September 20, 2019
Preparing Our Hearts for Listening
a Message from Bishop Susan

“' 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 29:11

Churches are always full of plans – plans for next Sunday’s worship services, plans for the fall education series, plans for how to get the roof fixed. We’re pretty good at that kind of planning.

But what if God has bigger things in mind for us? What if God is doing new things in our communities and in our world, and needs for us to pay attention so we can join in? How do we listen for God’s plans?

I believe that this kind of listening is a matter of prayer, discernment, and listening for the voice of the Spirit in each other’s voices. In the Christian community, God gives us the gift of many voices with many points of view, some impractical and some startlingly illuminating. Discernment of God’s direction for us requires us to listen to the many voices, identify common themes, pay attention to surprises, and open our hearts to new ways of understanding.

That’s why, as one of the earliest actions of my time as your bishop, I want to listen to your voices. During the week of Sept. 23-27, I will be traveling to  different locations  in the diocese to listen to your wisdom, your hopes, and your dreams for the church.  Please register  so we know you are coming!

Before the listening sessions, I hope you will join us in nine days of prayer, also known as  a novena . This time of prayer will help us all focus on our diocesan themes of discipleship, evangelism, and service, and it will prepare our hearts to share in the listening sessions the thoughts God brings to us in prayer.

The listening sessions will last about two hours, will begin and end with prayer, and will be facilitated by Ms. Susan Czolgosz, a consultant with Holy Cow Consulting. She will ask specific questions for your thoughts and input, and then we will have a time when you can share your thoughts directly with me. I will speak a bit at the beginning and the end of each session, but my basic job will be to listen to what you have to tell me.

What happens to your input after that? We will analyze all your responses and report to you about them at  diocesan convention , November 8-9. Those in attendance at the convention will have an opportunity to respond once more there. After that, we will appoint a group who will use your responses to create a new strategic plan for the diocese for the next three to five years. The group will work closely with executive council, your elected representatives, to make sure they are reflecting your hopes and priorities. We will roll out a plan to you in fall of 2020, and it will form the basis for mission decisions in future years.

My hope is that, with your help, we will listen closely for the breath of the Holy Spirit, calling us to new mission and new life in the Diocese of San Diego. Come and speak – I will be listening. 
Worship and Formation
Evangelism & Outreach

We give thanks for you all and especially for...
thank you words written on the sand of the beach
... our wonderful choir for the beautiful anthem this past Sunday and to Douglas Lynn for his direction

... Grant Ford for organizing our Holy Cross Day BBQ; the men of Holy Cross for standing over the heat of the grills on such a hot day; and all who brought drinks, side dishes and dessert to share

... Rev Laura and Jerry for attending our Feast Day Eucharist and BBQ
To see more photo's from this past Sunday click here.
Pastoral Care
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, Donna, Mary, Judy, Caroline, the Sebastian and Meyer families and Lee Mommsen, those impacted by Hurricane Dorian, those impacted by flooding in Houston and surrounding communities from Tropical Depression Imelda and Mexico/Baja California from Tropical Storm Lorena, and all who have no one to pray for them

Prayers for the Departed
We commend to God all who have died, especially Dorothy, Mike, Carol, John, and those who have given their lives for freedom’s cause
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.
If you would like to be added to Notes of Care please contact the church office at: or 760.930.1270.
Stewardship & Administration
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Search Update

Our search process has transitioned from the Rev Canon Allisyn Thomas to the Rev Laura Sheridan-Campbell, director of formation and transition. Rev Laura is currently reviewing the search documents we prepared. Within the next few days we anticipate she will be sending us suggestions for minor edits that will help maximize the response from applicants throughout the diocese and wider Episcopal Church. Stay tuned for further updates!!
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, October 16th. To read the approved August minutes* click here.

2018 Financial Audit Results

Our thanks to Pat Canney, Jim Zolner and Mike Collier for recently conducting the required 2018 financial audit of Holy Cross. The review was conducted in accordance with audit guidelines issued by the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego.

The committee reported their findings to the BC on Wednesday, September 18th. They were pleased to report that nothing came to their attention that would indicate financial statements to be out of compliance with accounting principles promulgated by the National Episcopal Church. (Please note: their examination and report is not, and is not meant to be, construed as an audit and opinion rendered by an Independent Certified Public Accountant. The members of the committee did not serve on the BC at any time during the year being audited (2018) and they each are independent of the accounting function of the church.)

*Ministry and Finance reports are posted on the bulletin board in the kitchen.
Upcoming Ministries & Events
at a Glance
Ongoing Ministries
All Saints Cemetery
Tuesday , September 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
Pride By The Beach
Saturday October 12th
Sign-up sheet in Tietge Room

Blessing of the Animals
October 6th
during our Holy Eucharist service
the liturgy honors the Feast of St. Francis

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Daylight Savings Time Ends
November 3rd

Church candles in red and yellow transparent chandeliers
All Saints' Sunday
November 3rd

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.
Supporting Dioceses Responding to Hurricane Dorian
and Tropical Depression Imelda and Tropical Storm Lorena
Episcopal Relief & Development
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.
Humor Corner
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