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 (May 21)

8:00 am Worship with Communion

9:15 am Sunday School & Adult Bible Class

10:30 am Worship with Communion

2:00 pm Cawthorn Recital

5:00 pm Mission Team Meeting

6:00-8:00 pm FIRE


6:00 pm Elders' Meeting


4:00 pm Bible Study


7:00 pm Bible Study


Fellowship Hall Reserved - Wiedmaier


8:00 am Worship

9:15 am Sunday School & Adult Bible Class

10:30 am Worship


REMINDER:  The office will be closed on Monday, May 29th, in observance of Memorial Day.


GRADUATES:  Congratulations to all of our graduates this year!  Graduating from high school:  Mason Smith - Indianola, Hannah Zwanziger-Xavier High School, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Graduating from college:  Hannah Hayden - Bachelors Degree from Concordia University Chicago,

Beth Williams - Bachelors Degree from Concordia University Nebraska, Seward, Kara Zwanziger - Loras College, Dubuque, Iowa

CHURCH BOARD SUMMARY: The Board of Evangelism -   This board's goal is to educate the entire congregation in Scriptural principles of sharing their faith with others and to encourage each member to be a witness in their own life. The board shall work with others to plan Friendship Sundays when members are encouraged to invite someone to worship. The board shall seek opportunities in community activities to share the Gospel through our congregation's involvement, (ie: parades, community festivals, etc,). The board shall oversee advertising, (both paid and door hangings).

PLEASE HELP: We need someone to help with communion clean up after the 10:30 am services on the communion Sundays. Please talk to Denise Rudolph if you would be able to help us out.  Thank you!

FLOWER BEDS: Spring is here and the flowers are starting to bloom!  We have been blessed in past years with beautiful flower beds for all to enjoy. To keep the flower beds working great, we need some help. If you would like to "adopt" a flower bed, please sign up on the flower bed chart located by the mailboxes. You will be responsible for weed control and flower/plant preservation during the growing season. Thank you in advance for helping keep our flower beds beautiful!  If you have any questions, contact Becky Sponsler.

PLEASE VOTE! It's time for the best of Warren County survey. If you want to vote for Calvary's Kids Preschool go to You can vote once per email/electronic device, (cell, lap top, desk top, ipad).  Thank you for your support!

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL! June 18th-22nd, 6:00-8:15 pm:  We are in need of Music Leaders, Crew Leaders and people to help prepare supplies, (see the VBS display for more details). All volunteer positions must be filled by May 21st!  Please talk to Beth Williams or Vicki Hornback if you have any questions.

VBS registration is now open!  Visit our new VBS website to register your kids and to find more information about our VBS program!

YOUTH MISSION TRIP! It's official!  June 9th-12th, (Friday-Monday), all youth who have completed Grades 8-12 are invited to join us as we serve the people of the Winnebago Reservation in Winnebago, NE.   We will be partnering with another youth group from Nebraska.  We will be camping!  We will spend one day serving the community by doing odd jobs, yard work, painting, and small repairs.  We will also lead a campfire devotion for local youth.  We will be participating in a 3-on-3 basketball tournament - get your team ready!  On our drive home, we will be stopping for lunch and a tour at Mission Central in Mapleton, IA.  Please let me know if you have questions or if you're interested in coming!   Amanda Cawthorn

CALVARY'S KIDS PRESCHOOL: Calvary's Kids Preschool is now accepting registrations for the 2017-2018 school year. We offer a four mornings-per-week class to 4 and 5 year olds and a three afternoons-per-week class for 3, 4 and 5 year olds. Brochures about the preschool and registration forms can be found on the church information table in the entry. Please feel free to contact Dacni Gabel, (#961-4521 or at, for more information.

SERVICE OFFERING:  Our final service offering for the school year, (March through May), will be going to the Lutheran Church Charities Comfort Dogs. More specifically, we will be supporting Gracie, a comfort dog who lives in Davenport, Iowa. These dogs are specially trained to give comfort to people who have been through various types of tragedies and disasters. They have traveled all over the nation to help those in need. Training, caring for, and transporting these dogs is not cheap so, please, join us in supporting the important ministry they do on behalf of the Lutheran Church.

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 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 #43  (This tip comes to you from Hayley Buchholz, a dear friend of mine and mother of a one-year-old.)  "Remember and continue to put your marriage first, even when you have kids that need so much of your love and attention. Set aside special time every day, once your child is asleep to spend with your spouse, even if there are a million other things that need to be done."

LIFE THOUGHTS: Paul reasoned with his deceived neighbors rather than ridiculing them, (Acts 17:17,22).

They must have frustrated him, but he believed them just as much coveted creatures of God as himself. May our speaking truth give voice to Gospel hope, show divine gentleness, and share respect received from Jesus, (1 Peter 3:15).  Prayer:  Lord Jesus, fill our words with Your own. Amen.




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