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
Email: revshayden@gmail.com

Church Secretary Cindy Flickinger
Email: mtcalvaryoffice@gmail.com

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
Email: mtcalvaryoffice@gmail.com

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.


Worship

We offer two different services with two different formats every Sunday:

8:00am

Traditional Liturgical
A service celebrating the traditional elements of the Lutheran Liturgy for those with an appreciation of our rich, Christian heritage.

9:15am

Sunday School, Youth and Adult Bible Classes

10:30am

Blended Contemporary
A service along less traditional lines with more modern music. The same saving truth presented in a style for today.

7:00pm

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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News

CALVARY'S CURRENT

 APPOINTMENTS FOR THE WEEK of APRIL 22, 2017

 

 

TODAY (April 22 ):

8:00 am Worship Service

9:15 am Sunday School & Bible Class

10:30 am Worship Service

6:00-7:30 pm FIRE

Shadow Deadline

MONDAY:

8:30 am Preschool

12:30 pm Preschool

6:00 pm Elders Meeting

7:00 pm LWML Meeting

TUESDAY:

8:30 am Preschool

12:30 pm Preschool

WEDNESDAY:

8:30 am Preschool

4:00 pm Bible Study

5:30 pm Supper

6:00 pm LIFE Classes (LAST CLASS)

6:15 pm Adult Choir

THURSDAY:

8:30 am Preschool

12:30 pm Preschool

6:30 pm Bible Study

NEXT SUNDAY (April 29):

8:00 am Worship Service

9:00 am Elders Breakfast

9:15 am Sunday School & Bible Class

10:30 am Worship Service

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

LWML: All women of Mt. Calvary are invited to attend our Mt. Calvary LWML Quarterly meeting on Monday night, April 23rd, at 7:00 pm in the church fellowship hall. Please join us for fellowship, refreshments, devotion and a meeting.

GRADUATES:  If you have anyone in your family graduating from high school or college please let the office know their name and where they are graduating from, so we can list them and pray for them.  Thank you.

CAMP OKOBOJI SPRING VOLUNTEER WEEKEND:  Join your brothers and sisters in Christ for a fun-filled weekend, Thursday, May 3rd, through Saturday, May 5th. We will conclude Saturday with a dinner.

You are welcome to stay overnight and enjoy helping on Sunday, May 6th, with an Omelet Brunch from 9:30 am until 1:00 pm, with a free will offering going for camp projects and the annual fund.  Please call ahead for reservations for housing and meals; #712-337-3325 or email Joy.campokoboji@gmail.com.

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.

PLEASE REMEMBER: Please remember anytime you are at church to please clean out your mailboxes!

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: https://www.facebook.com/pages/

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 www.lhm.org. 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 has said that listening is “love in action”. Listening encourages others to express their feelings. When we don’t listen carefully — or when we quickly pass judgment on or react to what is said—we discourage sharing and relationships become un-safe. Good listening invites open communication and safety. Put your love for your spouse, children, neighbor, or friend into action this week by listening well!  Lutheran Family Service

 

LIFE THOUGHTS: Lord Jesus shepherds such fragile creatures as us with God's presence and power,

(John 10:11). He shepherds through the very valley of the shadow of death itself, (Psalm 23:4). In low points like terminal diagnoses and dark places like complicated pregnancies, the devil descends to pilfer and plunder life's God given abundance from us. We need not fear, for the self-sacrificing Resurrected One, (John 10:8), promises to replenish anything evil deprives. He will not allow us to lack as He carries us to glory and honor.  Prayer:  Faithful Guardian, sustain us in danger and make us agents of Your coming kingdom.  Amen.

STEWARD BUILDERS: In His Sermon on the Mount, Jesus teaches that our heavenly Father expects moral behavior from His people. Moreover, He expects that behavior to be motivated by proper motives and attitudes. "Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God...", (1 Peter 2:12). God is looking for us to do the proper things not because we want to please others, but so that He may be glorified.  Paul wrote, "We speak, not to please man, but to please God Who tests our hearts", (1 Thessalonians 2:4b). As redeemed people, we strive to do right, because God deserves nothing less from us.

 

 

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