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 24):

8:00 am Worship

10:30 am Worship


HOLIDAY -office closed

Pastor on Vacation (May 18- 30)


6:00 pm Elders Meeting


6:00 pm Adult Choir


8:00 am Worship

9:15 am Elders Breakfast

10:30 am Worship

REMINDER:  Sunday, June 7th, we will have one Worship Service with Communion at 9:00 am, our Semi-Annual Congregational Meeting at 10:15 am and our Picnic Potluck at 11:30 am. Please save the date and plan to attend. We will have a picnic lunch. The Discipleship Board will provide the meat, (hamburgers, hot dogs and brats), and the Elders have graciously volunteered to cook the meat.  We will also provide the plates, tableware and drinks. Please bring a salad, side-dish or a dessert to share. Looking forward to seeing you there!


MARK THE DATE: Please mark the date also and plan to attend a Meet & Greet to welcome our new

DCE Intern, Casey Roberts, on Sunday, June 21st, between church services.

MAILBOXES: Your church mailboxes have been rearranged so, please check out your new location and PLEASE clean out your mailbox whenever you are at church. Thank you.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL: Our 2015 VBS will be coming up soon!  The dates this year will be June 7 - 11th from 6:00 - 8:15 pm.  There is a sign-up sheet by the mailboxes if you would like to be a part of VBS this year.  We will be on an icy expedition to "Everest" that empowers kids to overcome obstacles with God's awesome power and anchor kids in rock-solid Bible truths that will help guide them through life's challenges.  Please come and join us! We would love to have you join us on our expedition!

SPOTLIGHT VBS: We will be needing someone to help with taking VBS pictures on Tuesday, June 9th, and on Thursday, June 11th, during our VBS.  You would be helping out Jen Ohnemus who will be taking the pictures the other three nights. So, please let her, Cindy Flickinger or Pastor Hayden know if you could help out for those two nights. Thanks!

VBS MOUNTAINTOP TREATS:  VBS - is coming soon!  June 7th is the date and we are making plans for all who will be attending. We are needing some help gathering supplies for the mountaintop treats we have planned to feed our hungry crews. If you are interested in helping out by donating food items please check the list of food items that are needed by the mailboxes in the hall.  Thank you, Base Camp Kitchen Crew.

AND ONE MORE VBS ANNOUNCEMENT: Please save your old newspapers for our Bible Expedition Crew to use in there Bible lessons with the children. We need them for stuffing and we will recycle them after we are done with them.  We are also in need of one tent to use for our Decorating Crew and 3 pool noodles if anyone would be willing to let us use them for the week. Please let Ellen Glasgow, Cindy Flickinger or Pastor Hayden know if you can help us out with any of these items. Thank you!

MISSIONARIES, PAUL & ALI FEDERWITZ 7 FAMILY:  The Federwitz family will be speaking at our church on Thursday night, June 4th, at 7:00 pm. They are missionaries with Lutheran Bible Translators who are working in Ghana, West Africa. Please see the bulletin insert for more information and please plan to join us and support their mission work!

HELPING HAND CHALLENGE FOR THE MONTH OF MAY:  Don't forget about bringing items for the Helping Hand.  Please see your May Shadow for items that are especially needed. I would like to challenge you to bring at least 100 items during the month of May.  Thanks in advance for your help! Paul Ehlert

CHURCH SHIRT ORDERS: Orders for shirts and fleece shirts with Mt. Calvary's logo embroidered on them are available at the back of the fellowship area. You may see examples of the shirts next to the order forms. Place the completed forms in the wooden box along with your payment. Shirts are available in men's and women's sizes and all are priced to $35.00. The shirts will be ordered in mid-May.

THANK YOU: Thank you for supporting the Hispanic Ministry in Des Moines with your prayers and financial donations. We are so blessed to have partners in ministry like you helping us to share the Good News of Jesus with our community here in Des Moines. Thank you for your generosity, support and partnership, the Hispanic - Latino Ministry in Des Moines.

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.

CHURCH TEXT LIST: If you would like to receive text messages from church regarding cancellations of worship or other events or reminders, please text "ezyud82790" to "313131" or give your mobile phone number to the office and we can add your number to the text list.  You will receive a reply adding you to our text list. All messages from church will be identified as from "313131", so, you may want to enter that number into your list of contacts.

PRESCHOOL: Calvary's Kids Preschool is now accepting registrations for the 2015-2016 school year. We offer a four morning-per-week class for 4 and 5 year olds and a three afternoon-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 9th, 5:30-7:00 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 Linda Hayden, (961-4521 or at, for more information.


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: God gives Ezekiel a picture of complete hopelessness as he looks upon the valley of dry bones, (Ezekiel 37:1-14). But God's Spirit breathes life into them! The Holy Spirit breathed life into the Apostles on Pentecost and into us in our baptisms. There is no circumstance, no matter how impossible, and no sin, no matter how horrible, that can steal our hope in Jesus Christ. Prayer: Holy Spirit, breathe the breath of new life into us daily through Your Word and Sacraments. Amen.

LUTHERANS FOR LIFE: “You and I will one day die. But the truths of Scripture we uphold when it comes to the sacredness of life will never die. That is why it is so important to not only protect and defend God’s gift of life, but also to protect and defend His truth about what gives value to life. If we lose the latter, the former will quickly erode. Thank you for being people who are ‘holding fast the word of Life’ (Philippians 2:16)!” Rev. Dr. James I. Lamb, executive director of Lutherans For Life – A “Life Quote” from Lutherans For Life -

STEWARDSHIP CORNER:   Jesus said, "For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul?", (Matthew 16:26). Put that plainly, we answer without hesitation, "None!" Jesus underlines the foolishness of chasing after a fading world while being robbed of eternal life. Yet, as stewards, we daily face the challenge of selfishness. It is our human nature to serve ourselves first. We face that challenge of selfishness. It is our human nature to serve ourselves first. We face that challenge through the Word of God which reveals Jesus Who came not to be served but to serve, (Matthew 20:28). If Jesus, came to serve, can we do less?

BUILDING HEALTHY FAMILIES: “Why can’t we just get along?” If things aren’t working out so well in your family, it is usually easy to pinpoint what others, including your spouse and kids, are doing wrong. One of the absolute hardest things to do is to consider what YOU are doing to contribute to the problem. You can’t change them, but you can change you. And that change can make a world of difference. For help in this self-assessment, contact your local LFS counselor. Lutheran Family Service


Worship Assistants



The Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod
Iowa District West - LCMS
Camp Okoboji
Lutheran Family Service of Iowa
Lutheran Hour Ministries

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