Our Summer worship schedule has started. Through September 2, we will offer two Sunday services and there will be no Christian Education:

  • 9:30 am - Traditional worship service with Holy Communion
  • 6:00 pm - Spoken word service with Holy Communion, weather permitting this service will be held outside (note, there will be no Sunday evening service on Aug 5 or Aug 12 due to Pastor Chris's vacation)


The choir will have a retreat on Saturday, August 25 from 10 am - 2 pm. We'll have a pitch-in and begin learning music for the fall season. Regular choir rehearsals resume Thursday, August 30 from 7 - 8:30. Note the new day! Everyone is welcome and there is no audition. Contact Matthew Rhea for more information.


Cross and Crown will be welcoming new members on Sunday, August 26. There will be a luncheon immediately following the worship service for the entire congregation.

The fellowship team will provide pulled pork, buns, mac and cheese, and coleslaw. There will also be cake to celebrate!

Please RSVP as soon as you know if you can attend. You can count kids over 10 years old as adults. You are also invited to sign up to set up tables, bring a side or clean up.

You should have received an email from Sign Up Genius with the link to sign up. If not, here is the link:

You can contact Sara Paul at with any questions.


The next read for the C&C book group is "The Sometimes Daughter" by Sherri Wood Emmons. There is one copy of the book available in the office. The discussion will be held August 27. For questions about book group contact Bruce Starek

SAWS Ramp Build

As part of our Weekend of Service (September 8 & 9), Cross & Crown will be participating in a SAWS build on September 8. SAWS (Servants at Work) builds ramps for home bound people with disabilities. If you are interested in helping with this project, please email Garrett Waite or call him at 317-586-5191.


We have another work day scheduled during the Weekend of Service! Put Saturday, September 8 and Sunday September 9 on your calendar.


Cross and Crown will be hosting an Unarmed Response to Active Shooter presentation on Sunday September 30 after worship. This program is presented by Indiana State Police. The  presentation will last 60 - 90 minutes based on audience questions and will be relevant to all ages. Watch for more details as the date gets closer.


Shalom Zone will have its yearly recycling event with Recycle Force on Saturday, October 13, 2018. If an item runs (or used to run) with a plug or a battery, you can recycle it! This year it will be held at Epworth United Methodist Church, 6450 Allisonville Rd. Look for more details as

we draw closer to the event.


The Shalom Zone is pleased to be hosting Tim Streett and his Poverty 101 course at First Friends on Monday evenings at 7 pm beginning on September 10. The course will run for 6 consecutive Monday evenings through October 15 and last approximately 90 minutes per session. 

Tim Streett works for The Shepherd Center and has developed this course to help folks gain a better understanding of what poverty is really all about in contrast to what those, who have not lived in poverty, think it is all about. Tim has intentionally lived among those in poverty and has developed a unique understanding that he believes is helpful to those who take his course to be better equipped to help deal with poverty situations. 

Don't worry if you cannot attend each week as Tim says there is powerful learning each week that you are able to attend. You can sign up for the course by contacting Mary Jean Woods at A donation of $20 is requested for the course. (Please make checks payable to the Shepherd Community Center.) All proceeds will go to the Shepherd Community Center.



As you may have heard, in recent months many children have been separated from their families at the border. A number of them are in the care of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS). LIRS is in desperate need of financial donations to help them care for these children.


For almost 80 years, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) has been a champion for refugees and migrants from around the globe. Their legacy of compassionate service has made a difference in the lives of hundreds of thousands of people who have found safety and hope in America's communities.

Click here for more information and to donate. 


Thank you to all that donated to the Lucinda Paul Legacy Scholarship, that was started by the Broad Ripple High School Alumni Association. To date, close to $2000 has been received in donations. The first scholarship for $1200 will be awarded on May 1 to a Broad Ripple senior who will be pursuing a music degree in College. Future scholarships of $1000 will be awarded to an IPS student pursing a music degree. This in an ongoing scholarship and donations are always welcome and can be mailed to: Jan Petrie Ottolini 1967 Treasurer, BRHS Alumni Association 5692 Norwaldo Avenue Indianapolis, IN 46220 If you have questions regarding the scholarship please contact John Hiatt.

SEEKING Volunteers

  • Card MinistryThe card ministry is hoping that someone would like to help them write cards. They meet every other month on a Friday morning for a few hours. If you are interested please contact Jenny Walthers at 317-356-3376.
  • Sunday Morning Counter - If you are a numbers person, perhaps you would like to be a counter for Cross & Crown. A counter works together with another counter to sort, count, and record the Sunday Morning offering. Time commitment is approximately 30 minutes every 7 weeks and training will be provided. For more information contact Germaine McAllister or Chris Lantz.
  • Needle Crafters - Do you crochet or knit? Consider joining others in making prayer shawls and lap robes as well as hats for chemo patients. We have a lot of yarn and patterns to get you started. If interested, please contact Carol Kemp or 219-861-9354.


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!


  • Vases - Was one of your New Year's resolutions to clean out your closets? Maybe your trash can become a treasure to Random Acts of Flowers. This not-for-profit group accepts flowers from area wholesalers, florists, grocery stores, and private functions and repurposes them into beautiful arrangements that are delivered twice a week to area nursing homes, hospitals, hospice centers and care facilities. This organization has a great need for vases. Do you have any to donate? Used or new, small or big...any will do. Please bring them to church and Carol Kemp will be there to receive them.
  • Plastic CapsJill Speraw has found a place to take our plastic lids and caps for a bench project: First United Methodist Church in Noblesville. Please continue to collect all types of clean plastic lids and bring them to the collection point in the Narthex.


The Sharing Place is distributing more food this year than in any previous year and consequently is busier now than ever. We need more volunteers along with the usual food items -- spaghetti, egg noodles, non-sugar cereal and pork 'n beans -- or money to Stan. Also, don't forget your plastic bags. Your donations make a huge difference and are much appreciated. Talk with Stan Peterson if you are interested in volunteering. Thanks!


  • 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