June 7, 2019
Unless the eye catch fire,
The God will not be seen.
Unless the ear catch fire
The God will not be heard.
Unless the tongue catch fire
The God will not be named.
Unless the heart catch fire,
The God will not be loved.
Unless the mind catch fire,
The God will not be known.
- William Blake (1757-1827) Pentecost

Unless... the eye, ear, tongue, heart, mind, catch fire . This Sunday we celebrate the holy day of Pentecost by commemorating the descent of the  Holy Spirit  upon the disciples and other followers of  Jesus Christ . On that day "suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit ..." (Acts 2:2-4). The disciples finally got what Jesus had been telling them. They experienced the Holy Spirit, their hearts and minds were set on fire; They realized they no longer needed Jesus' physical presence - God abided in and with each of them.

In  Christian tradition, this event represents the birth of the early Church. It started as a fire in the disciples and other followers of Jesus and spread. That fire continues today in each of us as we gather in worship and as we reach out through our ministries in service to others.

The Day of Pentecost is celebrated with the color red. It symbolizes joy and the fire of the Holy Spirit. We invite all to wear red this Sunday as we celebrate the Holy Spirit in our lives: Take our hands and work with them; take our lips and speak through them; take our minds and think with them; take our hearts and set them on fire with love for you and all your people; Amen. (1)

Rev Roger, Deacon Seth and your Bishop's Committee

(1) From "Prayer for Kindness" - Book of Common Order, Church of Scotland
Godly Play (ages 3 -12)

This Sunday :
(3 - 9 yrs) The Mystery of Pentecost: Something strange happened on Pentecost that had to do with “tongues” of fire and speaking so that no matter what “tongues” others spoke, they could understand what was meant. Did their tongues burn in their mouths as they began to communicate in a new way? Was the communication nonverbal? Can God’s presence be communicated in words? The strange event on the Day of Pentecost reminds us of the earlier day when communication was fractured so that what before had been understandable was now babel, a confusion of tongues. That is why this lesson begins with the Tower of Babel, from Genesis 11:1-9. This presentation also draws on stories found in Mark 16:19- 20, Luke 24:50-53 and Acts 1:5-14; 2:1-12. 

(9 - 12 yrs) We will resume lessons for this age group in the fall. The older kids are welcome to join us in worship for the full service or join the Godly Play lesson with the younger kids.

Ministry Leader: Sue Baas
Holy Cross will be hosting and participating in a live stream of the Ordination & Consecration liturgy of the Fifth Bishop of San Diego, the Rev. Canon Susan Brown Snook, bishop-elect of the Diocese of San Diego. We have extended an invitation to our North County sister churches to join us. Coffee, muffins and fruit will be available starting at 10 am.

We'd like to get an idea on how many people will attend the live stream. We would also like to know if you are willing to help with greeting visitors and/or set-up of coffee and refreshments for hospitality.
Please let us know if you plan on attending and if you can help during the event:
Yes. I plan on attending the live stream service.
Yes, I will help with greeting visitors or where I am needed.
Thank you to Congregation B'nai Tikvah for graciously moving their Saturday service and classes to the Tietge and multi-purpose rooms so that we may host this special event. And, a huge thank you to Paula Fitzgibbons, Communications Director at St Andrews in Encinitas, for the great graphic advertising our live stream service.
Attending the Ordination and Consecration
Saturday, June 15th
St. Paul's Cathedral, 2728 Sixth Avenue, San Diego

It’s June….the Ordination and Consecration of our Fifth Bishop is less than two weeks away! 
Processions and preludes filled with music and joy begin at 10:30 a.m. at St. Paul’s Cathedral, 2728 Sixth Avenue, San Diego, next to Balboa Park. Come and join the celebration and inspiring liturgical ceremony.

An indoor and outdoor reception will follow at The Abbey, directly across Olive Street from the Cathedral. Refreshments and beverages will be provided. Let us join together in fellowship and gratitude.
Arrive early to enjoy musical preludes from diverse groups around our diocese, which begin at 10:30 a.m. Parking and seating are at a premium, so do arrive early and carpool when possible.

Here’s all the information on parking and transportation; there are new details click here.

A Prayer for Guidance

Direct us, O Lord, in all our doings with your most gracious favor, and further us with your continual help; that in all our works begun, continued, and ended in you, we may glorify your holy Name, and finally, by your mercy, obtain everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (Book of Common Prayer, 832)
Fathers' Day
June 16
Bring a Photo of your Father

We will give thanks for the blessings of fathers. You are invited to bring a photograph of your father, or someone who has served as a father figure to you. We will place the photos around the altar in celebration, and remembrance, of our fathers. Photos do not have to be framed.
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Welcome Our New Bishop
Susan Brown Snook
July 14th
On Sunday, July 14th, we will welcome the Rev Canon Susan Brown Snook, who will have become our new Bishop, to Holy Cross. Bishop Susan will preside and preach during the liturgy. We to hope to celebrate those in our congregation who are choosing to confirm, be received, or reaffirm their baptismal covenant. We in vite you to stay after the service and join in discussion with Bishop Susan during coffee hour.
Confirmation / Reception / Reaffirmation Class
Sundays in June/July – 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM in the Multipurpose Room

Are you new to the Episcopal Church and/or interested in exploring confirmation, reception, or reaffirmation of your baptismal covenant during Bishop Susan’s visit to Holy Cross on Sunday, July 14th?

Please plan on joining us Sunday mornings June 16th, June 30th and July 7th for Confirmation/Reception/Reaffirmation Class in the Multipurpose Room from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM . We’ll meet for three Sundays culminating with the celebration of Confirmation and Reception on Sunday, July 14th. Please call the church office at 760-930-1270 or talk to Rev. Roger to sign-up or for more information. The course is for those who would like to "confirm" or “reaffirm” their baptismal covenant and for those who simply would like to know more about the Episcopal Church.
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"
thank you words written on the sand of the beach

 We give thanks for you all and especially for...
...Emily and Stacy, Tom, Bella and Joyce for braving the cold misty night last Thursday for Neighbors in Faith at Holiday Park in Carlsbad. They shared snacks and conversation with two couples in the park.
... Caring for God's Creation ministry for our new name tag's.

June Outreach Project
We Care Bags for Meals-on-Wheels

Since 2007, Holy Cross has provided first-time Meals-on-Wheels clients in North San Diego County with welcome bags (We Care Bags). Each month, a ministry leader makes 24 custom bags, fills them with small personal items such as: toiletries, games, activity books, puzzles, stationary etc for men and women, and delivers them to the Meals-on-Wheels headquarters in San Marcos. Meals-on-Wheels volunteers then deliver the We Care Bags to first time clients, along with their first meal. Although we don’t meet the people who receive the bags, over the years, we have learned that We Care Bags offer a sense of caring and connection to those who are losing independence.

If you wish to donate items such as: toiletries, games, activity books, puzzles, stationary etc, you will find a basket at the front of the church (we ask your understanding of no food or sharp items please) . If you would like to contribute to the purchase of items, please make checks out to Holy Cross or put cash in an envelope and note for “Meals-On-Wheels”.

To support the independence and well-being of seniors, Meals-on-Wheels Greater San Diego, Inc. is committed to reducing the isolation experienced by so many. Meals are delivered to seniors’ homes by volunteers. Frequently the volunteer may be the only person the senior sees all day, providing human contact and a safety net, particularly for those who live alone. For more information on Meals-on-Wheels: https://www.meals-on-wheels.org/.

Ministry Leader: Bella Usova
All Saints Cemetery

The next scheduled visit to All Saints is June 11th, 9:30 am to approx 11ish. Volunteers may contact Katie via text message at 619.990.2298 or call her at that number or email her at Katetravels@yahoo.com for information or to confirm participation but are also welcome to just show up. (Note from Katie: Texting is best but emails and phone calls will be answered eventually!).

All Saints Cemetery
200 Peyri Road in Oceanside
next to Heritage Park and the Mission San Luis Rey.

Ministry Leader: Katie Ho substituting for Kelly Petersen
Wounded Warrior Battalion West - Camp Pendleton

2nd & 4th Wednesdays of the month: June 12 & 26
contact Tom Mauro if you would like to participate

Ministry Leader: Tom Mauro
Coffee Hour

We are grateful to all who offer refreshments after Sunday worship. Coffee Hour helps support our welcoming of newcomers and the fellowship that we enjoy together after worship. We are in need of people to help with refreshments* for this Sunday and next, June 9 & 16 - the sign-up sheet is in the Tietge Room. We have approximately 45 people. Please see Joyce Nehlsen on Sunday for more information. Note: This Sunday we celebrate June birthdays with a cake.

* Holy Cross provides the coffee, we suggest light snacks such as fruit, muffins, bagels, cookies, cheese and crackers or similar
Kathleen on Vacation: May 23 - June 11th

Kathleen is out of the office returning Tuesday, June 11th. Thank you to all who have volunteered to help in the office answering phones and greeting visitors during her vacation.
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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.

AV & Sound Equipment: Can you help to run the AV and sound equipment during our Sunday liturgies and other special service? Jack will be available on June 15th or any Sunday to train volunteers. Please contact Jack Cater if you are willing to help.

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
June Outreach Project
We Care Bags for Meals-On-Wheels

June Birthdays
This Sunday, June 9th
during coffee hour

All Saints Cemetery
Weeding and basic gardening tasks
Next meeting; Tuesday June 11th
200 Peyri Road in Oceanside, next to Heritage Park & Mission San Luis Rey.
Contact Katie Ho for more information

Bible Study
For residents at Sunrise Senior Living, La Costa
Every other Tuesday May 28th - August 20th

Confirmation/Reception/Reaffirmation Class
Sunday's June 16 & 30 and July 7th
10:30 - 11:30 AM in the Multi-purpose Room

Evening Prayer & Intercessions
7 pm in the Church

Fathers' Day
Sunday, June 16
Bring a photo of your father or father figure

Ordination & Consecration of the Fifth Bishop of San Diego
10:30 AM at St Paul's Cathedral 2728 Sixth Avenue, San Diego
LIVE STREAM at Holy Cross 10 AM Hospitality, 10:30 AM Service starts

Pentecost Sunday
June 9th
Wear RED!

Welcome our New Bishop
Sunday, July 14th
Confirmation/Reception/Reaffirmation of baptismal covenant
Coffee Hour with Bishop Susan

Wounded Warrior Battalion West - Camp Pendleton
2nd & 4th Wednesdays of the month, June 12 & 26
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, Lori, Norm, Ricky, Kelly, the Hill & Gaudry family, Lauren, 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, Clayton, Carl and Danny.
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 holycross@holycrosscarlsbad.org , 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. The next BC meeting is Wednesday, June 19th.

Bishop Elect Susan invites you to a season of prayer

Dear Friends in the Diocese of San Diego:

I invite you to join in a Season of Prayer from June 2, the Sunday following Ascension Day, to June 16,  the day following my ordination and consecration as your new bishop. Throughout these 15 days of prayer, let us gather in our communities, the places where we work, live and worship, and within our own hearts, where we can call upon the Holy Spirit to pour out upon this diocese God’s grace and love.

Here in the Diocese of San Diego, I invite you to pray specifically for three things:

  • Growth in discipleship: that all Episcopalians in our diocese should grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ through worship, learning, and service to others.
  • Evangelism: that those in our churches, neighborhoods, and communities whose lives would be enriched by the good news of Christ would hear that good news.
  • Serving our neighbors: that God’s mission in our communities would be empowered as we go out into our neighborhoods, meet the people who are there, become acquainted with their needs, hopes, and longings, and discern our own ministries of service there.

Below you will you will find prayers and Bible verses for this Season of Prayer. You may also click here   for a PDF version and find them on our website. May this time of prayer and preparation open us to the power of the Holy Spirit.

O God of unchangeable power and eternal light: Look favorably on your whole Church, that wonderful and sacred mystery; by the effectual working of your providence, carry out in tranquility the plan of salvation; let the whole world see and know that things which were cast down are being raised up, and things which had grown old are being made new, and that all things are being brought to their perfection by him through whom all things were made, your Son Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The Rev. Canon Susan Brown Snook
Bishop-Elect of the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego

Prayer: O God, we pray that all Episcopalians in our diocese would grow in their relationships with Jesus Christ through worship, learning and service to others. Amen.

Key Scripture: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:16-20)

Prayer for Quiet Confidence
O God of peace, who hast taught us that in returning and rest we shall be saved, in quietness and in confidence shall be our strength: By the might of thy Spirit lift us, we pray thee, to thy presence, where we may be still and know that thou art God; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (Book of Common Prayer, page 832)

Prayer: We pray that those in our churches, neighborhoods and communities whose lives would be enriched by the good news of Christ would hear that good news. Amen.

Key Scripture: “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8)

Prayer for the Mission of the Church
Everliving God, whose will it is that all should come to you through your Son Jesus Christ; Inspire our witness to him, that all may know the power of his forgiveness and the hope of his resurrection; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. (Book of Common Prayer, page 816)

Prayer: God we ask that your mission in our communities would be empowered as we go out into our neighborhoods, meet the people who are there, become acquainted with their needs, hopes, and longings, and discern our own ministries of service there. Amen.

Key Scripture: “But a Samaritan while traveling came near him and when he saw him, he was moved with pity. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, having poured oil and wine on them. Then he put him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him.” (Luke 10:33-34)

Prayer for Cities
Heavenly Father, in your Word you have given us a vision of that holy City to which the nations of the world bring their glory: Behold and visit, we pray, the cities, towns and rural communities of the earth. Renew the ties of mutual regard which form our civic life. Send us honest and able leaders. Enable us to eliminate poverty, prejudice, and oppression, that peace may prevail with righteousness, and justice with order, and that men and women from different cultures and with differing talents may find with one another the fulfillment of their humanity; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (Book of Common Prayer, page 825).
Growing in Discipleship
Our Kids and Youth in the Community

Maggie Ho, one of our children, is performing in a spring dance performance - she will be dancing in both traditional ballet and modern dances. She’s worked for 5 months on these pieces and is eager to share them on stage (Is it any wonder that little sister Wren offers such beautiful and gracious liturgical dances?). Maggie invites her Holy Cross family to come and see her!

If you’d like to see the performance tickets can be purchased online here or at the door on the day of the performance, this weekend, June 8 & 9 at 2 pm at the Star Theatre, 402 N. Coast Hwy in Oceanside.
Spring Piano Recital
THIS Sunday, June 9th
at Holy Cross

You are cordially invited to the Spring Piano Recital hosted by European Piano Studies and Bella Usova. Students will perform popular classical songs, duets, and ensembles on Sunday, June 9 at 3:00 pm at Holy Cross. We hope you will come out to support these fine students, many of whom have piano lessons in our facility, taught by Bella.
For more information and submission details on the St James Gallery by-the-Sea Mid-Century Places of Worship Photography Contest and Exhibition please go to their website http://www.sjbts.org/photo-contest.html.
Founded in 1952 and grounded in Episcopal Church values and tradition, Camp Stevens provides a welcoming home for retreats, education, and adventure in the town of Julian, in the mountains of San Diego County. 

Our summer camp, year-round programs, and retreat center are designed to foster and deepen connections among people and between people and the earth.

Summer Family Travel Camp
July 14th – July 18th, 2019

Are you interested in taking the spirit of Camp Stevens family camps on a summer camping trip? Led by camp’s own Laurie, Keith, & Luka Walsh, families will have the opportunity to connect with nature and each other in the San Bernardino forest near Big Bear. You’ll get plenty of hiking in, exploration of Big Bear Lake and Lake Arrowhead, and songs around the campfire, all while communing at your tent site and eating delicious Camp Stevens food.

Call or email  the Camp Stevens office if you have any questions about options and availability.

For information on other upcoming Family Camps please 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.
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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