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Oktoberfest German Dinner

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October 26, 2019
Reservation only
3, 4:30, and 6 p.m.
$20 adults / $10 students and kids

The community is warmly invited to The Lutheran Church of Arcata’s Oktoberfest German Dinner on Saturday, October 26th. Join us for an authentic seasonal German menu and festive Old World atmosphere at one of three dinner settings: 3, 4:30, or 6 p.m. Now in its tenth year, this culinary event sells out early; so German food lovers and culinary tourists are encouraged to macht schnell and get their reservations as soon as possible by calling The Lutheran Church of Arcata at 822-5117, or emailing gwyn@lutheranchurcharcata.org. The requested donation is $20 adults; $10 students and kids.


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Oktoberfest 2019 at The Lutheran Church of Arcata will feature an authentic seasonal German menu showcasing Sauerbraten beef roasts marinated for a full week in a traditional wine vinegar-spice brine; rich gingersnap gravy; homemade Spätzle (German pasta sautéed in European butter); sweet-and-sour red cabbage (Suss-saures Rotkraut); crisp and tangy German style green salad with a sharp Bavarian vinaigrette; and garden fresh bacon-pear green beans (Birnen, Bohnen, und Speck).

Accompanying this meal will be a selection of freshly-baked German breads, prepared especially for the dinner by Arcata’s Beck’s Bakery, and crafted from all-organic, Humboldt County grown and locally ground grains. The breads, based on traditional German recipes, will be baked the very morning of the event, and, in addition to being served with the meal, loaves will be available for sale, while supplies last. Desserts will not disappoint – German Apfelstrudel and Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte (Black Forest Cake), as well as sundry other German pastries – all scratch made. To drink, an outstanding selection of imported German beers and wines will be available, as well as local fresh-pressed apple cider, coffee, tea, and lemon-kissed icewater.

The Oktoberfest meal is served tableside, family-style. Bavarian and fall-themed décor plus live accordion music complete the event’s festive Old World atmosphere. The reservation-only dinner will be presented in three settings: 3, 4:30, and 6 p.m. The requested donation is $20 adults; $10 students and kids. After expenses, funds raised at The Lutheran Church of Arcata’s Oktoberfest 2019 will be dedicated to Christian service and outreach in the greater Humboldt County community.

The Lutheran Church of Arcata conceived its annual Oktoberfest event as way of reaching out to the community with hospitality while celebrating Lutheranism’s unique heritage, which got its start in Wittenberg, Germany, with Augustinian monk, Martin Luther, and the Reformation in the 16th Century. Lutheran churches across America generally commemorate the posting of Luther’s Ninety-Five Theses in 1517 with a “Reformation Sunday” each year in late October. All are welcome for The Lutheran Church of Arcata’s Reformation Service: Sunday, October 27th, 10:00 a.m.

The Lutheran Church of Arcata was dedicated in 1972, when Arcata’s first two Lutheran congregations, Our Redeemer’s and Faith (both in Arcata since the early 1950’s), came together as one in a beautiful new church facility at the forest’s edge, near Arcata’s Redwood Park and the Humboldt State University campus.

The Lutheran Church of Arcata remains today a welcoming community of faith in the Lutheran Christian tradition. Lutheran Christianity embraces many elements of the historical Christian church, including a rich, ancient liturgical tradition, but the denomination is often characterized by three of Luther’s key tenets which challenged the authority of the Pope in the early 1500’s and helped set the Protestant Reformation in motion: Sola fide. Faith Alone. Sola gratia. Grace Alone. Sola scriptura. Scripture Alone. Lutherans have also been called “The Singing Church,” as Martin Luther proved to be as great a hymn-writer and beer-maker as he was reformer.