for live-streaming and our other administrative needs. At every step he exuded a hospitality and graciousness towards us and our needs. In other words, we were immediately allowed to feel that we were home.

That sense of home is one that I have been able to transfer throughout my own life. “Home is where the heart is,” for me means that home has been a lot of places, from the Midwest, to South Africa, to New Jersey/New York, to the Bay Area, and now Southern California. Holy Cross, too, has made home of a lot of places. The Cater's, Sebastian's, and Collier's know this far better than I. Holy Cross is a thirty-four-year-old congregation from our start in 1986. We must remember that the people of Israel wandered the desert with Moses for forty years after the Exodus through the Red Sea. Holy Cross’s journey did not start this past Sunday with the deconsecration of the Gateway Building by Bishop Susan. It began when the Spirit moved for a new community to begin in North County.

That journey continues, we are a pilgrim people. And now we get to try a new place for a time. We will be settling in for a few weeks before we begin to assemble our more fulsome process for our longer-term placement. At a minimum, we should thank God for the gift of Oceanside Sanctuary’s hospitality and embrace of us. “Open Minds, Open Arms” will allow us to embrace them right back, and may God bless us as siblings in faith, hope, and the Holy Spirit.


Our New "Campsite" Temporary Home
We are pleased to announce that Holy Cross will be space sharing with Oceanside Sanctuary as we explore longer-term solutions for our own facility needs and discern God’s ever transformative call on this community.

We are deeply grateful for the leadership of Oceanside Sanctuary’s hospitality, particularly lead pastor Jason Coker, and look forward to having a short term solution for our administrative and worship - livestreaming and possibly in-person - ministry needs. Additionally, we are excited about the possibilities of reigniting some of our outreach ministries that have lain fallow during the pandemic. Holy Cross’s new Lenten journey is one filled with hope and possibility as we can now freely contemplate a true Spirit-led future!

Once we have settled in over the next few weeks, we will begin the next steps in our revisioning and relocating process.

Oceanside Sanctuary is located at 204 S. Freeman St in Oceanside. We invite you to get to know our new faith partners by exploring their website, here, and their Facebook page, here. You will find we have much in common in terms of values, mission, and ministry.

Holy Cross has a new mailing address effective immediately:

Holy Cross Episcopal Church
2647 Gateway Rd Suite 105 #290
Carlsbad, Ca 92009

our phone remains the same: 760.930.1270
our email remains the sameholycross@holycrosscarlsbad.org
our website remains the same: https://holycrosscarlsbad.org/
Annual Meeting Thank You

Thank you to all who attended our annual meeting last Sunday. We approved the bylaw changes, here, and reviewed our 2020 results and 2021 budget as well as received an update on our new temporary location. If you haven't read the annual meeting report you may read it here.

Your Bishop's Committee for 2021:

Senior Warden: Karen Sanchez
Junior Warden: Katie Ho
Members at Large: Mike Collier, Marci Stafford
Treasurer: Larry Sebastian
Clerk of the BC: Robyn Hill
First Sunday in Lent & Service of Deconsecration in the Gateway Bldg
also final Eucharist at the facility

Thank you to all who attended last Sunday's service as we held our final service at the Gateway Building and deconsecrated the space. Bishop Susan and Canon Gwynn joined Rev Richard and Fr Edelman in making this a special service. Thank you to Kelvin, Mike, Jon, Pat, Larry, Karen, and Maura, for assisting with set-up, ushering and greeting and to Jack, our tech guru. To see pictures of the service click here. Thank you to Linda Collier for the photo's.
Services at Holy Cross
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Worship this Sunday, February 28th
Second Sunday in Lent
9 AM
The service will be video livestreamed
(No Drive-In/In-person Church at this time)

A PDF version of the service booklet is here.

PLEASE NOTE: We will be livestreaming from our new location at Oceanside Sanctuary for the first time this Sunday. Please bear with us, we pray all goes well but as it is our first livestream in our new location we may encounter unknown issues.

Watch the livestream on our church.online platform OR on our YouTube channel by using one of the buttons below.
You may also watch the service on Facebook here and listen to audio only here.
Did you miss last Sunday's service?
You may watch it below:
All past service video's are archived on our Youtube channel here.

Midweek Online Worship
Evening Prayer
Wednesdays - 7 PM **
on Zoom
We tour the world and experience Evening Prayer from countries throughout the Anglican faith tradition, including our own Prayer Book. Rooted in ancient monastic tradition, this is a perfect way to end the day.

** 3rd Wednesday each month starts at 5 PM due to Bishop's Committee meeting
Watch for our mid-week check-in newsletter with the service links.
Christian Formation
Sunday Forum
Sunday's 10:30 AM
on Zoom

Lenten Study
Entering the Passion of Jesus

During Lent we will be considering the risks that Jesus took on his journey to Jerusalem. We will base the discussions mainly on a book by Amy-Jill Levine, Entering the Passion of Jesus. Dr. Levine is a practicing Jew and the New Testament professor at Vanderbilt Divinity School. She brings a great understanding of the Jewish implications of the Gospels.

This Sunday - Jerusalem: Risking Reputation - the risk of entering the city and what it means to each of us. Please see the questions to consider and the parallel Gospel passages of Palm Sunday here.
Godly Play families: here are your next Youtube video lessons.

Your Godly Play story tellers.
Stewardship and Supporting Holy Cross
NEW MAILING ADDRESS: 2647 Gateway Rd Suite 105 #290, Carlsbad, Ca. 92009
Bishop's Committee

Bishop's Committee ("BC") meetings are held the third Wednesday of the month from 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm. The next BC regularly scheduled meeting is February 17, 2021 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 via the church office at holycross@holycrosscarlsbad.org.
Pledges are welcome at any time. If you haven't yet pledged towards 2021 and you believe in what God is doing through this blessed community of faith please consider making a pledge today. By clicking the secure button below, you may complete your pledge on line. Or you may click here for a PDF version of the pledge card to print, fill out, and email to Mike at colliermh@gmail.com or mail to the church office at 2510 Gateway Rd., Carlsbad, Ca. 92009.
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:
Fr. Atwood, Randy, Tom & Wayne, Arlene, Ann, Paul, Bob, Michael, Art, Grant, Jerry, Jen, Ruth, Alice, Ray, Manny, Mike, Amy, Lupe, 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, Barbara Jenkins, 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
none this week
Notes of Care
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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.

Fr. Theodore Atwood
c/o Nazareth House Room N130
6333 Rancho Mission Rd
San Diego, CA 92108
Tom Andreas & Wayne Kirts
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 wider Community
Together we'll dive deeper into four diocesan priority areas: Peace & Justice, Evangelism, Discipleship, and Leadership. Transformation Academy will be offered over four months and features national speakers and local leaders from our diocese discussing issues that transform the way we serve the Church's mission.

Peace & Justice Academy - Thursday, March 18
Peace, Justice, and Local Church Ministries
Discipleship Academy - Thursday, April 15
Formed for Relationship-Discipleship in the Episcopal Church
Leadership Academy - Thursday, May 20
Pivoting to New Realities: Adaptive Leadership for a Post-Pandemic Church
Evangelism Academy - Thursday, June 17
Joining God in Mission

For more information and to register for one or more of the sessions click here.
There's lots of great information in this week's diocesan newsletter. Check it out by clicking the button below.
Humor Corner
Staff and Leadership
Our Clergy
Bishop: The Rt. Rev. Susan Brown Snook ***
Vicar: The Rev. Richard Hogue - vicar@holycrosscarlsbad.org **
Associate Priest: The Rev. Theodore Atwood
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

Leadership - Bishop's Committee ("BC")
Sr. Warden: Karen Sanchez - seniorwarden@holycrosscarlsbad.org
Jr. Warden: Katie Ho
Mike Collier
Marci Stafford
Treasurer: Larry Sebastian
Clerk: Robyn Hill

Contact information:
Church office: 760.930.1270
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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