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

9:15 am Sunday School & Adult Bible Class

10:30 am Worship


8:30 am Preschool

12:30 pm Preschool


8:30 Preschool

12:30 Preschool


8:30 pm Preschool

6:00 pm Choir Practice


8:30 am Preschool

12:30 pm Preschool

7:00 pm Maundy Thursday Worship with Communion



7:00 pm Good Friday Worship

NEXT SUNDAY (4/20): 

7:00 am Worship with Communion

8:30 am Easter Breakfast

9:15 am Easter Egg Hunt

9:15 am Sunday School & Adult Bible Class

10:30 am Worship with Communion


ADOPT A FLOWER BED: Spring is here and soon the flowers will be blooming and the weeds growing. We are looking for people willing to care for one of the beds this summer and fall. There is a sign-up sheet and map by the mailboxes. If you have any questions, see Jo Pulse or call her at #515-462-3161. Thank you in advance.

THRIVENT MEMBERS:  Select our congregation the first time you direct Choice Dollars between April 1 and May 31, 2014, and our church will receive an extra $20.00 grant from Thrivent Financial! Through the  "Direct Now...... and add $20.00!" campaign, Thrivent will give an extra $20.00 for each member who chooses to direct Choice Dollars to our congregation first. Submitted by Laurel Cogswell, Congregation Thrivent Advocate.


FREEDOM BANQUET:  Veterans, current military and their guests are invited to attend the Freedom Banquet at the Pavilion at Camp Dodge in Johnston, Sunday, May 4th, to thank our veterans. The cost is $10.00 and a free-will offering will be collected to support the VA Hospital. The speaker will be CDR Michael Moreno, Chaplain Corps, U.S. Navy, who serves as the facilitator of Synod's Operation Barnabas program. He is a member of the Navy Reserve and recently returned from a deployment to assist our Wounded Warriors. Please see the bulletin insert or the bulletin board for more information.


WALTHER LEAGUE REUNION:  Plan to attend the Walther League Reunion on May 3rd, at Cronk's Restaurant in Denison. Registration begins at 3:30 pm with social hour, business and a get-acquainted time. The buffet starts at 5:00 pm. Cost is $12.00 per person. Worship hour will be at Zion Lutheran in Denison at 6:30 pm to close the reunion. RSVP by April 24th and to get more information, contact Janet Askew at #641-740-0200 or #641-742-3703.

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.


VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL: VBS is scheduled for June 8th-12th. We are looking for a volunteer to be VBS director. If we do not have a director by April 30th, we will not be able to hold VBS this year. Please prayerfully consider serving in this capacity so we can share Jesus' love with the children that attend and all the friends they bring to VBS. Contact Becky Sponsler, Laurel Cogswell or Pastor Hayden if you would like to volunteer for this position. The Board of Education will be there to support this position and help with any decisions as needed.

THANK YOU! The Board of Education would like to thank the anonymous donor for the purchase of new chairs in the younger children's classroom. Your generous donation is greatly appreciated, the students love them and they look great in the classroom!

SUMMER STAFF POSITIONS AVAILABLE AT CAMP OKOBOJI:  Positions for a waterfront lifeguard and general staffing to cover housekeeping, dining hall food service, canteen, recreation equipment check-out, and grounds keeping duties. Applicants must be 17 years of age or older. A Summer Staff Application form is available at Weekly salary, room and board are provided to each summer staff from May 12th - August 17th.

LIFE THOUGHTS: When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the crowd hailed Him as Savior and King because He raised Lazarus from the dead, (John 12:13-18). When He left Jerusalem with thorns and a cross, the soldiers mocked Him as "King of the Jews", (Matthew 27:29). Neither group understood the humility of His servant kingship or His glory as the suffering servant. Praise God that His Spirit reveals this to us so that we might humbly walk as redeemed and life-affirming servants.   Prayer:  King Jesus, help me have and share Your attitude about life.  Amen.

STEWARDSHIP CORNER:  Several years ago when John D. Rockefeller Sr. died, there was the reading of the will for his family, which, of course, caused a lot of attention because he was so wealthy and well known. As his personal attorney left the family, a reporter came up and asked, "Could you tell us, sir, what he left behind?" The attorney looked at him sadly, shook his head, and said, "He left it all; he left it all." This story is a reminder to us that things of this world are only temporary. Jesus tells us, "Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal... but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven..." (Matthew 6:19-20). Through faith, we have the strength not to become so attached to worldly things and we will store up treasures in heaven.


BUILDING HEALTHY FAMILIES: Husbands, listen up! Did you know that 90% of good communication is listening, not talking? When your wife is talking to you, stop what you are doing, turn toward her, and look at her face. Communicate the message that you are interested in and care about what she is saying. This is respectful, courteous, and is one way to build a great relationship! Lutheran Family Service of Iowa


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