Next Sunday's Service

December 11,  2016

9:00 & 11:10 a.m. Worship
"This Little Babe"
9:00 & 11:10 
Credo Choir, Alleluia Singers and Chamber Singers w/Chamber orchestra
Thomas Kluge, viola
Jayne Frederickson and Sarah Frederickson, soloists
Amelia Treu, solo
atie Wyculis harp 
Dana Sloan, organ

 10:00 Education

Childcare provided








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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.

    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.



    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.

  • 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 Bachelors Degree in Business Administration. A Masters 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, heading up the ministries of Christian Education and Outreach.

    Marshall has always been a proponent of world mission and serves as a Trustee of The Outreach Foundation of the Presbyterian Church. He has led church mission teams to Eastern Europe, 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. He has been privileged to preach in pulpits around the world, in large and small settings, and in a wide variety of worship styles. In recent years Marshall has focused his travels in the Middle East. He has visited and encouraged the Presbyterian Church in Lebanon and Syria, Iraq, Iran, Pakistan, and Egypt. Early in 2014 he was part of a US and European delegation to Damascus, to strengthen pastors and churches and advocate for the persecuted Christian minority.

    Marshall and Becky have 3 young adult children. Natalia is an architect in Tucson who was recently married to Cade. Suzanne works for a Christian non-profit in Dallas providing employment to some 200 women in Uganda. Ben recently graduated from the University of Texas at Austin and works in the oil and gas industry.



    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

  • Evensong Services for Advent

    The Worship & Music Committee of Presbyterian Church of the Cross will provide an opportunity for meditative worship during Advent this year. An intimate evening service of candlelight, prayers, scripture and song will provide peaceful preparation for this busy season. Join us at 5:30 pm in the Sanctuary (on the chancel), on both Sunday, November 27 and Sunday, December 18. Childcare will NOT be provided.  Evensong developed in England as a form of worship said or sung in the evening. The ecumenical Taize’ form of worship is similar and was first practiced in France during WWII.

  • 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 11. Your input is both appreciated and necessary!

  • Dec. 11th - Advent Music Sunday

    CHOIRS & ORCHESTRA PRESENT “THIS LITTLE BABE” DECEMBER 11 at 9:00 & 11:10. Music includes selections from Antonio Vivaldi’s “Gloria,” Benjamin Britten’s “A Ceremony of Carols,” and a beautiful arrangement of the Christmas hymn “See, Amid the Winter’s Snow” by Dan Forrest, as well as hymns for choir, organ, orchestra, and congregation. Invite someone to join you for this annual special music event.

  • PM: Bell-Ringing

    12 enthusiastic volunteers are needed to ring bells for the Salvation Army's Christmas campaign on Saturday, December 17th, at HyVee on 132nd and Dodge. Each volunteer will ring for 1 hour in shifts starting at 10:00 a.m. and ending at 2:00 p.m (2 at the east entry and 2 at the west exit). Volunteers should check in with one of the PM Officers about 5-10 minutes before the start of your shift. Coffee & hot chocolate are available inside. This is an easy and enjoyable opportunity to assist the Salvation Army in helping those among us in need during the Christmas season. Please sign-up at the Information Center by Sunday, December 11th. Call Jim Chapin at (402) 393-7402 with questions. Thank you for your service!

  • Families for Fellowship - Session Two

    ATTENTION ALL PCOC FAMILIES! Families for Fellowship was a huge success this past fall and we are getting ready to start signups for Session Two! We are excited that families with children ranging in ages from birth through high school will have the opportunity to gather together to share a meal, become better acquainted, and build new friendships and community in a relaxed, casual setting. The second session will run from January through June with families scheduling dates and times to get together (a minimum of three times) for food and fellowship. Several of our PCOC families have already signed up! A sign-up sheet will be available at the Information Center. Please sign your family up by Sunday, December 11th if you would like to participate. You will be contacted by a host family to schedule the first get-together. If you have any questions, please contact Amy Miller at 402-290-6526.

  • December Friday Night Gourmets

    Come one, come all to the Friday Night Gourmet's Hardy Hors d’oeuvre Christmas Party on Dec. 16th (note, it's the 3rd Friday) @ 6:30 pm @ the home of Tim & Kris Goodman. Address: 17206 Fairway Drive Omaha, Ne. 68136. Phone # 402- 934-4844 &/or Mary Reid @ 402-334-8375. It's a BYOB & the host will supply soft drinks & a signature cocktail. Please sign up on the sheet in the narthex @ the information desk. Hope to see you there to celebrate a very Merry Christmas!!

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