Next Sunday's Service

Sunday, August 20, 2017
10:00 a.m. Worship

Dr. Marshall Zieman
"Blood is Thicker Than Betrayal"

 Music
Violin I:    Anne Nagosky, Elizabeth Furuta, Juliet Yoshida
Violin II:  Keith Plenert, Kevin Tompkins, Melissa Pruss
Viola:       Brian Sherwood, Margo Romig-Motycka, Jesse Griggs
Cello:       Patty Ritchie, Drew Ritchie      Double Bass:  Bill Ritchie

Kristi Treu, soprano; 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

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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 the first Sunday after Labor Day.

    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

  • New Volunteer Opportunities

    Our church service is recorded each week and posted on our website. We have volunteers, but we need more! Are you the "go to" person when the Audio/Visual equipment is a challenge? Then, we need you. Please contact Larry Frederickson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you can pitch in to alternate with our current techs.

     
  • A Strategic Summer

    A STRATEGIC SUMMER continues August 26th This summer, PCOC is undertakeing a planning process to help us assess who we are as a church and look to the future. You are invited to make your voice heard as we consider what plans God might have for us over the course of the next five years. Please make every effort to attend. The time is from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. on August 26th!

     
  • Handbell Workshop - Aug 26th

    If you have ever been curious about how to play handbells, this day is for you! A workshop for youth (5th grade and older) and adults will take place on Saturday, August 26th. Look for more details in the coming weeks.

     
  • Fellowship Fair - August 27th

    Come for the clowns and root beer floats, stay to learn all about PCOC’s fellowship groups and committees. The annual Fellowship Fair is held August 27 in Fellowship Hall following worship. The christian clowns, Giggles and Lollipop, will be painting faces, making balloon creations, and entertaining kids while adults visit and check our possibilities in involvement in church life. Yes, it’s true - root beer and ice cream for all!!

     
  • Fellowship For Families signup

    Fellowship For Families was a huge success this past year and we are getting ready to start signups for our next session! We are excited that families with children ranging in ages from birth through high school will have the opportunity to gather together to share a meal, become better acquainted, and build new friendships and community in a relaxed, casual setting. This next session will run from September through January with families scheduling dates and times to get together (a minimum of three times) for food and fellowship. A sign-up sheet will be available at the Information Center. Please sign your family up by Sunday, August 27 if you would like to participate. You will be contacted by a host family to schedule
    the first get-together. If you have any questions, please contact Amy Miller at 402-290-6526.

     
  • 49ers - September 5th

    Please join us at Gorat’s, 4917 Center Street. Our speaker will be Dr. Dan Holtz, retired Professor of English, Arts and Science, Peru State College, will be presenting a musical, historical, story-telling program regarding Nebraska's 150th birthday. Lunch will begin at 11:30 a.m. Contact Donna Turner at 402-397-3643 or Judy Sundberg at 402-333-6981 for reservations or questions. We also have a sign-up sheet at the Information Center.

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  • Introductory Tai Chi Class

    Have you been wanting to try Tai Chi but are reluctant to join an on-going group? Are you concerned about your balance and want to take steps to decrease your risk of falls? A new opportunity to practice a gentle, non-strenuous form of exercise, specifically aimed at improving balance, is being offered this fall. Paula Allen will lead a 7-week, introductory class for Tai Chi on Mondays and Thursdays from 11:00 to 11:45 a.m., September 11th to October 26th. Following this class, you will be more than ready to join the class already in progress that meets on Mondays and Thursdays from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m. A donation of $40 for 14 sessions is requested and a minimum of 10 people is needed to offer the class. Please contact Paula at 402-778-0236 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to ask questions or express interest. Non-church members are welcome as well!

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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