March 5, 2021
Dear siblings in Christ,

This weekend we will conduct our second service at Oceanside Sanctuary and then later at noon we will have our first baptism in my tenure as vicar. Being able to follow up the move with a baptism the following week feels as whisper from the Holy Spirit, encouraging us as a community to not only embrace this moment of transition but as a promise for our future. “Open Minds, Open Arms” allows us to enter this liminal time with humility and joy.

A baptism in Lent is somewhat of an odd thing but is certainly not unprecedented. In fact, Christian practices of Lent do not come about in the form we know now (40 days less Sundays until Holy Week) until the Council of Nicea in 325. There were multitudinous practices across the Mediterranean previously, with one day, or forty hours, or a week of fasting. In fact, it appears that Egypt’s Coptic Christians practiced baptism at Epiphany and then may have had forty days of discernment following that to listen for how they may have been called to serve their neighbors in Christ’s likeness.

The Holy Spirit moves swiftly and slowly, all at once. We as the community of Holy Cross know this very well. Those of you who have moved our worshipping space in the past know that swiftness. Those of you who await to greet new people in our midst know what it is like to wait, too, particularly as this pandemic prolongs, regardless of how near the end may be in sight.

On Sunday March 7th at noon, we will experience that same swiftness and slowness with Kai and his family. We will experience the swiftness of the embrace of the Holy Spirit in bearing witness to the life of this child and his family. We will experience the slowness in that we will only fully celebrate this wonderful moment as a wider community a little further into this year as vaccinations and herd immunity pick up. Regardless, the work of the body of Christ continues unmitigated, and each of us has made that possible through prayer, work, or simply by being present for others. Ultimately, discipleship is practice, and we can begin discerning what that practice looks like in our new place, and in our own lives, as the Spirit wills us forward. And that is a timeless blessing!

Faithfully yours,

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South Ponto Beach Carlsbad

Holy Cross family and friends are invited to a Beach Baptism of Kai Christopher Mahigian on Sunday March 7th at noon at South Ponto (click here for directions)! We will welcome Kai as a newly baptized child of God, along with his parents Monica and Chris and his sister Majo (Maria Jose). The service will be a simple celebration of Kai's baptism, and will be no longer than a half hour. Kai will then go celebrate his first birthday with family. Happy birthday Kai! We will more fully celebrate Kai and his family later this year once we are able to gather in person, including the lighting of the Christ candle that is usually received at baptism.

Please note that beach parking is always variable. Once you've found a spot look for Rev Richard and we'll have a good time! Masks are required. A PDF of the service booklet to print out and bring with you is here.
Our New "Campsite" Temporary Home Move Update
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Hallelujah! We completed our move this weekend thanks to the hard work of many in our parish family. The majority of our items have been placed in storage and we have taken just those needed for our short-term administrative and worship needs while we space share with Oceanside Sanctuary. This past week we have started to unpack and get to know our new space a bit. As you can imagine there has been a bit of what box did we put that in, did we bring that with us or is it in storage and why did we bring that with us it should have gone to storage moments. But, it is all coming together quite well! Most especially, we were able to successfully livestream last Sunday thanks to our master tech guru Jack Cater who had to tear down all the streaming equipment only to then turn around and put it all back together again and was at our new church location well into late hours Saturday night! Thank you and well done Jack.

Our sincere thanks go to the following individuals for all their efforts in helping us in one or more ways with the move, you are all Holy Cross angels:

  • Judy and the ‘Two Sues’ for your work packing up Godly Play. The moving company was amazed.
  • Karen, Muriel, Sue S and Marci for the extraordinary effort to comb through years of administrative and financial files, and winnow them down to a manageable amount.
  • Jack for days and days of AV work. Guiding and assisting the movers. Supporting the final service in our Gateway space, taking all the equipment down, putting it all back together for the first service in Oceanside. All impossible without his knowledge and experience.

  • The ‘Muscle Men”, Rev Richard, Alex Gobler, Mike Baxter, Jon Simpson, Larry Sebastian, for taking the remaining furniture items not going to storage to DAV Veterans Thrift Store. How they got that giant wooden cabinet on the truck, was a feat.
  • Larry for great support in arranging a rental truck, securing an additional storage unit, working with the movers to get our stuff into the storage units. And especially for always being ready to help in any way needed.
  • The “Sacristy Sisters”, Judy, Sue and Muriel for sorting, culling and boxing up our altar items. And to Mary Lou and Katie for their assistance. Again, the movers were amazed.
  • Our “Music Maven”, Sue, for sorting and eliminating excess music files that had accumulated over the past 25-30 years. The right person for the task.
  • The “Kitchen Krew’, Judy, Sue, Muriel. Sorting, tossing, cleaning, organizing, delivering excesses to Father Joe’s and other charitable organizations.
  • Grant and Alex, the patch and fix team, and the Sebastian's, the paint team, for returning the walls to near original condition.
  • Grant, for the thankless task of cleaning up the mess the rest of us left behind, getting the building ready for the landlord’s walkthrough. Plus always being ready to offer a helping hand.
  • Mike, whose job as the move organizer would not have been possible without the help and assistance of everyone who so readily and willingly jumped in and helped. And, who spent 11 hours on Saturday at the facility as everything was loaded up and moved to storage and then Oceanside. Hands down, from start to finish we had the best person to organize our move!
  • And, to the many others who came by and picked up excess items, lent a hand in one way or another, and/or supported us with prayer - thank you!

Each of you has burnished your star in heaven. May God bless you for all you do to support Holy Cross. (Thanks to Mike Collier for authoring much of the thank you above.)

As a reminder - our new mailing address:
(this is a PO Box at the Postal Annex in Bressi Ranch)

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
our website remains the same:

If you have a recurring payment set up for your pledge payments don't forget to update the address on your future payments!
Will the copier fit through that narrow door and down that narrow curvy hallway?
Mike at the end of a very long day.
Judy getting the altar ready straight from the boxes at 7:30 pm Saturday night!
Not bad for a late night set-up straight from the moving boxes!
Jack setting up the speakers.
Jack and Rev Richard setting up the sound and streaming equipment.
Services at Holy Cross
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Worship this Sunday, March 7th
Third 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.

Watch the livestream on our 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 - We will consider several topics. What were Jesus' actions in the Temple? Why did he kick out the animal sellers? Why did he overturn the money changers' table? How effective were those actions?  How inclusive were the Temple authorities?  Join us for a short presentation and some lively discussion.

For this weeks sessions two short documents are provided: [1] The first contains the four Gospel readings about the "cleansing of the Temple." According to Matthew, Mark, and Luke, this occurred on the day following Jesus' entry into Jerusalem, and a couple questions to guide your reading, here.

[2] The other is a drawing of Herod's Temple (also known as the second Temple) and a short explanation of the drawing. The drawing is an estimate of what the Temple looked like - no-one took photographs. Keep the drawing in your mind when you read the four Gospel accounts, here.

Professor Levine argues that the inclusion of the "Gentile" court indicates that Judaism of Jesus' time was an inclusive religion. Please be prepared to discuss on Sunday.
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
Please be sure to update your recurring pledge payments.
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 TBD 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
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 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 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, Lupe, Randy, Tom & Wayne, Arlene, Ann, Paul, Bob, Michael, Art, Grant, Jerry, Jen, Ruth, Alice, Ray, Manny, Mike, Amy, 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
Robyn and Mary Lou

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: 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 - **
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 -
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:
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