Fall 2021 Educational Offerings

This fall, classes will be held primarily in person. If you feel uncomfortable attending in person, arrangements for Zoom attendance will be made when possible. 


Tuesday Bible Study

September 14 – December 14
Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m.
Led by Pastor Marshall Zieman

“One-Page Parchments”
The Tuesday Bible Study returns in person, beginning September 14 at 1:00 p.m. We will kick off the fall by studying the four “one-page parchments” of the New Testament – short letters, each which would have fit on one standard size of parchment back then. No previous experience in a Bible Study is necessary, and no homework is required. Just bring your favorite Bible and join Dr. Zieman, as we see how these brief letters to the Early Church still speak to our lives today. Here’s our schedule for the first month:

September 14 – Philemon (25 verses) – View Lesson Notes
September 21 – 2 John (13 verses) and 3 John (15 verses) – View Lesson Notes
September 28 – Jude (25 verses) – View Lesson Notes
October 5 – 1 Timothy 1 – View Lesson Notes
October 12 – 1 Timothy 2 – View Lesson Notes
October 19 – 1 Timothy 3

Then, stay tuned, as we begin a study of a longer Bible book on October 12.

New members can join at any time by contacting the church.

Getting Involved with God: Rediscovering the Old Testament

September 12 – October 31
Sundays at 10:00 a.m.
Led by Pastor Christine Dempsey

Ellen Davis reintroduces us into the Old Testament: the scriptures used by Christ and the early church and the scriptures that tell the story of God’s relationship with humanity from the beginning. While many of us are familiar with Old Testament stories, many of us fail to see the relevance of the Old Testament in today’s world. We tend to understand God in the Old Testament in one of two ways. First, we see the Old Testament actions of God as too harsh or too distant for us. Or we look only at the Old Testament passages as prophecy for the coming of Christ. Both approaches limit the richness of the Old Testament as scripture that speaks directly to us as children of God. As Ellen Davis says, she wrote this book to tell us “about the intimate life with God.” This book is an introduction to understanding the Old Testament as the living word of God that can bring us into a better relationship with God and in tune with God’s call on our life. Please join me for a seven-week Bible Study that introduces us to the richness of the Old Testament and challenges us to read it with a new lens.

Register by September 1. You may order your own book, or one will be provided. Suggested book donation is $14 if the church provides the book for you.

Sacred Spaces

September 15 – November 17
Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. during Cornerstone
Led by Lloyd and Charlene Meyer and Tim and Brenda Graumann

Long before Christianity, people gathered to look for and worship their gods. These places became sacred to them. This class will look at some of these places. We will discuss why the places were located where they were, take a field trip or two (if possible) and talk about what made them important. Please join us this fall to learn more about these places.

Register online by September 1.

Note: This class is part of the Cornerstone program. You must also sign up for Cornerstone in addition to signing up for the class.

What’s Cookin’?

September 15 – November 17
Expand our hearts and minds through dinner conversations
Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m. during Cornerstone dinner (ends at 6:40 p.m.)
Group conversation with anyone interested

”What’s Cookin’?” is a great opportunity for open-ended, ongoing conversations about social justice issues. What are we experiencing in our lives? What do we question? What new perspectives would help us understand this broad topic? Look for the “What’s Cookin’?” signs on a table or two at Cornerstone dinners, and pull up a chair! A new season for our church is exciting! Watch for other opportunities to grow in our calling as Christians – to share agape love with one another. Here is one definition of agape love – Agape Love is unconditional, sacrificial love that God showed and continues to show to us, and one that God expects us to imitate and share with the rest of the world.

Register online by September 1.

Note: This class is part of the Cornerstone program. You must also sign up for Cornerstone in addition to signing up for the class.

Bonhoeffer: Protestant Martyr and Theologian

November 7 – December 5
Sundays at 10:00 a.m.
Led by Carl Greiner, M.D.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945) was a theologian, notable author, and pastor who opposed the Nazi Party. He was particularly concerned about the requirements of the German Lutheran church to participate in Nazi principles. He helped form the Confessional Church as a protest response. He felt that he needed to go beyond forming a new church to defeat the Nazis. He was involved in the plots to assassinate Hitler. Although he was already imprisoned for assisting Jews to escape, he was hanged as a conspirator.

Class participants will review his life and works based on the book, “The Cost of Moral Leadership: The Spirituality of Dietrich Bonhoeffer.” Bonhoeffer was a controversial author who wrote about Jesus’ life, the importance of the Word, the church community, and the problems of “cheap grace.” His decision to overthrow Hitler will also be discussed.

Register by October 1. The church will order books through PC(USA) for this class. Suggested book donation is $10.

Past Educational Offerings

Race Relations Classes – Winter/Spring 2021

Reading While BlackAfrican American Biblical Interpretation as an Exercise in Hope by Esau McCaulley

Six-Week Study Led by Karen Morey and Pastor Christine

This book study is an introduction to reading the Bible through black eyes and offers us a chance to understand how African Americans read scripture within the context of their experience and history. The study will help us learn the breadth of the scripture in reaching all people and help us dive more deeply into the Hope that is uniquely from God.

Participants will need a copy of the book prior to the class and a notebook for reflection. Suggested book donation $16.





White Ally Toolkit Workbook by David Campt, Ph. D.

Six-Week Study Led by Keith Allen and Patty Ritchie
April 11 – May 16
Sundays from 9:30 – 11 a.m. in person and on Zoom

The purpose of this class is to learn how white people can effectively communicate with other whites who are racism skeptics, in a way that may entice them to consider changing their views. We will use Active listening, Empathy, and Personal Storytelling to Promote Racial Equity, all while keeping a healthy frame of mind.

Participants will need to purchase their own copy of The White Ally Toolkit Workbook by David Campt prior to class and allot time for weekly homework. You can purchase this book on Amazon.


Time to Listen – Perspectives on Race

Facilitators: Keith Allen, Karen Morey, Patty Ritchie, and Christine Dempsey

As a follow-up to the “Courageous Conversations About Race” class in the fall, all PCOC members were invited to a special January series to thoughtfully listen to guests from our Omaha community. Together, the congregation grew in understanding and expanded perspectives. The following guest speakers shared their insights, information, and stories on Sunday mornings.

• January 3 — Charles Wilson — An Interview with our mission partner: Insights from Omaha Street School, Director of Care

• January 10 – Preston Love — “Community Engagement” director of Black Votes Matter Institute and Please read these articles before attending this session.

• January 17 – Camille Metoyer Moten — An interview with an actor, singer, and member of diversity boards in Omaha

• January 24 – Carmen Tapio — Perspective Storytelling Q & A with Carmen Tapio

• January 31 – Dr. Franklin Thompson — “Teaching Toward Multicultural Gaps: An Investigation of What’s Missing” 90-minute presentation followed by Q&A session

Access to the speaker recordings are available to PCOC members on request. Please contact Gayle in the church office.


Evolution & Your Faith

Led by Earlene Uhrig

The class included a short lecture, some video clips, and breakout room discussions. Participants gained a better understanding of the process of evolution, the theory of evolution, and how this relates to your personal thoughts on this process. The group explored the differences of beliefs along a Creation/Evolution Continuum, from the natural world of evolution to the supernatural realm of faith. The class incorporated the evolution of viruses (nonliving) as well as the evolution of living bacteria, plants, and animals.