NEWS & EVENTS

What’s Happening at PCOC

Worship, music, fellowship, education, and mission are filling the halls at Church of the Cross! Keep reading to learn about our news and events. Be sure to sign up for our education and activity programs. As you will read, church life is picking up. We’re excited for a full calendar of activities.

Worship Schedule

We are on our fall/winter/spring schedule.

  • Worship is held on Sundays at 9:00 in the Sanctuary and 11:10 in the Sanctuary and on livestream
  • Sunday School is at 10:00 a.m.
  • Church office hours are 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday.

Starting on September 17, we are switching the time of our livestream. We will livestream the 11:10 service each week. A recording is available after the service is over. Services are available for a full year, so please explore our sermon library for all available sermons and services.

 

Church Calendar

The church is active every day of the week!


Power of Prayer

Submit a prayer request to our church’s prayer team using our new online form. Prayer requests are confidential and shared only with members of the prayer team.

Cross Care Connections Support

The last several years during the pandemic have been challenging on both our physical well-being and our spiritual lives.  Sometimes, we just need a friend or companion to walk with us.  Church of the Cross has a wonderful care giving team known as Cross Care Connections.  Learn more about this program and how our deeply caring providers can assist you.

Cornerstone January 10-March 13
  • Bible Study for children in Preschool – 7th Grade and two classes for adults
  • Confirmation Class for 8th Graders.
  • Choir for children in 1st Grade – 7th Grade and Adults
  • Dinner for all
  • Register by January 1!

Learn More & Sign Up

Winter Classes
  • Bach’s St. Matthew Passion

Learn more and register today!

Lenten Study

February 18 – March 24, 2024
Sign Up Online
by February 1 – choose your class time when you register.

  • Sundays at 10 a.m. 
  • Sundays at 10 a.m. (geared for choir members)
  • Sundays at 5 p.m. – at Paul and Kathy Nickel’s home
  • Tuesdays at 7 p.m. on Zoom 
Tuesday Bible Studies Returns January 9

Our Tuesday gatherings resume on January 9 as we study the Old Testament book of Exodus. We are currently in chapter 20, where Moses receives the Ten Commandments. Newcomers are always welcome; just bring your favorite Bible and join us in the classroom in the Welcome Center!

  • Men’s Bible Study from 7:00-8:00 a.m. in the Courtyard Room (Note this is a men’s study only. If you are interested in a women’s only Bible study, check out the Presbyterian Women’s Morning Circle).
  • Afternoon Bible Study from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. in the Courtyard Room and on Zoom

 

PCOC Updates for The Week

 
Associate Pastor Position Announcement

Presbyterian Church of the Cross (PCOC), in Omaha, Nebraska is currently seeking an Associate Pastor for Congregational Care. PCOC is the largest PCUSA church in Nebraska with a specific vision to be mission-oriented, inclusive and welcoming, and open to new ideas. Please share this announcement (via link to our PCOC homepage) with anyone you know who is in the ministry (whether they are seeking a new call or not) as well as with anyone who knows people in the ministry. Read job posting.

new & events - Joys and concerns

Former member Mary Pat Caldwell passed away on February 8.  Her family is planning a Celebration of Life ceremony this summer.

PCOC Birthdays for This Month

Each month, we list upcoming birthdays, so you can extend your good wishes to one another. You can find member contact information in the online directory

2/1 – Bidong Tot, Kaiden Kort
2/2 – Bernice Hall, Kathryn Lewis, Arlin Kiel,
Kevin Wetuski, Shirley Payne
2/3 – Nancy Hamil
2/5 – Michaela Kalkwarf, Brady Luke, Amelia Vint, Augustus Vint
2/6 – William Harrison
2/7 – Holli Wright
2/8 – Rodney Whorlow
2/10 – Judy Bruce, Jackson Cunningham
2/11 – Belinda Greiner, Sarah Mooney
2/12 – Haley Allen-Mendick, Keith Engelmann, Jackson Kussman, Annie Bougger, Elizabeth Murray
2/13 – Peg Johnson, Lauren Ballou, Noah McClain
2/15 – Richard Bowen, Stan Hale, Doug Rathman, Gayle Hoybook
2/16 – Art Morse, Bridget Buda
2/17 – Jim Spielman
2/18 – Judy Meyer
2/19 – Ardell Penney, Michelle Kwaw, Brooklyn Spielman
2/20 – Bob Reid, Tyler Falcone, Kiana Sekle, Eric Haas
2/21 – Margie Johnson, Jenna Cunningham
2/22 – Bev Koch, Ron Roeder, Sally Hanley
2/23 – Mark Spielman
2/24 – Dennis Kaiser
2/25 – Steven Schmidt, Brenda Graumann
2/26 – Michelle Boesen, Heather Obregon
2/27 – Felix Akiya
2/28 – Sarah Frederickson, Linda Matson, Joshua Obregon

Best wishes from your church!

 

Junior High Fellowship will be going to the Locked Room. They will meet at the Church at 4:15 p.m. to carpool and pick up is at 6:30 p.m. at the Church.
 
Senior High Fellowship will meet in the Great Room for SHF Olympics.

Vesper Concert on Thursday, April 9 at 7:00 p.m.

Vesper Concerts is thrilled to present The Queen’s Six Vocal Ensemble in concert on Tuesday, April 9, at 7:00 p.m. The Queen’s Six is a world-class vocal group renowned for their performances for the British Royal Family and Royal events, is making a rare appearance in the United States in 2024. With only four stops scheduled, this is an event you don’t want to miss.

Make sure you are on our email list to get up-to-date information about other fun events we are scheduling around The Queen’s Six. You can sign up on our website, www.vesperconcerts.org.

Learn more

Children and Youth Ministry Volunteers Needed

If you love working with children and building relationships with youth, this is the job for you! Contact Heather for ways you can make a difference in the lives of our children and youth.

Presbyterian Women Sacred Encounters on March 7 and Ongoing Donation Drive

All church ladies are invited to join us on Thursday, March 7 at 9:30 am in Room 15. Carolyn Will is leading us in Sacred Encounters Lesson 7, “An Ethiopian Eunuch Encounters the Good News of Jesus”.

Our Gifting Gals Project continues as we collect lady’s bras this March. Our bin is next to the Mission Committee’s bin in the circle drive. Thank you to all who have made donations. We know that the lady clients at Heartland Hope Mission appreciate your gifts.

We wanted to share information about our Christmas project. In the past we made Christmas stockings for the Prison Ministries, however, this was canceled due to covid. Diane Kratz found a stack of Christmas theme material at home so we decided to make stockings for the children at Heartland Hope Mission. We spent a morning cutting and sewing stockings, and on another day filling stockings with candy, pencils, erasers, crayons, and games. All together 184 stockings were filled! We thank all church members that donated a variety of stocking stuffers.

If you have any questions about Presbyterian Women or our projects, please call Cindy Nisley,
Coordinator: Cindy Nisley 402-850-0889

Join us 49ers on March 5
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Wheatfields in One Pacific Place

Omahan’s Hidden Garden as Big as 3 Football Fields.  Our speaker will be Steve Williams, master gardener and retired physician, who has transformed the landscape the size of three football fields along a creek and across the back of nine houses of Omaha’s Rockbrook neighborhood. In June around 900 people visited his garden as part of the Monroe-Meyer walk. We meet for lunch at 11:30 a.m. at WHEATFIELDS, 1224 South 103rd Street (One Pacific Place). We order from a special menu provided for our group. Everyone is welcome – whether you are 49, younger, or older – come join us! For reservations and/or questions, please contact Mary Ott or Judy Sundberg. Or, sign up in the white binder at the Information Desk.
Coordinators: Judy Sundberg 402-301-3033 and Mary Ott 402-201-4103

Tuesday Bible Studies

Our Tuesday gatherings continue to study the Old Testament book of Hebrews. We are currently in chapter 20, where Moses receives the Ten Commandments. Newcomers are always welcome; just bring your favorite Bible and join us in the classroom in the Welcome Center at 7:00 a.m. (men’s only) or 1:00 p.m. (everyone).

Stay Active with Tai Chi and Music & Movement

Tai Chi meets at 10 a.m. on Mondays and Thursdays. No class on Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, or New Year’s Day. Drop in anytime if you’d like to attend a class. Questions? Contact Paula Allen.

Music and Movement exercise classes meet 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. every Monday and Thursday to encourage and support each other while staying active and healthy. New people are welcome to join our Music and Movement ensemble any time! This group will take a holiday break from Dec. 18 through January 1, resuming on January 4. Questions? Contact Betty Baddley.

Active Minds

We’ll continue the new year by playing a unique card game called Pinochle. You can learn this game in one week. Patient teachers attend every week, so feel free to drop in any Tuesday that your schedule allows. We meet in the Lower Level Great Room, from 2-4 p.m. Questions? Contact Earlene Uhrig.

March 10 is a Caring & Sharing Day!

Stop by Don & Millie’s at 108th & Center to grab lunch from 11 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 14. Tell them you’re with PCOC, and 20% of your bill comes back to us to support next year’s JHF Mission Trip.

Zoo Enrichment Day on March 16

On March 16 at 9:00 a.m. we will be meeting at the Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium for a time in enrichment. We will work on Easter projects and then those who attend may visit the zoo. This is our second outing to assist the zoo in enrichment projects for the zoo staff. There is a 20 person limit so make sure to RSVP to Sandi Stuckey at sandi_stuckey@yahoo.com. This is a great opportunity to meet other PCOC families and enjoy the zoo!

Gifts and Memorials

Presbyterian Church of the Cross is fortunate to have a long-standing and functional Gift & Memorial program that allows for memorial funds or individual gifts to be designated for specific items, portions of items, or ‘Ongoing Giving Opportunities’ from the Session approved “Gift and Memorial Items List.”  The items or missions selected are then recognized in worship, the bulletin, and the Memorial Book, where records have been kept since 1957.  Please see this May 28 bulletin for memorial designations and gifts that occurred during the past year. These selections are all appreciated, and each will enhance the life of our congregation in a special way.

Home-Delivered Meal Volunteers

– a message from Deacon, Kathy Moore –

One of the many caring ministries at Church of the Cross is the Deacons’ Home Delivered Meals program. We try to provide a meal or two to church members who have been hospitalized, are facing a surgery, had an accident, or have lost a family member. This is a small token of our care and concern, and many have expressed how much this meant to them during what was otherwise a very challenging time.

When one of our ministers or I learn of a household in need, I send out a group email to our Home Meal List and ask for volunteers to take a meal, indicating approximately when the meal would be helpful. I provide the number of people in the household and any dietary restrictions and preferences that I can. There is often somewhat short notice of this need, and we may be soliciting a meal to be provided within the next few days or weeks. On average we deliver 6 – 10 meals per month and have almost 40 volunteers on the list so you don’t have to provide a meal very often.

If you like to cook and could fix an extra meal or two occasionally, this Home Meal Committee is for you. If you don’t like to cook, you could volunteer to pick up a To-Go meal from a grocery store or restaurant. Either way, if you’d like me to add you to the Home Meal Volunteer List, please sign up at the Information Desk or email Kathy Moore. Feel free to call me with any questions.

You can join our mailing list by signing up online!

 

Deacons Red Cross Blood Drive on March 3

The Deacons blood drive will be Sunday, March 3 in the lower level Great Room. Help us exceed our goal of 25 pints. You can sign up online at redcross.org. Walk-ins are welcome on the day of the drive, too.

Easter Egg Hunt March 30

Easter is just around the corner! Hop on over to the east lawn on Saturday, March 30 for our annual Easter Egg Hunt. We’ll begin at 10:00 a.m. with crafts in Fellowship Hall, then move on to the east lawn for the hunt at 10:30 a.m. Be sure to bring a basket to collect eggs. And keep an eye out – maybe you’ll spot Peter Cottontail! We are accepting donations of individually wrapped candy for the egg hunt. If you would like to donate, look for the collection box in the Lobby. Thank you!

 

Alleluia & Chamber Singers present “Behold the Lamb of God” on Good Friday March 24 at 7:00 p.m.

Experience a unique evening of music on Friday, March 24, at 7:00 p.m. as we use the power of music to solemnly reflect on the crucifixion and death of Jesus. The Alleluia and Chamber Singers, accompanied by a professional orchestra and soloists, will present choruses and arias from Handel’s Messiah, congregational hymns, and anthems, creating a truly immersive and spiritual experience.

March 17 is Pantry Sunday!

Bring your food and hygiene items to Sunday worship on the 3rd Sunday of the month, or drop them inside the circle drive doors at church anytime. The most needed items are listed below.

Food Items:

  • Peanut Butter
  • Canned Fruit
  • Canned Corn
  • Mac & Cheese
  • Cereal
  • Pasta & Pasta Sauce

Hygiene Items:

  • Baby Diapers (all sizes but biggest need is sizes 4-6)
  • Baby Wipes
  • Full-Size Shampoo and Body Wash
  • Toilet Paper
  • Toothpaste
Book Group February 21

5:15 to 6:30 p.m.
Room 13

Book group will meet to discuss The LESSONS IN CHEMISTRY by Bonnie Garmus. All readers are welcome!

Questions? Contact Charlotte Hubbard.

Cross Currents Deadline is Friday, March 15

Please send your content for the April 2024 issue to communications@pcoc.us.

Presbyterian Men on March 16

On Saturday, March 16th at 10:00 am, PCOC men are invited to attend a tour of Victory Lane, a private automotive condo complex located at 20121 Oak Street. Co-owner Scott Rouse will be our tour guide, an outstanding activity, invite a friend or relative! He will share how the owners envisioned this “man-cave” environment and how it has expanded. Please sign-up at the Information Desk by Sunday, March 10th. Contact Jon Boomgaarden 402-981-7164 or jonoboomgaarden@cox.net as needed

Lenten Study 2024

This year’s churchwide Lenten Study begins this Sunday. We’ll be studying Magrey DeVega’s book, Savior, What the Bible Says about the Cross. By exploring the mystery of salvation through the cross, we can deepen our love for God and others and strengthen our commitment to follow Jesus. The lists of who is in each small group is posted on the church office windows.

Breast Cancer Support Group

For anyone currently diagnosed with breast cancer.
Stay tuned for our next meeting date.
Questions? Contact Karen Morey or Heather Berry.

 
Using Our New Welcome Center Spaces

With our new Welcome Center finished, we are now actively using the new rooms. You will see these locations mentioned for some of our activities.

  • Courtyard Room – This is the new official name for the large classroom in the Welcome Center.
  • Hearth Room – This room has a fireplace, couch/chair seating, and a piano.
  • Quiet Room – This room is just off the Hearth Room and features rocking chairs. This room is attached to the family restroom.
  • Kitchenette – This is the small kitchen area in the Welcome Center.

Ushers Needed

Looking for a way to serve the church? Join an usher team, or sign up to usher on a Sunday that works for you this fall! Questions? Contact Mary Ott or Mary Lynn Bennett.

Sign up online.

Greeters Needed

Your smiling face is needed to greet on Sunday mornings. We’ve made it easy to sign up online! Just choose your preferred service and door (north door by Fellowship Hall or south Welcome Center door).

 

Friday Night Gourmets on Friday, March 8

Irene and Bobby Astleford, Cheryl and Rodney Whorlow will be your hosts on Friday, March 8 at Jerico’s, 11732 W Dodge Rd. From 6:00 to 6:30 will be our time to gather and socialize, a cash bar is available. Our servers will begin taking dinner orders about 6:30. We will order from a select 4 entrée menu, a baked potato, salad and dinner rolls are included.  There will be separate checks with tax and gratuity included. Please sign up at the Information Desk. The last day to sign up will be Monday, March 4th. If you have questions, please contact Irene (402) 334-0784 or Rodney & Cheryl (402) 981-8245. (Wine corking fee is $15.00).

 
GALS Soup for the Soul
March 9
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Soup for the Soul Cooking Class with chef Renee Cornett on Saturday March 9 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.  Sign up online! Questions? Contact Staci Voss at csvoss@cox.net.

 

Churchwide Garage Sale on July 27

Our goal is to raise $5000 for the senior high mission trip. Your donations will make this possible! Start saving your treasures now but keep them with you. We don’t have room to store anything prior to July 14.
Here are the items we will not accept:
Tv’s, tires, mattresses, candles, liquids, VHS movies, cassette tapes, items that are broken, missing pieces, ripped, stained, or dirty.

New Quilting Process for Piecemakers

In Fall 2022, with an inventory of 10+ completed quilts on hand, Piecemakers have decided to take a well-deserved break from meeting every week. The quilting will continue with a new format. ALL quilters in the PCOC congregation are invited to participate in a new process to ensure we continue to welcome newborns to our church family with handmade quilts. You will be invited to use the patterns, fabric, and even equipment available in Room 11.

If you are interested in joining this new Piecemakers process, please contact Linda Miller, Judy Arms, or Karen Morey for the details.

Dinner Servers Needed on March 10

Did you know that Siena Francis House provides nearly 400,000 meals each year? PCOC serves meals on the 2nd Sunday of each month. Our serving time is 4:15 to 6:15 p.m. We need 4 to 6 volunteers.

Sign up online.

On the Sunday serving date, please sign in when you arrive for your signing shift. If you have questions, call or email Keith Allen.

Sometimes we run short on needed volunteers for our serving dates. If you are willing to be contacted by Keith Allen (Coordinator) when we need volunteers, please add your name to our list.

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Order Your Easter Flowers
 
You will find the order forms at the Information Center in the Narthex, or you can order and pay online. Orders (with payment) are due by March 3. No late orders can be accepted.
Time to Play Ball

The AllPlay Miracle Baseball League’s Spring season runs from May 6-June 22. You can help make game days great for these special needs kids as they have fun playing baseball. Registration for players is now available online at registration.info@allplay.org. Watch for the sign up to volunteer in the bulletin.

One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS)

During Lent, OGHS is the single largest way that Presbyterians come together every year to work for a better world. This special offering enables us to share God’s love with our neighbors in need around the world by providing relief from natural disasters, food for the hungry, and support for the poor and oppressed. You may use the special envelopes in the pew racks to donate, write “OGHS” on the memo line of your check, or donate online.

Our Sunday School children received their Gracie fish banks and during Lent, children are encouraged to fill up their banks, and bring them back to church on Easter March 31.

Vacation Bible School

July 9 – 11
9 a.m. to noon
Cost is $10/student.
Register online now!

Meet Lu (short for Lumen) the lightning bug! Lu will teach us ways we can put our trust in God when we are afraid, challenged, or called to do God’s work and to share the Good News of God’s love through Jesus Christ. We’re forming our leadership team now! Contact Heather to serve on this very important team. Parents and grandparents, we cannot do this without you. Please consider serving.

Sign up Online

Art and Music Camp

Summer Camp Opportunity for kids finishing 1st through 5th grade. Mark Your Calendars for June 11-14. It’s Back! 2024 Art Camp and new this summer, announcing 2024 Music Camp!

CHOOSE YOUR TRACK
TRACK 1
Art Camp 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the Gathering Space
$25 for materials
Back by popular demand: Tie Dye, Clay, Canvases, and Watercolors
New this year: Mosaic, Airplanes, and Shrink Art Sue Thomas, instructor

Lunch break 12:00 – 12:30

TRACK 2
Music Camp from 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
NO COST
Singing, Bucket Drums, Folk Dancing
Jayne Frederickson, Mary Lynn Bennett, and Kristi Treu, Instructors

TRACK 3: Art Camp AND Music Camp
Sign up to participate or volunteer to help at www.churchofthecrossomaha.org. Questions: contact Sue Thomas at satnebraska@gmail.com or Kristi Treu at kristi@pcoc.us.

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