November 19, 2021
There is a story about a captain on the bridge of a large naval vessel who sees a light directly ahead of him, so he signals, “Alter your course 10 degrees south.” The reply comes back, “Alter your course 10 degrees north.”
The captain then signals, “Alter your course 10 degrees south. I am a captain.” The reply comes back, “Alter your course 10 degrees north. I am a seaman third-class.” 
The furious captain signals, “Alter your course 10 degrees south. I am a battleship.” The reply: “Alter your course 10 degrees north. I am a lighthouse.”
The captain of that battleship was so sure that he was in control, not only because he was navigating a very large ship, but also, because of his position and rank as captain. It never even occurred to him that he was not in control or that he would have to yield to something greater than himself.

Clearly, the lighthouse was the ultimate authority in that encounter. I don’t know about you, but there have certainly been times in my life when I have failed to recognize that there was something larger than me beyond my control. The past twenty months, in particular, have delivered several of those moments.
Last Sunday I witnessed the glorious response so many of you had to Bishop Susan’s visit and announcement that Brian Petersen would soon be appointed our Interim Clergy-in-Charge. There was a spark of life and sense of peace I hadn’t felt in the congregation in some time. Now we have our Captain!
Sometimes though I wonder, if we don’t rely too much on the captain and forget there’s something bigger. For Christians, in this uncertain, unpredictable world, Jesus, the son of God, is like a lighthouse, a beacon of light, hope, and safety. When we find ourselves being tossed around by everyday emotions, problems, and fears, or by those things that are out of our control, it is so easy to give them authority over our lives. When we have gotten lost in the “fog of life”, this is when we need to remind ourselves, and each other, to look to the lighthouse of our faith. 
So how do we do this? We do so as the people of God side-by-side in our hearts, gathered at the Lord’s table, in person or online, to ask to be consecrated as the Sacrament of the Lord to feed others with our lives. THIS IS HOW WE, AS CHRISTIANS, GO FORWARD! 
At the Eucharist, we come together as a diverse family of God, holding out our hands and opening our hearts. It is at the table of the Lord that we collectively ask God to transform us, to consecrate us, into the living Sacrament of the Body of Christ. We say, during the Eucharistic prayer, “we offer to you our gifts of bread and wine, and ourselves, a living sacrifice.” We then ask God to “Breathe Godʻs Spirit over the whole earth and make us your new creation, the Body of Christ given for the world you have made.”
The captain of the ship helps navigate but it is those who are fed at the table that serve efficiently as keepers of the lighthouse that ensure the light of God’s Love will continue to shine brightly as we navigate the rough waters of life. God is always here and the light of Christ is in each of us if we just remind ourselves, and each other, to look to the lighthouse of our faith.
With Blessings, love, and gratitude for you all.
Sr. Warden

PS: Please keep your BC and Visioning Ministry members in your prayers as we begin our work this weekend. We will all be up at Camp Stevens in retreat so we will not be with you on Sunday. We will have lots to share, no doubt, following this retreat. And, again, ALL in the congregation will be part of this process as we walk forward together through this time of transition. Members of the Visioning Ministry: Joey Aszterbaum, Mae Chao, Judy Cater, Tom Mauro, Muriel Wahl.
Welcome the Rev Susan Astarita

This Sunday we welcome the Rev. Susan Astarita as our interim supply clergy for the next several months (until Brian joins us in mid-January). Mtr Susan retired from the Diocese of Washington, DC in 2006 and returned to Del Mar where she is currently an Adjunct Clergy at St Peter's (and always proud, and grateful to tell everyone who asks that St. Peter’s, Del Mar sponsored her for ordination in 1992!).

Mtr Susan has been active in our diocese since returning having, along with Mark Patzman, founded Friends of Military Outreach and Support (FOMOS) at St. Paul’s Cathedral, San Diego and served several churches in our diocese as supply and/or interim rector. Mother Susan has one daughter, Alice, a proud former member of the St. Peter’s children’s choir, and is busy in her spare time with her lively grand dog, Eddie. Her late husband, Bruce, who was active in the space program, taught her to love the moon, the stars, and the New York Yankees! Welcome to Holy Cross Mtr Susan!
Our 2022 Forward Together Campaign formally ended this last Sunday. Thank you to everyone who pledged to support our mission and ministries for next year. Among those who pledged we received:
  • 2 brand new pledges (people who have never pledged before)
  • 12 individuals/families have increased their pledge
What a wonderful witness of faith and testament to the Holy Spirit at work here at Holy Cross! We are so grateful for your generous support.

As previously communicated, your Bishop’s Committee established a goal of $185,000 for 2022. That goal was based on balancing our draft budget for next year. We received 26 of the 60 pledge cards mailed with pledges totaling $97,268.

While our pledge campaign has officially ended it is not too late to pledge. Whether you worship regularly or when you can, join us in-person or online, your Holy Cross faith family counts on your faithful support. Your pledges are integral to our ability to continue our mission and ministries, as well as to meet all of our financial obligations

Additionally, as Brian Petersen is coming back to us as our interim clergy-in-charge, one of things that will help is your support will go a long way in giving him comfort to know his Holy Cross family has faith in the future of our parish and give him one less worry as he begins his time with us.

If you have not yet pledged, I ask that you prayerfully consider making a pledge. You may do so online using the button below or bring your completed pledge card on Sunday and place it in the offering plate `(or return it to the church in the envelope that was provided). If you need a card click here for a PDF version and bring it to church on Sunday or email it to the office at

What you pledge is between you and God. THAT you pledge is important. I ask you to join me in your faith and commitment to Holy Cross.

With Gratitude and Abundant Blessings,

Karen Sanchez
Senior Warden
thank you words written on the sand of the beach
Thank you Bishop Susan and
all who attended last Sunday!

What a wonderful service and gathering we had last Sunday as our Bishop, the Rt. Rev. Susan Brown Snook, joined us in worship and then met with the congregation for Q&A and fellowship.

We were excited to hear that Brian Petersen will be appointed our interim Clergy-in-Charge in mid-January following his ordination to the transitional diaconate and completion of his General Ordination Exam's. You may read more about this here. If you missed the congregation meeting with Bishop Susan you may watch the video recording here.

Bishop Susan also commissioned the BC and Visioning Ministry as we begin our visioning ministry/process.

Thank you to all who participated in the service, helped to set-up for worship, fellowship and helped to clean-up after!
Bishop Susan
BC & Visioning Ministry Commissioning
Brian Petersen - ordination & Clergy-in-Charge announcement
Q&A with Bishop Susan
Happy 35th Holy Cross!
Maggie Ho
Calling All Godly Play Kids!

Calling all kids and their families. Godly Play will be resuming in a few weeks! Please watch the newsletter for more information.

Godly Play is grounded in the Montessori tradition and uses special materials and storytelling that invite the children into scripture and church tradition.

For more information please contact Sue Baas.
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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
via Zoom

We are joining All Saint's Vista in exploring the Gospel of Luke. Starting in Advent, we'll be reading from Luke just about every Sunday, so this is a great opportunity to get more out of the narratives you'll be hearing.

Each week is a short study in and of itself so no worries if you miss a week. The last two weeks have been some terrific sessions and discussion. The series looks at the Gospel of Luke through the lens of liberty, finding good news for the marginalized. In the course, five instructors take different aspects of Luke as a liberator. Week 1 was an introduction to Luke and this week we looked at Liberation for Women. The last three sessions (again, no worries if you missed the last two, please join us!):

(No session next Wednesday - Thanksgiving Eve)

Wednesday, Dec 1st: Liberation from Wealth
The Rev. Ron Spann, a longtime social justice advocate, examines issues related to wealth in Luke’s Gospel. How does wealth enslave us? How does Christ free us from that enslavement? Ron addresses these questions and others in this class.

Wednesday, Dec 8th: Liberated to Share
The Rev. Nurya Love Parish created the website for the Christian food movement, which calls Christians to re-connect the way they eat, grow, and share daily bread to the health of all God's Creation. She talks about Luke’s Gospel in the context of giving — what it means to give; how Christ frees us to give freely.

Wednesday, Dec 15th: Liberated to Preach
The Rev. Jay Sidebotham, founder of RenewalWorks, focuses his work on church renewal — on freeing churches to grow in the spirit of Christ. In this class, he discusses Luke’s approach to spreading the good news of Jesus and what that means for 21st century Christians
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 are at a retreat at our diocesan Camp Stevens in Julian this weekend, November 19-21st, to begin the process, 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
Upcoming Ministries & Events
Ongoing Ministries
All Saints Cemetery Clean-Up
TuesdaysDecember 7, 14, 21
9:00 am - 11:00
200 Peyri Road in Oceanside,
next to Heritage Park

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.
Wounded Warrior Battalion West - Camp Pendleton

We deliver healthy snacks to 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.
Upcoming Ministries, Holy Days, and Events



(God willing and the people consenting)


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 Saturday, November 20th at Camp Stevens.  

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:

Meetings are open and anyone may attend. Please reach out to Rev Richard for the Zoom link if you wish to attend.
Pastoral Care
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 our Interim Clergy-in-Charge:
Brian Petersen, who will join us in mid-January following his ordination to the transitional deaconate (God willing and the people consenting) on Saturday December 18th and completion of his General Ordination Exam's in early January. Six months later, in June (God willing and the people consenting), he will be ordained into the Priesthood.  

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, Craig & Keith, Cliff, Sandra, Ian, Tristan, Sheila, Ron, Don, Crystal, Marilyn & Arthur, William, the Wyman family, 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 Vola Tietge, Dean Wyman, 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
Sidona Ryan and Mary Lou Vanderpool

Prayers for those celebrating Anniversaries
Jack and Judy Cater

Prayers for those Traveling
none this week
Please hold Ted Tietge and family in your prayers at the death of his mother, Vola, this past Monday. Vola ,104, was a long time member of Holy Cross. You may read her obituary here.
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: 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
Maggie, Wren, and Katie Ho are all performing in the Nutcracker ballet on Thanksgiving weekend. If you’re in town and would like to kick off the Christmas season, come on out to see us. You can buy tickets at the door or preorder tickets at the link below. (Please note, Wren only performs in the 2pm shows, in case you are hoping to see her perform).

Thanks for your support!

Humor Corner
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Staff and Leadership
Our Clergy
Bishop: The Rt. Rev. Susan Brown Snook ***
Vicar: Brian Petersen, Interim Clergy-in-Charge, beginning mid-January, 2022. The Rev. Susan Astarita, Supply until then.
Assisting Priest: The Rev. Walter Edelman

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

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 and voice mail is monitored regularly. In the event of a pastoral emergency please contact Karen Sanchez, our Sr. Warden.

*** 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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