Lutheran Church of the Cross is a growing congregation of about 75 people, is part of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA), and is located in Muncie, IN. We are a diverse group of people in age, gender, sexual identity, education level, economic status, family situation, and life experience. We are a relaxed, open, congregation that welcomes growth in both size and diversity.
We believe God loves you. Yep, you.
That’s where we start. God loves us and came down to be with us in Jesus Christ. God came down and in Jesus entered human life…the mess, pain, suffering, and struggle even to the point of death. But death brought resurrection and through resurrection Jesus opens the way to life, hope, peace, and joy.
As Lutherans, we believe in this thing called grace—that God gifts us with life, forgiveness and salvation. We don’t earn it. We don’t work for it. Heck, we don’t even deserve it. But God chooses, calls, and gifts us to be God’s people in the world.
We believe that God still comes to us! We meet Jesus exactly where Jesus has promised to be—in Word and Sacrament (baptism and holy communion). Our worship, from beginning to end, declares what God has done…and is doing…for us. We hear good news in the pronouncement of forgiveness and we taste it in bread and wine. Scripture proclaims the eternal promises of God. Together, we celebrate God’s abundant love and radical grace and forgiveness.
We believe that God’s love is greater and God’s welcome more extravagant than we will ever know. We believe that God embraces the diversity and gifts that people bring to serve in Jesus’ name. We take our ministry of welcome seriously. Regardless of race, color, economic status, sexual orientation, physical challenge or age, this is a congregation people can call home. We meet Jesus in one another.
We meet Jesus when what we say in church doesn’t stay in church. Grace isn’t meant to be confined to the four walls of a church building. God’s mighty Spirit sends us out with a word of promise to a world that is broken and hurting. It’s in chaos, death, and destruction that we see God’s work of resurrection. With the Spirit’s guidance, then, we faithfully teach and learn, love and care for each other, our community and the world.
On this journey of faith, there’s so much to learn and there are great mysteries to discover and engage. We have more formal information that we can share with you about what it means to be Lutheran and we would love to talk about it with you. So for now, wherever you find yourself, we invite you to join us in asking questions, seeking Jesus, and living out your faith.
Here’s a quick guide to our service times:
(please note we are on the summer schedule)
Regular schedule –
Service: Sunday at 10:30am
Adult Sunday School at 9:15am Pre-K/K Sunday School at 9:45am
Summer schedule –
Service: Sunday at 9:30am
Adult Bible Study of Luke: after service
Our worship is liturgically-based and generally lasts about an hour. Visitor folders are available to help guide people through the liturgy. During worship, we do sit and stand at various intervals – please feel free to participate as you are able.
We are an easy-going group of people, so there is no formal dress code – as long as you are covered, feel free to come as you are.
Childcare during service is available in the nursery for children under the age of 3. Older children are more than welcome in worship. They are a vital part of our community of faith! There are activity bags available to help keep our little ones occupied.
Communion is at the heart of our worship. In bread and wine we receive God’s gifts of life, forgiveness and salvation. All baptized Christians, regardless of denomination are welcome to partake of the Lord’s Supper with us. Generally, communion is distributed at the altar rail where bread, wine and grape juice are offered. Ushers will help direct you to the right place at the right time. If you are not physically able to come to the rail, please tell an usher before service starts and the pastor will bring the sacrament to you. Non-communicants are welcome to come forward for a special blessing.
The building is accessible – there are no stairs in the building. An accessible, gender-neutral bathroom is close to the sanctuary. Listening devices are available for those hard of hearing – please see an usher for assistance. Large print bulletins are generally not available, but if you need one please contact the church office by the Thursday before your attendance.
We do Pass the Peace during service. We’re told by visitors that it can be a bit intimidating. If you do not feel comfortable mingling, feel free to hang out in your pew and just let everyone come to you.
Hi! I’m Pr. Elaina. I’m a newbie…a first call pastor, that is. Fresh out of seminary, I started serving at Lutheran Church of the Cross in March 2008 as interim pastor. The Holy Spirit was at work though and I was called to serve as pastor starting in January 2009. I love ministry! It is such a gift to share holy moments with others, to pray together, proclaim God’s presence, and work together in ministry.
Ever since I was a little girl, I have loved church. My faith really came alive when I started attending a Lutheran church when in high school. I gathered together with a group of youth each Sunday night. We would spend at least thirty minutes, if not more, in prayer. We were encouraged to ask questions and explore answers. We did some service projects, got involved in leading and participating in worship, took communion to the homebound, and laughed and cried together. I could see God at work in the world…and in me.
I rejoice daily at what God is doing in the world and at Lutheran Church of the Cross. I see the Spirit stirring people to a deeper and more realized faith in Jesus, and I see people living out their faith in the real world. I’m still at a place of asking questions, exploring answers, and seeking to live faithfully. It’s a life-long quest, I guess.
The other joys of my life include…my family, cooking (and eating!), reading, playing Frisbee, dancing, going on walks, and sleeping.
4401 N. Wheeling Ave.