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 (July 16 ):

8:00 am Worship with Communion

9:15 am Sunday School and Bible Class

10:30 am Worship with Communion

Pastor on vacation (afternoon July 16-July23)

NEXT SUNDAY (July 23):

8:00 am Worship

9:15 am Sunday School and Bible Class

10:30 am Worship

FLOWERS: The flowers today are in remembrance of Paul and Bernita Grimm, parents of Gene Grimm.

WOMEN OF MT. CALVARY:  All women of Mt. Calvary are invited to the LWML meeting at 7:00 pm on

July 24th at Mt. Calvary. Remember to bring your mites. We will continue to collect ALL postage stamps, (when cutting them out be sure to leave 1/4 inch all around the stamp), and pill bottles (please remove the labels and sticky residue).

BALLOON SUPPER: The Discipleship Committee is interested in hosting a supper for the balloon watchers on Saturday, August 5th, from 5-7:00 pm.  We need YOUR help!  If you can donate your time by helping to set up, serve, or clean up, that would be greatly appreciated. We also will be asking for donation of food and desserts. Is you can assist, sign-up sheets are by the mailboxes.  Thank you!


BALLOON OUTREACH VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Pastor Hayden and Alex will be handing out water and popsicles to people coming to watch the balloons from the church property. They are looking for 1 or 2 volunteers to assist in visiting with these folks and answering any questions they may have. If you can help, please sign-up for a date on the sheet by the mailboxes, July 28th-August 5th.  Thank you!


YOUTH: All youth, Grades 6-12, are invited to come play Water-Slide Kick-Ball!  We'll be playing outside the church on Sunday, July 30th, from 6-8:00 pm.  Bring a change of clothes and a towel; no swim suits.  We'll have snacks and it'll be a fun time to get to know our new intern, Alex!


YOU ARE INVITED: The LWML at Peace Evangelical Lutheran Church at 5615 SW 14th Street in Des Moines is hosting J.P. and Aimee Cima on Sunday, July 30th, at 7:00 pm.  J.P. and Aimee, along with their children, have served in northern Vietnam for 10 years. They continue the LCMS' 20+ year work of planting seeds for mercy and witness in this developing country. They coordinate mercy projects with local partners to address the physical and social needs among both rural and urban communities.  Please come and join us!

PLEASE HELP: We need someone to help with communion clean up after the 10:30 am services on the communion Sundays. Please talk to Denise Rudolph if you would be able to help us out.  Thank you!

NEW DCE INTERN: Alex Irwin, our new DCE Intern, will be inducted on July 9th, at both services. We will welcome Alex that morning in between services.

FLOWER BEDS: Thank you to those that have volunteered to "adopt" a flower bed at church. We appreciate your help in keeping our church property looking beautiful. We still have some flower beds that want someone special to take care of them. If you can be that special someone and help them look nice, please sign up on the flower bed chart located by the mailboxes. You will be responsible for week control and flower/plant preservation during the growing season. If you have any questions, please contact Becky Sponsler.

CALVARY'S KIDS PRESCHOOL: Calvary's Kids Preschool is now accepting registrations for the 2017-2018 school year. We offer a four mornings-per-week class to 4 and 5 year olds and a three afternoons-per-week class for 3, 4 and 5 year olds. Brochures about the preschool and registration forms can be found on the church information table in the entry. Please feel free to contact Dacni Gabel, (#961-4521 or at, for more information.

ALTAR FLOWERS: We are in need of people who would like to donate altar flowers. You can sign up for flowers on the chart by Pastor's office and purchase them yourself and place them on the altar or in the summer, you can provide cut flowers from your garden and place them on the altar, (be sure to sign up), or you can donate $18.00 for a center arrangement or $36.00 for 2 side arrangements and Sherrie Engel will get them for you and place them on the altar. We can keep flowers on the altar for 2 weeks if you don't mind leaving them that long. If you want Sherrie to get flowers for you, please place a donation in your church envelope and mark "Flowers" on the line that says "Special Gift For _____" and the amount, or you can place it in a plain envelope with your name on it and mark "Flowers" on it and place it in the offering plate. If you have any questions, please contact me, Sherrie Engel, at #961-2625.  Thank you.

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!

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.

LIFE THOUGHTS: Defending life involves declaring the dangers of using death as a solution. As intimidating and discouraging as it sometimes seems, (Matthew 13:4-7), God finds His own greatest joy in the Gospel message. He guarantees the His Word of life in Christ alone will yield abundantly, (Isaiah 55:11,

Matthew 13:23).  Prayer:  Almighty Father, cultivate Your Word in us unto joy and life.  Amen.

STEWARDSHIP CORNER: We make financial decisions daily. We decide whether to spend our money, give it, lend it, save it, or invest it, and we need to be diligent in the handling of our money. God expects us to be wise in the management of the money that He entrusts to us, (Matthew 25: 14-30). Because money is part of life, it's important to come to know what our Lord teaches us about it in His Word. While money itself is neutral, we can make it either a positive or negative part of our lives. When God has first place  in our lives rather than our love for money, a big obstacle to an intimate relationship with Christ is eliminated.




Worship Assistants