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


PreK - 5th grade:

9:00 - 9:25 am - Children's Choir

9:30 - 10:15 am - Children's Christian Education  

6th - 8th grade:

9:00 - 10:00 am - Confirmation Class

Children’s choir will be a part of the Sunday School curriculum this year! Children will gather in the choir room starting at 9:00 am, Sunday mornings. Mr. Matthew Rhea (our Music Director) will be working with our children PreK through 6th grade. During this time, they will learn about the hymnal, the liturgical year, note reading, and singing. They will be singing special anthems with the adult choir and as a separate group on varying Sundays throughout the year.


This month, the Cross & Crown Book Group will be reading The Kitchen Boy: A Novel of the Last Tsar by Robert Alexander.

The group will meet on September 23 at 6:30 pm at Mackenzie River Grill. Copies of the book are available in the church office. 



Adult Education during the 9am Sunday School hour begins September 29 with a discussion of the book, Everybody Always by Bob Goff. In this 5-week course, we will learn to love everyone as Jesus does. 

This class has a book and a study guide, please purchase both from your favorite retailer. If the cost of purchasing the books causes a financial strain, please contact Chris Lantz in the church office.

Watch a video preview here on YouTube.


Worship Matters

Beginning October 20, Stan Peterson will be leading a course on Worship. This 5-session introductory course has been developed to help participants grow into a richer understanding of the foundations of Lutheran worship.

This class requires a book that the office will purchase. Please contact Chris Lantz by October 4 to reserve a copy of the book.

Surprised by Hope

Later this Fall, we will also be offering another class called "Surprised by Hope" by The Right Rev. NT Wright, Bishop of Durham. 

Watch a video preview here on YouTube.

Save Your Shoes - SoleMates PACKING ON SEPT 28!

We will begin collecting shoes starting Sunday, September 14. 

And our annual SoleMates shoe pack will be Saturday, September 28.

Watch for more information!

Faith Fellowship Dinner - OCT 6

Summer Sundays are over and we miss them already, so your ministry team has a new idea! They will be hosting a “Faith Fellowship Dinner” the first Sunday of every month with a faith/community building event. This event is open to the congregation.

Save the date: the first dinner will take place Sunday, October 6 from 5-7pm. Stay tuned for more details in the following weeks.

Sunday School Teachers Needed

Christian Education has resumed. Michelle Stramiello is seeking volunteers to help teach the youth of our church. Curriculum, training and encouragement are available from Michelle. 

Sign up to help >

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! 

To update rosters for 2019-2020…

If you’re already a volunteer: Please contact Chris Lantz by Sept 17 to 1) Sign up for new roles or 2) Step away from others.

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

Buddy Bags Return!

We will again be collecting food for Buddy Bags for the Thanksgiving break. The bags are given to 20 children who normally receive free lunch at Allisonville Elementary School. Without free lunch during school breaks, these children sometimes go hungry. Buddy Bags help to provide nutritious food for these children to take home during the break. 

We will be collecting items in November and will pack the bags on Sunday, November 17 after worship, so save the date!

Washington Township Schools Recognition

Cross and Crown was recently recognized at a Washington Township School Board meeting for "Helping to make Washington Township a Superior School District." 

The recognition was received for allowing the township to use our parking lot for a pick up and drop off during Summer School this past June and July.

Sabbatical Committee Work

A committee of several Cross and Crown folks are working on a Clergy Renewal Grant from the Lilly Endowment Clergy Renewal Program for Pastor Chris and Cross and Crown. The hope for the Sabbatical Committee is to write a grant that would award a sabbatical in 2021. Stay tuned for updates

Hide and Seek Rocks

Scattered around the building you might find painted rocks. If you find a rock, look on the bottom for a number, go to the narthex and look for the chart to see who the painter of the rock is. Seek that person out and, if you don’t know them, introduce yourself, or if you do already know them, say Hi! 

Another way to build community one event at a time. 


The needs continue. Let's see, what is your Sunday to donate? 

Pork 'n' beans, spaghetti, egg noodles, non-sugar cereal, toilet paper, and plastic bags or cash to Stan. 

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