September 6, 2019
Rembrandt’s only painting with a maritime scene is entitled, Storm on the Sea of Galilee . The work depicts the passage of Jesus Calms the Storm from the Gospel according to Matthew, 8:23-28 .

The painting is dark and menacing, with the sailboat being tossed about. Jesus is depicted sitting in the rear of the boat, with one of the disciples seemingly imploring him to do something.

Matthew tells us the disciples are with Jesus (we assume all twelve are there). But, if you look closely at the painting, you'll see that there are fourteen people in the boat. Many art experts believe Rembrandt painted himself in the boat - the one staring out directly at us, holding onto his cap with one hand and onto a rope with the other. 

Storms come in all forms, sizes and intensity, and they come to all of us at some point in our lives. Often, it is in these storms of our lives that we find out just how fragile our faith can be. It's easy to lose heart when God doesn't answer our prayers immediately or, seemingly, at all. Panic can lead to a frightening sense of drowning beneath waves of despair. Yet, in the midst of these times of struggle and pain, we have the opportunity to grow in our relationship with God - to trust and believe that Jesus does love each one of us enough to ride out the storm with us.

One of the main functions of the church is to convey what St. Paul called, the peace of God which surpasses all understanding : To provide a place for people to come, find a quiet place of comfort, and simply be in the presence of God. If you are feeling as though your life is being tossed to and fro, we hope you will trust that Jesus is present, even if it doesn't feel that way. We also hope you will find Holy Cross to be that quiet place of comfort and place for spiritual renewal and that you will leave with a greater sense of God's presence in your life.

Rev Roger, Fr Edelman, Deacon Seth
Note: This painting was stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston in 1990 and has not been recovered. The photo used in this article is a faithful photographic reproduction of a two-dimensional, public domain work of art.
Supporting Dioceses Responding to Hurricane Dorian
Episcopal Relief & Development
Episcopal Relief & Development ("ERD") is the arm of the Episcopal Church that responds to human suffering in the world providing relief in times of disaster and promoting sustainable development by identifying and addressing the root causes of suffering.

Members of Episcopal Relief & Development’s US Disaster Program are working closely with dioceses in the path of Hurricane Dorian. In addition, the organization is working through the Anglican Alliance to support the Anglican Diocese of the Bahamas & the Turks and Caicos as they begin assessing and responding to the damage. The organization’s Partners in Response and Resilience stand ready to respond in the coming weeks as the full extent of the slow-moving storm becomes clear.

Please prayerfully consider helping the Episcopal Church respond to this humanitarian crisis by making a donation to the Hurricane Relief Fund. You may do so online here or download the Hurricane Response form here and mail with a check to the address on the form.

A Prayer on the Occasion of a Disaster

Compassionate God… Draw near to us in this time of sorrow and anguish,
comfort those who mourn, strengthen those who are weary,
encourage those in despair, and lead us all to fullness of life;
through the same Jesus Christ, our Savior and Redeemer,
who lives and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God for ever and ever. Amen

from Holy Women, Holy Men: Celebrating the Saints  (Church Publishing: New York), page 733
Worship and Formation
Evangelism & Outreach

We give thanks for you all and especially for...
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... Sam Butler. This past Sunday we said goodbye to Sam as he is relocating to Pasadena. Sam, we will miss your smiling face and your musical talents on the violin. We wish you blessings in your next endeavor and the very best for the future. Please know, you always have a home here at Holy Cross and we are here for you if you ever need anything.
Pastoral Care
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 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.

Ministry Leader: Marcia Pierce
Please hold all on our prayer list in your prayers.
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Prayers for Comfort:
Fr. Atwood, Diane, Lee, Tom & Wayne, Nancy, Christen, Fr. Edelman, Arlene, Peter, those impacted by Hurricane Dorian, 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, victims of all terrorism and natural disasters throughout the world, those lost to Hurricane Dorian, the victims of the dive boat fire off Santa Cruz Island, victims of the Odessa mass shooting; and Dorothy, and Mike
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".

 Note: If you have lost a member of your family and would like 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.
Stewardship & Administration
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Search Update

The Bishop's Committee approved the OTM (Office of Transition Ministry) Ministry Profile, vicar job description, and our Mission Profile. The Bishop's office is currently reviewing the documents. We will update you once they are approved!
Profile committee: Karen Sanchez, Linda Collier, Ron Neuman, Jon Simpson
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

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, September 18th. To read the approved July minutes click here . Ministry and Finance reports are posted on the bulletin board in the kitchen.
Upcoming Ministries & Events
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Ongoing Ministries
All Saints Cemetery
Tuesdays , September 10 & 24
9:30 am - 10:30/11:00 approx
200 Peyri Road in Oceanside,
next to Heritage Park
Contact Katie Ho for more information
Wounded Warrior Battalion West - Camp Pendleton
2nd & 4th Wednesdays of the month September 11th & 25th
contact Tom Mauro to participate
Coffee Hour
Sunday's following Worship
Sign-up sheet to bring refreshments* is in
the Tietge Room.
*Holy Cross provides coffee and juice we suggest items such as fruit, muffins, bagels, cookies, cheese and crackers.
Upcoming Ministries, Holy Days, and Events
Holy Cross Day Eucharist & BBQ
Sunday, September 15th
Sign-up sheet in Tietge Room
Pride By The Beach
Saturday October 12th
Sign-up sheet in Tietge Room

Blessing of the Animals
October 6th
Stay tuned for more information

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Daylight Savings Time Ends
November 3rd

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All Saints' Sunday
November 3rd

Carlsbad Village Street Faire
November 3rd
Stay tuned for information on how you can help

46th Annual Diocesan Convention
November 8th and 9th
St Margaret's Episcopal Church, Palm Desert

Thanksgiving Dinner
November 28th
Holy Cross hosts at LGBTQ Resource Center, Oceanside
11 am - 1 pm
Stay tuned for information on how you can help

Holy Cross' 33rd year Birthday - November 30th
Sunday, December 1st - Celebration

Christmas Eve Service
Tuesday, Dec 24th

To see our full calendar please click here .
In the Diocese & Wider Community
While there is no cost to attend the listening sessions, please register online so that we can plan the sessions accordingly. Register here.

The information from these listening sessions will be shared at the  diocesan convention  on November 8-9.
Natasha Ragland is not only our Organist/Pianist, she is also an award-winning artist. A collection of some of her original paintings, Visions of Joy , will be exhibited at the Georgina Cole Library, 1250 Carlsbad Village Drive, Carlsbad from August 29 - Nov. 1.
Humor Corner
Cartoon from St. Swithin’s, by The Rev. Jay Sidebotham, copyright © 2002 The Church Pension Fund.
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