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 17 ):

8:00 am Worship

9:15 am Sunday School and Bible Class

10:30 am Worship with communion

3:30 pm Senior High Gathering Info Meeting

5:00 - 6:00 pm Youth/Parent Supper & Meeting

6:00 - 7:30 pm FIRE


8:30 am Preschool

12:30 pm Preschool

6:30 pm Church Council


8:30 am Preschool

12:30 pm Preschool

(Cindy gone-Administrative Assistant Conference)


8:30 am Preschool

4:00 pm Bible Study

5:30 pm LIFE Supper

6:00 pm LIFE Classes

6:15 pm Adult Choir

(Cindy gone 9/20-9/26-Vacation)


8:30 am Preschool

12:30 pm Preschool

7:00 pm Bible Study

NEXT SUNDAY (September 24):

8:00 am Worship

9:15 am Sunday School and Bible Class

10:30 am Worship

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

REMINDER: Monday, September 25th, and Tuesday, September 26th, the Church Office will be closed.

Pastor Hayden and Alex will be attending the District Church Worker Conference and Cindy will be on vacation.  The office will open again on Wednesday, September 27th.

MIDWEEK ADULT BIBLE STUDY:  Just a reminder that Wednesday at 4:00 pm and Thursday at 7:00 pm we are having our Midweek Adult Bible Study. All of you are still welcome and we'd love to have you join us! 

We will continue to meet every other Wednesday and Thursday at the church. Hope to see you there!

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!

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.

LIFE THOUGHTS:  All human choices, including ours, affect others - often significantly, (Romans 14:7). The devil uses the illusion of autonomy to bring about death. We cannot disconnect from each other anymore than God will separate from us, (Romans 14:8-9). Jesus Christ surrounds us even in sin and suffering with forgiveness, compassion, fellowship, and community, (Matthew 18:27), that keep us alive, (Genesis 50:20).   Prayer:  God of all goodness, make us stand and provide for our little ones.  Amen.

STEWARDSHIP CORNER:  It can be said, "Most of what we learn is caught and not taught." In order to catch something, we must come into close proximity - into relationship. God wants to build relationships with us through Jesus. There is no greater joy than a close relationship with Jesus. God also wants us to develop relationships with others, and our relationship with Jesus empowers us to be faithful stewards of those relationships. With the help of the Holy Spirit, we are to love others as we love ourselves,  (Matthew 22:39).

BUILDING HEALTHY FAMILIES:  ”When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant, I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.",  (Mark Twain). Truth be told, parents and their children get along much better when the adolescent years are over. Dr. James Dobson once said that the goal of parenting teenagers is to survive and live to tell about it. If you and your family are navigating the turbulent waters of adolescence, don’t give up. It will get better! "Train up a child in the way he should go; and when he is old he will not depart from it.", ( Proverbs 22:6)   Lutheran Family Service - Learn more at LFSiowa.or





Worship Assistants