Return to In-Person Worship

Return to In-Person Worship

We have returned to an in-person option for worship on Sundays at 9:30 am. In addition, an outdoor service will also be offered at 11:00 am. All procedures and guidelines established by our return-to-worship committee will be in place. 

Indoor services will be limited in attendance. Outdoor services will not have a limit, but registration is requested. Please bring your own chairs to the outdoor services. Watch your for how to sign up for services.

  • 9:30 am – Indoor worship service – spoken Liturgy of Holy Communion with organ music, PLUS live stream of the indoor service on our YouTube channel
  • 11:00 am – Outdoor worship service (weather permitting) - Liturgy of Holy Communion with “masked” singing


Pastor Candidate Set to Visit April 16-18

The council and staff have met with the pastor candidate recommended by the call committee. The council met to determine if the council accepts the candidate and will recommend the pastor candidate as our next pastor for the congregation to consider. The vote of the council was unanimous! The next step is for the candidate to come and visit the congregation.

The following opportunities are available to meet the pastor and his family:

  • Zoom Meet & Greet: Friday, April 16 - 7:00 - 8:00 pm
  • Live Meet & Greets: Saturday, April 17 -10:00 am - 12:00 noon and 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm 

Special Congregational Meeting April 25

The congregational meeting to vote on calling the candidate will be April 25 at 10:30 am. PLEASE SAVE THIS DATE as well.

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


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

C&C BOOK GROUP - MON 4/26 at 7:00 pm

Cross and Crown’s book group is reading The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris. 

The book tells the story of how Slovakian Jew Lale Sokolov, who was imprisoned at Auschwitz in 1942, fell in love with a girl he was tattooing at the concentration camp. The story is based on the real lives of Sokolov and his wife, Gita Furman. 

Copies of the book are available outside the office. The discussion will be held on April 26. 

If you want to be included in the zoom conversation and are not a part of the regular group, email Alice Miley

Follow Up on Lenten Project

A huge thank you from our four Lenten families! Your generosity was really appreciated. All of the items donated were delivered to the families and they were grateful and overwhelmed. As an example, following is a note from Randy Swaboda, the dad in one of our families:

Fred. I just wanted to let you know that John and Paul brought me and my boys items for us and our house today. I was beyond words for the abundance of items. I can not convey in words how grateful we are to you and the church. I will let the church and members know that as well. Thank you. God Bless. Randy, Tyler and Justin


Do you remember Night Without a Bed last year?

Family Promise will be launching the encore, month-long #NightWithoutABed fundraising campaign just after Easter and Passover on Monday, April 5. The "sleepout"-- where you spend a night on the floor, in your car, or in a tent--will be Saturday, May 1. There will also be a morning T-shirt giveaway with donuts and yoga on Sunday, May 2.

Funding from this campaign determines how many apartment shelter units can be sustained in June when the 12-month funding established this time last year, runs out. The goal for the campaign is $75,000, which will maintain the existing shelter capacity at 10 families. If we collect more, that willl make it possible to rent more shelter apartments. 

Click here for more information about how to support our homeless families. Be sure to note the dates for #NightWithoutABed.


Spring Blood Drive - MAY 2

The first installment of our semi-annual blood drives for 2021 will commence in the Bloodmobile on May 2 from 9am – 12pm. Blood donors, please register as usual at

Also, please make a note that the fall blood drive will be on November 7. If you have any questions, please email Rob Sculthorp. Remember- the life you save could be your own!


Coming Soon: 

Ivy Hills / Cross & Crown Community Garden

If you have been by church lately you may have noticed some activity just south of the sanctuary. With the approval of the church council, The Ivy Hills Residents Association is installing a community garden. There will be opportunities for church member to participate in and support the garden in a variety of ways and more information will be coming soon. If you have any questions prior to then, please email Lisa Stocks at or 317-417-8473. 


The SHARING PLACE remains open and in need of your support. Main need is non-sugar cereal, along with peanut butter, jelly, spaghetti sauce, pork 'n beans and egg noodles. At this time we do not need spaghetti.

Special Request for Food Items

We have a request for food items for someone with special dietary needs. These items have to be free of additives (especially sugars) and preservatives. Here are needed items: 


- Nut Butters (peanut, almond, cashew) that are all natural with no additives or preservatives

- Fruits canned in their own juices with no additives or preservatives

- Grape Juice - Welches with no additives

- Orange Juice - All natural

- Peppermint or Spearmint Teas with no additives or preservatives


Thank you for your help with this request. These items may be brought to church and put in the kitchen on the tables and in the center refrigerator in needed. Non-perishables can be left in the Sharing Place bin outside the church office.

As always, thanks for your continued support. 

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.

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.


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.