May 10, 2019
Mothers, whether biological, adopted, or those who have served as mother figures, at their best can have a way of making us feel as though we are the most special person that ever existed.

For those of you who have offered motherly love, we celebrate your ministry to the children who have been entrusted to your care. You have provided a beautiful image of God; God's love is enveloping - like a warm quilt, it wraps us in the safety of God’s embrace.

Those of you who have been fortunate to have someone in your life ready to pick you up and hold you tight when you have fallen, have been given a glorious glimpse of God’s love.

A blessed Mother's Day to all Mother's and to all who have served as Mother figures.

Rev Roger, Deacon Seth and your Bishop's Committee
Eucharistic Visitor Training
THIS Saturday, May 11th
9:30 am - 3:30 pm
St. Thomas of Canterbury, Temecula

If you are interested in becoming a Lay Eucharistic Visitor it's not too late to sign-up for the upcoming training this Saturday, May 11th. This training, along with the completion of  Safeguarding God's People  and a background check, meet the requirements for being a Eucharistic Visitor. Please contact Marcia Pierce ASAP if you are interested or would like more information.

Ministry Leader: Marcia Pierce
This Sunday, May 12th
Mothers' Day
Bring a Photo of your Mother

We will give thanks for the blessings of mothers. You are invited to bring a photograph of your mother, or someone who has served as a mother figure to you. We will place the photos around the altar in celebration, and remembrance, of our mothers. Photos do not have to be framed.

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Holy Communion Sunday

Holy Cross will celebrate Holy Communion with some of our children - Abbi, Corbin, Emma, and Maggie join Megan who be receiving for the first time.

We will use this opportunity to have an Instructed Eucharist, benefiting the entire congregation, as part of our service.
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 We give thanks for you all and especially for...
... Rabbi Ben for sharing with Holy Cross last Sunday the reading of a letter from a survivor of the Holocaust in commemoration of Yom HaShoah. It was a powerful letter of testament to how the love, strength and care from one person can make a significant difference in another person's life. In these days of continued tragedy, that letter serves as a reminder of our oneness with God and the command that we are to love one another. 
Ramadan Mubarak (Happy Ramadan)

This past Monday, May 6th, cannons were fired in many countries throughout the Arab world. The cannons signaled the beginning of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Cannons are typically fired at the start and end of the Holy Month and each day before Maghrib (sunset) prayers. No one knows exactly how this iconic symbol of Ramadan began; There are a number of legends, some dating back to the 10th and 15th centuries.

Ramadan commemorates the month when the Prophet Mohammed retreated to a cave north of Mecca for spiritual contemplation. It was during that month that the Quran - the holy book of Islam - was first revealed to him by Allah (God).

Muslims around the world celebrate the holy month of Ramadan through fasting during the hours between sunrise and sunset. Fasting is aimed at drawing worshipers closer to God - to concentrate their minds on devotion to their faith through prayers, expressing gratitude, seeking forgiveness and helping the needy.

We wish our Muslim brothers and sisters Ramadan Mubarak (Happy Ramadan).
Godly Play (ages 3 -12)

This Sunday :
No Godly Play as the children will join us in worship for Holy Communion Sunday.

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 .
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"
May Outreach Project
Wounded Warrior Battalion West
Camp Pendleton
Holy Cross has supported Wounded Warrior's for 11 years. While the program has gone through many changes, the need for those wounded, injured and ill Marines and sailors to eat healthy, nutritious food to aid in their current recovery, and also in their life long health, has not changed.

Twice a month, the second and fourth Wednesdays, we provide healthy snacks and water, along with conversation, friendship and currently classical piano music.

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.” 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

No Workday this Tuesday, May 14th

Please note there will not be a workday at All Saints this Tuesday, May 14th.

Ministry Leader: Kelly Petersen
Caring for God's Creation

Beach Clean-up
NEXT Sunday, May 19th

Please plan on joining us next Sunday, May 19th, from 12-2 pm at Buccaneer Beach in Oceanside. 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.

Ministry Leader: Stacy Craft
Pollution   Beach   Sea pollution. Styrofoam instant noodle bowl_ plastic cup_ glass and plastic bottles on the beach. Selective focus and copy space.
May Birthday Celebration
Next Sunday, May 19th

Following worship we will give thanks for and celebrate the May birthdays of our Holy Cross family. Note: this has been moved from this Sunday, May 12th.
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)

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

Evening Prayer & Intercessions
7 pm in the Church

Eucharistic Visitor Training
Saturday, May 11th
9:30 am - 3:30 pm
St. Thomas of Canterbury, Temecula
Contact Marcia Pierce for information

Holy Communion Sunday
This Sunday, May 12th
We will celebrate Holy Communion with some of our children and have an Instructed Communion during Worship - 9 am

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

Mothers' Day Sunday
This Sunday, May 12th
Bring a photo of your Mom, or Mother figure, to place at the altar

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
particles and sacred objects - Eucharistic cup
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, 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. Our next BC meeting is May 15th.

Aids/HIV Awareness Event

Dear Holy Cross,

Thank you to those who have already donated to support my ride!

So far my fundraising is over $3,500! This money is going to make a tremendous difference in the fight against HIV & AIDS. My dream goal is to raise $5,000 and win one of these schazzy cycling jerseys.

In 30 days we’ll be rolling out from the Cow Palace in San Francisco on our 545 mile journey to Los Angeles. 

If you would like to help sponsor my ride, please visit my donation page at:  or see me in church for a form you can fill out and mail in.

Thank you!!!

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

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

Questions? Contact the Rev.  Martha Anderson.
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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