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Pizza Night, 11-14-18

Calvary Lutheran Church Wednesday Evening Meal



We’re making the pizzas for supper this week, and you get to make your own ice cream sundaes.  Dinner is served from 4:45 to 6:15 pm, followed by a worship service at 6:30. 

Please join us and bring your friends and family along.

Last week we served 450 diners a meal of roast beef, potatoes, green beans and pumpkin bars.  Here are a few pictures from the dining room and the recipe for Pumpkin Bars for a big crowd.  We made the recipe 3 times (600 bars).

Pumpkin Sheet Cake


Makes 5 sheet pans (12×18). Cut each pan 5×8 for 40 servings.  Total servings 200.


12 ½ cups flour

7 ½ teaspoons baking powder

5 teaspoons baking soda

7 ½ teaspoons cinnamon

2 ½ teaspoons nutmeg

½ teaspoons cloves

2 ½ teaspoons salt

3 ¾ cup butter, room temperature

7 ½ cups brown sugar

1 cup vegetable oil

20 eggs

5 teaspoons vanilla

6 ¼ cups pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)


Grease pans and preheat oven to 325* convection.  Combine dry ingredients and set aside.  Cream the butter, sugar and oil in large mixer until light and fluffy.  Add eggs, a few at a time and beat well to incorporate, scraping down sides as needed.  Add half the dry ingredients and mix until mostly combined. Mix in the pumpkin and vanilla, then the rest of the dry ingredients until well combined, but not over mixed.  Divide batter evenly into the 5 pans and spread evenly.  Bake for 13-15 minutes, until toothpick comes out clean.  Allow to cool completely before frosting.


Cream Cheese Cinnamon Frosting for 5 sheet pans


40 ounces cream cheese, room temperature

2 ½ cups unsalted butter, room temperature

25 cups powdered sugar

½  teaspoon salt

5 teaspoons vanilla

2 ½ teaspoons cinnamon

1 cup milk or cream

Chopped pecans or walnuts (optional)


Beat cream cheese and butter until smooth.  Whisk together the powdered sugar with the salt and cinnamon.  Add half the dry ingredients to the mixture in the mixer and beat until smooth.  Add the milk and gradually add the rest of the dry ingredients, beating until very smooth and light.  Frost cakes and sprinkle with nuts if desired.



November 7, 2018 Menu

Calvary Lutheran Church

Rapid City, South Dakota

Wednesday Evening Meal

November 7, 2018

Dinner is served from 4:45 to 6:15 pm. All are welcome!


Roast Beef

Oven Roasted Baby Potatoes

Green Beans

Salad Bar

Pumpkin Bars

To help cover the cost of food purchased, we request a donation of $5 per adult and $3 for children under 12, but please pay what you can.

Meals Resume Nov 7th

downloadWe are taking off Halloween night from church activities so you can enjoy Trick or Treating with your family.


See you next Wednesday night for roast beef dinner!


A few photos of our pasta meal on October 17th:

Need a big batch brownie recipe?  We made this one 3 times, for 480 brownies.  Only 1 pan leftover after serving 400 people.

Hershey Syrup Brownies

160 brownies

Makes 4 cake pans 20x12x2, cut 5×8 for 40 servings per pan


2 pounds softened butter

8 cups sugar

32 eggs

1 #10 can (8 pounds)  Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup

8 cups flour

3 tablespoons vanilla


Cream butter and sugar together in mixer until well blended.  Beat in eggs, the the chocolate syrup and vanilla. Add flour and combine just until well mixed.  Divide batter into 4 greased cake pans.  Bake at 325* convection for 30 minutes.  Top cake with warm frosting.


Frosting for 4 pans:

1 ¼  cup sugar

¾  pound butter

1 ½ cups milk

4 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips


Boil the sugar, milk and butter.  Remove from heat.  Add the chocolate chips, stir until melted.  Spread frosting on brownies.



Menu 10-17-18


October 10, 2018 Menu

Wednesday Night Meal

Calvary Lutheran Church

 4:45 to 6:15 pm


The menu this week:


Salad Bar, Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, Corn

Apple Crisp


Last week we served up bratwurst and hot dogs, coleslaw, scalloped potatoes, garden salad, and kuchen (from Pietz’s Kuchen Kitchen in Scotland, South Dakota) for our Oktoberfest meal.  The brats and hot dogs were so tasty, I thought I’d share the brands that we used (ordered from Cashway).

A special thanks to Bill and several others he recruited, for volunteering to man the griddles in the kitchen this week. Due to the windy day, we couldn’t use the grills outside.


The 5 flavors of kuchen we served left many in a quandary of indecision…peach, strawberry rhubarb, cottage cheese, blueberry or cherry?  We ordered 50 kuchen and only had 4 leftover after serving 350 people for dinner.  It was a nice German treat to finish off the meal. If you want more info from Pietz’s Kuchen Kitchen, check out their website HERE


October 3, 2018 Brats & Dogs


Calvary Lutheran Church

Wednesday Evening Meal

October 3, 2018 from 4:45 to 6:15 pm

Join us for an Oktoberfest Menu!


Bratwurst and Hotdogs

Scalloped Potatoes

Coleslaw and Salad Bar



Did you happen to get a chance to visit with Peg or Karla last week at the Ministry Fair? If you didn’t get to sign up to volunteer in the kitchen, it’s not too late! Stop by any Wednesday night to talk to us about it, or call the church office and ask for Karla.


BBQ Night, 9-26-18

Calvary Lutheran Church

Rapid City, South Dakota

Wednesday Meal Ministry

We provide dinner from 4:45 to 6:15 pm on Wednesdays during the school year for all members of our congregation.  Visitors are always encouraged to join us for dinner, and welcomed to our 40 minute contemporary worship service after dinner starting at 6:30 pm.  Some weeks there will be no Wednesday meals, education or worship service due to holidays.  The first break will be October 24th, when Family Ministries will be hosting the annual “Trunk or Treat” event.  Since the next Wednesday after that is October 31st, it was decided to take a Wednesday school and meal break to accommodate families trick or treating together.  If the schools are canceled for inclement weather, the church will also be closed and no meal will be served.  To keep up to date on the calendar, please visit the church website


Whenever you see a rainbow, remember God is Love. May your days be filled with fruit loop rainbows and cotton ball clouds.

On the menu for September 26, 2018

BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches


Corn on the Cob

Baked Beans

Salad Bar

Assorted Homemade Cookies


Please join us for a Ministry Fair on Wednesday, September 26th in the Narthex from 4:30 to 6:30.  Representatives from all the various ministries of the church will be there to share information on how you can get involved in church activities.  The Wednesday Meal Ministry will have a table set up and will answer all your questions about volunteering in the kitchen or dining room.  We need lots more volunteers to help us bake, chop vegetables, fill condiment containers, wash dishes, etc.  On the job training is provided! Come and see how we make a meal for 400+ people.  Our hours are flexible and the rewards are great. 

 “Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve…You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”— Martin Luther King, Jr.





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