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Sunday, March 26, 2017
9:00 & 11:10 Worship

 

Rev. Lynda Dinsdale
"A Cross-Shaped Incision"

 

Music
9:00 & 11:10
 Carillon Choir

   Dana Sloan, organ

  

Childcare provided

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Worship

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Music

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Education

We are excited to welcome members and friends of all ages to our Christian Education Program! Read more...
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Mission

Through our mission ministries we seek to follow Christ's example of demonstrating faith and love through action. Read more...
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Fellowship

Church of the Cross has a number of groups that meet to share common interests and good times in a Christian context. Read more...
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    Winter Schedule: Worship times: 9 and 11:10 a.m.; Sunday education at 10 a.m.
      Starts the first Sunday after Labor Day.

    Summer Schedule: Worship at 10 a.m.
      Starts Memorial Day weekend.

    Click here to view the bulletin.

    Evensong Worship Schedule:      1st Sunday of each month (throughout the year)
                                                        Park in the south parking and use south entrance to reach sanctuary.


    Worship at Presbyterian Church of the Cross (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! Information about our church is available in each pew. There is also a brochure with details on how to join PCOC.


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

     

    Communion

    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 a monthly basis.

     

    Music

    Music is a central part of worship with an exceptional program of music adding depth and vitality to our experience of worship together.

  • 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 Bachelor Degree in Business Administration. A Master 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, overseeing the ministries of Children, Youth, and Outreach.

    Always a proponent of world mission, Marshall has served as a Trustee of The Outreach Foundation of the Presbyterian Church. For the past 25 years, Marshall has travelled with church mission teams to Eastern Europe, Cuba, 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. In recent years, Marshall has focused his travels in the Middle East, visiting and encouraging the Presbyterian Church in Lebanon and Syria, Iraq, Pakistan, and Egypt. Since coming to Church of the Cross, Marshall has participated in our church’s travels to minister with our partner church in the village of Gnozdovo, in western Russia.

    Marshall and Becky have three young adult children. Natalia is married to Cade; they are architects living in Tucson, AZ. Suzanne works in Dallas for a Christian non-profit group, The Akola Project, providing employment and empowerment to women at risk, both in Dallas and around the world in Uganda. Ben also lives in Dallas, working as a landman in the oil and gas industry.

    At Church of the Cross, Marshall serves as our primary preacher and worship leader, manages our busy staff, moderates the Session (our leadership body), and is the staff liaison to our Mission Committee.  Marshall loves jazz music, cherry pie, bar-b-que, and talking all things baseball, especially as it relates to his beloved Kansas City Royals.

     

     

    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

  • Easter Flowers

    Order forms are available at the Information Center for flowers for the chancel on Easter Sunday. Deadline is April 5th. Payment must accompany order. Thank you.

     
  • PW collecting for Hygiene Kits

    You are invited to sponsor a Hygiene Kit for Presbyterian Disaster Assistanceduring the month of March! Presbyterian Women are accepting donations of any amount which will be used to purchase the 7 essential items contained in the kits – hand towel, washcloth, soap, toothbrush, comb, nail clipper, bandages. Donations of cash or by check made out to PW Treasurer Ardys Hansum may be given to her. Donations of individual items or multiples of any of the items will be accepted as well. They may be placed in the bin in the Fellowship Hall lobby.

    For more information about the kits click here.

     
  • Spring Cleanup

    Spring Clean-up Saturday, April 1, 9 am - Noon. Bring your work gloves, your rakes, or your trash can to help haul debris. Bring your smile, your enthusiasm and your non-stop energy! Help spruce up our church's lawn and landscaping by lending a hand. Juice, coffee and snacks will be available. All church event sponsered by your B & G Committee. Rain date set for Saturday, April 8.

     
  • New Member Class

    The Membership Committee is hosting our next New Member Class on Saturday, April 1st, from 9:00 to Noon. We welcome all who are interested in exploring membership at PCOC! A light breakfast will be served. Please contact Pastor Lynda Dinsdale in the Church Office at 402-333-7466 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for additional information and to sign up for the class.

     
  • All-Church Orchestra

    The next date for All-Church Orchestra is scheduled for Sunday, April 2nd, at the 11:10 a.m. service. This opportunity is for all ages. There will be one rehearsal on Thursday, March 30th, at 7:00 p.m. in the sanctuary. Please let Kristi know if you would like to play.

     
  • Evensong Service

    Join us on Sunday, April 2, at 5:30 p.m. for the next Evensong Worship Service. This is an intimate evening service of candlelight, prayers, scripture and song. The service provides a quiet, peaceful contrast to our activity-filled lifestyles. Please park and enter the church at the south entrance. Childcare is not available.

     
  • Vacation Bible School

    Vacation Bible School is coming this summer and registration forms are now available! Please stop by the Information Center in the Narthex or pick up a form in the office. VBS is July 10-14th, from 9:00 a.m. – Noon for all children ages 3 through the 5th grade (it’s the grade they are entering in the fall). The cost is $10.00 per child and includes a special VBS t-shirt. Maker Fun Factory—Created By God, Built for a Purpose is the theme for this summer. Each day the children will adventure through stations with Crew Leaders to experience hands-on activities that teach a daily Bible point. The pre-school class is divided into 3-year-olds and 4-yearolds and is capped at 10 children in each class. These two classes fill up very quickly, so get your registration forms in soon!

     
  • 49ers - April 4, 2017

    Please join us for our Tuesday, April 4th, 49er meeting at Wheatfields, One Pacific Place. Linda Matson, a member of Presbyterian Church of the Cross, plays an unusual instrument called the hammered dulcimer. She has performed on this instrument previously for our congregation. She will talk about the hammered dulcimer and its history and then play for a while. Music could include hymns, slow quiet pieces and more rousing celtic music. Lunch begins at 11:30 a.m. Contact Donna Turner 402 397-3643 or Judy Sundberg 402 333-6981 for reservations or questions. We also have a reservation signup sheet at the Information Desk.

     
  • FNG at Fernando's

    Friday Night Gourmets will be held on Friday, April 7th, at 6:30 p.m. at Fernando’s Restaurant, 380 North 114th Street. Great Mexican food and a ‘Gringo menu’ are available. Sign up at the Information Center. Co-hosts are Charlene and Stanton Weyand, 402-397-2691, and Don and Cindy Hiltgen. Come join us for a fun evening!

     
  • New Fellowship Opportunity

    Do you enjoy travel? Do you enjoy talking with others about travel? Aspiring travelers and veteran globetrotters alike are invited to participate in a newly-forming fellowship group. The Travel Fellowship Group will hold its first gathering on Saturday, April 29th at 6:30 in Fellowship Hall. Frank McMullen will share a presentation featuring his 15-day safari in Kenya and Tanzania. We will also plan the format and topics for future meetings at that time, anticipating that topics will alternate between international and domestic destinations. Participants are welcome to bring their own dinner and nonalcoholic beverages. Dessert will be provided. A sign-up sheet will be at the Information Desk beginning on April 1st. Questions? Contact Amy Boesen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at 402- 203-9052. We hope you’ll join us!

     
  • Summer Camp

    What could be a more perfect way to cure those winter blues than to start thinking about SUMMER CAMP?! Calvin Crest Camp Conference and Retreat Center has opportunities for families, kids who have completed the 3rd through 12th grade, and even college-aged youth. Calvin Crest offers a variety of camps running from June 4th through July 14th. If Mountain Biking Camp, Ranch Camp, Night Owl Camp, Traditional Camp, or even camping as a family peaks your interest, stop by the Information Center for a pamphlet or see Haley Allen for more information. Even high school and college-age youth have a place at camp! Choose from Senior High Work Camp, Senior High Ranch Camp, or apply to be a Camp Staff Intern or Summer Staff Counselor. Come alone, come with friends, come once, come twice, come nervous, come excited…it doesn’t matter because YOU WILL leave completely filled with God’s love and have new friends who love Christ as much as you do.

    Register today! Contact Haley Allen with any questions at 402-350-7316 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Camp Scholarships are available from the CE Committee. Please see Sheri Sessions for a scholarship form.

Our Location

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

 

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