Presbyterian Men

Presbyterian Men is a fellowship and service group for all adult men who are members of Church of the Cross. Through service to the church and to the community, we enjoy fellowship as we seek to minister to others. We operate on a pay-as-we-go basis; therefore, participation and monetary contributions are optional.

THE SHRIMP BOAT’S A COMIN’! Back by popular seafood demand, Presbyterian Men will be hosting their annual Shrimp Boil on Sunday, November 12, at 5:30.

October 21st, at 8:30 a.m.
PCOC men are invited to attend a continental breakfast and program in Fellowship Hall featuring Jim Rose, a long-time co-host of the KFAB morning drive, KFAB Program Director, and former voice of Husker football and baseball. He will speak about his experiences in broadcasting and in our community. Let’s have a great turnout for Jim Rose! Please sign up to attend at the Information Center by Sunday, October 15th. Invite a relative or friend and enjoy fellowship with others. Thanks to Jim Butler for arranging for Jim to speak. Contact Jon Boomgaarden at 402-981-7164 with questions.

August 19th at 9:45 a.m.
All PCOC men are invited to our next activity, which is a guided tour of the “Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center” at 2825 Y Street on Saturday, August 19th.  We plan to carpool, so meet at 9:45 a.m. in the church’s North parking lot. We plan to have lunch together afterward at Nettie’s Fine Mexican Food at 7110 Railroad Ave. and enjoy some food and fellowship.
Here is the itinerary:

  • 9:45 a.m. – Meet in Church North Parking Lot to carpool
  • 10:00 a.m. – Depart, caravan, and check-in
  • 10:30 a.m. – Guided tour starts
  • Noon – Lunch at Nettie’s Fine Mexican Food (select from menu & pay your own)
  • 1:30 p.m. – Arrive back at the church

Sign up at the Information Center by Sunday, August 13th. Write “Yes” in the carpool column and indicate if you are willing to drive. Bring a friend and enjoy fellowship with other men of the church. New members, this is a good chance to meet some men of PCOC. Contact Frank McMullen at 402-445-9731 with questions about this fantastic opportunity!

Saturday, July 22nd, at 8:30 a.m.
PCOC Men are invited to attend a continental breakfast and program in Fellowship Hall featuring George Morgan, Professor of Finance at UNO. He will speak about the potential impact of the Trump administration on the U.S. economy and how to use index funds in your 401k. This is a politically neutral presentation. Let’s have a great turn-out for this program! George is a long-time member of PCOC, is an Elder, but not currently serving on Session, and formerly served on the Finance Committee, Bagging Committee, and as Treasurer of the Missouri Valley Presbytery. Please sign up at the Information Center by Sunday, July 16th. Bring a friend, relative, or a new member and enjoy fellowship with other men of the church. Contact Jon Boomgaarden at 402-981-7164 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with questions.

May 18, 2017 - Storm Chasers Game
Are you ready for some baseball?!
Presbyterian Men’s Annual Storm Chaser Baseball game is on May 18th
What: Omaha Storm Chasers vs. Tacoma Rainiers Baseball Game
When: “Thirsty” Thursday – May 18th – 6:35 pm
Where: Werner Park
Why: For fellowship and fun! Why not, it’s baseball!
Cost: $9.00 per ticket – sign up & pay at the Information Desk in the narthex
Contact: John Bennett at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (402) 618-6991

November 13, 2016 - Shrimp Boil
Presbyterian Men are sponsoring the Church of the Cross Shrimp Boil on Sunday, November 13th, starting at 5:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome to join us in Fellowship Hall for the Best 'Low-Country' shrimp dinner this side of New Orleans. Feast on a complete meal, including fresh shrimp (or chicken cordon bleu) with all the fixin's. Jim Butler, one of our own, will be providing live music. Cost is only $15 per person. Child care provided. Reserve Your Plate by signing up and paying in advance at the Information Center by November 6th. Please make checks payable to Presbyterian Men. Questions? Contact Jim Miller at 402-875-9377 or Frank McMullen at 402-445-9731 or 402-980-2943.

October 8, 2016 – Breakfast Program
On Saturday, October 8th, at 8:30 a.m., PCOC men are invited to attend a continental breakfast and program in Fellowship Hall. Our speaker will be John Glenn, Vice President of Development for Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital. He will talk about what this first-class rehab institution has accomplished over the years and the new hospital project in Village Pointe. Did you know it all started in Yankton, SD? This should be a very informative program, don’t miss it! Please sign up to attend at the Information Center by Sunday, October 2nd. Bring a friend and enjoy fellowship with other men of the church.

August 21, 2016 – All-Church Golf Outing
On August 21, 10 PCOC golfers tee'd it up at Eagle Run Golf Course for the annual PM Golf Event. It was a beautiful summer afternoon and everyone had fun chasing the little white ball (Paul Nickel used an orange one) around the hilly 9 hole tract. Dinner and awards followed golf with Larry Frederickson winning the prize for longest drive- - -using his 3 wood !  Thanks to Frank McMullen for coordinating this event.

July 30, 2016 - Huskers Memorial Stadium Tour
26 PCOC men enjoyed an exciting guided tour of the Huskers facilities in and under the stadium (the Osborne Complex). We stood on the field and felt the turf and all the accolades posted around the stadium. We then headed to Lazlo’s in the Haymarket for lunch in a party room and the food was awesome. A few new members joined us and fit right in. The fellowship was great as always and new bonds were formed.

June 3+4, 2016 – Camp Calvin Crest Projects
9 Presbyterian Men went to Camp Calvin Crest, 4 on Friday and 5 on Saturday, to get some projects completed before campers began arriving. Both days were very hot but Bob Tokorny, the camp maintenance man, made sure the afternoon projects were in the shade. The projects accomplished were:

  • moved 16 window air conditioners out of storage to their assigned cabin window, securely installed and sealed them with duct tape, and ensured that each one worked.
  • caulked around windows of the conference center and replaced some rotten siding.
  • took apart picnic tables, bent table legs and used them and better planks for the table tops and seats to make several good tables.
  • rebuilt a kiosk that had fallen over.

Our “Spirit of Mission” volunteers were: Mike Howland, Bob Astleford, Gary Fitch, John Behrens, Keith Allen, Gary Lippstreu, Matt Will, Don Metzger and Jon Boomgaarden. Each day we ate breakfast and lunch together with the campers and staff in the dining hall. This as a great opportunity for some guys to meet other men from the church whom they had never met or barely know. Both Bob and the camp director, Craig Hoffman, really appreciated our service because they know we will be there on time and will get a lot done. Bob said it would have taken a couple weeks for him to do what we did in 2 days  Thanks to the volunteers for your great contribution to the camp by serving in this way, making it better for others. Thanks to Jon Boomgaarden for coordinating this activity.

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June 23, 2016 (rain-out from May 26) – Storm Chasers Baseball Game
25 PCOC men travelled to Werner Park to see the Omaha Storm Chasers play against the Albuquerque Isotops. It was “Thirsty” Thursday so many took advantage of the low prices. As you can see in the pictures, everyone was having a great time, changing seats and talking with others for much of the night. Thanks to John Bennett for coordinating the event and for those who helped another get to the game by picking them up or carpooling.

April 2, 2016 – SAC Aerospace Museum & BBQ Lunch
About 28 PCOC men enjoyed a guided tour of this museum which made it very interesting because you got to hear stories about each airplane. Bob Reisser joined us and especially loved crawling into the cockpit of the B-17 in which he flew many missions in WWII.  It was a real treat to see Bob reminisce about his terrifying experiences. We then enjoyed fellowship and a BBQ lunch at Parker’s Smokehouse near Ashland.  We got our choice of meat and added baked beans, coleslaw and potato chips. Thanks to Mike Howland who coordinated this really nice tour and a great lunch.

March 16, 2016 – Cornerstone Setup & Cleanup
15 Presbyterian Men set up, served and cleaned up for Cornerstone starting at 4:30 pm. Thanks to Jim Miller who solicited a fine group of volunteers and assigned them each a job; most of them followed his directions. From the setters to the griller to the pot cleaners, this opportunity really helped support the education mission of the church.

February 14, 2016 - Valentine Dinner at Lauritzen Gardens
PCOC Men and their spouses (22) signed up for this event, a new one for PM.  Everyone agreed this should be an annual event. As you can tell by the few pictures, it was a special and beautiful evening well spent.

January 23, 2016 – Breakfast Program
68 PCOC men attended this continental breakfast and program. Our fantastic speaker was Jeremy Gerot, one of our own, and he spoke about his experiences with Iraqis and Afghans from a military and socio-cultural perspective and how Islam affected those interactions. Jeremy is an Employment Strategist at the Strategic Command and an intelligence officer in the Army Reserves with Arabic language and cultural training from the Defense Language Institute. This was a wonderful program that was witnessed by so many. Thanks to Jon Boomgaarden for coordinating this event.

August 23, 2015 - All Church Golf Outing/Dinner
This year’s Presbyterian Men Golf Event and Dinner is set for 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, is welcomed to join us for 9 holes of golf followed by dinner and awarding of prizes. Cost is $43 per person, includes green fees, golf cart, sleeve of balls, prizes; and, either a cheeseburger or chicken dinner (drinks separate). Sign up and please pay at the Information Center by no later than Sunday, August 16.

Please join us for what will be fun event. Additional info, please contact Frank McMullen, 402-445-9731, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

July 11, 2015 - "Patriotic" Continental Breakfast - all PCOC members welcome
On Saturday, July 11th, at 8:30 am, all PCOC members are welcome to join the Presbyterian Men for a “patriotic” continental breakfast and program. Bill & Evonne Williams, organizers of the Heartland Honor Flights, will be our speakers. They organized the Heartland Honor Flights that took Nebraska World War II and Korean War Veterans to see their memorials in Washington D.C. The Heartland Honor Flights spurred an interest in creating more events and opportunities to honor our country’s veterans and their families, which are included under “Remembering Our Fallen” and “Events & Projects.”

Please sign up to attend at the Information Center by Sunday, July 5th. You will not want to miss this event! Contact Jon Boomgaarden at 402-981-7164 with questions.


April 19, 2015 – Temple Israel Tour
On Sunday, April 19th, the tour was enjoyed by about 60 PCOC members. They were split into two groups for a 1-hour tour that included question and answer time. Everyone seemed to enjoy learning about the Jewish faith, the building, and the tri-faith initiative and were glad they took advantage of this opportunity. The rumor is that another tour will be scheduled so those who could not attend can sign up next time! Thanks to Frank Watt and AJ Sundberg for coordinating this fantastic learning opportunity.

March 28, 2015 – Men’s Trip to Russia
On Saturday, March 28th, 22 men met in Fellowship Hall to listen to Dave Gazzetta speak about the men’s trip to Russia in October.  Dave said the project is to get the activity room on the back side of the sanctuary refurbished in Gnozdovo.  He spoke about the history of Christianity in the Soviet Union, some demographics, costs, the basic itinerary, the people of the Gnozdovo of the Baptist sister church, and the accommodations.  It was enjoyed by all and there were many questions.  7 men are needed, 3 had signed up, and after the meeting, 2 more signed up.  Marshall encouraged men of PCOC to take this trip, and if they could not, pray that others would.  Those making the trip are:  Dave Gazzetta (leader), Marshall Zieman, Frank McMullen, Stan Weyand and John Behrens.

March 14, 2015 – Painting at Heartland Hope Mission
On Saturday, March 14th, 6 men met at Heartland Hope Mission’s new location at 21st and ‘U’ Street for 4 hours to paint walls in the newly remodeled pantry area of the building. This activity was planned in preparation of HHM moving from their old location 3 blocks away to their new location by June. Their new building provides 3 times the square footage as their old building and combines a separate office building and pantry building into one. A food pantry, clothing, and other services will be available to those in need in the new building.  Thanks go to Brad Gibson, Frank McMullen, Skip Decker, Chuck Baddley, Gary Lippstreu and John Bennett (coordinator) for spending their Saturday morning helping our mission pantry partner, HHM.

February 28, 2015 – Lucky Bucket Tour
There was a great turnout for the tour of Lucky Bucket at 1:30 pm, about 25 men. The tour, tastings, and fellowship was outstanding!

January 24, 2015 – Breakfast Program – Speaker: Our new pastor, Rev. Dr. Marshall Zieman
43 Presbyterian Men shared a continental breakfast, program and fellowship at 8:30 am in Fellowship Hall. Rev. Dr. Marshall Zieman was the speaker and the topic was “Getting to Know You”. He spoke about what a real man is using a friend’s eulogy at his father’s funeral as an example of his priorities: faith, family, and fun. He asked each of us “How you think others would define you?”. His speech was very inspiring as he related his discovery as he was called to be a pastor. The business portion of the meeting consisted of reviewing the list of activities already held, reviewing and asking for new activities, and seeking volunteers to lead or help with an activity. Lastly, the officers stated that if any one wished to be an officer to let us know as we can be replaced so others can serve. The officers will meet and determine some upcoming PM activities based on all the input and communicate them soon. Thanks to all who attended!

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December 20, 2014 – Ring Bells for Salvation Army
Presbyterian Men rang bells for the Salvation Army's Christmas campaign on Saturday, December 20th, at the 132nd & Dodge HyVee from 10 am to 2 pm. The 15 volunteers were: Jim Chapin, Jim Schnabel, AJ Sundberg, Jeremy Gerot, Frank McMullen, Doug Hartman, Ken Nisley, Jim Miller, Ed Ticknor, Jerry Carlson, Marty McGuire, Jon Boomgaarden, Darold Bauer, Dave Pederson and Fred Henry. Marty played carols on his flugelhorn providing a nice attraction for givers; thanks, Marty. The guys thought this activity was enjoyable and we will probably do this every year. Thanks to Jim Chapin for coordinating this activity and to the volunteers for your service !

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December 6, 2014 – Decorate Patio With Lights for Advent Dinner
Jon Boomgaarden put up strings of lights on the patio bushes to create an inviting atmosphere for the Advent Dinner and singing around the Yule Log. This is an annual activity and takes about 1 hour.

November 9, 2014 – Shrimp Boil
What a fantastic event! Presbyterian Men served about 100 people at the Shrimp Boil. They ate all the shrimp they could eat (a few had chicken cordon bleu), creole red potatoes, almond laced beans, cole slaw, a roll, and several dessert choices. See the pictures below. The tables were covered with red and white gingham check tablecloths with decorations from the sea. Jim Miller led the cooking crew of Chuck Baddley, Art Morse and Ken Nisley who worked many hours getting the delicious food ready. Many other men helped with sign-up, collecting money, set up, serving, and clean up. Entertainment was provided by Jim Butler, PCOC member, who played the guitar and sang many 1960s and 1970s songs. He had everyone singing along and finished with “Proud to Be an American” in recognition of Veteran’s Day. Great job, Jim! Thanks to all who helped and attended.

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October 11, 2014 – Breakfast Program – Speaker: Chelsea Salifou, Executive Director of Heartland Hope Mission

Thirteen men shared a continental breakfast, program and fellowship at 8:30 am in Fellowship Hall. Chelsea Salifou, the Executive Director of Heartland Hope Mission (HHM) was the featured speaker. HHM is a faith-based charitable organization founded to put 'Love into Action' by providing food, clothing, shelter and other necessities to needy people of all ethnic backgrounds. HHM provides more food distributed directly to clients than any other pantry in Nebraska. John Bennett coordinates mission activities with HHM and he told us about all the church mission efforts we support that help HHM. Thanks to Chelsea and John for their inspiring messages. HHM has a project list that we will get and see it PM can be of assistance. Lastly, we shared the upcoming PM activities, namely the Shrimp Boil and Ringing Bells for the Salvation Army.

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September 19, 2014 – Camp Calvin Crest Projects

Seven Presbyterian Men went to Camp Calvin Crest on September 19th to complete some much needed projects. We used old windows, doors, 2x4s, plywood and clamps to close in the ends of a greenhouse that had already been created using the old wagon wheel hoops by another work group. We also put siding on the upper portion of the back of the maintenance building after roof water leakage repairs were made. We also built 2/3 of a loading dock deck so dollies can be used to cart heavy material in/out and onto pickup trucks. It was a beautiful fall day with a breeze and not too hot. Some of us had never met each other before so we got to know one another also. Thanks to Craig Huffman, Executive Director, for preparing our lunch. We all wore our Mission T-Shirts and the crew consisted of: Ken Nisley, Skip Decker, Chuck Baddley, Danny Whitlow, Frank McMullen, Jim Miller and Jon Boomgaarden. Matt Will and Dave Gazzetta were coming to help work on Saturday but we finished what was needed. Bob Tokorny, the camp maintenance man, was great to work with as always. Thanks to all for a great effort!

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September 3, 2014 – Cornerstone Setup & Cleanup

Twelve Presbyterian Men set up, served and cleaned up for Cornerstone starting at 4:30 pm. The kitchen colonel was Chuck Baddley and his superb assistant was Doug Patten. This opportunity helped serve the mission of the church. The rest of team consisted of: Chris Voss, John Bennett, Frank McMullen, John Morey, Rich Hulsey, Lloyd Meyer, Jim Chapin, Doug Hartman, Jim Butler and Wayne Wilson. Special recognition goes to Jim Butler who labored over the grill cooking all the hamburgers. Thanks to Jim Miller for coordinating this activity.

August 24, 2014 - Golf Outing

The Presbyterian Men’s golf outing took place on Sunday, August 24, at 2:15pm at the Eagle Run Executive Course. Eleven men played their own ball for 9 holes and they were: Jim Chapin, Lloyd Meyer, Jim Schnabel, Jon Boomgaarden, Frank McMullen, Gary Marron, Larry Frederickson, John Bennett, Darrell Stuedemann, Chuck Baddley and Dave Gazzetta. Each player received a sleeve of balls. We had a dinner of grilled hamburgers and chicken breasts, potato salad and cole slaw at the clubhouse. Four flag prizes and the low gross score prize were awarded. Everyone had a great time! Thanks to Frank McMullen for coordinating this event.

 

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July 26, 2014 - An Evaluation of the Star of Bethlemen

14 men shared a continental breakfast, program and fellowship at 8:30 am in Fellowship Hall. Doug Hartman showed a DVD about the “Star of Bethlehem”. For many years, the curious have wondered at the Biblical account of this Star. Bible verses talks about objects in the sky in relation to various biblical events. A lawyer, Frederick A. Larson, researched the scriptures and astronomical facts to propose when Christ’s birth and death occurred and how the stars and planets were positioned. Since mathematics shows that objects in the sky are very predictable, he used very sophisticated astronomy software based on it to display where they were long ago and how the scriptures. The DVD was awesome and more information can be found at www.bethlehemstar.net. Thanks, Doug! Lastly, we shared the upcoming PM activities shown above.

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May 12, 2014 - Storm Chasers Baseball Game

25 Presbyterian Men attended the Omaha Storm Chaser’s game on May 12th! Despite the cold, damp, and windy weather (Brrrr!), the men enjoyed some warm fellowship. All were impressed with the hospitality of Werner Park and expressed a desire to plan a return visit in the future when winter coats and blankets would not be needed.

March 25, 2014 - Lunch & FBI Building TourFBI Building

There were 24 attendees for great lunch at Millard Roadhouse and a fantastic tour of the new FBI Building. Thanks, Jim Chapin, for coordinating this event. Sandy ensured specialists spoke to their expertise in each of the rooms where they work. This was a great opportunity to meet other men of the church and get to know them better also. Another tour is being scheduled so watch for the sign-up at the Information Desk.

January 25, 2014 - Breakfast & Program

A great breakfast and program was held in Fellowship Hall from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m. It was a great opportunity for 36 men of PCOC to get to know one another better, have breakfast together, and listen to John Morey share his perspective on the valuable role we, as Christian brothers, have in service to our church and the community. Thanks, John!

Many ideas were collected from each table to use to plan our future activities. They were divided into these 4 categories: fellowship inside (15) and outside (24) of PCOC and service/mission inside (11) and outside (23) of PCOC - wow! The officers met on January 28th to review these ideas and develop the activities for 2014 shown above.

Thanks to all who attended! Don't miss the next PM event!

Your PM Officers,

  • President - Jon Boomgaarden - 402-981-7164
  • Vice President - Jim Miller - 402-290-8328
  • Secretary - Jim Chapin - 402-650-2086
  • Treasurer - Frank McMullen - 402-980-2943

 

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