September 18, 2020
Dear Holy Cross family,

As you’ll see below, your leadership has been up to quite a bit of late. I hope in everything that we do as a Christian community, we are not volunteers, we are MINISTERS! Being at Neighbors in Faith is a MINISTRY. Being on the Bishop’s Committee is a MINISTRY. Calling people to check on them is a MINISTRY. Everything we do in the name of Christ is a MINISTRY, therefore we are all MINISTERS. Katie and Karen have taken a deeper step into each of their ministries this past week. We hope that in leading by example, we all, including your vicar, will take a deeper step into our ministry. Mutually inviting, mutually uplifting, and mutually thriving. We are the body of Christ, growing deeper in our calling. Below you’ll see how Katie has taken her next step, and why she’s excited about it.

Last week, Reverend Richard, Karen Sanchez, and I participated in an exciting four-day online conference through the Episcopal Church Foundation (ECF) called the Congregational Leadership Initiative (CLI). Reverend Richard was nominated by Bishop Susan to attend, bringing along his team of two folks from our church, an experienced leader (Karen) and an emerging leader (that’s me!). This is the 5th year that they’ve offered the conference, but the usually in person event had to be offered via ZOOM this year.

The yearlong CLI program consists of some preparatory work, the weeklong conference, and then a yearlong project during which a coach is provided to help us to successfully complete the project. The conference served two main functions: first, to give us a bunch of new and exciting information and tools, and secondly, to connect us with other teams from Episcopal churches from all over the country and share our stories and learning. What a great success! I have learned so much and had meaningful A-HA moments! I have experienced real connections with people from diverse backgrounds and communities across our country. And I feel truly invigorated to start work on our team project (more on that later from Karen and Rev. Richard). But what I am really excited about is sharing with you some of the cool stuff I’ve learned. As the “emerging leader” on our team, so much of this was new to me, so if you are already acquainted with these concepts, ideas, or resources please forgive me my newbie enthusiasm!

Each morning we opened with a short worship service to center our minds and be thankful. We then listened to a plenary talk which was followed by smaller breakout sessions for discussion time. Later in the day, we had a variety of smaller workshops on topics ranging from leadership to finances to visioning to laity in ministries.

Our first plenary focused on shifting common mindsets in the church. I had a big AHA moment during discussion about how money is viewed in the church: as a dirty, necessary evil to “keep the lights on” (survival mindset) vs. as a sacrament, a sign of God’s blessing allowing us to do good works in the world (blessings mindset). I didn’t realize the shameful feelings I harbored in discussing money and stewardship. Being the stewards of God’s gifts to us and then subsequently shepherding them into effective ministries is a JOYFUL thing, an opportunity for giving thanks! Likewise, we discussed our work in the world viewed two ways: serving vs. solving/organizing. In service we provide charity to those in need, but in organizing we strive to understand a root cause and shift the system so that the need is no longer there. For example, don’t just feed the hungry, but also work for change so that folks aren’t hungry to begin with.

In one plenary entitled “Race in the Church”, we discussed the history of the church encouraging the enslavement and seizure of lands of non-Christian heathens. While clearly none of us were around in the 15th century when this was established by two different popes, we must accept that if the church birthed enslavement and genocide, then the church must work to drive them out now and evermore. We discussed the lectionary, hymns, and visual symbols in our churches and how some shifts are needed (and possible!) to avoid being unintentionally racist and damaging. That was eye opening!! Our speaker shared a story of two boys in his church looking at an icon of a black Jesus and one saying, ”See-- Jesus looks just like you!” We should all of us have the experience of identification with Jesus, if we are to be his hands and feet in the world. (The Episcopal Church supports racial justice at a national level, and ECF has wonderful articles and links that anyone can resource.)

I attended a workshop on small/rural churches and scarcity vs. abundance mindsets. In small congregations, it is easy to focus on what we don’t have, what we’ve lost, what we wish we had. In this workshop we were introduced to tools for identifying and celebrating what we DO have! What new or invigorated works and opportunities are available to us when we look at our STRENGTHS? And finally, growing our weekly attendance is not the only way to thrive. Be a small church but be great at it! Do what you do well, using the strengths you have. Maybe as a result more folks will walk through the doors, but its just as much a success to have enthusiastic, effective ministries impacting the greater community. One person said, “we feed the hungry because they’re hungry, not to try to lure them in to church.” (That said… we aren’t turning away any newcomers, COME JOIN US!!)

This just scratches the surface of the information and discussions from CLI, and I’m sure Karen and Rev. Richard experienced different highlights from their perspectives, that they will also share with you. However, one thing was universally clear in discussion with the other teams: the world is crazy right now in “Covid times”. Churches all over are trying to figure out how to cope with the loss of their day schools, the disconnection and isolation of quarantine, overwhelming costs with diminishing incomes, the hurt and injustice of racial inequity in our world, and figuring out ZOOM-ing, remote, and outdoor worship. We are not alone in this novel time of upheaval; we are all trying to figure it out. In the discussion concluding the conference, this statement was made: “Our beloved Episcopal Church may look different when we get to the other side of this (Covid-time), but it will still be relevant and needed in reaching groups of many backgrounds, traditions, and age groups.”

I’m so excited to be traversing this time of change with all of you. I am both confident and filled with hope that Holy Cross will be vibrant, abundant, effective, and very much still our home when we reach the other side, whenever/wherever that is.

Katie Ho
Worship & Formation
Worship Service
9 AM
via livestream

Join us on our Livestream platform (link below) or on Facebook here.

The service bulletin is here.
Miss last Sundays service? Watch it below:
All past services video's are archived on our Youtube channel here and on our Facebook page here.
Evening Prayer
7 PM **
on Zoom

We tour the world via Evening Prayer from countries throughout the Anglican faith tradition (and sometimes from our own prayer book). Come feed your soul and take a little time to socialize with your fellow Holy Cross family members!

Please watch for Tuesdays email with the link to join us via a Zoom video, or call in from your phone if you choose not to use video.

** 3rd Wednesday each month starts at 5 PM due to Bishop's Committee meeting
Contemplative Prayer
on Zoom

** Every other Thursday, next service Oct. 1st
Led by our seminarian Brian Petersen, the service begins with a short spoken prayer service and then transitions into 20 minutes of Centering Prayer. The service lasts about 45 minutes.

The Zoom link will be provided in our Tuesday midweek newsletter along with the link to the Wednesday Evening Prayer service.

Click here for a short brochure from Contemplative Outreach on information about Centering Prayer.
Sundays at 10 am on Zoom

To join the Zoom forum click here.

This Sunday, September 20thLectionary Study Trial 1 led by Brian Petersen. Our “lectionary study trial” might sound abstract, but it is quite basic: a Bible study based on this week’s selection of readings. Brian will follow his sermon by spending time further exploring the passages of Sunday’s Morning Prayer service. Whether you choose to read a bit more about the passages or choose to simply listen and log on, bring your curiosity and your whole self, through this discussion new things may come up for you. We will open the word a bit more together!

Upcoming forums:
  • September 27th – Lectionary Study Trial 2 (led by Rev. Richard)
October’s theme: Eco-theology and Creation Care
  • October 4th – Resilience, Watersheds, and the Ten Commandments (led by Brian Petersen)
  • October 11th – Resource Awareness, Farm-to-Table (led by Robyn Hill PhD, and Bob Meloon)
  • October 18th – Environmental Justice & Community Organizing (led by Pete Hasapopoulos, lead organizer, SDOP)
  • October 25th – Humanity and Our Planet: What it means to be Human on a Finite World (led by Rev. Richard)
Looking for resources for individual study material? The Episcopal Church has a great list of resources here - learn/individuals.

Need a copy of our Book of Common Prayer? Click here for the online version.
Calling all Families with Young Children!!
Holy Cross Family Camp at Camp Stevens
October 9th - 11th

Rev Richard invites all families with young children to the Camp Stevens Harvest Weekend Family Camp. Three days loaded with natural beauty, a laid back atmosphere, no meal planning, activities already all planned, with lovely rooms to stay in, our diocese is truly blessed with staff and the presence of Camp Stevens (COVID precautions in place). Should anyone be interested but find the prices high, we have funds available for scholarships. Simply ask Rev Richard about it and we'll work from there. For more information click here.
Godly Play

Hello and blessings to all Godly Play families. We all hope you are healthy and happy during our time apart. Until we are able to be in person again we will be posting the lessons we would normally be presenting each Sunday in the newsletter. They are available on the Godly Play Foundation YouTube Channel and we are providing a link with each lesson below. If you have questions or need assistance please call or text Sue B. at 760-607-2778.

The first 4 lessons for our fall season:

Sending love and hugs, 
May the lord be with you all,

Your Storytellers: Sue B., Sue S. & Judy C.
Neighbors in Faith
Many thanks to all who continue to support this ministry. Our next scheduled date to provide a simple dinner meal is Monday September 28th. If you would like to participate please contact Joyce Wayman at 760.918.9559 or

God bless, Joyce

Follow our Neighbors in Faith ministry on Instagram @neighborsinfaith_carlsbad, and Twitter, @NIF_Carlsbad. 
Stewardship & Supporting Holy Cross
Bishop's Committee
Bishop's Committee meetings are held the third Wednesday of the month from 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm. The next regular BC meeting is Wednesday, September 16th, via Zoom. To read the approved August minutes click here, the approved Treasurers Report here, the August P&L here, and the Balance Sheet here.
Church offering plate with some currency in it
Offertory - Supporting Holy Cross

Thank you to all who continue to support our mission and ministry during this time when we cannot meet in person. We continue to accept checks mailed to the church office. We also offer the following convenient ways to electronically make your pledge and other donations:
Look for Zelle in your banking app or online bank account (no credit cards) and send your pledge/donation to: Please note "general fund" on the note/what's this for line for your pledge. There are no fees when you use Zelle.
Use the button above (secure) to make your pledge or donation via your credit card or bank account. There is a fee with each transaction (just like Paypal and other payment processing services). We use Faithstreet - they offer the option for donors to pay the fee which is treated as a donation to Holy Cross and is tax deductible.
Text giving - text the amount you want to donate to 646-832-4848. Click on the link you receive and enter the Holy Cross quickcode, hcec. Follow the instructions to finalize the process. (This is part of our Faithstreet platform and the same fees apply).
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 Discernment:
Brian Petersen, our seminarian, as he continues to discern God's call for ordained ministry and as he attends seminary.

Prayers for Comfort:
Fr. Atwood, Tom & Wayne, Peter, Arlene, Tom & Ann, Paul, Bob, Rob, Grant, Trina & Ron, Jerry, Bill Norton & Family, all who have been affected by the COVID-19 virus, all who have been impacted by the fires in California, Oregon, and Washington, all who have been impacted by Hurricane Sally, and those who have no one to pray for them.

Prayers for the Departed
We commend to God all who have died, especially Deb Norton, those who have lost their lives to the COVID-19 virus, those who have lost their lives to the Wildfires, and those who have given their lives for freedom’s cause.

Prayers for those celebrating Birthdays
Jean Varley and Allyson Gobler

Prayers for those celebrating Anniversaries
Tom Andreas & Wayne Kirts and Alex & Allyson Gobler

Prayers for those Traveling
none this week
In the Diocese
Bishop Susan Brown Snook is excited to invite you to this year’s Diocesan Convention: Casting Our Nets, November 6-7. As we move into the Year of Evangelism in the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego, we are especially focusing on sharing the joy of Christ in our lives with the world. Today, the world needs the hope and joy of Jesus Christ more than ever.

At this year's convention, you can look forward to presentations on the strategic plan, a keynote from the Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers, workshops, and more.

For the first time in the history of the EDSD, Diocesan Convention will be held completely online. To help prepare for this year’s convention, the Diocesan Staff has prepared a new convention website to help explain and provide resources for our first virtual convention. Through this site, you can register as a delegate, a visitor, or an exhibitor, read through the current resolutions presented to Diocesan Convention, and make suggestions for nominations that are still open for elected office. Please explore the new website and contact us with questions or suggestions.

Nomination are open!
Nominations for Elected Positions are open. If you would like to nominate someone for an elected position, please visit the convention website and put forward your nomination.

But how are we going to meet virtually?
Utilizing a new event management platform, Whova, delegates and visitors can look forward to a clear agenda, ways of connecting, exhibitor space, workshops, and more. Due to the technological hurdles of a virtual convention, we are asking that ALL delegates attend one of three online training sessions to prepare for Diocesan Convention. Each session will have an overview of the Whova platform, voting, and more. Please register for 1 of the 3 training sessions through the convention website.  Visit the new website at

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