Who We Are:
Presbyterian 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.
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November 17, 2019
Service – 9:00 a.m & 11:10 a.m.
Rev. Christine Dempsey, Ph. D., preaching
“C is for Christ”
9:00 Alleluia Singers
11:10 Carol Choir, Taylor Arvie, director; Sunbeam Choir, Haley Allen-Mendick and Anna Flairty, directors
Dana Sloan, organ
Presbyterian Church of the Cross
1517 South 114th Street,
Omaha NE 68144
NEWS & EVENTS
What’s Coming Up at PCOC
The Senior High Youth will be selling Village Inn Pie Cards on Sunday mornings, before and after both services, November 17 until December 8. For a donation of $15, the pie card will get you ANY pie at Village Inn! This is a wonderful opportunity to purchase a pie for Thanksgiving or Christmas. The pie cards make great gifts for teachers, co-workers, neighbors and friends! All proceeds will go to the Senior High Mission Trip to Lawrence, Kansas next June. Thank you in advance for your ongoing support!
POINSETTIA ORDER FORMS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE INFORMATION CENTER. Payment must accompany the order and be received in the church office no later than December 1. No orders can be accepted after that date. Make checks payable to Presbyterian Church of the Cross.
In the Presbyterian Church we have the privilege and responsibility of nominating and electing our own congregational leaders. Now is the time to nominate a new class of Elders and Deacons. Forms are available in the church office and the Information Center. The deadline is December 15.Your input is both appreciated and necessary! Hand in your nominations to the church office or to a member of this year’s Nominating Committee: Judy Arms, David Berry, Carl Greiner, Patty Ritchie, Charlene Meyer, and Gary Lippstreu.
Our next new member class will be Sunday, December 1. The Class will meet after the 11:10 service and begins with a light lunch! Wishing to join PCOC before the year is over? Our final class in 2019 will be offered December 1, from 12:15 – 2:00 p.m. in Room 15. The class provides information from church leaders about the Presbyterian faith, Church of the Cross history, current committees, and fellowship opportunities. Members, please extend a personal invitation to those who may be interested. FYI, our first New Members Class in the new year will be offered on Sunday, January 12, 2020.
This year’s Advent Workshop is planned for Sunday, November 24, 2019. We have many exciting crafts planned for all ages! Lunch will be served following the 11:10 service by our Senior High Youth Group, and then the crafting fun begins! We will make an Advent calendar as our family project this year and a holiday potpourri sack for our home-bound members. The Deacons and Cross Care members will bring this special gift with them on their visits with our home-bound members during the holiday season. In addition, there will be several other kid-friendly crafts too! Be on the lookout for a new photo op station as well!
The lunch is a free will offering that will help support the Senior High Youth Group’s annual mission trip. Please sign up no later than Sunday, November 17th so we have time to purchase the food & supplies.
The Worship & Music Committee invites you and your family to “Deck the Halls” on Saturday, November 30, at 10:00 a.m. Decorate the sanctuary, narthex, lobby, and Fellowship Hall while enjoying festive music, hot apple cider, and delicious treats. Look for the sign-up sheet at the Information Center.
Church of the Cross will again offer a Blue Christmas Service at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, December 1. This service will provide a prayerful setting for all, but especially those who may have experienced the loss of loved ones, brokenness in their family or any sadness. Communion will be served.
The 49er meeting for December is on FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2019. We are planning to meet at 11:30 for lunch at Brother Sebastian’s. After lunch we shall go over to Presbyterian Church of the Cross and join in the holiday festivities, singing along with Betty Baddley as she leads her groups of merry makers in Christmas carols and frolicking. It was a great fun and happy way to start the holiday season last year and demanded a follow-up. Please contact Donna Turner, 402 397-3643, or Judy Sundberg, 402-333-6981, for reservations for lunch. There will also be a signup sheet at the information desk.
The annual Music and Movement Carol Sing is on the calendar for Friday, December 6 at 1:00 pm in the Sanctuary – so watch for more reminders and mark the date. It’s always wonderful to share the joy of Christmas in song with friends and family, and you have a special invitation to be part of the fun. Bring your Christmas spirit and sweet tooth for the cookies that follow the music.
Our Sunday School children and youth choirs will be presenting the annual Christmas Pageant on Sunday, December 8 at 5:00 p.m., just prior to the Advent Dinner. This year’s pageant is, “A Gift for Him” by Terry Kirkland. The Preschool, Sunbeam and Carol Choirs will be singing, and the Sunday School children from our youngest 3 year old to our 8th graders will have a part in the pageant. We hope you will join us on Sunday, December 8 for what promises to be a meaningful and memorable Christmas pageant!
Please join us for another wonderful Advent Dinner on Sunday, December 8th. It is a festive and meaningful way to start the Christmas season and includes a catered meal, lots of fun and fellowship, and the long-awaited Christmas pageant by our preschoolers through 5th graders. After dinner we will join together in singing Christmas carols around the yule log with family and friends.
There is no charge to attend this amazing event, but a free will donation is always welcome. Make sure to stop by the Information Center in the Narthex by December 1 to sign up to be part of this traditional dinner we have at Church of the Cross.
Bring a dessert to share – the variety of desserts make for fun as well. If your family puts together a complete table of eight, and you would like a table reserved, please note that on your reservation when you sign up at the Information Center.
Come one, come all to the Friday Night Gourmet’s Hearty hors d’oeuvre Christmas Party on December 13 at 6:30 p.m.(don’t let the date scare you!), held at the home of Tim and Kris Goodman, 17206 Fairway Drive,Omaha, 68136. Call Tim or Kris 402-630-5242 with questions, or Judy and A.J. Sundberg 402-333-6981. Bring either a dessert or appetizer and the beverage of your choice. We will provide wassail & our signature cocktail. It will be a fun and festive occasion! Please sign up at the Information Center in the Narthex, and a Merry Christmas to all!
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Fellowship at PCOC…
Church of the Cross has a number of groups that meet to share common interests and good times in a Christian context. Members enjoy food, various cultural events, outdoor activities, books and quilting in the company of church friends, all strengthening the ties of our church family. Many different fellowship groups are available for individuals of varied ages and interests.