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October 5, 2014

9:00 & 11:10 Worship

Dr. Kirk A. Ryckman, preaching
"Of Owners and Rebels" 

Music
9:00 
Youth Bells
Carol Choir
Patty Ritchie, cello
Mary Lynn Bennett, flute

11:10
Alleluia Singers

 

Child care provided

 

Worship

We celebrate Open Communion at Presbyterian Church of the Cross. Read more...

Music

A great place for music and a great place to make music! Read more...

Education

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

Mission

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

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...
  • 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.

     

     

    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 the first Sunday of each month as well as during major Christian holiday seasons.

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    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.

  • Dr Kirk RyckmanDr. Kirk Ryckman, Pastor/Head of Staff

    Kirk has been Pastor/Head of staff since 1987.  A graduate of Princeton Seminary (M.Div.) and Pittsburgh Seminary (D.Min.), Kirk has served churches in West Virginia and Western Pennsylvania.  Kirk and his wife Debbie have two married daughters.  Learn more about Kirk's thoughts in "A Message From Our Pastor".

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    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 process of transition continues on many different fronts.

    • The Vision Statement was heartily approved and accepted by the Session.

    • The PNC members are Keith Allen, Erin Erickson, Angela Holdren, Frank McMullen, Karen Metzger, Lloyd Meyer, Jim Miller, John Morey, Mary Ann Pederson and Jim Ritter.

    • Lynda Kay Dinsdale, is our Transitional Associate Pastor.

    • Dana Sloan retired as Minister of Music (July 31, 2014). Dana will serve in the capacity of Organist and Vesper Concert Series Director.

    • We welcome Kristi Treu as our new Minister of Music.

    • Update from your Pastor Nominating Committee
      Your Pastor Nominating Committee has been meeting weekly, and we are now beginning to review resumes we are receiving through the PC (USA) referral system. In addition, we are receiving a number of resumes and inquiries that have been sent to us directly by pastors interested in our church. Efficient as we try to be, it is a painstakingly slow process of reading resumes, checking church websites and other sources, discussing candidates, and, most importantly, listening hard for the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Although we’re limited in what specifics we can reveal, we welcome any questions you may have. Just contact any of the members of your PNC: Keith Allen, Moderator, Karen Metzger, Mary Ann Pederson, Lloyd Meyer, Jim Ritter, Angie Holdren, Frank McMullen, Erin Erickson, Jim Miller, or John Morey.

    • We are seeking our replacement for our Business Manager, June Fettig. June will be retiring at the end of October this year.

    • In 2015, Julie Hansen will be retiring (after 22½ years of service here!)

Current Church News

  • Prayer Chain

    Anyone interested in sending a prayer request may use the following email addresses to do so: Judy Arms This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and Gerry Reid This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. By sending to both of us, your prayer will be forwarded in the most timely manner. Phone calls are also acceptable to us or the church during office hours.

     
  • Annual Nut Orders

    The annual nut sale began August 31 with nut order forms available at the information desk or here. Nut orders are accepted through November 9, 2014.

     
  • 49ers’ - October 2014

    On Tuesday, October 7th, the 49ers will meet at Millard Roadhouse, 13325 Millard Avenue (132nd Street, south of L), formerly called the Stockade, at 11:30 a.m. for lunch. We will order off the menu or a buffet is available, as well. Separate checks with tax and tip included on your bill. EVERYONE OVER 49 YEARS OF AGE IS INVITED AND MOST WELCOME!
    Our meeting is hosted by Judy and A.J. Sundberg. Our guest speaker is Omaha World Herald columnist, Matthew Hansen. He writes weekly human interest columns for the newspaper and promises to be most entertaining and informative. For reservations, call Judy or A.J. Sundberg, 402-333-6981, by September 30th.

     
  • Friday Night Gourmets - October 2014

    Everyone is invited! The October Friday Night Gourmets will be gathering at Gorats Steakhouse, 4917 Center Street, Omaha, on Friday, October 10th, at 6:30 p.m. There will be a sign-up sheet at the Information Center with menu options or you may call Curt Field/Launie Lambert at 402-333-8287 or Judy and Arv Sundberg at 402-333-6981 for your reservation. Please join us, it will be a nice relaxed evening of dinner and conversation!

     
  • Presbyterian Men - Oct 11, 2014

    All men of the church are invited to join together for a “continental” breakfast, program, and great fellowship on Saturday, October 11th, at 8:30 a.m. in Fellowship Hall. This is a great opportunity to meet other men of the church and get to know one another better. Chelsea Salifou, the Executive Director from the Heartland Hope Mission (HHM), has graciously accepted our invitation to speak. She is a very dynamic person, so please seriously consider attending. We support this mission in many ways; John Bennett will tell us more about how PCOC works with HHM. We will also share the plans for the Shrimp Boil to be held on November 9th. Please sign up at the Information Center and mark your calendars! Contact Jon Boomgaarden at 402-981-7164 with questions.

     
  • Hiking & Birding - October 2014

    The Hiking and Birding Club will meet on October 18th at 9:30 a.m. in the north parking lot. We will travel to Lauritzen Gardens and visit the new Conservatory. Admission is $10 for non-members of the Gardens. Everyone is welcome. Please contact Tom Stalnaker t 402-390-9913 for more information.

     
  • Retirement Celebration for June Fettig

    June Fettig has been the Business Administrator at Presbyterian Church of the Cross for 21 years. June will retire at the end of October, 2014, and she will be greatly missed! We plan to honor June for her years of dedicated service on Sunday, October 19th, with a reception after the 11:10 worship service in Fellowship Hall. Light refreshments will be served. Please plan to attend as we express our thanks and gratitude to June. Donations are now being accepted until October 17th for a congregational gift for June. Please mail a check, noting such in the memo, to Pam Otto at 10616 Mockingbird Dr., Omaha, NE 68127. Checks need to be made out to Pam Otto. DO NOT MAKE CHECKS OUT TO THE CHRUCH. Thank you!

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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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