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 8 years, Lord’s Acre has raised money for the mission and ministry of the church as well as the community.

On Nov. 3, First United Methodist Church Van Alstyne will host the 9th annual Lord’s Acre Harvest Festival. In the past 8 years, more than $109,000 have been raised and distributed throughout the community to various ministries both local and abroad. “Our prayer is that these funds will serve those in need and further God’s kingdom here on Earth,” said church spokeswoman Debbie Nance.

Among the many who benefit from this event are VA 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 trip, Hope Crossing Special Needs VBS, Special Olympics and more.

In November, the festival will include a country store, children’s activities, 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. Children’s activities will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. From 11 a.m. until 1 p.m., there will be a barbecue luncheon in the Sanford Activities Center. You can even have your picture made with Santa Claus.

Gary Hunter 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, vacation getaways, and much more.

The community is invited to come and share this day with us come rain or shine. The church is located at 303 S. Preston.