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 30):

8:00 am Worship

9:15 am Adult Bible Class

9:15 am Elders Breakfast

10:30 am Worship


6:00 pm Elders Meeting


5:00 pm Board of Education


8:30 am Preschool

6:00 pm Adult Choir


8:30 am Preschool

12:30 pm Preschool

NEXT SUNDAY (September 6):

8:00 am Worship with Communion

9:15 am Adult Bible Class

10:30 am Worship with Communion


"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 classes. Please talk to one of the Board of Education if you will help us:  Pastor, Casey, Becky Sponsler, Laurel Cogswell, Linda Hayden. Classes will begin in September.

SUNDAY SCHOOL:  The fall Sunday school curriculum for all ages will be the popular and well established series called "The Story". The goal of this study is to go through the entire story of the Bible, highlighting key stories, events and people. All ages will be studying the same story at the same time in their respective classes so that the discussion about Sunday School can continue in the home. Simple take home devotions will also be provided. We are very excited about this great opportunity!

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. See you in cyberspace!

SHOE DRIVE: The Martensdale-St. Mary's Band and Choir are holding a used shoe drive. If anyone has shoes of any kind, (kids, men's, women's, dress, casual, flip flops, boots, etc.), that they are no longer wearing and are thinking about getting rid of, please consider donating them. The shoes will be sent to underprivileged/underdeveloped countries. A collection tub is located under the coat hangers by the front door. Thank you!  Tim Hornback, (MSTM Band & Choir Member).

HELPING HAND: Thank you so much for all of the donations that have been coming in for the Helping Hand!  Keep them coming!!  We will have an updated list of needed items in the next Shadow. Thanks!

LUTHERAN CHURCH EXTENSION FUND (LCEF): Did you know that investing with Lutheran Church Extension Fund, (LCEF), can help Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church earn a rebate on our loan? Learn more about this rebate opportunity and how your interest-earning investments with LCEF help build ministries at Select a time to meet personally with Carole White, LCEF VP, on Sunday, September 13th, on the sign-up sheet in the fellowship hall or contact her at #877-439-5233, or at .

(Walk-ins will be welcome but pre-registered people will get priority.)

"A MOMENT OF REFRESHMENT" WOMEN'S EVENT: Come and be refreshed on Saturday, September 19th from 9-11:00 am at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Urbandale. As women we often overlook ourselves and miss those moments of refreshment that God gives us. This women's event is open to any women and will include fellowship, worship, Bible study and serving. Bring a friend and be refreshed and renewed by God together. Mother/daughter teams are also welcome, ages junior high and older. "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope." (Romans 15:13)  Questions can be emailed to DeAnn McCue at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church at or by phone at #515-276-1700.

JUNIOR HIGH YOUTH GATHERING: On October 24-25th, the Junior High Youth Gathering will take place at the Sheraton in West Des Moines!  The theme this year is "SEARCHING" and we will be looking closely at the Apostles Creed. We are so very excited for you all to come and enjoy music from Swen & Dean as well as hear from our Keynote Speaker, Brad Alles!  How many of you LOVE Camp Okoboji?!?  Well, we love Camp just as much as you do and we are looking forward to having representatives from Camp talk about what goes on there and how YOU can be a part of it....if you aren't already! We will be working on a special craft just for Camp Okoboji. We have also spent a lot of time working on Variety Time to give everyone more options. There will be crafts, games, photo booths and more. Grab a few friends and come ready to smile and have a great time!  We look forward to seeing you all in October!  If you have any questions, please talk to Casey Roberts.


10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY: In September we will be celebrating 10 years of being at our new church site. There will be an Ice Cream Social on Sunday, September 13th, from 5-7:00 pm. If anyone has an ice cream freezer that they are willing to let us use to make the ice cream, there is a sign-up sheet by the mailboxes. If anyone with an ice cream freezer is willing to make the ice cream there is a sign-up sheet for that as well.  EVERYONE is welcome to come and celebrate with us and thank God for all the blessings He has given to Mt. Calvary.

PICTURES WANTED:  Do you have pictures from activities held at the church, (old or new), or from the work during the building of the new church?  If so, bring them or email them to Pastor at  We are hoping to have a slide show with some pictures at our anniversary celebration on September 13th.  If you bring in physical pictures, please be sure to either have your name written on the back, or put them in an envelope with your name so that all may be returned.

THANK YOU:  Calvary's Kids Preschool wants to say "Thank You" to Andy Bakke, Bill Sponsler, Casey Roberts and Pastor Hayden for cleaning the side of the church by the preschool before our open house. We really appreciate all of your hard work!

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.

BANDS FOR HELPING HANDS:  Redeemer Lutheran Church and the Indianola Ministerial Association are excited to announce a free community concert, Bands for Helping Hands, to be held at 3:00 pm on September 13th, on the SE corner of the Indianola Square. All donations made benefit those in need in Warren County through Helping Hand. Bands from First United Methodist Church, Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church, Redeemer Lutheran Church, Simpson College and St. Thomas Aquinas will each be performing on that afternoon. Members of the community are invited to attend, bring their lawn chairs and enjoy time with others in our community for this free concert. This is a great opportunity for our church members to worship with others in the community, celebrate their faith and benefit those in need.

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: The picture of the armor-clad Christian in Ephesians 6:10-20 is one of defense, not offense. We are not fighting to obtain truth. We have the truth. We fight to defend the truth upon which we stand. Be encouraged in this spiritual battle that can seem so frustrating at times. "Be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might", (6:10).  Prayer:  Thank You for Your truth, Lord, and Your armor. Help us stand firm.  Amen.



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