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 (June 24 ):

8:00 am Worship

9:15 am Sunday School & Adult Bible Class

10:30 am Worship

Pastor gone afternoon of 6/24-6/26, Iowa West District Convention

Pastor & Linda gone (6/27-6/29) to visit Lake Oconee Lutheran Church in Georgia


4:00 pm Bible Study


6:30 pm Bible Study


8:00 am Worship with Communion

9:15 am Sunday School & Adult Bible Class

10:30 am Worship with Communion

12:00 pm  2nd Annual Don Norton Trap Shoot - Warren Co. Izaak Walton League

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

2nd ANNUAL DON NORTON MEMORIAL TRAP SHOOT:  Please join us Sunday, July 1st, at 12:00 pm, at the Warren County Izaak Walton League in Indianola for our 2nd Annual Trap Shoot. Everyone is welcome to shoot or to join us for the free lunch and fellowship. All proceeds will benefit the Mt. Calvary Youth Group.  Watch for more information and check the bulletin board for more information.

QUILTING ETC.:  We are forming a quilting and etc. group. Anyone interested in sewing quilts, (large

and small), or interested in learning is invited to join us. All skill levels are welcome. The quilts and other projects we make will go to charities. It will be a time of fellowship and helping to meet the needs of others. We will meet and work here at church. Exact times and dates will be set up by the group. We welcome donations of any and all materials and quilting supplies. If you are interested or have any questions, please call Rhonda Myers at #515-442-9092

JOINING JESUS ON HIS MISSION:  On July 8th, from 12:00-1:00 pm, the Evangelism committee will be hosting a lunch. Following the lunch, 1:00-2:30 pm, Pastor Ben from Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in West Des Moines, will provide a hospitality training called "Joining Jesus on His Mission".  We encourage all members of Mt. Calvary to attend.

LWML:  All women of Mt. Calvary are invited to attend the LWML meeting to be held at Mt. Calvary on

Monday night, July 23rd,  at 7:00 pm. Please bring any mission project ideas and your mite box offering.

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.

FLOWER BEDS: Spring is finally here and the flowers are starting to bloom!  We have been blessed in past years with beautiful flower beds for all to enjoy. To keep the flowers looking great, we need some help. If you would like to adopt a flower bed, please sign up on the flower bed chart located on the pillar in the fellowship hall. You will be responsible for weed control and flower/plant preservation during the growing season. Thank you in advance for helping keep our flower beds beautiful! If you have any questions, contact Becky Sponsler at #515-777-9281.

LIFE LINE SCREENING:  Life Line Screening offers a 5-test package to thoroughly check you for risk of stroke, cardiovascular disease and other chronic conditions. The combination of these tests helps detect problems, before you have symptoms and while you and your doctor can still take action.  They will be screening at the Indianola Church of Christ on Monday, July 2, 2018. Please call toll free #888-653-6434 to register your screening and to receive a $10.00 discount.  More information is on the bulletin board.

SIGN-UP SHEETS:  All sign-up sheets have been moved from the tables by the mailboxes to the pillar that

is in the fellowship hall.  The sheets are on the pillar, as well as pens for you to sign-up with so, please check it out.

ALTAR FLOWERS:  The 2018 Flower Chart is now up by the back door, by the mailboxes. 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.

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.


BUILDING HEALTHY FAMILIES: LFS workers are busy in all parts of Iowa serving young women who are pregnant without the benefit of marriage and couples who are ready to grow their family through the gift of adoption. You can help in three important ways: 1) If you know of someone who is pregnant and needs help to make a plan for her life and the life of her child, help them to call LFS; 2) If you know a married man and woman with a strong Christian faith who want to build their family through traditional or embryo adoption, direct them to LFS; and 3) If God has blessed you with any resources beyond what you need for your daily life, help support this life-work which depends heavily on partnership gifts of all sizes from members of our Lutheran church, please make a gift today by mail or through the LFS web site. Together we’re in the LIFE business! Lutheran Family Service


LIFE THOUGHTS: Though his existence must have seemed pointless, Job refused suicide, (Job 2:9-10). and God catalogued a world of testimonies to His enduring dominion and goodness, (38:1-11). Paul likewise lists a litany of purposes in pain and hope during hardships, (2 Corinthians 6:4-10). Jesus remains gracious Lord both of life and of all threats to it, (Mark 4:41). He knows what it takes to save. In this comfort and confidence we may share His rest while life issues rage around us.    Prayer:  Mighty Savior, give us Your peace and Your voice in our dangers.  Amen.

STEWARD BUILDERS: The Apostle Paul wrote, "So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the Word of Christ", (Romans 10:17). Through the Word, the Holy Spirit is present and opens hearts. Through God's Word and the faith that God gives us, we receive life eternal. Because the words in the Bible are inspired by the Holy Spirit, they have the supernatural ability to change and transform us into the people God wants us to be. God's Word has the ability to fill our minds, souls and spirits like nothing else. Just as our physical bodies need physical food to survive, we need spiritual nourishment for our minds, souls and spirits. The spiritual truths of God's Word fill us and help us grow spiritually. The Word of God is living, powerful, and real spiritual food for the soul, mind and spirit.



Worship Assistants