In the Name of the Father, and of the Son (+) and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church(LCMS)

"where Grace abounds...."


welcoming, traditional, liturgical, evangelical, catholic, reverent, eucharistic......

Proclaiming Christ Jesus, and Him Crucified

in English and

Kunama  (the language of our Eritrean Second Service)


A Historic Downtown Church in the heart of Phoenix;

living out the Great Tradition with God's people today



Holy Week: April 13-20, 2014


Holy Week with daily Eucharist (15, 16 April) at 7:00PM


Tuesday of Holy Week, 15 April @ 7:00 PM

Wednesday of Holy Week, 16 April @ 7:00 PM

Holy Thursday Eucharist at 7:00PM

Good Friday Service of the Passion of Christ Jesus and Liturgy of the pre-sanctified Eucharistic elements

Easter Vigil on Saturday 19 April at 7:00PM

Easter Sunday Eucharist at 1018AM


Please join us this Holy Week!




Mt. Calvary at a Glance: 



Sunday Services


1st Service @ 10:18 AM Holy Eucharist* in English

2nd Service @11:45 in Kunama


*Holy Eucharist  = God coming to us with His Holy Word and Sacraments, aka: The Mass, Communion Service, Liturgy of Word and Sacrament (check out a recent sermon)

Sunday School for Adults and Children @ 0900. Children meet in the Lounge, Adults meet in the church

Mid Week Bible Studies Wednesdays @ 0930 on 1 Peter

Wednesdays 1800 (6PM) Study is suspended during Lent and will return after Easter

Both are meeting in the Church Lounge

Office Phone: 602.263.0402     FAX: 602.263.0403

5105 N. 7th Avenue, Phoenix 85013 (~1/2 block north of Camelback on the east side of 7th Avenue)

Pastor: The Rev. Dr. David G. Poedel (e-mail)

Assistant to the Pastor: The Rev. Del King

President of the Church Council: Ed Cooley

Lay Leader of the Eritrean Kunama Community: Luther Ashkaba

What you can expect to experience at Mt. Calvary:

Our congregation has worshipers of all ages, with many elderly and usually around a dozen small children (though this varies a lot on any given Sunday). 


We love having children in the Church, and when your little one is having an inevitable "meltdown" there are places near the restooms where kids can get it together and then return.  We actually find that kids do better at the front of the Church where they can see what's going on.


Folks at Mt Calvary dress a variety of ways:  some are traditional "dress up", most dress casual.  Our teens dress modestly, avoiding explicit sexual or drug/alcohol T-shirts.  Jeans are fine for all ages.


Liturgical, formal worship does involve standing and sitting.  Directions regarding standing or sitting are in the worship folder, or you can just do what everyone else is doing, as you are able.


Liturgical worship is also participatory with the congregation responding verbally and singing.  Our singing is accompanied by an excellent pipe organ.  If your ears are sensitive, you should probably sit on the opposite side of the church from the organ.


The bulletin/worship folder is "self-contained" with all of the responses and the music (with melody line) and Bible readings are contained in one folder. Hymnals and Bibles are available in each pew if you would like to access them during the service.


If you have a specific question before you visit, please contact Padre Dave by this email link.




Padre Dave's Welcome and Meeting Minutes


The Mt. Calvary Community a chronology of the major events of our Church Community







Our Second Service Community

a.k.a.The Kunama Community at Mt Calvary


Our 2nd Service begins with Prayer at 1140 on Sunday morning.

With great joy, God has sent these amazing Lutheran Christians who are refugees from their home land in Eritrea, a small country in the Horn of Africa. Their language is Kunama, though the children are learning English there is a great heart for evangelizing their homeland so the children are also taught Kunama. Padre Poedel is serving as the Pastor of our whole congregation; both first and second services.  God willing we have enrolled 2 men in the Concordia Seminary Ethnic Immigrant Institute of Theology with the goal of Ordination into The Holy Ministry.  If you are lead to assist these men in their very expensive tuition and materials, that will be greatly appreciated. 


Please pray for the continued growth in depth of faith and increase in numbers for both Divine Services of our congregation.

Sunday School


There is room for your children at 9:00 on Sunday morning.







LINKS of interest:


Listen to a podcast of a recent SERMON from our Sunday Eucharist in English. (You can also find and subscribe to these sermons on iTunes.)


JC Playzone is a fun place for kids to play cool games and learn about the Bible too! Parents, check this out for your kids... and it's FREE!


Eritrean Community forming our Second Service at Mt. Calvary !!!

Mt. Calvary is honored and pleased to welcome a wonderful group of immigrants from Eritrea, a nation under much turmoil on the Eastern horn of Africa.  This group of amazing folks is traditionally Lutheran, having been evangelized by Swedish missionaries in the mid 1800's.  We are getting to know each other better each week and are growing in our relationships.  The Eritrean Community is not a separate community but an integral part of the congregation at Mt Calvary.  Padre Poedel is advised by The Rev. Dr. Assefa Zelelew of San Diego, CA who, supported by the Pacific Southwest District and our Regional Mission Council, provides expertise and consulting to Mt Calvary.



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Valley Lutheran High School! Our teachers and staff are an amazing group of Christian educators.  The student body receives an excellent college prep program, grounded in our Lutheran tradition.  Please contact our school @ 602 230-1601 to learn about enrollment. 


Additionally, we recommend that all folks who pay Arizona income tax take advantage of the direct Tax Credit available for donations to the Valley Lutheran Scholarship groups.  Call the school office to learn more about providing scholarships to deserving students.  It is a joy for our church to be in ministry with this wonderful school.



 Why do we do things the way we do?

Please join us this Sunday!

Padre Dave Poedel

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Show others where you worship God by displaying our new MCLC window sticker. FREE!!! 

These go on the outside of your rear window, and they apply very easily.  Get one (or more if you have other places to put them) in the Office.



The San Damiano Cross, as found in our sanctuary

(click on the Cross to learn more about the history of this icon)

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