Midweek Lenten Service
Beginning Wednesday, February 21 and continuing on Wednesdays until March 20, Cross and Crown will be having a midweek Lenten service (Holden Evening Prayer) beginning at 6:45 pm, lasting approximately 30-40 minutes.
Lenten Soup Suppers
Additionally, there will be a light soup supper on February 21, March 6 and 20. The meal will begin at 6 pm in the Narthex and is hosted by various ministry groups of Cross & Crown. The meal will offer a variety of soups (including a vegan and gluten-friendly option), crackers and bread, and drinks. To save on paper products, please consider bringing your own table service from home. Disposable items will be available for those who forget.
February 21's meal is hosted by the men's Bible study and the choir.
Join Pastor Ed for a 6-week book study of Reviving Old Scratch: Demons & the Devil for Doubters & the Disenchanted by Richard Beck. Nadia Bolz-Weber states, "While I'm not sure if I believe in spiritual warfare, I'm certain I've experienced it, and Reviving Old Scratch allowed me to come several steps closer to reconciling these seemingly irreconcilable statements."
Classes meet Sunday mornings in Lent at 9 AM starting on February 18. Books can be purchased for $10 from Pastor Ed. Contact email@example.com to sign up or if you have more questions.
Families with Children:
Please see Lisa for a family friendly take home Lenten activity.
Sunday School in Lent
This year we are piloting having Sunday school during the worship service during Lent! The children will leave the sanctuary after the Children’s Message and will return during the passing of the peace.
We are looking for 2-3 volunteers to assist with Sunday School each week. If you are interested, please visit the sign up here:
Our February book is American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins. This New York Times bestseller is about a woman and her young son who have to escape to the U.S. from Mexico. Copies are available outside the office. The discussion will be held on February 26 at 5:15 pm. For questions about the book group, contact Alice Miley.
The Sharing Place is in urgent need of additional volunteers. They have several areas where you can help: shoppers, sorting/stocking, and housekeeping.
Also, keep those donations coming! Corn Flakes, egg noodles, pork 'n beans, toilet paper or money to Stan. Thanks for your help.
We will again be assisting families in Family Promise Aftercare with household needs include: paper goods, soap products, personal care products, and household cleaning products.
We are assisting 6 families this year. Peter Panda will be handling one of the families. Following are links to four of the families. Additional information is being awaited for the other family and will be added when the information becomes available.
Our quarterly visit to Second Helpings is scheduled for Saturday, March 2 from 8:30 – 12 noon. Charley Smith will be leading a group of up to 10 volunteers in the kitchen. Volunteers must be 16 years of age. If you would like to participate or have questions about Second Helpings contact Charley Smith.
We are collecting purchased or handmade hats, scarves and gloves for homeless people served by Wheeler Mission Ministries. Please put your donations in the barrel in the Narthex. Thank you!
Becoming a Stephen Minister is a life-transforming experience…an opportunity to serve God, help others, and grow in faith. Through a series of regular articles in the Connection, we will share what it means to become a Stephen Minister.
What Do Stephen Ministers Do?
Stephen Ministers make a real difference in the lives of people who are hurting. They walk alongside people going through life challenges like grief, divorce, a medical crisis, job loss, and more. They offer care, support, and encouragement, connecting hurting people with Christ’s healing love during some of the hardest times in their lives.
Stephen Ministers see God at work through their ministry. While trusting God is at the core of their ministry, Stephen Ministers regularly say how their faith deepens as they experience the training, learn to use distinctively Christian caring tools, and witness God at work in the lives of their Care Receivers.
Classes begin the second week of September.
For more information about becoming a Stephen Minister please contact Pastor Ed at (317) 849-4500 or Ron Hanson, Stephen Leader, at (317) 430-2173 for a confidential conversation. Classes will begin in September at Cross & Crown.
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 next edition mailed to you, please let Chris Lantz know.
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 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.
Announcements of upcoming church events delivered at the beginning of our Sunday worship services are part of the life of our community. Here are some 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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
- 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 tithe.ly site. Click on the button below to make an online donation.
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.