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 7 ):

8:00 am Worship with Communion

9:15 am SS & Adult BibleClass

10:30 am Worship with Communion

5:00-6:00 pm Youth Talent Show Planning Meeting

6:00-7:30 pm FIRE


9:00 am Textile Tuesdays


4:00 pm Bible Study

5:30 pm LIFE Supper

6:00 pm LIFE Classes

6:00 pm Adult Choir


10:00 am Ruth Circle


6:00-8:00 pm Talent Show

NEXT SUNDAY (October 14):

8:00 am Worship

9:15 am SS & Adult BibleClass

10:30 am Worship

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

VACANCY PASTOR: Our Vacancy Pastor, Pastor Cloeter, will be available in the Office every Monday and Wednesday from 9:00 - 11:00 am

ATTENTION SUNDAY SCHOOL AND LIFE PARENTS & CHILDREN:  This year's Children's Christmas program will be on December 9th during the 10:30 am service. Please mark the date on your calendars at home. Parts will be distributed early in October so, if you know you have a conflict with practices and/or the program date please, let me know as soon as possible.  There are a limited number of speaking parts, but we still need everyone for the different characters.  I try to stretch it out the best I can so, everyone has something to do.  If anyone would like to help with costumes, I would greatly appreciate it.  The play practice dates are Saturday, December 1st and the 8th, from 9:00 - 11:00 am.  If you have any questions, please contact Ellen Glasgow or Alex Irwin

LIFE MEALS:  Meals will be served at Mt. Calvary on Wednesday evenings beginning in September. 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.

BLOOD PRESSURE CHECKS: Blood Pressure checks will be offered September 30th between first and second services and after second service. Thanks, Your Parish Nurse.

FOOD FOR THE SOUL:  We will be hosting the Food for the Soul meal at Simpson College in Smith Chapel on Tuesday, October 16. There is s sign-up sheet posted on the Pillar in the fellowship hall. If you are interested in volunteering to help contribute food for the meal it needs to be at the church by 4:00 pm on October 16th. If you would like to bring the food to Smith Chapel it needs to be there by 5:00 pm. We would by happy to also have you join us the event. It is a great opportunity to talk with the students and invite them to join us for services at Mt. Calvary. 


LIFE CLASS LESSON: In the LIFE Class lesson this Wednesday, October 10th, students learn the story of "Naaman and Elisha". The Word of God spoken by the prophet was in and with the water of the Jordan to restore the flesh of Naaman. The Word of God spoken by the pastor is in and with the water of Baptism to cleanse us of our sin and restore us as children of the heavenly Father. Consider discussing, "What was Elisha's unusual 'prescription' for Naaman's condition?  How have you been healed with water?"


TEXTILE TUESDAYS: Let's get together every Tuesday for fellowship sewing, knitting, crocheting, etc. This will be a very informal group. Bring your supplies and any projects you may be working on at home. Come to learn new skills or to help with mission projects. We will be sharing friendship, knowledge, ideas, and discuss service projects. If you can't attend each week, just come when you can. We will be meeting in the former preschool room. See our bulletin board next to the kitchen.

GLORIA DEI ARTS AND CRAFT SHOW: Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Urbandale will hold their 26th annual Arts and Craft show on Saturday, October 13th, from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm. Please see the bulletin board for all of the information.


LWML: All women of Mt. Calvary are invited to the Lutheran Women's Missionary League, (LWML), meeting on Monday, October 22nd, at 7:00 pm at Mt. Calvary. Please bring your MITES and join us for devotion, refreshments, fellowship and a meeting.

LWML DES MOINES EAST ZONE FALL RALLY:  The fall rally will be Saturday, October 20th, at Our Saviour Lutheran Church in Des Moines, starting with registration and breakfast at 8:30 am.  The theme this fall will be "Tell of His Salvation", (1 Chronicles 16:23-24a). There will be a rally ingathering for "Takin' It To

The Streets", a homeless ministry outreach in Council Bluffs, Iowa.  Please see the bulletin board for all of the information.

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.

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.

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.

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: October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Pay attention to signs of domestic violence among your friends, including bruises, isolation, and having to ask permission to do things or go places. Also know that women are at greatest risk of being killed by their violent partner when they file for divorce, obtain a protection order, or take other steps to end the relationship. Here’s how to help someone you know who is in a dangerous relationship: let them know you care and are ready to listen, help them make an appointment with an LFS counselor and give them the number of the Iowa Victim Service Call Center, available 24/7: 1-800-770-1650. Lutheran Family Service

LIFE THOUGHTS: Jesus said, "Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions", (Luke 12:15). Greed manifests itself in many destructive behaviors. The Apostle Paul tells us the that those "who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction", (1 Timothy 6:9). Having money and things can initially be a good thing, but, if we treat them as substitutes for God, they can become a curse. With God's help we can prevent the lure of money and stuff to have power in our lives.



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