Our Summer worship schedule will begin on May 27. Our worship service will begin at 9:30 am and there will be no Christian Education. This schedule will run through September 2. 

Additionally, beginning June 3, Pastor Chris will be offering a spoken service with Holy Communion at 6:00 pm on Sunday evenings. Please watch for more details regarding this service.


Save the date for our first work day of 2018 at Brandywine Creek Farms - Saturday, May 19 from 9:00 am until noon. 

We will be helping to prepare the fields for crops, spreading mulch, etc. All ages are welcome! No one is too young or too old! Many of you participated in two of our work days at the farm last year, so here is an opportunity to return, and if you haven't been before, to get acquainted.

Tools will be provided, but please bring your own work gloves and wear footwear that you don't mind getting muddy.

You can sign up here:


Join us after worship on May 20 to kick off summer with a cookout! The fellowship team will be grilling hamburgers and hot dogs. You can sign up to bring a side or dessert. We will also need help setting up tables and clean up afterward. Please RSVP as soon as you can so we have a count for the meat and buns. You should have received an email from Sign up Genius.  If not, click here to sign up on Signup Genius. Contact Sara Paul at with any questions.

Also, be on the lookout for new fellowship events!

The fellowship team is looking to expand with more opportunities to connect. You will be seeing events coming up at church, at restaurants, and in people's homes. If you would be interested in hosting an event, please contact Sara Paul at


Thank you to all who purchased an entry for the youth raffle to help fund the upcoming youth trip to the ELCA National Youth Gathering in Houston and  to provide assistance to youth going to summer camps! All tickets are now sold. The drawing will be held on May 20. You do not need to be present to win.


Walking for Dreams will be Sunday, May 20 at 2 pm!

Cross & Crown will have a team, benefiting the Family Promise After-Care program. Details to follow. Questions? Contact Jill Speraw,


Human Trafficking - A Human Crisis in Indianapolis

You are invited to attend a presentation by Sven Schumacher from Lutheran Child and Family Services and a member of the Indianapolis Police Department vice squad who will talk about how human trafficking is affecting our city, especially as thousands gather here for the Indy 500 and many other events.

Date: Tuesday, May 29

Time: 7:00 pm

Location: Epworth UMC, 6450 Allisonville Rd

Presented by the Shalom Zone churches: Cross and Crown, Allisonville Christian Church, Epworth UMC, First Friends Quaker Meeting, and St Pius X Catholic Church.

Questions? Contact Jean Woods at

SAWs Build

The Shalom Zone is planning another SAWS ramp build for the morning of Saturday, June 2.  If you would like to volunteer to help or need more information, please contact the Shalom Zone SAWs coordinator, Dave Tatum at Volunteers must complete the volunteer form before their first build. This form can be found on the SAWS website at


If you are a frequent visitor to Cross and Crown and are interested in becoming a member, Pastor Chris will be leading an information session on Sunday June 3 at 11:30 (after worship). For more information or to RSVP please email the office at


The next read for the C&C book group is "A Matter of Honour" by Jeffrey Archer.

A disgraced British colonel bequeaths a mysterious letter to his only son. But the moment Adam Scott opens the yellowing envelope, he sets into motion a deadly chain of events that threatens to shake the very foundations of the free world. Within days, Adam's lover is brutally murdered and he's running for his life through the great cities of Europe, pursued not only by the KGB, but by the CIA and his own countrymen as well. Their common intent is to kill him before the truth comes out. While powerful men in smoke-filled rooms plot ever more ingenious means of destroying him, Adam finds himself betrayed and abandoned even by those he holds most dear. When at last he comes to understand what he is in possession of, he's even more determined to protect it, for it's more than a matter of life and death -- it's a matter of honor.

Copies of the book are available in the office. The discussion will be held on June 4. Contact Bruce Starek with questions.



It's time to take photographs for a new church photo directory! Mark your calendars for June 8 & 9 and August 3 & 4. More info on signing up and the process will be coming soon. Questions: contact Jane Love at or 317-403-1395.


Prayer Partners are needed for our 8 youth and 2 adults attending the ELCA youth gathering this summer June 27 - July 1. The group will be flying there and back, participating in service projects, worshiping with 30,000 other ELCA youth, and in general having an amazing time. 

If you are interested in being matched with one of the attendees and committing to hold them in prayer for the week, please contact Stacy Reid 317-294-9515 or Details on partners will be sent out closer to date. Thanks in advance for your prayers for this trip!


In 2018, Cross & Crown will host Vacation Bible School (VBS) from July 23-26. Mark you calendars and plan to volunteer if you can -- this is always an all-hands-on-deck adventure! We are excited to explore this year's theme, "Shipwrecked, Rescued by Jesus!"


The Shalom Zone Trunks of Treasure Parking Lot Sale will again be held in the parking lot at Cross & Crown later this summer. The date will be Saturday, July 28. Watch for more details and save your stuff to sell!


Youth Sunday was held on April 22. As always, it was a fun service and great to see our middle school and high school youth put their faith in action. During the service, the graduating seniors also received a special blessing. Click here to see the Class of 2018, and see below for pictures from the service.


The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) is preparing a social statement on women and justice to be considered by the 2019 ELCA Churchwide Assembly. We are invited to study, discuss and respond to the current draft statement. Pastor Chris is looking for a few good folks to partner with her to convene several discernment conversations in late Spring/early Summer. Please email Pastor Chris if you are interested by clicking HERE

To read more about the process of the Women and Justice task force and to read a copy of the current draft, please click HERE

To read the study guide we will be using for our conversations, please click HERE. Thank you for prayerfully considering being a part of our church's life beyond Cross and Crown.


Thank you to all that donated to the Lucinda Paul Legacy Scholarship, that was started by the Broad Ripple High School Alumni Association. To date, close to $2000 has been received in donations. The first scholarship for $1200 will be awarded on May 1 to a Broad Ripple senior who will be pursuing a music degree in College. Future scholarships of $1000 will be awarded to an IPS student pursing a music degree. This in an ongoing scholarship and donations are always welcome and can be mailed to: Jan Petrie Ottolini 1967 Treasurer, BRHS Alumni Association 5692 Norwaldo Avenue Indianapolis, IN 46220 If you have questions regarding the scholarship please contact John Hiatt.


Cross and Crown is looking for a new coordinator to represent C&C in the Shalom Zone.


The group meets monthly to plan projects or as needed. If you are interested or would like more information, please contact Jean Woods

Shalom Zone is an ecumenical group of five churches on the northeast side of Indianpolis: Allisonville Christian Church, Cross and Crown, Epworth United Methodist, First Friends Quaker Meeting and St. Pius X Catholic Church. The group seeks to identify and coordinate outreach projects that enable their members to be involved in efforts that might be of a larger scope than a single church could undertake.

If you have participated in Buddy Bags or the annual parking lot sale, you have been already been involved in a Shalom Zone project!


Synod Assembly will be held May 31 - June 2 this year in Ft. Wayne. Cross and Crown will need to send a male and female delegate to the assembly. The cost to attend and the lodging is covered by C&C. If you are interested in going or would like more information, please contact Pastor Chris. To view more details about the assembly click here.

Volunteers are needed at the Indiana-Kentucky Synod Office (911 E. 86th Street, Indianapolis, IN  46240) on Sunday, May 20, 2018, from 6 to 8 pm, to help sort and stuff tote bags for the participants in this year's Synod Assembly. We will also be putting name tags together. The tasks are simple and many hands will make light work. We'll even treat you to dinner if you help! All ages are welcome. If you are able to join us, please contact Carol Ann Webb at 317-253-3522 or so that we can make sure we have enough food.


  • Sunday Morning Counter - If you are a numbers person, perhaps you would like to be a counter for Cross & Crown. A counter works together with another counter to sort, count, and record the Sunday Morning offering. Time commitment is approximately 30 minutes every 7 weeks and training will be provided. For more information contact Germaine McAllister or Chris Lantz.
  • Needle Crafters - Do you crochet or knit? Consider joining others in making prayer shawls and lap robes as well as hats for chemo patients. We have a lot of yarn and patterns to get you started. If interested, please contact Carol Kemp or 219-861-9354.


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!


  • Vases - Was one of your New Year's resolutions to clean out your closets? Maybe your trash can become a treasure to Random Acts of Flowers. This not-for-profit group accepts flowers from area wholesalers, florists, grocery stores, and private functions and repurposes them into beautiful arrangements that are delivered twice a week to area nursing homes, hospitals, hospice centers and care facilities. This organization has a great need for vases. Do you have any to donate? Used or new, small or big...any will do. Please bring them to church and Carol Kemp will be there to receive them.
  • Plastic CapsJill Speraw has found a place to take our plastic lids and caps for a bench project: First United Methodist Church in Noblesville. Please continue to collect all types of clean plastic lids and bring them to the collection point in the Narthex.


So here we are in a new year. The temperatures rise and fall; the snow comes and goes but hunger remains an issue for many. That's why we have THE SHARING PLACE and that's why we continue with our donations of spaghetti, egg noodles, non-sugar cereal and pork 'n beans - or money to Stan. Yes, your donations do make a difference and are much appreciated. Thanks!


  • 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.

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