Next Sunday's Service

August 2, 2015

10:00 a.m. Worship
Rev. Dr. Marshall Zieman
"Growing Up Together in God's Family"


Jon Anderson, baritone

Annette White, organ

Childcare provided






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

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

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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.

  • The future is bright and exciting at PCOC.our future


    • Our Vision Statement and accompanying Strategic Plan are in place to guide us.

    • On January 15th we welcomed Marshall Zieman as our Pastor and Head of Staff. What a seamless and harmonious transition it has been as we embraced Marshall while sadly saying farewell to Kirk Ryckmann upon his retirement after 28 years at PCOC. But it was not a final goodbye. Kirk graciously agreed to become Pastor in Transitional Duties for a few months to facilitate the process of moving forward with our new Pastor. The relationship between and Marshall and Kirk has been a joyous one to observe. And Kirk will always remain close in the hearts of everyone at PCOC.

    • Lynda Kay Dinsdale, our Transitional Associate Pastor since June of 2014, settled in very quickly and enthusiastically took charge of her pastoral duties. Already her care and compassion are a bright, shining light in the life of our church.

    • Dana Sloan retired as Minister of Music (July 31, 2014) but is continuing to serve in the capacity of Organist and Vesper Concert Series Director. Kristi Treu, our new Minister of Music, brings a boundless energy and many original ideas to our music programs. PCOC is continuing its tradition of excellent music.

    • In November 2014 Rock Sumner took the reins as our Business Administrator and all operational functions are running smoothly.

    • Marshall, Lynda, Kristi and Rock bring new perspectives and ideas that have already invigorated, inspired and excited our church home. Each day they provide to PCOC the faith, talent and leadership necessary for our Vision to become our destiny.

Upcoming Events

  • Summer Choir Opportunities

    Please join the Alleluia Singers this summer for a no-commitment way to experience the joy and fellowship of singing in the choir. We will meet at 9:00 a.m. in the choir room to rehearse music for the 10:00 service on each of the following Sundays: June 28, July 19, and August 16. Please contact Kristi at 402-333-7466 ext. 24 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are interested in one of these opportunities or if you have questions. We hope to see many of you this summer!

  • Mid-Summer Clean-up Day

    Saturday, August 1st, 9:00 am. We need volunteers with gloves, wheel barrows, shovels, and rakes. Join in for a couple hours while also enjoying coffee, juice, and donuts.

  • 49ers August 2015

    Our 49er meeting will be August 4th at Gorats, 4917 Center Street. Launie Lambert, our hostess for the luncheon, has arranged for us to order from the menu. Our guest speaker is our own PCOC Lida Koukol. She has graciously agreed to give us a glimpse of her earlier years in Czechoslovakia and her life experiences. Questions and/or reservations please contact Donna Turner 402-397-3643 or Judy Sundberg 402-333-6981.

  • All Church Golf Outing/Dinner - August 23

    Sunday, August 23rd at Eagle Run Golf Course (Links), 3435 N. 132nd St (just south of Maple St). The first tee time is 3:00PM. Everyone, both men and women, cost is $43 per person. Sign up and please pay at the Information Center by no later than Sunday, August 16.


  • Friday Night Gourmets September 2015

    We'll meet September 11th at Gorat's, 4917 Center Street. Come at 6:30 p.m. for cocktails and 7:00 p.m. for dinner. Sign up at the Information Desk or call hosts Reece and Cora Conner (402-445-9008) or Tom and Jeanette Searson (402-331-7686). All are welcome and cordially invited. We always have lots of fun.


Our Location

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