WAPAKONETA — On Saturday, Oct. 7, the Petersburg Parishes will present a unique, fun opportunity to learn pie making from an expert, Pie Lady Sue Lengerich, a retired home economics teacher and New Knoxville resident. The churches will offer two pie baking classes, 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. in the St. Joseph Parish Life Center (off Blackhoof Street in Wapakoneta).
Lengerich will demonstrate and bake — with the students — one crust pies, two crust pies, pies with pre-baked crusts, fill-and-bake pies, etc. She will provide an ingredients list (approximately a week before the class), with each student choosing the type of pie he/she wants to make and providing the ingredients for that specific kind of pie. The cost is $5 per person and a pledge: to provide a home-baked pie for the Wapakoneta Community Thanksgiving Dinner hosted at St. Joseph in November. Class size is limited to 20 participants per session.
“We recall the Book of Ecclesiastes, ‘There is nothing better for mortals than to eat and drink, and find enjoyment in their toil. This also, I saw, is from the hand of God.’ We’re sure that the author of Ecclesiastes would have included pie in his or her encouragement ‘to find enjoyment’! And yet few 21st century Americans make the time for this wonderful baking tradition, an event that can bring together the whole family,” said organizer Rachel Barber, who serves as the Regional Life Coordinator for the Petersburg Parishes. “The holidays will soon be here. What better time could there be to make (and eat) pie?”
The pies made during the Oct. 7 classes will then be saved for a Petersburg pie party, which will be held after the 4:30 p.m. Mass at St. Joseph Oct. 7. Students and Mass attendees are invited to stay after church for a light meal — roast beef sandwiches, chips, a vegetable tray, and drinks, followed by the showstopper pies that have been made during the day’s classes.
“We hope that this will be a wonderful time for food and fellowship, all bonded together with some great pie,” said Barber.
Register by contacting the St. Joseph Office, 419-738-2115. The deadline to register/make payment is Wednesday, Oct. 4., or until the classes are filled.
The Petersburg Parishes are served by the Rev. Patrick Sloneker, pastor, and the Rev. Sean Wilson, associate pastor. The Petersburg Pastoral Region includes Botkins Immaculate Conception, Fryburg St. John, Rhine St. Lawrence, and Wapakoneta St. Joseph churches, and is so named for the now-vanished Petersburg settlement (between Wapakoneta and Botkins) from which the parishes emerged in the 19th century.