• Christian Education for all ages is on Sundays at 9:00 am.
  • Our Worship Service is on Sundays at 10:30 am.


Pre-K through Grade 5 Sunday School 

Sunday school teachers are needed for the upcoming Winter/Spring Christian Education classesfor PreK - 5th Grade. No experience necessary, Lisa will provide all materials and encouragement. We would love to see some of our high school kids help out! If you have questions please email Lisa Stocks.


Book Study: Grace: More Than We Deserve, Greater Than We Imagine

Cindi Berry is leading a book discussion of Grace: More Than We Deserve, Greater Than We Imagine by Max Lucado. If you would like to participate in the class please purchase the book (participants guide is not needed) from your favorite retailer. If the cost of the book provides a hardship, please email the church office. Please read chapter 5 for Sunday, February 9.


Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday is February 26. Cross and Crown will be having a service on with the distribution of ashes and communion at 7 pm. 

Lenten Project for Family Promise

This year, we will again participate in a Lenten project to benefit formerly homeless families in the Family Promise Aftercare Program. Watch for more information as we approach Lent, which beings Ash Wednesday, February 26.

Lenten Devotional

Augsburg Fortress is offering a Lenten devotional, Wondrous Love, featuring devotionals beginning Ash Wednesday and continuing through Easter. If you would like a copy please email Chris Lantz by February 12.

Soup Suppers: Calling All Cooks

C&C will once again be hosting Soup Suppers and a brief worship service for 5 Wednesdays beginning March 4. The office is looking for ministry teams and individuals who would like to help host a soup supper. Details are available from Chris Lantz, contact her via email or 317-849-4500.


Another edition of Cross and Crown's version of Fat Tuesday - affectionately known as "Chubby Sunday" - will commence following our church service on February 23, 2020. Chubby Sunday is a great time for fellowship and to celebrate the start of the Lenten season!

Cajun themed main dishes will be provided along with hot dogs. After lunch, we will play games for prizes (please sign up to donate a baked good or kid-friendly snack for the cake walk). We will also play musical chairs and you may even become King or Queen of the festivities! 

Please click here to sign up to bring a side dish, salad, dessert, or bread for lunch and/or to provide the treats for the games. We also need help setting up tables and chairs, serving, and clean up. 

Email Sara Paul or call her at 317-402-6666 with any questions! 


The Cross & Crown Book Group will be reading Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman.

Relegated to the care of an eccentric great-aunt after her mentally unbalanced mother's accidental death, 12-year-old CeeCee is quickly surrounded by the strong women and cultural elements of her new Savannah community.

The group will meet at 6:30 pm on February 24 at McKenzie River Pizza Company (4939 E 82nd St). Copies of the book are available in the office for pick-up.

Questions? Email Alice Miley.

Peter Panda Now Enrolling

Peter Panda Preschool is now enrolling for the 2020-2021 school year. Spots are filling up quickly! If you know someone who might be interested in attending Peter Panda please have them contact Sarah Thatcher at 317-849-4500. 

Calling Young Budding Artists

Attention Budding Artists

The office would like to use artwork created by young Crowners for our upcoming Lenten worship folder. When creating your artwork, it should reflect a Lenten theme (Crown of Thorns, ashes, crosses, etc.) The art work should fit on the front of a worship folder which will be purple in color and will be approved by the office. All acceptable art work will be used. Please have your submissions in the office by February 23.

Via de Cristo Retreats

Via de Cristo is a Spanish term meaning “Way of Christ.” It is a three-day leadership program with a New Testament look at Christianity as a lifestyle. Via de Cristo is a highly structured weekend designed to strengthen and renew the faith of Christian people, and through them, their families, churches, and the environment in which they live and work. It is a united effort of laity and clergy to aid congregations in developing Christian leaders to more effectively serve Christ in the church. Upcoming retreats include men’s, women’s, and a coed retreat. For dates and more information, visit

Email: Steve Stewart or Stacy Reid with questions.

Sunday Worship Volunteers

Simple tasks, good fellowship, great opportunities to serve!

This fall marks another year of the Sunday Worship Volunteer Rotation. Thanks to 100 + volunteers, the program fills 21 roles each Sunday, nearly 1,100/year. Thank You! 

If you’d like to become a volunteer: Please contact the church office by Sept 15 (849-4500; or use the yellow pew card to identify the role(s) you’re interested in. Rotations are approx. 1x/quarter; training is available. There is no such thing as too many volunteers!

Sunday Worship Roles:

  • Altar Guild
  • Bread Bakers
  • Choir/Special Music
  • Hosts at Door
  • Ushers
  • Coffee
  • Refreshment
  • Cross Bearers
  • Communion Assistants
  • Lectors (Readers)
  • Counters

Stewardship Pledge Cards

Please remember to complete and return your 2020 pledge cards. This information is used to create the 2020 budget for Cross & Crown. Pledge cards can be found on the name tag table You can return them via the offering plate, the blue and white box in the Narthex, or through the US Mail.

News from C&C Church Council

You may recall that there is a Sabbatical Team working on applying for a Clergy Renewal Grant for Pastor Chris for a sabbatical to be taken in the summer on 2021. One of the goals of the Sabbatical Team was to create a Sabbatical Policy for Cross and Crown. With a lot of effort from Craig Beougher and the rest of the Sabbatical Team, the policy was approved by the C&C council at the last meeting. You can read the new Cross and Crown Sabbatical Policy by clicking here


THE SHARING PLACE needs your help.

Spaghetti, egg noodles, non-sugar cereal, pork 'n' beans, plastic bags, and toilet paper - or money to Stan

Thank you for your generous contributions of plastic bags. Now, do you suppose we could fill more of those bags with food? Thanks for all of your help.   

Your generosity is always appreciated!


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!


  • Children Celebrating Worship - Please check out the new laminated cards in the sanctuary hymnal racks. You'll find a list of practical suggestions for parents with children newborn to 5 yrs old (blue) and 6 to 9 yrs old (pink). Consider it a survival kit for families before, during and after worship. Some of the ideas may surprise you - others simply reassure that you're on the right track. For the rest of the congregation - those who have survived or are still wondering - remember we're all in this together. Every thriving church family needs a full stock of bold, enthusiastic young voices coming to worship... for of such is the kingdom of heaven!
  • Splash: Birth to Three Faith Formation - Parents of babies and toddlers, Cross and Crown offers a faith-based curriculum for families with children under the age of 3. The newsletter is mailed directly to you with ideas to nurture faith development in young children. If you would like to receive the newsletter, contact Lisa Stocks.


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.

5233 E. 79th St.

Indianapolis, IN 46250

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Ph: 317.849.4500