Cross of Grace

A community of grace sharing God's love with no strings attached.

Sunday Worship:
8:30am & 10:00am

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)

"God's Work. Our Hands" Service Day #1
Aug
18
8:30 AM08:30

"God's Work. Our Hands" Service Day #1

 

Every year congregations throughout the ELCA denomination head into their respective communities to lend a hand. This year Cross of Grace is partnering with other congregations on a multi-day effort to make a difference in East Indianapolis. We'll appreciate whatever patience and flexibility you have to offer on Saturday as we navigate whatever work we are able to do!

Service Day #1: Saturday, August 18 (8:39 a.m. – 11 a.m.). Meet at First Trinity Lutheran Church, 5321 E. 42nd St (between Emerson and Arlington) to go door-to-door in the neighborhood with a short survey asking about/sharing the following information:

1) Who might like help with outside, basic chores on September 8th and/or 9th.

2) What would the neighbors like to see done with the park in their neighborhood (i.e., trees planted, grill installed, playground equipment built, etc.).

3) Sharing an invitation to a community picnic at First Trinity that day from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Contact the church office to sign up: churchoffice@crossofgrace.org

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Aug
19
9:30 AM09:30

Ministry Fair

After each worship service come explore all the ways you can be involved in various ministries at Cross of Grace. Representatives from each ministry will set up displays and be on hand to answer any questions you may have. You can learn more about music groups, Bible studies, fellowship opportunities, youth and family opportunities, and more! Snacks and refreshments are provided.

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Aug
26
9:30 AM09:30

Ministry Fair

After each worship service come explore all the ways you can be involved in various ministries at Cross of Grace. Representatives from each ministry will set up displays and be on hand to answer any questions you may have. You can learn more about music groups, Bible studies, fellowship opportunities, youth and family opportunities, and more! Snacks and refreshments are provided.

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"God's Work. Our Hands" Service Day #2
Sep
8
9:00 AM09:00

"God's Work. Our Hands" Service Day #2

 

Every year congregations throughout the ELCA denomination head into their respective communities to lend a hand. This year Cross of Grace is partnering with other congregations on a multi-day effort to make a difference in East Indianapolis. We'll appreciate whatever patience and flexibility you have to offer on Saturday as we navigate whatever work we are able to do!

Service Day #2: Saturday, September 8 (9 a.m. – 5 p.m.). Meet at First Trinity Lutheran Church, 5321 E. 42nd St (between Emerson and Arlington) to help with outside chores, clean-up, and landscaping at home and in the park near First Trinity.

Come for whatever time is available to you. Contact the church office to sign up: churchoffice@crossofgrace.org

 

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Cincinnati Reds Game - "Fatih Day"
Sep
8
2:00 PM14:00

Cincinnati Reds Game - "Fatih Day"

Cross of Grace is heading to the Great American Ball Park! Tickets to the Padres vs. Reds game on Saturday September 8 also includes a post-game concert by Christian rock band Tenth Avenue North. The game starts at 4:10 p.m.; carpool from church will leave at 3 p.m. (or you can meet us there). 

Order your tickets by August 5. Purchase your tickets by contacting the church office (price depends on total number of tickets purchased, but will be less than $20 x person). Children 3 and under are free.

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"God's Work. Our Hands" Service Day #3
Sep
9
1:00 PM13:00

"God's Work. Our Hands" Service Day #3

 

Every year congregations throughout the ELCA denomination head into their respective communities to lend a hand. This year Cross of Grace is partnering with other congregations on a multi-day effort to make a difference in East Indianapolis. We'll appreciate whatever patience and flexibility you have to offer on Saturday as we navigate whatever work we are able to do!

Service Day #3: Sunday, September 9 (1 p.m. – 6 p.m.). Meet at First Trinity Lutheran Church, 5321 E. 42nd St (between Emerson and Arlington) to help with outside chores, clean-up, and landscaping at home and in the park near First Trinity.

Come for whatever time is available to you. Contact the church office to sign up: churchoffice@crossofgrace.org

 

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Peer Ministry Training (High School)
Oct
13
8:30 AM08:30

Peer Ministry Training (High School)

High School students (grades 9 -12) as well as adults who work with and support them are invited to Peer Ministry Training – a meaningful event in which students will learn practical skills for welcoming and communicating with others. Students will be equipped to be a real friend, listener, and helper.

This training is open to any congregation of the Indiana-Kentucky Synod and is co-sponsored by the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis.  The trainer will be Chad Senuta (see www.peerministry.org).  This event costs $10. Register by contacting Pastor Aaron at pastoraaron@crossofgrace.org. 

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Oct
28
5:00 PM17:00

Musicfest & Oktoberfest

In celebration of Reformation Sunday, Cross of Grace is hosting a Songfest worship at 5pm. Oktoberfest will follow at 6pm with great food, a bonfire, beer from Sun King and our homebrew group, as well as our annual "Hold 'Em For Haiti" euchre and poker card tournament. Tickets available for purchase by contacting the church office.

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Rachel Kurtz Concert
Nov
4
3:00 PM15:00

Rachel Kurtz Concert

We are excited to spread the word that Minneapolis-based singer/songwriter Rachel Kurtz will be performing at Messiah Lutheran Church in Brownsburg, IN.

A magnetic stage presence, Kurtz’s powerhouse voice and heartfelt performances have been electrifying crowds in Atlanta’s Georgia Dome, New Orleans’ Superdome, Texas’ Alamo Dome, and hundreds of other concert venues from coast to coast. With her new Love, Rachel Kurtz, album follows in the footsteps of gospel-activist diva Mavis Staples, while contributing to the neo-soul revivalist movement spearheaded by like-minded artists Alabama Shakes, Adele, and Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings.

 

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First Communion Instruction
Mar
3
12:00 PM12:00

First Communion Instruction

First Communion Instruction will be held on Sunday, March 3, from noon until 2pm. This is a fun, meaningful way for those in grades 2–4 to learn about the sacrament and to prepare to celebrate communion during worship on Maundy Thursday, April 18 (7:00 p.m.). Sign up by contacting Pastor Aaron: pastoraaron@crossofgrace.org.

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Yoga Class
Aug
16
7:00 PM19:00

Yoga Class

Certified Yoga Instructor Lindsey Stamper offers weekly yoga classes at Cross of Grace on Thursdays at 7 p.m.

Classes are $10, or you can purchase an 8-class pass for $70. No advance registration is required.

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Aug
5
11:00 AM11:00

Youth Ministry Forum

A brainstorming, feedback, and goal-setting forum regarding our Faith Formation (grades 6-8) and High School (grades 9-12) youth ministries will be held after both worship services on August 5. All parents, youth, and youth ministry leaders are encouraged to attend.

The 9:30am meeting will be held in the Fellowship Hall.

The 11:00am meeting will be held in the Sanctuary.

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Aug
5
9:30 AM09:30

Youth Ministry Forum

A brainstorming, feedback, and goal-setting forum regarding our Faith Formation (grades 6-8) and High School (grades 9-12) youth ministries will be held after both worship services on August 5. All parents, youth, and youth ministry leaders are encouraged to attend.

The 9:30am meeting will be held in the Fellowship Hall.

The 11:00am meeting will be held in the Sanctuary.

 

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Blessing of the Backpacks
Aug
5
8:30 AM08:30

Blessing of the Backpacks

Attention all students, teachers, school administrators and other school employees!

Bring your backpacks or school bags to either of the morning worship services (8:30am or 10:00am) for our annual “Blessing of the Backpacks” liturgy. Pastor Aaron will offer a prayer and blessing for all who are beginning the new school year.

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Jul
30
to Aug 2

Youth Handbell/Handchime Camp

Cross of Grace is offering a FREE 4-day camp for children interested in learning how to ring handbells and handchimes.

The camp will take place at Cross of Grace Monday through Thursday (July 30, 31, Aug. 1, 2), between 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. nightly. 

Students entering grades 2-3 will learn to play the handchimes. Students going into grades 4-8 will learn to play the handbells. 

To register, contact Jeannie Ellenberger at jeannie@crossofgrace.org or call (317) 861-0977.

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Jul
20
10:00 AM10:00

Kid's Yoga

Certified Yoga Instructor Lindsey Stamper is teaching a kid’s yoga class for youth ages 6 and older at Cross of Grace over the summer from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. on Friday, June 8 and Friday, July 20. This will be an excellent introduction of the practice of yoga and will feature fun themes. Recommended ages: Cost is $10 per family per class. Please let Lindsey know if your child plans to participate by emailing her (lindsey_stamper@hotmail.com) or telling her in person.

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SonRise VBS
Jul
18
to Jul 19

SonRise VBS

Again this year, Cross of Grace is hosting a Vacation Bible School experience for our SonRise friends – local adults with unique emotional, physical, and cognitive needs. We anticipate a joyful experience full of singing, worship, learning Bible stories, and making new friends. Many volunteers will be needed to make this event a success, so please contact the church office to indicate your willingness to help.

The program will be held Monday, July 16, Wednesday, July 18 and Thursday, July 19. All are welcome to participate in the program's closing worship service on Thursday at 7:30pm

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SonRise VBS
Jul
16
5:30 PM17:30

SonRise VBS

Again this year, Cross of Grace is hosting a Vacation Bible School experience for our SonRise friends – local adults with unique emotional, physical, and cognitive needs. We anticipate a joyful experience full of singing, worship, learning Bible stories, and making new friends. Many volunteers will be needed to make this event a success, so please contact the church office to indicate your willingness to help.

The program will be held Monday, July 16, Wednesday, July 18 and Thursday, July 19. All are welcome to participate in the program's closing worship service on Thursday at 7:30pm

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Jul
9
to Jul 13

Summer Day Camp

Cross of Grace's "Camp at Church" experience is back for its 3rd year! Kids entering grades 1–6 are invited to register for a week of Christian summer camp right here in New Palestine!

During the week of July 9-13 four college-age counselors will come to Cross of Grace and lead daily programming from 9am until 4pm Monday through Thursday (Friday's programming ends at noon). Kids will be treated to the basics of a typical camp experience combined with the comforts of home. There will be a Sunday evening kick-off event as well as a closing program for kids and parents at pickup time on Thursday.

Registration costs $50 for one child or $75 for two or more children in the same family.

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ELCA Youth Gathering
Jun
27
to Jul 1

ELCA Youth Gathering

What is the Youth Gathering?
– Every three years Lutheran youth from around the world gather in one city for worship, learning, entertainment, fellowship, and community engagement. It is a uniquely powerful experience for High School-age youth and will impact their lives in a positive way.

When is the Youth Gathering?
– Official dates are June 27 through July 1 (transportation will affect these dates by one or two days on either end)

Where is the Youth Gathering?
– Houston, Texas...yes, Texas in the middle of summer!

Who can attend? 
– Any student enrolled in 8th through 12th grade in the Fall of 2017. A couple adult leaders will also be selected to attend.

How much does this cost?
– We don't know the official total until we receive our hotel assignment and figure out how we are getting to Houston. We will host a number of fundraising initiatives in order to lower the total cost per participant. A non-refundable $150 deposit is required to register. Individual financial aid packages are available as needed.

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Jun
7
6:00 PM18:00

VBS Closing Worship

Youth and parents and invited to participate in a worship service to wrap up Cross of Grace's 2018 vacation Bible school program. A spaghetti dinner will precede the worship, beginning at 5pm. Worship will last from 6pm until 6:30pm. Please bring donations to contribute to world hunger relief ministries.

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Vacation Bible School
Jun
4
to Jun 7

Vacation Bible School

Cross of Grace's evening VBS program will be all about peacemaking. Children entering PreK (ages 4-5) through Grade 5 are eligible to participate. Parents of youth age 5 and under and asked to participate along with their child. As always, we offer VBS to our church and wider community completely free of charge. 

Monday through Thursday we will host a meal for participating families beginning at 5 p.m. The VBS program will start at 6 p.m. and conclude at 8 p.m. The program will conclude on Thursday with a family worship service between 6 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

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May
31
to Jun 2

Indiana-Kentucky Synod Assembly

The 2018 Indiana-Kentucky Synod Assembly is May 31-June 2 in Fort Wayne, IN. The Synod Assembly includes inspiring worship, fellowship dinners, breakout sessions and workshops on various topics, elections for synod officers, budget approval, and other business meetings. At least two congregational representatives are invited to participate in the event. 

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Breakfast Club Book Discussion
May
23
9:30 AM09:30

Breakfast Club Book Discussion

Join us Wednesday mornings throughout May to explore the rich and provocative book, The Marvelous Pigness of Pigs by Joel Salatin – a self-described “Radical, lunatic, Libertarian, Christian family farmer” and world-renowned authority on sustainable farming and ecology. This book explores the intersection of theology and creation care, which will help frame some of Cross of Grace's ministries including our new garden. Books are provided for free. The gatherings are B.Y.O.Breakfast.

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May
5
6:00 PM18:00

Faith Formation Lock-In

6th, 7th, and 8th graders are encouraged to participate in an overnight "lock-in" retreat on Saturday, May 5th at church. This event will be a fun, meaningful way to wrap up our year of Faith Formation together, as well as a way to prepare our 8th graders for their last steps toward Confirmation Sunday. We will play games, watch movies, do some Bible study and have discussion around the themes we've been studying and learning about over the course of the last three years.

We will start at 6 p.m. Saturday, May 5th and wrap up when worship begins on Sunday morning, May 6th. Each child may bring ONE friend if they are so inclined. Please RSVP to Pastor Mark (pastormark@crossofgrace.org) so we can plan accordingly.

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Apr
29
4:15 PM16:15

Youth Gathering Pre-Event

Participants in this summer's ELCA Youth Gathering will be meeting other Indy-area participants for our second Pre-Gathering Event Sunday, April 29. At 4:15pm that Sunday we will leave the church parking lot and head to Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Indianapolis. We'll have fun with other youth who will participate in the Youth Gathering. Dinner will be provided. We should return to CoG around 7:45pm.

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Apr
28
9:00 AM09:00

Nathan's Playroom Sale

Cross of Grace is hosting another sale of assorted new items including kid's clothes, shoes, Halloween costumes, strollers, and more. All the profits support Nathan's Playroom – an organization that provides toys for the siblings of sick children who receive Make-A-Wish gifts and grants. Only cash is accepted at this sale. 

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