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

Pastor Steve Hayden

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, Iowa.


We offer two different services with two different formats every Sunday:


Living Heritage
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


Living Today
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 (March 1):

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

12:30 pm Preschool

5:00 pm Board of Education


8:30 am Preschool

5:30 pm Lenten Supper

6:00 pm LIFE Classes

6:00 pm Adult Choir

7:00 pm Lenten Worship Service


8:30 am Preschool

12:30 pm Preschool



NEXT SUNDAY (March 8):

8:00 am Worship

9:15 am SS & Adult Bible Class

10:30 am Worship

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LENTEN SERVICES:  Join us on Wednesday nights for our Lenten services beginning at 7:00 pm. This year we will follow The Parables of Lent, a special series which focuses on a biblical parable that connects to Lenten themes. Our parable for this Wednesday, March 4th, is the parable of the Hidden Treasure and the Priceless Pearl. In this parable, two men give all that they have to buy objects of great worth.  The service includes readings from Scriptures and hymns that help us to remember that we who are priceless to Christ receive Him who gave all that He had to call us His own. Lenten Suppers begin serving at 5:30 pm, LIFE Classes and Choir meet at 6:00 pm and we worship together at 7:00 pm.  I hope to see you on Wednesday nights for The Parables of Lent. Pastor Hayden

LENTEN SUPPER: Don't forget!  This Wednesday our Lenten Supper will be chili and chicken and noodle soup served by the LYF at 5:30 pm. 

YOUR HELP IS NEEDED:  Are you like many of us? Is your New Year's resolution to get up and move more...

to be more active? Mt. Calvary has the perfect way for your New Year's resolution to be kept. We still need help in 3 areas where there are openings:  1. Board of Education - this board works with Sunday School, Wednesday LIFE Classes, VBS and the Preschool. You will not be alone as there are currently 3 other dedicated, experienced members working on this board already and you will be a part of our sharing of God's Word with our children.  2. Board of Worship - this board will work with Pastor in the sharing God's Word through our worship times together.  3. We are in need again of Sunday School teachers for our preschool and kindergarten students. See Pastor Hayden for more information on any of these opportunities to be involved at Mt. Calvary.

WE NEED YOUR HELP: Mt. Calvary will be hosting a Simpson College Food for the Soul dinner for the students on Tuesday, March 17th. We will be serving soups for this meal. There are lots of ways you can help. Please check the sign-up sheet by the mailboxes. Any food donated needs to be at the church before 4:30 pm on March 17th, or you can drop off food at Smith Chapel by 5:00 pm that day. We start serving at 5:30 pm and we are usually done by 6:30 pm. It is a great way to meet some of the students and invite them to come visit Mt. Calvary while they are attending Simpson College.

YOUTH MISSION TRIP: This summer, Grades 8-12, will be working with Latreia, a mission organization in north Minneapolis. We will be serving June 28-July 1. Trip activities may include working with local children, new immigrants, local soup kitchens, community gardens and a prayer walk through the city. We'll also be treated to experience supper at two ethnic restaurants. The cost is $100.00 per participant - this includes lodging and food. Sign up by March 18th if you want to join us! Contact Amanda Cawthorn at or #515-371-7536.

FLOWER CHART: The 2015 Flower Chart is by the mailboxes and the back door if you wish to sign up to have flowers for a specific date.  Thank you.


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.

BASEMENT SALE: Agape Pregnancy Center's Basement Sale is in need of Volunteers! Sales are held Spring through Fall and all proceeds benefit Agape. We need people to place Basement Sale signs as well as people to work 4 hour shifts on a Friday or Saturday. You could serve individually or with a group. Call Sharon at #515-265-8829 to learn more. Thank you so much!!


WOMEN OF THE CONGREGATION: "God-Given Hats" is the theme of the LWML Prayer Service to be held Saturday, March 7th, 9:00 am, at Hope Lutheran Church, 3857 E. 42nd Street, Des Moines. God has called us to various stations in life. They are the "hats we wear" in His World. This service is designed to give worshippers the opportunity to lift up before our Lord their confessions, supplications and petitions and praises as such prayers relate to the various God-given hats we wear.

LUTHERAN HOUR MINISTRY'S MINISTRY BY THE NUMBERS: 47, 511 New Bible Course students enrolled annually.



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: To make it clear perhaps should read, Peter heard Jesus speak of suffering and death but he seemed to have missed the resurrection part. (Mark 8:31-32) The way of salvation would be the way of the cross AND an empty tomb. When we take up our cross and follow Him, we follow in the victory. He has already won over death, and we follow toward the victory of our own resurrection. That makes cross bearing purposeful and hopeful.


LUTHERANS FOR LIFE:  “As baptized persons, we are sons and daughters of God in Christ. That makes us holy. Holy means being set aside for noble purpose. We are not common, but uncommon. As such, we are usable not just by anyone but by God. What a difference it makes to see ourselves this way.” Linda D. Bartlett, – A “Life Quote” from Lutherans For Life -

STEWARDSHIP CORNER: God does not command us to live in poverty. We can cite many Biblical characters who were wealthy and yet pleased their Lord. God, after all, is the creator of all good things, (James 1:17). We are foolish, however, to hoard our possessions or put our trust in wealth. Paul urges us to put our hope in "God, Who richly provides us with everything to enjoy", (1 Timothy 6:17), and he further reminds us that we "will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God", (2 Corinthians 9:11).

BUILDING HEALTHY FAMILIES: Wives, want to have a closer relationship with your husband, even during times of conflict? Check your tone, your attitude and your words. Research supports what Scripture has already told us: During an argument, 83% of husbands feel disrespected. “Each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.” (Ephesians 5:33) It’s not just a good idea, it’s a clear directive from the creator of marriage Himself. And it works! LFS marriage counselors are also available to help when needed. Lutheran Family Service


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