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 (May 20 ):

8:00 am Worship Service with Communion

9:15 am Sunday School & Bible Class

10:30 am Worship Service with Communion

Shadow Deadline


Pastor on Vacation

6:30 pm Church Council


4:00 pm Bible Study


6:30 pm Bible Study


Fellowship Hall Reserved - Kuehls


8:00 am Worship Service

9:15 am Sunday School & Bible Class

10:30 am Worship Service

LARGE PRINT HYMNALS are available; ask an usher if you need one.

REMINDER: The Church Office will be closed on Monday, May 28th, for the Memorial Day holiday.

FUNERAL LUNCHEONS: Instead of one person being in charge of a funeral luncheon, we are asking for volunteers to work as a team, (4 people on 4 teams), and one person to be a reception coordinator. 

Teams will alternate serving the luncheons as they occur and be responsible for planning, preparing and serving the lunch.  The reception coordinator will be a contact person between Pastor and the team who is responsible for serving the lunch.  There is a sign-up sheet for the 4 teams on the pillar in the fellowship hall.  For more information, contact Laurel Cogswell at #515-961-7201.

FLOWER BEDS: Spring is finally here and the flowers are starting to bloom!  We have been blessed in past years with beautiful flower beds for all to enjoy. To keep the flowers looking great, we need some help. If you would like to adopt a flower bed, please sign up on the flower bed chart located on the pillar in the fellowship hall. You will be responsible for weed control and flower/plant preservation during the growing season. Thank you in advance for helping keep our flower beds beautiful! If you have any questions, contact Becky Sponsler at #515-777-9281.

GRADUATES: Congratulations to all of our graduates this year:  HIGH SCHOOL:  Indianola High School -  Hunter Derrickson, Carrington Kuehl, Sydney Sickels, Andrew Spain, Cole Hulen; Carlisle High School - Riley Derrickson; Martensdale-St. Mary's High School - Tim Hornback; Pleasantville High School - Josh Pulse; Frances Howell High School, St. Charles, Missouri - Brett Hulen; Denver Colorado - Alex Nicole Nelson

COLLEGE:  Drake University - Christian Hayden; Concordia University,Chicago - Alex Irwin; Des Moines Area Community College - Taylor Cole; University of Northern Iowa - Hannah Jutting, Aaron Olson; Simpson College - Emma Christensen; University of Missouri - Elise Henn; NW Missouri State - Alec Henn

INK CARTRIDGES: Please remember to bring in your old ink cartridges. We can turn them in and it helps keep the cost of our office supplies down. Thank you very much!  Joan Van Diepen

SIGN-UP SHEETS:  All sign-up sheets have been moved from the tables by the mailboxes to the pillar that

is in the fellowship hall.  The sheets are on the pillar, as well as pens for you to sign-up with so, please check it out.

ALTAR FLOWERS:  The 2018 Flower Chart is now up by the back door, by the mailboxes. We are in need of people who would like to donate altar flowers. You can sign up for flowers on the chart by Pastor's office and purchase them yourself and place them on the altar or in the summer, you can provide cut flowers from your garden and place them on the altar, (be sure to sign up), or you can donate $18.00 for a center arrangement or $36.00 for 2 side arrangements and Sherrie Engel will get them for you and place them on the altar. We can keep flowers on the altar for 2 weeks if you don't mind leaving them that long. If you want Sherrie to get flowers for you, please place a donation in your church envelope and mark "Flowers" on the line that says "Special Gift For _____" and the amount, or you can place it in a plain envelope with your name on it and mark "Flowers" on it and place it in the offering plate. If you have any questions, please contact me, Sherrie Engel, at #961-2625.  Thank you.

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.


BUILDING HEALTHY FAMILIES:  Know someone who struggles with perfectionism? Perhaps you? Although motivated by a desire for good, perfectionism has been rightly described as a fast and enduring track to unhappiness. Whether it’s your chaotic system of storing tax receipts, the disorder in your workshop or hobby room, or the messiness of your life in general, give yourself a break and remember this good news: You are saved by grace, not by works. The pressure is off. Always do your best but don’t let a mistake or an error or a bad habit define you. “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.  For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus…”, (Romans 8:1-2). Lutheran Family Service

LIFE THOUGHTS:  "I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh", (Acts 2:17a). The Lord embraces sons and daughters, young and old. Every human being, whatever her shape and size, exists to reflect the goodness of God's will that made her. Every human being, no matter his faculties or functions, witnesses to the authority of God's Word that brought him forth. May this incontrovertible truth issue also from our lips and our lives!   Prayer:  Lord and Giver of Life, breathe Your Spirit into us.  Amen.

STEWARD BUILDERS: When you serve others in whatever task it may be, whether it's performing major surgery or sweeping a floor; designing a car or filing medical forms; we might be repairing a furnace or balancing a budget, building a new room in someone's house, collecting trash, making high-level management decisions at a company, or making sure your household is running smoothly. In God's eyes, all of these vocations, and every vocation, are equally important. In everything we do in this world, God is at work in us and through us, and through the tasks we accomplish, for the benefit of the world He loves so much. The Apostle Paul wrote,  "Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men", 

(Colossians 3:23).



Worship Assistants