The SHARING PLACE remains open and in need of your support. Main needs are:

  • Toilet paper
  • Spaghetti
  • Spaghetti sauce
  • Baked beans
  • Egg noodles
  • Hygiene items: tooth brushes, tooth paste, and soap

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

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


"Everyone can be great because everyone can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't even have to make your subject and your verb agree... You only need a heart full of grace...a soul generated by love." —Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • URGENT - Afghan Allies need food, housing assistance, clothing, and other basic needs

    LIRS (Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service) is a joint effort of the ELCA and the LCMS (Lutheran Church Missouri Synod) to support the needs of refugees and migrants from around the world. In the current crisis in Afghanistan, LIRS is collecting donations to assist our Afghan allies with food, housing assistance, clothing and other basic needs.

    Learn More & DONATE


    The Sharing Place is a material assistance program providing free food & clothing to families in need. It is a ministry of Lutheran Child & Family Services of Indiana/Kentucky, which is a not-for-profit organization developing and providing services necessary to enhance the lives and productivity of children and families at risk or in need.

    The Sharing Place needs egg noodles, non-sugar cereal, pork 'n beans and spaghetti noodles. Let's all get in the habit of bringing food items on a regular basis to the chest in the hallway outside of the office. Or give cash or a check to Stan Peterson and he will buy the food. Let's all do our share to combat hunger here at home. Oh, and bring all those plastic bags too! 


    Second Helpings is a food rescue and re-purposing kitchen that provides meals to the food insecure in Indianapolis. Cross & Crown volunteers quarterly at Second Helpings. Watch the announcements for volunteer dates. Volunteers must be 16 years old, wear long pants, closed toe shoes and a hat. For more information about Second Helpings, contact Charley Smith at


    The C&C team of Prayer Shawl volunteers is taking needles in hand to begin working on a fourth season of beautiful shawls and lap robes. Our present supply is good, so remember that if you are aware of a friend, relative, neighbor or a friend of a friend who is in need of comfort, please let us know. We will get it ready for delivery. As our craftspersons work on an article, they pray for the healing and comfort of the recipient. When they are delivered, a note accompanies the shawls that tells of God's arms being wrapped around them. We also give out shawls for celebrations such as birth, graduation, etc. There is no cost involved. Just call the church office or Carol Kemp at 219-861-9354.


    Our card ministry is looking for help writing cards. They meet every other month for a couple of hours. They are also in need of birthday cards for all ages. If you would like to donate some cards, there is a box on the coat rack in the northeast corner of the Narthex. If you would like more information, please contact Jenny Walthers at 356-3376.


    Do you like to bake? Would you like to serve in a quiet way? We would like to add a few more bakers to our communion bread bakers list. This is a very easy way to serve Cross & Crown. Instructions, recipe and guidelines are provided. Contact Chris Lantz at 849-4500 for more information or send an email to the office.


    Shalom Zone is a group of area churches focusing on outreach activities that may be larger than a single a church can undertake. Shalom Zone includes Cross & Crown, Allisonville Christian Church, Epworth United Methodist Church, First Friends Quaker Meeting and St. Pius X Catholic Church.


    The ELCA Disaster response is supporting communities overwhelmed by tornados, flooding, and destructive winds. Financial help is needed to help with this response. If you would like to donate please visit ELCA Disaster Relief.

  • 211 HELPLINE

    Have you ever been approached by someone needing gas money, heating assistance or the like? Maybe you want to help someone facing domestic violence? There is help available that they may not know of: 

    • Dial 211 on the telephone -or- 
    • Connect with the website -or-
    • Call toll-free throughout Indiana 1-800-332-7385

    We have free cards with this information available on the tables in the narthex. Please take a few to carry with you to give to those in need. Ladies, why not take some of the white Domestic Violence Network cards and leave them in changing rooms or restrooms? If you have any questions about 211 or this effort, please contact Jean Woods.


    Please remember to bring all of your paper recycling (newspapers, magazines, junk mail, etc.) to church and place them in the large paper retriever recycling bin in the back parking lot. Ray's Trash Service now owns the 'paper retriever' recycling and is again paying for our paper discards.


    The mission of Brandywine Creek Farms is to inject healthy, locally raised food into food deserts across Central Indiana while establishing sustainable food systems in the areas with the most need. C&C volunteers a few times a year, spring through fall. Check in with the church office to learn more.

  • Child Advocates

    Do you want to become a child advocate?

    The need is great.

    In child abuse cases in Indianapolis, both the parents and the State of Indiana are represented by legal counsel. There was a time when the children had no one to represent them. That changed in 1982 with the creation of Child Advocates.

    Also known as a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) these dedicated volunteers gather information and makes recommendations to help the judge decide what is best for the child whose voice they represent in court. The CASA continues to advocate for the child until the case is permanently resolved. For many abused children, their advocate is the only constant during a frightening, uncertain time. 

    If you are interested in finding out more about the CASA program here in Indy, please consult the Child Advocates website or direct your questions to Mary Leslie who is a CASA volunteer. 

    IU Health has launched a plan to work through church congregations to reach out to patients with chronic illnesses who are isolated in their homes. Cross and Crown has the opportunity to reach out to people who need connections with people in their lives. The commitment of the project involves telephone calls once per week for 12 weeks. This is a wonderful opportunity to build relationships outside our church. Training is provided via Zoom. Please email Mary Jean Woods for more information, .