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 (July 17):

8:00 am Worship with Communion

9:15 am Sunday School & Adult Bible Class

10:30 am Worship with Communion



 July 18-22 - Pastor at National Youth Gathering in New Orleans

NEXT SUNDAY (July 24):

8:00 am Worship

9:15 am Sunday School & Adult Bible Class

10:30 am Worship

5:30-8:00 pm FIRE Youth Service

NATIONAL BALLOON CLASSIC PARADEYou are invited to celebrate Calvary's Kids Preschool twenty years of sharing God's love. We will be walking in the National Balloon Classic Parade on July 30th at 11:00 am here in Indianola.  We would love to have adults and supervised children from the congregation walking with us. You may bring wagons for young children. The parade line up begins at Irving Elementary at

10:00 am. The Preschool staff will be wearing yellow shirts so, you are welcome to wear anything yellow, but it is not required. You can contact Lori Wiedmaier with questions by email at

or call or text her at #515-770-4563.  Hope you can join us!

ADULT BIBLE STUDY: We are studying "Leading Out" based on Ephesians 4:12. This 6-week study will run from July 17th through August 21st. This Bible Study series is about You! Every one of us is a leader in some fashion or context. God calls us not only to follow Him but to lead others to Him. Each week we will be learning about one of the six characteristics that help us connect people to Jesus. Please plan to join us for this time of fellowship and study together. (Adult Bible Study meets Sundays at 9:15 am in the fellowship hall.)

"BABY SHOWER":  Mt. Calvary LWML is "hosting" a baby shower for the Agape Pregnancy Center in Des Moines. They offer free tests, ultrasounds and educational information for pregnant women and assistance with items for newborn through 18 month old babies.  The following items are needed:  baby blankets/quilts (not necessarily pink or blue), bottled water, manila folders, stamps, white and neon orange cardstock paper, rubber bands, sandwich-size Ziploc bags, gender neutral 0-3 month clothing,

12-18 month clothing for both genders, baby wipes, newborn or size 5 diapers, and gift cards to Walmart,

Target, Hy Vee or Office Depot.  Please place items in the box provided in the entryway of Mt. Calvary by July 25th. Thank You!

WOMEN OF MT. CALVARY:  Mt. Calvary women are invited to the Lutheran Women's Missionary League, (LWML), quarterly meeting on July 25th at 7:00 pm at Mt. Calvary.  Come and help assemble "Witness Bracelets" for the IOWAY office. These bracelets are used for  a variety of events, including mission trips and at the Iowa State Fair booth.  Also, remember to bring your MITES!


NEW THIS FALL!: Starting Wednesday, September 7th, a meal will be served prior to the Wednesday

night classes at church at 5:30 pm. We are offering this to help parents that may not have time to

prepare a meal for their children, teachers and choir members that may not have a chance to eat before coming to church, or for ANYONE in the congregation that wants to come out and join others for a meal. The Food Coordinator/Board of Education will plan the first four weeks of meals. After that, we need families or church members to provide the meals. The meals can be as simple as hotdogs, pizza, or sandwiches. Watch for more information in the bulletin and Shadow. If you have any questions, please contact Jen Olson.

"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 Christian stewards, we serve God out of gratitude for all He's given us, realizing that it's not how much we have, but what we do with what we have that is important to God. In the Parable of the Talents, (Matthew 25:14-30), we find three servants who were entrusted by their master with varying numbers of talents. The first who got five earned five more; the second who received two earned two more. The third received only one, and he buried it! His master called him wicked and lazy. Knowing that the master is Jesus, what should we be doing with our talents?

LIFE THOUGHTS: The Almighty who made us wills life even in circumstances appearing impossible and otherwise hopeless, (Genesis 18:9-14). Jesus miraculously invades our prideful boundaries and interrupts our other priorities with promises and relationship, (Luke 10:38-42).  Prayer: Holy Trinity, by Your Word bring Your communion life into my strangled selfishless.  Amen.

BUILDING HEALTHY FAMILIES: What are your best childhood memories? Psychologist Mary Pipher says there are three things that most people usually remember with great happiness from childhood -- time spent outdoors, vacations and family meals. In the midst of these long summer days, be sure to relax with your children outdoors with unplanned time together. Take some time off work…plan a picnic…let your children or grandchildren choose the spot. You don’t have to leave home to vacation! Lutheran Family Service



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