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 (October 4):

8:00 am Worship with Communion

9:15 am Sunday School & Adult Bible Class

10:30 am Worship with Communion


8:30 am Preschool

12:30 pm Preschoo


8:30 am Preschool

12:30 pm Preschool

5:00 pm Board of Education


8:30 am Preschool

6:00 pm LIFE Classes

6:00 pm Adult Choir


8:30 am Preschool

12:30 pm Preschool

6:00-7:30 pm Parenting Class-Fellowship Hall

NEXT SUNDAY (October 11):

8:00 am Worship

9:15 am Sunday School & Adult Bible Class

10:30 am Worship

5:00 pm Dinner & A Show - Spaghetti Supper


"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 classes. Please talk to one of the Board of Education if you will help us:  Pastor, Casey, Becky Sponsler, Laurel Cogswell, Linda Hayden. Classes will begin in September.

LWML SUNDAY:  Today we are recognizing the Lutheran Women's Missionary League, (LWML), and celebrating all of the mission work they do all over the world and in local congregations.  Any woman who belongs to a Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod church is a member of the LWML. Today our members are serving the Lord by being "Our Lord's Helpers" in our worship services.  And also today they are taking orders for honey to help support the Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch in North Dakota. Please talk to any one of them if you are interested.

DINNER & A SHOW - SPAGHETTI SUPPER:  MSY and LYF youth are inviting you to dinner and a show!  We will serve a spaghetti supper and also provide entertainment. Tickets can be purchased from any MSY and LYF member for $10.00. The fundraiser will be Sunday, October 11th, at 5:00 pm at Mt. Calvary. See Amanda Cawthorn with any questions - #515-371-7536.


ATTN: SUNDAY SCHOOL & LIFE PARENTS & CHILDREN: This year's Children's Christmas program,

"Away From the Manger"  will be on December 13th during the 10:30 am service. Play practice will be on Saturday, December 5th and 12th from 9:00-11:00 am. Please mark these dates on your calendars at home. Songs will be taught during LIFE Music time on Wednesdays and special arrangements will be made for the Sunday School classes. Parts will be distributed mid-October so, if you know you have a conflict with practices and/or the program date, please let Ellen Glasgow or Casey Roberts know as soon as possible so other arrangements can be made. If anyone would like to help out with costumes, we would greatly appreciate it.  Thank you, Ellen Glasgow & Casey Roberts

THANK YOU:  A BIG Thank You to all of you who contributed to the donation made to Meals From the Heartland. We collected $198.00 for the cause. We had 2 tables of volunteers from Mt. Calvary who enjoyed helping to package 4,032,504 meals, (the total for the event)!  Discipleship Board

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:


PARTNERS IN FAMILY DEVELOPMENT:  You are invited to attend a unique parenting class with Calvary's Kids Preschool in our Mt. Calvary fellowship hall every Thursday night from 6:00-7:30 pm, now through October 22nd.  You can attend any or all of the classes. Child care and pizza will be provided.  Please see the bulletin board for all of the information.


SHOE DRIVE: Thank you for the shoes that have been brought in. We have collected 21 bags with 25 pairs of shoes in each bag. The Martensdale-St. Mary's Band and Choir are still collecting used shoes and will be through October 31st. If you still have shoes of any kind, (kids, men's women's, dress, casual, flip flops, boots, etc.), that are no longer being worn and you are thinking about getting rid of, please consider donating them. The shoes will be sent to underprivileged/underdeveloped countries where individuals will be taught to repair and set up micro-businesses to sell the shoes. A collection tub is located under the coat hangers by the front door. Thank you!  Tim Hornback, (MSTM Band & Choir member)

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.

LIFE THOUGHTS: A parade of animals helped Adam understand that he did not need companionship but a relationship, a relationship that would mirror God's relationship with him. So, God made a woman in His image. She was like Adam, but different. This difference made possible the kind of one-flesh relationship God wanted, a unity reflecting Christ and the church.  Prayer:  Lord, help us honor and defend marriage

as You define it.  Amen.


STEWARDSHIP CORNER: Money can be a barrier to our spiritual growth. Money can possess us. Jesus said again and again that there is no security in wealth. Still our society identifies possessions with happiness and an adequate income with security. Which path do we take? Do we possess our money or does our money possess us? Does our behavior suggest that we love our money more than we love God? Do we place our hope in money? If we hold onto our earthly treasures with a tight grip, we need to question where our hearts are. If we look at our pocketbooks we will see where we have our priorities. Our giving is a true indication of our commitment to faith in the Lord.

LUTHERANS FOR LIFE: “So the next time you see some fading flowers, remember how short life is and then remember how eternal God’s Word is and pray, ‘Lord, more than anything else, help me uphold the truth of Your Word and the value You give to life.’” Rev. Dr. James I. Lamb, executive director of Lutherans For Life – A “Life Quote” from Lutherans For Life •

BUILDING HEALTHY FAMILIES:  October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Pay attention to signs of domestic violence among your friends, including bruises, isolation, and having to ask permission to do things or go places. Also know that women are at greatest risk of being killed by their violent partner when they file for divorce, obtain a protection order or take other steps to end the relationship. Here’s how to help someone you know who is in a dangerous relationship: let them know you care, help them make an appointment with an LFS counselor and give them the number of the Iowa Domestic Violence Hotline with: 1-800-942-0333. Lutheran Family Service



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