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 nine years, Lord’s Acre has raised money for the mission and ministry of the church as well as the community. On Saturday, Nov. 2, First United Methodist Church Van Alstyne will host the 10th annual Lord’s Acre Harvest Festival, rain or shine.


“We are so blessed and excited that we are celebrating our 10th Lord’s Acre this year,” Lord’s Acre chairman Dawn Velekei said. “Over the past nine years, the support of this community has helped distribute over $170,000 into ministries and missions in Van Alstyne, Grayson County, and abroad. Here in Van Alstyne alone, organizations including Kids Eat Free, Gayle’s Pantry, Special Olympics, Habitat for Humanity, and others have served those in need as a result of the generosity of this community.”


Still, Velekei said, there is still much to be done.


“We are just so thankful for those who support this event each and every year, both through donations and funds raised during the event,” Velekei said. “With the community of Van Alstyne behind us, we are looking forward to another great year.”


Athletic Director Mikeal Miller said the money given for the FCA breakfasts is “a blessing to all involved” that continues to grow.


“Any funds would be used for important items such as food, Bibles for the Seniors and Leadership Camp so this program can sustain and continue to invest and impact the lives of our young people here in Van Alstyne,” Miller said.


Another program that receives funding from this event is Kids Eat Free.


“The donation from Lord’s Acre allows us to continue feeding the hungry children of Van Alstyne during the summer and school holidays,” Kids Eat Free President Gretchen Madison said. “Because of this donation, we can help all families in need and have not had to turn anyone away.”


Kids Eat Free Board Treasurer Gail Dansby explained donations from events such as Lord’s Acre allow the community to learn about and help the needs and opportunities as it sheds light on childhood hunger.


“The board and families blessed by Kids Eat Free thank the Lord’s Acre committee for their generous donations to such a worthy cause,” Dansby said.


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. Children’s activities will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. A barbecue luncheon will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Sanford Activities Center.


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 and more.


The community is invited to come and share the day. The church is located at 303 S. Preston.