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 (May 22):

8:00 am Worship

9:15 am SS & Adult Bible Class

10:30 am Worship


6:00 pm Elders' Meeting


6:30 pm Church Council


8:00 am Worship with Communion

9:15 am Elders' Breakfast

9:15 am SS & Adult Bible Class

10:30 am Worship with Communion


GRADUATIONS:  Congratulations to all of our graduates this year!  Graduating from high school:  Taylor Cole-Indianola, Alexis Derrickson-Indianola, Elizabeth & Melinda Klawonn-Norwalk, Maverick Peterson-Interstate-35, Austin Potterfield-Winterset, Daniel Spain-Indianola

Graduating from college:  Jen Ohemus-Associates Degree from DMACC, Casey Roberts-Bachelors Degree from Concordia University Nebraska, Seward, Emily Jutting-Masters Degree from Clarke University, Dubuque, and  Jessica Olson-Masters Degree from Concordia University Nebraska, Seward


MARK YOUR CALENDARS: Sunday, June 12th, is our semi-annual congregational dinner and potluck picnic. The Discipleship Committee will provide the meat, table service and drinks. Please bring a salad, side dish or a dessert to share.  The lunch will be served after our congregational semi-annual meeting, probably around 11:30 am.  See you there!

FLOWER BEDS: Spring is almost here  and things are starting to get green! We have flower beds at the church up for adoption. There is a sign-up sheet by the mailboxes and a map of the beds. If you have any questions, please contact Becky Sponsler at 515-777-9281.

TABLES AND CHAIRS: We are missing a couple of tables and some chairs from the garage that we loan out for people to use. So, please check your house and garage to see if you have any of these and return them to the garage as soon as you can. Thank you.

CAVE QUEST: "CAVE QUEST", our Vacation Bible School, will be coming soon!  Be watching for the sign-up sheet so, you can put your name down where you would like to help us out this year. Our VBS will be

June 5th- June 9th so, save the dates!! AND.... the registration table is out in the fellowship hall.  So, sign your children and grandchildren up as soon as possible.  Thanks!

KITCHEN NEWS:  In cleaning the kitchen we found outdated food left in the cupboards and refrigerator. Also, a lot of dishes have been left in the kitchen. Check the table where you put your Helping Hand donations and if it is yours, please take it home. Unclaimed items will be donated to Helping Hand. And please, it would be helpful, if you mark any food that is left and that you want to save, with your name and the date. Thank you for your help in keeping our kitchen clean and healthy!  Ruth Circle

OUR NEW DCE INTERN: Mt. Calvary will be welcoming Beth Williams, our new DCE Intern, soon. She will move to Indianola and begin work at Mt. Calvary at the end of June following Casey's time here.  You will learn more about Beth as her time among us draws closer. Please keep Beth in your prayers as she finishes her school year at Concordia, Seward and prepares to move into our family. We will be collecting gift cards, (like we did last year for Casey), to give to Beth and her husband, Wes, from area stores, restaurants and gas stations so, be watching for more information about that.


"But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth."  Acts 1:8  You can be a witness right here at Mt. Calvary. We need your help teaching Sunday School and midweek Wednesday night LIFE classes. Please talk to one of the Board of Education if you will help us:  Pastor, Casey, Becky Sponsler, Laurel Cogswell, Linda Hayden 

CALVARY'S KIDS PRESCHOOL: Calvary's Kids Preschool is now accepting registrations for the 2016-2017 school year. We offer a four mornings-per-week class for 4 and 5 year olds and a three afternoons-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 7th, from 5:30-7:30 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 Dacni Gabel, (#961-4521 or at, for more information.

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 make a pledge to help us on your yellow pledge form.  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.

STEWARDSHIP CORNER: As faithful stewards, we acknowledge our responsibility and the opportunity to serve and honor God with our lives and blessings. Jesus shared the secret of living the fruitful life. "If anyone would come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow Me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it", (Luke 9:23-24). It is only by giving ourselves in complete service to the Savior that we can find our true places in life and fill them.

BUILDING HEALTHY FAMILIES:  The Bible tells us that if we are in Christ, we are a new creation,

 (1 Corinthians 5:17). But don’t expect yourself, (or those you love), to be perfect! Until we get to heaven, every one of us is still a work-in-progress! Martin Luther said it well: “This life, therefore, is not godliness, but the process of becoming godly, not health, but getting well, not being but becoming, not rest but exercise. We are not now what we shall be, but we are on the way.” Lutheran Family Service




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