Chicken Enchilada Bake

A favorite with both campers and retreaters, this layered enchilada bake can easily be made ahead and customized. I like to add corn and kale, but the sky’s the limit!

Chicken Enchilada Bake (serves 6-8)

Adapted from a recipe on

1 lb. chicken breast, cooked and shredded
1 yellow onion, cut into 8 wedges
6 cloves garlic
1 28 oz. can whole peeled tomatoes
1 chipotle pepper in adobo
14 corn tortillas
8 oz. grated mozzarella cheese

Sauce: Place onion and garlic on a sheet pan and place under the broiler until well-charred, about 3-4 minutes. Alternately, preheat a cast iron on high and put the wedges of onion cut-side down until they develop charred spots. Flip to the other cut side for char to develop. Do the same with the cloves of garlic. Make sure to run an exhaust fan during either of these processes to avoid setting off the smoke detector!

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Mix together onion, garlic, tomatoes, chipotle pepper, and 1/2 cup water in a pot on the stove and simmer until the onions soften about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and puree with a handheld blender or food processor until smooth.

Assembly: In a glass 9×13 pan, spread a thin layer of sauce on the bottom. Place a layer of tortillas on the sauce, cutting them as needed to fit your pan. Spread another layer of sauce on the tortillas, followed by chicken, cheese, and any add-ins. Repeat this layering several times until you have just enough sauce left to cover a top layer. Top with tortillas, sauce and cheese and bake for 20-25minutes, until the cheese browns and the middle is hot. Serve with sour cream and cilantro.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

If you’re looking for another way to get your fill of pumpkin this fall, these cookies will hit the spot. By resting the dough in the fridge, the spices work together to make some autumnal magic.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Adapted from

1 cup sugar
½ cup vegetable oil
1 cup canned pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
1 tsp vanilla
1 large egg
2 cups flour
1 tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp nutmeg
¼ tsp allspice
½ tsp ginger
½ tsp kosher salt
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
½ cup each white and semisweet chocolate chips

In a large bowl, whisk together the sugar, oil, pumpkin, vanilla, and egg until well-combined. Add in the dry ingredients and stir just until combined, then mix in the chocolate chips. Cover and chill for at least an hour so that the flavors can meld.

Preheat oven to 350ᵒ. Scoop out tablespoons of dough onto a lined or greased cookie sheet, and bake for 11-12 minutes, until the cookies are set and just barely browning on the outside. Cool cookies on a rack and enjoy!

Double Chocolate Banana Muffins by Bethany

Now that fall is here, we will begin sharing delicious recipes Bethany whips up in the retreat kitchen. Recipes will once again be shared every other week. Double Chocolate Banana Muffins are guaranteed to tickle your taste buds…especially if you are a chocolate lover. Click Here to go directly to the recipe page.

Double Chocolate Banana Muffins

Double chocolate, double yum! These muffins are a great way to use up any stray bananas that may be languishing in the fruit bowl. For a fun variation, you can switch out the chocolate chips for peanut butter chips!

Double Chocolate Banana Muffins
From Smitten Kitchen

3 very ripe bananas
½ cup butter, melted
¾ cup brown sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup flour
½ cup cocoa powder
1 tsp baking soda
¼ tsp table salt
1 cup chocolate chips

Heat oven to 375⁰F. Line a muffin pan with baking cups (usually for about 15 muffins).

Mash bananas in the bottom of a large bowl. Stir in the melted butter, then add the brown sugar, egg, and vanilla. Sift flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt into the wet ingredients. (Don’t skip this step—it’s important to get all of the lumps out of the cocoa powder). Mix together just until there are no dry streaks, then stir in chocolate chips.

Fill cups about ¾ full, and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Eisleben – Deb Hoffarth & Janice Schmidt

Deb Hoffarth is a member of First Lutheran in Minot, and currently serves on Metigoshe’s Board of Trustees. Her children are also longtime campers at Camp Metigoshe. We are thankful that Deb invited her aunt, Janice Schmidt to join our trip. Janice lives in Petersburg ND and is deeply involved in her church and community, including as a church organist.

Deb and Janice reflect upon our time in Lutherstadt Eisleben.

Lutherstadt Eisleben represents the beginning and the end of Martin Luther’s life.  God ordained for Luther to be born in Eisleben on November 10, 1483 to Margarite and Hans Luther and brought him home to die on February 18, 1546.  Martin Luther was baptized on November 11, 1483 at the St. Peter and St. Paul Church in the presence of his father and godfather.  

We started our day at the St. Peter and St. Paul Church Sunday service.  Although we did not know the language, the familiarity of the Lutheran litany made us feel at home.

We saw the homes where Luther was born and died.  The art and period restoration painted the picture of Luther’s time in his hometown.  In the Market Square, his statue proudly stands, holding the Bible, with the base depicting his life’s accomplishments – defeat of the devil, translation of the Bible, music, and his debate with Eck.

We ended the day at St. Andrew’s Church where Luther preached 4 times, the last time was 3 days prior to his death.  Luther died knowing he was saved by Christ through grace and that is the greatest treasure we all have.

Martin Luther preaches in St. Andrew’s church just before his death.

Leipzig – Judy Schroeder

Although new to Metigoshe treks, Judy Schroeder’s connection to our ministry runs deep as a cousin of long-time retreater and current year-round staff member Deb Syvertson. She is retired, and has traveled to 33 countries and 26 U.S. states. Judy was born in North Dakota, and worked for many years for Indiana U as VP of communications for the Alumni Association and editor-in-chief for their alumni magazine.

Judy reflects on our time in Leipzig on Sept 9.

Leipzig, the largest city in Saxony, is ten times the size of Wittenberg. It has significant associations with Luther. At the site of what is now the New Town Hall, he engaged in three weeks of theological debate with Johann Eck in July 1519. In 1545 he rededicated the newly Protestant university church of St. Paul, a church demolished in 1968 by the ardently atheistic East German regime. But Leipzig is more famous for the panoply of composers (Bach, Mendelssohn, Schumann, Wagner) and authors (Goethe, Schiller, Lessing) who made it their home. More recently Leipzig was the site of the 1989 Peaceful Revolution, which led to the fall of the Berlin wall and the reunification of Germany. Our busy day combines all these elements.

We begin our tour at the Neo-Gothic St. Thomas Church. Bach was cantor here from 1723 until 1750, and his remains lie under the chancel. In the afternoon we attend organ vespers. Imagine hearing Bach’s music played in the church where it was first performed nearly 300 years ago! The young woman pastor speaks to the importance of free speech in ordering our society but admonishes the congregation to temper our discourse by adhering always to the Great Commandment.

We also visit the St. Nicholas Church, one of three other Leipzig churches whose musical life Bach oversaw.  St. Nicholas Church has contemporary relevance as well. The Monday prayers for peace which began in the early 1980s at four Leipzig churches gave rise to growing demands for justice and respect, for freedom for those who think differently. The wife of the pastor of the Reformed Church tells our group of that experience. When artists approached her husband in 1988, asking the church to host an auction of their works to raise funds to hire lawyers for dissidents imprisoned in Berlin, he agreed. Members of the secret police told him, “If you don’t cancel the event, the police will come.” The pastor answered simply, “Then let them come.” The police didn’t come. The pastor’s wife recalls, “Although the secret service took down the names of everyone at the auction, somehow we lost our fear.” Peace prayer gatherings attracted those who wanted to leave the country. On Sept. 4, 1989, during the Leipzig Fair, when Western journalists were in the city, some people leaving St. Nicholas Church unfurled bed sheets on which they had written slogans supporting freedom and openness. The journalists departed; the peace demonstrators didn’t. Instead their numbers doubled each Monday. On Oct. 2 the 2,000 people leaving the church, together with about 8,000 supporters outside the church, were met by armed police. The demonstrators simply sat, in peaceful protest. By the following Monday tension had risen to a fever pitch. The state beefed up its police presence. But instead of the 20,000 protesters they expected, the police were met by 70,000 people carrying candles, not stones. As the pastor’s wife recalls, “Fear changed sides.” The courage of those who protested in Leipzig encouraged others in the former East Germany, resulting in free and open elections the following March.  

Our group celebrates freedom of a different sort with dinner at Auerbach’s Cellar. Auerbach, a contemporary and ally of Luther, was immortalized when the wine cellar he founded became, in Goethe’s Faust, the destination to which Mephistopheles takes the disillusioned scholar. We are not disillusioned by our delicious Saxon meal, complete with Roulade (beef roll), red cabbage, and Knödel (dumplings). As we board our bus back to Wittenberg, we rejoice that Leipzig, which became downright shabby as part of East Germany, has been restored to its historic splendor.

Metigoshe in Germany – Introduction

Over the next week, a few participants on our Metigoshe in Germany – Reformation 500 trip will be sharing their thoughts as we travel to various sites associated with Martin and Katie Luther, Philip Melanchthon, Johannes Bugenhagen and the other reformers of what would come to be known as our Lutheran tradition. Along the way, we will also visit places and examine events closer to our own time. We hope that you will enjoy our reflections – and gain some insight into the life and times of 500 years ago…and our faith life today!

Here you can see our group standing in front of the famous doors (bronze replicas now) upon which Luther posted his 95 Theses at the Castle Church of Wittenberg.

More Quilts on the Metigoshe Blog

All of the quilts that have been submitted for the upcoming Quilt Auction are now on the Metigoshe Blog. View all of the beautiful quilts and see what sizes and types of material were used. . If you would like to view the quilts in person, the quilts will be available for viewing from June 13-23. Remember to mark June 24 on your calendar so you can attend the Quilt Auction. It is a fun event and one you will not want to miss.

Peanut Butter Cookies

Although these cookies are gluten and dairy free, you won’t miss a thing! A slight alteration on the 3-ingredient peanut butter cookies floating across the internet gives this recipe the perfect texture to satisfy any craving.

From the Ovenly cookbook

1 ¾ cup (335 grams) light brown sugar
2 large eggs
½ tsp vanilla extract
1 ¾ cups (450 grams) smooth peanut butter
Coarse sea salt for finishing

Preheat the oven to 350⁰F and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

In a bowl, whisk together the brown sugar and eggs until smooth. Stir in the vanilla, and then the peanut butter, until there are no streaks of peanut butter left. Scoop the dough into tablespoon-sized balls and place on the cookie sheet, sprinkling lightly with coarse salt. Bake cookies for 13-15 minutes, until the cookies start to become golden at the edges. Let the cookies cool on the cookie sheet so they don’t fall apart when trying to move them.

Chocolate Crack Cookies now on the Metigoshe Blog

You will NOT want to miss this recipe! As Bethany stated in her blog post, the staff at the Christian Center LOVES these cookies. One of our many favorites, the cookie jar needs to be refilled often when these are in the house! Click Here to view the recipe and try them out for yourself. You will not be disappointed.

Chocolate Crack Cookies

A favorite among the office staff, these marbled black and white cookies will satisfy that mid-afternoon chocolate craving (although we won’t judge if you find yourself sneaking one in the morning or as a midnight snack!)

Chocolate Crackle Cookies

Adapted from Martha Stewart’s Cookies

2 ¼ cups flour
¾ cup cocoa powder
1 tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 cups white sugar
2 large eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup powdered sugar, for rolling

Whisk together flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt in a bowl. In another bowl, beat butter and sugar until fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla, and mix until well-combined. Stir in flour mixture, stopping just when there are no dry streaks of flour left. Cover with plastic wrap and chill for at least an hour, until the dough is firmed up.

Preheat oven to 350⁰F. Scoop tablespoon-sized balls of dough into a dish of powdered sugar and roll around to cover completely. Place dough on a parchment-lined cookie sheet 3 inches apart (they spread quite a bit). Bake for 10-12 minutes, until set. Cool on the pan for a few minutes, then move to a cooling rack.

Quilts Now Available to View Online

The quilts have been arriving and they are now available on The Metigoshe Blog to view. As the quilts arrive, we will be posting photos of them. Check back often to see the beautiful works of art that people lovingly donate. Click Here to go to the Quilt Auction part of the Metigoshe Blog. Click on the name of each quilt to see the photographs.

Butterscotch Tapioca Pudding

If you’ve only ever had plain tapioca pudding, you’re missing out! This rich pudding is full of butterscotch flavor, and may even make a fan out of a former pudding-hater like myself.

Butterscotch Tapioca Pudding

Makes 4-5 servings

1 12 oz can evaporated milk
2 egg yolks
2/3 cup milk
3 tbsp instant or “minute” tapioca
¼ tsp kosher salt
3 tbsp unsalted butter
2/3 cup dark brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla

¼ cup heavy cream
2 tbsp plain yogurt (vanilla will work too, but add less sugar)
2 tsp sugar

Warm evaporated milk in a small saucepan until simmering, then reduce heat to low and keep warm.

Whisk egg yolks in a bowl, then add milk, tapioca, and salt, and let them rest for 5 minutes.

Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat, stir in the brown sugar, and cook until the sugar is melted and foamy, about 4 minutes. Gradually whisk in warm evaporated milk (it will bubble and steam, so be careful!), stirring until everything is smooth. Add the tapioca mix and cook until the pudding boils rapidly, about 3-4 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and whisk in vanilla. Divide between 4 or 6 cups, depending on the serving size you want, and cover with plastic wrap, pressing onto the surface to prevent a skin from forming. Chill for an hour or two, until set. Whip cream, yogurt, and sugar to soft peaks and dollop on pudding just before serving. If you have toffee bits around, it doesn’t hurt to add a nice sprinkle to the top either!

Metigoshe in Motion March Madness

Berthold Sunday School #3
We enjoyed another fun time with the youth at Zion in Berthold (and some youth from their sister church in Carpio)!  We sang some classic camp songs, enjoyed some good ol’ games such as Frogger and Watermelon Patch, and learned about God’s Love and how we should also love one another.  In the middle of the event we popped over to worship happening in the sanctuary and helped lead the youth in sharing some camp songs with the congregation.  We also shared one of our favorite skits: The Love Box.  Then we went back to finish up our Bible studies and make some crafts: Faux Tie Dye Hearts! 


Metigoshe Lutheran Family Fun #2
Though our group was a bit small, we had some mighty good fun together.  Because we were in the season of Lent, our topic was Lent!  Together we learned about this season of reflecting on our struggles and how Jesus died on the cross for us.  We adventured together in songs, games, and crafting.  A highlight was an activity of trust where one partner was blindfolded and the other guided them around the sanctuary with their voice.  It demonstrated the struggles and also how Jesus is always there for us and knows our pains, even when we don’t think He does.  We wrapped up our time together by creating and sharing some holy week poetry. 

Bread of Life Council
Meeting with councils and leadership groups is one of Jenn’s favorite events.  This event was focused on creating conversations around the vision and values of Bread of Life.  Great insight was developed together.  The group also engaged in some silly activities to get the brain juices flowing. 

Rolla Worship #4
Hard to believe this was our fourth and final worship service of this MIM year with Our Savior’s in Rolla.  We again used our MIM Liturgy that utilizes camp songs from our Camp CD’s.  We engaged with the youth by singing a camp song together and sharing the children’s message.  Additionally, we helped Pastor Mark read the Gospel for the day using a scripted version of the reading.  It was an interactive way to dive deeper in the Gospel (which was a longer one!). Thank you to the congregation for having us these past four events!

Another monthly event with the youth at East Housing in Dunseith.  The weather was fantastic this time around!  We started off by shooting some hoops and playing on the playground equipment.  The mud made for an extra challenge!  Inside their community building, we continued some games (without our muddy boots on!), read a Bible story, and made some crafts (God’s Eyes and bracelets).  A small meal of sloppy joes was shared and we sang Happy Birthday to celebrate one youth’s special birthday.  We look forward to one more event in April before our camp season starts!



Stanley Church School and LYO
They say time flies when you’re having fun, and that’s no lie when it comes to Church School at American Lutheran in Stanley!  This time around, we enjoyed some fellowship while snacking together and then webt straight into learning about God’s Forgiveness: how it makes us clean again and we don’t have to work for that forgiveness – it is freely given.  To demonstrate this, we tried to clean some old pennies with two different things, but that didn’t work out…The two things needed to be combined to clean the pennies!  When that happened, the pennies looked brand new! 

After their Lenten service we hung out with the LYO youth while sharing God’s Forgiveness again, but in older kid terms 😉  There was some quality acting involved.







New Cookie Recipe on Metigoshe Blog

A new recipe is on the Metigoshe Recipe Blog. This is the perfect cookie recipe to whip up and have available for expected or unexpected guests this spring. It is also the perfect snack to put in a lunchbox for your kids, spouses, etc. Click Here to go to the blog and to view all the “deliciousness”!

Ranger Cookies

Sturdy enough to pack along for your next hike, these Ranger cookies remind me of granola in cookie form!

Ranger Cookies

½ cup butter, room temp
½ cup sugar
½ cup brown sugar, packed
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
¾ cup all-purpose flour
½ cup whole wheat flour
½ tsp baking powder
¼ tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
1 cup rolled oats
1 cup flaked or shredded coconut
½ cup each raisins and dried cranberries

Preheat oven to 375⁰F. Cream together butter and sugars until fully combined, scraping down the sides half way through. Add in egg and vanilla and mix to combine. Stir in dry ingredients just until combined, scraping the bottom of the bowl to make sure everything is evenly mixed.

Drop dough by tablespoons on a lined or greased cookie sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes, until the edges are golden and the middles are set.

Newsletter and April Monthly Update Now Available

The Metigoshe Newsletter for the spring and the April Monthly Update and Family Devotions are now available for your reading pleasure. The semi-annual newsletter will fill you in on what has been happening at Metigoshe Ministries since last fall, plus let you in on everything coming up in the future. The April Monthly Update will give you information on our upcoming retreats and annual meeting. The Family Devotions is a wonderful resource for all to use. Click Here to view all of the publications.

Hashbrown Breakfast Bake

This tasty breakfast bake is perfect for feeding a crowd, and even better because you can assemble it the night before! Swap in other meats (like ham), greens, or cheese to make it your own.

Hashbrown Breakfast Bake (serves 12-15)

1 pound mild Italian sausage, cooked
1 onion, diced and sautéed in the sausage grease or olive oil
8 eggs
½ cup milk
20 oz frozen hashbrowns, thawed
8 oz grated cheddar cheese
10 oz frozen greens (like spinach or kale), thawed and squeezed out
Salt & pepper to taste (a few dashes of hot sauce are also nice here, if that’s your thing)

Preheat oven to 350⁰F. Grease a 9×13 pan and set aside. Combine all the ingredients in a bowl, keeping back about 1 cup of cheese for the top later. Pour into the greased pan. If needed, place in fridge to bake in the morning. Bake for 35 minutes, top with the reserved cheese, and bake for another 8 minutes. If the top starts getting too brown at any point, cover the pan with foil. Remove from oven when the middles is baked all the way through, and let the breakfast bake rest, covered with foil, for 10-15 minutes. Serve and enjoy!

Grace-Filled Gardens Coming in April

Spring is here and now is the time to start planning for the beautiful weather. Our gardening retreat is the perfect place to begin! Grace-Filled Gardens will be April 21-22. The cost of the retreat is $95. Join others who have the love of gardening and learn different gardening techniques, along with fun conversation and fellowship.  As always, you will enjoy comfy accommodations and delicious home-cooked meals. Register online now.

February Metigoshe in Motion Events

Bread of Life Story Core Retreat

This was the third year we had the Bread of Life Story Core youth join us at the Christian Center for a retreat filled with fun, games and diving into the Word. Each year the group has learned about a topic related to the church such as worship and baptism.  This year we learned about communion–where it came from and why communion is so important to us. A unique part about this retreat is the bonding the group encounters.  They already know each other, but spending intentional time together at the retreat grows that bond even more.  We even do a fun collaborative art project together.  We also found an opportunity to go sledding and play in the snow at Camp.  #SnowMuchFun!
















Berthold Sunday School Extravaganza #2

The second of four events with Zion Lutheran Church in Berthold. We had fun hanging out with the kids during Sunday School, as we played games, sang songs and learned more about forgiveness and how we are to forgive others as Jesus forgave us. Our next event with this church will be in March.

Another Mayville Lock-In

Our second lock in with Mayville Lutheran Church. This time we welcomed twelve 4th-8th graders. We learned about forgiving our neighbor and how we should forgive others as Jesus forgave us. We also enjoyed some great lock-in games such as Hungry, Hungry Hippos and Sardines!  To top things off we had the youth join in to learn a camp skit and then share it at church the next day.

Church Services at the Mayville parish sites

The Sunday following our lock-in, we lead worship services for three congregations in the parish using the MIM Liturgy that is made up of camp songs. We also put on a skit about forgiveness during the children’s sermon time.  Some of the youth from our lock-in were at one of the services, so they were able to join us! The congregations we lead services for were Gran, Mayville Lutheran and UCC.  It was great fun to meet many people, but we didn’t have too much time to get to know them as we had to rush to the next service! 


Our time hanging out with the kids at East Dunseith Housing this month was great fun.  We had some nice weather which made for some fantastic snowballs.  We walked around with the kids throwing snowballs at each other and ended up playing some snowball basketball.  We went inside to warm up a bit, do some fun crafts, and enjoy a quick snack. Stanley

Our first of four events with American Lutheran Church in Stanley. We “camp-ified” their Wednesday Church School for preschool-6th grade youth.  We played the “Connected Name Game,” learned about what it means to be the “Body of Christ,” loudly sang some camp songs, and decorated a puzzle piece to show our part in the Body of Christ.  We will continue to explore this theme with them in March and April.

Sunday Worship in Rolla #3

For our third worship service with Our Savior’s Lutheran in Rolla, we continued to use the new MIM Liturgy.  This liturgy is made up of camp songs that can be found on the camp CDs.  It was fun to see some of the congregation remembering the words and actions to the songs!  We also shared a children’s message with some tootsie rolls and a camp sticker.    After the service, we were able to enjoy a classic Lutheran potluck and hang out with the congregation.  Our next worship service with them will be at the end of March.



New Cookie Recipe on Metigoshe Blog

Tired of the snow and winter? Here is a recipe to help tolerate the cold, snowy days. Bethany’s Hot Cocoa Cookies are always one of the favorites at the Christian Center, and it seems that she needs to keep filling the cookie jar when these are available! Click Here to access the recipe on our blog.

Hot Cocoa Cookies


I first discovered these cookies in college, and since then they’ve become one of my signature cookies. I’m sure I first made these cookies as a way to put off homework, but I’ve since made them for cookie contests, to make new friends and say good-bye to old ones moving on, and once to thank someone for pulling my car out of the snow. Really, any occasion can be a Hot-Cocoa-Cookies occasion.

Hot Cocoa Cookies

1 c. salted butter, room temp
2/3 c white sugar
2/3 c brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla
3 ¼ c flour
½ c hot chocolate mix (4 packets)
1 ¼ tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 c each semi-sweet, milk, and white chocolate chips

Cream butter and sugars until fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla and beat til combined. Mix in dry ingredients just until combined, and then add in chips. Chill for at least 1 hour, or overnight. Drop dough by spoonfuls on a greased or lined baking sheet. Bake at 350 for 9-11 minutes. These cookies are best slightly underdone. Enjoy with a cup of coffee, a tall glass of milk or, if you’re a “more-is-more” type of person, a cozy mug of hot cocoa.

Cook’s Corner:
You may wonder if you really need to refrigerate cookie dough like the recipe tells you to, or if you can just bake it right away. While most cookies won’t be ruined by skipping the big chill, it’s an easy way to up your cookie game. Chilling makes the butter solid again, which means that when the cookies bake the fat melts slower and they don’t spread as much. Also, spending time in the fridge means that all the ingredients have a chance to mingle, which gives you a more interesting, complex flavor in exchange for just a little patience. Give it a try sometime!



January Metigoshe in Motion News

Family Fun Night – Metigoshe Lutheran
We enjoyed a fun evening of games, singing, creating, and learning about God with our families on Friday evening.  Our theme was “Keep Calm” where we learned about Jesus calming the storm.  Kids and adults had the opportunity to act out one the story by playing a disciple, Jesus, or the storm.  Acting out the storm was the kids’ favorite one.  We attempted to create some origami boats to remind us about the story and then created a Family Faith Kit to take home and use as a family later on.  Overall it was a great night for some fun, especially after being cooped up inside from all the cold, cold weather we’ve had!








Super Duper Sunday School Extravaganza
The first of four events with Zion Lutheran Church in Berthold. We had fun hanging out with the kids during Sunday School playing games (watermelon patch!), singing songs and learning more about the Bible and what it means to us. We each shared stories and learned that Jesus read some of the same stories (old testament) we do today!  We finished our time with a fun craft and singing No One Is An Island.







This was our first time hanging out with kids at East Housing (part of the Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation) this year.  We are glad the weather held up for us this time!  It was good to see the crew there and meet a few new faces. We played some games outside, had some good fun in the snow, and enjoyed a quick snack.  (no pictures were taken as it was cold and we were having too much fun to remember a picture!)

Sunday Worship – Rolla
This was worship service number two for us at Our Savior’s Lutheran in Rolla. This time we created a new liturgy with camp songs that can be found on any one of our CDs. We also had the children sing a few songs with us during the service. The congregation was very responsive to the service and we are looking forward to joining them again in February and March!  (we still need to work on taking pictures at this type of event!)


Spring Trek Returning to Minneapolis Area

Join Metigoshe Ministries on the annual Spring Trek. We do all the planning, driving and purchasing of the tickets to events so you can just hop on the bus and “enjoy the ride!” See the poster for further details, or call 701-263-4788 with any questions.

Nutmeg Slices

Nutmeg Slices

From “Fika: the Art of the Swedish Coffee Break ” by Anna Brones and Johanna Kindvall

Nutmeg slices are a nice twist on traditional shortbread cookies. The spices make them a nice addition to Christmas trays, but they’re perfect with a cup of coffee all year long.

Makes approximately 40 cookies   

2/3 cup packed brown sugar
1 tbsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp ground ginger
17 tbsp unsalted butter, room temp
2 cups flour

In a large bowl, mix together the sugar and spices. Add the butter and cream together until well-blended. Mix in the flour and work together with your hands until you get a firm dough.
Cover the dough and chill for at least 30 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 350⁰. Grease a baking pan or line with parchment paper.
Divide the dough into 4 parts and roll each into a log about 14 inches long. Place 2 logs on a baking sheet and flatten. Press each log with the back of a fork along the length to make a pretty design.
Bake the logs in two batches for 15-17 minutes, until the edges are just turning golden brown. Let cool for a few minutes, then slice each log into 10 cookies on the angle. Let the slices cool on the tray. If you are using the same cookie sheet for both batches, let it cool completely before using it for the next batch.
Store in an airtight container.