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 13 ):

8:00 am Worship

9:15 am SS & Adult BibleClass

10:30 am Worship


9:00 am Textile Tuesday


4:00 pm Bible Study

5:30 pm LIFE Supper

6:00 pm LIFE Classes


6:00 pm Bible Study


Evening - Fellowship Hall Reserved


All Day - Fellowship Hall Reserved

NEXT SUNDAY (January 20):

8:00 am Worship with Communion

9:15 am SS & Adult Bible Class

10:30 am Worship with Communion

Shadow Deadline

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


HELPING HAND:  We donated 102 items for the Helping Hand in the month of December.  Thank you!  Keep your donations coming in!  At this time, they have especially asked for canned fruit. For a complete list of suggestions for donations see the January Shadow.

COMEDY NIGHT:  Are you ready to relax and enjoy a night of comedy with Anita Renfroe?  Then, women of Mt. Calvary, please come and join us Tuesday night, January 22nd, at 6:30 pm at church.  Snacks, drinks, lots of laughter and babysitting will be provided.  Hope you can join us!

THE CALL PROCESS:  Our congregation received pastoral candidate information and a list of 24 names from Iowa District West to assist us in the Call Process as we pray and search for a new pastor. 12 of those names were individuals suggested by members of Mt. Calvary and the other 12 are suggestions from IDW President Steve Turner.  Included with the list of names are two other documents for each person on the list:  1) PIF (Pastor's Information Form) which contains information about the individual such as age, education, family, plus past and current positions and comments from the individual's current district president.  2) SET (Self-Evaluation Tool for Pastors) which contains 37 questions that each individual has answered at sometime in their career. The questions provide insight into what each believes, teaches, confesses and practices in the name of Christ.  3) IDW President Turner included comments and insights for each of the individuals on the Call list.

Copies of these documents are in the church office for member who wish to review the information prior to a Call Meeting. Due to the sensitive nature of the information, they may not be taken out of the church building.  If you are interested in reviewing the information, please contact Cindy and schedule a time to review the information. The office number is #515-961-4321. And contact Jake Hermanson, #515-205-9117 or Terry Pauling, #515-249-9192. if you have any questions.

LWML:  All women of Mt. Calvary are invited to a brunch followed by a Lutheran Women's Missionary League, (LWML), meeting on Saturday, January 26th, beginning at 10:00 am at the church. Bring a brunch dish and your MITES and join us for fellowship, devotion, a brief meeting and cleaning/organizing the kitchen.

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.

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.


STEWARDSHIP CORNER: We cannot be fruitful stewards and bear the fruit of good works apart from Christ. Like the apple which stays red and juicy for a long time after being picked appears to be as healthy as when it hung on the tree, we, too, may look and act healthy, but, apart from a true connection with Christ, we will wrinkle up and rot as surely as an apple in a bowl on a table. Some of us may try to maintain an outward connection with Him by showing up for church now and then, but without faith, linking us with the Person of Christ, our lives will be fruitless. "Apart from Me, " Christ said, "you can do nothing", (John 15:5), nor are our works even acceptable to God without faith in Him, (Hebrews 11:6).

BUILDING HEALTHY FAMILIES: Butterflies taste with their feet. Starfish don't have brains. Elephants can't jump. A cockroach will live seven days without its head, before it starves to death. All of God’s creatures are amazing but the greatest of all is…you! But unlike animals, we are created in God’s image, (Genesis 1:27).  Each human person from the moment of conception is uniquely created by God, in His image and known by Him individually. Hard to comprehend? Yes. But true? Yes! I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. (Psalm 139:14) Lutheran Family Service

LIFE THOUGHTS: With this One, His Son veiled in frail human flesh, the heart of Almighty God is well-pleased, (Luke 3:22). Through the same Jesus Christ, He creates, redeems, and calls, (Isaiah 43:1-2), every member of our race to be His own beloved child. Since He stands in our place, even our sicknesses and sorrows do not represent punishments but rather opportunities for Him to shower blessing.