Cross Words

St. Peter’s in Indianapolis Endures by the Lord’s Word

Pastor Seth Mierow was called to St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in 2008. The congregation was struggling and the surrounding neighborhood was in decline. Abandoned houses dotted the streets. Homelessness and crime were a problem. The congregation, which was over a hundred years old, had an aging population that had since moved away from the neighborhood…. Read more »

By the Spirit

But if you bite and devour one another, watch out that you are not consumed by one another.  But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.  Gal. 5:15,16 In last Sunday’s readings we were reminded how we live by and in the Spirit.  The Spirit caused… Read more »

Calls and Vacancies – Updated April 1, 2020

CONGREGATIONS CALLING OR GETTING READY TO CALL CROSS PLAINS, St. Paul (Dewberry) – called Rev. Jared Tucher – declined DeMOTTE, Faith – served by Rev. Karl Frincke – called Rev. Brett Satkowiak – installation postponed DILLSBORO, St. John (Farmers Retreat) – called Rev. Jeffrey Patterson – declined FORT WAYNE, Bethlehem – INDIANAPOLIS, Holy Cross –… Read more »

Soldiers of the Cross COVID-19 Response Initiative

  LCEF is immediately distributing $1 million dollars to the 35 districts for immediate relief grants. We extend a heartfelt challenge to our faithful LCEF investors and friends to help equal or exceed the initial $1 million-dollar distribution. The LCMS has itself committed $1.5 million dollars toward this effort from humanitarian gifts already received. Working… Read more »

Facts about the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.

Many in our District have been asking about the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). According to the U.S. Department of Labor, “FFCRA will help the United States combat and defeat COVID-19 by giving all American businesses with fewer than 500 employees funds to provide employees with paid leave, either for the employee’s own health… Read more »

Church items available

The attached listing of items are offered without charge (postage only) to interested individuals or congregations.  They are from the closing of St. Michael Lutheran Church in Hebron, IN on March 15, 2020. For more information or pictures, contact Rev. Mark Pflughoeft:  or   219-987-3399     Copy of Items Available

Resources Available from Lutheran Hour Ministries

Lutheran Hour Ministries has a mission and desire to point people to Jesus in uncertain times. Many of our resources and programs do just that. And, the best part is that they are available to use for free from the comfort of your own home! As many churches are making the hard choice to try… Read more »

Our Redeemer Lutheran in Lexington Acts as a Beacon of Light

When Rev. Michael Huebner brought his family to Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Lexington under seven years ago, he never anticipated how much the congregation was going to impact his entire family. “It’s a tremendous place to be,” he said. “There’s a cohesion among the people that’s unique in my experience. They wanted someone to… Read more »

LCEF Offers Joyful Response

LCEF offers an electronic giving platform called Joyful Response, for on-line gifts through your website, a mobile phone app, ACH or text-giving. This platform is available for LCMS congregations, schools and registered service organizations (RSOs).  If you are not currently set up to take electronic payments please contact T.J Mattick at 812-841-3120 or For additional information go to… Read more »

Concordia Plan offers COVID-19 resources

Concordia Plan Services has shared the following message with plan participants: “With the current situation, you may be feeling anxious about your Concordia Retirement Savings Plan investments and Concordia Retirement Plan pension benefits. While we could not predict the current market situation, we are prepared for it. We have diligently planned for all potential market… Read more »