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 (February 17 ):

8:00 am Worship with Communion

9:15 am SS & Adult Bible Class

10:30 am Worship with Communion

Shadow Deadline


6:30 pm Church Council


9:00 am Textile Tuesday

6:30 pm Comedy Night for Women of Mt. Calvary


4:00 pm Small Group

5:30 pm LIFE Supper

6:00 pm LIFE Classes

6:00 pm Adult Choir

Alex gone to Best Practices Parish Ministry Feb.20-23


Pastor Cloeter gone Feb. 21-24

6:00 pm Small Group

NEXT SUNDAY (February 24):

8:00 am Worship

9:15 am SS & Adult Bible Class

10:30 am Worship

LARGE PRINT HYMNALS are available; ask an usher if you need one.

CALL MEETING: A Congregational Call Meeting was held Sunday, February 10th, to discuss the list of names we had received on our Call List from Iowa District West. Seventy-four members registered for the Call Meeting with discussion about the two individuals that the Call Committee recommended after researching all 24 names on the list. The meeting ended with a unanimous standing vote to extend a Pastoral Call to Pastor Brady Finnern. Please add Pastor Finnern to your prayers, asking that the Holy Spirit guide him while he considers our call. If there are any questions, please contact Terry Pauling at #515-249-9192 or Jake Hermanson at #515-205-9117.


HELPING HAND: We collected a total of 78 items for the food pantry at Helping Hand this past month.  Thank you for all of your donations! Please keep bringing in your items

OFFERINGS: Jill and I would like to thank you for adjusting your donations to Onward/Outward and to the DCE Fund for 2019. If you are still contributing to Onward/Outward and are wishing those funds to be used to reduce the principle, please use "Debt Reduction" for the description. Since we already have Alex as our DCE, any offerings indicated for DCE are going into the regular fund. If you have any questions, please let either Jill Johnston or myself, Vicki Hornback, know. Thanks

INK CARTRIDGES: Please remember to bring your old ink cartridges and put them in the box by the back door which is by the mailboxes and the Flower Chart.  We can turn these in to Staples and get ink reward coupons which help to offset the cost of office supplies for the church.  Thank you!

COMEDY NIGHT: The Women's Comedy Night that had been scheduled in January but got cancelled due to weather has been rescheduled for Tuesday night, February 19th, at 6:30 pm, here at Mt. Calvary.  Please join us for a fun night of laughter with comedian, Anita Renfroe, snacks, drinks and fellowship. Babysitting will also be provided. If you will need babysitting, please let Cindy Flickinger, Linda Norton, or Michelle Meyer know.  Hope you can join us!

LWML BRUNCH: The LWML Brunch that had been scheduled in January but got cancelled due to weather has also been rescheduled for Saturday, February 16th, at 10:00 am, at Mt. Calvary.  Bring a brunch dish and your MITES and join us for fellowship, devotion, a brief meeting and cleaning/organizing the kitchen.

LIFE CLASS LESSON: In LIFE Class lessons this Wednesday, February 20th, the children will learn the story of Peter and Cornelius, (Acts 10), and how the Good News comes to us as it did to them. Talk about how in church we receive the Good News that, although we are judged unrighteous and deserving of death, God mercifully declares us holy, righteous, and innocent because of Christ. "What does this mean for our daily lives?"  is a good question to discuss as a family.

LENTEN SUPPERS:  Please be sure to check out the new sign-up sheet for our Lenten Suppers which will start Wednesday night, March 6th. Serving starts at 5:30 pm until 6:30 pm. The free will offering goes to whatever your group chooses. Please sign up your group name and what you will be serving.  Thanks!

THE LUTHERAN WITNESS:  It's time again! If you wish to purchase a subscription to The Lutheran Witness magazine your renewal or new order is due by March 1, and is $23.00/year. Please let the church office know if you wish to purchase a subscription and make your check for $23.00 out to "Mt. Calvary" and note on the check that it is for The Lutheran Witness subscription. Thank you.


PLEASE NOTE:  Your 2018 Contribution Statements are in your church mailbox.  Please remember to get them and anything else in your mailboxes out anytime you are at church.  If you have not picked up your 2019 Offering Envelopes they are on the round table in the fellowship hall.

2019 FLOWER CHART:  The 2019 Flower Chart is now up by the door by the mailboxes (by the Pastor's office). 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.

LIFE MEALS: Meals are served at Mt. Calvary on Wednesday evenings. We need families or groups to sign up to provide and serve the meals. Meals need to be ready to serve by 5:30 pm. Free will donations for the meal may be used to offset the cost of the meal or given to our LIFE meal fund.  Please see the sign-up sheet on the pillar in the fellowship hall.  (NOTE:  there is a separate sign-up sheet for the Wednesdays during Lent.)

FUNERAL LUNCHEONS: Instead of one person being in charge of a funeral luncheon, we are asking for volunteers to work as a team, (4 people on 4 teams), and one person to be a reception coordinator. 

Teams will alternate serving the luncheons as they occur and be responsible for planning, preparing and serving the lunch.  The reception coordinator will be a contact person between Pastor and the team who is responsible for serving the lunch.  There is a sign-up sheet for the 4 teams on the pillar in the fellowship hall.  For more information, contact Laurel Cogswell at #515-961-7201.

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.


STEWARDSHIP CORNER: By the Spirit's power, we live in an intimate relationship with our Heavenly Father. No longer intent on serving ourselves, we realize that God pours out His blessings on us in order that we might pass His blessings on to others. When we stay in close fellowship with Jesus through His Word and Sacrament, He will use us as His channels through whom His blessings flow. We are blessed to be a blessing. Through our faithful service to others, we are filled with His joy and peace.


BUILDING HEALTHY FAMILIES: 45% of teens now say they are online on a near-constant basis. If you need assistance navigating the world of technology and raising a teen to make good choices, contact Lutheran Family Service. Workshops are available to help families stay safe in a technological world. One parent who attended this workshop recently shared, “It opened up the door for us to talk about our use of social media.” Lutheran Family Service


LIFE THOUGHTS: Blessed are the pretty?  Blessed are the popular, the prosperous, the powerful?  The Author of Life does not evaluate according to productivity. Blessed are the poor, (Luke 6:20ff)! Blessed are the hungry, the weeping, the excluded and reviled ones among humankind! Blessed are the embryos, the elderly, and the incapacitated persons on account of the Son of Man who brings forth life where the world writes it off.