It's not just potluck anymore…

We invite you to join us for the Taco Bar at Calvary Lutheran Church tomorrow night. We’ll have lots of options to choose from to build your own.

  • Lettuce salad or Shredded iceberg lettuce
  • Sliced red and yellow bell peppers
  • Jalapeños, sour cream, black olives
  • Salsa
  • Chicken fajita strips
  • Ground beef taco meat
  • Shredded cheese and warm nacho cheese
  • Black beans
  • Crispy corn taco shells or soft flour tortillas
  • Dessert is Apple and Peach Crisp with Vanilla Ice Cream
Dinner will be served from 4:45 pm to 6:15 pm. We invite all Calvary members to join us and we welcome all visitors. Donations are accepted to help cover the cost of the meals, suggesting $5 for adults and $3 for children. Any amount will help but is not necessary to dine with us.

Last week we served Philly Cheesesteak Sliders using Hawaiian rolls and a fully cooked steak, pepper and onion product. Here’s the way we made those. It’s an easy recipe to make to serve a big crowd.

For each full sized steam table pan we used 36 rolls, sliced in half and each side spread with Miracle Whip or mayonnaise. Fill with the warmed steak, pepper and onion blend, add sliced provolone cheese to cover the meat, and replace the top half off the rolls. Mix 1/2 cup melted butter, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce, and 2 tablespoons dehydrated onions, and pour over the top of the rolls. Cover pan with foil, bake 15 minutes at 350*, then remove foil and bake an additional 5 minutes.

We used this product, but you could also use thinly sliced roast beef and sautéed peppers and onions.

For dessert we made chocolate chip bars, which were basically just big chocolate chip cookies cut in squares.

Church council members helped in the dining room last week. We appreciate the help from all committees and groups or individuals who would like to serve or do dishes. Call the church office and ask for Karla to sign up to volunteer.

December was a busy month at Calvary Lutheran, with advent services filled with all kinds of music, a live nativity, a visit from St. Nick, Christmas Eve services, and meals on Wednesdays the first 3 weeks of December. We took a few weeks off for the holiday, and now are ready to resume Wednesday programming as usual on January 8th. Please join us! All Calvary members and visitors are welcome to come for dinner and stay for worship afterward.

We have 2 weeks of Wednesday meals before we take a break for Christmas. Wednesday programs will resume on January 8th.

Last week we served chicken fried steak and mashed potatoes, with carrot cake for dessert.

Here’s our favorite carrot cake recipe for a crowd.

Carrot Cake: Make 4 times for 480 servings (12 pans)
Makes 3 20x12x2 inch cakes. Cut 5×8 makes total of 120 servings.

8 cups flour
8 tsp baking powder
2 Tbsp baking soda
4 tsp salt
8 tsp cinnamon
16 eggs
8 cups sugar
6 cups vegetable oil
8 cups grated carrots
3 cups crushed pineapple, drained (for 4x recipe, use 2 #10 cans)
Sift together dry ingredients.
Beat eggs, add the sugar and oil and beat until combined. Stir in flour mixture.
Fold in carrots and pineapple. Mix well. Turn into greased pans. Bake at 325* convection or 350* conventional oven for 40-45 minutes.

Cream cheese frosting for 12 cakes: divide into 2 batches in large mixer

6# butter softened
12# cream cheese softened
8 Tbsp vanilla
21# powdered sugar
Beat together butter, cream cheese and vanilla until smooth. Add sugar
gradually, beating until well mixed.

Last week we served almost 400 a meal of roast beef, veggies in cheese sauce and Cranberry white chocolate bars. We had a confirmation group serving dinner and we always love to see those helping hands in the dining room.

Join us for dinner on Wednesday evening for Roast Beef with gravy, Veggie Bake, Dinner Rolls, and Cranberry White Chocolate Chip Bars

Dinner is served from 4:45 to 6:15 pm in the fellowship hall. We ask for a small donation to cover the cost of food and supplies. The suggested donation is $5 for adults and $3 for children, but we invite you to pay what you can. Our Wednesday meal ministry is a way to gather members and visitors together to share a meal and more easily attend our education classes without having to worry about finding dinner on a busy school night. The worship service that follows dinner at 6:30 pm is led by our praise band with lively and inspirational music. Several times a year the children from Wednesday school share songs with the congregation during worship, and most weeks we celebrate a Milestone group with special recognition in the service. Next week’s Milestone ministry is presentation of Bibles to the 3rd grade class. For the full Milestone schedule, visit the church’s website:

After a week off for Trunk or Treating, we’re back on track for the next 3 weeks until Thanksgiving Break. Please join us for supper tomorrow night for some good warm comfort food.

The Calvary Lutheran Church kitchen will be serving Chicken Pot Pie, a Winter Fruit Salad, Salad Bar and a Pumpkin Dessert. We invite everyone to join us between 4:45 and 6:15 pm and stay for worship after dinner.

Instead of the regular Wednesday programming, join us at Calvary Lutheran Church for a night of fun, games and food this Wednesday night. There will be trick or treating from the cars in the parking lot, games inside the church, and walking tacos for sale for supper.

Wednesday, October 30th, from 6:00 – 7:30 pm
– Trunks will run from 6:00-7:15 pm
– Costume Contest 7:20 pm for all the little critters.
     We will also announce the winners of the trunk competition at this time.

Admission is just $1 per person attending or 2 cans of food per person! All the proceeds and canned goods will go to Feeding SD.

Children and families trick-or-treat from car to car in the safety of the church property. Trunks are opened, decorated, and filled with treats from fellow Calvary members.

Need a good recipe for Pumpkin Spice season? We made some pretty good pumpkin bars a couple of weeks ago. Here’s the recipe:

Pumpkin Bars

Makes one half sheet pan: cut 2”x2” (8×5) makes 40 bars

    2 cups all-purpose flour

    2 teaspoons baking powder

    1 teaspoon baking soda

    1 teaspoon salt

    2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

    1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

    1 cup vegetable oil

    15 ounce can pure pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)

    4 large eggs

    2 cups granulated sugar

Heat oven to 325*F convection.  Grease 17 x 11 x 1-inch pan and set aside.

In a medium bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice.

In electric mixer, combine and mix well on medium speed the oil, pumpkin, eggs and sugar.  Stir in flour mixture, mixing on low speed until well combined.   Pour into prepared pan.

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes. Cool completely before frosting.

Cream Cheese Frosting:

    8 ounces cream cheese, softened

    ½ cup butter, softened

    1 teaspoon vanilla extract

    2 cups powdered sugar

In electric mixer, beat until smooth the cream cheese, butter and vanilla. Slowly add the powdered sugar and beat until well mixed. Spread on cooled bars.

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