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2,012 meals served!

MANGE TAKK (many thanks) to everyone who volunteered their time during the week of this year’s Lutefisk Dinner, brought in their requested household donation, and contributed to the bake sale.  It was a great day for food and fellowship and together we served 2,012 meals to guests and workers.

Lutefisk 2018: Where can you help?

Week-of volunteer opportunities:

Tuesday, October 23
7:30 am – Cut and peel rutabagas in church kitchen. (Bring your own knife if you have a favorite.)

Wednesday, October 24
7:00 am – Cook rutabagas
8:00 am – Meatball prep
9:00 am – 8:00 pm – Bring in the food donations (requested in mailed letters) and bake sale items.
12:00 noon – Potluck for workers (bring a dish to share)

Thursday, October 25
6:30 am – Bag lutefisk (wear old clothes)
8:00 am – 10:00 pm – Workers are still needed in many areas; contact Renee Solberg if you can help solberg4@kmtel.com

Special Information for Lutefisk Workers:

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 into the church on Thursday; we cannot be responsible for lost items. Workers may purchase a meal for $7 in the take-out room (moved to the end of the Sunday school wing) and then eat in the youth room before or after their shift. Please be considerate of where you park and leave the parking spots closest to the entrance open for our guests.

For the Lutefisk Dinner Bake Sale:

Please specifically label your items if they contain nuts or specific flavorings. All members are encouraged to contribute items. Proceeds from the bake sale are used throughout the year to fund a variety of our congregation’s projects.

Lutefisk Dinner—October 25

This year’s Lutefisk Dinner is nearly here!

The basics

Thursday, October 25, 2018
Serving: 11 am – 2:30 pm & 4:00 pm until all are served.
Bake sale: 9:00 am until sold out
Adults $17, Children (under 10) $7
No advanced ticket sales. Cash or check only.
Menu: Lutefisk, lefse, meatballs in gravy, mashed potatoes, cranberry relish, rutabagas, cabbage slaw, Norwegian baked goods

Take out dinners may be pre-ordered by calling St. John’s between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm at (507) 634-7110 beginning Monday, October 22. Please drive to the northwest corner of the church building to pick up take-out dinners on Thursday.

More details

Check out all the latest news and information about past dinners at stjohnskasson.org/lutefisk.

Looking Ahead: Lutefisk 2018

Make plans now to help with the 57th annual Lutefisk Dinner to be held on Thursday, October 25, 2018.

Lefse bakes began on August 22 and will continue through October 17. No experience necessary! Coffee fellowship is served mid-morning. Contact Marge Albright (507-421-5184) or Jeannine Allen (507-271-0969) to sign up to assist with the bakes.

Be on the lookout for the worker signup sheets in the narthex on Sunday, September 23, and Wednesday, September 26. There are many ways to volunteer on October 23-25.

Mark your calendars to take part in the Norwegian Cookie Bake on Monday afternoon, October 15, from 1:00-5:00 in the church kitchen. All supplies will be provided. Please contact Gail Jensen (507-951-3367) if you have questions.

Lefse baking begins – Get ready to roll!

lefse

Looking for more? More Lutefisk news available here.

Lefse Bake setup begins Tuesday, August 21, 2:00-3:00 pm, and continues every Tuesday through October 16.

Potato Preparation begins Tuesday, August 21, 6:00-8:00 pm, and continues every Tuesday through October 16 in the church kitchen. Potatoes will be provided. Bring your own peeler if you have a favorite one.

Lefse Bakes begin on Wednesday morning, August 22 and continue through October 17. Flippers and rollers are needed each Wednesday morning at 8:00 am for nine lefse bakes. Mixers–please report no earlier than 7:30 am. Make plans now to attend one or all of the bakes. No previous experience needed. Coffee will be served mid-morning.

Lefse Laundry consists of the sheets from the cooling tables, dish towels, and the rolling pin and rolling board covers used weekly. This is a great way to help behind the scenes and can be done in your home. Laundry is ready for pickup on Wednesdays at noon and needs to be returned to the church in time for setup the following Tuesday.

To sign up for lefse bake setup, lefse bake, or lefse laundry please contact:
Marge Albright at (507) 421-5184 or albright@kmtel.com or
Jeannine Allen at (507) 271-0969 or bruce.jeannine.allen@gmail.com

To sign up for potato prep, please contact Becky Knoepke at (507) 319-3717 or knepknop@yahoo.com.

A Successful Lutefisk Dinner, Looking Ahead to Next Year

The lutefisk committee is happy to report that the proceeds from the 2017 event were dispersed as follows:

  • Southeastern Minnesota Synod Mission Support – $20,000
  • Projects and programs at St. John’s – approximately $5,000
    • Property Commission
    • Youth Education (Vacation Bible School, Sunday School, Confirmation/trips)
    • Creation Kids Preschool
    • Three 8-foot white tables
  • Operation Christmas Child – $100
  • Missionary Sponsorship – $40

Make plans now to volunteer make next year’s dinner a success. The 57th annual lutefisk dinner will be held on Thursday, October 25, 2018. Lefse bakes will be Wednesday mornings for 9 weeks beginning August 22. Renee Solberg is the Dinner Chairperson and Marge Albright is the Lefse Bake Leader.

Lutefisk Wrap-Up 2017

2017 Lutefisk Dinner Meals Served: 1,867

As we opened our front doors at 9:00 am on October 26, 2017, we knew it was going to be a great day for our 56th annual lutefisk dinner! From the beautifully decorated narthex and sanctuary to the welcoming smiles of our greeters, the guests were eager to participate in a delectable dining experience!

Behind the scenes, workers had arrived before 6 am to cut and bag 1,700 pounds of fish. Others were just as busy preparing gravy, setting up the parking lot, arranging bake sale items and enjoying the ‘spirit’ of working on lutefisk day. It’s always fun to reconnect with former members who travel to Kasson to provide an extra pair of hands and to also see so many Kasson community members share in our dinner.

Our congregational endeavor allows us to disburse $20,000 from the profits as mission support to our ELCA synod. In addition, the bake sale table proceeds of $7,950 will be used to fund various projects at St. John’s over the next several months. Thank you, the members of St. John’s, for your generous donations of money, time and talents which allow us to keep the ticket price at $16. We also want to thank those of you who helped with lefse baking week after week beginning in late August. Not many congregations in the area make their own lefse.

Mange takk (many thanks)!

 

 

1,867 meals served

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

Lutefisk Take Out Meals Will be Available

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.

Special Information for Lutefisk Workers

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.

Lutefisk 2017: Where Can You Help?

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 – solberg4@kmtel.com

 

Lutefisk Bake Sale Items

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.

2017 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

Click on the image to download the PDF of the poster to print and post on your fridge, in your office, or anywhere else you’d like to promote this year’s dinner!

2017 Lutefisk News

A Successful Lutefisk Dinner, Looking Ahead to Next Year

The lutefisk committee is happy to report that the proceeds from the 2017 event were dispersed as follows:

  • Southeastern Minnesota Synod Mission Support - $20,000
  • Projects and programs at St. John’s - approximately $5,000
    • Property Commission
    • Youth Education (Vacation Bible School, Sunday School, Confirmation/trips)
    • Creation Kids Preschool
    • Three 8-foot white tables
  • Operation Christmas Child - $100
  • Missionary Sponsorship - $40

Make plans now to volunteer make next year’s dinner a success. The 57th annual lutefisk dinner will be held on Thursday, October 25, 2018. Lefse bakes will be Wednesday mornings for 9 weeks beginning August 22. Renee Solberg is the Dinner Chairperson and Marge Albright is the Lefse Bake Leader.


Lutefisk Wrap-Up 2017

2017 Lutefisk Dinner Meals Served: 1,867

As we opened our front doors at 9:00 am on October 26, 2017, we knew it was going to be a great day for our 56th annual lutefisk dinner! From the beautifully decorated narthex and sanctuary to the welcoming smiles of our greeters, the guests were eager to participate in a delectable dining experience!

Behind the scenes, workers had arrived before 6 am to cut and bag 1,700 pounds of fish. Others were just as busy preparing gravy, setting up the parking lot, arranging bake sale items and enjoying the 'spirit' of working on lutefisk day. It's always fun to reconnect with former members who travel to Kasson to provide an extra pair of hands and to also see so many Kasson community members share in our dinner.

Our congregational endeavor allows us to disburse $20,000 from the profits as mission support to our ELCA synod. In addition, the bake sale table proceeds of $7,950 will be used to fund various projects at St. John's over the next several months. Thank you, the members of St. John's, for your generous donations of money, time and talents which allow us to keep the ticket price at $16. We also want to thank those of you who helped with lefse baking week after week beginning in late August. Not many congregations in the area make their own lefse.

Mange takk (many thanks)!

 

 


1,867 meals served

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


Lutefisk Take Out Meals Will be Available

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.


Special Information for Lutefisk Workers

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.


Last lefse bake

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 (albright@kmtel.com) or Shelley Gustafson (slgusta@hotmail.com) 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 Setup

Lutefisk Dinner room set up begins Sunday, October 22, 2017 at 11 am. Please let Renee Solberg (solberg4@kmtel.com) know if you can help with covering floors and setting up rooms.