Children’s Sunday School

Sunday morning classes for children ages 3 – 5th grade are held every Sunday at 9:15 AM. We will gather each week in the chapel and meet until 10:15. All are welcome to attend! If you would like to be added to our Sunday school email list, please email Lisa Stocks.

Seeking Sunday school volunteers!

We are looking for many adults to donate their time and talents to make our faith formation program a success! We are in need of help leading lessons to small groups of kids, planning service projects, donating snacks, teaching music, and sharing the love of Jesus with our youngest members. Training, supplies, and support provided! 

Sign up for snack donation & lesson leading

If you are interested in planning a special activity or willing to help with service projects or music, please email Lisa for more information! 

Aduly sunday school - SUNDAYS IN OCTOBER

During the Sundays of October (1, 8, 18, 22, 29), Pastor Ed will be leading a class called Current Events: Faithful Conversations. This class will meet 9 AM to 10 AM in the Fellowship Hall. We’ll be learning how to promote a faith-filled response to current events that goes beyond partisan politics while also practicing respectful conversations. No book purchase is needed. Reach out to Pastor Ed if you have more questions:

second helpings - SEPT 23

Our quarterly visit to Second Helpings is scheduled for Saturday September 23 from 8:30 – 12 noon. Charley Smith will be leading a group of up to 10 volunteers in the kitchen. Volunteers must be 16 years of age. If you would like to participate or have questions about Second Helpings email Charley Smith.


You are invited to join a new a Men's Bible Study group being formed this fall. We will meet for learning, fellowship, and sharing on the 1st and 3rd Saturday morning of each month, starting on September 23. We will meet at Cross and Crown, and will keep each session to no more than 90 minutes. 

If you are interested in joining us for these informal sessions, please email Paul Drew, David Stuckert, Ron Hanson, or Stan Peterson. You can also sign up in the Narthex. 

We hope you will consider this opportunity to explore your faith more deeply with other men in our Cross and Crown family.

Electronics Recycling - SEPT 23

Shalom Zone and Recycle Force Present the Annual Electronics Recycling Event

When: Saturday, September 23, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. 

Where: Epworth United Methodist Church Parking Lot, 6450 Allisonville Road, Indianapolis

Recycle Force not only helps the environment by recycling electronics, but also provides job opportunities to formerly incarcerated inviduals.

Our Partner Recycle Force can recycle the following:

Telephones & Telephone Systems *Cell Phones *Desktop Computers *Laptops/Notebooks * Televisions *Computer Monitors * Mainframe Computers *Integrated Circuits* Surge Protectors Servers *Modems Pagers/Two Way Radio Scanners * DVD/VCR Players *Computer Peripherals/Mice/Keyboards *Fax Machines *Answering Machines * Xbox/Play Station/Nintendo *Printers *Stereo Equipment * Power Supplies & Backup Power Supplies * Toner Cartridges *Copiers * Electric Motors * Electronic Wiring *Power Cables *Power Supplies *Satellite Components *Car Batteries *Cameras *Christmas Tree Lights *Small Appliances *Large Appliances *Microwave Ovens *Calculators *Cash Registers *Hair Dryers * Power Tools *

A $25 donation is required for appliances containing Freon (fridges, freezers, ac units and dehumidifiers) monitors, and televisions.

Other monetary contributions are greatly appreciated. A great opportunity to clean out your basement, garage, closets, attic and responsibly recycle unwanted electronics and appliances.

Questions? Email Mary Jean Woods.


The next read for the C&C book group is The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah. Copies are available outside the office. The discussion will be held on September 25.

Our book for October is Left to Tell - Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust by Immaculee Ilibagiza. The discussion will be held on Ocotber 30.

For questions about the book group contact Alice Miley


Cross & Crown has reserved a block of tickets for the Indy Eleven soccer game September 30 at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $13 each. The game is at the Michael Carrol stadium on the IUPUI campus. If you would like to purchase tickets, email Patty Conrad.


On October 8 the Animal Blessing will return to Cross & Crown at 1:00 pm. All animals are welcome. Anything with less or more than 4 feet must be contained. Please come back to church with your pets for this fun event! 

Any questions, please call or text Jane Love 317-403-1395.


Building Freedom One Ramp at a Time

New Pictorial Directory Coming - OCT 27 & 28

A new pictorial directory is being planned for Cross & Crown! Photography dates will be October 27 and 28.

To sign up use the QR code to take you to the website and use the following information:

Church ID: IN1866

password: photos

Anyone who has their picture taken will receive a free 8x10 and will have the opportunity to purchase additional pictures and gifts, including Christmas cards.

If you have any pictures from activities from the past 2 years and would like them to be considered for our church life pages please email them to Chris Lantz

40 Sundays, 40 artists

How Do You Learn Best?

For some of us, it’s by listening. Others do better by reading. Still others learn best by doing or seeing. What’s yours? Truth is, they all help us understand better. (There’s smelling, too, but that’s another story.)

And that’s what Sunday mornings are all about: music, prayers, Passing the Peace, Communion, candles, the Cross – all ‘tools’ to help us learn, understand, and find our place in God’s story – all ways to take in God’s message.

Art for Sunday Bulletin Inserts

Here’s where this is going…Back by popular demand, beginning September 10, our Sunday bulletin inserts will help people of all ages learn more. And back by popular demand, artists of all ages will show us God’s story through their eyes. How cool is that!

Can you Help?

Simple guidelines: sign up for a Sunday on the hallway bulletin board; create your interpretation of that day’s theme on 8 ½ x 11 paper; send it to the church office 2 weeks prior to your date.

40 Sundays, 40 artists. We can do this! 

Note: Last year’s bulletin artists: If you’d like your original artwork back, please let Christ Lantz know. All will be kept till Sept 30. Thank you for your time and talents! 

noisy bucket offering returns

Make some noise with your loose change, dollar bills, and checks! Starting in October we'll be taking a special, "Noisy Bucket" Offering during the Children's Sermon on the first Sunday of the month to raise money for special causes. 


Our offerings for October 1, November 5, and December 3 will go to various items from "Heifer International" chosen by the Catechism students. Check out the gift catalog at


These Items include: Send a Girl to School ($275), Honey Bees ($30), a Dream Basket which includes a sheep, heifer, goat, rabbit, and flock of chicks ($120) and a Joy to the World Basket which includes two sheep, four goats, one heifer, a bundle of seeds, and special training ($1,500). 



Becoming a Stephen Minister is a life-transforming experience…an opportunity to serve God, help others, and grow in faith. Through a series of regular articles in the Connection, we will share what it means to become a Stephen Minister.


What Do Stephen Ministers Do?

Stephen Ministers make a real difference in the lives of people who are hurting. They walk alongside people going through life challenges like grief, divorce, a medical crisis, job loss, and more. They offer care, support, and encouragement, connecting hurting people with Christ’s healing love during some of the hardest times in their lives.

Stephen Ministers see God at work through their ministry. While trusting God is at the core of their ministry, Stephen Ministers regularly say how their faith deepens as they experience the training, learn to use distinctively Christian caring tools, and witness God at work in the lives of their Care Receivers.

Classes begin the second week of September. 

Learn More

For more information about becoming a Stephen Minister please contact Pastor Ed at (317) 849-4500 or Ron Hanson, Stephen Leader, at (317) 430-2173 for a confidential conversation. Classes will begin in September at Cross & Crown.

Lutheran Disaster Response - Wildfires in Hawaii

Lutheran Disaster Response is coordinating with the Pacifica Synod and other partners to assess the needs of people impacted by the wildfires. They will work with them to provide for immediate needs and long-term recovery amid the widespread destruction. If you would like to contribute to this effort, click below.


Pastor Ed's Text Messages

Weekly Walk

If you are not receiving Pastor Ed's weekly walk text messages and would like to do so, please text "weekly walk" to 484848. These short messages offer insight on daily discipleship with Jesus.


It takes financial resources to accomplish the work God has called us to do. Your generous offerings enable Cross & Crown to fulfill its mission to grow in faith, serve all in need, and gather every person to Christ. Our giving funds the daily operations of the church, fuels special projects, and supports our many core and outreach ministries. Remember our offerings are an important part of our worship even though we are not meeting in person.

Giving Options

  • Cash or Check - Checks should be made out to “Cross & Crown Lutheran Church.” At in-person services, checks or cash can be put into the offering basket. You can also mail your offering to Cross & Crown Lutheran Church, 5233 E. 79th St., Indianapolis, IN 46250.
  • Electronic Giving  If you would like to give via regular automated withdrawls, you can find more information and a sign up form here. Complete the form and mail it into the office along with a voided check.
  • Donate Online - We also offer secure online donations via our site. Click on the button below to make an online donation.


Participation in Worship

If you would like to participate in the recording of the online worship service, email Chris Lantz.


For those of you who normally pick up one of the devotionals, Word in Season or Christ in Our Home, and would like the 2nd quarter edition mailed to you, please let Chris Lantz know.

Text Alerts

If you would like to be included on the church text alerts, send Chris Lantz an email with the mobile phone number you would like to receive the messages. This method of communication will not be used for prayer requests. 


If you find your self in financial hardship during the pandemic, Cross and Crown has a designated fund, called the Joy Fund, to help with unexpected nonrecurring expenses. Email Stacy Reid for more information.


Announcements of upcoming church events delivered at the beginning of our Sunday worship services are part of the life of our community. But we need to be able to respect the time constraints of our members. So, beginning immediately, Church Council has created some simple guidelines regarding announcements: 

  • Each announcement must last no longer than 30 seconds. The announcement should primarily direct listeners to the bulletin insert and the weekly Connection for more information. 
  • All announcements must be in the bulletin insert and Connection for that week. 
  • Deadline for the bulletin insert and Connection is Thursday at noon. Send your announcement by email to Chris Lantz in the office,

Thank you for your help!


If you are tired of writing checks for your offerings and would like the convenience of electronic giving, then we invite you to consider the Simply Giving program. Brochures are available at the Welcome Desk.