Sunday school & SERVICES

9:00 am - Christian Education for all ages

10:30 am - Worship Service


Christian Education classes are available for all ages. All classes begin at 9:00 am on Sundays. 

Children Pre-K through 6th Grade

Thank you to all who have helped with teaching the youth, your help is appreciated. The sign up for the Winter/Spring 2019 classes in now available, click here to sign upNo experience necessary. Just bring a loving heart. Materials and encouragement are provided by Pastor Michelle!

All start in the Christ Quest room at 9:00 am. Pickup is at 10:00 am in the same room. During class, you can find your children here:

  • PreK-K will be in the Piglet room
  • Grades 1-2 will be in the Lions room
  • Grades 3-4 will be in the Frogs room
  • Pre-Confirmation grades 5-6 will meet in the conference room in the church office

Confirmation grades 7 & 8 - meet in the youth room

Adults & Post-Confirmation Young Adults

  • "The Cost of Discipleship" -- Pastor Chris will be leading a lecture/discussion class on the modern day spiritual classic, "The Cost of Discipleship" by Dietrich Bonhoeffer. This class will be a good follow-up to Pr. Stan's Fall course on Matthew and is designed to complement our Sunday readings for this Spring in which the gospel of Matthew figures prominantly. It's not necessary to read the book ahead of time to participate in the class. We will be exploring its major themes each week at a doable pace for busy people. The book is available for purchase online from Amazon or other retailers. If the cost of the book is a financial hardship for you please contact the church office
  • "Stranger God: Meeting Jesus in Disguise"  -- Cindi Bery will be leading a new book discussion on "Stranger God: Meeting Jesus in Disguise" by Richard Beck. This class will meet in the Chapel. Read Chapter 2 for Sunday, February 3.


Three of our children will be receiving their First Communion this Sunday:

ChloePaul, Evelyn Roberts, and Hannah Wittmayer. They recently completed three weeks of instruction with Pastor Chris and Michelle. Katelynn Beougher completed the class too and is not able to be here on Sunday, so she will receive her First Communion on February 17.


The February Ladies' Night Out will be on Monday, Feb. 4, at the home of Pam Burchett, 3738 Haverhill Drive, Indianapolis, 46240. We will celebrate Valentine's Day early! Bring an appetizer or wine to share. This gathering is open to all friends of Cross & Crown.


Parents of all youth, Michelle Stramiello will be having a meeting for parents of youth pre-school thru high school on Sunday, February 10 immediately after the worship service in the Youth Room. Please mark your calendar and plan on attending. If you have questions email Michelle.


Another edition of Cross and Crown's version of Fat Tuesday - affectionately kno wn as "Chubby Sunday" will commence following our church service on March 3, 2019. Cajun themed main dishes will be provided along with hot dogs. 

After lunch we will have a cake walk (please sign up to donate a baked good or kid-friendly snack). We will also play musical chairs and you may even become King or Queen of the festivities!

Chubby Sunday is a great time for fellowship and to celebrate the start of the Lenten season!

Please use the Signup Genius link to sign up to bring a side dish, salad, dessert, or bread for lunch and/or to provide the treats for the cake walk. We also need help setting up tables and chairs, serving help, and help with clean up. Contact Sara Paul ( or 317-402-6666) with any questions!

Click here to sign up.


The new directories are in! If you had your picture taken or provided a picture there is a copy of the directory for you in the Narthex. Look for your name on the back of the directory. If you are not pictured in the directory and would  like a copy there are a limited number available, please email Chris Lantz to get a copy.


Wheeler Mission, which provides services for thousands of homeless people in the Indianapolis area, is in crisis mode because of the severe winter weather. 

Hundreds of men, women and children are sleeping on mats on the floor at the Wheeler Mission, as the shelter beds are completely full. The weather forecast for the coming week is for more brutally cold, sub-zero temperatures.

Our own Jill Speraw works at Wheeler and is seeing this crisis up close. If you would like to donate any much needed items from the list below, Jill will take them to Wheeler. See the collection barrel in the Narthex.

The most urgently needed items are:

  • New underwear for men, women & children (especially large sizes)
  • Any size winter hats, gloves, mittens, scarves
  • Twin-size sheets or blankets

You can also make financial donations to Wheeler Mission Ministries online by clicking here.


The office is now able to send out important information and reminders via text messaging. This will not replace the information found in The Connection (weekly email) nor will it be used for prayer requests. If you think you would be interested in receiving text messages from the office, please email Chris Lantz and let her know.


In 2018 The Sharing Place served 18,917 families. These people were served by 65 regular volunteers. Thanks be to God! And, once again, THANKS to all who provided food for the pantry and to those C&C members who are volunteering regularly. You are indeed making a difference. 

Now, let's keep up the good work. Pick your Sunday to donate. Items needed are still spaghetti, egg noodles, pork 'n' beans and non-sugar cereal or money to Stan. You folks are terrific! 



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. 

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.
  • 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.


  • 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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