We currently offer live-streamed online worship on Sunday mornings at 10:30 am. Due to the rising cases of COVid 19 and the desire to keep our staff and church family safe, the decision has been made to suspened in-person worship until further notice. 

  • The video will go live about 10:20 am on Sunday. You’ll be able to hear the prelude as we all prepare for the service which will begin at 10:30 am. 
  • The service will include Holy Communion. Before worship, you will want to prepare a place in your home for the bread and wine/juice. You may use any form of bread. You may also commune in one kind, either the bread or the wine.
  • The service will be recorded and available for viewing during the week. So, even if you can’t watch “live” you will still be able to worship.

View the Service of the Word on YouTuberightarrow

2021 Annual Meeting of the Congregation - JAN 24 @ 11:30 am

Mark your calendars for our 2021 Annual Meeting of the Congregation.

The meeting will be held via Zoom on January 24 at 11:30 am. At this meeting we will be:

  • Reflecting on God’s mission for and through us in 2020
  • Electing new Church Council Members
  • Electing Nominating Committee Members
  • Voting on the proposed budget for 2021  
  • Looking forward to 2021 ministries
  • Conducting other business of the congregation

In order to vote on any measures it is necessary that we have a quorum of voting members. (A voting member is a confirmed member with a record of receiving communion and making a financial contribution in 2020). 

Please mark your calendars and make every effort to attend this meeting on Zoom. A link to the meeting will be emailed on Saturday, January 23. 

Annual reports will be emailed out prior to the meeting. If you have questions, email Chris Lantz.


Many, many thanks to all who provided Christmas gifts to the three families who are in the Family Promise Aftercare program! Your generosity is greatly appreciated. With your help, these families will enjoy an especially bountiful Christmas.


The SHARING PLACE remains open and in need of your support. Let's shift our focus to urgently needed items: canned vegetables and canned meat (tuna and chicken) along with the usual -pasta and sauce, cereal and egg noodles. 

As always, thanks for your continued support. You may bring your items to The Sharing Place bin outside the church office.

For more information about Lutheran Child and Family Services, visit their new website at


Thursday nights at 7:00 pm

On Thursdays at 7:00 pm, Mathew will host a general discussion via Zoom about music, with topics ranging from our Lutheran service music to classical, jazz, and more. See your Friday email for the Zoom link. Mathew looks forward to talking with you about how he chooses the music you hear in our services and sharing his love of music.


Join the Zoom conversation on Tuesdays at 2:00. We will discuss the topic of the week and entertain questions from participants. 

Zoom login info can be found in this past Friday's "Connection" email.


The Cross and Crown book group will be reading "Loving Frank" by Nancy Horan.

Loving Frank tells the story of Mamah Borthwick and her illicit love affair with Frank Lloyd Wright amidst the public shame they experienced in early twentieth century America. This fictional account told from a new perspective, that of little known Mamah, is based on research conducted by first time novelist Nancy Horan. It relates events in Mamah’s life as it became inextricably intertwined with that of Wright between the years of 1907 through 1914. By following the artistic aspirations and travels of the two main protagonists, the novel sheds light on the social mores of the times in the U.S. and Europe.

Books are available outside the church office or at home of Alice Miley. The discussion will be held on January 25, 2021. Email Alice Miley with questions. 

Peter Panda Safety Plan & You

As part of Peter Panda Preschool's plan to provide a safe environment for the students and staff, the director Sarah Thatcher has developed safety requirements based upon CDC guidelines and Marion County Health Department guidelines for schools. One of the requirements is the parents of the children will not be allowed to come into the building when dropping off or picking up their children. This is to keep the number of people in the building to a minimum. 

In order to honor this requirement, it is requested members of the church not come inside the church building while Peter Panda is in session. The hours for Peter Panda are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Thank you for honoring the requirements of the Peter Panda Preschool safety plan.


A BIG THANK YOU to everyone who responded to the congregational survey! The Mission Site Profile Has Been Submitted!

Next Steps

The submission of the Mission Site Profile is just the FIRST step in the call process. The next step is the responsibility of the call committee. The committee will be receiving the names of candidates from the Synod office in the next few weeks or months. The committee will be vetting and interviewing these candidates and discerning which candidate to recommend to the council to interview and discern whether the candidate will be presented to the congregation as the candidate for our next pastor.

At any point in this process, the candidate may decide to remove themselves from being considered further just as the call committee, the council, or the congregation may reject the candidate. This process will take several weeks or months to complete. For more detailed information, please refer to the newsletter sent out in May explaining the process or contact Julie Slavens at or Eric Jensen at

Please continue to pray for God to prepare our next pastor and to prepare us for our next pastor.

Call Committee Members

Craig Beougher, Brenda Cooper, Eric Jensen, Brent Johnson, Sara Paul, and Jill Speraw. Ashleigh Gelfius will be serving as a nonvoting youth advisor.

Interim Pastor

Deacon Marilyn Smith is serving as our part-time interim pastor and as Pastor of Record for Cross and Crown. (A Pastor of Record is a Pastor or lay person assigned by the Synod Office to handle pastoral care in absence of a called Pastor.) In case of pastoral emergency, please contact Marilyn Smith at 419-792-5564 or via email.


If you have any specific questions, please email Julie Slavens or call her at 317-818-9137.


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.