In-Person Indoor Worship

We have returned to an in-person option for worship on Sundays at 9:30 am. The service will include a cross bearer, acolyte, and congregational singing with face masks required. Over the summer we will move toward adding more liturgy to the service.

  • 9:30 am – Indoor worship service
  • 9:30 am - Live stream of the indoor service on our YouTube channel

Weekly Outdoor Service Discontinued

The weekly second outdoor service will be eliminated beginning May 30. The outdoor service will be retained in some manner and could be monthly or bi-weekly at a different time or day. This will be determined by the Council and Pastor Ed.

Renewed Focus on Proper Face Mask and Social Distancing Practices

We will renew our efforts to better address adherence to the face mask and social distancing practices before, during, and after indoor worship. Concern was expressed in the survey these practices were not being followed, making some people not comfortable with worshipping inside. We will be offering separated areas in the narthex area for those who would feel more comfortable with a greater distance than six feet from other worshippers.

We Have a New Pastor!

Pastor Ed Strietelmeier has accepted the call to be our next Pastor. His first Sunday with us will be June 13. You can read his acceptance letter here!

Updates to worship guidelines and building use

The Marion County Health Department issued a new Public Health Order addressing COVID-19 precautions including the mandatory wearing of masks and other information on June 8, 2021. The new Order does not require fully vaccinated persons to wear face masks except in limited situations. The Order allows churches to return to 100% capacity and recommends social distancing guidelines continue to be used.

The executive committee consisting of the officers and Pastor, i.e., Pastor Ed, Julie Slavens, Carolyn Ramsey, Patty Conrad, Mike Berry met with Matthew Rhea, Mary Ordo, Beth Overmyer, and Ron and Chris Lantz to discuss current procedures at Cross & Crown. Worship and building procedures will continue to be evaluated as health orders change.


The following changes in procedures for worship at Cross & Crown were approved unanimously by the executive committee.

  • Masks are still required at our Sunday morning worship services.
  • You will no longer need to sign up to come to church.
  • The two center sections (pews) are open seating, every other row. Social distancing is not required.
  • The two outside rows (chairs) and Narthex are for people who feel more comfortable being socially distanced from others. If you sit in these areas please begin sitting at the front row, sitting every other row and 6 ft separation from the next person not in your group.
  • Ushers will be available for assistance.
  • Communion will continue to be prepackaged, and we will be communing in our seats.
  • The Bibles and Hymnals will eventually be put back into the Sanctuary to use during the service.
  • The offering plate is at the back of the Sanctuary, please fill out a yellow pew card and place it in the basket when leaving the Sanctuary.
  • The service will continue to be live streamed and available to watch anytime on YouTube.


Peter Panda Preschool is out for the summer, so the building is no longer on restricted hours during the week. Small group meetings are welcome at the church. Each group can determine their comfort level with respect to wearing masks and social distancing during meetings. Remember to schedule your meetings with the church office.


While we are all glad to see each other in person again, please remember the comfort levels of others may be different than yours and we do have guidelines in place that we need to follow. Please practice 6 feet social distancing, follow the ushers’ instructions, and sit with only the people that you are quarenteaming with. If you wish to visit after the first service, please do so outside and away from the circle so that the set up for the second service can take place. 

Hand Bell Choir

Cross & Crown is starting a hand bell choir!  Look for the hand bells in the Narthex after the indoor service over the next few Sundays. You will have an opportunity to see, hear, and play the hand bells. People with no experience are encouraged to talk to Matthew about the choir. Reading music is helpful, but not required. 

Please email Matthew Rhea if you have interest in joining Cross and Crown’s new hand bell choir.

Synod Assembly - 6/11-12

Virtual Synod Assembly is June 11 and 12. We offer prayers for Bishop Gafkjean, the synod staff and all those attending for a productive meeting. Representing Cross and Crown are Pastor Ed, Patty Conrad, and Karl Willman.

If you would like to take part in the worship service on Friday, June 11, 2021, which begins at 7:30 pm Eastern, and/or the fellowship time following the service ONLY, you can do so at no cost by registering at http://bit.ly/2021assemblyworship.

C&C BOOK GROUP - 6/28 at 7:00 pm

Our new book is a bestseller, All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr.

A Pulitzer prize bestseller about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II.

Copies are available on the table by the church office. The discussion for this book will be on June 28. Copies of the book are available outside the office. For questions about the book group contact, email Alice Miley


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 lutheranfamily.org.


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 tithe.ly 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, chris@cclutheran.com

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.