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 (October 23):

8:00 am Worship

9:15 am Sunday School & Adult Bible Class

10:30 am Worship

6:00-8:00 pm FIRE Youth Service


8:30 am Preschool

12:30 pm Preschool

6:30 pm Elders' Meeting

7:00 pm LWML Quarterly Meeting


8:30 am Preschool

12:30 pm Preschool

5:00-7:00 pm Preschool Family Night


8:30 am Preschool

5:30 pm LIFE Supper

6:00 pm LIFE Classes

6:00 pm Adult Choir


8:30 am Preschool

12:30 pm Preschool

Saturday-Sunday/Junior High Youth Gathering

NEXT SUNDAY (October 30):

8:00 am Worship

9:15 am Sunday School & Adult Bible Class

9:15 am Elders' Breakfast

10:30 am Worship

NEW INTERCOM/DOORBELL: In a desire to protect the safety of our staff, the Church Council has voted

to keep the glass door of the church locked during business hours. There is a new intercom/doorbell mounted by the doors. When you come, please press the doorbell and someone will answer. Thank you.

LWML: All women that are members of Mt. Calvary are members of our church LWML and we would like to invite you to our Quarterly Meeting at Mt. Calvary at 7:00 pm on Monday night, October 24th. Be sure to bring your MITES. If you don't know what MITES are or what our LWML is all about, please come and join us and find out. We'd love to tell you!

ANYONE NEED A JOB:  If you are retired or want some part-time income or want full-time work, we have some jobs:  Bill of Material Assembly - person sits and puts items in boxes; general cleaning; forklift operator; general warehouse work; cycle counts. Please call Jeret Koenig at #515-240-8168 if you are interested in any of these jobs.


OUR CONGREGATIONAL DINNER AND MEETING: Mark your calendars for our Congregational Dinner and Meeting, Sunday, November 13th.  We will be enjoying a Thanksgiving feast with turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy being provided. Please bring a dessert, salad or vegetable dish to share. We will provide drinks and table service. Our meal will start right after the late service at 11:30 am in the fellowship hall here at church. Our semi-annual congregational meeting will be held at approximately 12:15 pm, after our meal. Don't miss this big event - hope to see you there! If you wish, there is a sign-up sheet by the mailboxes for help in preparing the turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy.  Thank you!  Discipleship Board

HELPING HAND: Thirty-one years ago, in 1985, Helping Hand moved into its current location. The furnishings at the time were low budget - tables made out of doors, plywood shelves and mismatched paint. Now is the time to update our quarters and we need your help. Your "quarters" are greatly needed to help paint, build cabinets and shelves and to purchase clothes racks. Won't you share your "quarters" with us?  You may mail donations to Helping Hand QUARTERS, P.O. Box 45, Indianola, Iowa, 50125, or bring them to our building. We will appreciate your help!  Thank you.

YOU ARE INVITED: You are invited to the Harvest Dinner on Saturday, November 5th, from 5:00-6:30 pm, at Peace Evangelical Lutheran Church in Des Moines.  Please see the bulletin board for all of the information.

'TIS THE SEASON:  Attention Sunday School and LIFE parents and children - This year's Children's Christmas program will be on December 11th during the 10:30 am service. Play practice will be on Saturday, December 3rd and the 10th from 9:00 am to 11:00 am. Please mark these dates on your calendars at home. Songs will be taught during LIFE music time on Wednesdays and special arrangements are being made for the Sunday School classes. Additional practices will be made with those that have Saturday conflicts. Parts will be distributed mid-October so, if you know you have a conflict with the program date, please let Ellen Glasgow or Beth Williams know as soon as possible.  There are a limited number of speaking parts, but we still need everyone for the choir and/or different characters. We will try to stretch it out the best we can so everyone has something to do.  If anyone would like to help with costumes, we would greatly appreciate it.  Ellen's contact information is #515-865-5704, or contact Beth Williams at #961-4321.

PLEASE JOIN US:  We are invited to the 70th Anniversary Celebration of Our Saviour Lutheran Church in Des Moines on Sunday, October 30th. Please see the bulletin board for all of the information.

OPPORTUNITIES TO SERVE! We are looking for people who are able and willing to help us out with Sunday School and LIFE classes. Please contact Beth Williams, (, if you are interested.

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 #14 - Here at Mt. Calvary, we have more resources for your family than you might know about!  In our church library, (it's that one room off the fellowship hall with all the books in it!), we have tons of things for you to take advantage of.  There are novels, books on parenting, children's books, audio books, movies, and even board games.  Borrow a game and a movie and make a family night out of it!

STEWARDSHIP CORNER: Whether God gives us much or little, we, as God's stewards, have the same responsibilities: to receive gratefully, to manage faithfully, to share generously.  Big or little, large or small, it doesn't make much difference.  God doesn't want us to get hung up on the size of what we have but rather on the faithfulness of what we do with what we have.  God wants us to be faithful with whatever He entrusts to us.  We will all have to give an account to God regardless of size, (Romans 14:12).

LIFE THOUGHTS: We remain patient and persistent, (Luke 18:1, 5), in rebuking the culture of death and

in comforting all its victims with Words from God, (2 Timothy 3:16-4:2). Compassion will overcome selfishness, wrestling will give way to blessing, (Genesis 32:25-26), and hurt will meet healing because God does not deal with us like a gruff judge but as a loving and victorious Savior, (Luke 18:6-8). 

Prayer: Risen Lord, accompany and sustain us under Your cross with Your promises. Amen.

BUILDING HEALTHY FAMILIES: Did You Know - 30,000. That’s how many babies are now available right now to join families through adoption, if only they could be matched with adopting parents. These tiny humans exist today in the form of frozen embryos who are ready to be donated by their biological parents to couples seeking to adopt. Realizing that life begins at the moment of conception and all life is precious in the sight of God, LFS offers embryo adoption as a life-giving action of love in this age of modern technology. LFS partners with Snowflake Embryo Adoption to place babies as embryos with Iowa couples who meet our adoption requirements and successfully complete a home study. Call LFS and visit to learn more and share this information today with a couple you know who might be interested in adoption! Lutheran Family Service



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