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 (April 26):

8:00 am Worship

9:15 am SS & Adult Bible Class

10:30 am Worship


8:30 am Preschool

12:30 pm Preschool

6:00 pm Board of Education

7:00 pm LWML Meeting


8:30 am Preschool

12:30 pm Preschool


8:30 am Preschool

6:00 pm LIFE Classes

6:00 pm Adult Choir


8:30 am Preschool

12:30 pm Preschool




8:00 am Worship with Communion

9:15 am SS & Adult Bible Class

10:30 am Worship with Communion


11:30-4:00 pm Fellowship Hall Reserved


DOOR OFFERING:  MS WALK - Tara Wolff's mother was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, (MS), in 2003. Tara, her siblings and family friends will be walking in their 7th annual MS Walk on Saturday, May 9th, in Lincoln, NE. If you would like to join our team and walk to help raise awareness and find a cure, please contact Tara at #961-0399. With your support the team raised a total of $1456.00 in 2014. Our team goal is $2000.00; please help us reach our goal this year! If you would like to support our team and the National MS Society, we will have a door offering after the services today. If you are not able today, you can also place your donation in the Wolff's church mailbox or mail it to: Tara Wolff, 402 East 13th Place, Indianola, IA,  50125. Please make checks out to the National MS Society, (all donations are tax deductible). Thank you for your support and prayers. Tara Wolff


THANK YOU:  Thank you so much to Jo Pulse, Betty Lewis, Judy Zwanziger and Joan Van Diepen for helping out in the Church Office while I was gone on vacation!  I know Pastor also appreciated all of you helping him out, too.  Cindy Flickinger


CHURCH SHIRT ORDERS: Orders for shirts and fleece shirts with Mt. Calvary's logo embroidered on them are available at the back of the fellowship area. You may see examples of the shirts next to the order forms. Place the completed forms in the wooden box along with your payment. Shirts are available in men's and women's sizes and all are priced to $35.00. The shirts will be ordered in mid-May.


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.


GRADUATIONS:  Please give the office the names of any family members you may have who are graduating this year from high school and college.


LWML MEETING:  All ladies of Mt. Calvary are invited to the LWML Quarterly Meeting on Monday,

April 27th at 7:00 pm. Come for fellowship, refreshments and a program presented by Laurel Cogswell about her experience as a "Petal Pusher" decorating floats for the Rose Bowl Parade, Hope to see you there!

CHURCH TEXT LIST: If you would like to receive text messages from church regarding cancellations of worship or other events or reminders, please text "ezyud82790" to "313131" or give your mobile phone number to the office and we can add your number to the text list.  You will receive a reply adding you to our text list. All messages from church will be identified as from "313131", so, you may want to enter that number into your list of contacts.

PRESCHOOL: Calvary's Kids Preschool is now accepting registrations for the 2015-2016 school year. We offer a four morning-per-week class for 4 and 5 year olds and a three afternoon-per-week class for 3, 4 and 

5 year olds. Brochures about the preschool and registration forms can be found on the church information table in the entry. We will be hosting a Spring Registration Open house on Monday, March 9th, 5:30-7:00 pm in the preschool classroom. Families are welcome to bring their prospective preschool students to see our exciting preschool environment and visit with the teachers. Please feel free to contact Linda Hayden, (961-4521 or at, for more information.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL:  Our 2015 VBS will be coming up soon!  The dates this year will be June 7 - 11th from 6:00 - 8:15 pm.  There is a sign-up sheet by the mailboxes if you would like to be a part of VBS this year.  We will be on an icy expedition to "Everest" that empowers kids to overcome obstacles with God's awesome power and anchor kids in rock-solid Bible truths that will help guide them through life's challenges.  Please come and join us! We would love to have you join us on our expedition!


FLOWER BEDS:  Spring is here and we have flower beds ready for adoption. The beds have been cleaned out and a week preventative put on so it will include cutting of spent flowers and pulling random weeds.

There is a sign-up sheet by the mailboxes and a map of the beds. If you have any questions please get in touch with me,  Jo Pulse, #515-462-3161.


WARTBURG CHOIR IN CONCERT: You are invited to the Wartburg Choir concert on Sunday, April 26th. The concert starts at 4:00 pm and will be held at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church here in Indianola. This year, three of the Indianola High School choirs will also be performing with the Wartburg Choir for a joint concert. The website to order tickets is below. Or you can call the Wartburg College Ticket Office at #319-352-8691 to order over the phone.  The cost is $16.50 for adults and $6.50 for children and students with an ID.


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.

LIFE THOUGHTS: The Good Shepherd lays down His life for the sheep, (John 10:11-18, 1 John 4:11). Herein lies our assurance that our Shepherd does not abandon His sheep. He loves them too much. He paid too much for them to forsake them. We live our lives, not in the absence of suffering, but in the presence of the Good Shepherd. Prayer:  Good Shepherd, thank You for laying down Your life for me.  Amen.

LUTHERANS FOR LIFE:  “When we faithfully proclaim God’s grace and truth and apply it to matters of the heart, we give Satan a bad day. People are ‘struck by the heart’ and realize their sin. People experience ‘evil of the heart’ because of their sin. Then the comforting Good News of ‘warfare ended,’ ‘iniquity pardoned,’ and boundless grace can restore that heart to ‘leaping’ once again. The Gospel is tailor made to speak to matters of the heart!” Rev. Dr. James I. Lamb, executive director of Lutherans For Life – A “Life Quote” from Lutherans For Life -

STEWARDSHIP CORNER: David wrote, "But I, through the abundance of Your steadfast love, will enter Your house. I will bow down toward Your holy temple in the fear of You", (Psalm 5:7). Let us ponder the great mercy of our Lord Who has called us and Who has provided a way for us, through His Word and Sacraments, to come to Him. Let us thank God for His grace through Jesus that reconciles us with our Heavenly Father. Then let us respond to His great mercy and grace by returning to Him a portion of all the gifts He so richly gives us along with Himself.


BUILDING HEALTHY FAMILIES: Grandparents Online? A recent study by the American Psychological Association concluded that senior citizens who use computers reported fewer depressive symptoms. Why? Because using the internet keeps you connected and interacting with others, even though you may live alone. Email or call distant relatives or old friends, or enlist a teenager in your congregation to help you set up a Facebook account. Whether it’s through the internet or over the backyard fence, reach out and stay connected! Lutheran Family Service


Worship Assistants



The Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod
Iowa District West - LCMS
Camp Okoboji
Lutheran Family Service of Iowa
Lutheran Hour Ministries

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