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 (March 22):

8:00 am Worship

9:15 am SS & Adult Bible Class

10:30 am Worship

6:30 pm FIRE Youth Service


8:30 am Preschool

12:30 pm Preschool

6:00 pm Elders' Meeting


8:30 am Preschool

12:30 pm Preschool


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 29):

8:00 am Worship

9:15 am SS & Adult Bible Class

9"15 am Elders' Breakfast

10:30 am Worship

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 25th, is the parable of the prodigal son. In this parable,

a wayward son returns to the forgiving embrace of his father, who welcomes him home. The service includes readings from Scriptures and hymns that help us to remember that we who have strayed can return again and again to the embrace of our Father, through the sacrifice of His Son. 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 taco bar served by the Church Council at 5:30 pm. 

DOOR OFFERING: Today we will be taking a Door Offering after services for the Indianola Ministerial Association. The monies donated are used for food, lodging and gas for people in need. Mt. Calvary is a participating member in the association.

A VOLUNTEER? Cindy will be on vacation and not in the Church Office the week of April 6-9th and April 13-16th, (Monday-Thursday). We are looking for some volunteers to be in the office to fill in the time slots from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm during those two weeks to answer the phone and possibly do a few of the office duties. If you are interested and can fill in any of those day, please let Pastor or Cindy know. Thanks!

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.

CAN YOU HELP US?: Mt. Calvary is planning on distributing door hangers in the community inviting our neighbors to worship. Can you help us? Please let Pastor or Mike Miller know which area in Indianola you are willing to walk and place hangers, and we will supply the materials. You may deliver the hangers at a time convenient to you, but we are asking that you would be able to deliver them before Palm Sunday, March 29th.

YOUTH: For our March FIRE Service, March 22 at 6:30 pm, we will be having a Seder meal. Join us to experience traditions of the Passover meal and taste the Passover foods. (Eat before you come, this is not a full meal, just samples!)  Contact Amanda Cawthorn with questions, #515-371-7536 or at

March 18th - the youth will be participating in a packaging event for Meals from the Heartland from 2:30-4:00 pm. We will meet at the church at 1:45 pm, travel to West Des Moines to participate in the event and will return to Indianola around 4:30 pm. Please contact Jen Ohnemus for more information.

April 5th - The LYF will host Easter Breakfast between services Easter morning. Sign-up sheets for donations are out by the mailboxes. Items should be at the church by 9:00 am

EASTER FLOWERS:  It's time to order Easter Flowers!  If you wish to donate Easter flowers for the sanctuary there is a sign-up sheet by your mailboxes. We will be ordering some Easter lilies and some Spring flowers. The cost is $15.00 and the deadline for signing up is Sunday, March 29th. Please put your money in the offering plate earmarked "Easter Flowers". 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.

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.

YOUR HELP IS NEEDED: We still need help in 2 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. See Pastor Hayden for more information on any of these opportunities to be involved at Mt. Calvary.

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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: A God who forgives iniquity and remembers sin no more, (Jeremiah 31:31-34), is just the kind of God people who have sinned against life need to hear about and trust in and take comfort in.

LUTHERANS FOR LIFE:  “In America, we removed the religious moral compass from our children and now we are shocked when some sad soul murders his classmates. We removed morality from our youngster’s education, and we are surprised to see high schoolers ‘sexting’ … This is why we say we can do no better than to listen to the Lord.” Rev. Ken Klaus, speaker emeritus on “The Lutheran Hour” – A “Life Quote” from Lutherans For Life -

STEWARDSHIP CORNER: Jesus spent the night of His betrayal washing His disciples' feet, giving them His body and blood, and praying for them. He expended His last breaths before His death on the Cross for us. Even His prayer, recorded in John 17, is communion with His Father on our behalf. In His prayer for Himself, He asked that "this cup" might be removed from Him. Knowing that it could not, He joyfully went to the Cross for us, (Hebrews 12:2). Just as He came to earth for us, so we remain here on earth for Him-that we might declare His praises for the glory of His name and so that others might come to believe in His name.

BUILDING HEALTHY FAMILIES: Families who routinely eat meals together have a stronger sense of identity and unity. Kids also learn important things during family meals like how to express themselves, family stories and values, and how to listen to others and wait their turn to talk. If you don’t already have a tradition of family meals, why not start one today? Pick a meal – for example every Sunday after church or every Monday evening – and plan your family’s busy schedule around that meal. Don’t forget to turn off the TV and set aside cell phones for this important time. Enjoy! Lutheran Family Service


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