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 (November 29):

8:00 am Worship

9:15 am Sunday School & Adult Bible Class

10:30 am Worship


8:30 am Preschool

12:30 pm Preschool

6:00 pm Board of Education Meeting


8:30 am Preschool

11:00 am Ruth Circle - Winn's

6-6:50 pm LIFE Classes

6:00 pm Adult Choir

7:00 pm Advent Service


8:30 am Preschool

12:30 pm Preschool

6:30-9:00 pm Church Decorating


9:00-11:00 am Children's Christmas Program Practice

NEXT SUNDAY (December 6):

8:00 am Worship

9:15 am Sunday School & Adult Bible Class

10:30 am Worship-Preschool Program


"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. 

ELDER BREAKFAST: The Elder Breakfast has been changed from Sunday, Nov. 29th, to Sunday, Dec. 13th, at 9:15 am.

CAN YOU HELP?:  Calvary's KIDS Preschool has three families that need help to provide gifts for their children this Christmas. The High School and Middle School Youth Groups have volunteered to adopt one of those families and Ruth Circle also volunteered to adopt a family.  Pastor and I will be doing the shopping for the third family which is very large. If you would like to donate money to help provide a nice Christmas for this family,  please give your donation to Pastor or myself.  Thank you for your generosity to our preschoolers and their families!  Linda Hayden

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.

ATTN: SUNDAY SCHOOL & LIFE PARENTS & CHILDREN: This year's Children's Christmas program,

"Away From the Manger"  will be on December 13th during the 10:30 am service. Play practice will be on Saturday, December 5th and 12th from 9:00-11:00 am. Please mark these dates on your calendars at home. Songs will be taught during LIFE Music time on Wednesdays and special arrangements will be made for the Sunday School classes. Parts will be distributed mid-October so, if you know you have a conflict with practices and/or the program date, please let Ellen Glasgow or Casey Roberts know as soon as possible so other arrangements can be made. If anyone would like to help out with costumes, we would greatly appreciate it.  Thank you, Ellen Glasgow & Casey Roberts


POINSETTIAS: A sign-up sheet has been placed by the mailboxes for Poinsettias. They are $10.00 this year. Please mark on the memo line of your check that it is for Poinsettias or flowers. The deadline to sign-up is Sunday, December 6th.

CHURCH DECORATING:  Please join us Thursday, December 3rd, 6:30-9:00 pm to decorate our Church for Christmas. Snacks will be available. We could use a few men to assist with bringing the trees in from the garage. 

FREE TO A GOOD HOME:  If anyone is interested in a FREE spinet Howard piano, (made by Baldwin), please contact Cindy Flickinger, (mornings 8:00-12:00 pm at the church office, #961-4321, or afternoons and evenings, #961-4332).  Please check with your friends and family and see if anyone could use a free piano.

Thanks! Cindy Flickinger

GIVE THANKS! A "Give Thanks" food drive has been started to assist those in need over the Holidays. Please bring non-perishable food items, you can check the November Shadow for ideas, and let's GIVE THANKS for everything that we have been blessed with. All Items collected will go to Helping Hand.

TEN THOUSAND VILLAGES: Simpson College will be sponsoring a Ten Thousand Villages sale, Nov. 30th -

Dec. 4th. Please see the bulletin board for all of the dates and times.  All merchandise is fair trade and created by artisans from around the world. Some products include clothing, accessories, jewelry, ornaments, small musical instruments and many more unique items

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: Troubled by sins?  You know, the "big ones" where it feels like regret and guilt never seem to stay away. That's okay. Our righteousness does not depend upon our feelings but upon a Branch with a wonderful name, "The Lord is our righteousness", (Jeremiah 38:16b). We cling to that righteousness as we prepare our hearts to celebrate His coming.  Prayer: Branch of David, calm my troubled heart as I recall Your righteous name splashed upon me in Baptism.  Amen.

LUTHERANS FOR LIFE:  “After you have thought about your earthly blessings, take some time and meditate on your spiritual blessings from the Lord. Think of your baptism where the Lord adopted you into His family and gave you forgiveness of your sins, life, and salvation.” James Schroeder, LCMS Foundation – A “Life Quote” from Lutherans For Life •

STEWARDSHIP CORNER: "The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully", (2 Corinthians 9:6). Time, as well as other areas of life, is affected by God's principle of sowing and reaping. If we spend our time unproductively, we will not reap the rewards in the same way had we invested our time wisely. If we sow little, we will reap little. The seeds we sow will determine our harvest. The would-be athlete who spends no time building up his body finds himself on the bench, if he's chosen for the team at all. The aspiring musician who spends no time practicing her instrument is not the one who earns the solo performance. The Christian who spends time in the Word of God and taking part in the Sacraments during regular worship discovers that his faith carries him through the valleys of his life. He know that it was time well spent.


Worship Assistants