Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church

Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church
Welcome Home!

We’ve been waiting for you! I know that it sounds strange, but it’s true. We believe that every person who comes into the circle of this special fellowship was sent by God Himself. It’s not by accident that we have the joy of encountering you. So, above all else, we want to express Christ’s love to you with genuine, heartfelt warmth. We’re eager to know you, and we’re excited to share with you the marvelous ways God is working in our church, our home.

It won’t take you long to discover that this is truly a family home, rich in the relationships that matter most. Growing together, we worship, we serve, we laugh, we cry, we learn, and we reach out to the world with life-changing truth. If you’ve been thinking, praying, searching and hoping for a place to belong, a home to go to, we say again—Welcome Home!

About Us

Our Mission

We are Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church, a people called by the grace of God to faith in Jesus Christ, by the Holy Spirit through the Gospel. That Word of God that gives us new life with Him is at the center of our gathering, our worshipping and our serving. The Word that gathers us also sends us out into the world of people around us to proclaim Jesus Christ, Redeemer and Lord. In order to be more completely involved in fulfilling our Lord’s commission to “Go and make disciples” Mt. Calvary is an active member of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.

What We Believe

  • We believe that the Bible is God’s true Word. 2 Timothy 3:16-17, John 20:31
  • We believe in the Triune God — Father, Son and Holy Spirit. 1 Corinthians 8:4, Matthew 28:19
  • We believe that Jesus Christ was both God and man. John 1:1-2,14, 1 Timothy 2:5
  • We believe that God created all things, including us. Genesis 1, Psalm 33:6,9
  • We believe that by nature, people are sinful. Psalm 51:5, Galatians 5:17, 1 Peter 5:8
  • We believe that because of sin, we are all under the penalty of eternal death. Romans 6:23, Leviticus 26:18
  • We believe that on our own, we cannot save ourselves. Romans 6:15-25, Ephesians 2:8-9, Hebrews 11:6
  • We believe that Jesus lived, died, and rose from the dead that our sins may be forgiven. Galatians 4:4-5
  • We believe that we will be resurrected to life after death, because of Jesus’ work. John 11:25-26, 1 Peter 1:3
  • We believe that by the power of the Holy Spirit we are called to care for and serve others just as God cared for and served us. Galatians 5:13, John 14:15, Philippians 1:6

“But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.”

1 Peter 3:15

Our Staff

Pastor Steve Hayden

Church Secretary Cindy Flickinger

How To Find Us

Mt. Calvary map

We are located on Hwy. 92 just under 2 miles east of the Hwy 65/69 intersection and directly across from Pickard Park.

Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church
P.O. Box 174
2214 E. Second Ave
Indianola, Iowa 50125

Phone: 515.961.4321
Fax: 515.961.2986

The City of Indianola is only 12 miles south of Des Moines. Founded in 1845, Indianola today is an exciting blend of growing neighborhoods, great schools and nationally known institutions. The Des Moines Metro Opera and the National Balloon Classic call Indianola home. Simpson College, a four-year liberal arts institution that has taught students such as George Washington Carver, and the National Balloon Museum are also in town. You may get to town by following the Highway 65 bypass south from I-80, or by exiting on Hwy 92 east from I-35. Mt. Calvary is proud to serve the people of Indianola and the surrounding communities.


We offer two different services with two different formats every Sunday:


Traditional Liturgical
A service celebrating the traditional elements of the Lutheran Liturgy for those with an appreciation of our rich, Christian heritage.


Sunday School, Youth and Adult Bible Classes


Blended Contemporary
A service along less traditional lines with more modern music. The same saving truth presented in a style for today.


Wednesday Worship
These services are held for the weeks before Christmas (Advent) and Easter (Lent).

Children are welcomed and cherished at Mt. Calvary. Families may sit wherever they feel comfortable. That may mean certain parts of the worship service feature the background noise of shuffling feet and tiny voices, but we celebrate them as models of faith to which our Savior pointed us.

Coffee, Rolls, and Conversation are available immediately following worship on most Sundays in the fellowship area. All are invited for something to drink and to visit with one another. This is a great time to meet some of our family here at Mt. Calvary.

Daily Devotion

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TODAY (September 25):

8:00 am Worship

9:15 am Sunday School & Adult Bible Class

10:30 am Worship

6:00-8:00 pm EPIC


8:30 am Preschool

12:30 pm Preschool

6:00 pm Elders' Meeting

Pastor at Fall District Pastors' Conference


8:30 am Preschool

12:30 pm Preschool

Pastor at Fall District Pastors' Conference


8:30 am Preschool

5:30 pm LIFE Supper

6:00 pm LIFE Classes

6:00 pm Adult Choir


8:30 am Preschool

12:30 pm Preschool

NEXT SUNDAY (October 2):

8:00 am Worship with Communion

9:15 am Sunday School & Adult Bible Class

10:30 am Worship with Communion


WE NEED YOUR HELP! We are in need of people to help usher for our Sunday services, especially at the 10:30 am service.  Please let Pastor or Cindy know if you can help us out! And, as always, we can use your help serving in other ways, too, such as being Greeters or Readers, Just let us know how you want to help -


DOOR OFFERING:  Thank you for the generous $141.00 door offering last Sunday for the Leukemia/

Lymphoma Society. God Bless all of you!  Jen Olson & Joan Parker

'TIS THE SEASON:  Attention Sunday School and LIFE parents and children - This year's Children's Christmas program will be on December 11th during the 10:30 am service. Play practice will be on Saturday, December 3rd and the 10th from 9:00 am to 11:00 am. Please mark these dates on your calendars at home. Songs will be taught during LIFE music time on Wednesdays and special arrangements are being made for the Sunday School classes. Additional practices will be made with those that have Saturday conflicts. Parts will be distributed mid-October so, if you know you have a conflict with the program date, please let Ellen Glasgow or Beth Williams know as soon as possible.  There are a limited number of speaking parts, but we still need everyone for the choir and/or different characters. We will try to stretch it out the best we can so everyone has something to do.  If anyone would like to help with costumes, we would greatly appreciate it.  Ellen's contact information is #515-865-5704, or contact Beth Williams at #961-4321.

FOOD FOR THE SOUL:  Mt. Calvary will be hosting a "Food for the Soul" meal at Simpson College in the coffee shop area at Smith Chapel, on Tuesday, October 11th. If you would like to help by contributing to the meal there is a signup sheet by our church mailboxes. Thank you for your support of this ministry.

Discipleship Committee

PRAYER TEAM: Did you know Mt. Calvary has a prayer team! If you are interested in joining the group, 

all that is required is that you pray! We have several options for receiving the prayer phone tree, by email, or by text message. We would be happy to include you. If you are currently on the prayer team, you don't have to do anything. If you would like to join, we have slips by our church mailboxes that you can fill out and give to Colleen Delanoit. Thank you!! Discipleship Committee

NEW THIS FALL!: Every Wednesday night a meal will be served prior to the LIFE classes at church at

5:30 pm. We are offering this to help parents that may not have time to prepare a meal for their children, teachers and choir members that may not have a chance to eat before coming to church, or for ANYONE in the congregation that wants to come out and join others for a meal. The Food Coordinator/Board of Education will plan the first four weeks of meals. After that, we need families or church members to provide the meals. The meals can be as simple as hotdogs, pizza, or sandwiches. Watch for more information in the bulletin and Shadow. If you have any questions, please contact Jen Olson.

OPPORTUNITIES TO SERVE! We are looking for people who are able and willing to help us out with Sunday School and LIFE classes. The more helpers we have, the less often you will be needed to serve. We are currently in need of teachers and classroom aides. If teaching isn't for you, or you don't have time to prepare lessons, please be a classroom aide! These aides simply need to show up and be an extra set of hands in the classroom. Every little bit of help goes a long way! Please contact Beth Williams, (, if you are interested.

DCE INTERN:  Mt. Calvary, as the Faithful Family of God in our community, in response to the Great Commission, is receiving gifts and pledges to add a DCE Intern to our staff. The DCE Intern will be focused on sharing God's Word with the families of our congregation and our community in order to, through the work of the Holy Spirit, help create more faith-filled families in our midst.  We are currently receiving gifts and pledges toward a goal of $25,000.00 to make this possible. Please make a pledge to help us on your yellow pledge form.  Thank you.

FACEBOOK: Mt. Calvary has Facebook! Like us and you will receive the latest news, updates, pictures and even an encouraging word or two from Mt. Calvary. We will update frequently as well as being a place of welcome for questions, comments and discussions. The address is:

MtCalvary/119459051460739?ref=aymt_homepage_panel . See you in cyberspace!

SAVE THE DATE:  "Partnering to Bring Christ to Our Military" will be held Saturday, October 15th, from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Carroll, Iowa.  This is sponsored by Iowa District West Operation Barnabas Task Force and the Lutheran Church Extension Fund.  Please see the bulletin board for all of the information.

MT. CALVARY IS NOW ACCEPTING CREDIT CARDS OR DEBIT CARDS: Offerings can now be made using your credit card or debit card. The card reader is in the fellowship hall and you may follow the directions

to use it.


TO RECEIVE A DAILY DEVOTION FROM LUTHERAN HOUR MINISTRIES go to their website at The daily devotion is the first thing under the letterhead. You may even sign up to have the devotion emailed to you every day for no charge.

A TIP FOR PARENTS FROM BETH WILLIAMS:  Tip #10 - How do I choose the right discipline for my child? It's true....every child is different. But a great first step is to stop asking, "Why won't they behave?" and instead ask, "What are they getting out of this?"  Target their motivations, not their behaviors.  From that motivation you have a couple choices: remove the incentive from the negative behavior or provide a new incentive for a good behavior. Along with this comes praising them for their good behaviors!

LIFE THOUGHTS: So much does our Father love us that He sends us angels to assist us in our lowest moments, (Luke 16:22). Identify those He has surrounded you with and thank them! Then look for the closest Lazarus God has laid at your gate. Brush off the crumbs, shoo away the dogs, (16:21), and set him or her a brother's place, (16:27-28), at heaven's feast, (16:19).  Prayer:  Dear Lord God, make me to find my luxuries in sharing life with Your children. Amen.



Worship Assistants