32nd annual RUMC pasty sale begins Monday


Continuing a tradition that began in 1977, Rockford United Methodist Church (RUMC) will be holding this year’s autumn pasty sale from Monday, Nov. 2 through Thursday, Nov. 5. The twice-yearly sales are the church’s largest fundraisers.

In a labor of love over four days, 100+ church volunteers will joyfully gather together to turn the church’s kitchen into a beehive of activity. After the production’s certification by the Kent County Health Department, volunteers under the 10-year leadership of food service trained Kris Hassan will produce an astounding 6,000 pasties (5,400 were made and sold at the spring sale).

For the uninitiated a “pasty” is a half moon pastry case filled with meat and vegetables that is extremely popular in the U.P.

The RUMC pasties will require 1,100 lbs. of flour, 800 lbs. of USDA lean ground beef and pork, 700 lbs. of peeled and shredded baking potatoes, 150 lbs. of rutabagas, 100 lbs. of mild onions, and other closely held “secret” ingredients. The filling of each pasty is then wrapped in pastry dough and baked to a golden brown needing only to be reheated when serving.

Each pasty is a generously portioned and delicious meal in itself. At this time of year hunters at deer camp especially enjoy them. Presto! One has only to reheat a foil-wrapped pasty in the campfire, add a topping of choice (if desired) and enjoy.

Hassan has deferred personal praise over the years to the hundreds of church volunteers that have made this fundraiser a huge success not only for the church but also for the greater community as a whole. “Without enthusiastic volunteers who return every year, this would not be possible,” said Hassan.

From the beginning RUMC has always donated 10% of the net proceeds to local charities. This year, as in recent years, a check representing 10% will be donated to North Kent Service Center. NKSC will use the monies to multiply their buying power to stock their shelves with foodstuffs.

This delicious mealtime entrée will go fast. All 6,000 will be sold by the end of the four-day sale. So come early and stock your freezer for the cold winter months ahead. Pasties are a real value at $3.00 each ($7.25 in the U.P.). Monday and Tuesday only – orders of a dozen or more – will be $33.00 per dozen (making them $2.75 ea.).

The RUMC pasty sale hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the church located at 159 Maple Street in downtown Rockford. Just follow the signs and enter through door off the church’s parking lot.

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