It's not just potluck anymore…


Chicken Alfredo Lasagna, Green Beans, Bread Sticks, Salad Bar, and Peaches & Cream Dessert

Dinner is served from 4:45-6:15 pm, followed by the Worship Service at 6:30.

Suggested donation for the meal is $5 for adults and $3 for children under 12

Our Mission Statement at Calvary Lutheran Church is

Equipped to Go!  Love, Serve and Be the People of God!

Please join us for fellowship and worship, and if you’d like to help serve the people of God, you can volunteer in the kitchen and dining room any or every Tuesday morning or Wednesday afternoon and evening. Stop by the kitchen to sign up or call the office at 342-9043 and ask for Karla.IMG_2753


On September 28th, we served about 500 people a meal of pasta, meatballs and marinara sauce, a salad bar, garlic bread and garlic knot rolls, and homemade cookies for dessert.  Pre-cooked, frozen meatballs, are browned in the oven and then mixed with Sysco’s deluxe marinara sauce.


Lots of delicious greens are tossed together for the salad bar.


Frozen prepared garlic toast is loaded onto full size sheet pans, ready for the oven just before dinnertime.


Garlic knot rolls are made with by rolling pizza dough into knots, spraying with garlic mist and sprinkling with kosher salt and parmesan cheese before baking.


75 pounds of rotini noodles were cooked on Tuesday morning, rinsed in cold water and tossed with olive oil, refrigerated overnight, then boiled for 90 seconds just before serving to rewarm them.


100 dozen homemade cookies were baked on Tuesday morning.



And most importantly, you need good help at the end of the night for clean-up


The next week we served Johnsonville Beer Brats and hotdogs (pre-cooked, browned up on the grill), homemade warm German potato salad, a salad bar and chips.



Pre-made pie crust sheets were filled with apple pie filling and rolled up, sprinkled with cinnamon sugar and baked to make apple strudel.


3 different kinds of kuchen were delivered to us by Pietz’s Kuchen Kitchen in Scotland, SD for a special authentic German treat.img_2025

On the menu tomorrow night at Calvary Lutheran Church:


Roast Beef, Au gratin Potatoes, Peas & Carrots, Dinner Rolls, Salad Bar, and Cherry Crisp

Dinner is served from 4:45-6:15pm, followed by worship at 6:30.

All are welcome!



Fall has arrived in the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota!


Let’s celebrate the season together with an Octoberfest meal at Calvary Lutheran Church tomorrow night, October 5th from 4:45 to 6:15 pm.  We’re serving up Bratwurst and Hot Dogs, Hot German Potato Salad along with our regular Salad Bar, and Kuchen and Strudel.

All are welcome, members and visitors alike. We ask for a suggested donation of $5 for adults and $3 for children under 12, but anything you can contribute to help pay for the cost of providing meals every Wednesday is much appreciated.

Join us after supper each Wednesday for a contemporary worship service at 6:30 in the sanctuary.

We’d also like to invite anyone with an interest in cooking or serving to please contact Karla and sign up. You can reach her by email at, by calling the church office at 342-9043, or just signing up on the volunteer form at the Welcome Center in the narthex. You’ll meet new people and make new friends as you get involved in this very rewarding ministry of our church.  We need help cooking on Tuesday mornings from 9:30-noon and on Wednesdays from 1pm on.  No experience necessary!


Last week we had a full house of 560 for our chicken dinner.  We served 1000 pieces of chicken from Pizza Ranch, and we’re sorry if anyone had to wait a little for the chicken to arrive.  We were amazed at how fast they were able to cook up an extra hundred pieces and get it delivered before the end of dinner service. Here are a few snaps from the dining room on Wednesday night:

This week we’ll be having an Italian Dinner of rotini pasta with spaghetti sauce and meatballs, caesar salad bar, fruit salad, garlic knot rolls, and homemade cookies for dessert.


Dinner starts at 4:45 pm and ends at 6:15 pm.  Worship begins at 6:30, with a special presentation of Bibles to our 3rd graders in the Milestone Celebration.  We hope you can join us to celebrate with them and their families.

BANANA CAKE for a Crowd with Cream Cheese Frosting

Here’s the recipe for the banana cake we made this week.  This recipe makes 5 9×13 size cakes, cut into 24 pieces per cake.  We made the recipe 5 times for a total of 600 pieces of cake, using 12 1/2 pans (12x20x2 inch size plus 1 9×13 pan).


16 1/4 cups flour

2 1/2 Tablespoons baking soda

2 1/2 teaspoons salt

1 pound plus 14 ounces unsalted butter, at room temperature

10 cups sugar

15 large eggs

10 cups mashed ripe bananas

3 Tablespoons vanilla

7 1/2 cups buttermilk

Preheat oven to 350*. Grease bottom and sides of cake pans.

Sift or whisk together dry ingredients in a large bowl.

In large mixer bowl, beat butter until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add sugar, beat until smooth.

Add eggs, mix well, then add in bananas and vanilla. Mix until combined.

Add half the flour mixture, beating on low just until incorporated, about 1 minute.  Add buttermilk, beat about 15 seconds.  Add remaining flour, beat just until combined, scraping bottom as needed.

Pour cake into cake pans. Batter should be about halfway up sides of pans.

Bake for 40-45 minutes, rotating pan halfway through baking.

Cool cakes completely before frosting.

Cream Cheese Frosting for 12 1/2 cakes (12x20x2 inch). We divided this into 2 batches in our large Berkel mixer.

5 pounds butter, softened

10 pounds cream cheese, softened

7 Tablespoons vanilla

18 pounds powdered sugar

Beat together butter and cream cheese until well blended.  Beat in vanilla, then slowly add powdered sugar, blending well after each addition.

Back by popular demand, we’re bringing you Pizza Ranch’s delicious Crispy Chicken this week.  As described on the Pizza Ranch website:


You’ll love our Crispy Ranch Chicken® with its perfect blend of spices and seasonings. We prepare it just right to keep it moist inside and crispy outside. One bite and you’ll know why it’s an all-time customer favorite.


The Calvary kitchen will make Cheesy Church Potatoes, Broccoli Salad, Salad Bar, and Banana Cake to accompany the chicken.

Dinner service begins at 4:45pm and continues until 6:15.  The suggested donation is $5 for adults and $3 for children under 12.  We welcome all Calvary members and encourage you to bring friends along to enjoy the fellowship of dining and worshiping together.  The worship service will begin with gathering music in the sanctuary at 6:20.

After the worship service this week, Calvary is hosting a special free concert by Jonathan Rundman at 7:15 in the sanctuary.  For more information, you can read more HERE at the Calvary Lutheran Church website.


After an awesome end of year party back in April, and a beautiful summer in the Black Hills, the weather is cooling off and reminding us that fall is indeed returning. And that means WEDNESDAY SCHOOL IS BACK at Calvary Lutheran Church!  Everyone is welcome to join us for dinner from 4:45pm until 6:15pm in the fellowship hall on September 14, 2016.  A lively, contemporary worship service led by Pastors David and Becky and the praise band will follow from 6:30-7:00pm.  Here’s the menu for the first week back:

Pulled Pork Sandwiches, Coleslaw, Baked Beans, Salad Bar, Pudding and Dirt Cups

For more information about Wednesday school classes for adults and children of all ages, check out the Calvary website here:  Calvary Lutheran Church

Or find out more on the Calvary Facebook page here: Calvary on Facebook


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