May 14, 2021
Dear disciples at Holy Cross,

It is with immense pleasure that I announce on behalf of your Bishop’s Committee that we will resume in-person worship—with new continuing guidelines you’ll find posted below—on the Day of Pentecost, May 23rd at our current location of 204 S Freeman Street in Oceanside for our new 8.30AM Eucharistic service. I can’t tell you how exciting it is to finally have an opportunity to be in the same space together! Yes, we will still have masks on and there will be no singing yet, so it will still not be the way we are all used to it being. But if there is anything COVID has taught me, it’s that it doesn’t really matter how it happens anymore, it is the fact that we can still be community despite all the challenges of a time like this. You all have shown me your persistence in prayer and care for each other over the course of tumultuous and difficult time.

More details will be forthcoming in next week’s newsletter. We’re guests of the Oceanside Sanctuary congregation, and as such we’re extremely grateful for the chance to be together despite everything. On Wednesday May 19th we will conduct a rehearsal of Sunday morning for those involved with the service as ushers and other ministers. This will help us gauge what all needs to be accomplished in switching the space from our service to theirs. Please contact me directly if you’d like to participate in this at all in preparation for our own service on the 23rd.

It will be Pentecost, and we’ll be celebrating a baptism that happened all the way back in Lent! Kai Christopher Mahigian was baptized at Ponto beach back on March 7th, and now we finally get to celebrate it as a community! We will remember his baptism, our own, and light his Christ candle, a symbol of the warmth and comfort of God’s love for us. May the Holy Spirit continue to reinvigorate us all at Holy Cross, and may we as disciples show love and joy to the world!

One last note before you move on to the rest of the newsletter items: Please be sure to check out the section on our new—if only through late August—AV Tech assistant, Miles Fesler. I will let you read more about him below, but we’re thrilled to have Miles “manning the helm” of our livestreaming system through this summer before he goes off to college. Make sure to greet him some Sunday soon.

See you soon,

Welcome Miles

Through a generous $5,000 grant from Jack Cumming we have have been able to fund the position of an AV Tech Assistant, providing some much needed assistance for Tech Guru, Jack Cater, while also allowing Jack the ability for some time off now and then!

Please welcome Miles Fesler, a senior in the highly rated broadcasting department at Carlsbad High School. Miles will be with us through the summer before he heads off to college to study broadcasting more fully. We are excited about our new partnership with Carlsbad High School and look forward to working with Miles and his fellow future broadcasters from the CHSTV program. Our thanks to his facility leader Doug Green for a great referral!

A message from Miles:

Hi, my name is Miles Fesler and I'm a senior at Carlsbad High School. I'll be graduating this spring and attending Cal Poly for engineering in the fall. I have been livestreaming since 8th grade through my high school broadcasting program, CHSTV. One of my favorite experiences was helping improve the lives of over 7000 people in Kenya by providing them with access to clean drinking water. I can't wait to help livestream!
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"Campsite Tours"
Next Wednesday May 19th
times vary
204 S. Freeman St., Oceanside (map)

Have you seen our "campsite"? We're offering "campsite tours" next Wednesday, May 19th, for those who haven’t had the pleasure of seeing our new space in Oceanside yet! These will be half hour time slots linked directly to Rev. Richard's personal calendar, and an opportunity to see more than just a camera shot of the inside of Oceanside Sanctuary. Please note that you may bring a friend or two (or your family) with you to these campsite tours, and that we will be required to wear masks for the duration of your visit.

To book a time to tour our "campsite" at Oceanside Sanctuary on Wednesday, May 19th, click here.
Worship at Holy Cross
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Worship this Sunday, May 16th
Seventh Sunday of Easter
9 AM
The service is video livestreamed
via Online.Church and YouTube
(No In-person Church this Sunday)

Use the buttons below to access the service bulletin and watch the service.
Miss last Sunday's service? Watch it below.
Video on Demand (VOD): All past service video's are available on our YouTube channel here.
at our "campsite" location
204 S. Freeman St., Oceanside (map)
In-Person and Livestreamed
We are very excited to be returning to in-person Sunday Worship NEXT Sunday, May 23rd, which is the Day of Pentecost. On this day it is our tradition to wear red because you are the fruit of the Spirit, and because the Spirit is in you. So next Sunday, whether you attend in-person worship or join us via livestream, wear red to remember that you are the gift of the Spirit to this lonesome and weary world. We are what was promised, and may we give life to all that is in us, and around us, now and always!

If you are attending in-person worship here is what to expect…
  • Our in-person worship will be indoors, with masks required. High risk, unvaccinated persons are encouraged to wear double masks. Masks will be provided for anyone who does not have one.
  • There is no RSVP or pre-registration.
  • Seating is limited to 50% capacity.
  • Family/household groups will be seated together, however each group and/or individual worshiper must be spaced, and maintain, six feet distance from other groups.
  • Service music will be as it is now, played via recorded video. We may not sing inside our building, but we may hum behind our masks!
  • We will celebrate the Holy Eucharist, but with consecrated bread only. 
  • For now, there will be no coffee hour or other social in-person gathering following the service at the church
  • For more on what to expect click here to see our diocesan approved indoor worship procedures. We encourage you to take the time view them!

We will continue to video livestream our services for those who are unable to attend in-person, for those who are not ready to come back inside, and for those who prefer to join in from the comfort of where ever you are watching from! Additional information to follow in next weeks newsletter.

Help us get the church ready - Church Volunteer Work Day, this Sunday, Noon - 3pm, see below for more information below.

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” concludes this as we look at Saints of today: Pauli Murray and Dietrich Bonhoeffer.
Ministries and Outreach
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Church Volunteer Work Day
THIS Sunday, May 16, 2021
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
204 S. Freeman St., Oceanside (map)

Both Oceanside Sanctuary and Holy Cross are very excited to be returning to in-person Sunday Worship, but first we need to spruce up the building! Help us this Sunday with the following:

Cleaning & disinfecting rooms
Sprucing up the grounds
Light maintenance & repair

Here’s what's planned:
  • Meet at 12 PM for a quick lunch & instructions
  • 12:15 - 2:45 PM cleanup and maintenance
  • 2:45 - 3 PM debrief and plans for continuing needs

Masks and RSVP is required: There is a box to list others who are joining you when you sign up and please note in the box that you are from Holy Cross! Hope to see you there.
All Saints Cemetery Clean-up

This is a great way to be outdoors helping to do basic yard work and some beautification projects at historic All Saints Cemetery (Episcopal) in Oceanside. Katie Ho coordinates this ministry. The next gardening dates are: 9:30-11am, Tuesdays 5/25 and 6/8. Contact Katie via call or text at 619.990.2298 or via email at for more information or to let her know you're joining in.
NEW MAILING ADDRESS: 2647 Gateway Rd Suite 105 #290, Carlsbad, Ca. 92009
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 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, June 17th 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:

You may read the approved April Minutes here; Treasurers Report here; P&L here; and Balance Sheet here.
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, Bob, Randy, Art, Tom, Arlene, Ann, Paul, Jen, Ruth, Dawn, Wendy, Barb, Larry, Kim, Nancy, and the Rector-Engstrom family, the Mauro & Nagengast families, Donald, Brian, Michael, 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 Ray, Mary, 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: 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

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.
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
Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s statements
on the violence in the Land of the Holy One and Columbia
Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s statements on the
violence in the Land of the Holy One

One more time we awake to the news of violence. Reports come in, even as you read this, about violence that has caused death, life-changing injury and destruction of property and lives. Violence which is borne of frustration, rooted in injustice and the violation of international law and in truth, the violation of human rights and human decency. In the Name of the God of all creation, the violence must stop, regardless of where it comes from and to whom it is directed.

One more time The Episcopal Church stands to say that violence is not the way forward. We say the expansion of Israeli settlements at the expense of Palestinian families must end. We say incitement which encourages violence must end. We say enough is enough.

One more time The Episcopal Church encourages the government of the United States and others who have influence, who are of goodwill and who genuinely seek peace to be partners in peacemaking, to bring about a negotiated settlement to the long-standing conflict which has consumed both Israelis and Palestinians.

One more time we find ourselves full of sorrow and sadness. We find ourselves grieving over the loss of life, destruction of homes and the fear that lives in the hearts of tens of thousands of innocent people. We join all people of faith to offer up prayers for healing, wholeness, restoration and reconciliation.
And we pray God to grant wisdom and courage to all those in authority to seek peace and pursue it without delay, without excuses, without confusion and with only one agenda: a negotiated and equitable agreement for peace between Israelis and Palestinians — once and for all.

Statement from Presiding Bishop Michael Curry on
deadly unrest in Colombia

We speak in solidarity with our brothers, sisters, and siblings in Colombia, and of the Episcopal Anglican Church in Colombia.
Jesus once said of his ministry, quoting the prophet Isaiah: “The spirit of the Lord is upon me because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor; he has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty all who are oppressed and to proclaim the acceptable Year of the Lord.”
We who follow the way of Jesus — we who seek to be the Jesus Movement in our time — stand in solidarity with those who are protesting peacefully and who work and labor faithfully for justice and humane solutions to our problems.
Bishop Duque of Colombia said this: “Being baptized moves us in a prophetic spirit according to the teachings of Jesus the Christ, to put ourselves on the side of the oppressed and violated, to demand the peace and justice necessary for a dignified and harmonious life”
We pray and ask that all people of goodwill join hands and work together for the realization of peace, the establishment of justice and the way of reconciliation of love and life for all the people of Colombia. We stand with you in your struggle and pray God’s blessing and guidance on you and on the entire human family. Amen.

The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry
Presiding Bishop and Primate
The Episcopal Church


Pivoting to New Realities: Adaptive Leadership for a Post-pandemic Church
This session will focus on how we can grow as leaders in our congregations and communities, with a special focus on those currently serving in ordained and lay leadership roles (vestry, chapter, clergy etc). The keynote speaker, Donald Romanik (President, Episcopal Church Foundation) will be sharing about adaptive leadership in a post-pandemic context. His keynote address will be followed by two breakout sessions. Learn more and register here.
Humor Corner
Cartoon from St. Swithin’s, by The Rev. Jay Sidebotham, copyright © 2002 The Church Pension Fund.
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
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:

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