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 16 ):

8:00 am Worship with Communion

9:15 am Sunday School & Adult Bible Class

10:30 am Worship with Communion

6:00-7:30 pm FIRE

Shadow Deadline


6:30 pm Council Meeting


9:00 am Textile Tuesdays

(Cindy gone - Administratives Assistants' Conference)


4:00 pm Bible Study

5:30 pm LIFE Supper

6:00 pm LIFE Classes

6:00 pm Adult Choir


6:30 pm Bible Study

NEXT SUNDAY (September 23):

8:00 am Worship

9:15 am Reception for Pastor & Linda Hayden

10:30 am Worship

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

FLOWERS: The flowers on the altar today are in honor of Jeff & Jen Sievers Wedding Anniversary.



CAN YOU HELP US? We are looking for someone to take our recycling materials, (the white wastebasket by the mailboxes), and empty it. Pastor Hayden has been doing this every week to two weeks as needed so, we will need someone else to help us. Please let the office know if you would be willing to do this. Thanks!

LIFE MEALS:  Meals will be served at Mt. Calvary on Wednesday evenings beginning in September. 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.

LIFE CLASS LESSON: The LIFE Class lesson this Wednesday, September 19th, studies "God Provides for Elijah". Just as God provided food and life for Elijah, the widow, and her son, so He provides food, forgiveness, and life eternal for us in Christ. Consider asking, "How did God provide food for Elijah? In what ways does God provide for us today?"

LAST DAY:  Pastor and Linda Hayden's last day with us will be Sunday, September 23rd, There will be no Adult Bible Class that day but we will have a reception for the Hayden's between services.


TEXTILE TUESDAYS: Starting Tuesday, September 18th, at 9:00 am, let's get together every Tuesday for fellowship sewing, knitting, crocheting, etc. This will be a very informal group. Bring your supplies and any projects you may be working on at home. Come to learn new skills or to help with mission projects. We will be sharing friendship, knowledge, ideas, and discuss service projects. If you can't attend each week, just come when you can. We will be meeting in the former preschool room. See our bulletin board next to the kitchen.


THANK YOU: Pat and I could not have been more blessed than to pick Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church as our church since August 1965. We could not have found a nicer or better congregation to be a part of.  I thank Pastor Hayden for all he has done for us, Karrie Tate for being our organist, Team #1, the LWML, Ruth Circle and everyone who helped make the great lunch that it was. I thank my brothers and sisters in Christ who would say to me, "Jim, if you need anything" or "Jim, is there anything we can do for you, just let us know!" That is pretty amazing!  I thank you all for the sympathy cards. Many of the cards had comforting Bible verses and many of them had handwritten notes that were also comforting.  My father had a saying he liked to say when he thought somebody did a good job; "you have gone above and beyond the call of duty!" With all of the Christian love and kindness shown, I think he hit the nail on the head, (from an old shop teacher saying)!  Thank you! Jim Zitzmann

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.

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:“Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit . . . therefore honor God with your body.” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). Here’s another question: Do you not know that this Biblical instruction isn’t written just for young people? No matter your age, take time this week to do something that will make your body stronger or healthier. Fix a healthy snack, go for a walk, and invite a friend or neighbor to join you. Shared activity makes it more fun, and creates an open door for conversation about wellbeing, including the importance of faith, and spiritual wellness. Honor God with your body, no matter how many years it’s been around! Lutheran Family Service

LIFE THOUGHTS: Ancient societies often avoided demon-possessed persons, (Mark 9:17-18, 22). "It's your problem, not my business. Don't bother me, deal with it yourself."  The modern mantra, "Your body, your choice," tells the same lie. When we keep silent and still on life issues, we only confirm this devilish deception. Christians get to speak with Christ's courage and reach out in God's compassion: "You matter. We'll help", (Isaiah 50:4).  Prayer:  O Lord, loose our tongues to declare Your mighty deeds.  Amen.

STEWARD BUILDERS: In Proverbs 14:26 we read, "In the fear of the Lord one has strong confidence, and his children will have a refuge."  The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, (Proverbs 9:10), and wisdom is given to us by God. With God's wisdom, we have assurance of the future. The question of our future was brought up at a meeting between Rev. Dr. Billy Graham, who was on an evangelistic crusade, and the Prime Minister of England, Winston Churchill. Mr. Churchill asked Reverend Graham, "Is there any hope for this world?"  Dr. Graham replied, "Yes! I have read the last chapter of the Bible and it says we win."  We need not fear the future. God's wisdom gives us the confidence to face a deteriorating world with hope and courage. The fear and love of the Lord prompts us to continue to be about His work, knowing that God's people win.


Worship Assistants