October 18, 2019
In his poem, The Men of Old, Richard Monckton Milnes wrote, “A man's best things are nearest him, Lie close about his feet.” If you look around Holy Cross you will see that you are in the midst of a multitude of blessings - The opportunity to worship, bidding us to “lift up our hearts”; The many ways we are present in our community as we "go forth to love and serve the Lord" in service to our brother and sisters in need; The ways we seek as a congregation to deepen and grow in our faith through Godly Play and adult formation; The laughter we share when we gather for fellowship; And, the tears we shed with each other during difficult times.

Last Sunday Katie Ho offered her testimonial of what called her to Holy Cross and what keeps her coming back. She shared a moment of Grace she experienced when she was feeling a bit overwhelmed. Donna approached her, looked at her kids, and in her soft voice said "You're so lucky." Katie said "Her words just stopped me". Katie went on to share mothering is hard, and Donna's words sank in - When she feels frustrated, inadequate, ignored and overwhelmed "in those times, sometimes a deep breath and recalling Donna's words gives me pause... and I can see my beautiful children and my blessed life, and I feel so incredibly lucky. That was God's message to me..."

Sometimes, what seems like such a simple act of kindness can, and does, have a powerful impact on those we touch. Indeed, our work, our prayers and our giving are all about making God's mercy, compassion, and love visible and available to all in our lives.

The energy, love and generosity of the people of Holy Cross shines like a beacon to those around us. Stewardship is about being "stewards"; caring for all that God has created. As you continue to pray and discern during this years stewardship campaign, we ask you to reflect on the gifts you have received, and to consider how God is calling you to continue the ministry of Holy Cross in the world with your time, talents and treasure.

Rev Roger, Fr Edelman, Deacon Seth      
On Sunday, we also heard from Brian Petersen with an update on the many outreach activities during this past year: members of Holy Cross have participated in at least 10 different outreach ministries, both one-time campaigns and on-going ministries. Our single campaigns have accomplished the following:

  • 350 greeting card fronts sent to St. Jude’s Ranch
  • Enough socks and gloves to supply nearly 3 months of Neighbors in Faith ministry
  • Working party to fix erosion issues at All Saints Cemetery after heavy rains
  • Collected money and household items to fulfill the needs of 3 families in the Woman's Resource Center program
  • Nearly $800 worth of food donated to La Posada
  • $200 for Wounded Warriors
  • $75 for We Care Bags for Meals on Wheels
  • $1050 for rice and oil for RefugeeNet
  • 13 backpacks to St Mark's Back2School Bash for local refugee children and children from low-income families

Below are the pictures he was planning on sharing (we hope to have the projection glitches ironed out this Sunday!).

Your Stewardship Committee: Tom Mauro, Karen Sanchez, Rev Roger Haenke
Neighbors in Faith
Wounded Warriors
All Saints Cemetery
Backpacks for Back2 School Bash
We Care Bags for Meals on Wheels
Worship and Formation
Evangelism & Outreach

We give thanks for you all and especially for...
thank you words written on the sand of the beach
... Larry, Mary Lou, Donna, Tom, Randy, Daniel, Sue B, Julie, Marci, Karen, Cliff and Rev Roger for their time and ministry this past Saturday at Pride by the Beach in Oceanside. We had a great time and shared information about Holy Cross with a bunch of folks!
To see more pictures click here.

Our thanks to photographers Marci, Cliff and Karen.
Pastoral Care
Please hold all on our prayer list in your prayers:
prayer candles in a church
Prayers for Comfort:
Fr. Atwood, Diane, Lee, Tom & Wayne, Nancy, Christen, Fr. Edelman, Arlene, Peter, Mary, Judy, Caroline, Joan, Lori, Mike, t he Rt. Rev. Marc Andrus (Diocese of California), all those impacted by Typhoon Hagibis, and all who have no one to pray for them

Prayers for the Departed
We commend to God all who have died, especially Gary Sutton (friend of Bob Meloon), Hector Castanada (brother of Mirna Castanada), Sister Olga (friend of Cathy and Jim Zolner), those who lost their lives in Typhoon Hagibis, 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 holycross@holycrosscarlsbad.org 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: holycross@holycrosscarlsbad.org or 760.930.1270.
Stewardship & Administration
Cloud in the form of a question mark
Search Update

Our vicar search is live until November 22, 2019 (60 days from the date of posting). All interested clergy will initially contact the Rev. Laura Sheridan-Campbell, D irector of Formation and Transition for the diocese. She will take responsibility for conducting red flag checks and then passing on names of candidates to Art Wahl, chair of the Search Committee.

Please hold Holy Cross, the Search Committee, and all applicants in your prayers during this time of discernment. Also, please hold Rev Roger in prayer as he discerns his next calling. As we all can attest, his next church will be blessed to have him as their spiritual leader!
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.
Kathleen Out of Office

Kathleen will be out of the office Wednesday October 23, 24, 29 & 30th. During her time away Rev Roger will be in the office on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
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, November 20th. To read the approved minutes of the September 18th meeting click here .

*Ministry and Finance reports are posted on the bulletin board in the kitchen.
Upcoming Ministries & Events
at a Glance
Ongoing Ministries
All Saints Cemetery
October 22nd
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 October 23rd
contact Tom Mauro to participate
Coffee Hour
Sunday's following Worship
Monthly Birthday Celebration -2nd Sunday
of month
Sign-up sheet to bring light refreshments* is in
the Tietge Room.
Bishop's Committee Meeting
3rd Wednesday of the month
November 20th
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm in Multipurpose Room
*Holy Cross provides coffee and juice we suggest items such as fruit, muffins, bagels, cookies, cheese and crackers. Please know this is not meant to be a full brunch but rather, a simple offering enabling us to sit and break bread together as we visit.
Upcoming Ministry & Special Events & Holy Days
October Outreach Project
Mission San Luis Rey Parish Food Pantry
non-perishable food items
Computer-generated 3D graphic illustration depicting the planet Earth and religious faith symbols
Neighbors in Faith
"Potluck in the Park"
Thursday, October 24th
help set up, serve & clean up - No cooking required
5 pm - 6:30 pm
Magee Park, 258 Beech Ave, Carlsbad

Daylight Savings Time message_ Some fall leaves and retro alarm clock with text Fall Back 1 Hour
Daylight Savings Time Ends
November 3rd

candles burning in lanterns at night during All Saints Day
All Saints' Sunday
November 3rd

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

Save The Date card isolated on white background
Hanging the Greens
(aka Greening of the Church)
Sunday, November 24th
following Worship

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 nativity scene of baby Jesus in the manger with Joseph_ Mary_ shepherds and three wise men
Advent Study
Birth narratives of Jesus in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke.
Sundays December 1st, 8th, & 15th
10:45 am - 11:30 am

Christmas Eve Service
Tuesday, Dec 24th

To see our full calendar please click here .
In the Diocese & Wider Community
The Diocesan Convention is the annual business meeting of the Diocese of San Diego. This year it is being held on Friday & Saturday, November 8 & 9  at St. Margaret's, Palm Desert . The meeting includes delegates from each congregation of the Diocese voting on the Diocesan budget for the coming year, various resolutions, and electing individuals to positions on various Diocesan positions.

Delegates representing Holy Cross are Bob Meloon and Karen Sanchez. Next year’s delegates will be selected at our annual meeting to be held in January (date TBD).

We hope everyone will take time to review the proposed 2020 budget, resolutions, and nominees in the Pre-Convention Book, here, and provide our delegates with any thoughts you may wish them to consider. Thank you to our delegates for giving of their time to attend the upcoming Convention.
Pet Food Ingathering
The planning committee asks delegates to bring donations of dry dog and cat food. St. Margaret's hosts a large weekly ministry for people struggling in the Coachella Valley. Many of them receive unconditional love from their pets and often have to choose between buying pet food and paying for medications or food. Help us help others keep their loving companions at their side by bringing pet food donations. Questions? If you are not attending Convention but would like to donate pet food, please bring your donations to the church office and Karen Sanchez will take them on behalf of Holy Cross.
Humor Corner
Cartoon from St. Swithin’s, by The Rev. Jay Sidebotham, copyright © 2002 The Church Pension Fund.
Find us on
Share with your friends