Breckenridge Texan

FUMC members bake pies in preparation for annual Turkey Dinner

FUMC members bake pies in preparation for annual Turkey Dinner
October 13
08:55 2019

Last Wednesday, a group of women gathered in the kitchens of Breckenridge’s First United Methodist Church. They were busy chopping pecans and mixing up the filling for dozens of pecan pies to be served at the church’s annual Turkey Dinner.

Linda Burdic mixes up the filling for the pecan pies in preparation for First United Methodist Church’s annual Turkey Dinner. (Photo by Tony Pilkington/ Breckenridge Texan)

This is the 73rd year for the pre-Thanksgiving event, which was started in 1947 by church member Margaret Hallauer. In its earliest days, the event served hamburgers and coincided with a church bazaar. A few years later, the meal was changed to a turkey dinner and nowadays includes a bake sale and gift items for sale in a “Country Store.”

The Turkey Dinner will be served from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 14, in the church’s Christian Life Center at 419 W. Walker St. It will include turkey, dressing, cranberry sauce, green beans, new potatoes, fruit salad, roll, and pecan or pumpkin pie. Drinks will include coffee, tea or water.

Tickets cost $12 each and go on sale today, Oct. 13. They may be purchased from any church member, or at the church office, First National Bank and InterBank. Take-out orders will be accepted. Tickets are limited and must be purchased in advance.

To prepare for the dinner, church members started making pies week before last, baking 50 pumpkin pies and making the pie crusts for both the pumpkin and pecan pies.

On Oct. 9, they gathered again to make and bake 77 pecan pies from scratch. Included in the pie baking were Tracy Prater, Rosa Leveridge, Linda Leveridge, Darla Rominger, Sheila Tonne, Sue Lodor, Guyla White, Karen Duggan, Linda Burdic and Janice Smith.

The pies will be frozen until the Turkey Dinner. Everything else will be cooked and assembled on Nov. 14. The church sells hundreds of meals every year at the event. Funds raised through the event will be used to support a variety of church programs.

For more information, call FUMC at 254-559-8208.

Last week, Sheila Tonne, right, and Darla Rominger helped make some of the 77 pecan pies that will be served at First United Methodist Church’s Turkey Dinner on Nov. 14. Church members made 50 pumpkin pies the week before. (Photo by Tony Pilkington/ Breckenridge Texan)

Story by Carla McKeown/Breckenridge Texan

Cutline, top photo: From left, Sue Lodor, Linda Leveridge and Darla Rominger prepare the pecans for the pies on Wednesday, Oct. 9, in the kitchen of First United Methodist Church. (Photo by Tony Pilkington/Breckenridge Texan)

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