Children's Ministry Director

Cross & Crown is searching for a part-time Children's Ministry Director. The Director will be responsible for inspiring and equipping the families of Cross and Crown with children ages 3 to 5th grade to live into our mission statement: Grow in Faith. Serve all in Need. Gather Every Person to Christ. The position is 10 hours per week. 

If you or someone you know would like more information, email Pastor Ed.


Martin Luther King Celebration Service - Jan 17, 2022

On January 17, Cross and Crown will be hosting the 4th annual Shalom Zone Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration with a service of celebration of the life and contributions of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The service will include music for the occasion, a speaker, and readings by members of each of the Shalom Zone churches (Allisonville Christian Church, Cross & Crown, Epworth UMC, First Friends Quaker Meeting and St Pius X Catholic parish). A catered lunch will follow the service. Please note the date and plan to attend! All are welcome!

Many hands and feet are needed to provide the service and the luncheon afterward, from serving as greeters and ushers to bringing desserts. The Signup Genius link is below. Please consider helping - January 17 will be here before we know it!

Questions? Email Carolyn Ramsey.


New Tables and Chairs

Thanks to a very generous and anonymous contribution, Cross & Crown now has new tables and chairs for fellowship gatherings. The new tables are much lighter and easier to move around and the chairs are padded. Thank you for your generosity!

The old tables and chairs were donated to First Karen Baptist Church of Indianapolis.

Children's Christmas Pageant

The kids of Cross & Crown did a great job with a special telling of Jesus' birth in the Children's Christmas Pageant. Many thanks to the parents of the youth for helping with the details and to Karen Lusk for her vision to make this come to life!

Watch the recording

Tornado Disaster Relief Fund

On the night of Dec. 10, a devastating outbreak of more than 30 tornadoes swept through six states. Kentucky was impacted the most, with more than 70 people reported dead. Homes and businesses were destroyed, including a candle factory in Mayfield, KY, where first responders are still searching for survivors. The full extent of the damage is expected to become clear in the coming days.

John Pyron, national director of Lutheran Disaster Response and Indiana-Kentucky Synod Bishop Bill Gafkjen have been working together over the days since the disaster to assess and to respond to immediate needs of victims. Given the initial damage assessments, recovery will likely take years.

Bishop Bill Gafkjen and other IN-KY Synod staff have also been in touch with pastors and deans in the affected areas of Kentucky to ascertain how communities, congregations, and individuals have been impacted. Together, we can support those who are on the long road to recovery. Please give today. Below are two ways to donate:

IN-KY Synod Tornado Disaster Response

Specifically support our individuals, congregations, and communities in Kentucky affected by the tornadoes. Choose "I-K Disaster Response" in the "Give to" drop-down. 


Lutheran Disaster Response

Your gift will be used in full (100%) to support survivors across the multiple states impacted by the tornado outbreak on December 10-11, 2021. Choose “U.S. Tornadoes - United States" in the "Designation" drop-down.

Donate NOW

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.

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.