SUMMER DAYS TOGETHER KICKOFF & COOKOUT - JUNE 23

Kickoff Service Project

Please join us on Sunday, June 23 immediately after worship for a service project to kick off Summer Days Together. We will be completing a big project for Changing Footprints, an organization that distributes over 60,000 pairs of shoes per year to organizations throughout Indiana and around the world. 


Cookout

Following the service project, we will have a cookout hosted by our fellowship team and some outdoor games will also be available for kids of all ages! The cookout will begin around 11:15, outside under the oak tree, weather permitting. Lunch of burgers, hotdogs and sides will be provided by the Fellowship Committee. Help will be needed with set up, grilling and clean up.


SIGN UP FOR THE COOKOUT


For questions about the cookout, email Ray Smith

To help with game set up or questions about Summer Days Together, please email Lisa Stocks

SYNOD ASSEMBLY - JUNE 7-9

I/K Synod Assembly is being held June 7-9 in Louisville. Pray for all the delegates that will be attending as they attend this important gathering. Representing Cross & Crown are Pastor Ed, Rick and Mary Ordo, and Julie Slavens who is a member of the Synod council. During the assembly a new bishop will be elected for the I/K Synod. Pray for Bishop Bill and Janet as they move toward Bishop Bill’s retirement. 

MLK SERVICE PLANNING MEETING - JUNE 9

On Sunday, June 9 after worship, there will be a planning meeting and light lunch to discuss plans for the annual Martin Luther King Service will be held on MLK Day in January 2025. Everyone is welcome to attend, especially if you have thoughts as to how we can add to the impact of this important event.


If you are interested in attending, or have questions, please email Carolyn Ramsey, in order that we can know how many to plan lunch for.

MEN'S BIBLE STUDT - June 15

We meet next time on Saturday, June 15 at 8:00 in fellowship hall. Come join us fellas! 

SUMMER DAYS TOGETHER - JUNE 23-27

Registration Now Open! 

Summer Days Together will be held from June 23 – 27. This event is for the kids of our congregation, their friends, and their families. We will meet, eat, work, and worship from 9:15 am – 2:00 pm each day, followed by a fun activity. All kids must be accompanied and transported by a designated adult 18 years of age or older. If you need help providing supervision for your child, please contact Lisa Stocks.


Register Now  < Registration ends June 9


Summer Days Together Volunteers and Donations Needed

We are looking for volunteers to donate meals, snacks, and various supplies for Summer Days Together. If you are able to help, please visit either of the following links: 


Sign Up TO HELP    SHOP THE AMAZON WISH LIST


Donations should be brought to church by Sunday, June 23. Amazon orders will ship directly to the church. Any items not donated will be purchased through our budgeted funds and noisy bucket donations. Thank you for supporting Summer Days Together! For question, please email Lisa Stocks.


Diaper Drive: Summer Days Together will be working with the Indiana Diaper Bank to package diapers for distribution at local pantries. As part of our work, we are collecting diapers to distribute. Any size and style of diapers are accepted, but their highest need is for sizes 3-6. Look for the collection area in the narthex.


Shoe Collection: Summer Days Together is accepting donations of all types of gently used shoes, beginning Sunday, June 2. Shoes will be given to Changing Footprints, an organization that distributes shoes to organizations throughout Indiana and around the world. Look for the collection area in the narthex.

CROSS & CROWN BOOK GROUP - JUNE 24

Our next book is A FEVER IN THE HEARTLAND - The Ku Klux Klan’s plot to take over American, and the woman who stopped them by Timothy Egan. Copies are available outside the church office. Our discussion for this book will be Monday, June 24. Email Alice Miley with questions. 

BIBLE & BRUNCH - STARTING JUNE 30

Starting on June 30 join Pastor Ed after worship for a few snacks and conversation in the choir room (approx. 20-30 minutes). Each week we'll chat about the scripture that was just used in worship. It'll be an opportunity for questions, conversation, and croissants! 


After worship this summer:

  • June: 30, July 7, 14, 21
  • August: 4, 11, 18, 25

COMMUNITY GARDEN

Again this year, Cross and Crown will manage 3 beds in the community garden that will benefit the Sharing Place. If you are interested in helping with this ministry—weeding, harvesting produce, general garden maintenance, etc.—please contact Lisa at lisastocks@cclutheran.com for more information. 

SUMMER MUSIC

We are looking for people to provide music at the offertory during our worship services this summer. Please consider signing up. The sign-up sheet is on the music stand in front of the choir loft.

NURSERY NEWS

The Cross and Crown Nursery has returned! We are pleased to announce that the nursery has reopened for parents of children under age 5 who would like a place for their child to move about while they are still able to see and hear the worship service. 


Our nursery is not staffed so parents will need to stay with their children at all times. Please visit the bunnies classroom (turn left past the women’s restroom) for all the information. If you have any questions, please talk with Pastor Ed or Lisa Stocks.

NEW MEMBER CLASS

If you are interested in joining Cross & Crown as official congregation members, please reach out to Pastor Ed, either in person or via email: pastored@cclutheran.com. A "New Member Class" and official welcome will take place in the near future. 

Lutheran Outdoor Ministries Summer Camp

It is registration time for I/K Lutheran Outdoor Ministries Summer Camp. All information can be found at www.lomik.org. Scholarships of $100 are available to each camper who attends an I/K Lutheran Summer Camp, plus another $100 per camper who attends a Christian camp or conference. Contact Chris Lantz for scholarship information. I/K Summer camp brochures are available on the name tag table.

Sharing Place

Volunteers Needed

The Sharing Place is in urgent need of additional volunteers. They have several areas where you can help: shoppers, sorting/stocking, and housekeeping. 


SEE VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES


Donations

Also, keep those donations coming! Corn Flakes, egg noodles, pork 'n beans, spaghetti and sauce, toilet paper or money to Stan. Thanks for your help. Let's keep up the good work!

SYNOD ASSEMBLY VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY - JUNE 6

The synod office is looking for 5-6 “strong” people to help load a truck of materials for the assembly on Thursday, June 6 from 8:30 – 10 am. The synod office is located at 911 East 86th Street. If you are able to help, please contact Pastor Ed.

SUMMER DAYS TOGETHER DONATION DRIVES

Diaper Drive:

Summer Days Together will be working with the Indiana Diaper Bank to package diapers for distribution at local pantries. As part of our work, we are collecting diapers to distribute. Any size and style of diapers are accepted, but their highest need is for sizes 3-6. Look for the collection area in the narthex.


Shoe Collection

Summer Days Together is accepting donations of all types of gently used shoes, beginning Sunday, June 2. Shoes will be given to Changing Footprints, an organization that distributes shoes to organizations throughout Indiana and around the world. Look for the collection area in the narthex.

STEPHEN MINISTRY

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. 


Learn More

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.

Email Chris Lantz with Questions

Participation in Worship

If you would like to participate in the recording of the online worship service, email Chris Lantz.


Devotionals

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.


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. 


Simply Giving

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

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, chris@cclutheran.com

OFFERING

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 tithe.ly site. Click on the button below to make an online donation.

JOY FUND

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.