Our congregation’s health and safety is important. Due to concerns related to the spread of COVID-19, the church building is closed. Worship will continue online.

Welcome to Presbyterian Church of the Cross


Service for Sunday, May 24

Watch and Listen

Prelude & Silent Meditation
Praise the Lord with Drums & Cymbals

Welcome & Call to Worship
Dr. Marshall Zieman

O Beautiful for Spacious Skies

Pastoral Prayer
Rev. Christine Dempsey, Ph.D.

O Love That Will Not Let Me Go

“Coping with COVID” – Acts 1: 6-14
Dr. Marshall Zieman

Eternal Father, Strong to Save (Navy Hymn)

Our God, Our Help in Ages Past

Dr. Marshall Zieman

Postlude & Silent Meditation
Variations on My Country ‘Tis of Thee

This Week’s Musicians
Trinity Brass: Marty McGuire, Gary Lynn, Jon Boomgaarden, Ann Pearson, Valerie Fuller, Noel Johnson, John Broderick
Dana Sloan, organ & Kristi Treu, piano


More Sunday Resources:
Who We Are

As 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 worshipexceptional musicexcellent education, and energetic fellowship and mission programs.

Learn more about our mission, vision, and history.

Meet our staff.

About Worship & Music

Based in the Reformed Tradition, the worship experience includes the reading and preaching of the Scriptures as well as expressions of prayer and praise. Music is a central part of worship with an exceptional program of music adding depth and vitality to the worship experience. The participation of children is valued in worship. Secured child care is provided for children up through age four, if desired.

We 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. Communion is generally served on a monthly basis as part of the worship service.

Learn more about Sunday Worship.

Explore our music/worship ensembles.

Sermon & Service Library

If you’ve missed a recent service or want to revisit a sermon, visit our sermon library for a recording.

Learn, Connect, & Serve

Church of the Cross has an active and engaged congregation. We offer many opportunities to gather and grow in Christian faith.

News & Announcements
View this week’s announcements.

The 5th Annnual Youth Choir Festival is June 22-28. Sign up today!

Vacation Bible School will be online this year July 13-17. Sign up today!

Find out what’s happening within the Church of the Cross community by reading the Cross Currents (our newsletter).

Our halls are filled with activity every day of the week. Check our calendar of events to find an activity that matches your schedule and interests.

Member Directory

Contact Rock at the church office to get the online directory on your phone.
402 333-7466 x6


Give to the church via the secure payment site (powered by ShelbyNext).

Access our needs list for special gifts and memorial donations.

Your Special Event at PCOC

Life is full of transitional moments. Learn more about our policies and planning for these special events.

Special Online Offerings

Remember that God is always with you! Take care of yourself spiritually by using the church’s online resources during these anxious times.

  • If you’ve missed a recent service or want to revisit a sermon, visit our website to access the Sermon & Service Library for a recording. Social distancing is tough and can be isolating for many. If you know someone who is looking for a worship experience during these uncertain times, please direct them to our website to view one of our worship services.
  • Follow us on Facebook for additional interactions in the coming weeks.
  • Read our announcements for important updates about COVID-19 and church news.
  • If you are used to finding The Upper Room publication in our Narthex, you can now find it on our website! The May/June issue and four short prayer resources are now available.

Tuesday Bible Study
for Adults

We are currently studying the New Testament book of Acts. This book tells the story of “The Acts of the Apostles” in forming the Early Church. This week we will study Acts 20. Pastor Zieman will deliver the Bible study via e-mail each week, and we also will post it to the website.

Want to join the study? Contact Marshall via email: marshall@pcoc.us

Sunday School Fun for Kids

Hey, PCOC kids! Join us for Sunday school at your house. We have lessons that are fun for kids and easy for parents to teach. Go to our Sunday School page to learn more and access the lessons!

More Kids Faith Activities

The creator of the materials that we use in the kids’ worship kits during church services has provided these printable home activities.

One Great Hour of Sharing

Your One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) fish bank should have arrived in the mail several weeks ago.  Keep filling them with your coins and dollars. When we are able to meet again at church, we will collect them. Try these fun lessons and activities to learn more about the terrific projects that the OGHS offering supports to repair the broken things in our world.


In observance of Memorial Day, the church office will be closed on Monday, May 25. Take time to honor the brave men and women who served this country.

Our congregation’s health and safety is important. As more testing becomes available in Douglas County, the number of positive cases continues to increase. Our Session considered these numbers as we met this week to determine how PCOC will move forward in the days ahead. The Session’s decision was for us to continue only with online worship until Session meets again in mid-June to reevaluate. The Session made this decision with guidance from the Presbytery, and you can read the full recommendation from the Presbytery. Marshall also addresses the decision during his sermon on May 24.

The church office is open by appointment only. Let us know if you need assistance. Until we are able to worship at church together again . . . stay at home, stop the spread, save lives, and find us online.

If you need a mask, contact Rock by email or by phone at (402)333-7466. He will arrange to have one delivered or have one ready for you to pick up.

Remember that God is always with you! During these anxious times, take care of yourself spiritually by using our church’s online resources. Our church usually makes The Upper Room publication available in our Narthex to members. It is now available on our website, too!


The Rocky Railway is making a stop at your house! VBS is coming to you this summer, instead of you coming to the church. Heather and the VBS team are busy creating videos and planning fun activities for you to watch and do at home.
Sign up on our website today! It’s only $10 per family. Sign up today and worry about payment later.
THANK YOU to all of you who participated in our annual Omaha Gives fundraising campaign. It was a great success!
We are grateful for every dollar received, especially in light of the current circumstances and challenges we all face.
We are making it easy to sign up for the 5th Annual Youth Choir Festival! Payment is not due until closer to the event. Use our online registration form to sign up today!

PCOC’s Presbyterian Women have presented Diane Kratz with the denomination’s Honorary Life Membership certificate and pin for her faithful service for ten years as our Moderator or Co-Moderator between 2004 and the present. Diane has helped spearhead our missions with hygiene kits, the prison stocking ministry, and the Presbytery sewing day.

Congratulations, Diane, and thank you for a job well done!


Food and hygiene item collection for the Heartland Hope Mission pantry continues. With the impacts of COVID-19, HHM is serving up to 4 times as many families as they normally do. Bring your items to the circle drive doors of the church by 4 p.m. each Wednesday, and leave your donations just inside the doors – no need to enter the church further. The most needed items are listed below.

Food Items:

  • Cereal
  • Pasta
  • Canned Soup
  • Canned Vegetables
  • Canned Fruit
  • Canned Meat
  • Mac & Cheese
  • Peanut Butter

Hygiene Items:

  • Baby Diapers (all sizes but biggest need is sizes 4-6)
  • Baby Wipes
  • Full-Size Shampoo and Body Wash
  • Toilet Paper
  • Toothpaste

HHM has changed their delivery model to a drive-thru system to protect volunteers and families coming to the pantry. In addition to donations, they are looking for volunteers to work at the pantry, distributing goods to cars and pre-packing donation boxes before distribution.

If you are interested in volunteering in this capacity, you can sign up on their website. PCOC discourages members who are part of the high-risk group from serving in these volunteer capacities.

Volunteer locations:

  • South Omaha: 2021 U Street
  • Millard: 5321 S 139th Plaza

Volunteer distribution hours:

  • Tuesday evenings 6 pm – 9 pm
  • Wednesday afternoons 1 pm – 4 pm
  • Thursday afternoons 1 pm – 5 pm
  • Friday mornings 10 am – 12 pm
  • Saturdays 9 am – 1 pm

Volunteer pre-pack hours:

  • Tuesdays – (10:00 AM – 12:00 PM) & (1:00 PM – 3:00 PM) • DRIVE-THRU PRE-PACKS
  • Wednesdays – (9:30 AM – 11:00 AM) & (1:00 PM – 3:0 PM)• DRIVE-THRU PRE-PACKS
  • Fridays – (9:30 AM – 11:00 AM) & (1:00 PM – 3:0 PM) • DRIVE-THRU PRE-PACKS

If you have questions about PCOC’s support of and volunteer work with HHM, please contact John Bennett.


Family-ology (Biblical, Church, Individual) is  the theme for the PCOC Women’s Retreat at Camp Calvin Crest. We’re hopeful that we can have the retreat Friday, September 25 – Saturday, September 26, 2020. The “study of families” will be led by Pastor Christine, with several sessions beginning in late afternoon on Friday, and ending in late afternoon on Saturday.

There will be time for reflection, outdoor activities, jazzercise, crafts, games, relaxation, worship, snacking and visiting. More detailed information and registration forms will be available soon. Put these dates on your calendars now! You don’t want to miss out on this wonderful opportunity to experience some great bonding time with the women in our church family. It will be a time to, as the song says, “Make new friends but keep the old. One is silver and the other’s gold.” If you have any questions, please contact Heather.


Once again, we are hearing that people are receiving texts and emails that are falsely coming from our pastors. Marshall and the rest of the PCOC staff will never contact you via text or email asking you for a favor. We will never ask you to buy gift cards or donate through an outside website. Do not respond to these emails and texts. Do not click any links within the messages.

Follow these tips to stay safe on the internet:
  • Carefully inspect the email addresses in all messages landing in your inbox. The PCOC staff does not use gmail email addresses.
  • Note spelling and punctuation. Phishing emails are noticeably full of typos and grammar/punctuation errors.
  • Treat with caution any emails or texts with subject lines or information about the coronavirus (COVID-19).
  • Avoid clicking on links in unsolicited emails and be wary of email attachments.
  • Don’t reveal personal or financial information via email or text message.
  • Verify the authenticity of a charity before donating money.
  • Read guidelines offered by the Federal Trade Commission on avoiding phishing scams.

Neighborhood meetings related to the capital campaign and building expansion have been postponed until further notice. The informational meeting/video of the February 9th presentation can be viewed here. The tri-fold brochure and the slides can be viewed starting at the 49:15 mark.

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