The New Testament You Never Knew

Join Tom Grau, Pam Ruble, & Rick Wilson in learning about the 'story behind the story' of the New Testament. Using informative videos from renowned New Testament scholars N.T. Wright & Michael Bird, these classes will look at Jesus' life, death, and resurrection in its cultural context as well as the incredible expansion of the early church into the Greco-Roman world. 

Study Guides are $15 & available in the Narthex. Contact Pastor Ed to sign up and if you have questions. Classes are 9 AM to 10 AM and begin Sunday January 15 and end Sunday February 19 (6 Sessions)

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Please join us each week beginning at 9 AM in the Sunday School room (next to the choir room). We are in need of volunteers to help teach and provide snacks each week. All materials and training providing for teaching, no preparation is required! Please visit the Signup Genius link to volunteer. Contact Lisa ( with any questions.


The 2023 Cross & Crown Annual Meeting is scheduled for January 29, 2023, following the worship service. At this meeting we will be electing new church council members, approving the 2023 annual budget, reflecting on 2022 and looking forward to 2023. Please plan to attend this meeting.


The book group will meet on Monday, Jan. 30, at 5:15 p.m. in the chapel to discuss THE WOMAN IN CABIN 10 by Ruth Ware. Those who wish can go out to eat afterwards. If anyone wants to join us, there are books available by the office.


Picture This!

Our Sundays (Sept-May) will focus on God’s Story – each week a new event/milestone that marches us from Genesis through Revelation. The sermon, readings, anthems, and hymns will all reflect one theme each week.

Artists of every age have been sharing their artistic interpretations of God’s Story in our Sunday bulletins. Thank you! The visuals help us all see the stories in new ways. Have you thought of sharing your talents this way? Please check out the poster in the Narthex. Still plenty of Sundays to choose from…all the way to May. Sign up for a date and theme that works for you. 

How would you picture a great Biblical event? Could you draw/paint it? Maybe? How about creating an abstract drawing to symbolize it? Hmm. Or what about a photo (landscape/object/setting) that ‘speaks’ a certain theme to you? Or maybe you have a copy of a picture that relates really well to a certain theme (think newspaper/magazine/ book sources)? Frankly, even stick figures can say an awful lot! Help us tell God’s Story through your eyes.

Questions? Pam Ruble, Carol Kemp, Lisa Stocks, Pastor Ed.

P.S. Visitors and anyone unable to get to church: Please join us in this project!


So far 29 hats and 7 scarves have been created by the crocheters/knitters of the congregation. The hats and scarves will be donated to Wheeler Mission for men and women in the rescue part of the mission. This is the segment of the mission where people go when they have nowhere else to go (not part of the semi-permanent housing program). 

It's not too late to get started! The scarf is simple; just chain as many chains as you want the width to be, then double chain the entire thing! Fringe is optional. If you want to view the YouTube video on the simple hat, go to YouTube, search for Bag-O-Day Crochet, then her Easy Beginner Basic Blue Beanie. 

Thank you to everyone who has been busy with needles, hooks and yarn! Any questions, please email Debbie Risotto or Carla Ficorilli.


The Sharing Place

Thanks for the egg cartons and plastic bags. Much appreciated and used. But don't forget... we still need food: pork 'n beans, pasta sauce, cereal (any kind), egg noodles and toilet paper or money to Stan. Thanks for your kindness!   

Ideas? Suggestions?

The Christian Service Team is looking for your suggestions and ideas for new service projects for the Christian Service Team for the rest of 2022. The Christian Service Team focuses on ways to help our neighbors in need throughout the greater Indianapolis area. If you have some ideas, now is your chance! Please send an email to Fred Lusk with your thoughts. Thank you!

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.