(1) The Wired Word: Tom Marette and Cindi Berry will be leading a discussion class in the chapel at 9:00 am. The class will use recent current events to base their discussion, share highs and lows and share prayer requests. If you would like more information contact Tom Marette. 

(2) Book Discussion, Unafraid: Living with Courage & Hope in Uncertain Times  with Pastor Ed

Beginning October 2, we will begin reading and discussing Unafraid: Living with Courage & Hope in Uncertain Times By Adam Hamilton. See Pastor Ed for a Book Copy: $20 per copy. The discussion will be led by Pastor Ed. Drawing on recent research, inspiring real-life examples, and fresh biblical insight, Pastor Adam Hamilton uses a mixture of facts and faith to help readers understand and counter fears related to such outsize perils as death and illness, as well as the everyday anxieties all of us encounter. 

Classes Meet: Sundays in October (2, 9, 16, 23, 30) at 9:00 am.


Join us Sunday at 9:00 am in the Christ Quest room (next to the choir room). Our lesson this year will follow the lectionary and will reinforce the scripture shared during our weekly worship services. 

If you are able to volunteer an hour of your time to support Children’s Ministry, we are looking for volunteers to help lead classes (all training and materials provided) and also to provide a weekly snack. Please visit the Signup Genius link to volunteer. Contact Lisa ( for more information.


Picture This!

Our Sundays (Sept-May) will focus on God’s Story – each week a new event/milestone that marches us from Genesis through Revelation. The sermon, readings, anthems, and hymns will all reflect one theme each week.

And that’s where you come in. How would you picture a great Biblical event? Could you draw/paint it? Maybe? How about creating an abstract drawing to symbolize it? Hmm. Or what about a photo (landscape/object/setting) that ‘speaks’ a certain theme to you? Or maybe you have a copy of a picture that relates really well to a certain theme (think newspaper/magazine/book sources)? Frankly, even stick figures can say an awful lot! Help us tell God’s Story through your eyes.

Here’s our goal: a new visual each week to be featured in a bulletin insert. (We’ll need 35! The first few weeks are already in progress.) To get started, check out the sign-up board in the Narthex. It lists dates with their themes and a place for your name (individual or family). More details are available there too. An email sent closer to your date will include the whole reading and guidelines.

Questions? Pam Ruble, Carol Kemp, Lisa Stocks, Pr. Ed.

P.S. Visitors and anyone unable to get to church: Please join us in this project!


Cross & Crown will be returning to Second Helpings on September 24 from 8 am – 12 noon. We will also be volunteering on Saturday, December 10 at the same time.

Second Helpings is a food rescue kitchen that prepares and delivers food to the food insecure in the Indianapolis area. Volunteers must be 16 years old and provide proof of vaccination. If you have questions about Second Helpings or would like to volunteer on September 24, email Charley Smith or Rick Westwick

Click here for more information and to complete a volunteer waiver. 


Sunday, September 25 we will be offering active shooter response training beginning at 12 pm. The training will be led by Indiana State Police, and it offers important information for all situations. A light sandwich lunch will be offered immediately after service and the presentation will begin promptly at 12 noon. There will be time for questions at the end of the presentation.


The Sharing Place

Thanks for the egg cartons and plastic bags. Much appreciated and used. But don't forget... we still need food: pork 'n beans, pasta sauce, cereal (any kind), egg noodles and toilet paper or money to Stan. Thanks for your kindness!   

SAWs Build Coming!

We will be joining other Shalom Zone churches for a SAWs build on October 1. SAWs builds accessibility ramps at the homes of disabled families in need. This event will be in lieu of a separate SAWs build by C&C. C&C has been active in SAWs in the past and we hope that we will have at least 4 volunteers! If you are interested in participating or have questions, please email Mary Jean Woods or call/text 317-370-7379.

Recycle Force Electronic Recycling!

Time to clean out your garage and basement of electronics you no longer use. C&C and Shalom Zone will again partnering with Recycle Force for an electronics recycling event at Epworth United Methodist Church 6450 Allisonville Road on October 8 from 10:00-2:00. All electronic items welcome. Please note that for televisions, refrigerators (anything using Freon) and CRTs there is a $25 fee for the special process required to recycle those items. More Details Here.

Other monetary donations are also welcome! Questions? Email Mary Jean Woods

Ideas? Suggestions?

The Christian Service Team is looking for your suggestions and ideas for new service projects for the Christian Service Team for the rest of 2022. The Christian Service Team focuses on ways to help our neighbors in need throughout the greater Indianapolis area. If you have some ideas, now is your chance! Please send an email to Fred Lusk with your thoughts. Thank you!

Pastor Ed's Text Messages

Weekly Walk

If you are not receiving Pastor Ed's weekly walk text messages and would like to do so, please text "weekly walk" to 484848. These short messages offer insight on daily discipleship with Jesus.

Lutheran outdoor ministries summer camp

It's registration time for I/K Lutheran Outdoor Ministries Summer Camp. All information can be found at Scholarships of $100 are available to each camper who attends an I/K Lutheran Summer Camp, plus another $100 per camper who attends a Christian camp or conference. Contact Chris Lantz for scholarship information. I/K Summer camp brochures are available on the name tag table.


Planning has begun for the Ivy Hills/Cross and Crown Community Garden 2022 growing season! This year, Cross and Crown will have 3 beds whose harvest will all go directly to support the Sharing Place. If you are interested in helping with planting, maintaining, or harvesting this year, please email Lisa Stocks or call 317-417-8473 for more information. 

Help First Friends to Help Afghan Refugees

First Friends Quaker Meeting, one of our partners in Shalom Zone, is sponsoring an Afghan refugee family. To support their efforts to help the family with housing, clothing, food and shelter, they have established a fund for this purpose and hope to raise $5,000. Checks should be written and sent to First Friends with “Afghan Family” noted in the memo section. Address is First Friends 3030 Kessler Blvd E Dr, Indianapolis, IN 46220. Questions? Email Mary Jean Woods.

Pop Tab Collection

Start collecting your pop tabs! The initial goal is to gather One Million tabs for the “Collect a Million” Club. This will assist in raising money for Ronald McDonald House Charities that support families of patients at Riley Hospital for Children. Deposit your collected tabs in the central repository in the Narthex. Read more about the Ronald McDonals Charities Pop Tab Colletion Program here. For more information please on the program click here. Please email Rob Sculthorp if you have any questions or would like to help with administering this program.

Learn more about THE
Pop Tab Colletion PROGRAM


The SHARING PLACE remains open and in need of your support. Main needs are:

  • Toilet paper
  • Spaghetti
  • Spaghetti sauce
  • Baked beans
  • Egg noodles
  • Hygiene items: tooth brushes, tooth paste, and soap

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


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.