Next Sunday's Service


July 27, 2014

Rev. Lynda Dinsdale, preaching
“A Hidden Value”


Trinity Brass
Summer Choir
Jayne Frederickson, soprano 


Child care provided



We celebrate Open Communion at Presbyterian Church of the Cross. Read more...


A great place for music and a great place to make music! Read more...


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


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


Church of the Cross has a number of groups that meet to share common interests and good times in a Christian context. Read more...
  • Summer schedule: worship at 10 a.m. Click here to view the bulletin.
    Winter schedule: worship times: 9 and 11:10 a.m.; Sunday education at 10 a.m.


    Worship at 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! You will find stickers in the attendance folders in each pew. Please wear one so that we may welcome you warmly!

    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 the first Sunday of each month as well as during major Christian holiday seasons.


    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 New 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.

  • Dr Kirk RyckmanDr. Kirk Ryckman, Pastor/Head of Staff

    Kirk has been Pastor/Head of staff since 1987.  A graduate of Princeton Seminary (M.Div.) and Pittsburgh Seminary (D.Min.), Kirk has served churches in West Virginia and Western Pennsylvania.  Kirk and his wife Debbie have two married daughters.  Learn more about Kirk's thoughts in "A Message From Our Pastor".








    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.

  • The process of transition continues on many different fronts.

    • The Vision Statement was heartily approved and accepted by the Session.

    • On Sunday, June 15th, Lynda Kay Dinsdale, was offered and accepted the call as our Transitional Associate Pastor. Her starting day is July 15th.

    • There will be a big celebration a few days after Dana's last day as Minister of Music (July 31, 2014). That date will be his 40th anniversary of service at PCOC. After that date we will welcome Kristi Treu as our new Minister of Music. Dana will serve in the capacity of Organist and Vesper Concert Series Director. Kristi will be working prior to that date to plan for the 2014-2015 year.

    • Dana Sloan’s retirement celebration consists of events on Sunday, August 10th, a reception in Fellowship Hall following the 10:00 service and a dinner at Champions Club that evening. The committee needs your help with the festivities!
        • We are asking for any pictures of Dana you may have from over the last 40 years. Please label them clearly on the back with your name so that they may be returned to you. If you know the picture’s date (year), that would be helpful too. Pictures should be given or sent to Anne Wattles at 8911 Q Street, Apt. 307 #C, Omaha, NE 68127.
        • We invite you to share a favorite memory of Dana for a scrapbook. It may be written or word processed on any type of paper (8 12/ X 11 inches or smaller) and should be sent to Mary Haddock at 12614 Decatur Street, Omaha, 68154.
        • Pictures and memories should be turned in no later than June 15th. Thank you for your help in making this a special celebration for Dana!

    • In August we will begin to seek our replacement for our Business Manager, June Fettig. June will be retiring at the end of October this year.

    • In the Spring of 2015, Julie Hansen will be retiring (after 22½ years of service here!)

    • The PNC members are Keith Allen, Erin Erickson, Angela Holdren, Frank McMullen, Karen Metzger, Lloyd Meyer, Jim Miller, John Morey, Mary Ann Pederson and Jim Ritter.

    • The Pastor Nominating Committee has been hard at work, meeting weekly to prepare documents and strategy for seeking a new Pastor to fill Kirk’s shoes when he retires. So far, our attention has been focused on preparing the “MIF” (Mission Information Form) that is required by PC (USA) to get us into the official national search process. In this matter, we have benefitted greatly from the Designated Associate Pastor Nominating Committee’s work, as they went through the same process in their search. (Thank you DAPN for saving us some work!) The Presbyterian “Process” always seems to take forever, but we’re making good progress, and will keep you updated as we go along.

Current Church News

  • Junior High Mission Trip Slide Show

    The Junior High Youth Group will be sharing a slide show of the JHF Mission trip next Sunday, August 3rd , after the 10:00 worship service. Please join us in Fellowship Hall to see all the action that took place in Cedar Rapids, Iowa!

  • 49ers - August 2014

    Come join our Senior Group on Tuesday, August 5th for lunch, 11:30 a.m. at Clancy’s, 114th and Dodge for fun, food, and fellowship. Margo, from the Better Business Bureau will give us details about Identity Theft, one of the scams targeting senior citizens. Reservations to Mary Kuhn 402-333-1710.

  • Tables for Eight

    The deadline for registration for the Fall (September, October, November and December) is August 10. New participants (couples or singles) are always welcome to join this fellowship opportunity.

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  • Dana's Retirement Party

    CELEBRATE! Come and dine! Get your reservations in to Pam Otto for Dana’s retirement dinner on August 10th. Invitations are available at the Information Center with all the details.

  • Hiking & Birding - August 2014

    The Hiking and Birding Club will meet in the North parking lot at 9:30 a.m. on August 16th. We will travel downtown to walk some of the many trails in that area. Everyone is welcome! Please contact Tom Stalnaker at 402-390-9913 for more information.

  • Music and Movement Classes Reconvene

    Music and Movement classes reconvene on Monday, August 18 - regular routine of activity on same time schedule. In case you’ve put those ideas out of your mind, here is your gentle reminder: Monday and Thursday mornings, 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. exercise in the great Room, downstairs - with singing at 10:15 in the choir room, upstairs.

  • Fellowship Group and Church Committee Fair

    The Congregational Life Committee is sponsoring a Fellowship Group and Church Committee Fair on Sunday, August 24. Please join us and learn about the various fellowship groups and church committees at PCOC.

  • Presbyterian Men - Golf Outing

    Presbyterian Men’s golf outing and dinner is set for Sunday, August 24. Starting at 2:15pm at the Eagle Run (Executive) Course, 3435 N. 132nd St (just south of Maple St), come join us for 9 holes of golf followed by dinner and awarding of prizes. Cost is $42 per person, includes golf, cart, sleeve of balls and cheeseburger/chicken dinner (drinks are separate) and prizes. Sign up and pay at the information table by no later than Sunday, August 17. Please join us for what will be fun event. Additional info, please contact Frank McMullen at 402-445-9731.

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