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 (August 12 ):

8:00 am Worship

9:15 am Sunday School & Adult Bible Class

10:30 am Worship


4:00 pm Bible Study


6:30 pm Bible Study

(Pastor Vacation 8/16-8/20

NEXT SUNDAY (August 19):

8:00 am Worship with Communion

9:15 am Sunday School & Adult Bible Class

10:30 am Worship with Communion

6:00-7:30 pm FIRE

Shadow Deadline

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

THANK YOU:  Thank you so much for your generous donations for my Togo, West Africa mission trip. I look forward to sharing my experience with you upon my return.  With God all things are possible. With a loving home congregation, my mission medical team will be lifted in prayer as well.  Thank you, Jennifer Olson


MEALS FROM THE HEARTLAND:  This is your invitation to participate and help package 5 million meals at the 11th Annual Meals From the Heartland Hunger Fight. Mt. Calvary has helped package meals for many years. We are getting a team together to help again this year. We are planning to attend on Friday,

August 31st. Our shift will be from 6:00-8:00 pm. If you are interested in being a part of this event there

is a sign-up sheet on the pillar in the fellowship hall. Thank you for helping to fight hunger in Iowa and around the world!


AGAPE PREGNANCY CENTER:  They are hosting a Volunteer Rally Wednesday, August 22nd, to share information on volunteering at Agape. The rally will begin at 9:30 am with a tour of Agape. An informational meeting will follow and conclude by 11:15 am. Please contact Mary Beth at #515-255-0243 or at . Thank you!


CONGREGATIONAL HEALTH ASSESSMENTS: Health assessments were placed in your mailboxes in June.

If you have not completed one for your household please do so as soon as possible. These assessments

will help direct the focus of the Parish Nurse/Health Ministry here at Mt. Calvary for the next year. 

Thanks, Carolyn Pauling

INK CARTRIDGES:  Please remember to keep bringing in your old ink cartridges. We can turn them in to Staples to get rewards coupons and those help keep our costs down for church office supplies. If you have any questions, please talk to Joan Van Diepen. Thanks!


QUILTING ETC.:  We are forming a quilting and etc. group. Anyone interested in sewing quilts, (large

and small), or interested in learning is invited to join us. All skill levels are welcome. The quilts and other projects we make will go to charities. It will be a time of fellowship and helping to meet the needs of others. We will meet and work here at church. Exact times and dates will be set up by the group. We welcome donations of any and all materials and quilting supplies. If you are interested or have any questions, please call Rhonda Myers at #515-442-9092.

FUNERAL LUNCHEONS: Instead of one person being in charge of a funeral luncheon, we are asking for volunteers to work as a team, (4 people on 4 teams), and one person to be a reception coordinator. 

Teams will alternate serving the luncheons as they occur and be responsible for planning, preparing and serving the lunch.  The reception coordinator will be a contact person between Pastor and the team who is responsible for serving the lunch.  There is a sign-up sheet for the 4 teams on the pillar in the fellowship hall.  For more information, contact Laurel Cogswell at #515-961-7201.

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.

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:

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.


BUILDING HEALTHY FAMILIES: He is remembered as a man who changed history: political leader, public servant, Nobel Prize winner, writer, orator, and hero. While he would own these many labels as accurate, one other would be at the top of Winston Churchill’s list: devoted husband. Churchill once said, “My most brilliant achievement was my ability to be able to persuade my wife to marry me.” As you consider your life and legacy, where does your marriage relationship fall? Lutheran Family Service


LIFE THOUGHTS: The antidote to despair is not autonomy, (1 Kings 19:4). God only gives, (or reserves!), daily bread to draw hearts into the bakery and unto the Bread-Maker, (John 6:35, 44). He has designed human beings for community, (1 Kings 19:7), and our opponent has no countermeasure for compassion. When we don't apathetically abandon those facing life-or-death situations.  Prayer: Father, strengthen

us to strengthen others with Your ways.  Amen.


STEWARD BUILDERS: The words, I, me, mine, and myself describe most people as they focus primarily on their own interests and needs. It has been said, "A person who is all wrapped up in himself makes a pretty small package." However, we find many characters in Scripture who, through, faith, were not wrapped up in themselves. The Macedonians that the Apostle Paul refers to in 2 Corinthians 8, for example, were a group who exemplified an attitude of love and compassion as they looked beyond their own needs. In spite of their own afflictions and hardships, they gave beyond their means to the distressed Christians in Jerusalem. They were willing to sacrifice and give generously even though they were experiencing tremendous challenges. They reached down to meet the needs of others more need than themselves.



Worship Assistants