August 18, 2019
In the movie City Slickers , Mitch (Billy Crystal) and two of his longtime friends face a mid-age crisis in which they find themselves losing their focus and are in danger of losing their families. To reignite the fire in their lives the trio sign up as “cowboys” on a cattle drive, helping a dude ranch move its herd of cattle from high in the hills down to the lower valley.

Curly (Jack Palance), the grizzled old cowboy who leads them, seems to be the toughest, shrewdest, wisest person they have ever met. Curly realizes why Mitch is on the trip and confronts him about it. Mitch asks the usually tight-lipped cowpoke what his secret is; What makes his life so strong, centered, and sure. Curly responds with "Do you know what the secret to life is? and raises his grubby, gloved index finger and proclaims "This". Mitch looks puzzled and asks, "Your finger?" Curly responds "One thing, just one thing. You stick to that and everything else don't mean anything.” When Mitch asks what that means Curly replies with "That’s what you gotta figure out" and then he rides away.

Mitch spends the rest of the movie struggling to figure out what Curly meant. What IS that “just one thing?”

How many of us get to points in our life where we have lost focus and are looking for that one thing, that secret to life? In his letters to the ancient church, St Paul was clear in what he believed was the one thing, that secret of life - Christ Jesus: "Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the sake of the joy that was set before him endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God." Hebrews 12:1-2 *

The profound question for all of us is this: do you know what the secret to your life is? If it not's Christ Jesus, then what is it? What is that one thing that makes you strong, centered and sure?

Rev Roger, Fr Edleman, Deacon Seth and your Bishop's Committee

* From this weeks Epistle: Paul's letter to the Hebrews 11:29-12:2
Faith and Justice Conversation
This Sunday August 18th

What does it mean to seek justice as people of faith? How do we follow our baptismal vow to strive for justice and peace, and what might that look like in our own community? Join us after worship on Sunday, August 18th for a conversation on Faith and Justice, where we will explore these questions and others as we discuss what it might look like to work for justice in our world in concrete ways. All are welcome to join in the conversation, which will take place in the multipurpose room immediately following the service. If you have any questions, please contact Brian Petersen or Deacon Seth. 
Godly Play Family Pool Party/BBQ
Next Sunday, August 25th
3 pm to ?? (till the kids are pooped!)

Calling all kids and their families. Please join us on Sunday, August 25th, for our 2nd annual pool party and BBQ. We'll swim, eat hot dogs and have fun together. At the home of Sue and Larry Sebastian. Additional information as we near the date.

Please note: Godly Play on hiatus for the summer, resumes Sunday, September 8th.
Weekly Services
9 am Holy Eucharist* Rite II
Godly Play (on hiatus for summer) 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"
Lee Mommsen
104 years young!
Help us Celebrate
Thursday, August 22nd
2 - 4 pm

Because every year is a milestone at Lee's age, once again we'll be celebrating his birthday from 2-4 PM on Thursday, Aug. 22nd, at Glenbrook Assisted Living in Carlsbad. Understandably, many of our newer members aren't familiar with this long-time, faithful member of Holy Cross, but those who know and love him are invited to stop by for a little cake and lots of HUGS! 

Please be advised, parking is minimal at the main Glenbrook entrance, but much is available across the street at the FORUM shopping center or behind the building. Let's celebrate!
Photo: Lee and Lupe at his 103rd celebration last year
Pride by the Beach
October 12th

This event is a powerful way for Holy Cross to reach out to the LGBTQ+ community, which includes many who have been wounded by religious organizations, and let them know of God's plan for all to know love and be loved. 

How you can help : We need volunteers at the booth to greet attendees, give free hugs, and let people know that Holy Cross welcomes all. The event runs from 11 am to 5 pm and set-up starts at 8 am. We ask you to prayerfully consider donating 2 hours of your time on Saturday October 12th. You will find a sign-up sheet in the Tietge Room to staff our booth. Please contact Marci or Karen with any questions. 

Ministry leaders: Marci Stafford and Karen Sanchez
Hospitality - Coffee Hour

We are grateful to all who offer refreshments* after Sunday worship. Looking ahead, w e are in need of refreshments on Sundays August 25th and September 1st and 8th. We have ap proximately 45 people.
* Holy Cross provides the coffee and juice, we suggest light snacks such as fruit, muffins, bagels, cookies, cheese and crackers or similar.
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Holy Cross Day BBQ
Sunday, September 15th

Holy Cross Day is a major feast observed on Sept. 14th in honor of Christ's self-offering on the cross for our salvation. Holy Cross celebrates Holy Cross Day on the Sunday closest to September 14th.
This year we will have a BBQ following worship on Sunday, September 15th. Stay tuned for more information.
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We give thanks for you all and especially for...
... all who donated to our August Outreach Ministry, backpacks for St Mark's Back2School Bash. The Backpacks will be filled with school supplies and provided to local refugee and low-income children in grades K-12. Your generous donations provided 13 backpacks and $100 that will be donated to St Mark's to use for additional supplies or backpacks that may be needed. Thank you to Grant who will deliver the backpacks to St Mark's today.

Last Sunday, we blessed the backpacks and our Holy Cross Children returning to school along with backpack tags with a prayer to attach to their own backpacks.

Lord our God,
source of all wisdom and love;
send your Spirit upon all students
and fill them with your wisdom.
Guide and protect them from every danger.
Bless this backpack and it’s contents
Let this student be devoted to their studies
and be closer to you, the source of all knowledge.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.  Amen
Backpack tags
Our youth and children at the blessing
Photos: Cliff Berkowitz
... all who contributed to coffee hour and the August birthdays celebration.
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Thank You from Rev. Roger and Cliff,

As we just celebrated our first wedding anniversary, we want to thank each and every one of you for your love and support. From our wedding day and then the blessing the following weekend at Holy Cross and through to today, we have felt your acceptance, love and support.

Your love and encouragement is a sign of God’s love in our lives. You all are a blessing in our life.

With much love,
Rev Roger Away
Monday August 19 - Tuesday, August 27

Rev. Roger and Cliff are celebrating their one year anniversary in Hawaii and will be away starting this Monday, August 19th thru Tuesday, August 27th. Rev Roger asks for your understanding that all non-emergency emails and phone calls will be responded to following his return the office.

If you have a pastoral emergency please contact Tom Mauro, our Senior Warden, or Larry Kucera, our Junior Warden, and they will contact the Revs Brenda Sol, Rector, or Richard Hogue, Associate Rector, at St. Andrew’s, Encinitas.  We thank Rev Brenda and Rev Richard for being available to assist us in Rev Roger's absence.

For all other urgent matters that cannot wait until Rev Roger's return please contact Tom or Larry K, our wardens .

Next Sunday, August 25th, we will welcome the Rev. Mary Lynn Coulson, former Assistant Rector at St Bart's in Poway, to Holy Cross. Rev Mary Lynn will preside and preach.
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, Tom & Wayne, Nancy, Christen Fr. Edelman, Arlene, Peter, 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, victims of the Encinitas beach cliff collapse, victims of the shootings at the Gilroy Garlic Festival, Dayton, Ohio night club, and El Paso, Texas Walmart, and Ted Kidman.
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.
Evening Prayer & Intercessions
7 pm in the Church

All Saints Cemetery
Weeding and basic gardening tasks
Tuesdays, August 13th & 27th
9:30 am for approximately an 1 to 1.5 hours
200 Peyri Road in Oceanside, next to Heritage Park & Mission San Luis Rey.
Contact Katie Ho for more information

Wounded Warrior Battalion West - Camp Pendleton
2nd & 4th Wednesdays of the month, August 14 and 28
contact Tom Mauro if you would like to participate

Faith and Justice Conversation
Sunday August 18th
in Multipurpose room

Bible Study
For residents at Sunrise Senior Living, La Costa
Last session August 20th

Godly Play Pool Party/BBQ
Sunday, August 25th - 3 pm
at the home of Sue and Larry Sebastian

Holy Cross Day BBQ
Sunday, September 15th

Pride By The Beach
Saturday October 12th

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

To see our full calendar please click here .
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Your profile committee has completed the draft OTM (Office of Transition Ministry) Ministry Profile and vicar job description. We are finalizing our Profile Document and hope to have the Bishop's Committee review and approval at the upcoming August 28th meeting.

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, August 28th. (Note: meeting rescheduled from August 21st)
 Welcome to Salt and Light, a new weekly email from the bishop's office. In Matthew 5:13-16, Jesus says, "You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out and trampled under foot. You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hidden. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven." We hope this email is salt and light in your inbox each week.

Listening Sessions

Dear Friends in Christ,

What is God calling us to become, here in the Diocese of San Diego? How are we called to love God and love our neighbors in a time of change and division in our society? In a world where church attendance is no longer a social expectation, how do we proclaim by word and example the good news of Christ?

These are the questions I want to discern with you as we enter this first autumn season of my episcopacy. I believe that God has given the Episcopal Church many challenges and also many opportunities in our beautiful part of the world. Together, we can pray, discuss, and discern how to follow Jesus in his mission to our communities.

I invite you to begin this discernment process with me: what are we called to do and how are we called to do it? This discernment will happen in three stages:

1.     Pray . For each of nine days, from September 14 through September 22, I ask you to pray in faith that God will open us to vibrant possibilities for mission, focused in ministry areas of discipleship, evangelism and service. By God’s grace, I believe that the fruits of this season of prayer will be known in our lives, in the congregations and organizations that we serve, and for the mission and ministry of the diocese.

This prayer guide  offers focus scriptures, prayers, and reflection questions for each of the nine days of this Season of Prayer. You may download the guide and print it for your congregation; study it in congregational gatherings or home study groups; or use it in your personal devotions. I pray that the Holy Spirit inspires us all with ideas and insights about God’s call to us here and now.

2.         Listening Sessions.  I invite you to take part in listening sessions to be held around the diocese the week of September 23 through September 30. These listening sessions are part of my work in getting to know the diocese more completely. With the help of an outside facilitator who will moderate the sessions I will listen to your thoughts about opportunities for community building, your hopes, dreams, and concerns that will lead us into clearer discernment around God’s call to us and our ministry in our communities.

Following are the locations for the listening sessions,  scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m.  each night. While there is no cost to attend the listening sessions, please register online so that we can plan the sessions accordingly.

  • Monday, September 23: St. Bartholomew’s, Poway
  • Tuesday, September 24: All Saints, San Diego
  • Wednesday, September 25: St. Andrew’s La Mesa
  • Thursday, September 26: All Saints, Vista
  • Friday, September 27: St. Paul’s, Palm Springs
  • Monday, September 30: Clergy Conference (Clergy Only)

We will share what we learn through the listening sessions at the  diocesan convention  on November 8-9 so we can hear your feedback on the results.

3.           Plan.  The results of the listening sessions will form the basis for a new strategic plan for our diocese that develop beginning in January 2020. The Executive Council has formed a subgroup that is busy gathering data to prepare for the January 2020 start time for a strategic planning committee. A full strategic plan will be created by July 2020, and we will present that plan to the diocese in August 2020. The plan we create will form the basis for our ministry for the next five years.

Throughout this development and staging time, defining who the diocese is and where God calls this body to go, hope prevails and Jeremiah says, “'For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future’” (Jeremiah 12:11). Jeremiah reminds us that God dreams of a more abundant future for us than we can dream of for ourselves, and that planning for our future as a diocese is work that is grounded in prayer, discernment, and holy discussion with other Christians, and a sincere desire to accomplish God’s vision for us.

Please join me in helping to discern God’s dream for the Diocese of San Diego today.


The Rt. Rev. Susan Brown Snook
Faith To Go Podcast:
Weekly Gospel Reflection

A podcast for busy people, Faith To Go is a weekly production that explores the gospel reading for the week. Birthed at St. Paul's Cathedral, Faith Formation staff members David Tremaine, The Rev. Jackie Pippin and Maya Little-Sana discuss topics of faith and spirituality to help you foster faith conversations at home and on-the-go with your friends and family. This w eekly reflection now comes to you, free, as a resource from our diocese. You may access the weekly podcasts here .

All of the Faith To Go resources can be found at
The School for Ministry (SFM) is a theological training program for anyone interested in learning more about Hebrew Scriptures, Christian Scriptures, church history, liturgics, pastoral care, global Anglicanism and more. It is open to all adult learners: people considering ordained ministry, as well as people interested in deepening their knowledge and understanding of these topics.
Auditing courses is welcomed and encouraged, as is visiting for one class to see how you like it.

The Rev. Laura Sheridan-Campbell would like to connect with you if you have questions about attending the School for Ministry (SFM). Contact her at or phone: 619-481-545

Fall 2019 Schedule
7:30 a.m. Morning Prayer
8 a.m. - 10 a.m.  Hebrew Bible I  - David Moseley
10:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.  Preaching  - Allisyn Thomas and Paige Blair-Hubert
1 p.m. - 3 p.m.  Liturgics I  - Alex Nagy
3:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.  Seminar on Ordained Ministry  - Diocesan Clergy

Student Orientation   and Convocation
Sunday, August 25 from 2-4 p.m.
2:00 – 3:30 p.m. Student Orientation with Dean Mark Mann
3:30 p.m. Convocation Worship for Students, Faculty and Alumni followed by a brief reception
School for Ministry
2083 Sunset Cliffs Blvd., San Diego, 92017
Have you ever questioned your religious beliefs? Have you ever wondered why we believe what we believe, or how those beliefs came about? Have you ever read or heard a particular passage of Scripture (or read one whole book of Scripture straight through) and wondered what the author was trying to tell you, what it means to you, now? Have you pondered some of the touchy issues of today and couldn’t connect the issue with your faith? Have you wondered how God is calling you to fulfill your baptismal promises to proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ, to seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself, and to strive for justice and peace among all people and respect the dignity of every human being? It’s daunting, isn’t it? But, perhaps Education for Ministry (EfM) can help.

EfM is a program for lay people to help them to better understand their faith and church and to prepare for the ministry to which she or he is called. This is the vocation for which we pray at the end of the Eucharist: "And now, Father, send us out to do the work you have given us to do, to love and serve you as faithful witnesses of Christ our Lord."

EfM consists of a series of 4 one-year classes that explore the Hebrew Scriptures, the New Testament, Church History, and Modern Theology. Through reading, discussion and reflection, students gain a greater understanding of our Christian tradition and how they personally fit into it. Reflection tools also help students examine the world around us in light of our tradition and personal beliefs. There’s a lot of reading but there are no tests or written reports. Each student determines what he or she get out of EfM.

St Andrew's Episcopal Church, Encinitas, has invited members of Holy Cross to join them in their EfM group. The St. Andrew’s EfM group meets weekly on Friday mornings from 9 am to 11 am, starting in September and continuing through May each year. The group is generally a multi-year group; those studying years 1-4 all meet together. This group diversity makes for lively conversations that incorporate the insights gained from students’ encounters with Scripture, church history and theology. The goal is not agreement, but to help each student clarify his/her own beliefs and positions, and what God means in their life.

Registration is during August. The annual fee is $375, which includes all materials. If you are interested in EfM or have questions, please contact Michael, the St Andrews EfM mentor, at or 916-829-2975. If you’d like to get a former EfM student’s perspective, talk with Karen Sanchez after church on a Sunday.

To read a short paragraph on Michael's personal experience in EfM click here .
Volunteers Wanted
Volunteers wanted to help asylum seekers at the San Diego Rapid Response Network. Contact the Ven.  Robert Nelson , 619-997-5629, if you would like more information.
A Call for Uncommon Courage
St Margaret's Episcopal Church - Palm Desert
Saturday, December 7, 2019
11:30 PM – 3:00 PM PST

World renowned author Joan Chittister is coming to the Coachella Valley to share her passion for God, Justice & Life. Sister Joan has been a passionate voice for social justice and women’s rights for over 50 years. Her energizing message invites us to participate in a vision for a world greater than the one we find ourselves in today. This is spirituality in action, this is practical and powerful activism for our times. As Sister Joan is sought after all over the world, we are so fortunate to have her here to help launch a year of exploration of a world of justice, freedom, peace, and empowerment.

Tickets are $25. To purchase tickets click here .

For more information about Sister Joan go to .
To read the August Diocesan News click here.

For more information on events in our Diocese click here for the diocesan calendar.
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