Next Sunday's Service

November 29, 2015


9:00 & 11:10 a.m. Worship
Dr. Marshall Zieman
"Searching for Superman"


9:00 CrossChords
Lou Harrison, Larry Frederickson, Jon Anderson, John Morey
with Liesel Ritter and Amelia Treu

11:10 Trio
Jayne Frederickson, Kristi Treu, Marietta Morhardt
Cassie Treu, flute

Dana Sloan, organ

Childcare provided






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  • Winter schedule: worship times: 9 and 11:10 a.m.; Sunday education at 10 a.m.
      Starts first Sunday after Labor Day.

    Summer schedule: worship at 10 a.m.
      Starts Memorial Day weekend.

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    Worship at PCOC is traditional and welcoming to diverse people of all ages. Based in the Reformed Tradition, the worship experience includes the reading and preaching of the Scriptures as well as expressions of prayer and praise. Visitors are welcome! You will find stickers in the attendance folders in each pew. Please wear one so that we may welcome you warmly!

    The participation of children is valued in worship. Secured child care is provided for children up through age four, if desired.


    communionWe celebrate ‘"Open Communion" which means that if you are a baptized member of another Christian denomination you are welcome to share this sacrament with us.

    The words of Institution from William Barclay create the setting for this sacrament:

    Come, not because you are strong, but because you are weak.
    Come, not because any goodness of your own gives you a right to come,
    Come, because you love the Lord a little and would like to love Him more.
    Come, because you realize that he first loved you, and gave himself for you.
    Lift up your hearts and minds above your cares and fears, and let this bread and wine be for you the token and pledge of the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Spirit, all meant for you, if you will receive them in humble faith.

    Communion is generally served on the first Sunday of each month as well as during major Christian holiday seasons.

  • CrossAs a community of Christians, we welcome inclusively all who seek to learn and grow in the Christian faith.

    Our congregation is part of the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. We celebrate our congregational life through traditional worship, exceptional musicexcellent education and energetic mission programs.

    We are an open and caring congregation striving to provide access and welcome to all. Learn more about the beliefs of Presbyterians here.

    Our Mission

    As members of Presbyterian Church of the Cross:

    We affirm that God is the foundation of our lives
    We believe that the Bible reveals God to us.
    We believe that God came into this world in Jesus Christ and is active in the world today.
    We believe through faith in God we will have everlasting life.
    These beliefs lead us to a willingness to obey and serve.

    Our church is a community of individuals with common beliefs affirming our faith through worship, education, service, fellowship and love.

    As a community, Church of the Cross:

    Proclaims the Good News of the grace of God
    Unites God's family in praise and thanksgiving
    Attends to the spiritual needs of our members, and
    Reaches out with an evangelistic effort to the wider community.
    Our church provides a focus for the comfort, care and support of those in need, and empowers us to serve God and the needs of others.

    Our Guiding Vision Statement

    Come, not because you are strong,
    but because you are weak.
    Come, not because any goodness of your own
    gives you a right to come,
    but because you need mercy and help.
    Come, because you love the Lord a little,
    and would like to love Him more.
    Come, because He first loved you
    and gave Himself for you.

    Presbyterian Church of the Cross welcomes and engages all who seek a deeper relationship with God. We are a thriving community of faith empowered by the Holy Spirit, dedicated to the glory of God and committed to the unifying ministry of Jesus Christ. The Holy Bible, the living Word of God, serves as our foundation, guiding us in our everyday lives.

    We nurture one another in our individual spiritual journeys through scripture-based worship, inspirational music, enriching study, thoughtful discussion, and prayer.

    We honor the heritage of the Church and celebrate our traditions, while continually seeking new ways to understand our faith and become better disciples.

    As a caring community we take on each other’s joys and burdens, offering and receiving support and comfort. Because we know and care for each other, we respect and learn from a wide range of views. We value the richness this variety of perspectives brings to our church.

    We strive to be a beacon of hope by living the commandment to love God and our neighbors. We serve others with courage, creativity and compassion. Using our God-given talents individually or partnering with others, we respond to human needs in our community, our country and the world.

    Inspired by the Holy Spirit, we: live the Word, celebrate the Word, study the Word, share the Word, and serve God’s world.

    Vision TeamWe go forth into the world in peace,
    having courage,
    holding fast to that which is good,
    rendering to no one evil for evil,
    strengthening the faint hearted,
    supporting the weak,
    helping the afflicted,
    honoring all men and women,
    loving and serving the Lord,
    rejoicing in the power of the Holy Spirit.

  • MarshallDr. Marshall Zieman, Pastor/Head of Staff

    A native of the Midwest, Marshall grew up near Kansas City, graduating from Wichita State University with a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration. A Masters of Divinity Degree was earned at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School near Chicago. A Doctorate of Ministry Degree was earned at Fuller Theological Seminary in California.

    As newlyweds, Marshall and his wife, Becky, served as church planting missionaries in Spain. It was through the encouragement of Spanish elders that Marshall sought ordination to become a pastor.

    Marshall's first call as a pastor was to West Hills Presbyterian Church in Omaha where he was ordained in 1992. He served at West Hills as their Pastor of Children, Families, and Caregiving. Marshall served the next 20 years as an Associate Pastor at Highland Park Presbyterian Church in Dallas, heading up the ministries of Christian Education and Outreach.

    Marshall has always been a proponent of world mission and serves as a Trustee of The Outreach Foundation of the Presbyterian Church. He has led church mission teams to Eastern Europe, Central America, and Africa. He has conducted numerous teaching seminars in Hungary, Romania, Slovakia, Belarus, and Moldova on topics related to children's and youth ministry and pastoral care. He has been privileged to preach in pulpits around the world, in large and small settings, and in a wide variety of worship styles. In recent years Marshall has focused his travels in the Middle East. He has visited and encouraged the Presbyterian Church in Lebanon and Syria, Iraq, Iran, Pakistan, and Egypt. Early in 2014 he was part of a US and European delegation to Damascus, to strengthen pastors and churches and advocate for the persecuted Christian minority.

    Marshall and Becky have 3 young adult children. Natalia is an architect in Tucson who was recently married to Cade. Suzanne works for a Christian non-profit in Dallas providing employment to some 200 women in Uganda. Ben recently graduated from the University of Texas at Austin and works in the oil and gas industry.



    lyndadinsdaleRev. Lynda Dinsdale, Transitional Associate Pastor

    Lynda was born and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska and graduated from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln majoring in secondary education. She was a secondary English Teacher in Ogden, Utah, and then a substitute teacher and stay-at-home parent in St. Paul, Minnesota and Austin, Texas.

    In 2003, Lynda graduated from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Austin, Texas. Through much of her seminary education she was the Seminary Intern for Women and Older Adult Ministry at Westlake Hills Presbyterian Church in Austin, a 2400 member congregation. In July, 2003 Lynda was called to serve the New Braunfels Presbyterian Church, a 600 member congregation in New Braunfels, Texas as an Associate Pastor. During that time, their Senior Pastor retired leaving Lynda to serve alone for eight months while they searched for an Interim Senior Pastor. Over the last couple of years she has served at New Braunfels with three Interim Pastors and a short-term Head of Staff (there for less than one-year). She definitely has had firsthand experience working with a church in transition, and providing stability in a time of change.

    Her continuing education background involves Family Systems Training, Interim Training Week One and Week Two, and Stephen Ministry Leader Training. Lynda is married to Dick Dinsdale, and they have three grown sons.

    Lynda has many gifts to share with our congregation, and her experience, spiritual maturity, energy, and compassion will be a blessing for us as we move forward.

Upcoming Events

  • Church Officer Nominations

    In the Presbyterian Church we have the privilege and responsibility of nominating, electing, ordaining, and installing our own congregational leaders. Please see the bulletin insert containing instructions for nominating a new class of Elders and Deacons. Forms need to be handed in by December 15. Your input is both appreciated and necessary!

  • Advent Candle Lighting Sign up

    Believe it or not…Advent begins next Sunday! If your family would like to light the Advent Candles in worship, a sign-up sheet is available at the Information Center. There are openings for the 9:00 and 11:10 services for the next few Sundays – November 29, December 6, 13, and 20 as well as Christmas Eve at 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. The liturgy is provided and families of all ages are encouraged to participate. Sign up today!

  • Church Directory Update

    Our directories will finally be arriving at the Middle of November. Once they are assembled and ready for distribution we will set up a table in the Fellowship Hall and put out information on when they can be picked up.

    If you are a new member or missed getting your picture taken the first time around we will have two make-up dates on December 1 & 2, from 2pm-9pm. You can sign up by accessing the sign-up link on the church website or by calling the office. These additional photo pages will be sent at a later date to be added to your directories. Any questions? Call Janneane Gerot at 402-415-7081 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  • 49ers December 2015

    The 49er meeting for December is on FRIDAY, DECEMBER 4th. We are planning to meet at 11:30 a.m. for lunch at Brother Sebastian's. After lunch, we will go over to Presbyterian Church of the Cross and join in the holiday festivities singing along with Betty Baddley as she leads her groups of merry makers in Christmas carols and frolicking. It was a great fun and happy way to start the holiday season last year and demanded a follow-up! Please contact Donna Turner, 402-397-3643, or Judy Sundberg, 402-333- 6981, for reservations for lunch.

  • Advent Dinner 2015

    The word Advent comes from the Latin advenio, "to come to," and refers to the coming of Christ. Advent is a time for celebration as we anticipate Christ’s birth on Christmas. Deacons invite you to join us in this celebration by attending an Advent dinner on December 6th at 5:00 p.m. in Fellowship Hall following the children’s Christmas pageant. The theme for this year’s pageant and dinner is the Animals of Christmas. We will share fellowship, food, and singing around the yule log as we usher in the joyous Christmas season. Please sign up at the Information Center if you can join us in this very special event.

  • Tables for Eight Winter Session

    The deadline for new participation for the Winter session (January, February, March, and April) or a change in your current status is December 10th. New participants (couples or singles) are always welcome to join this fellowship opportunity so you can become better acquainted with the congregation. You may choose to be a “Regular” or a “Substitute.” Specifics on how “Tables for Eight” works are provided on the Registration Form, which is available at the Information Center or can be found on the Website (www.churchofthecrossomaha.org). Please return your Registration Form to the Information Center before December 10th or contact Pam Otto (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 402 593-8570)


  • Christmas Party and Gift Exchange

    Come celebrate the holidays at PCOC’s annual Christmas gift exchange. This year’s party is planned for Saturday, December 19th at 6:00pm hosted by Frank and Debbie McMullen, 15932 Burt St, Omaha. Each person should bring one wrapped gift to exchange; and, one appetizer or dessert to share. Sign up at the Information Table. For more information contact Frank or Debbie at 402-445-9731

  • Friday Night Gourmets Dec. 2015

    Come one, come all to the Friday Night Gourmet's Hearty Hor D'oeuvres Christmas Party. This festive event will be held on Dec. 11th @ 6:30pm at the home of Tim & Kris Goodman. Come enjoy so me great appetizers & raise a glass of cheer to celebrate this Holiday Season at 17206 Fairway Drive, Omaha 68136. Please BYOB & an appetizer to share. Desserts, soft drinks & a "Signature Cocktail" will be provided. For questions call Tim & Kris @ 402-934-4844 OR Neelo & Joan Boomgaarden @ 402-895-6475. Hope to see you there & have a very Merry Christmas!!

  • December is Open Enrollment for EFT

    Church of the Cross offers our members the opportunity to make their General Fund pledge contributions to the church via an Electronic Fund Transfer (EFT). It is set up to transfer automatically from the individual’s bank account to the church’s bank account on or shortly after the 15th of each month. If you are interested and would like information, please contact the church office or fill out the green forms found at the Information Center by Sunday, December 20, 2015.

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Presbyterian Church of the Cross
1517 South 114th Street
Omaha, NE 68144
phone: 402-333-7466
fax: 402-697-9084
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