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Recipe Request

At the request of a fellow Wednesday night church cook, I’m sharing the recipes for the potato casserole and the cherry salad that we’re having for dinner this week. We’ve been making these potatoes for 8 years, so we fondly call it “Cheesy Church Potatoes.” The Cherry Salad is a family favorite from Karla that will be a new addition to our menu this year. Her recipe for 10 servings will be multiplied many times for dinner on Wednesday night.

cheesy potatoes

Calvary’s Cheesy Church Potatoes

Serves 600

Makes 30 half size disposable steamtable pans, 20 servings/pan

120# shredded hashbrowns (24 5# bags), thawed

8# melted butter

12 50 oz cans cream of chicken soup

10# cheese, grated cheddar

18# sour cream

8# diced onions (4 2# bags frozen onions), thawed

16 Tbsp salt (1 cup)


Divide above ingredients into 12 batches: Each batch will fill 2 1/2 pans and make about 50 servings

2 bags hashbrowns (5# per bag)

2/3 # melted butter

1 50 oz can cream of chicken soup

3/4# grated cheese

1 ½# sour cream

2/3# diced onions

1 1/3 TBSP salt

Bake pans covered at 350*, stirring once after about an hour. Cook for about another 45 minutes covered. Stir again, and top with cornflake mixture. Bake an additional 15-20 minutes uncovered until browned.


Topping Mixture for 30 pans:

60 cups crushed cornflakes (about 4 34 oz bags)

4# melted butter


Cherry Salad Recipe, 10-12 servings

8 oz coolwhip

14 oz can sweetened condensed milk

1 can (13 1/2 oz) crushed pineapple

1 can (21 oz) cherry pie filling

Nuts are optional

Mix all ingredients, chill and serve.

Menu for December 2, 2015


December 2, 2015

Calvary Lutheran Church 

Dinner is served 4:45 – 6:15 pm

Suggested Donation is $5 for adults and $3 for children under 12

We welcome all members and visitors to join us for dinner and stay for worship afterwards at 6:30 in the sanctuary.


Baked Ham

Cheesy Potato Casserole

Salad Bar

Cherry Salad

Homemade Cookie Assortment

Calvary scarf news update

The Wall Street Journal picked up the story of the Calvary in Action knitting and High School youth distributing hats and scarves on the presidential statues! It’s on the front page of today’s WSJ paper, and you can find it here in their online edition.


There is a huge pile of yarn in the church office if anyone wants to join the knitting brigade!  Help keep someone warm this winter while enjoying a little fellowship with some crafty people at Calvary.



No Church Meal Wednesday before Thanksgiving

We had a nice turnout last Wednesday for the Baked Potato Bar with all the trimmings, including orange jello salad on the salad bar, and rice crispie treats and cranberry bread pudding for dessert.

Besides the regular Wednesday programs, things have been busy around the church this week: photos are being taken for the new church directory; the stewardship pledge drive is underway (don’t forget to fill out your pledge card and drop it in the box at church or mail it to the church office); the confirmation kids were off to the hockey game together on Wednesday; and our high school kids have been running about town putting out warm scarves and hats for those in need, knitted by our very own CIA group (Calvary in Action).  If you haven’t been following the intrigue of the scarves on the downtown presidential statues, check out the story here from the Rapid City Journal Scarves on Statues.  And then this happened Mayor reverses policy


And then there was this very nice note in the paper by Journal staffer, Seth Tupper, on November 12:

As I do every morning on my route to the office, I walked past the statue of Dwight Eisenhower this morning on the northwest corner of the intersection of Fifth and St. Joseph streets in downtown Rapid City. The statue is part of the City of Presidents, a permanent installation of life-size bronze sculptures.

Today, there was something different about old Ike. He was quite a bit more fashionable than usual, with a soft, feminine-looking white scarf draped around his neck. It was an odd and funny look for the old general, whose sculpture depicts him in his military uniform.

When I got close to the statue, I noticed a note attached to the scarf. Here’s what it said:

… I was a stranger and you WELCOMED me, I was naked and you gave me CLOTHING. -Matthew 25: 35-36

If you are in NEED of this item, it is yours.

God Bless You!

Calvary in Action & CLC High School Youth

Calvary Lutheran Church, 5311 Sheridan Lake Rd, Rapid City, SD

I glanced up the street and saw other statues with more scarves, and some with stocking caps and ear warmers.

As a reporter, I’m as cynical as they come, but this pure expression of Christian charity warmed my heart on a chilly fall morning. There are many homeless people who frequent the downtown area, and it was great to see a group simply giving to those in need with no strings attached — other than the one used to affix the nice note.


Artist James Van Nuys, who sculpted 3 of the presidential statues, had this to say about the effort, “I think it’s just kind of a way public art can do something friendly and wonderful in the community and I don’t have any problem with it.” See the story from KOTA news here
And in the news once again this week, Pastor David Piper and Associate Minister Tom Martin, were featured in this very enjoyable KOTA interview about their passionate football rivalry as Packer and Vikings fans. Local Clergy swept up in rivalry
Enjoy your Thanksgiving holiday and we’ll see you back in the Calvary dining room on Wednesday, December 2nd. Menu will be posted soon.

Menu for November 18, 2015

Next Wednesday, November 11th, is the Veteran’s Day holiday. Since there is no school, there will also be no Wednesday activities or dinner at Calvary Lutheran Church.  See you the following week!

Here are a few photos from last night. We had an attendance of 430 for dinner, celebrated the Lord’s Prayer milestone with our 2nd graders and their families, and enjoyed special music from our 3rd-5th graders during worship. A special shout out to the confirmation group who volunteered their time to serve us dinner and scrape our dirty dishes. We appreciate all the help we get from the young people of our congregation and we love to see their smiling faces!

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Calvary Lutheran Church

November 18, 2015

Dinner is served from 4:45 – 6:15 pm

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

Worship service begins at 6:30 in the sanctuary

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


Baked Potato Bar

Ham, Chili, Broccoli

Salad Bar

Bread Pudding

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