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 (February 18 ):

8:00 am Worship with Communion

9:15 am Sunday School & Bible Class

10:30 am Worship with Communion

Shadow Deadline


8:30 am Preschool

12:30 pm Preschool

6:30 pm Church Council


8:30 am Preschool

12:30 pm Preschool

(Pastor Vacation 2/20-24)


8:30 am Preschool

5:30 pm LIFE Supper

6:00 pm LIFE Classes

6:15 pm Adult Choir

7:00 pm Lenten Service


8:30 am Preschool

12:30 pm Preschool

NEXT SUNDAY (February 24):

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.

FLOWERS: The flowers on the altar today are in celebration of Melvin and Harriet Herold's birthdays.

Congratulations to both of you!

DOOR OFFERING:  Today, February 18th, we will have a door offering, if you have not already contributed, for our Sunday School Mission Project, collecting money for the Military Bible Sticks. Please see the table in the fellowship hall or talk to Alex for all of the information.

LENTEN SERVICE: Please plan to join us this Wednesday, February 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. LWML will be serving



LENTEN SUPPERS: We still need a group or someone to sign up for our last Lenten supper on Wednesday,  March 21st.  Please consider getting your "Board" or "Family" together to serve supper. Serving starts at 5:30 pm until 6:30 pm. The free will offering goes to whatever your group chooses. Please sign your group name and what you will be serving. Thanks!

THANK YOU: Thank you for your food donations for Helping Hand!  We collected 108 items this last month!  Please keep your contributions coming in.  Each month there will be a list of their needs in the Shadow, our church newsletter.

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.

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

THE LUTHERAN WITNESS: It's time again! If you wish to purchase a subscription to The Lutheran Witness, your renewal or new order is due by March 1, 2018 and is $22.00/year. Please let the church office know if you wish to purchase a subscription, make your check for $22.00 out to "Mt. Calvary" and note on the check that it is for The Lutheran Witness subscription. Thank you.

LIFE CLASS SUPPERS:  The LIFE Class meal plan sign-up sheet is by the mailboxes. Please consider signing up to help with a light meal for the LIFE Class students and families.  We serve about 30 people each week. Please have the meals ready at 5:30 pm.  If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Olson at #490-8010.

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: At the end of the Revolutionary War, in his letter to the States on June 8, 1783, George Washington is quoted as saying: “…the characteristics of the Divine Author of our blessed Religion, and without a humble imitation of whose example in these things, we can never hope to be a happy Nation.” As you celebrate President’s Day tomorrow, pray and thank God for the gifts of liberty and freedom, and for those who currently hold national, state and local positions of leadership in government. Lutheran Family Service


LIFE THOUGHTS: The only death necessary to save life is Christ's. God sacrificed His Son so that no others would have to slaughter theirs, (Genesis 22:12-13). Jesus also resisted, (Mark 1:13), Satan's quick-fix temptation to suicide, (jumping from the temple). What He's done for you, He does in you - enduring, escaping, overcoming. Because of this, you can receive even physical difficulty as a good gift from the loving Heavenly Father, (James 1:17).  Prayer:  Heavenly Father, deliver us from our efforts to deliver ourselves. Amen.

STEWARD BUILDERS: Both the rich and the poor are called to give according to their blessings,

(2 Corinthians 8:12). A one-dollar gift from ten dollars of income is just as meaningful as a $10,000 gift from $100,000 of income. However, it seems the more God blesses us, the more difficult it is to remain committed to giving proportionately. Studies have shown that people with larger incomes often give a lower percentage that those with small incomes, yet Jesus said, "Everyone to whom much was given, of him much will be required...", (Luke 12:48). May God's grace be with you and His strength empower you to give generously of what He has entrusted to you. As you prayerfully consider what God wants you to give, consider the wise words of Solomon:  "One gives freely, yet grows all the richer; another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want", (Proverbs 11:24).




Worship Assistants