• Christian Education for all ages is held every Sunday from 9:00 - 10:00 am.
  • Worship service is at 10:30 am every Sunday.


Sunday, November 4 is our observance of All Saints Sunday. If you have a loved one who has died, please plan to bring a framed picture with stand on Sunday, October 28  if you would like to have it included in a special display of remembrance.


NOV 11

In conjuction wil our reading of "Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End" by Dr. Atul Gawande, you are invited to attend a presentation after worship on Sunday, November 11 on end of life issues, living wills and how to talk about creating a living will. The presentation will be given by Dr. Eric Scott, Director of BioEthics at Community Health Network and Pr. Marla Coulter-McDonald, Head of Chaplaincy at Community Health Network. 

This will include a catered lunch, if you plan on attending this discussion, please RSVP by November 8. 

If you think you'd be interested in either the book discussion, the presentation or both, please contact the office. 


Our Fall Blood Drive will commence on the Bloodmobile on November 11 from 9am - 12pm. Blood donors, please register as usual at donorpoint.org or you can We also would like to have some select baked goods for refreshments for donors- if you can do so, please see or email Rob Sculthorp, same if you have any questions. Remember- the life you save could be your own!



Pastor Michelle will be leading an Advent Wreath making workshop on Sunday November 18 after service. This is a great craft to do individually or together as a family and includes modge podge! It is necessary to sign up for this activity by November 11 to assure that there are enough supplies. The cost per wreath is $20 - $25 and will be collected at the workshop. To sign up send an email to Pastor Michelle.


  • Lutherwood Thanksgiving Lunch - Once again Cross & Crown volunteers will help bring cheer to residents and staff of the Lutherwood Residential Treatment Center by helping serve lunch on Thanksgiving day. If you are interested or would like more information, please contact Mary Jean Woods, jeanwoods@earthlink.net.
  • Community Thanksgiving Service - Cross & Crown will be the host church this year for the annual Community Thanksgiving service on Tuesday, November 20. The service will involve several other churches from the Shalom Zone and will offer child care. Please plan to attend this great opportunity to start off the Thanksgiving holiday with music, words, and grateful hearts!


Starting on Sunday, November 18, the weekend before Thanksgiving, watch for:

  1. Sign-ups for our 2018 Christmas Families
  2. The barrel for collecting non-perishable items for our Joint Church Food Pantry

Save the date: Our joint pantry for our Christmas Families, with Allisonville Christian Church, will be held this year on Saturday, December 15 at Allisonville Christian Church.

If you'd like to start shopping now, here are some suggestions:

  • Canned fruit (esp. peaches, mandarin oranges)
  • Apple sauce
  • Dried fruit
  • Peanut butter
  • Jelly
  • Egg noodles
  • Canned meats (tuna, ham)
  • Pork & beans
  • Canned spaghetti, spaghetti-Os
  • Macaroni and cheese
  • Canned vegetables, esp. canned corn and cream corn
  • Spaghetti sauce
  • Canned soup (esp. reduced sodium)
  • Breakfast cereal
  • Jello and instant pudding
  • Cornbread mix
  • Personal care items: tooth paste, tooth brushes, bar soap, lotion, foaming hand soap, shampoo
  • Laundry detergent
  • Paper towels


The Cross & Crown Book Group will be reading "Orphan Train" by Christina Baker Kline. The discussion for this book will be November 26th. There are a few copies of the book available in the office.  Contact Bruce Starek with questions.

A captivating story of two very different women who build an unexpected friendship: a 91-year-old woman with a hidden past as an orphan-train rider and the teenage girl whose own troubled adolescence leads her to seek answers to questions no one has ever thought to ask.

Nearly eighteen, Molly Ayer knows she has one last chance. Just months from "aging out" of the child welfare system, and close to being kicked out of her foster home, a community service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping her out of juvie and worse.

Vivian Daly has lived a quiet life on the coast of Maine. But in her attic, hidden in trunks, are vestiges of a turbulent past. As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories, Molly discovers that she and Vivian aren't as different as they seem to be. A young Irish immigrant orphaned in New York City, Vivian was put on a train to the Midwest with hundreds of other children whose destinies would be determined by luck and chance.

The closer Molly grows to Vivian, the more she discovers parallels to her own life. A Penobscot Indian, she, too, is an outsider being raised by strangers, and she, too, has unanswered questions about the past. As her emotional barriers begin to crumble, Molly discovers that she has the power to help Vivian find answers to mysteries that have haunted her for her entire life - answers that will ultimately free them both.


All youth in grades 6-12 grades are invited to join us for this fun Christmas tradition Friday, December 14!  We'll travel to 3 different homes (one of them being Tom Marette house) to have the courses of our meal. In the process, we'll play games, enjoy each other's company, and get festive! Please dress up a little (no jeans). Friends are welcome, but you MUST sign up by clicking here no later than Dec. 9. We will be joining our friends from Bethlehem Lutheran Church for this fun event. If you have any questions contact Pastor Michelle!


The office is now able to send out important information and reminders via text messaging. This will not replace the information found in The Connection (weekly email) nor will it be used for prayer requests. If you think you would be interested in receiving text messages from the office, please email Chris Lantz and let her know.


Christian Education classes have started for all ages. All classes begin at 9:00 am on Sundays.

Children Pre-K through 6th grade - all start in the Christ Quest room at 9:00 am. Pickup is at 10:00 am in the same room. During class, you can find your children here:

  • PreK-K will be in the Piglet room
  • Grades 1-2 will be in the Lions room
  • Grades 3-4 will be in the Frogs room
  • Pre-Confirmation grades 5-6 will meet in the conference room in the church office

Confirmation grades 7 & 8 - meet in the youth room.

High School and Adult

  • "Growing as the Disciples of Jesus" a study of Matthew will meet in the Choir Room
  • "All the Best Questions!" book discussion will meet in the Chapel


Thank you to all who have helped with teaching the youth, your help is appreciated. We still have some openings for upcoming Sundays:

  • December 9: Grades 1-2 and Pre-Confirmation
  • December 16: Grades 3-4 and Pre-Confirmation
No experience necessary. Just bring a loving heart. Materials and encouragement are provided by Pastor Michelle! 

Click here to sign up to help lead a class and shape the future of our faith.


Chrismon making is beginning next Sunday, October 14th at 9:15 in the kitchen. We are continuing our tradition of crafting a beaded ornament as a gift for each family to receive on Christmas Eve. No experience is needed and all ages are welcome to help with this project. If you would like to learn how to make this year's Chrismon or pick up a kit to work on at home, please stop by the kitchen or contact Lisa Stocks at stockslisa@gmail.com. 


We're slipping! The demand for food at the Sharing Place is going up. Contributions from Cross and Crown are going down. We can do better. And it's not that hard. Just pick one Sunday out of the month as your Sharing Place Sunday and bring your pork 'n beans, spaghetti, egg noodles, sugar free cereal (or cash to Stan) and place them in the chest in the office hallway. Also, don't forget your plastic bags. 

Your donations make a huge difference and are much appreciated. Talk with Stan Peterson if you are interested in volunteering. And...thanks for helping us get back on track. 


As a follow up the Unarmed Active Shooter Response presentation last Sunday, Cross and Crown needs to consider ways to make our building as safe as possible for members and guests. What is our response to a missing child, disruptive guest or an active shooter?  If you would like to be a part of this team, contact Ron Lantz at 317-869-5151 or rjlantz66@comcast.net.



As you may have heard, in recent months many children have been separated from their families at the border. A number of them are in the care of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS). LIRS is in desperate need of financial donations to help them care for these children.


For almost 80 years, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) has been a champion for refugees and migrants from around the globe. Their legacy of compassionate service has made a difference in the lives of hundreds of thousands of people who have found safety and hope in America's communities.

Click here for more information and to donate. 

SEEKING Volunteers

  • Card MinistryThe card ministry is hoping that someone would like to help them write cards. They meet every other month on a Friday morning for a few hours. If you are interested please contact Jenny Walthers at 317-356-3376.
  • 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, chris@cclutheran.com

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.


  • 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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