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

Church Secretary

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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A Mt Calvary Minute

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8:00 am Worship with Communion

9:15 am Adult Bible Class

10:30 am Worship with Communion



6:30 pm Church Council



5:30 pm Wedding Rehearsal


4:00 pm Soroka/Williams Wedding

NEXT SUNDAY (7/27): 

8:00 am Worship

9:15 am Adult Bible Class

10:30 am Worship

DCE INTERN PLEDGE UPDATE:  As of July 16th, we've received pledges amounting to $13,000.  As a reminder, we'll vote at our November congregational meeting whether or not to proceed with requesting a DCE Intern. We've determined that we'll need pledges of at least $25,000 in order to proceed.

THANK YOU: Thank you to everyone who has been helping with flower bed care. With all the rain this year it has kept you extra busy and I thank you. A special thank you to Terry Pauling for trimming the bushes and putting the mulch around the church, to Don Van Diepen for removing some dead trees and to "Mr/Mrs. Anonymous" for spraying weeds around the church. If I have forgotten anyone I apologize but do appreciate anyone who works on the beds and keeps the landscape looking good on our church grounds. AGAIN, THANK YOU!  Jo Pulse

AN OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE! The  Board of Education is looking for someone who is willing to serve as our LIFE Class Superintendant and another individual to serve as our Sunday School Superintendent. These are important positions in our church but are not overwhelming as the Board of Ed. members are very willing to help you with these tasks and we are flexible and open to your thoughts and ideas.  Please pray about this opportunity!  Speak with Pastor Hayden, Becky Sponsler, Laurel Cogswell or Linda Hayden if you would like more information.

2014 MILITARY TRIBUTE CONCERT:  The 2014 concert will be at the Iowa State Fair at 5:00 pm on Monday, August 11th, at the Bill Riley Stage.  Musicians Are Wanted -  Choir, (80 voices), Full Orchestra, ranging from ages 13 and older, (40 members), and Children's Choir, ages 5-12 years of age. Rehearsal times to be determined and will be in Des Moines. Applications for musicians is available online at: or upon request by emailing


GET CONNECTED:  Mark your calendar for the 2nd Annual Operation Barnabas Conference to be held Saturday, September 27th, at the Carroll Conservation Center, Carroll, Iowa.  Speakers include:  Rev. Craig Muehler, LCMS Ministry to Armed Forces Director, CAPT USN Retired;  CDR Michael Moreno, Chaplain Corps, U.S.Navy; and Rev. Paul Sieveking, Iowa District West President.  Thanks to an LWML grant there will be no charge for the conference.  Lunch will be provided and there will also be a supply drive.


CALVARY'S KIDS PRESCHOOL: Calvary's Kids Preschool is now accepting registrations for the 2014-2015 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. Please feel free to contact Linda Hayden, (#961-4521 or at, for more information.

LIFE THOUGHTS: Being certain of what you hope for makes hoping all the more hopeful! Christian hope in suffering goes beyond, "I hope this ends."  Christian hope anchors itself in the certainty that an unending glory awaits that will make even the greatest suffering seem insignificant, (Romans 8:18).

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, be with us in our suffering and give us the certain hope of the glory to come.  Amen.

STEWARDSHIP CORNER:  Jesus tells us, "...the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many" (Matthew 20:28).  We are Jesus' arms and legs to embrace lost and hurting people.  We're His mouthpiece to speak God's Law, but above all His Gospel and His peace.  His love is completed in us and through us, (1 John 4:12).  When God called us in faith in Him, He also equipped us for His call to service.  We're never to weary in doing well, (Galatians 6:9), although we often feel that we are too tired, impatient, or not capable.  Through the prompting of the Holy Spirit, we pick ourselves up and serve those Jesus wants us to serve and witness to those to whom Jesus wants us to witness.  We do it all in the name of Jesus.

LUTHERANS FOR LIFE:  “We all live with dying.  We also live in a culture that does not know how to live with dying and turns to death as a solution to the problems of life.  Paul reminds us that as we live with dying, Christ comforts us with the certainty that it would be ‘far better’ to depart and be with Him. But he also reminds us that the timing belongs to God.  If He gives continued life it is ‘more necessary’ that we go on living.  But whether we live or die, Christ is at work and He will be honored!” Rev. Dr. James I. Lamb, executive director of Lutherans For Life – A “Life Quote” from Lutherans For Life ·


BUILDING HEALTHY FAMILIES: Without your partnership and investment, we wouldn't be able to place children with waiting parents, marriages would not be strengthened, depressed and anxious individuals would not find relief, young pregnant girls would not have a reliable, compassionate woman to walk with them through the course of their pregnancy, their child's birth and beyond, and many who are,  (plus many who are not),  LCMS members would not be touched by the love that our Father has for them during a time of great need.  Thank you for including the LFS ministry in your stewardship plans.  Your partnership makes a difference.  To receive more information about LFS and how you can become a partner, call or email Wanda Pritzel (515-573-3138;  Lutheran Family Service


TO RECEIVE A DAILY BIBLE VERSE from Lutheran Missionaries and Pilots, go to the following website: and request being placed on their mailing list.  Very uplifting!




Worship Assistants



The Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod
Iowa District West - LCMS
Camp Okoboji
Lutheran Family Service of Iowa
Lutheran Hour Ministries