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 (October 29 ):

8:00 am Worship with Communion

9:15 am Sunday School and Bible Class

10:30 am Worship with Communion


8:30 am Preschool

12:30 pm Preschool


8:30 am Preschool

12:30 pm Preschool


7:00 pm Thanksgiving Eve Service


HOLIDAY - Office Closed


HOLIDAY - Office Closed

NEXT SUNDAY (November 26):

8:00 am Worship

9:15 am  SS & Bible Class

10:30 am Worship

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

REMINDER: Abby Wiese will be talking about her mission trip to Ethiopia during our Adult Bible Class

this morning at 9:15 am. Hope you can join us!


DON'T FORGET: Please join us on Wednesday night, November 22nd, at 7:00 pm, for our Thanksgiving

Eve Service.


POINSETTIAS:  A sign-up sheet has been placed by the mailboxes for poinsettias for the Christmas season.  If you would like to donate one this year, please sign-up and write down who it is in honor of or in memory of on the sheet. They are $15.00 this year. Please put your money in the offering plate for your poinsettia and mark on the memo line of your check that it is your donation for a poinsettia. The deadline to sign-up is Sunday, December 3rd.

WE NEED SHEEP! We need some sheep for our Children's Christmas Program in December.  We need big ones, little ones, fat ones, skinny ones - ALL sizes, just NOT real ones!  If we could borrow your sheep please let Ellen Glasgow or Alex Irwin know. Thank you!

INK CARTRIDGES & HY VEE RECEIPTS:  Please keep those ink cartridges coming. It helps keep the cost of office supplies down. We can no longer take cell phones or any of their accessories so, please find another way to dispose of your cell phones.  We are doing a great job with keeping up monthly to turn in our Hy Vee receipts on time. We are approximately $23,000.00 from our goal for the year. So, keep those receipts coming!  Thank you, Joan Van Diepen.

LIFE CLASS SUPPERS:  The LIFE Class meal plan sign-up sheet is by the mailboxes. Please consider signing up to help with a light meal for the LIFE Class students and families.  We serve about 30 people each week. Please have the meals ready at 5:30 pm.  If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Olson at #490-8010.

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!

TIS THE SEASON:  Attention Sunday School and LIFE Parents & Children:  This year's Children's Christmas program will be on Sunday, December 10th, during the 10:30 am service. Practice will be on Saturday, December 2nd and the 9th from 9:00-11:00 am. Please mark these dates on your calendars at home. The 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 in mid-October so, if you know you have a conflict with the program date, please let Ellen Glasgow or Alex Irwin 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. Contact Ellen at #515-865-5704 or or Alex at #961-4321 or

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 continue to make your contributions to help us.  Thank you.

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:  Someone once noted that while the 4th of July is set aside to celebrate our independence, Thanksgiving is set aside to acknowledge our dependence. As you gather with friends or family this week, take time to reflect not only on the many blessings for which you are thankful, but also on the source of those blessings. (James 1:17). Happy Thanksgiving to you from your brothers and sisters in Christ at Lutheran Family Service! Lutheran Family Service


LIFE THOUGHTS: Neighbors' lives occupy among the highest places of all God graciously lends us, (Matthew 25:14-15). We may invest ourselves in them rather than burying them, (Matthew 25:22-25), before they have borne the fruit and beauty for which He purposes them, (1 Thessalonians 5:9-10). With this attitude we share in His own joy!  Prayer:  Merciful Christ, excite our spirits so to trust Your goodness that we find Your kingdom coming even amid suffering and weakness. Amen.


STEWARD BUILDERS: By God's grace, we are given the high honor of being God's stewards. Being Christian stewards involves the way we view life and use God's blessings. A steward is someone who takes care of another person's property for the benefit of the owner. In Genesis, Chapter 1, God makes mankind the steward over all He has made. "And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens...", (verse 26). He has given us, along with other Christians, the responsibility of taking care of His property. Our purpose as stewards is again stated in the second chapter of Genesis. "The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and keep it", (Genesis 2:15). We are the managers and caretakers of God's creation.





Worship Assistants