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 summer schedule.

  • Worship is held on Sundays at 10:00 in the Sanctuary and on livestream
  • Coffee Fellowship is after the worship service in the Welcome Center
  • Church office hours are 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Monday – Friday.

We will livestream the 10:00 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 will resume in September
  • 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

Learn More & Sign Up

Vacation Bible School ~ July 9 -11
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. VBS will be held July 9-11(Tues-Thurs) from 9 a.m. to noon for ages 4 years to 5th grade (completed). Sign up now!
Tuesday Bible Studies

Our Tuesday Bible Studies will continue to study the Old Testament Book of Joshua. 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

Welcome our New Associate Pastor, Mr. Joshua Garry
Sunday. June 9 a congregational meeting was held to vote in Mr. Joshua Garry. We are overjoyed to welcome Mr. Joshua Garry to be our Associate Pastor. A letter about the Garry family was mailed to the entire PCOC membership last month, which can be read Here. The family plans to move to Omaha in mid-July and Josh’s first day at church will be August 1. 
Joys and Concerns

Chuck Krumme passed away last Wednesday.
A Memorial Service will be held in our Sanctuary on Wednesday, June 19, at 11:00 am, followed by a luncheon in Fellowship Hall.

Kristin Jacobi’s husband, Bradley, passed away unexpectedly last week. A memorial service was held in Omaha on June 12.

A Note from Amy and Dennis Boesen. ”Dear PCOC friends, we want to express our deep gratitude for the outpouring of support and love during Dennis’s health journey and for our 40th wedding anniversary. The visits, hugs, food, flowers and cards have buoyed our spirits as Dennis awaits a return to health and normal activities. We look forward to being back among you as soon as possible! With love and appreciation, Dennis & Amy Boesen.

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

6/2 – Briley Mathia, Piiri Morey, Naomi Rueb, Ellie Sherlock
6/3 – Dawn Buchanan, Alex Voss
6/4 – Ella Moore, Bob Reisser
6/5 – Maya Maxwell, Mika Trapp
6/6 – Don Reed
6/7 – Jean Carey
6/8 – Kristen Hinz, Larry Rock, Brooks Trapp
6/9 – Bryce Crawford III, Claude Smith,
6/10 – Anne DeCosta
6/11 – Cosette Ebert, James Tot,
6/12 – Susan Geschwender, Crosby Koch, Scott Sumner, Kathy Leach
6/13 – Cindy Sloan
6/14 – Carl Mammel Jr., Matthew Price
6/15 – Christina Kahler
6/16 – Renee Cornett, Bethany Haas, Kim Reid
6/17 – Bryan Hoybook, Casey Knight
6/18 – Greg Breci, Cael Dempsey, John Millar, Gary Neuhaus
6/19 – Judy Keating, Fiona Smith
6/20 – Maren Fuller, Leslie Nicas
6/21 – Jacob Buda, Kate Morris
6/22 – Kevin Curtis, Ava Kalkwarf, Isla Kalkwarf, Dan Kerr
6/23 – Keegan Anderson
6/24 – Sue Foehlinger, Debbie Mazgaj
6/25 – Blake Harrison
6/26 – Joe Eckman, Ann Pearson, Dave Pederson, Ron Wax
6/27 – June Fettig, Beverley Karrer, Stephanie Weaver, Kevin Kerr
6/28 – Julie Buehler
6/29 – Erin Bauer, Marty McGuire,
6/30 – Wayne Bauer, Shepard Versaw

Best wishes from your church!

 

Junior and Senior High Fellowship have ended and will resume in the fall.

The Vesper Concerts Season 36 Announcement Is Here!

Our exciting season line-up went live on June 1 on our website, www.vesperconcerts.org. While there, make sure you sign up for our email newsletter. Are you on our mailing list to receive our beautiful, full-color brochure? Send your mailing address to kristi@pcoc.us. You can also find up-to-the-minute information on our Facebook and Instagram pages.

Learn more

Second Race & Reconciliation Dinner on July 21

Join Kathy Moore at the second dinner hosted by Pamela Berry, at Trinity Lutheran Church at 6340 North 30th St. at 5:30 p.m.  This will be a casual dinner and opportunity to hear speakers and then discuss the period from slavery to Jim Crow and Red Summer. More information will be available later. About six of us attended the first dinner in April along with friends we’ve partnered with from St. Luke’s United Methodist. Seating is limited so feel free to let Kathy Moore know if you are interested at mooreomaha@yahoo.com or 402-880-3844. Registration will also be available at the Information Desk and online Here.

 

 

Art, culture and food in North Omaha on Wednesday, August 14th

We will start with lunch at 11:45 at Jackson’s Fair Deal Café in North Omaha (2118 North 24th Street).  Following lunch, we will go to the Union for Contemporary Arts at 2423 North 24th Street. There we will tour their wonderful cooperative art space which provides affordable opportunities and space for artists who might not otherwise have access. We will also visit their scheduled art exhibit featuring Nathaniel Ruleaux, a member of the Oglala Lakota Nation. Nathan describes his work by saying: “my work is an expression of my combined anger at our nation, a love of the people and the land, and dreams of what kind of world I want my child to grow up in.” Contact Kathy Moore if you have questions, and please sign up at the Information Desk or online Here. If you can’t join us on the 14th but would like to visit solo, the Union is open T, W, Th from 1 – 8 and F, S from 10 – 5.

 

 

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.

Tuesday Bible Studies

Our Tuesday gatherings continue to study the Old Testament book of Joshua. 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

Active Minds will teach 10-point Pitch and Kings in the corner in June with Junior High Fellowship.  Please drop in when your schedule allows.  Lower level, great room, 1-3:30 pm on Tuesdays in June.  We have patient teachers and an option for 4-point Pitch. Sign up online here. Questions? Contact Earl Uhrig.

July 14 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, July 14. Tell them you’re with PCOC, and 20% of your bill comes back to us to support next year’s JHF Mission Trip.

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!

MoW Volunteers needed

Meals on Wheels (MoW) is a program run by the Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging which has for over 40 years filled the nutritional needs of homebound individuals by providing hot, noon meals, personally delivered by a team of volunteers every Monday through Friday.

PCOC partners with MoW to deliver meals every Tuesday and Wednesday to about 10-12 individuals who live near PCOC in surrounding neighborhoods.  The meals are already prepared and packaged and stored in coolers which are picked up next to St. Timothy’s church on 93rd and Dodge.  Delivering those 10-12 meals takes a car and about 1.5-2 hours  

We currently have a need for volunteers to take open delivery spots in May and June, particularly Tuesdays.  Volunteers can sign up for a single day or for multiple days in May and June.  If you are not sure and would like to just “stick your toe in the water,” please consider riding along with one of our current PCOC volunteers to see how it works before you commit to trying it on your own. 

If interested, contact John or Patti Sparks.

 

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. Registration for Preschool is now full, but you may still register for Kindergarten -5th Grade (Completed).

Sign up Online

Visit the No More Empty Pots facility on Monday, June 17 at 10:00am.

Come learn about the Highlander Accelerator Project. The location is 2120 N 30th Street. The tower garden greenhouse provides fresh greens for food boxes and for purchase in the Micro Market. Commercial kitchen areas provide space for cooking classes and entrepreneurial endeavors. Contact Earlene Uhrig, earleneu2@gmail.com if you have questions and please sign up at the Information Desk or online Here.

Time to Play Ball

BATTER UP! SAFE! IT’S A HOME RUN! These are words you will hear on the AllPlay Miracle Buddy League at Seymour Smith Field , May 4th. Over 400 players are registered and need volunteers to help with a wide variety of activities to make a great experience. Game Day volunteers include concession stand servers, greeters, game umpire, AllPlay mascots, game announcers, field set-up and take down, picnic helpers, special events (I.E. Pancake man, Santa) and many more. Each volunteer time slot is for approximately, 2 hours (two games).

It is easy to sign up on our link in the Friday news and on the Allplay web site under Buddies and Volunteer Activities. This is also an excellent place to have your group volunteer, such as a sports team or school group community outreach.
Any Questions? Contact Sandi Stuckey
sandi_stuckey@yahoo.com

June 16 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
Art and Music Camp June 11-14

Summer Camp Opportunity for kids finishing 1st – 5th Grades. Art camp registration is now FULL, but you may still sign up for Music Camp.

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.

Book Group June 19

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

Book group will meet to discuss Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver. All readers are welcome!

Questions? Contact Charlotte Hubbard.

 

Summer Outings for you to Explore

Down Home Soul Food Gospel Lunches at the Revive Center from 12 – 3pm on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month. 2402 Lizzie Robinson Ave (24th and Lake). No pre-registration necessary, several people from our church go somewhat regularly. All you need to do – Get Hungry! 

Jackson’s Fair Deal Cafe, is also a great option, located at 2118 N 24th St STE 101.  
They are open Tuesday – Saturday  9:00AM – 10:00PM, Sunday 9:00AM – 5:00PM

10% OFF MEALS  for First Responders, Health Care Providers, College Students, Educators, and Seniors. Now that is a fair deal!

 

 

Cross Currents Deadline is Friday, June 21

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

 
New Travel/Study Opportunity in Lithuania

Our friend and Mission Worker Ellen Smith is collaborating with Carl Horton of the PC(USA) Peacemaking Project to host a Travel/Study Tour titled “Lithuania:  Healing the Legacies of War and Oppression,” in October, 2024. The tour will be a more in-depth study of the history we were introduced to when Jean Waters, Karen Morey, and Jon and Irene Boomgaarden traveled with Ellen to Lithuania in winter of 2023. Of that trip, Jean Waters said, “When visiting Lithuania, you experience a charming old European country, cathedrals and castles, alongside Soviet-style housing. It is important to see that the people of this country suffered, and they acknowledge their history so that they, and none of us, will repeat it.”

PC(USA) is now recruiting participants for this Travel Study Tour, who will begin their journey in Lithuania’s capitol, Vilnius, then move to Klaipeda, learning about various phases of Lithuania’s history, from the Nazi and Soviet occupations to today’s Ukrainian refugee crisis.  Applications are being accepted now, online at https://www.presbyterianmission.org/story/what-does-lithuania-have-to-teach-us-about-war/.

The deadline for applications is June 14, but the size of the group will be limited, so the sooner you consider this opportunity, the better! For additional information, check the website above or contact Karen Morey or Jean Waters.

 


Women’s Choir/Men’s Choir Opportunity

You are invited to join the choir for Women’s and Men’s Choir rehearsals, even if you aren’t currently a regular member of the choir. All singers who are high school age or older are welcome to join us on the following days and times:

– Women’s Choir Rehearsals on May 15 and 22 and 7:00 p.m., and sing in worship on May 26

– Men’s Choir Rehearsals on May 29 and June 5 at 5:30 p.m., and sing in worship on June 9.

 

New Member Discussion July 21, 2024

Are you looking for a faith home? Our next discussion about joining the church will be held after the worship service on July 21, 2024. We will meet for about an hour, and a light lunch will be served. Sign up online.

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).

 


Young Adult Mission Trip June 19 – 23

Our young adults will gather at Camp Calvin Crest in Fremont again this summer. They are scheduled to serve dinner at Siena Francis, work at No More Empty Pots, Care Corps Life House, and Habitat for Humanity. There will be lots of time for fun and fellowship as well.  

 

Churchwide Garage Sale on July 27

It’s getting closer to our churchwide garage sale, and we need your help! We can’t accept your donations just yet, but you can start setting aside donations, hangers, boxes, and plastic bags in your home.

We accept:
furniture, toys, small sporting equipment, household goods, baby and children’s items, clothing (no t-shirts), and shoes. Please make sure your items are clean and in working order.
We cannot accept:
Electronics older than circa 2000, mattresses, tires, tube tv’s, VHS videos/players, cassette tapes/players, or liquids of any kind. We must pay to dispose of these items, so please do not bring them to church.
Drop off your donations:
Sunday, July 14 at 9 a.m. at the north entrance
We are unable to accept donations before this date. Please keep your treasures at home until then.
Donations will not be accepted after July 19.

Volunteer to help with prep work:
July 15 – 19 and July 22 – 26
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Help or Shop on Garage Sale Day:
July 27 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Thank you for your donations and for your help! We hope to see you there!

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 July 14

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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Notes from Our Members
 

We appreciate all the kindness shown to David and Jane during his recent hospital stay.

God’s Blessings,
David and Jane Hawkins

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