January 14, 2022
For Zion's sake I will not keep silent,
and for Jerusalem's sake I will not rest,
Isaiah 62:1a

How does one find the strength, the courage, to not rest, to not keep silent, to keep going on? This weekend we celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and as we honor his legacy and the impact his life had on so many lives, there likely won't be focus on that time early in his life where he questioned his own fortitude and courage.

It was a Friday night in January 1956, during the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Dr. King arrived home around midnight, his wife and young child were asleep, he was tired after another long day of strategy sessions when the phone rang with yet another anonymous caller making a death threat. For whatever reason, this time he found himself agitated, fearful and couldn’t sleep so he went to the kitchen, made coffee and sat down at the table and began to reflect. Here's how he describes that moment in his book Stride Toward Freedom:

I was ready to give up. With my cup of coffee sitting untouched before me, I tried to think of a way to move out of the picture without appearing a coward. In this state of exhaustion, when my courage had all but gone, I decided to take my problem to God. With my head in my hands, I bowed over the kitchen table and prayed aloud.

The words I spoke to God that midnight are still vivid in my memory. "I am here taking a stand for what I believe is right. But now I am afraid. The people are looking to me for leadership, and if I stand before them without strength and courage, they too will falter. I am at the end of my powers. I have nothing left. I've come to the point where I can't face it alone."

At that moment, I experienced the presence of the Divine as I had never experienced God before...My uncertainty disappeared. I was ready to face anything.

Years later Dr. King spoke of that epiphany in his kitchen: "It seemed at that moment, I could hear an inner voice saying to me, 'Martin Luther, stand up for righteousness. Stand up for justice. Stand up for truth. And lo, I will be with you, even until the end of the world.' I heard the voice of Jesus saying still to fight on. He promised never to leave me, never to leave me alone."

I have never been in situations that come close to what Dr. King experienced but I have experienced times in my life, career, and ministry where my confidence wavered, when I felt a bit rudderless, and just lacked the energy to keep going. Reflecting on those times I can't say that I have ever experienced a presence so strong that I was "ready to face anything". BUT, I have experienced nudges that have given me needed calm and focus. Prayer, and a community of faith to support us, helps as a powerful reminder of how much God is there and invested in each of us!

This weekend, and especially on Monday, as we honor the life and legacy of Dr. King, look back with admiration at what he so bravely fought for. But also look at that moment when in the stillness of the night the voice of God proved so much more powerful than a threatening voice of an anonymous caller. It was God's voice that gave him the courage to keep going and it was God's voice that gave him the fortitude and the vision that would carry him for the rest of his too short life.

What can we here at Holy Cross learn from this? Christ still leads us, the Holy Spirit still needs us to do God's work - even while we are sorting out where our next home will be. God doesn't expect us to "wait and see what will happen". Perhaps God guided us to this particular "campsite" location in Oceanside for us to have our own epiphany, to help us in rethinking who we are called to serve, what our vision is for our future and what type of leader we need to call for our future.

The next time you are out and about, at or near the church or otherwise, ask yourself some questions about the area or the folks you see in need and how we might respond - you might start with this paraphrase from Dr. Martin Luther King: "The question is not, 'If I/we stop to help this person in need, what will happen to me/us?' The question is, 'If I/we do not stop to help this person, what will happen to him/her?'"1

With much love and peace as we continue to walk in faith that God is always there with us,

Sr. Warden

1) "I've Been to the Mountaintop" Memphis, Tennessee, April 3, 1968: Martin Luther King, Jr.
Let us develop a kind of dangerous unselfishness.
That's the question before you tonight. Not, "If I stop to help the sanitation workers, what will happen to my job?" Not, "If I stop to help the sanitation workers, what will happen to all of the hours that I usually spend in my office every day and every week as a pastor?" The question is not, "If I stop to help this man in need, what will happen to me?" The question is, "If I do not stop to help the sanitation workers, what will happen to them?" That's the question.
In-Person Worship Paused
Livestream Only This Sunday and Next Sunday
January 16 and 23

In consultation with the Rev. Brian Petersen, our incoming Clergy-in-Charge, we will continue to pause our in-person worship and livestream the service this Sunday and next, January 16 and 23rd, out of an abundance of caution due to the continuing surge of Covid cases in our region. We continue to evaluate the available data and will provide an additional update in next weeks newsletter regarding future weeks services. Please hold all who have contracted Covid in your prayers.

The links to our livestream and the service booklet are a little further below in the newsletter.

Sr. Warden
Welcoming Brian Petersen
This Sunday

It is with excitement that we welcome the Rev. Brian Petersen, Deacon, as our interim Clergy-in-Charge this Sunday. As many of you are aware, Holy Cross sponsored Brian+ for ordination and it is highly unusual for someone who was raised up for ordination to be placed in their home church and we are blessed with this gift of Brian's+ ministry at this time. 

Brian's+ heart is for missions, new ministries, and reaching out to those who might not feel comfortable in church. Prior to being received in the Episcopal Church in 2012, he served in ministry leadership positions in several different denominations, including as a church planter in Portland, Oregon and New York, New York, working primarily with homeless youth and other marginalized groups. Brian's+ background plus his familiarity with Holy Cross will be a great support during our transition period as well as during our Visioning process.

Brian+ began his Clinical Pastoral Education program (classroom and field placement in a hospital setting),this week - this is required prior to his ordination to the priesthood scheduled for June 18th (God willing and the people consenting). Please continue to keep him in your prayers.

We hope you will join us this Sunday, via our livestream, as we welcome Brian as Clergy-in-Charge. Once we resume in-person services we will more formally welcome him. Also, please know until Brian+ is ordained a priest in June we will also have supply clergy on Sundays once we resume in-person worship so we are able to celebrate the Eucharist. Brian will preach and the supply clergy will preside for the Eucharistic prayer.
Annual Meeting
Sunday, February 20, 2022
We will celebrate (yes, celebrate!) and review this past year and highlight our hopes and dreams for the future, review the 2022 budget and the work of our Visioning Ministry, as well as hold an election for Bishop's Committee positions (2) and Diocesan Convention delegates (2) and alternates. We hope to be back to in-person gatherings and will plan on meeting downstairs at the church following our 9am service - our backup plan will be a Zoom meeting if we deem it unwise to hold an in-person gathering at that time.
Will you prayerfully consider serving?
We will be holding an election to fill two Bishop's Committee positions. Description and duties: In the Episcopal Church, the Bishop's Committee is a body of elected lay people (members) with the primary task of: Overseeing the lay ministries of the church; Ensuring the church building and grounds are cared for; And, ensuring parish funds are administered appropriately. 
We will also elect two delegates, and alternates, to the 2022 Diocesan Convention. Description and duties:  A delegate attends and represents Holy Cross at the Diocesan Convention which will convene on Friday and Saturday, November 11 and 12, 2022, at St Bart’s in Poway. Delegates are expected to attend the convention sessions on both days and vote on amendments and the diocesan budget. The convention operates on a paperless process, delegates need to have access to a laptop, tablet or mobile device to access the convention booklet and to cast votes on ballots and resolutions during the convention. The church will pay delegates registration fees.
To nominate someone (please get there permission first), or yourself, click here for the nomination form and criteria for serving in these ministries.

We are also in need of a Treasurer and Clerk, see below for more information.
Ministry Leadership Transitions
Treasurer: We give thanks for the ministry of Larry Sebastian who has faithfully served in this position since 2015. Larry has also been a faithful leader in many other various roles during his tenure with Holy Cross. As you are no doubt aware, Larry and Sue are moving to Oregon in early February – we will have more on both of their contributions to Holy Cross over the years in a coming newsletter. For now, we are searching for a new treasurer without much success. If you think you might have the skills and feel called to this ministry please speak with Karen Sanchez, Sr. Warden, or Rev. Brian Petersen, Clergy-in-Charge, as soon as possible. We are also in conversation with the diocese looking at the possibility of trying to find someone from another church (so far without much success) as well as possibly having to hire a CPA to fill this vital role (which won’t be budget friendly).

Clerk: Robyn Hill has faithfully been filling this important role from afar. Each month she joins us on Zoom from her home in Ohio (3 hours ahead of us!). We are so grateful Robyn has remained an active member of our congregation, with recording lessons for worship and serving in this role. However, it would be so much more convenient to have a local member serving in this role. The clerk is responsible for maintaining the minutes of the BC meetings. This role requires the use of a computer and the ability to take notes and prepare minutes of meetings. If you think you might have the skills and feel called to this ministry please speak with Karen Sanchez, Sr. Warden, or Rev. Brian Petersen, Clergy-in-Charge, as soon as possible.

Wardens and Bishop's Committee ("BC"): We will give thanks and celebrate the ministries of the following individuals who are transiting from their current roles:
  • Marci Stafford: Marci’s 3-year term is concluding. Per the terms of our By-laws, she is not eligible to serve or be appointed to a BC role for a period of 1-year. We can expect to find Marci continue her involvement with the Visioning Ministry and other ministries where she may feel called.
  • Mike Collier: Mike was appointed to fill Bob Meloon’s remaining term when Bob resigned due to health issues and that term has now come to an end. Per the terms of our By-laws, as Mike was appointed to fill an unexpired term and served less than a 3-year term, he is eligible to stand for election to a full term. Mike has indicated he is willing to stand for nomination.
  • Karen Sanchez: Karen’s term as Sr. Warden ends at the Annual Meeting as this position is appointed annually. Bishop Susan has asked Karen to serve for another year as Sr. Warden and Karen has accepted. 
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Worship at Holy Cross
The Second Sunday After the Epiphany
January 16, 2022
9:00 AM

YouTube & Online.Church   
Artwork: artist Paula Nash Giltner, Good News Productions, International and College Press Publishing Co. Used by permission.
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
Stay tuned for upcoming programs.
Calling All Godly Play Kids!
Godly Play Resumes when
In-Person Worship Resumes

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.
Visioning Ministry
Visioning Update

The three assigned work groups of the Visioning Ministry - Worship, Location, Community/Outreach - continue their work as well as the "drafting team" that is working on refining our Values, Purpose and Identity statements. Our next meeting is scheduled for January 23rd. Stay tuned for an update following that meeting.
Upcoming Ministries & Events
Ongoing Ministries
All Saints Cemetery Clean-Up
TuesdaysJanuary 18 & 25*
9:00 am - 11:00
200 Peyri Road in Oceanside,
next to Heritage Park

*Weather permitting (rain cancels)

Come join us weeding and tidying up January 18 or 25, 9-11am. Rain cancels. Please text or call Katie Ho at 619-990-2298 if you think you might join 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.
The Ho family working at the cemetery on 12/20/21
Joyce with our Wounded Warrior friends
Upcoming Holy Days, Special Ministries and Events



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.
2022 Forward Together Pledge Campaign 

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.

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 holycross@holycrosscarlsbad.org.
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
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 next BC meeting is Thursday, January 20, 2022 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 Karen Sanchez for the Zoom link if you wish to attend.
Pastoral Care
If you have a pastoral emergency and are unable to reach anyone at the church office, 760.930.1270, then always call our Sr Warden, Karen Sanchez, at 808.494.0558.
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 our Interim Clergy-in-Charge:
Brian Petersen, Deacon, who is currently completing his Clinical Pastoral Education program (classroom and field placement in a hospital setting) prior to his ordination to the Priesthood in June (God willing and the people consenting).

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

Prayers for Comfort:
For Randy, Art, Tom, Arlene, Ann, Paul "Tony,” Dawn, Barb, Mia, Sandra, Mike, Larry, Denise, Corrina, Valerie, Stella, the Zych family, Canon Gwynn, Joyce, Craig, Tracy, Katlyn, Josh, Danny, 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 Cathie, 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
Judy Cater, Brian Petersen, Kylie Jenkins, Kelly Petersen

Prayers for those celebrating Anniversaries
none this week

Prayers for those Traveling
none this week
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
In the Diocese and Beyond
Presiding Bishop to Keynote MLK Observance
[Episcopal News Service] Presiding Bishop Michael Curry will be the keynote speaker Jan. 17 at the annual Martin Luther King Day observance organized by the King Center in Atlanta, Georgia, as Episcopalians prepare to join citizens around the United States in remembering the civil rights icon on the holiday that bears his name. Read More
Youth Epiphany Retreat at Camp Stevens
This February, after two years, the youth of our diocese are invited to Camp Stevens for a weekend of fun and faith exploration. Our theme for this year is Shine Your Light and we will explore light in lots of ways. There will be a glow party, a high-ropes course, small group conversation, and the opportunity to connect with friends from around the diocese. This event is open to youth in grades 6-12. After so much time apart, we are thrilled to highlight the return of this beloved event! Registration opens on Monday, December 13th at 9:00 a.m. This event will sell out quickly. More Here
Humor Corner
Cartoon from Cuyler Black, Inherit the Mirth.
Staff and Leadership
Our Clergy
Bishop: The Rt. Rev. Susan Brown Snook ***
Clergy-in-Charge: The Rev. Brian Petersen, Deacon.

Bookkeeper: Muriel Wahl
AV Tech Guru: Jack Cater
AV Tech Asst: Finley Dicus
Admin/Communications Coord: Ryan Cagle

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 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: https://edsd.org/staff/

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