United Methodist Women of Perryville turn fried pies into funds for local and worldwide mission

Brenda Reeder, Blair Langston and Patsy Womack prepare pie crust dough as part of what’s become known as Fried Pie Week at Perryville UMC. The United Methodist Women and other helpers raised nearly $4,000 for mission through the pie sale. COURTESY PHOTO

Brenda Reeder, Blair Langston and Patsy Womack prepare pie crust dough as part of what’s become known as Fried Pie Week at Perryville UMC. The United Methodist Women and other helpers raised nearly $4,000 for mission through the pie sale.
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The United Methodist Women of Perryville UMC support a number of local, state, national and international organizations. To raise funds for these varied projects, the women have created an annual tradition: the sale of handmade fried pies. People of Perry County and surrounding areas have given generous support to this event, which has led to increasing pie sales each year. This year, approximately 2,600 pies were sold, raising $3,800.

A lot of hard work goes into making the fried pies, but everyone has a lot of fun and it’s all done for God’s glory. The 2014 Fried Pie Week began Sunday, Nov. 2 after worship and finished Friday, Nov. 7.

Monies from the fried pie sales will be used locally to support Partners for Progress, Vacation Bible School, Glenhaven Youth Ranch, Single Parent Scholarships, backpacks and school supplies, New Beginnings and local jail ministries. Beyond Perry County, the church’s United Methodist Women also sponsor Methodist Family Health, the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) and Camp Aldersgate. International mission work is supported through one of the church’s former members who now serves as a missionary in Tanzania; by providing P.E.T. (Personal Energy Transportation) vehicles in developing countries for individuals who have mobility issues; and to aid in recovery from the 2014 flooding in the Philippines.

—submitted by Ida Rose