In-Person Indoor Worship

We have returned to in-person option for worship on Sundays at 10:30 am. 

  • 10:30 am – Worship service
  • 10:30 am - Live stream of the indoor service on our YouTube channel

See current worship guidelines


Welcome to Pastor Ed Strietelmeier and his family -- wife Laura and daughters Nora and Lizzy. Pastor Ed is the new Pastor of Cross & Crown! We are excited to do ministry together and look forward to a new season at Cross & Crown. You can read his acceptance letter here!

Learning the New Sunday Morning Liturgy

We've begun a new liturgy, Setting Six from the ELW. This is an energetic and spirited setting that will put us in a worshipful frame of heart & mind. Still, new liturgies can be intimidating, but don't worry! We have you covered.


Watch this YouTube Video to get acquainted with this new setting.

FALL Sunday School CLASSES

Sunday School classes begin September 19 at 9 AM. This fall, we have three classes:

  • K – 3rd grade
  • 4th – 6th grade
  • Adult book study

For the adult class, Cindi Berry and Pastor Ed are co-leading a class on the book, Half Truths: God Helps Those Who Help Themselves and Other Things that the Bible Doesn’t Say.

Talk to Pastor Ed about getting a copy of the book for $10.

Animal Blessing

Back by popular demand, the 20th Annual Pet Blessing will be held Sunday October 3 at 1:00 at Cross & Crown. All animals are welcome! (Anything with less or more than 4 feet must be contained.) Please come back to church with your pets for this fun event! Any questions, contact Jane Love 317-403-1395 or

Hand Bell Choir

Hand bell choir rehearsals have started! Practice will be held each Thursday at 7:00 pm. This time will likely change once church choir resumes practicing.

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

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:

  • Non-sugar cereal
  • Jelly
  • Spaghetti sauce
  • Pork 'n beans
  • Egg noodles
  • Hygiene items: tooth brushes, tooth paste, and soap

At this time we do not need spaghetti.

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.