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 18 ):

8:00 am Worship with Communion

9:15 am Sunday School & Bible Class

10:30 am Worship with Communion

11:30-4:30 pm March Madness Viewing

Shadow Deadline


8:30 am Preschool

12:30 pm Preschool

6:30 pm Church Council


8:30 am Preschool

12:30 pm Preschool


8:30 am Preschool

5:30 pm Supper

6:00 pm Adult Choir

7:00 pm Lenten Service


8:30 am Preschool

12:30 pm Preschool


7:00 pm Faith & Family Night - Iowa Wild Hockey Game


9:00-11:00 am LWML Zone Board Meeting - Mt Calvary

NEXT SUNDAY (March 25):

8:00 am Worship

9:15 am Sunday School & Bible Class

10:30 am Worship


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

LENTEN SERVICE: Please plan to join us this Wednesday, March 21st , for our Lenten Service 7:00 pm. Remember you can come early, between 5:30-6:30 pm, and join us for supper, too. The Discipleship Committee will be serving supper.

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.


THRIVENT CHOICE DOLLARS: 2017 Thrivent Choice Dollars will expire on March 31, 2018. Thrivent members are encouraged to direct their Choice Dollars now!  Options for directing Choice Dollars are online at or phone #800-847-4836 and say "Thrivent Choice" at the prompt.  The member connection center is open until 6:00 pm Monday-Friday.

FOOD FOR THE SOUL:  Mt. Calvary is hosting a Food for the Soul Meal at Simpson College, (at Smith Chapel), on Tuesday night, April 10th. We will be cooking soups for the meal. There is a sign-up sheet on the pillar in the fellowship hall. Please sign-up if you can help with this meal. We will need soups to be at church by 4:00 pm on April 10th. If you want, you can deliver your items to Simpson's Smith Chapel at

5:00 pm that day. You are also invited to come and share in the meal with the students and tell them all about Mt. Calvary and encourage them to visit us while they are at college.

EASTER CANTATA:  The Madison/Warren Counties Ecumenical Association will sponsor the Easter Cantata on Palm Sunday, March 25th, at 6:00 pm. The cantata is performed by community members who enjoy singing and fellowship, while preparing to tell the powerful story of the Passion in song.  The performance will be held at the Martensdale-St. Marys School District.  One of our members, Tim Hornback, will be singing in the cantata.

PLEASE REMEMBER: Please remember anytime you are at church to please clean out your mailboxes!

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.

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 continue to make your contributions to help us.  Thank you.

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: Ever have one of those days when it feels as if no one cares? Next time you do, remember these profound and true promises from the One who knows you better than anyone ever will and loves you regardless of what your life has become: I will listen to you (Jeremiah 29:12); I will be with you (Isaiah 43:1); I will watch over you (Psalm 50:15); I will deliver you (Psalm 50:15). Lutheran Family Service


LIFE THOUGHTS: "My body, my choice"; however, life is not for controlling but for offering and sharing, (Mark 10:45). Our Creator bestows life as a gift, promise, covenant, connecting us to Him and one another, (Jeremiah 31:31-34). Broken covenants become cruel lords, (Mark 10:42). Yet still Jesus enters our predicaments and understands our troubles, (Hebrews 5:2, 7). No one suffers alone, and He remembers our sins no more. Eternal salvation results!  Prayer: Almighty Maker, enable us to share Your life with each other.  Amen.


STEWARD BUILDERS: During the Lenten season, we are made even more aware of the compassion of God. That compassion was so great that He gave His Son to bear our burdens for us. Christ took in His body the anger that God had toward us for our sin. Christ has brought us hope, comfort, and reassurance not just for the present, but for all of eternity. He has taken all the punishment that we deserve, and we no longer fear God's wrath and condemnation. Therefore, the psalmist could write, "For His anger is but a moment, and His favor is for a lifetime", (Psalm 30:5). God rightly condemns and punishes sin, but because of Christ's work, His Gospel and favor continue forever, As forgiven children of God, we serve Him with joy and gladness.



Worship Assistants