Our Congregational Care ministry teams seek to build and nurture relaltionships within our church. Events happen throughout the year and there is lots of opportunity to participate or help with planning.


Ministries include: 

  • Adult Fellowship Events - Includes our infamous Chubby Sunday celebration, Reformation Sunday Lunch, and more! Contact Rob Sculthorp,
  • Book Club - This group reads books of all types then gathers the last Monday evening of the month to eat and discuss. Contact Bruce Starek,
  • Ladies Night Out - Open to all friends of Cross & Crown, this group typically gets together at someone's home on the first Monday of each month. Contact Alice Miley,

Patty Conrad is the Church Council liaison for Adult Fellowship. 


Ministries include: 

  • PULSE Fellowship Events - Social and service outings for our middle school youth. Contact Lisa Stocks: lisastocks@cclutheran.com317-417-8473
  • RISE Fellowship Events - Fun events throughout the year, including the high school progressive dinner at Christmas time. Contact Lisa Stocks: lisastocks@cclutheran.com317-417-8473


What is a Stephen Minister?

Stephen Ministers are lay congregation members trained to provide one-on-one care to those experiencing a difficult time in life, such as grief, divorce, job loss, chronic or terminal illness, or relocation. Stephen Ministers are trained to provide confidential, Christ-centered care to people in our congregation and community.

Interested in Receiving Care?

This care is entirely confidential—no one knows the identity of a care receiver except for their Stephen Minister and the pastor or Stephen Leader who paired them together. If you would like to receive care or learn more, call Pastor Ed (317) 849-4500 or Ron Hanson (317) 430-2173. All inquiries and information shared are held in complete confidentiality.

To learn more about how you might be able to benefit from the care of a Stephen Minister, take a few minutes to watch one or more of the six video clips (about 3 minutes each) found on the Stephen Ministries website:


Interested in Becoming a Stephen Minister?

Stephen Ministers undergo training that equips them with essential caring and relating skills. They learn how to listen, care for, and walk with those going through difficult times. If you would like to discuss becoming a Stephen Minister, please speak with Pastor Ed (317) 849-4500 or Ron Hanson, our Stephen Ministry leader, at (317) 430-2173.

Julie Slavens is the Church Council liaison for Stephen Ministry. 


Ministries include: 

  • Card Ministry - Sign up to send or receive greeting cards throughout the year to brighten up their day. Contact Jenny Walthers, 356-3376,
  • Joy Ministry - Help for members in need of financial assistance during a challenging time. Contact Stacy Reid, 466-1665,
  • Prayer Shawls - Hand-knit shawls for friends, family, etc. who are in need of comfort. Also available for birth, graduation, etc.  When they are delivered, a note accompanies the shawls that tells of God's arms being wrapped around them. No cost. Contact Carol Kemp at 219-861-9354,

Allison Eckstein is the Church Council liaison. 


The Cross & Crown Green Team collaborates with other area organizations to promote earth-friendly practices and conservation. Activities include the Lenten Carbon Fast and the Eco Film Series. For more information, contact Alice Miley at,

Steve Stewart is the Church Council liaison.


One of our guiding principles as a congregation is that we do everything by prayer. This is one of many behaviors we are growing into as we follow Jesus into the world to share the good news. Prayer frames our worship life, the way we teach new members and how we make decisions. 

We have both phone and email prayer chains and many other opportunities throughout the year for special seasons of prayer as we seek the Lord in all things. Email prayer requests to


GUTS assists members and attendees of Cross & Crown who are elderly, disabled, or in need of a one-time household task. Tasks include, but are not limited to, yard work, painting, small repairs, cleaning gutters, etc. GUTS will provide the labor for the task, the homeowner provides the supplies. 

Applications (request for services) are available in the church office or you can download one here. Contact Rick Wilson, 572-7448,


The Meals That Heal ministry team seeks to support Cross & Crown members and friends recovering from surgery, illness and other family crises with meals delivered to their homes. Through this, we deepen our relationship with each other and use our gifts to serve others. Contact Jean Woods, 578-8623,


  • Lenten/Easter Meals - Ray Smith, 284-1540,
  • Funeral Meals
  • New Member Orientation
  • Remembrance Sunday