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.
57th Lutefisk Dinner!
We had a great year in 2018, serving a total of 2,012 meals! Thank you to all who volunteered, donated, and dined with us.
Mark your calendars now for our 58th Lutefisk Dinner – October 24, 2019!
2018 Lutefisk Committee
- Renee Solberg, Dinner Chairperson
- Marge Albright and Jeannine Allen, Lefse Co-Chairs
- Janet Solberg, Lefse and Dinner Committees
- Amy Weaver, Communications and Advertising
2018 Lutefisk News
MANGE TAKK (many thanks) to everyone who volunteered their time to make this year’s dinner a success. It was a great day for food and fellowship and together we served 2,012 meals to our guests and workers.
Proceeds of $23,600 from the dinner will be distributed to the Southeastern Minnesota Synod of the ELCA for mission support. In addition, the bake sale proceeds of $8,100 will be used to fund programs within our congregation and offset maintenance projects.
A special thank you to those who contributed their requested household donation; 46% of the households on our membership roster contributed. Monetary donations are still being accepted if you have not fulfilled your household donation (please designate “Lutefisk Dinner” on your contribution). More details on contributions from the congregation are below
Mark your calendars now so you will be available to enjoy the experience of volunteering for next year’s dinner on Thursday, October 24, 2019.
|Type of donation requested||# of households mailed to||# of households donated||% donated|
|20 lbs potatoes, peeled & cut||59||39||66.1%|
|5 lbs butter||82||45||54.8%|
|Norwegian baked goods||39||31||79.5%|
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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 email@example.com or
Jeannine Allen at (507) 271-0969 or firstname.lastname@example.org
To sign up for potato prep, please contact Becky Knoepke at (507) 319-3717 or email@example.com.