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 (January 15 )

8:00 am Worship with Communion

9:15 am Sunday School & Adult Bible Class

10:30 am Worship with Communion

MONDAY (Jan. 16):

No Preschool


8:30 am Preschool

12:30 pm Preschool


8:30 am Preschool

12:30 pm Preschool


8:30 am Preschool

5:30 pm LIFE Supper

6:00 pm LIFE Classes

6:00 pm Adult Choir

2nd & 4th Wednesdays of Month:

4:00 pm Bible Study


8:30 am Preschool

12:30 pm Preschool

2nd & 4th Thursdays of Month:

7:00 pm Bible Study

NEXT SUNDAY (January 22):

8:00 am Worship

9:00 am Special Voter's Meeting

9:15 am Sunday School & Adult Bible Class

10:30 am Worship


SPECIAL VOTERS' MEETING: Sunday, January 22 between services at 9:00 am. This is a very important and special voters' meeting  regarding our DCE Intern program. Please plan to attend! We need your help in determining the way God wants us to proceed in the future. Remember to include our decision making in your prayers.

SUPER BOWL SUBS!:  Mt. Calvary Youth's Spring Fundraiser will be selling sub sandwiches for the Super Bowl!  For $7.00 you get a sub, (ham or turkey), and a drink, (Pepsi or Coca-Cola). All order forms are due by February 1st  -  and subs are to be picked up between 9:00 am and 12:00 pm on Sunday, February 5th!

All proceeds benefit the Mt. Calvary Youth Mission Fund. Contact Beth Williams with any questions, or #402-304-8787.


PENNIES FOR LIFE: We are collecting "Pennies for Life" for Lutherans for Life from now until Sunday, February 5th. Please give a penny in gratitude to God for each year of your life!  The jar for your pennies is located on the credenza in the entryway.  Thank you!


ADULTS OF MT. CALVARYIt's your turn to experience a mission opportunity! Mt. Calvary is going to be attending a one-day Urban Plunge in Des Moines on Saturday, April 1st, from 8:00 am-8:00 pm. Come with us and be the hands and feet of Jesus as we learn about the service opportunities in our own area, and how we can serve those around us. The cost for the day is $50.00/participant. Please contact Amanda Cawthorn with questions and to sign up, #515-371-7536 of

THANK YOU: During the month of December you donated 159 items to for Helping Hand! Thank you so much! Now remember to keep bring items and let's try to do that again in the month of January.

2017 SERVICE OFFERING: During November and December, the Sunday School, Adult Bible Class, and LIFE class offerings went to Warren County's Operation Christmas to provide food vouchers and gifts/toys to individuals and families in need. We raised $291.11!  During January and February, we will be using that offering money to support the Spanish church in Des Moines: Iglesia Luterana El Pastor del Valle.  These funds will go to help the very important English as a Second Language, (ESL), classes they hold at the church.  Please join us in supporting this ministry opportunity!

SERVICE OFFERING PRESENTATION: Pastor Lincoln and his wife, Noemi Guerra, and Phil Parrot of Iglesia Luterana El Pastor del Valle will be visiting Mt. Calvary during LIFE class on January 18. They will be sharing with us about their ministry there.

NEW SMALL GROUP BIBLE STUDY: Starting right away in January, we will be adding a Small Group Bible Study. This will be held the 2nd and 4th week of every month with two time options to help fit your busy schedules:  Wednesdays at 4:00 pm, (stay for LIFE supper at 5:30 pm!), and Thursdays at 7:00 pm. Both groups will be studying the book "Life Lessons: The Book of Hebrews" by Max Lucado. Through this study we will learn how Hebrews connects to how we live in our world today.

PLEASE HELP! We are in need of money counters beginning in January 2017. We need 4 people, 2 groups of 2 people. And we need one group for the first Sunday of the month and one group for the third Sunday of the month. You would count our offering money after the 10:30 service on the those Sundays. Please contact Vicki Hornback if you have questions.

INK CARTRIDGES:  If anyone has a printer that uses Kodak 10B or 10C ink cartridges, please contact the office or Pastor. We have some free ink cartridges available.

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 #26 - For many teen girls, the things they want most are to feel loved and to feel beautiful. They look to the media to tell them what beautiful looks like and then dress to match. While we see that type of dress as being sexual, they are most likely not making that connection. When talking about modesty with your teen girl, (or even younger!), make sure to explain that connection between what they see as being beautiful ... but what others see as being sexual. Help them to understand your reasoning.

STEWARDSHIP CORNER: In Mark 8:35 we read, "For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel's will save it." What can we do to lose our lives for Jesus and the gospel's sake? We can lose our lives for Jesus by investing all that we are and have in Him. When we are willing to use our time, talents, and money to glorify Him and extend His kingdom, we are losing our lives for Jesus. When we say, "Here is my heart and all that You've entrusted to me to use in furthering Your purpose on earth", our lives are lost for Him. To save our lives, we must be willing to lose them.

LIFE THOUGHTS: With divine value also comes a vocation from above. Holy Trinity gives a purpose when He makes a person, (John 1:31, 42). By the life of Jesus among us He not only calls His human creatures into being, He also calls us all into belonging and belovedness, (John 1:39), from the very beginning,

(Isaiah 49:1,5), whether or not we perceive it.   Prayer:  Good Shepherd, make us know and obey Your voice, and open our ears and hearts to the cries of Your people.  Amen.

BUILDING HEALTHY FAMILIES: Did you know that banging your head against a wall burns 150 calories an hour? However, it's not an effective way to relieve stress or improve relationships! Children are indeed a blessing from the Lord, but parenting kids today can be a real challenge. LFS counselors are available to help you assess what's not working and help you find new ways that can work. Lutheran Family Service


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