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Sunday, September 24, 2017
9:00 and 11:10 a.m. Worship

Dr. Marshall Zieman
"A Place of Compassion, Community, and Hope"

 Music
 9:00 Contemporary Ensemble:  Cassie Rathman, flute; Larry Frederickson, guitar; Michael Frederickson, bass; Kristi Treu, piano

11:10 Chamber Singers

Annette White, 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

  • Hurricane Relief

    Our Mission Committee has agreed to match up to $1,000 to help those affected by Recent Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Please make checks payable to Presbyterian Church of the Cross and indicate Hurricane Relief on the memo line. Our combined donations will be sent to Presbyterian Disaster Assistance. Our donations are currently over $10,000. More information regarding efforts about their work is available at pda.pcusa.org. Also, our presbytery is considering organizing a team to go and help, either now or next summer. Contact Dr. Zieman for more details.

     
  • New Volunteer Opportunities

    Our church service is recorded each week and posted on our website. We have volunteers, but we need more! Are you the "go to" person when the Audio/Visual equipment is a challenge? Then, we need you. Please contact Larry Frederickson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you can pitch in to alternate with our current techs.

     
  • PCOC Collecting Costumes

    To celebrate the season and festivities associated with Halloween, Church of the Cross will be collecting new or gently used costumes of all kinds. The costumes can be brought to this event or placed in the designated box outside of Fellowship Hall between September 23rd and October 7th. Costumes will be donated to Heartland Hope Mission to brighten a child's enjoyment of Halloween. Contact Gayle Hoybook with any questions, thank you!

     
  • Work for Hire

    Do you need help doing a job around your house? If so, the Senior High Youth would love to help! SHF would like to provide their services for members of our congregation to help raise money for their mission trip to Michigan next summer. If you have a job that you could use some help with (yard work, mowing, cleaning out garage, moving stuff, etc.) please pick up a form at the Information Center today! You can leave it in the church office or contact Sheri Sessions for more information (402-333-7466).

     
  • Vesper Concerts Seeks Team Members

    Vesper Concerts looks forward to an exciting future! We need people in many different areas of skill and creativity to join our team: marketing, social media, website maintenance, creative writing, ad sales, fundraising, and hospitality. If you would like to lend your skills to our team, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

     
  • Travel Fellowship - September 29

    Travel Fellowship Group – September 29th, 6:30 pm.  If you've always wondered about the world's seventh continent, Antarctica, you won't want to miss our next gathering! Veteran world travelers Janelle and Leon Davis will share their experiences in Antarctica, which they maintain was their favorite destination of all. Bring your own dinner and non-alcoholic beverage and join us in Fellowship Hall at 6:30 pm. The presentation starts at 7:00, followed by dessert and coffee, which will be provided. Please sign up at the Information Center so we can plan for the appropriate number of seats and desserts. Any questions, contact Amy Boesen at 402-203-9052 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

     
  • Membership Outreach Fall Event

    Join the Membership Committee and the Junior High Fellowship on Sunday, October 1st, at 5:00 p.m. for a Create and Celebrate Fall event. All ages are invited to join us as we CREATE a small, decorated pumpkin to CELEBRATE our members who are unable to join us on a regular basis. Pumpkins will be delivered to our members during the month of October. Stick around for more fun as we roast hot dogs and s'mores on the patio. Hot dogs, buns, s'mores and drinks will be provided, please bring a side dish or dessert to share. Please sign-up at the Information Center.

     
  • 49ers – October 3rd

    Please join us for our next gathering on Tuesday, October 3rd, at The Millard Roadhouse, 13325 Millard Avenue. Our speaker is Jeff Showers, who will be speaking about railroading in Omaha and Council Bluffs in the 1950s, 1960s, and early 1970s, plus giving some information on model railroading. Jeff has recently been part of a group which presented information and displays at the Durham Museum. Lunch will begin at 11:30 a.m. Contact Donna Turner (402-397-3643) or Judy Sundberg (402-333-6981) for reservations or questions, or you may also sign up at the Information Center.

     
  • Friday Night Gourmets Oct 13

    FNG will be gathering at Farmer Brown's Steak House in Wa-terloo on October 13 at 6:30 PM, Dinner at 7:00 PM. The Restaurant is located at 2620 River Road, first road west of the Elkhorn River on West Dodge road. Sign up sheets are at the Information Desk in the Narthex. For information contact Lida Koukol @ 402 431-1611 or Verta Pugh @ 402-498-9004.

     
  • PM Breakfast Program

    On Saturday, October 21st, at 8:30 a.m., PCOC men are invited to attend a continental breakfast and program in Fellowship Hall featuring Jim Rose, a long-time co-host of the KFAB morning drive, KFAB Program Director, and former voice of Husker football and baseball. He will speak about his experiences in broadcasting and in our community. Let’s have a great turnout for Jim Rose! Please sign up to attend at the Information Center by Sunday, October 15th. Invite a relative or friend and enjoy fellowship with others. Thanks to Jim Butler for arranging for Jim to speak. Contact Jon Boomgaarden at 402-981-7164 with questions.

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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