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 (August 28):

8:00 am Worship

9:15 am Sunday School & Adult Bible Class

10:30 am Worship


8:30 am Preschool

12:30 pm Preschool


8:30 am Preschool


8:30 am Preschool

12:30 pm Preschool


6:00-8:00 pm packaging at Meals from the Heartland


1:00-3:00 pm FIRE working at Helping Hand

NEXT SUNDAY (September 4):

8:00 am Worship with Communion

9:15 am Sunday School & Adult Bible Class

10:30 am Worship with Communion

LOOKING AHEAD: Just a reminder, the Church Office will be closed on Monday, September 5th, in observance of Labor Day.

MEALS FROM THE HEARTLAND:  It is that time of year again. If you are interested in signing up to help package meals for the hungry, there is a sign-up sheet by the mailboxes. We will be packaging on Friday, September 2nd, from 6:00-8:00 pm. Whether you are a seasoned packager or this is your first time...... everyone is welcome. We will also be taking a door offering used for the cost of the supplies the next couple of Sundays. Thank you for your help in feeding the hungry. Discipleship Board

WE NEED YOUR HELP! We are in need of people to help usher for our Sunday services, especially at the 10:30 am service.  Please let Pastor or Cindy know if you can help us out! And, as always, we can use your help serving in other ways, too, such as being Greeters or Readers, Just let us know how you want to help -


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.

OPPORTUNITIES TO SERVE! We are looking for people who are able and willing to help us out with Sunday School and LIFE classes. The more helpers we have, the less often you will be needed to serve. We are currently in need of teachers and classroom aides. If teaching isn't for you, or you don't have time to prepare lessons, please be a classroom aide! These aides simply need to show up and be an extra set of hands in the classroom. Every little bit of help goes a long way! Please contact Beth Williams, (, if you are interested.

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.

A TIP FOR PARENTS FROM BETH WILLIAMS:  Tip #6 - Finding a balance is very difficult...especially when it comes to parenting styles. Some parents are extremely hard on their kids and expect only perfection, offering no freedom. Some parents give their children all the freedom in the world and act like friends rather than parents. And the rest are somewhere in the middle of all that! Though it is important to allow your children some freedom to try things and make mistakes, take a stand on the things that matter. God has called you to guide your children. Do that by bringing them to church and youth group, impressing on them your family values, and expecting basic things of them like practicing good manners.

STEWARDSHIP CORNER: In the stewardship of time, we make choices as to how we will spend the time God gives us. God's principle of sowing and reaping gives us guidance on how to use our time properly. "The point is this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully", (2 Corinthians 9:6). This verse makes it clear that, if we do not spend our time productively, we will not reap the rewards in the same way had we invested our time wisely. If we sow little, we will reap little. The difference between success and failure is the ability to find and spend time necessary to accomplish our particular goals.

LIFE THOUGHTS: In Christ, God embraced and befriended hearts and bodies ruined by sin. He allowed neither disabilities nor disobedience to separate anyone from His love, (Luke 14:1-4). This forgiveness heals us to share the same gracious kingdom with the ones right in front of us who struggle with impairment and iniquity, (Luke 14:12-14).  Prayer:  Extend Your Kingdom, Lord Jesus, through me to

those who are broken like I am. Amen.


BUILDING HEALTHY FAMILIES: Did you hear about the woman who chose “incorrect” as her password so that when she forgot what it was, her computer would say, “Your password is incorrect”? Memory loss is just one of the sometimes humorous but often frustrating and worrisome accompaniments to aging. LFS’ Remembering Hope project helps people learn the difference between normal age-related memory loss and dementia, current treatments and supports available for memory care in old age and increasing opportunities for ministry among this growing population. Call today to bring this program to your congregation or organization. Lutheran Family Service


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