The Lord’s Acre Harvest Festival, a Methodist Church tradition, originated many years ago when farmers donated the proceeds of one acre’s harvest to their churches. For the past six years, Lord’s Acre has raised money for the mission and ministry of the church as well as the community. On Saturday, Nov. 5, First United Methodist Church, Van Alstyne will host the seventh annual Lord’s Acre Harvest Festival.

In the past six years, more than $109,000 has been raised and distributed throughout the community to various ministries both local and abroad. Among the many who benefit from this event are the Van Alstyne Senior Center, Meadowbrook Nursing home, Great Days of Service, Gayle’s Pantry, Kids Eat Free, Naomi’s Village in Africa, Wells of Joy, Boy Scout Troop, Kairos Prison Ministry, Habitat for Humanity, youth mission trips and more. Activities will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 303 S. Preston under the tent.

The festival will include a country store, children’s activities, pictures with Santa Claus and a silent auction. The country store will have handmade crafts, home-baked goods and gift items. Silent auction items will be on display under the big tent. Visitors can even have their pictures made with Santa Claus.

A barbecue luncheon will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Sanford Activities Center.

Reggie Collins will be the auctioneer for the live auction, which will begin at 1 p.m. This auction will include one-of-a kind items, various services, hand-crafted items, sports tickets, autographed memorabilia and much more.

The community is invited to come and share this day with them.