Calling All Pastie Bakers

 Lansing First United Methodist Church has been baking delicious pasties for many years! It takes many hands to make the magic  (and, yes, lots of fun!) happen; and the baking event is planned carefully for delicious results every time. Please note we have adjusted the recent (and future) pastie bakes to accommodate the COVID-19 Pandemic: We socially-distance and wear our masks. Even so, in late August, we baked 347 pasties! The proceeds from the first pastie bake each year benefit the ministries of Lansing First United Methodist Women (UMW); the remaining pastie sale proceeds benefit the ministries of LANSING FIRST.

 Here is a snapshot of a day in the life of a LANSING FIRST Pastie Baker, or, put another way, the “birth of a Pastie.” The formula for each Pastie bake:
  • Early risers [ERs] prepare the dough at 7:00 am
  • Vegetable preparers [VPs] (onions, carrots, rutabagas, and potatoes) follow at 8:00 am.
  • The filling mixers [FMs] have their way with the filling ingredients at 9:00 am,
  • Holy rollers [HRs]  begin assembling the pasties about 9:30 am
    Then we bake as we go until all pasties are baked and set out to cool. 
  • Baggers [BGs] return about 3:00 pm to bag the pasties and put them in the church freezers. 
Whether you’re an experienced pastie-maker or a complete novice, we’d love your help!  Come join in the fun, and we’ll show you how it’s done! Anyone can wash, cut-up, shred, and/or chop vegetables — the more, the merrier — and the sooner we finish. We would love to show you (and any other “newbies”) how it’s done.
We always have fun, and now we have a newtradition” (isn’t that an oxymoron?).  We’re calling it a “First Fruits” lunch.  We break about 11:30 am and enjoy the “first fruits of our labors”. A few of the first pasties out of the oven for lunch (while they’re still hot)! Then we go back to work and finish the process. You can’t beat a pastie bake for good friends, camaraderie, a great pastie lunch, the satisfaction in a job well done, AND the joy of contributing to the ministries of UMW and/or LANSING FIRST .

Future baking dates coming soon. Please email Jan Blough at with any questions.