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Sunday, November 26, 2017
9:00 and 11:10 a.m. Worship

 

Dr. Marshall Zieman
 "Extended Family Values"

 Music
 9:00 
Alleluia Singers

11:10
Credo Choir

 Dana Sloan, organ


Childcare provided

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Worship

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Music

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Education

We are excited to welcome members and friends of all ages to our Christian Education Program! Read more...
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Mission

Through our mission ministries we seek to follow Christ's example of demonstrating faith and love through action. Read more...
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Fellowship

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    Winter Schedule: Worship times: 9 and 11:10 a.m.; Sunday education at 10 a.m.
      Starts the first Sunday after Labor Day.

    Summer Schedule: Worship at 10 a.m.
      Starts Memorial Day weekend.

     

    Click here to view the bulletin.

    Evensong Worship Schedule:      1st Sunday of each month (throughout the year)
                                                        Park in the south parking and use south entrance to reach sanctuary.


    Worship at Presbyterian Church of the Cross (PCOC) is traditional and welcoming to diverse people of all ages. Based in the Reformed Tradition, the worship experience includes the reading and preaching of the Scriptures as well as expressions of prayer and praise. Visitors are welcome! Information about our church is available in each pew. There is also a brochure with details on how to join PCOC.


    The participation of children is valued in worship. Secured child care is provided for children up through age four, if desired.

     

    Communion

    communionWe 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.


    The words of Institution from William Barclay create the setting for this sacrament:

    Come, not because you are strong, but because you are weak.
    Come, not because any goodness of your own gives you a right to come,
    Come, because you love the Lord a little and would like to love Him more.
    Come, because you realize that he first loved you, and gave himself for you.
    Lift up your hearts and minds above your cares and fears, and let this bread and wine be for you the token and pledge of the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Spirit, all meant for you, if you will receive them in humble faith.


    Communion is generally served on a monthly basis.

     

    Music

    Music is a central part of worship with an exceptional program of music adding depth and vitality to our experience of worship together.

  • CrossAs 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 worship, exceptional musicexcellent education and energetic mission programs.

    We are an open and caring congregation striving to provide access and welcome to all. Learn more about the beliefs of Presbyterians here.

    Our Mission

    As members of Presbyterian Church of the Cross:

    We affirm that God is the foundation of our lives
    We believe that the Bible reveals God to us.
    We believe that God came into this world in Jesus Christ and is active in the world today.
    We believe through faith in God we will have everlasting life.
    These beliefs lead us to a willingness to obey and serve.


    Our church is a community of individuals with common beliefs affirming our faith through worship, education, service, fellowship and love.


    As a community, 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.

    Our Guiding Vision Statement

    Come, not because you are strong,
    but because you are weak.
    Come, not because any goodness of your own
    gives you a right to come,
    but because you need mercy and help.
    Come, because you love the Lord a little,
    and would like to love Him more.
    Come, because He first loved you
    and gave Himself for you.


    Presbyterian Church of the Cross welcomes and engages all who seek a deeper relationship with God. We are a thriving community of faith empowered by the Holy Spirit, dedicated to the glory of God and committed to the unifying ministry of Jesus Christ. The Holy Bible, the living Word of God, serves as our foundation, guiding us in our everyday lives.


    We nurture one another in our individual spiritual journeys through scripture-based worship, inspirational music, enriching study, thoughtful discussion, and prayer.


    We honor the heritage of the Church and celebrate our traditions, while continually seeking new ways to understand our faith and become better disciples.


    As a caring community we take on each other’s joys and burdens, offering and receiving support and comfort. Because we know and care for each other, we respect and learn from a wide range of views. We value the richness this variety of perspectives brings to our church.


    We strive to be a beacon of hope by living the commandment to love God and our neighbors. We serve others with courage, creativity and compassion. Using our God-given talents individually or partnering with others, we respond to human needs in our community, our country and the world.


    Inspired by the Holy Spirit, we: live the Word, celebrate the Word, study the Word, share the Word, and serve God’s world.


    Vision TeamWe go forth into the world in peace,
    having courage,
    holding fast to that which is good,
    rendering to no one evil for evil,
    strengthening the faint hearted,
    supporting the weak,
    helping the afflicted,
    honoring all men and women,
    loving and serving the Lord,
    rejoicing in the power of the Holy Spirit.

  • MarshallDr. Marshall Zieman, Pastor/Head of Staff

    A native of the Midwest, Marshall grew up near Kansas City, graduating from Wichita State University with a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration. A Master of Divinity Degree was earned at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School near Chicago. A Doctorate of Ministry Degree was earned at Fuller Theological Seminary in California.

    As newlyweds, Marshall and his wife, Becky, served as church planting missionaries in Spain. It was through the encouragement of Spanish elders that Marshall sought ordination to become a pastor.

    Marshall’s first call as a pastor was to West Hills Presbyterian Church in Omaha where he was ordained in 1992. He served at West Hills as their Pastor of Children, Families, and Caregiving. Marshall served the next 20 years as an Associate Pastor at Highland Park Presbyterian Church in Dallas, overseeing the ministries of Children, Youth, and Outreach.

    Always a proponent of world mission, Marshall has served as a Trustee of The Outreach Foundation of the Presbyterian Church. For the past 25 years, Marshall has travelled with church mission teams to Eastern Europe, Cuba, Central America, and Africa. He has conducted numerous teaching seminars in Hungary, Romania, Slovakia, Belarus, and Moldova on topics related to children's and youth ministry and pastoral care. In recent years, Marshall has focused his travels in the Middle East, visiting and encouraging the Presbyterian Church in Lebanon and Syria, Iraq, Pakistan, and Egypt. Since coming to Church of the Cross, Marshall has participated in our church’s travels to minister with our partner church in the village of Gnozdovo, in western Russia.

    Marshall and Becky have three young adult children. Natalia is married to Cade; they are architects living in Tucson, AZ. Suzanne works in Dallas for a Christian non-profit group, The Akola Project, providing employment and empowerment to women at risk, both in Dallas and around the world in Uganda. Ben also lives in Dallas, working as a landman in the oil and gas industry.

    At Church of the Cross, Marshall serves as our primary preacher and worship leader, manages our busy staff, moderates the Session (our leadership body), and is the staff liaison to our Mission Committee.  Marshall loves jazz music, cherry pie, bar-b-que, and talking all things baseball, especially as it relates to his beloved Kansas City Royals.

     

     

    lyndadinsdaleRev. Lynda Dinsdale, Transitional Associate Pastor

    Lynda was born and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska and graduated from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln majoring in secondary education. She was a secondary English Teacher in Ogden, Utah, and then a substitute teacher and stay-at-home parent in St. Paul, Minnesota and Austin, Texas.

    In 2003, Lynda graduated from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Austin, Texas. Through much of her seminary education she was the Seminary Intern for Women and Older Adult Ministry at Westlake Hills Presbyterian Church in Austin, a 2400 member congregation. In July, 2003 Lynda was called to serve the New Braunfels Presbyterian Church, a 600 member congregation in New Braunfels, Texas as an Associate Pastor. During that time, their Senior Pastor retired leaving Lynda to serve alone for eight months while they searched for an Interim Senior Pastor. Over the last couple of years she has served at New Braunfels with three Interim Pastors and a short-term Head of Staff (there for less than one-year). She definitely has had firsthand experience working with a church in transition, and providing stability in a time of change.

    Her continuing education background involves Family Systems Training, Interim Training Week One and Week Two, and Stephen Ministry Leader Training. Lynda is married to Dick Dinsdale, and they have three grown sons.

    Lynda has many gifts to share with our congregation, and her experience, spiritual maturity, energy, and compassion will be a blessing for us as we move forward.

Upcoming Events

  • Poinsettia Orders

    Order forms for poinsettias are available at the Information Center.  The cost is $10.00 for a red poinsettia.  The deadline is November 26th, no later.  Payment must accompany your order.

     
  • Church Officer Nominations

    In the Presbyterian Church, we have the privilege and responsibility of nominating, electing, ordaining, and installing our own congregational leaders.  Please see the bulletin insert containing instructions for nominating a new class of Elders and Deacons.  Forms need to be handed in by December 17th.  Your input is both appreciated and necessary!

     
  • Hanging of the Greens 2017

    ADVENT IS COMING! Make plans now to come to the annual Hanging of the Greens on Saturday, December 2, at 10:00 a.m. Families and people of all ages and abilities are invited to help set up and decorate trees, hang wreaths and bows, and prepare for the beautiful season of Advent. Enjoy donuts, hot apple cider, and festive holiday music. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to sign up.

     
  • Sign up for the Advent Dinner

    Please sign up now and plan to join us for the church-wide Advent Dinner on Sunday, December 3. The Advent Dinner is one of our best loved traditions.  It is a festive and meaningful way to start the Christmas season and includes a catered meal, lots of fun and fellowship, preceded by the always popular Christmas pageant by our kindergarten through 5th graders. Our theme this year is “Traveling at Christmas Time, Past and Present.”  Following dinner, we will join together in singing Christmas carols around the yule log with family and friends. There is no charge to attend this festive event, but a free will donation to help to replenish the Deacon fund is always welcome. Make sure to stop by the Information Desk by November 26 to sign up to be part of our wonderful evening together. Each family is asked to 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 contact Heather Berry at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

     
  • Children's Christmas Pageant

    Our Sunday School children and youth choirs will be presenting the annual Christmas pageant on Sunday, December 3rd at 5:00 PM, just prior to the Advent Dinner.  This year’s pageant is called Christmas Travels and is being written by Sue Thomas. Both the Sun beam and Carol choirs will be singing and Sunday School children from our youngest 3-year olds to our 8th graders will have a part in the pageant.  We hope you will join us on Sunday, December 3rd for, what promises to be a magical and memorable Christmas pageant prior to the Advent Dinner.

     
  • Turn in Hy-Vee receipts

    It’s fall and time to save your Hy-Vee receipts again!  All receipts must be dated September 1 through December 31.  You may turn in receipts at the Information Desk, in the marked box. The final date to submit receipts is January 6, 2018.  For every $1,000 in receipts we turn in, HyVee will pay the Omaha Street School $5.00, up to a maximum total of $2,000.  Receipts must be from the area Hy-Vee stores listed below.  Please contact Darrell Stuedemann (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Tina Morgan (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) with any questions.

     
  • 49ers Lunch and Music

    The 49er meeting for December is on FRIDAY, December 8, 2017.  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.
     
  • Blue Christmas

    A Service of Remembrance and Hope Please join us for a worship service of solace with music, scripture, candlelight and communion. We gather in this time and place because this time of year is difficult for us. This is our first year to offer this service where we can give space to our feelings during this time of non-stop caroling and festivities. Christmas is coming, but we mourn, we grieve, we feel alone, we feel darkness, we are overwhelmed. If you have undergone a difficult loss, a transition, a life change, or need a place of peace during a hectic time of year.  The church cares about you and invites you to a special time of music and worship. Our Blue Christmas Service will be held on Sunday, December 10th at 5:30 in the Sanctuary at Church of the Cross.

Our Location

Presbyterian Church of the Cross
1517 South 114th Street
Omaha, NE 68144
phone: 402-333-7466
fax: 402-697-9084
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