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

Pastor Steve Hayden
Email: revshayden@gmail.com

Church Secretary

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
Email: mtcalvaryoffice@gmail.com

 

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, Iowa.

   
   

Worship

We offer two different services with two different formats every Sunday:

8:00am

Living Heritage
A service celebrating the traditional elements of the Lutheran Liturgy for those with an appreciation of our rich, Christian heritage.

9:15am

Sunday School, Youth and Adult Bible Classes

10:30am

Living Today
A service along less traditional lines with more modern music. The same saving truth presented in a style for today.

7:00pm

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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A Mt Calvary Minute

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News

Announcements

CALVARY'S CURRENT FOR THE WEEK of 7/27/2014

SUNDAY(7/27):

8:00 am Worship

9:15 am Adult Bible Class

10:30 am Worship

MONDAY:

6:00 pm Elders' Meeting

7:00 pm LWML Meeting

TUESDAY:

5:00 pm Board of Education

FRIDAY:

PASTOR'S DAY OFF

NEXT SUNDAY (8/3): 

8:00 am Worship with Communion

9:15 am Adult Bible Class

10:30 am Worship with Communion

DCE INTERN PLEDGE UPDATE: As of July 21st, we've received pledges amounting to $15,270.  As a reminder, we'll vote at our November congregational meeting whether or not to proceed with requesting a DCE Intern. We've determined that we'll need pledges of at least $25,000 in order to proceed. 

To make a cash donation for the DCE Intern you may use your regular offering envelopes and even write one check for your regular offering and your special gift.  Please make sure you mark on the front of the envelope the line that says, "Special Gift for................" (write in "DCE Intern"), and mark the dollar amount you wish to give on the line.

 

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! The flowers today are in honor of Paul and Phyllis Ehlert's 62nd Wedding Anniversary.  Congratulations and God's Blessings to both of you!

 

MIDDLE SCHOOL YOUTH: The Middle School Youth will be going to Incredibles Pizza, Sunday, August 10th, at 12:00 pm.  If you would like to attend, let Denise Potterfield know by Sunday, August 3rd, (#515-468-4042).

 

ELECTED OFFICERS: The following people have been elected:  Treasurer-Michelle Cole; Elders-Jerry Ohnemus, Kyle Wiese, Dave Jordan; Discipleship Board Chair-Colleen Delanoit; Youth Board Chair-Jen Ohnemus; Property Board Chair-Andy Bakke; Financial Secretary-Sherrie Engel.   Thank you so much for being willing to serve!

 

ATTENTION ALL 6TH-12TH GRADERS (& PARENTS): Mark your calendars for a meeting on Sunday,

August 3rd, between services.  We have some exciting and fun events coming and would love to share them with you! Any questions, please contact Jen Ohnemus at #515-556-3903.

AN OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE! The  Board of Education is looking for someone who is willing to serve as our LIFE Class Superintendant and another individual to serve as our Sunday School Superintendent. These are important positions in our church but are not overwhelming as the Board of Ed. members are very willing to help you with these tasks and we are flexible and open to your thoughts and ideas.  Please pray about this opportunity!  Speak with Pastor Hayden, Becky Sponsler, Laurel Cogswell or Linda Hayden if you would like more information.

2014 MILITARY TRIBUTE CONCERT:  The 2014 concert will be at the Iowa State Fair at 5:00 pm on Monday, August 11th, at the Bill Riley Stage.  Musicians Are Wanted -  Choir, (80 voices), Full Orchestra, ranging from ages 13 and older, (40 members), and Children's Choir, ages 5-12 years of age. Rehearsal times to be determined and will be in Des Moines. Applications for musicians is available online at: http://www.militarytributeconcert.org or upon request by emailing militarytributeconcert@gmail.com.

  

GET CONNECTED:  Mark your calendar for the 2nd Annual Operation Barnabas Conference to be held Saturday, September 27th, at the Carroll Conservation Center, Carroll, Iowa.  Speakers include:  Rev. Craig Muehler, LCMS Ministry to Armed Forces Director, CAPT USN Retired;  CDR Michael Moreno, Chaplain Corps, U.S.Navy; and Rev. Paul Sieveking, Iowa District West President.  Thanks to an LWML grant there will be no charge for the conference.  Lunch will be provided and there will also be a supply drive.

 

CALVARY'S KIDS PRESCHOOL: Calvary's Kids Preschool is now accepting registrations for the 2014-2015 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. Please feel free to contact Linda Hayden, (#961-4521 or at calvarykids1@gmail.com), for more information.

LIFE THOUGHTS: The assisted-suicide movement preys upon our fear of suffering.  This is a genuine fear. But faith gives us a perspective on suffering the world cannot understand. God works in suffering for our eternal good, (Romans 8:28). How do we know this when we often do not see the good? God subjected His Son to the greatest of all suffering for the sins of the world so that we might have the greatest of all good  -  forgiveness and eternal life, (32). He will not forsake those for whom He paid such a price.

Prayer:  Heavenly Father, help me trust that You are at work for good in my suffering.  Amen.

STEWARDSHIP CORNER:  Jesus tells us, "...the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many" (Matthew 20:28).  We are Jesus' arms and legs to embrace lost and hurting people.  We're His mouthpiece to speak God's Law, but above all His Gospel and His peace.  His love is completed in us and through us, (1 John 4:12).  When God called us in faith in Him, He also equipped us for His call to service.  We're never to weary in doing well, (Galatians 6:9), although we often feel that we are too tired, impatient, or not capable.  Through the prompting of the Holy Spirit, we pick ourselves up and serve those Jesus wants us to serve and witness to those to whom Jesus wants us to witness.  We do it all in the name of Jesus.

LUTHERANS FOR LIFE:    “Yes, fathers today need godly models, but more than that, we need forgiveness. Thankfully, God has provided us with both.” Ryan C. MacPherson, associate professor of history at Bethany Lutheran College, Mankato, Minnesota – A “Life Quote” from Lutherans For Life · www.lutheransforlife.org

 

BUILDING HEALTHY FAMILIES: “If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” (Wayne Dyer) During the coming week you will undoubtedly have the opportunity to choose how you will respond to at least one challenging situation. When you do, remember that you have a choice in how you respond: either with pessimism (glass half full) or optimism (glass half empty). Which will you choose?  Lutheran Family Service

 

TO RECEIVE A DAILY BIBLE VERSE from Lutheran Missionaries and Pilots, go to the following website:  http://www.lutheranmissionariesandpilots.org/verse and request being placed on their mailing list.  Very uplifting!

                                                          

Calendar

 

Worship Assistants

 

Links

The Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod  www.lcms.org
Iowa District West - LCMS  www.idwlcms.org
Camp Okoboji  www.campokoboji.org
JCPlayZone www.jcplayzone.com
Lutheran Family Service of Iowa www.lfsiowa.org
Lutheran Hour Ministries  www.lutheranhour.org