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 (March 24 ):

8:00 am Worship

9:15 am SS & Adult Bible Class

10:30 am Worship


6:00 pm Elders' Meeting


9:00 am Textile Tuesday

5:00 pm Food for the Soul (Smith Chapel, Simpson College)


4:00 pm Small Group

5:30 pm Lenten Supper

6:00 pm LIFE Classes

6:00 pm Adult Choir

7:00 pm Lenten Service


6:00 pm Small Group

NEXT SUNDAY (March 31):

8:00 am Worship

9:15 am Elders' Breakfast

9:15 am SS & Adult Bible Class

10:30 am Worship

11:45 am Call Meeting

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

CALL MEETING: The Board of Elders have scheduled a Call Meeting on Sunday, March 31st, at 11:45 am in the Sanctuary. This is a fifth Sunday and everyone is also invited to the Elder's Breakfast, held between services, on March 31st. A list of the candidates who the Call Committee is researching for this meeting has been added to the blue folder in the Church Office. Members are encouraged to review the candidates information prior to the meeting but, you must schedule an appointment to do so. Contact Jake Hermanson at #515-205-9117 or Terry Pauling at #515-249-9192 if you have any questions.

FOOD FOR THE SOUL: We will be hosting the Food for the Soul meal at the Smith Chapel at Simpson College on Tuesday, March 26th.  There is a sign-up sheet posted on the pillar in the fellowship hall, if you are interested in helping by contributing food for the meal. Food for the meal needs to be at the church by 4:00 pm the day of the meal.  If you would like to bring the food to Smith Chapel, it needs to be there by 5:00 pm. We would also be happy to have you join us for the event. It is a great opportunity to chat with the students and invite them to join us for services at Mt. Calvary.

HELPING HAND:  During the last month we collected 78 items for Helping Hand. Please keep bringing in your donations! Some immediate needs that they have for the food pantry are canned fruit, jell-o, and rice.  A complete list of items will be in the April Shadow.

GIFTS/OFFERINGS:  Just a reminder....... the DCE Fund has been "closed", any gifts which are directed to this Specials account are being redirected to Regular Offerings. Also, any gifts that continue to come in for Onward/Outward, are being directed to Debt Reduction, which is used to reduce the principle on the Mortgage Loan. If you have any questions regarding either of these items, please feel free to contact either Jill Johnston or Vicki Hornback. Thank you.

COMMUNITY LENTEN SERVICE: An Ecumenical Service of Lent will be held on Sunday, March 24th, at 

7:00 pm at Smith Chapel at Simpson College sponsored by the Indianola Ministerial Association. Please 

see the bulletin board for all of the information.

INK CARTRIDGES: Please remember to bring your old ink cartridges and put them in the box by the back door which is by the mailboxes and the Flower Chart.  We can turn these in to Staples and get ink reward coupons which help to offset the cost of office supplies for the church.  Thank you!

LENTEN SUPPERS:  Please be sure to check out the new sign-up sheet for our Lenten Suppers which will start Wednesday night, March 6th. Serving starts at 5:30 pm until 6:30 pm. The free will offering goes to whatever your group chooses. Please sign up your group name and what you will be serving.  Thanks!

2019 FLOWER CHART:  The 2019 Flower Chart is now up by the door by the mailboxes (by the Pastor's office). 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.

LIFE MEALS: Meals are served at Mt. Calvary on Wednesday evenings. We need families or groups to sign up to provide and serve the meals. Meals need to be ready to serve by 5:30 pm. Free will donations for the meal may be used to offset the cost of the meal or given to our LIFE meal fund.  Please see the sign-up sheet on the pillar in the fellowship hall.  (NOTE:  there is a separate sign-up sheet for the Wednesdays during Lent.)

LIFE LESSON: The LIFE students will study the story of "Lydia" this Wednesday, March 27th. Just as God worked His miracle beside the river, clothing Lydia with Christ in Baptism, so God works His miracles in pulpits and fonts around the world today, destroying the work of Satan, ripping believers from the jaws of death, washing away sins in water tinged with Jesus' blood, and clothing believers with His righteousness. Parents could ask, "How did God use water to save Lydia and us?  Who does God use to reveal His Word to us today?"

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.

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.

LIFE THOUGHTS: God finds no pleasure in death, (Ezekiel 33:11), whether of the wicked or of the innocent. Neither will we, particularly since He has delivered us instead into the position of watchmen for life, (Ezekiel 33:7). We have responsibility for warning about the evils of abortion, embryo experiments, and physician-assisted suicide, (Ezekiel 33:8). And we get the privilege of winning over hearts, rescuing eternities, and making brothers of neighbors, (Ezekiel 33:14-16), by the Gospel of His unconditional love.

BUILDING HEALTHY FAMILIES: It is recommended that children read at least 15-20 minutes per day. If families get involved together, it makes for an even greater positive impact! Consider using a children’s devotional or Bible to create this reading time as part of a family devotion. Your child will have the opportunity to read aloud and you will have the opportunity to share God’s love with him or her! “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