April 30, 2021
Dear siblings in Christ,

This Sunday we will once again resume Eucharistic service. While it will be limited to the few ministers present at the service, we are nonetheless getting back into practice. This is a mere foretaste of what we all hope is to come. In all honesty, I can’t wait to get back into the habit.

Eucharist is of course a communal activity, and while we can’t invite all of you quite yet, this is one way I am anticipating that return. It will look different, it will feel different, but it will be the old habit, just some new features will be part of it for our collective safety. And yet I still find all this deeply hopeful.

And hope is what I have felt more in the past couple of weeks than I have felt since this pandemic first took such a toll on so many. In many conversations with our congregational leadership, we feel we’re entering a new phase. For much of my time as your vicar, we’ve wanted to simply survive, and not without good reason. Now, the time is nigh to begin to THRIVE.

My sense is that you all are ready for that too. We’ve felt distanced, we’ve felt distant, and we’ve felt disoriented in this time as a community. I know this because I have felt it too. And even though we will still do worship differently because the pandemic is not over, just the idea of seeing any of you in the same room, even with masks, even while distancing, helps feed my hope.

Together, we can do more than we can ask or imagine. God has given to us the Spirit of love, connection, and joy. Many of, though, during this time understandably may not have felt that sigh of the Spirit, the deep upwelling that comes from not just knowing but feeling that blessed Spirit. We still have time to celebrate Easter, but Pentecost is soon to come. My heart is ablaze with hope. I hope yours might be too!


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Reopening Survey

To help your leaders gauge where we all are as a flock, please fill out this reopening survey. It will take approximately 10 minutes to complete. Please fill it out as honestly and fully as possible. Please know that when we do schedule in person worship, our schedule will not remain at 9AM, but rather we will make our Sunday morning worship begin at 8.30AM to accommodate our gracious hosts at Oceanside Sanctuary. As you’ll find in the survey, other opportunities to gather or serve may become available. Your participation will help point our way forward. Blessings on you and yours for helping us in this way! Click here to complete the survey.
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Worship at Holy Cross
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Worship this Sunday, May 2nd
Fifth Sunday of Easter
9 AM
The service is video livestreamed
via Online.Church and YouTube
(No Drive-In/In-person Church at this time)

Use the buttons below to access the service bulletin and watch the service.
Miss last Sunday's service? 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

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

Our series on “Saints through the Ages” continues. This week we turn to the Reformation period and will begin the discussion with the Inquisition and look at Saints John Hus and Thomas à Becket.

Overarching themes of the series will be “”Whose a saint, and who ain’t?” and “What does it mean to be a saint in 2021?”

Next week: Saints of today: Pauli Murray and Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Join in the discussion. We always are challenged while having fun!

Ministries and Outreach
All Saints Cemetery Clean-Up

Are you looking for a way to get out of the house and ease back into life again? Maybe enjoy nature, commune with God and/or a fellow Holy Cross parishoner, or have fun with Wren Ho (with social distancing and face masks)?

Holy Cross has been involved in helping to do basic yard work and some beautification projects at historic All Saints Cemetery (Episcopal) in Oceanside for a number of years, but we've been on hold for the last year. We are resuming this as social distancing is easy to observe while working in the fresh air at this peaceful and beautiful site. Please bring your own gardening gloves and a face mask (in accordance with diocesan protocols). 

Katie and Wren Ho gardened today: Katie pulled weeds, cleaned up leaves, and trimmed tree suckers. Wren supervised from her olive tree, Olivania, and climbed Mount Everest! They will be there again, 9:30-11am, Tuesdays 5/4, 5/25 and 6/8 and invite you to join them! 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.
Stay Tuned for additional Ministry Opportunities

Our Wounded Warriors ministry has resumed with limited activity for the Battalion at Camp Pendleton. Currently, with Covid restrictions, we are authorized to have only one person deliver and set-up food and then leave. Tom Mauro, ministry leader, has been filling that role twice a month. We look forward to accompanying the food with lively conversation again once the Covid rules are eased. If you are interested in learning more about this ministry and/or signing up to participate when the ministry restrictions ease up and allow for more volunteers please contact Tom at tommauro57@gmail.com or 847.989.0305.

Additionally, your leadership is evaluating outreach and other ministry opportunities as Covid restrictions ease. While we have nothing official to announce at this moment, we are excited to see what you all might want to engage in as we try to understand the immediate needs of our campsite area. We know that this congregation can have a great impact because Holy Cross always brings with it the bold Spirit of compassion, care, and love. Open Minds, Open Arms will allow us to embrace anew our call to seek Christ in all persons. We hope to explore these with you all in the near future! Feel free to reach out to Rev. Richard if you'd like to aid in this process.
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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 now held the third Thursday of the month from 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm. The next regularly scheduled BC meeting is Thursday, May 20th 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:
Fr. Atwood, Bob, Randy, Art, Tom, Arlene, Ann, Paul, Jen, Ruth, Dawn, Wendy, Barb, Larry, Kim, Nancy, and the Rector-Engstrom family, the Mauro & Nagengast families, 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 Laurie, Ray, Dorothy "Dale", 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
Meagan, Jack, and Jean

Prayers for those celebrating Anniversaries
Barbara & David ,Cathy & Jim

Prayers for those Traveling
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
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

Please hold Tom and Ann Mauro and family in prayer at the death of Ann's mother, Dorothy "Dale" Nagengast, this past Monday. You may reach out to them with notes of care at:
Tom and Ann Mauro
4962 Kalamis Way
Oceanside, Ca 92056
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.
Second Breath
A New App for Spiritual Practice
from the Second Breath Center at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in North Carolina,
a mission partner of the Episcopal Church Foundation

Available in Google Play and the Apple App Store.
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
Donation Items for Unaccompanied Minors
Our diocese is coordinating a pastoral and spiritual care response for the 1,400+ unaccompanied kids currently housed in the convention center. As plenty of in-kind donations have been made at this time, the best and most needed way to provide support is by making a monetary donation. There are two ways to ways that Holy Cross can support the migrant girls:

Donate to South Bay Community Services (SBCS), which is coordinating all programming for the migrants, via the button below so they can purchase items for care packages. 100% of donations will be used to purchase items. Select either the "$200 - Provides care package for migrant youth” OR "Choose your own amount" (the other amounts support other programs), in the Donation Frequency Box, select "One-Time", and in the "Apply my donation to” drop-down, select Migrant Shelter.

Alternatively, you can make a donation to the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego (EDSD) in support of the religious, spiritual, and chaplaincy care they are coordinating for the girls using the button the below. Funds will be used to purchase religious materials, worship resources, devotional books, and other supplies. 100% of donations will be used to purchase items for the spiritual care of the girls.
Save the Date: Called to the Wall - May 15,2021
The Episcopal Diocese of San Diego continues to be called to the wall. Join us on May 15 from 4-6:30pm for Called to the Wall: Building Bridges of Healing and Reconciliation. This year's event will be held online--giving us the opportunity to learn and worship with even more people. Register Today For more information click here.
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
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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