January 15, 2021
Dear siblings in faith and hope,

Jesus changes everything. It is true. We will see that in our Scripture reading from Mark’s gospel this Sunday. He wanders along the shore of the Sea of Galilee, meanders into Simon and Andrew, and without introduction, it seems, tells them to “Follow me and I will make you fish for people.”

When was the last time something good came out of the blue and permanently changed your life? I know we have all received bad news this way, but when was the last time good news was dropped out of the sky for you? You see, Jesus himself is the good news, the gospel. The word Mark uses to convey Jesus’ meaning to Simon and Andrew is γενέσθαι (genesthai), which can mean “become,” “receive existence,” or “to arise.” Jesus’ purpose, from beginning to end, is the transformation of people, and in doing so to change human relationships. The disciples probably had little idea what they were in for. Next week, as we follow Mark’s gospel, they’ll see Jesus exercise a demon. Things will escalate quickly.

And that is because Jesus profoundly changes everything. Jesus, the good news incarnate, still changes our world. Sadly, his authority as a rabbi, prophet, and brother to all is abused frequently to this day. But it does not have to be that way. We too can be transformed by this radical prophet and friend to those on the margins. We too can become fishers of people. We too can change the world, even if only in our immediate circles.

I want to assure us that we can do more than we can possibly imagine through our trust in Jesus. Through prayer that turns to action, all of us can be messengers of good news to a weary world, even when we are weary ourselves. We can be healed and be healers. We can be wounded and still be strong. We can be weak and still carry the Spirit of God with us.

May Jesus drop good news on you today, tomorrow, and always.

Annual Meeting
Sunday, February 21st
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
on Zoom

Please save the date for our parish annual meeting. We will vote on the amendments to our bylaws, review our hopes and dreams for the future and the 2021 budget, discuss our lease situation, and thank our outgoing BC members.

We will send out the annual Ministry Reports, and the 2021 BC approved parish budget the week before the annual meeting date.

Regarding our Parish Meeting to be held on ZOOM: If you, or someone you know, are NOT able to attend via ZOOM, please contact Karen Sanchez, our Sr. Warden ASAP so we can do our best to try to help make arrangements for you/them to attend. We cannot guarantee a solution but we will do our best. Thank you for your understanding as the BC is trying hard to make this all go as smoothly as possible.
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Services at Holy Cross
Due to the ongoing struggles in our county, region and state to contain the COVID-19 virus and out of an abundance of care and concern for our communities health and safety, over conversation and prayerful consideration your vicar, Rev. Richard, and wardens, Katie Ho and Karen Sanchez, agree it is necessary to continue to suspend in-person worship through at least end of February. We will continue to live-stream our service of Spiritual Communion from the church. We thank you for your understanding and are grateful for your ongoing support.
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Worship this Sunday, January 24th
Third Sunday after the Epiphany
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.

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.
Miss last Sunday's service?
Watch it here.
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
10:30 am** on Zoom

This Sunday: We will focus on the quote from Mark's gospel this week: “Follow me and I will make you fish for people.” What does it mean for us as a congregation right now?
Godly Play families: here are your next Youtube video lessons.

Your Godly Play story tellers.
Stewardship and Supporting Holy Cross
You may mail pledge payments and contributions/donations to the church office however, we ask that you prayerfully consider using one of the following electronic giving options:

  • Zelle: in your banking app or online bank account (no credit cards) and send your pledge/donation to: holycross@holycrosscarlsbad.org. Please note "pledge or general fund" on the note/what's this for line. There are no fees when you use Zelle. OR

  • Use the button below (secure) to make your pledge or donation via your credit card or bank account via our Faithstreet giving platform. There is a fee with each transaction (just like Paypal and other payment processing services) and they offer the option for donors to pay the fee which is treated as a donation to Holy Cross and is tax deductible.
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 meeting is January 20, 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.

To read the approved: minutes of the December meetings click here and here; the treasures report here; the Income Statement here; and Balance Sheet here.
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, Jessica, Alice, Ray, Manny, Barbara, 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 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
Art and Muriel

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
RefugeeNet is one of our Outreach ministries, we support them with our annual rice and oil drive. We were unable to hold our monthly outreach of the month event this past year but here is a way you might consider helping this great Episcopal Ministry Organization!

Register today, by clicking here, for RefugeeNet's Unforgettable Virtual Benefit for a live show from 5 to 6:30 pm on February 27 that will include cooking and dancing lessons, African music, and life-changing testimonials that you can enjoy from the comfort of your home. Pre-order a reheatable meal prepared by our new Mama Africa catering project and we'll deliver it to your doorstep the night of the event! And keep your eyes out for a range of auction items in the weeks ahead. Questions? Contact Colin at colin@refugee-net.org.
The "From Many, One" Program

[Episcopal News Service] The Episcopal Church is launching a campaign, “From Many, One,” to promote a new spiritual framework for Episcopalians to engage in tough conversations with family, friends and neighbors, bridging the intense divisions that threaten to tear apart communities in the United States and beyond.

Starting Jan. 18, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Episcopalians were encouraged to invite others to join them in “conversations across difference” guided by four questions: Who do you love? What have you lost? Where does it hurt? And what do you dream? Read More
Humor Corner
Cartoon from Culyer Black, Inherit the Mirth.
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: Dave Dana

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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