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 (December 4):

8:00 am Worship

9:15 am Sunday School & Adult Bible Class

10:30 am Worship - Preschool Program

11:30 am SS Teachers' Meeting


8:30 am Preschool

12:30 pm Preschool


8:30 am Preschool

12:30 pm Preschool

6:00 pm Board of Education


8:30 am Preschool

11:00 am Ruth Circle (Sports Page)

5:30 pm LIFE Supper

6:00 pm LIFE Classes

6:00 pm Adult Choir

7:00 pm Advent Service


8:30 am Preschool

12:30 pm Preschool


9:00-11:00 am Children's Program Practice

NEXT SUNDAY (December 11):

8:00 am Worship with Communion

9:15 am Sunday School & Adult Bible Class

10:30 am Worship with Communion - Children's Program

6:00-8:00 pm FIRE Youth Service

POINSETTIAS: TODAY is the deadline! 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. 

CELEBRATE & SING HANDEL'S MESSIAH: Come and celebrate and sing along with Handel's Messiah, on Sunday, December 4th, at Grace United Methodist Church, 3700 Cottage Grove, Des Moines. There is a pre-concert talk at 1:00 pm and the concert is at 2:00 pm with a reception immediately following. Amanda Cawthorn from our congregation will be performing with the Des Moines Community Orchestra. Please see the bulletin board for all of the information.

NEW SERVICE OFFERING:  During the months of September and October, the Sunday School, Adult Bible Class, and LIFE Class offerings went to "Juan 3:16" - a project of the Lutheran Heritage Fund to send Spanish Bible storybooks to Spanish-speaking children all over the world who did not have access to a Bible in their own language. We raised $216.41 which funded 43 of the Spanish Bible storybooks!  During November and December, we will be using that offering money to support Operation Christmas - a program to assist Warren County residents at Christmas by providing food vouchers and gifts/toys to individuals and families in need. During 2015, Operation Christmas 270 families and 573 children. Please join us in supporting this ministry opportunity!

NEW INTERCOM/DOORBELL: In a desire to protect the safety of our staff, the Church Council has voted

to keep the glass door of the church locked during business hours. There is a new intercom/doorbell mounted by the doors. When you come, please press the doorbell and someone will answer. Thank you.

'TIS THE SEASON: Attention Sunday School and LIFE parents and children - This year's Children's Christmas program will be on December 11th during the 10:30 am service. We have one more play practice on Saturday, December 10th,  from 9:00 am to 11:00 am. Ellen's contact information is #515-865-5704, or contact Beth Williams at #961-4321.

OPPORTUNITIES TO SERVE! We are looking for people who are able and willing to help us out with Sunday School and LIFE classes. Please contact Beth Williams, (, if you are interested.

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.

A TIP FOR PARENTS FROM BETH WILLIAMS: Tip #20 - "More than ever, kids are in desperate need of parents who are willing to be a bit vulnerable in sharing their own failures. That's where transparency comes in. Teens can learn volumes from how you handled or mishandled decisions when you were the same age. You see, it's important to help your teen understand that mistakes are a part of growing up, and everyone makes them, but some mistakes are best avoided." (Mark Gregston, Heartlight Ministries Blog October 6, 2016)

STEWARDSHIP CORNER: Again we come to the time of year when we mark the great miracle of Christ becoming one of us. The Apostle John wrote, "And that Word became flesh and dwelt among us",

(John 1:14a). Jesus came to Earth; He bore humiliation and ridicule; He died that we might live; He was raised that we, too, might rise again and live forever with Him. "And from His fullness we have all received, grace upon grace" , (John 1:16). How can we thank Him but to give ourselves and our lives in service to Him!

LIFE THOUGHTS: Only knowledge that God Himself lives in human hearts like shoots from a stump,

(Isaiah 11:1), and leads like a little child can keep people from hurting and destroying, (Isaiah 11:6). In our repentance He brings us near His kingdom, (Matthew 3:1-2), of encouragement and harmony, (Romans 15:5), and those the world calls lifeless stones He claims as His dear children, (Matthew 3:9).

Prayer:  God of hope, fill us with Your joy and peace.  Amen.

BUILDING HEALTHY FAMILIES:  “She put the needs of her child above the wants of her heart”, lovingly said by an adopting parent about their son’s birth mother. The pregnancy counseling and adoption ministry of LFS has witnessed this selfless act of love on the part of thousands of birth families over the past 115 years. If you know of a friend or family member who is experiencing an unplanned pregnancy, help them connect with an LFS counselor to talk about their options. Be their link to a positive future for themselves, their child, and a couple ready and willing to walk with them on the journey of adoption. All services to birth families are provided at no cost, thanks to the support LFS receives from its owners – members of the 294 LCMS congregations and their members in Iowa. Your gift at year’s end is needed and appreciated. On behalf of the families served…thank you! Lutheran Family Service


Worship Assistants