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 (February 7):

8:00 am Worship with Communion

9:15 am SS & Adult Bible Class

10:30 am Worship with Communion


8:30 am Preschool

12:30 pm Preschool


8:30 am Preschool

10:30 am Bible Study

12:30 pm Preschool


8:30 am Preschool

10:00 am Ruth Circle

5:30 pm Lenten Supper

6:00 pm LIFE Classes

6:00 pm Adult Choir

7:00 pm Ash Wednesday Service


8:30 am Preschool

12:30 pm Preschool

NEXT SUNDAY (February 14):

8:00 am Worship

9:15 am SS & Adult Bible Class

10:30 am Worship

6:30 pm FIRE Youth Service


"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. 

PASTOR'S PHONE NUMBER: Pastor Hayden's phone number has changed. Please call #360-5081 if you need to talk to Pastor.

DCE OR 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 or 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.

THE BODY OF CHRIST:  Please come and join us for our special services for this Lenten season. Week by week God's people, who are the Body of Christ in God's world today, are invited to meditate thoughtfully on the human body with which our Lord first brought God's saving love to the world:  The Feet of Christ to lead the way, The Hands of Christ to help and heal, The Mouth of Christ to speak God's Word, The Ears of Christ to hear our prayers, The Eyes of Christ to see our needs, and The Heart of Christ beating with love.

PENNIES FOR LIFE:  We are collecting Pennies for Life for Lutherans for Life from now until Sunday, February 7th.  Please see the bulletin insert for all of the information. The jar for your pennies is located on the credenza in the entryway. Thank you.

LENTEN SUPPERS:  February 10th is Ash Wednesday and that will be the start of our Lenten Suppers. Our menu for Wednesday is a potato bar served by Ruth Circle.  Serving starts at 5:30 pm. Hope you can join us!

PRAYER SERVICE: Saturday, February 20th, will be a Prayer Service, "Wanted: Workers in God's Harvest Field", at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church in West Des Moines at 10:00 am with a continental breakfast at 9:30 am. Pastor John Heckmann, LWML Counselor, (2011-2015), will be the speaker and everyone is invited to attend, including non-LWML members, children and men!  Hope you can join us!

UPDATE ON DONATIONS TO HOPE MINISTRY:  Due to some changes in the recycle program, they can no longer accept shoes, purses and belts that are not useable. They should be wearable or repairable. Clothes and linens should be what a typical person wears for personal use and they must be clean, dry and free of mildew, grease or grime. They can no longer use dressmaker and quilting cuttings, textile trimmings, burlap rags, shop rags, stained clothes or materials, no uniforms of any kind, no boots, except men's work boots, (steel-toed Caterpillar boots, etc.), and men's and women's cowboy boots in good condition, no shoes that are torn, damaged, peeling, sticky, deteriorating, have broken soles or cracked heels, no heels taller than 3 inches, no slippers, moccasins, or rubber boots.!

THE LUTHERAN WITNESS:  It's time again!  If you wish to purchase a subscription to the Lutheran Witness your renewal or new order is due by March 1, 2016 and is $22.00/year. Please let the church office know if you wish to purchase a subscription and make your check for $22.00 out to Mt. Calvary and note on the check that it is for the Lutheran Witness subscription.  Thank you.

ATTENTION THRIVENT MEMBERS:  Be sure to direct your CHOICE DOLLARS to a charity or congregation of your choice before March 1. 2016. If this is not done, those CHOICE DOLLARS are lost. If you need help with directing your dollars, call your Thrivent representative or Laurel Cogswell, Congregational Advocate,

at #961-7201.

BIBLE STUDY: Please join us for Bible Study, "That the World May Know", with Casey on Tuesday mornings at 10:30 am here at Mt. Calvary.

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.

LIFE THOUGHTS: At His transfiguration, Jesus' three trusted disciples saw in Him the glory of God,

(Luke 9:32). Now Jesus would go to Jerusalem and manifest a different kind of glory, the glory of His suffering  and death. But the fact that it was God in the person of Jesus who redeemed us with His blood raises the value of all human life to inestimable heights. Prayer:  Lord, help us make the connection between Your Transfiguration and the value of human life.  Amen.


STEWARDSHIP CORNER: In Luke 12:21, Jesus predicted disappointment for those who are not "rich toward God". Have you wondered what it means to be "rich toward God" ? Certainly, we are rich toward God when we see everything as a gift from Him. Those who are rich toward God are givers rather than takers. By grace, we freely receive, and we freely give. Through faith, we are empowered to express God's love and are being rich toward Him as we love our neighbors. Those who are rich toward God will seek first His righteousness and do His will.

BUILDING HEALTHY FAMILIES:  Love is in the air! The buildup to one of the most expensive holidays begins today with Valentine’s Day retail spending expected to reach a record $18.9 billion this year. As you find ways to share and celebrate your love with family members and your special someone on Valentine’s Day, take some time to reflect on the gift given to you from God your Father. Though it came at a great cost to Jesus, it comes without cost to you: For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.  Now that is true love.  Lutheran Family Service



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