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 Lords commission to Go and make disciples Mt. Calvary is an active member of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.
What We Believe
How To Find Us
We are located on Hwy. 92 just under 2 miles east of the Hwy 65/69 intersection and directly across from Pickard Park.
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:
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.
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APPOINTMENTS FOR THE WEEK of JULY 23, 2017
TODAY (July 23):
8:00 am Worship
9:15 am Sunday School and Bible Class
10:30 am Worship
Pastor on vacation (July23)
Office Closed (Staff at CPR/1st Aid Class all day)
6:00 pm Elders' Meeting
7:00 pm LWML Meeting
6:30 Church Council Meeting
NEXT SUNDAY (July 30):
8:00 am Worship
9:00 am Elders' Breakfast
9:15 am Sunday School and Bible Class
10:30 am Worship
6-8:00 pm Water Slide Kickball
CHURCH OFFICE: The Church Office will be closed on Monday, July 24th, all day. The staff will be participating in a CPR/1st Aid Training Class.
WOMEN OF MT. CALVARY: All women of Mt. Calvary are invited to the LWML meeting at 7:00 pm on
July 24th at Mt. Calvary. Marie Miller, delegate to the LWML National Convention, will give a presentation about the convention. Remember to bring your mites. We will continue to collect ALL postage stamps, (when cutting them out be sure to leave 1/4 inch all around the stamp), and pill bottles (please remove the labels and sticky residue).
BALLOON SUPPER: The Discipleship Committee is interested in hosting a supper for the balloon watchers on Saturday, August 5th, from 5-7:00 pm. We need YOUR help! If you can donate your time by helping to set up, serve, or clean up, that would be greatly appreciated. We also will be asking for donation of food and desserts. Is you can assist, sign-up sheets are by the mailboxes. Thank you!
BALLOON OUTREACH VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Pastor Hayden and Alex will be handing out water and popsicles to people coming to watch the balloons from the church property. They are looking for 1 or 2 volunteers to assist in visiting with these folks and answering any questions they may have. If you can help, please sign-up for a date on the sheet by the mailboxes, July 28th-August 5th. Thank you!
YOUTH: All youth, Grades 6-12, are invited to come play Water-Slide Kick-Ball! We'll be playing outside the church on Sunday, July 30th, from 6-8:00 pm. Bring a change of clothes and a towel; no swim suits. We'll have snacks and it'll be a fun time to get to know our new intern, Alex!
YOU ARE INVITED: The LWML at Peace Evangelical Lutheran Church at 5615 SW 14th Street in Des Moines is hosting J.P. and Aimee Cima on Sunday, July 30th, at 7:00 pm. J.P. and Aimee, along with their children, have served in northern Vietnam for 10 years. They continue the LCMS' 20+ year work of planting seeds for mercy and witness in this developing country. They coordinate mercy projects with local partners to address the physical and social needs among both rural and urban communities. Please come and join us!
PLEASE HELP: We need someone to help with communion clean up after the 10:30 am services on the communion Sundays. Please talk to Denise Rudolph if you would be able to help us out. Thank you!
FLOWER BEDS: Thank you to those that have volunteered to "adopt" a flower bed at church. We appreciate your help in keeping our church property looking beautiful. We still have some flower beds that want someone special to take care of them. If you can be that special someone and help them look nice, please sign up on the flower bed chart located by the mailboxes. You will be responsible for week control and flower/plant preservation during the growing season. If you have any questions, please contact Becky Sponsler.
CALVARY'S KIDS PRESCHOOL: Calvary's Kids Preschool is now accepting registrations for the 2017-2018 school year. We offer a four mornings-per-week class to 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 Dacni Gabel, (#961-4521 or at email@example.com), for more information.
ALTAR FLOWERS: We are in need of people who would like to donate altar flowers. You can sign up for flowers on the chart by Pastor's office and purchase them yourself and place them on the altar or in the summer, you can provide cut flowers from your garden and place them on the altar, (be sure to sign up), or you can donate $18.00 for a center arrangement or $36.00 for 2 side arrangements and Sherrie Engel will get them for you and place them on the altar. We can keep flowers on the altar for 2 weeks if you don't mind leaving them that long. If you want Sherrie to get flowers for you, please place a donation in your church envelope and mark "Flowers" on the line that says "Special Gift For _____" and the amount, or you can place it in a plain envelope with your name on it and mark "Flowers" on it and place it in the offering plate. If you have any questions, please contact me, Sherrie Engel, at #961-2625. Thank you.
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: https://www.facebook.com/pages/
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 www.lhm.org. 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: Weeds infiltrate even the Lord's gardens, (Matthew 13:26-27), and creation itself groans, (Romans 8:22). Choosing life can mean suffering, but soon comes harvest. God's glory cannot stay long concealed, (Matthew 13:43), and Christ's resurrection assures that it will more than make up to us for all annoyances, (Romans 8:18). Prayer: Son of Man, our Rock and our Redeemer, sow such hope in our hearts that we fear not in any weakness. Amen.
STEWARDSHIP CORNER: There are two kinds of people. People who share nothing and serve no one act as terminals. They will end life unhappy, empty, and stagnant. Our purpose is to be channels so that God's love and goodness may flow through us. By His grace, God transforms us into generous givers willing to love, share, and serve others. Individuals who act as channels of God's love and gifts put self aside. Jesus said, "Whoever believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, 'Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water' ", (John 7:38). God refills serving people with more love, time, gifts, and abilities to share with others. "And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work", (2 Corinthians 9:8).