October 22, 2021
Dear disciples of Holy Cross,

I want to thank those who either participated or sponsored Holy Cross’s prayer walk last week! It inspired a great deal of conversation about mission and possibility. Of the ten or so people who joined us in the walk, each noticed or spoke up about what was drawing them in or getting them to ask questions. Primarily of note to us were the senior homes in the area, the public high school, and the dynamic nature of the area we are currently in. We have at Holy Cross three communities moving forward together as one. The first are the south Carlsbad population, the second are those who live above Palomar Airport Road/San Marcos Boulevard, and then our new and not-so-new folks in Oceanside. This has many logistical issues for ministry, but also presents a great many opportunities, because Holy Cross’s reach extends far beyond its current walls! If we treated our local worship area and the places we came from as our mission field, then Holy Cross has an immense amount to offer and seek out in the name of Jesus’ love.

This relates directly to the visioning ministry and process. Part of what I’m doing on my way out is making sure all the right conversation partners are in place. Karen has already began to communicate with Canon Evans, will be in touch with Allan Dorsey (facilitator) and others. The biggest piece I want to leave you all with is your visioning ministry, which will include your Bishop’s Committee members. Several people have expressed interest in joining the visioning ministry. The Bishop’s Committee is prayerfully discerning who else to call and will likely reach out to a few additional congregants to consider a call to this ministry. The Bishop’s Committee and visioning ministers will gather at a retreat at our diocesan Camp Stevens in Julian on November 19-21st after being commissioned by our Bishop on November 14th, which will also be the ingathering for our pledge campaign and celebration of Holy Cross’s 35th birthday!

In your prayerful contemplation, consider how you might participate with Holy Cross in moving forward together, particularly in the ways we each can give of our time, talent, and treasure. This is a fragile time for Holy Cross, but it is also loaded with possibility and potential. Many of us sense this and name this, whether its source be the loss of our space in Bressi Ranch, the rolling effects of the pandemic, the loss of me as your priest, or all of the above! Name the hurts and feelings. That’s good, that’s how healing starts! Don’t hesitate to share your anxieties and fears with your leadership, they will hold this prayerfully with you. I know it seems easy for me to write and say, but I already know God’s not done with anything at Holy Cross. But I tell you this, and will again and again, because Holy Cross has already survived the worst of this past season, and I know the Spirit is fertilizing and cultivating a bright future with you all. God is a patient gardener, and is planting new things within this community through each of you. Ashes are often prepared as a seed bed for new life to enter this world. Give as you can to that future, out of grief, out of hope, out of whatever God knows you have to offer, because will grow good fruits with it. Holy Cross will move forward together because you are part of this community!

Rev Richard
Let them praise his name with dancing,
    making melody to him with tambourine and lyre - Psalm 149:3

She's back...... Our delightful liturgical dancer, Wren, has returned to offering her version of liturgical dance. We're so delighted that the youngest among us is clearly getting comfortable in our new space and a return to in-person worship!! So glad to have you back Wren and offering your joyful gift to us.
Dear great and generous people of Holy Cross,

Nobody was more surprised than I, with the news of Rev. Richard’s pending departure. However, Holy Cross will go on. A church should never be about personalities or a building, but about the people. You, us, we.

This Sunday the 24th will kick off our three-week Pledge Campaign. And Holy Cross needs your financial support. Now more than ever, as once again we face an unknown future together. You, us, we.

Your many prayers are needed. Where now Holy Cross? You, us we.

Mike Collier
2022 Pledge Chair
thank you words written on the sand of the beach
Thank you to all who joined us last Sunday on our Prayer Walk! We explored our new Oceanside neighborhood praying with our eyes and our hearts wide open noticing signs of hope and signs of need, and how God might call us to be present to both and how God might be calling us to ministry with our neighbors.
(pictures by Marci Stafford and Karen Sanchez)

Thank you to those who have contributed to Team Holy Cross UTO! Our Prayer Walk is supporting the United Thank Offering (UTO) Great EpisGOpal Race. We set a $100 goal and have met that goal. There is still an opportunity to support Team Holy Cross and UTO - We ask you to prayerfully consider supporting Team Holy Cross with a donation of Gratitude to UTO(1) for all of God's blessings in your life (donations are tax deductible). You may make a donation here!! Or, you may also support Team Holy Cross by making a donation directly to Holy Cross that will be sent to UTO:
  • Zelle - please note "UTO" on the memo/what's this for line
  • Faithstreet - please select "General" from the dropdown menu and note "UTO" on the memo line
  • Check - please note "UTO" and drop in the offering plate on Sunday or mail to the church office.

(1) 100% of offerings made to UTO will be disbursed to ministries and missions supporting Care of Creation, turning love into action by caring for God’s creation to protect the most vulnerable – who will bear the largest burden of pollution and climate change – through justice, advocacy, environmental reparations, and the development of formational materials. Read more about the UTO 2021 Gratitude Challenge here.
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Walking forward together through
the Transition
Dear Holy Cross Faith Family,

First, I want to address a concern that has been brought to my attention: Bishop Susan has expressed her commitment to Holy Cross, she is NOT closing Holy Cross. That was not her intention when we negotiated the early exit on our Bressi Ranch lease, and she is NOT taking that action now. Bishop Susan knows Holy Cross is a resilient congregation and she recognizes that we have a unique brand and openness within the diocese. Her hopes and prayers are that we continue as a strong symbol of Christ’s love and mission in North County. Bishop Susan will be with us on Sunday, November 14th, at which time you will have an opportunity to hear directly from her about her commitment to Holy Cross as well as ask her questions - I hope you will attend in-person worship that Sunday.

This week, I have spent time speaking with Rev. Gwynn Lynch, Canon to the Ordinary, and Jason Evans, Canon for Mission, to begin discussions on our transition options following Rev. Richard's announcement that he has accepted a call to St. Paul's Cathedral, San Diego. They, along with Bishop Susan, are looking at options that they hope will best help support the work, growth, and ministry of Holy Cross not only during this time of transition but also for our future.
Your Bishop's Committee met last night to begin discussing the various transition options, transition plans, as well as the upcoming kick-off of our Visioning Ministry. We still have much to discuss, discern, and more information to hear from Bishop Susan and Canon's Gwynn and Jason. Please continue to watch this newsletter for information as it becomes available. Your BC and I are committed to walking forward together with you through this transition.

Our mission and identity as a church is not bound to any building or location, nor to any one clergy person but rather to who Christ calls us to be to one another, to our community and to the world. This Sunday we hear the story of Bartimaeus, a blind beggar, who, when he hears that Jesus has told the folks to call him over, leaps up, throws off his cloak and goes to Jesus. Although blind, he see's in a way I want to see. What a witness of faith! May God help each of us to see our way through these challenging times not in fear, defeat, or anxiety, but in faith – as an opportunity to embrace change, to learn, to give, to grow, and to continue sharing the Good News of Jesus and his love.
For the next two weeks, however, the two most important things we can do are: 1) hold each other and this community in prayer and, 2) honor and give thanks for Rev. Richard and Maura as we say goodbye. Please make every effort to join us on Sunday, November 7th, for Rev. Richard's last service with us as we give thanks for his ministry.
Peace and blessings,
Karen Sanchez, Senior Warden

If you missed last weeks announcement with information on what happens next you may read it here.
Worship at Holy Cross
We use a screen to project the service bulletin. If you prefer your own worship booklet please download the booklet using the button below to your phone or tablet, or print a copy at home, and bring it with you. We are doing this for health precautions and to be better stewards of God's creation (reduce paper waste) - thanks for your understanding.
Miss last Sunday's service? Watch it below.
Video on Demand (VOD): All past service video's are available on our YouTube channel here.
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
Next session Sunday, November 14th

with Bishop Susan immediately following our 9am Worship Service - watch the newsletter for additional details!
Visioning Ministry
Visioning Updates

Our visioning ministry/process is designed to help the congregation determine our calling as a community. We will look at clearly identifying our values, who we are, who we want to serve, who we want to become as we grow into our next milestone and how that all relates to any future location. The Bishop’s Committee and visioning ministers will gather at a retreat at our diocesan Camp Stevens in Julian on November 19-21st after being commissioned by our Bishop on November 14th, however, please know the entire congregation, not just the BC and visioning ministers, will be involved in this process. We will walk forward together through this time of transition. Past updates are available below.

September 18th: To read click here

August 6th: To read click here

July 16th: To read click here
Ministries and Outreach
All Saints Cemetery Clean-up

Katie is unable to lead the All Saints Cemetery ministry right now due to a foot injury. However if anyone would still like to go, John from St. Michael’s, volunteers at the cemetery every Tuesday morning (she hasn’t had to unlock the gate herself in months), and it’s a pretty safe bet for anyone who would like to help out, particularly in her absence, to go. Lots of space and fresh air, masks only required if having close conversations.

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.
Wounded Warriors

Our Wounded Warrior healthy snacks visits continue twice monthly. We continue to get a warm reception from the Wounded Warrior Battalion staff and the Marines and sailors recovering from wounds, injury and illness. Contact Tom Mauro at 847.989.0305 for more information about this ongoing ministry or for how you might participate.
Giving and Tithing
Thank you to all for your continued pledges and donations. These are integral to our ability to continue our mission, ministries, as well as to stay current on all of our financial obligations.

You may find information about how your pledges and donations support Holy Cross in the Treasures Report published each month in the Bishop's Committee (BC) section of this newsletter. Please don't hesitate to reach out to Larry Sebastian, our Treasurer, our Warden's Karen Sanchez and Katie Ho, or any member of the BC if you have questions or would like additional information on our finances or any aspect of Holy Cross.
MAILING ADDRESS: 2647 Gateway Rd Suite 105 #290, Carlsbad, Ca. 92009
Bishop's Committee

Bishop's Committee (BC) meetings are the third Thursday of the month from 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm. The BC will not meet in August due to summer travel schedules, the next regularly scheduled BC meeting is Thursday, October 21st 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.

Meetings are open and anyone may attend. Please reach out to Rev Richard for the Zoom link if you wish to attend.
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 or the church office at 760.930.1270. 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, Candidate for Holy Orders, as he continues to discern God's call for ordained ministry and as he attends seminary.

Prayers for Thanksgiving
For our hosts at Oceanside Sanctuary, and for this community of Holy Cross.

Prayers for Comfort:
For for Randy, Art, Tom, Arlene, Ann, Paul, Jen, Ruth, Dawn, Michael, Brian, Barb, Mia, Betty, Ray & Karen, Bruce, Betty, Craig & Keith, Cliff, Richard, Vincent, Belle, Mary, Karin, Sandra, Ian, Tristan, Sheila, Marilyn and Arthur, Ron, Don, and Crystal, 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, 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

Prayers for those celebrating Anniversaries
Julie & Mirna, Richard & Maura

Prayers for those Traveling
Judy and Jack
Notes of Care
Thinking of you. Humming bird watercolor card illustration
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.

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

In the Diocese and Beyond
Delegate and Visitor Information
Delegates to Convention can expect an email with information specific to attending Convention, voting, and support contacts on Monday, November 1.

Visitors are welcome to join zoom calls on Friday, November 5 (listed below). Visitors can join the Business of Convention on Saturday, November 6, through the Diocesan Youtube Channel here.
Review the Nominees to Elected Office
The nominees to elected offices are available for your review. Every year the Diocesan Convention fills numerous leadership positions through the election. This is your opportunity as a Delegate to review their bio prior to Convention here.
Review the Diocesan Budget
The Diocesan Budget ahead of this year's Diocesan Convention. The budget is available for your review here.

Review the Resolutions Facing Convention
The resolutions facing this year's Diocesan Convention are available for your review here.

The Diocesan Convention agenda is listed below

Friday, November 5
2:00 - 2:50pm Convention Workshops

Budget Hearing
Join diocesan leadership for the review of the budget.

Meeting ID: 812 3737 1113
Passcode: 105917

Loving our Neighbors, the Work of the EDSD Justice Task Forces
Learn about the work of the EDSD Creation Care, Food Justice, Racial Justice, and Affordable Housing Task Forces, groups that have started in 2021. We will share about the inspiring and important work being done in each of these areas, how this work relates to our call to follow Jesus, loving our neighbors, and how to get involved.

Meeting ID: 865 7917 7061
Passcode: 199324

3:00 -3:50pm Convention Workshops

Resolutions Hearing
Join diocesan leadership for a review of the resolutions facing convention.

Meeting ID: 812 3737 1113
Passcode: 105917

Incarnating Christ's Hands, Feet, and Heart Through Migration Ministries led by Troy Elder, Migration Missioner
In this season of unprecedented tumult for those who have been forcibly displaced, how are we as Christians called to meet the current moment by welcoming our newest neighbors? This workshop will provide participants an opportunity to grapple with challenging questions and explore a new slate of local Episcopal ministry opportunities. Prior to the workshop, participants are invited to read and reflect on a short article, "Five Ways to Have Better Conversations About Immigration," available here.

Meeting ID: 865 7917 7061
Passcode: 199324

4:00 - 4:50 Convention Workshop

Evangelism in a Post-Pandemic World led by Jason Evans, Canon for Mission
The Rev. Dr. David Gortner has written that “Evangelism is your natural expression of gratitude for God’s goodness.” Where is God’s goodness reflected in your life? How might you express this good news organically and with gratitude? In this workshop, Canon Evans will explore the principles and practices that constitute an authentically Episcopal form of evangelism.

Meeting ID: 865 7917 7061
Passcode: 199324

5:15pm Keynote Conversation
A one-on-one conversation between Bishop Susan Brown Snook and Presiding Bishop Michael Curry.

Meeting ID: 819 4171 7276
Passcode: 464679

Saturday, November 6
Zoom information will be provided to delegates through email on Monday, November 1. Visitors are welcome to join the Business of Convention on Saturday, November 6, through the Diocesan Youtube Channel here.
8:00am Registration Opens
9:00am Convention Opening Worship
10:30am Business of Convention begins
4:00pm Close of Business

Please email the Director of Communications, Chris Tumilty with any questions regarding this year's virtual convention.

Camp Stevens Acorns to Oaks Auction 2021

It's time again for the Acorns to Oaks Auction. All proceeds from Acorns to Oaks 2021 will support Camp Stevens' Transformation Fund as we work to recover, rebuild, and reimagine our future.
New Items will be posted each week on Thursday.
The items will stay up for bidding until October 31 unless a bidder
chooses the "Buy Now" Options. 

We'll post on social media, here, on Thursday when each week's items
are ready for bidding. 

See all items currently available to bid on here.

If you have any questions, contact Kathy Wilder at kathy@campstevens.org

You may learn more about Camp Stevens here.
Humor Corner
Staff and Leadership
Our Clergy
Bishop: The Rt. Rev. Susan Brown Snook ***
Vicar: The Rev. Richard Hogue - vicar@holycrosscarlsbad.org **
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.

Bookkeeper: Muriel Wahl
AV Tech Guru: Jack Cater
AV Tech Asst: Finley Dicus

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 and voice mail is monitored regularly. 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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