It's not just potluck anymore…

Menu for 1-29-20

This Wednesday night at Calvary Lutheran we’ll be serving up some nice mid-winter comfort food. Our main dish will be Shepherd’s Pie, a casserole of ground beef, mixed vegetables and gravy, topped with mashed potatoes.

Along with the regular lettuce and vegetable salad bar, we’ll have some fresh fruit salad. For dessert, we baked up 92 dozen homemade cookies today (chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin and snickerdoodles).

Dinner will be served from 4:45 to 6:15. The evening worship service will begin after dinner at 6:30 in the sanctuary. Everyone is invited to join us for dinner and worship. See you tomorrow!

We invite you to join us for the Taco Bar at Calvary Lutheran Church tomorrow night. We’ll have lots of options to choose from to build your own.

  • Lettuce salad or Shredded iceberg lettuce
  • Sliced red and yellow bell peppers
  • Jalapeños, sour cream, black olives
  • Salsa
  • Chicken fajita strips
  • Ground beef taco meat
  • Shredded cheese and warm nacho cheese
  • Black beans
  • Crispy corn taco shells or soft flour tortillas
  • Dessert is Apple and Peach Crisp with Vanilla Ice Cream
Dinner will be served from 4:45 pm to 6:15 pm. We invite all Calvary members to join us and we welcome all visitors. Donations are accepted to help cover the cost of the meals, suggesting $5 for adults and $3 for children. Any amount will help but is not necessary to dine with us.

Last week we served Philly Cheesesteak Sliders using Hawaiian rolls and a fully cooked steak, pepper and onion product. Here’s the way we made those. It’s an easy recipe to make to serve a big crowd.

For each full sized steam table pan we used 36 rolls, sliced in half and each side spread with Miracle Whip or mayonnaise. Fill with the warmed steak, pepper and onion blend, add sliced provolone cheese to cover the meat, and replace the top half off the rolls. Mix 1/2 cup melted butter, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce, and 2 tablespoons dehydrated onions, and pour over the top of the rolls. Cover pan with foil, bake 15 minutes at 350*, then remove foil and bake an additional 5 minutes.

We used this product, but you could also use thinly sliced roast beef and sautéed peppers and onions.

For dessert we made chocolate chip bars, which were basically just big chocolate chip cookies cut in squares.

Church council members helped in the dining room last week. We appreciate the help from all committees and groups or individuals who would like to serve or do dishes. Call the church office and ask for Karla to sign up to volunteer.

December was a busy month at Calvary Lutheran, with advent services filled with all kinds of music, a live nativity, a visit from St. Nick, Christmas Eve services, and meals on Wednesdays the first 3 weeks of December. We took a few weeks off for the holiday, and now are ready to resume Wednesday programming as usual on January 8th. Please join us! All Calvary members and visitors are welcome to come for dinner and stay for worship afterward.

We have 2 weeks of Wednesday meals before we take a break for Christmas. Wednesday programs will resume on January 8th.

Last week we served chicken fried steak and mashed potatoes, with carrot cake for dessert.

Here’s our favorite carrot cake recipe for a crowd.

Carrot Cake: Make 4 times for 480 servings (12 pans)
Makes 3 20x12x2 inch cakes. Cut 5×8 makes total of 120 servings.


8 cups flour
8 tsp baking powder
2 Tbsp baking soda
4 tsp salt
8 tsp cinnamon
16 eggs
8 cups sugar
6 cups vegetable oil
8 cups grated carrots
3 cups crushed pineapple, drained (for 4x recipe, use 2 #10 cans)
Sift together dry ingredients.
Beat eggs, add the sugar and oil and beat until combined. Stir in flour mixture.
Fold in carrots and pineapple. Mix well. Turn into greased pans. Bake at 325* convection or 350* conventional oven for 40-45 minutes.


Cream cheese frosting for 12 cakes: divide into 2 batches in large mixer


6# butter softened
12# cream cheese softened
8 Tbsp vanilla
21# powdered sugar
Beat together butter, cream cheese and vanilla until smooth. Add sugar
gradually, beating until well mixed.

Last week we served almost 400 a meal of roast beef, veggies in cheese sauce and Cranberry white chocolate bars. We had a confirmation group serving dinner and we always love to see those helping hands in the dining room.

Join us for dinner on Wednesday evening for Roast Beef with gravy, Veggie Bake, Dinner Rolls, and Cranberry White Chocolate Chip Bars

Dinner is served from 4:45 to 6:15 pm in the fellowship hall. We ask for a small donation to cover the cost of food and supplies. The suggested donation is $5 for adults and $3 for children, but we invite you to pay what you can. Our Wednesday meal ministry is a way to gather members and visitors together to share a meal and more easily attend our education classes without having to worry about finding dinner on a busy school night. The worship service that follows dinner at 6:30 pm is led by our praise band with lively and inspirational music. Several times a year the children from Wednesday school share songs with the congregation during worship, and most weeks we celebrate a Milestone group with special recognition in the service. Next week’s Milestone ministry is presentation of Bibles to the 3rd grade class. For the full Milestone schedule, visit the church’s website: https://www.calvaryrapidcity.org/getting-involved/ministries/family/

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