2019 Lutefisk review

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 1,830 meals to guests and workers.

We also would like to thank the following businesses: Erdman’s County Market, Casey’s General Store, CHS Elevator, City of Kasson, Culligan, Home Federal, Kwik Trip, and Thrivent Financial. We appreciate their generosity and all they do to help make our annual Lutefisk Dinner a success.

Lutefisk to go

Enjoy the convenience of Curbside Lutefisk Takeout Meals! Beginning Monday, October 21, you may call ahead to place your order (507-634-7110) and have a takeout meal delivered right to your car. You can also order curbside. If calling between 5:00 pm and 6:30 pm on Thursday, call 507-993-3800.

The curbside takeout location is at the NW corner of the building (follow signs or ask our parking lot attendants for directions).

Takeout meals are available on Thursday, October 24, from 11:00 am to 2:30 pm and 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm*.

The cost is $18 per meal. Kids meals are not available for takeout.

* All takeout meals must be purchased by 6:30 pm to ensure we have enough food to fill the orders.

Those take out meals ordered without fish will be given 8 extra ounces of meatballs.

Reminders for Lutefisk Volunteers

There are a few reminders for volunteers the week of the dinner –

Day-Of Workers: If you are working in a public area Thursday, please wear a white shirt and black pants; vests/aprons and name tags will be available in the church library. Do not bring purses or valuables into the church during the dinner; we cannot be responsible for lost items. Workers may purchase a meal for $8 in the takeout room located at the end of Sunday school wing and eat in rooms 6 or 7 before or after their shift. Please park in the street or in the far NW corner of the parking lot and leave the parking spots closest to the entrance open for our guests.

Wednesday Potluck: If you are working on Wednesday, October 23, please bring in food to share for the potluck at noon to be held at end of the Sunday school wing.

Lutefisk Bake Sale Items

Please specifically label your Lutefisk Dinner Bake Sale items if they contain nuts or special flavorings. All members are encouraged to contribute bake sale items. All proceeds from the bake sale table are used throughout the year to fund a variety of our congregation’s projects.

Ice Cream Pails Needed

If you have any empty ice cream pails with lids that you could donate, please bring to the church office before October 23, 2019 to be used the week of the lutefisk dinner.

Lutefisk Dinner 2019

This year’s Lutefisk Dinner is nearly here!

The basics for Thursday, October 24, 2019:
Serving: 11:00 am – 2:30 pm & 4:00 pm until all are served.
Adults $18, Children (under 10) $8
No advanced ticket sales. Cash or check only.
Bake sale: 9:00 am until sold out
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 21. Please drive to the northwest corner of the church building to pick up take-out dinners on Thursday.

YOUR DONATIONS are important to the success of our Lutefisk dinner and bake sale! 

Donation letters have been sent to the households of members. Last year 46% of the households contributed either potatoes, cranberry relish, butter, Norwegian baked goods, or money. The annual profit from the dinner has grown to over $23,000 and will go to ELCA mission support and congregational projects. All members are encouraged to make items for the bake sale, which had a profit of $8,1000 last year. Bake sale profits will be used to fund congregational projects. Help make this a tradition that will continue at St. John’s.

2019 Lutefisk Dinner Volunteer Signup

The 58th St. John’s Lutheran Church Lutefisk Dinner will be October 24, 2019. Many hands make this an exciting and welcoming event for nearly 2,000 guests each year. Help us make 2019 another great year! There are plenty of opportunities to help out Tuesday through Thursday, October 22-24.

Sign up below or at the table in the narthex on Sunday, September 22 or Wednesday, September 25.

Looking Ahead: Lutefisk 2019

Make plans now to help with the 58th annual Lutefisk Dinner to be held on Thursday, October 24, 2019.

Lefse bakes began in August and will continue on Wednesday mornings through October 16. 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 or if you’d like to help on your own time by helping with laundry. We also need help prepping potatoes Tuesday evenings 6:00-8:00 pm. To sign up for potato prep, please contact Becky Knoepke (if you need contact info, call the office at (507) 634-7110 or email

Sign up to help at the dinner or the week of online here or at the table in the narthex on Sunday, September 22 or Wednesday, September 25.

Mark your calendars to take part in the Norwegian Cookie Bake on Monday afternoon, October 14, from 1:00-4:00 in the church kitchen. All supplies will be provided. Please contact Gail Jensen (507-951-3367) if you have questions.