The St. John’s Lutefisk Dinner tradition began around 1930 and continued annually until 1942, resuming again in 1962 and continuing ever since. This congregational event involves hundreds of members and we are proud of this tradition. Proceeds go to synod mission support.
The Lutefisk Dinner is a family tradition, bridging across all ages and groups in our congregation and bringing families from throughout not only our community, but even as far away as Maine! Plan to join us for this tradition. Click here for information on past dinners.
56th Lutefisk Dinner!
Thursday, October 26, 2017
Serving: 11 am – 2:30 pm & 4:00 pm until all are served.
Bake sale: 9:00 am until sold out
Adults $16, Children (under 10) $6
No advanced ticket sales.
Menu: Lutefisk, lefse, meatballs in gravy, mashed potatoes, cranberry relish, rutabagas, cabbage slaw, Norwegian baked goods
2017 Lutefisk Committee
- Renee Solberg, Dinner Chairperson
- Marge Albright and Shelley Gustafson, Lefse Co-Chairs
- Jeannine Allen, Lefse Committee
- Janet Solberg, Lefse and Dinner Committees
- Gloria Gilbertson, Communications and Advertising
2017 Lutefisk Dinner Poster
2017 Lutefisk News
A heartfelt thank you to the people of St. John's for your tireless efforts in hosting a very successful 56th annual lutefisk dinner!
Total Meals Served in 2017: 1,867
If you wish to call ahead and have a takeout meal delivered curbside to you in the parking lot, please call (507) 634-7110 beginning Monday, October 23. Inform the parking lot attendant if you have called ahead and are picking up a takeout meal; they will direct you to the takeout parking area.
If you are working in a public area on Thursday, please wear white shirts and black pants; vest/aprons and name tags will be available in the church library for your use. Do not bring purses or valuables in to the church on Thursday; we cannot be responsible for lost items. Workers may purchase a meal for $6 in the take-out room and then eat in Sunday School Rooms 8 and 9 before or after their shift. Please be considerate of where you park and leave those parking spots closest to the entrance open for our guests.
Tuesday, October 24:
- 7:30 am - cut and peel rutabagas in church kitchen (bring your own knife if you have a favorite)
Wednesday, October 25:
- 7 am - cook rutabagas in church kitchen
- 8 am - meatball prep in church kitchen
- 9 am to 8 pm - bring in the food donations requested in the congregational letters mailed to your home and additional items for the bake sale table
- 12 noon - potluck for workers (bring a dish to share)
Thursday, October 26:
- 6:30 am - bag lutefisk (wear old clothes)
- 8 am to 10 pm - workers are still needed in many areas; contact Renee Solberg if you can help - firstname.lastname@example.org
Please specifically label your Lutefisk Dinner Bake Sale items (i.e. nuts, flavorings, etc.). Please consider donating to our bake sale. All proceeds from the bake sale table are used throughout the year to fund a variety of our congregation's projects.
The last lefse bake will be held on Wednesday, October 18. There will be a celebratory brunch served mid-morning. If you can join us, please sign up for the brunch with either Marge Albright (email@example.com) or Shelley Gustafson (firstname.lastname@example.org) by Monday, October 16.
A very special thank you to Becky Knoepke and the many volunteers who cooked and riced potatoes for nine Tuesday evenings in the church kitchen. Tuesday night volunteers are also welcome to attend our brunch on October 18. This year's lefse bakes went very well and we have some great lefse ready to be served and sold at our lutefisk dinner!
Lutefisk Dinner room set up begins Sunday, October 22, 2017 at 11 am. Please let Renee Solberg (email@example.com) know if you can help with covering floors and setting up rooms.
Lutefisk donation letters have been mailed to each St. John's household. If you didn’t receive a letter with your family’s donation request, or if you are not a member but would like to contribute, please contact the office. YOUR DONATIONS are important to the success of our dinner!
If you like to attend garage/estate sales or perhaps have these in your home, please be on the lookout for two small sized glass bowls that are no longer available to purchase new (see picture below for specific style and measurement). If you would consider donating these, we could use more of these in our church kitchen!