It's not just potluck anymore…

IMG_7300Hello…my name is Karla Mitzel.   I am your new Hospitality Coordinator.
This is an exciting new venture in my life.  Food, family & friends have always been important to me.  My dream has been to own my own restaurant,  so I’m thinking this is a far better choice!!
I’m looking forward to all adventure & challenges that are coming my way!!
Please feel free to ask questions or offer suggestions.
Let the adventure begin!!

To contact Karla to volunteer for cooking on Tuesdays or Wednesdays, you can email her or call the church office for her at 605-342-9043.

The first menu of the new year will be burgers and hot dogs on the grill.  If you’d like to help run the grill, please let Karla know.


Calvary Lutheran Church

September 16, 2015

4:45 – 6:15 pm

All members and visitors are welcome to join us for dinner and worship.

Worship service begins at 6:30

Suggested Dinner Donation: $5 for 12 and over, $3 under 12


Hamburgers/Hot Dogs

Potato Salad

Salad Bar and Fresh Fruit

Assorted Homemade Cookies


Only 16 more days until the start of the 2015-16 Education and Worship schedule for Wednesday evenings at Calvary Lutheran Church.  We’ll see you back in the dining room on September 16th, 4:45-6:15 pm, and in worship from 6:30-7:00 pm. (The menu will be coming soon on a separate post.) All Calvary members are encouraged to come and enjoy the fellowship time, and please bring friends along.  All are welcome here.

It’s been a pretty quick four months since we finished last year with a festive Aloha! Luau at the end of April. The food and the smiles were plentiful:

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It’s fitting to end this blog post with Aloha, because it’s an ending for me as the volunteer coordinator of the Wednesday meal program, and a new beginning for Karla Mitzel as Hospitality Coordinator, recently hired to join the staff of Calvary Lutheran Church. More info about Karla coming here soon. The staff and volunteers at Calvary look forward to her leadership and skills in the kitchen as we move forward into the new year.  I will continue as a volunteer in the kitchen on Tuesdays and Wednesdays whenever I’m in town, and I’ll keep the blog updated with menus, recipes and photos.  Aloha!



Calvary’s Wednesday Evening Meal

April 15, 2015

4:45 – 6:15 pm


This will be the last Wednesday evening meal until September. Come party with us! Kids sing in worship at 6:30.

Wear your favorite Hawaiian shirt, flipflops and grass skirt.


Teriyaki Chicken Kabobs and Hotdogs on the Grill

    Ramen Noodle Salad

   Oven Baked Fries

   Tropical Fresh Fruit

   Hawaiian Dinner Rolls

       Pina Colada and Berry Smoothies

       Cherry Cordial Chocolate Cupcakes and Chocolate Cupcakes with Chocolate Frosting

Coconut Cupcakes with Lemon Glaze and Toasted Coconut 

Coconut Cupcakes with Vanilla Frosting



Calvary Lutheran Church

April 8, 2015

4:45 – 6:15 pm


Chicken Fried Steak with White Pepper Gravy

Mashed Potatoes

Mixed Vegetables

Salad Bar

Texas Toast

Banana Splits

All members and visitors welcome to join us for dinner and worship. Worship service begins at 6:30

Suggested Dinner Donation: $5 for 12 and over, $3 under 12

There’s a lot going on at Calvary for the rest of this week.  Check out the Holy Week schedule here

Calvary’s High School Youth will be hosting breakfast on Easter Sunday morning between the early and late services.  They’ll be accepting donations for their trip to the ELCA Youth Gathering in Detroit this summer.  Come and enjoy some delicious egg bakes, cinnamon rolls, fruit, biscuits and gravy and a cup of coffee and support our wonderful kids.


Only 2 more Wednesday meals until September.  Plan ahead for the last meal on April 15th…we’ll be bringing out the grill, the blenders and the Luau music. Get your best Hawaiian shirts out of winter storage and get ready to hula, or not.


           April 1, 2015

                         4:45 pm – 6:15 pm

                                     Worship begins at 6:30 in the sanctuary.

All Calvary members and visitors are invited to join us for dinner and worship.


BBQ Pork or Sloppy Joe Sliders

Potato Salad

Baked Beans

Salad Bar

Fresh Fruit Salad

Black Bean & Corn Salsa, Tortilla Chips

Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Suggested donation … $3 for Kids under 12 … $5 for 12 & up

Wednesday Evening Meal


March 25, 2015

4:45 – 6:15 pm

All members and visitors are welcome to join us for dinner. Suggested donation $5 per adult, $3 for children (under 12)

Worship begins at 6:30 in the sanctuary following dinner.



Choose your own toppings:

Chili, Diced Ham, Steamed Broccoli, Cheese Sauce, Onions, Tzatziki Sauce, Pepperoni

Salad Bar

Angel Food Cake with Marinated Peaches

Spaghetti, salad, breadsticks, brownies, fruit pizza…sunshine and 70 degrees outside!  Thanks for joining us for a fun dinner last night at Calvary with a buzz of excitement in the air for the arrival of spring.



Fruit Pizza:  Makes 48 squares, when cut 4 x 6.  Use 2 half size sheet pans (13″ x 18″ x 1″)

3 cups butter (softened not melted)

2 cups powdered sugar

6 cups flour

Mix and pat into 2 half size pans.  Line the bottom of the pan with parchment paper first.  Bake 20 minutes @ 300 degrees in convection oven.  Cool.

24 oz. White chocolate chips

Melt chips in microwave and add:

4 1/2 ounces whipping cream

16 ounces softened cream cheese

Beat all together and spread on cooled crust.  Make sure the cream cheese mixture seals against the sides of the pan, otherwise the fruit will seep to the crust and make it soggy.  It is not a good idea to cut the pizza ahead of time, it will also make the crust soggy.

Refrigerate a couple of hours or overnight for the cream cheese mixture to harden.

Make the glaze and let it cool before spreading over cut up fruit of your choice.  If using bananas, be sure to put the glaze on soon after cutting bananas to keep them from turning brown.


1/2 cup sugar

2 Tbsp plus 1 tsp corn starch

1 cup pineapple juice

1 tsp lemon juice

Cook on stovetop until thick, stirring constantly.  Cool and spoon over fruit.  Let set before serving.

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Next Wednesday, March 18th,  the church will be taking a Spring Break to give volunteers and staff a much deserved break from teaching, singing, planning and cooking.  See you back on March 25th with a Loaded Baked Potato and Salad Bar on the menu for dinner.

If you have 6 minutes, please enjoy this Oscar winning animated short film about the joys of discovering delicious food and sharing a meal with someone you love.  It will make you go “Awwwww” at least once.

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