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Archive for September, 2016

Italian Dinner 9-28-16

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.

Chicken Dinner, 9-21-16

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.

Church Supper is Back!


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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