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)

Pints and Parables
Jul
25
7:00 pm19:00

Pints and Parables

Join us at 7:00pm on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays at Wooden Bear Brewery in Greenfield for a time of fellowship and relaxed discussion about life and faith. BTW, Tuesdays are $1-off pint nights at Wooden Bear. 

SonRise VBS
Jul
26
Jul 27

SonRise VBS

New 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 24, Wednesday, July 26 and Thursday, July 27. All are welcome to participate in the program's closing worship service on Thursday at 7:30pm

Blessing of the Backpacks
Jul
30
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.

ELCA Youth Gathering Info Meeting
Jul
30
11:00 am11:00

ELCA Youth Gathering Info Meeting

The next ELCA Youth Gathering is less than one year away, but now is the time to start planning, recruiting, and organizing. Join us for a brief meeting at 11:00 am on Sunday, July 30 to learn more about this amazing experience and to have your questions answered.

Youth Gathering FAQs

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.

 

Pints and Parables
Aug
8
7:00 pm19:00

Pints and Parables

Join us at 7:00pm on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays at Wooden Bear Brewery in Greenfield for a time of fellowship and relaxed discussion about life and faith. BTW, Tuesdays are $1-off pint nights at Wooden Bear. 

Aug
20
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.

Sunday Night Live (Youth Group)
Aug
20
5:00 pm17:00

Sunday Night Live (Youth Group)

  • Cross of Grace Lutheran Church

We host events for youth in Middle School and High School at 5 p.m. on the 1st and 3rd Sunday evenings of each month. We play games, eat, talk about important issues, and build a sense of community. This month we are meeting at church.

Pints and Parables
Aug
22
7:00 pm19:00

Pints and Parables

Join us at 7:00pm on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays at Wooden Bear Brewery in Greenfield for a time of fellowship and relaxed discussion about life and faith. BTW, Tuesdays are $1-off pint nights at Wooden Bear. 

Aug
27
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.

Aug
30
12:30 pm12:30

CSCSHC Half-Day Childcare

Cross of Grace Lutheran Church is providing childcare for up to 50 elementary-age youth for the four days designated as "Professional Development Days" by the Community School Corporation of Southern Hancock County. The church will provide a safe environment for your child to complete homework assignments, enjoy a snack, and play games. Registration fee is $5 per child (cash or check). Cross of Grace is not responsible for transportation. Students may be dropped off beginning at 12:30pm and must be picked up by 4:00 pm. 

Register online by clicking here.

Sep
10
9:45 am09:45

Sunday School Kickoff

Join us between morning worship services for Christian education for curious souls of all ages. PreK through 5th grade youth participate in GraceQuest in the Sunday School wing; 6th through 8th grade youth meet for Faith Formation in the Fellowship Hall; and high school youth meet in the youth room.

Sep
22
Sep 24

Middle School Retreat

Current 6th, 7th, and 8th-grade youth are invited to join with youth from across Indiana and participate in the annual weekend retreat at Lutheran Hills Camp in Brown County. Cost $80 per participant (financial aid is available upon request). Contact Pastor Aaron to register.

Sep
27
12:30 pm12:30

CSCSHC Half-Day Childcare

Cross of Grace Lutheran Church is providing childcare for up to 50 elementary-age youth for the four days designated as "Professional Development Days" by the Community School Corporation of Southern Hancock County. The church will provide a safe environment for your child to complete homework assignments, enjoy a snack, and play games. Registration fee is $5 per child (cash or check). Cross of Grace is not responsible for transportation. Students may be dropped off beginning at 12:30pm and must be picked up by 4:00 pm. 

Register online by clicking here.

Kid's Musical - "Martin and the Doors"
Oct
29
8:30 am08:30

Kid's Musical - "Martin and the Doors"

Both morning worship services will feature a production of "Martin and the Doors" – a musical in which Cross of Grace children are on a modern day treasure hunt looking for the five core truths of faith as expressed by Martin Luther. While celebrating the Reformation's anniversary - 500 years this year - through humor and great music we learn some of the most profound truths in the Christian faith.

Rehearsals take place on Sunday mornings at 9:45am beginning September 10. Speaking parts are for youth in 3rd – 5th grades. Contact Jeannie Ellenberger to sign up.

Nov
11
Nov 18

Haiti Mission Trip

Cross of Grace's annual visit to Fondwa, Haiti; where we reconnect with friends and allow ourselves to be challenged, nourished, and transformed.

Jan
31
12:30 pm12:30

CSCSHC Half-Day Childcare

Cross of Grace Lutheran Church is providing childcare for up to 50 elementary-age youth for the four days designated as "Professional Development Days" by the Community School Corporation of Southern Hancock County. The church will provide a safe environment for your child to complete homework assignments, enjoy a snack, and play games. Registration fee is $5 per child (cash or check). Cross of Grace is not responsible for transportation. Students may be dropped off beginning at 12:30pm and must be picked up by 4:00 pm. 

Register online by clicking here.

Apr
18
12:30 pm12:30

CSCSHC Half-Day Childcare

Cross of Grace Lutheran Church is providing childcare for up to 50 elementary-age youth for the four days designated as "Professional Development Days" by the Community School Corporation of Southern Hancock County. The church will provide a safe environment for your child to complete homework assignments, enjoy a snack, and play games. Registration fee is $5 per child (cash or check). Cross of Grace is not responsible for transportation. Students may be dropped off beginning at 12:30pm and must be picked up by 4:00 pm. 

Register online by clicking here.

ELCA Youth Gathering
Jun
27
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.


Jul
25
7:00 am07:00

Yoga Class

Lindsey Stamper is offering another series of yoga classes at Cross of Grace. This time there is a morning option as well as an evening option.

  • 7:00 p.m. Thursdays
  • 7:00 a.m. Tuesdays (May 30 - July 25)

Classes are $10, or you can purchase an 8-class pass for $70 (passes can be used for any yoga class until July 18). A sign-up sheet is in the church narthex, or you can contact Lindsey directly.

SonRise VBS
Jul
24
5:30 pm17:30

SonRise VBS

New 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 24, Wednesday, July 26 and Thursday, July 27. All are welcome to participate in the program's closing worship service on Thursday at 7:30pm

Jul
20
7:00 pm19:00

Yoga Class

Lindsey Stamper is offering another series of yoga classes at Cross of Grace. This time there is a morning option as well as an evening option.

  • 7:00 p.m. Thursdays
  • 7:00 a.m. Tuesdays (May 30 - July 18)

Classes are $10, or you can purchase an 8-class pass for $70 (passes can be used for any yoga class until July 18). A sign-up sheet is in the church narthex, or you can contact Lindsey directly.

Pints and Parables
Jul
11
7:00 pm19:00

Pints and Parables

Join us at 7:00pm on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays at Wooden Bear Brewery in Greenfield for a time of fellowship and relaxed discussion about life and faith. BTW, Tuesdays are $1-off pint nights at Wooden Bear. 

Pints and Parables
Jun
27
7:00 pm19:00

Pints and Parables

Join us at 7:00pm on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays at Wooden Bear Brewery in Greenfield for a time of fellowship and relaxed discussion about life and faith. BTW, Tuesdays are $1-off pint nights at Wooden Bear. 

Summer Day Camp
Jun
26
Jun 30

Summer Day Camp

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 June 25-30 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 on Thursday evening.

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

Jun
25
7:00 pm19:00

Day Camp Ice Cream Social

Summer Day Camp participants and their families are invited to join us for an ice cream social to kick off the camp week. Meet the counselors and ask any questions you might have.

Pints and Parables
Jun
13
7:00 pm19:00

Pints and Parables

Join us at 7:00pm on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays at Wooden Bear Brewery in Greenfield for a time of fellowship and relaxed discussion about life and faith. BTW, Tuesdays are $1-off pint nights at Wooden Bear. 

Jun
11
10:00 am10:00

Narnia-Themed Worship

The culmination of Cross of Grace's "Adventures in Narnia" Vacation Bible School are two Narnia-themed worship services on Sunday, June 11 (8:30am and 10:00am). VBS participants are encouraged to participate in worship (they can bring their shield crafts!), sing VBS songs, and watch a slideshow of their adventures. A special offering will be received to go toward VBS expenses. 

Jun
11
8:30 am08:30

Narnia-Themed Worship

The culmination of Cross of Grace's "Adventures in Narnia" Vacation Bible School are two Narnia-themed worship services on Sunday, June 11 (8:30am and 10:00am). VBS participants are encouraged to participate in worship (they can bring their shield crafts!), sing VBS songs, and watch a slideshow of their adventures. A special offering will be received to go toward VBS expenses. 

Vacation Bible School
Jun
5
Jun 7

Vacation Bible School

This summer Cross of Grace will transform into C.S. Lewis' world of  Narnia. Join the characters from The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe as they guide our youth on adventures to help them discover the power of truth, forgiveness, and identity. This year's unique program will include singing, games, Bible study, crafts, and making new friends.

Our VBS program will be held in the evening. Monday through Wednesday we will host a meal for participating families at 5:00 p.m. The program will start at 6:00 p.m. 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. Click here to register.

Jun
1
Jun 3

Indiana-Kentucky Synod Assembly

The 2017 Indiana-Kentucky Synod Assembly is June 1-3 in Covington, KY. 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.

May
24
7:00 pm19:00

Westminster Concert Bell Choir Concert

Join us for an evening of special music from the Concert Bell Choir of Westminster College of the Arts. The program features musical selections with a theme about water and its elemental presence in our lives, performed on the world's largest range of handbells and Choirchimes.

Tickets are available with a freewill offering the day of event.

May
21
8:30 am08:30

Annual Congregational Meeting

Our Annual Congregational Meeting will run concurrent with our morning worship services on Sunday, May 21. You will receive a ballot to vote on our 2017-2018 spending plan, Church Council slate, and a couple other meaningful motions. 

Apr
14
7:00 pm19:00

Good Friday Worship

Join us for the last leg of our Lenten journey to the cross where we’ll hear the story of Jesus’ last moments, strip the altar and leave in silence, waiting for the Good News of Easter. The worship service will feature beautiful music including a string quartet, choir, and vocal ensembles.

    Apr
    12
    6:00 pm18:00

    Holy Week Prayer Vigil

    On Holy Wednesday, join us for our annual Prayer Vigil. The sanctuary will feature interactive prayer stations designed to help people of all ages experience the marks of discipleship in a meaningful way. Stations will feature artwork, poetry, music, and various prayer methods.

    Apr
    9
    9:30 am09:30

    Spring Spruce-Up

    Bring or wear comfortable work clothes on Palm Sunday as we work to prepare our mission center for Holy Week and Easter. We start after 8:30 worship, laying mulch and working in the flower beds. Please bring a shovel or other gardening tool. Some work will be done inside, as well. As always, we do this all in anticipation of the many guests that will join us throughout the week leading to Easter Sunday.

      Apr
      5
      6:00 pm18:00

      Midweek Meal & Worship

      Please join us for midweek fellowship and worship opportunities during Lent – five weeks of dinner and worship (March 8 – April 5) on Wednesdays. Dinner begins at 6pm; Worship begins at 7pm.

      Our midweek Lenten worship services will feature messages from Partners in Mission addressing the marks of discipleship: grow, share, worship, tell, give, and pray.

      Mar
      29
      6:00 pm18:00

      Midweek Meal & Worship

      Please join us for midweek fellowship and worship opportunities during Lent – five weeks of dinner and worship (March 8 – April 5) on Wednesdays. Dinner begins at 6pm; Worship begins at 7pm.

      Our midweek Lenten worship services will feature messages from Partners in Mission addressing the marks of discipleship: grow, share, worship, tell, give, and pray.

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