May 17, 2019
What a blessed and wonderful day we had this past Sunday, May 12th.

Mothers and mother figures, those living and those who have gone before us, were honored with prayer and pictures surrounding the altar.

We also celebrated Holy Communion Sunday. The Anglican tradition has a rich, deep liturgical worship. For the visitor or recent newcomer who is new to our faith tradition there can be any number of questions concerning the various aspects of our service, such as: “Why do you do this?” or “What does this mean?

For the benefit of our entire congregation we offered an Instructed Eucharist during the service - the various parts and "movements" of our liturgy were explained along the way.
The Instructed Eucharist was complimented with a special celebration of Holy Communion with some of our children: Abbi, Corbin, Emma, and Maggie joined in supporting Megan, who was receiving for the first time. What fun it was to welcome family and friends to this joyous event. We were especially blessed with the children and their families participating in so many aspects of our celebration; From participation in the homily, to the preparation of the altar and gifts, and the offering of communion music.

A First Communion can be a beautiful and memorable event, but it is so much more; It is an invitation to the start of celebrating a much larger worship tradition - being called to gather together in thanksgiving around God's table each and every week.

We pray that Megan, Abbi, Corbin, Emma, Maggie and all of the children and youth at Holy Cross will make coming to the table a regular part of their lives. We pray that they will always know we are here for them and that Holy Cross will always be their home - a place where they may seek comfort, guidance, love and support. We know in the years ahead that they will be blessed in many areas of their lives and that they will also face many challenges. It is our sincere hope and prayer that each will allow God to lead them throughout their life on a daily basis. We know God’s love and grace will be with each of them and we hope they know they will always have their Holy Cross family's support and love.

Rev Roger, Deacon Seth and your Bishop's Committee
Megan receiving for the first time
To see more pictures on Facebook click here . Thank you to our photographers Cliff Berkowitz, Judy Cater and Linda Collier.
This Sunday, May 19th
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Caring for God's Creation

Beach Clean-up

Please plan on joining us this Sunday, May 19th, from 12-2 pm at Buccaneer Beach in Oceanside as we help for God's Creation with a beach clean-up. There is free parking across the street at Buccaneer Park. It is recommended that you bring sunscreen, water, and gloves. Trash bags will be provided.

Buccaneer Beach Park
1506 S Pacific Street (corner of Pacific St & Morse St)

Ministry Leader: Stacy Craft
Help us say "thank you" and "farewell" to Bishop Katharine at the 2019 ECS Annual Meeting!
This Sunday, May 19th

Sunday, May 19th - 3 PM
3725 30th Street
San Diego, CA 92104
Join us for a service featuring the St. Philip's Aztec dancers and the St. Luke's Choir. Our annual meeting will follow with highlights from the past year at ECS and a tribute to Bishop Katharine, current ECS Board Chair, as we honor her time as Assisting Bishop in the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego and bid her farewell.
Join us afterward for appetizers representing cultures throughout the Diocese.
Street parking is available, or plan to park in the parking garage located two blocks from St. Luke's at 30th and North Park Way.
While this event is free, it would help us with planning if you would RSVP here or by contacting Deann at (619)228-2840 or .
Please consider bringing an item from the following list to support ECS clients:
·     Diapers - sizes 5 & 6 - and wipes
·     Walmart gift cards in any amount
·     Cans of coffee
·     Cup of Noodles (instant)
·     Cheese & peanut butter crackers (or other flavors)
·     Granola bars
·     Individual packs of peanut butter
May Birthday Celebration
This Sunday, May 19th

Following worship we will give thanks for and celebrate the May birthdays of our Holy Cross family.
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Rev Roger - New Office Days

As many of you are aware, in addition to serving as our interim Vicar, Rev Roger teaches at the School of Nursing at San Diego State University. School has ended for the semester and he will not be teaching on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Following conversation with our wardens, Rev Roger has changed his days in the office to Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. This change will provide for more continuity with Kathleen's office days.

As pastoral needs may call him away from the office, please contact him at the church office, 760.930.1270, or email at, to schedule an appointment.

In the event of a pastoral emergency, if you are unable to reach anyone in the office, Rev Roger will always be available by cell phone at 619.301.0724.
Godly Play (ages 3 -12)

This Sunday :
(3 - 9 yrs) The Good Shepard and the World Communion: The images of the Good Shepherd and Holy Communion deepen each other’s interpretation when set side by side like this. This is a core presentation for the liturgical action part of the Christian tradition of communion. This presentation does tell a story, but it is not part of the sacred story materials because it focuses on the liturgical action and the symbols by which that action carries its meaning to us and to which we respond.

(9 - 12 yrs) Mary, Mother of Jesus: The story of Mary.

Ministry Leader: Sue Baas

Have you noticed that our Holy Cross kids are suddenly growing older and wiser?? In response, the Godly Play Team is excited to announce that we have recently added a new class for the older kids, 9-12 years old, to our Godly Play program.

Each Sunday, our younger kids, 3-9 years old, will continue to meet in Craig's Room. The older kids will have their more advanced/in-depth lesson in the Multi-Purpose Room. There are currently two kids in that age group, with a third joining this September.

We need your help. More "story tellers" are needed to assure we can provide this new class each Sunday. We currently have three storytellers. There are times when only one individual is available, which means the older group will not meet that Sunday.

Godly Play stories are fully scripted and include wonderful accompanying materials to tell the story each week. We will teach you to be the "story teller." This ministry is for men or women of any age!

The ability to provide faith education programs for our young is vital to attract and keep new, young families.  We hope you will prayerfully consider volunteering for this important and fulfilling ministry for our children. Please contact Sue Baas for more information.
Godly Play is a Montessori-based program for children that helps them to explore their faith through story, gain religious language, and enhance their spiritual experience through wonder and play. To learn more about Godly Play, visit their website  here .
Special Live Stream Service at Holy Cross
Saturday, June 15th, at 10:30 AM
Ordination & Consecration
of the Fifth Bishop of San Diego

Holy Cross will be hosting a live stream of the Ordination & Consecration service of the Fifth Bishop of San Diego, the Rev. Canon Susan Brown Snook, bishop-elect of the Diocese of San Diego.

If you cannot make it in person to the service, we hope you will attend our live stream in the sanctuary at Holy Cross. We will be extending an invitation to our North County sister churches to join us.

Stay tuned for more information in the coming weeks.

A special thank you to Congregation B'nai Tikvah for graciously moving their Saturday service to the Tietge and multi-purpose rooms so that we may host this special event.
Saturday, June 15th
11 a.m.
St. Paul's Cathedral, 2728 Sixth Avenue, San Diego

All are invited to the consecration and ordination service on  Saturday, June 15  at 11 a.m. at St. Paul's Cathedral, 2728 Sixth Ave., San Diego.

Please Note:   Processions and musical preludes from musical groups around our diocese begin at 10:30 a.m. Please arrive early.

If you cannot come in person, please join us virtually at the time of the service:
Watch the Live Stream . NOTE: Holy Cross will live stream the service in the Sanctuary - all invited.

Festive reception to follow at The Abbey, 2825 Fifth Avenue, San Diego

Questions? Contact the Rev.  Martha Anderson.
Weekly Services
9 am Holy Eucharist* Rite II
Godly Play and Nursery

*Eucharist comes from the Greek and means thanksgiving. It is central to our worship. It is also called Communion, Mass, the Lord's Supper and the Divine Liturgy.
 7 pm Evening Prayer Rite II

A short (30 minutes) quiet service rooted in ancient monastic tradition. Thursdays at 7:00 pm. It's the perfect way to end your day. During the service we will pray for all whose prayers have been entrusted to us. **
** If you have someone you would like us to pray for, please place your written petitions in the prayer box found in the main entry way to the worship space. Petition forms are available each Sunday at the welcome table in front of the church. Following Evening Prayer the petition forms are burned - "Let my prayer rise up like incense before you"
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 We give thanks for you all and especially for...
... all who helped make last Sunday, Mother's Day and Holy Communion Sunday, a special celebration.
... all who contributed to our April Outreach Ministry Project - La Posada de Guadalupe Men's Homeless Shelter. We collected $465. Along with $294 in donations on the balance sheet from 2018, we were able to purchase $760 of needed food items, including all of the urgent needs La Posada had requested. Your donations purchased:

Gallon containers of Juice for breakfast
Individual Juice Boxes for packed lunches
Coffee Creamer
Cereal Large Boxes
Canned Chicken
Protein Bars for packed lunches

Ministry leader: Lupe Ortega
Caring For God's Creation

As announced last month we have formed a committee to explore ways we, as a faith community, can help care for our environment as we are called to do in our Baptismal Covenant.

As part of this ministry we will implement new name tags, for members and visitors, on Sunday, June 2nd. Instead of single-use sticky name tags, we will use multi-use name tags in alligator clip sleeves. The clip may be attached to a collar, shirt pocket or any part of a garment. The tags are easily printed in house. It is important to us that we remain a welcoming community and these tags have been designed so that the visitor tags are the same as member tags with the only difference being the visitors name will be hand printed on the name tag (just as we currently do with the single-use sticky tags).

Name tags will be stored on a pocket chart and stand. When you arrive at church on Sundays you will find your tag on the pocket chart and when you leave church you then return it to the pocket chart. This system is a step in reducing the amount of waste we generate while also providing our greeters with more time to connect with visitors and newcomers.

Ministry leader: Stacy Craft
Visitor and member name tags
Ministry leader, Stacy, with her new name tag.
May Outreach Project
Wounded Warrior Battalion West
Camp Pendleton
For the past eleven years, twice a month, the second and fourth Wednesdays, we have provided healthy snacks and water, along with conversation, friendship and currently classical piano music for wounded, injured and ill Marines and sailors.

If you would like to support this ministry with a donation to help purchase water and healthy snacks, please make checks out to Holy Cross or put cash in an envelope and note for “ Wounded Warrior Ministry.”

Next Visit: This coming Wednesday, May 22nd. If you wish to participate in our visits please contact Tom Mauro.

A representative of the Battalion will be a featured speaker following one of our Sunday services in May.

Ministry Contact: Tom Mauro
All Saints Cemetery

One of our Holy Cross ministries has been supporting historic All Saints Chapel and Cemetery in Oceanside with landscaping and beautification needs. The work is quite simple and involves weeding and basic garden tasks, but provides a great service to take care of this beautiful property.

Kelly Petersen has been leading this ministry. Kelly has to step back from the physical activity for awhile. We are looking for one or more individuals to take over leading this ministry in Kelly's absence. Currently, we meet at the cemetery for 1-2 hours, two Tuesdays a month. There is a locked gate to the property so we need someone willing to help with coordinating access and leading the gardening efforts.

Please contact Brian or Kelly Petersen for more information or if you able to help.

NOTE: The workday scheduled for this coming Tuesday, May 21st, is canceled.

Ministry Leader: Kelly Petersen
Kathleen on Vacation: May 23 - June 11
Can you Help Out?

Kathleen will be out of the office starting Thursday, May 23rd, returning Tuesday, June 11th. We are looking for volunteers to help in the office answering phones and greeting visitors during her vacation.

If you are able to help on Tuesdays (May 27, June 4), Wednesdays (May 29, June 5) or Thursdays (May 23 & 30, June 6), please contact Kathleen or Rev. Roger at 760-930-1270 or Any amount of time you are available is much appreciated.
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Volunteer Opportunities
Can you Help?

Altar Guild: The Altar Guild ministry cares for the altar, vestments, vessels, and altar linens. Altar Guild members prepare the sanctuary for services, and clean up afterwards. Contact Judy Cater.

Counters: Help count the offering one Sunday a month. You don’t need to be an accountant or even good at math! Contact Mary Lou Vanderpool.

Eucharistic/Pastoral Visitors:   Lay Eucharistic Visitors take reserve sacrament and communion to members of the Holy Cross community who are home bound or hospitalized. In addition to taking the sacraments of bread and wine we are also prepared to provide pastoral support as needed. Lay Pastoral Visitors 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. Contact Marcia Pierce. 

Godly Play: Godly Play "storytellers" are needed as we have added a program for our 9-12 year old children. Godly Play stories are fully scripted and include wonderful accompanying materials to tell the story each week. We will teach you to be the "story teller." This ministry is for men or women of any age! Contact: Sue Baas

Ushers: Help people find a seat, provide directions to the bathroom or whatever someone needs; count all people in attendance and record the numbers on the Usher Form; take up the collection put the money in the cloth bag, and take the bag and the Usher Form up to the altar during the offertory or, take the elements (bread and wine) to the altar during the offertory; Direct people out of their pews to receive Communion; After the service, do a quick sweep through the pews to collect abandoned service leaflets and straighten up the books. Contact Larry Kucera. 
Upcoming Ministries and Services
at a Glance
May Outreach Project
Wounded Warriors Battalion West - Camp Pendleton
Speaker following worship on one Sunday in May (stay tuned for date)

All Saints Cemetery
Weeding and basic gardening tasks
Tuesday, May 21st - Canceled

Caring for God's Creation - Beach Clean-up
THIS Sunday, May 19th
12-2 pm at Buccaneer Beach in Oceanside

Evening Prayer & Intercessions
7 pm in the Church

Monthly Birthday Celebration
This Sunday, May 19th
Birthday Cake during Coffee Hour following service

Wounded Warrior Battalion West - Camp Pendleton
2nd & 4th Wednesdays of the month, May 22nd
contact Tom Mauro if you would like to participate

To see our full calendar please click here .
Eucharistic Visits
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This ministry is an extension of our Celebration of the Eucharist each week - bread and wine that has been blessed on Sunday is reserved for our Lay Eucharist Visitors to take to those who are unable to join us.

To arrange for a Lay Eucharistic visit please contact the church office during office hours* at 760.930.1270. Marcia Pierce, our lay Pastoral Ministry leader, will be notified of your need and she, or a member of the team, will contact you to make arrangements for a visit. Please let the office know if you wish to have a visit on Sunday following worship or another day of the week.

* Office hours: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays - 9 am to Noon and 1:30 pm to 4 pm.

Ministry Leader: Marcia Pierce
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 mis sed. Please keep all on our prayer list in your prayers.
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Prayers for Comfort:
Fr. Atwood, Diane, Lee, Julie, Tom & Wayne, Barbara, Nancy, Mary and Ray, Marilyn and Arthur, Constatin Bakala & Family, Peter, Lori, Norm, Ricky, Kelly, Clayton, and all who have no one to pray for them

Prayers for the Departed
We commend to God all who have died, especially those who have given their lives for freedom’s cause and victims of all terrorism and natural disaster throughout the world, Lori Gilbert-Kaye, and Carl.
If you would like to be added to the Prayer List or would like to add someone else (please get their permission first), call the church office at 760.930.1270 or email , please mention 'Prayer List' in the Subject line and include whether the prayer request is for "Comfort" or for the "Departed".

If you have lost a member of your family and would like to us to include your loss with "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.

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.
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A prayer for our interim period and vicar search:

Almighty God, giver of every gift we receive:
look graciously on your Church,
and guide those who shall discern
whom God is calling to be vicar of Holy Cross.
Grace us with patience, trust, and hope
through the interim times of doubt and uncertainty.
We pray that we may receive a faithful pastor,
who will care for your people and equip us
to continue, improve, expand, and reach out
with our ministries to all whom we can touch;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Bishop's Committee meetings are open to anyone who would like to attend. Any church member may ask any BC member to speak on their behalf or on behalf of a proposal they wish to forward. Meetings are held the third Wednesday of the month from 6 pm - 8:30 pm. The next BC meeting is Wednesday, June 19th.

To read the approved minutes of the April 24th meeting click here .

Aids/HIV Awareness Event

Dear Holy Cross,

Woo hoo! My fundraising is over $4,000 — only $1,000 to go to reach my goal and it actually seems like it might be possible. That’s 10 more donations of $100 each.

My training has been a bit low — the rain has interfered quite a bit. I will be relying heavily on my overall fitness and strength. It’s just over two weeks away now! 

There is still time to participate and sponsor me for the ride. I f you would like to help sponsor my ride, please visit my donation page at:  or see me in church next Sunday (I am out of town this week) for a form.

Thank you all for the great support!!!

Rev. Seth
AIDS/LifeCycle is a 7 day, 545-mile bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles, hosted by the Los Angeles LGBT Center and San Francisco AIDS Foundation. Cyclists and other volunteers raise critically needed funds for HIV/AIDS-related medical care, testing, prevention and other services.
Diaconal Ordinations
THIS Saturday, May 18
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
at St. Paul's Cathedral

God willing and the people consenting, Chris Craig-Jones of St. Michael’s, Carlsbad, and Hannah Wilder, of St. Paul’s Cathedral and St. Luke’s, San Diego, will be ordained to the diaconate by the Rt. Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori. Festive reception to follow.

St. Paul's Cathedral
2728 Sixth Ave 
San Diego, CA 92103 United States

If you cannot make it in person to the service, but would like to attend online from the comfort of your home, please click here . The link may be opened now and bookmarked for ease of access tomorrow. The service begins at 10 AM tomorrow, Saturday, May 18. If you have any questions about this process, please contact  Alyson Terry, 619-481-5455.
Camp Stevens Family Camp Opportunities

Spend your Memorial Day welcoming summer with the grand opening of the Camp Stevens pool! Join us for Harvest Weekend as we enjoy the fruits (and vegetables!) of the year's labors in the garden! And make sure to reserve your family's spot in our Annual Thanksgiving Family Camp, which is a cherished family tradition for many Camp Stevens families, and always fills to capacity! We welcome your family to join the Camp Stevens family as we share the highlights of our year around the table, pool and campfire! 

For more information click here , To register, visit our registration website , and feel welcome to call the Camp Stevens office with any questions you have about the weekends and what to expect 760-765-0028.
For more news and information on events in our Diocese click here .
Cartoon from St. Swithin’s, by The Rev. Jay Sidebotham, copyright © 2002 The Church Pension Fund.
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