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Archive for April, 2012

Fried Chicken Dinner

Calvary Lutheran Church was lively last night!  The 3 year olds through 5th graders shared their songs they learned in Wednesday school with the congregation at 6:30 worship.  Special guests from Woyatan Lutheran Church came to have dinner with us and share their drum circle and dancing with the high school youth group.

Our fried chicken dinner was delicious, thanks to a little help from Family Thrift Center on Omaha Street, who fried up 1000 pieces of chicken and delivered it to us Wednesday afternoon.  We made mashed potatoes and gravy, biscuits, green beans, broccoli and chocolate cherry cake to go with the chicken, and there was not much left after serving 560 hungry people.  For the biscuits we used 4 cases (576 biscuits) of Sysco’s Bakerboy Butter flavored biscuit dough, which we put into the oven directly from the freezer and baked for 12 minutes.  We steamed the broccoli, boiled the green beans, and seasoned both with seasoned salt and a little melted butter.  Our mashed potatoes were mixed up using 22 packages of Excel Potato Pearls, hot water, and some cream cheese and sour cream added to each batch. Six gallons of gravy was mixed up in 2 large roasters using Sysco turkey gravy mix.  For dessert, we baked 14 chocolate cherry cakes in 12 x 20 x 2 inch cake pans on Tuesday morning.  We topped it with whipped cream or cool whip and a cherry (recipe below).

Chocolate Cherry Cake

560 servings: 14 cakes 12 x 20 x 2 inch pans.  Cut each in 40 pieces (8×5).  For one 9 x 13 cake, make 1/2 of the following recipe.


Each Cake: (Make 14 times)

2 pkg (18.25 oz each) devil’s food cake mix with pudding

6 eggs

2 Tbsp almond extract

2 21 oz cans cherry pie filling (use 5 1/2 #10 cans cherry pie filling)

2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips


Mix together cake mix, eggs, extract, pie filling and chocolate chips, and stir until just combined.  Pour batter into greased pan.

Bake at 325* convection for 45 to 50 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.  Remove from oven.  Spread glaze on cake while warm.


Glaze (for each cake): Melt chocolate with butter and milk.  Stir in sifted powdered sugar.

1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

2 Tbsp butter

4 Tbsp milk

1 cup powdered sugar

Cut each cake into 40 pieces (8×5) and top with cool whip and a cherry.

Thanks for visiting us!


Germanfest Menu for April 25

Germanfest at Calvary

Live Accordian Music by our very own Al Spreizer

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

4:45 pm – 6:16 pm


Bratwurst or Hotdogs


German Potato Salad

Fresh Fruit

Rootbeer Floats &

Molasses Cookies

(Lederhosen and Dirndls are Optional but Encouraged!)

Visitors and members of Calvary are all invited to join us for the special celebration of the ending of our church school year.  Suggested donation is $4 per person.  This will be our last Wednesday evening meal until September.  It has been a pleasure serving you each week.

Möge dir dein Weg leicht werden
Möge dir der Wind immer von hinten kommen
Möge dir die Sonne warm ins Gesicht scheinen
Möge dir ein sanfter Regen auf die Felder fallen
und bis wir uns wiedersehen
möge Gott dich in seiner Hand halten.

(May the road rise to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face.
And rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the hollow of His hand.)

Menu for April 18, 2012


April 18, 2012

4:45 – 6:15 pm

All members and visitors welcome to join us for dinner.  Suggested Donation $4 per person


 Fried Chicken

Mashed Potatoes and Gravy

Green Beans

Steamed Broccoli


Black Forest Chocolate Cake

BBQ Dinner Recap and Recipes

We had a good crowd of 410 for dinner this week.  With the weather getting nice and the church school year coming to a close, our attendance has dropped a little bit as it does every year at this time.  Everyone seemed to enjoy the BBQ sandwiches, baked beans, oriental coleslaw, and angel food cake with fresh strawberries and cream.  Here’s the recipe for the baked beans which is always a great side dish for a summer BBQ or potluck.

Southern Baked Beans (500 servings)

5 pounds bacon, cut into fourths (or 150 slices pre-cooked bacon)

18 #10 cans pork and beans or canned baked beans.  Drain most of juice off beans.

12 pounds finely chopped onions

16 cups  ketchup

16 cups  mustard

6 cups  molasses

Vegetable or olive oil for sauteing onions

Saute onions until caramelized. Mix ketchup, mustard, molasses and onions, then combine with pork and beans.  Pour into disposable foil roasting pans. 1 #10 can of beans will fit perfectly in a half size pan.  Top with bacon strips.

Bake at 325* for 1 hour until bacon is lightly browned. Stir beans well, stirring the bacon into the beans, and bake for at least 1 hour or longer until bubbly and juice is mostly evaporated.

Southern Baked Beans (12 servings)

4 slices bacon, cut in fourths

3 (16 oz) cans pork and beans

½ cup chopped onions

¼ cup ketchup

¼ cup mustard

2 tablespoons molasses

Vegetable oil for sautéing onions.

Saute onions until caramelized, then mix with remaining ingredients.  Pour into 9×13 casserole dish.  Bake at 300 degrees for 1 ½ hours.


For dessert we made angel food cake in 8 full size sheet pans, using 3 boxes of angel food cake mix per pan.  The pans were lined with parchment paper first, which made for easy removal from the pans after running a knife around the edges.

Angel Food Cake Parfaits with Fresh Strawberries and Cream (500 servings)

24 (15 oz) boxes angel food cake mix, prepared as directed for full sheet pans

32 quarts fresh strawberries, hulled and diced

3 gallons heavy whipping cream, whipped with powdered sugar added to taste (lightly sweetened)

Tear or cut angel food cake into small pieces, and layer with strawberries and whipped cream.  Delicious!


Menu for April 11, 2012


April 11, 2012

4:45 – 6:15 pm

All members and visitors welcome to join us for dinner.  Suggested Donation $4 per  person

BBQ Sandwiches

Baked Beans


Potato Chips

Angel Food Cake with

Fresh Strawberries and Cream

Holy Week Schedule

There will not be dinner or education classes this Wednesday.  Please join us for worship this week:

April 5th – Maundy Thursday
12:00 Noon Worship Service with Pastor Kirstin

Lunch will be served after the service at noon on Thursday
Soup – JoAnn Piebenga Bread – Charlene Keen
Bars/Cookies – Pam Asbridge

7:00 pm Worship Service – Pastor Kirstin

April 6th – Good Friday
12:00 Noon Ecumenical Service at
St. Andrew’s Episcopal
7:00 pm Tenebrae Service at Calvary Lutheran

Easter Services – April 7th & 8th
Saturday – 5:30 pm – Pastor Dwight Stensgaard
Sunday -7:00- 8:15- 10:15 am- Pastor Dwight Stensgaard
Easter Breakfast served from 7:30-10:45 am

The High School Youth will be hosting the annual Easter Breakfast on Easter morning, April 8th, from 7:30 am – 10:45 am. We will be featuring delicious homemade Quiche, cinnamon and caramel rolls, assorted muffins, fruit platters, fruit cocktail, beverages and a new addition… …Biscuits and Gravy!!! This is a wonderful event that takes place every year on Easter Sunday. Please make plans to bring your family and friends and join in this important meal ministry. There will be a free-will offering and all proceeds from the breakfast will help the High School Youth go on their summer trip to the ELCA High School Youth National Gathering in New Orleans. We will be taking 40 students and 7 adults on the trip.

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