The church’s annual Lord’s Acre sale is on Friday, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Breakfast, served both days, is a big draw for many attendees each year and includes cathead biscuits, gravy, sausage and ham. The handmade, fresh fried pies sell like hotcakes. Then at lunchtime Friday, the menu will expand to lunch and supper items including soup beans and cornbread and more.
The sale is a major fundraiser for the church’s effort to pay off its Life Center, in which the sale will take place. The church’s concept is that the space isn’t just a fellowship hall, but serves as a community center as well, hosting various groups through church programs — from elementary students about to start a new school year, to local teachers, volunteer firefighters and high school seniors on the verge of graduation, to name a few.
Another expected bestseller is homemade apple butter, produced by church members during an apple butter stir-off just last weekend. The apple butter is just one of many choices attendees will have from the sale’s canned goods selection. Other popular items include green beans (half-runners or turkey craws), pickled beets, homemade vegetable soup, pickles, chow chow, corn relish, sweet relish, squash pickles, tomatoes, salsa and various jams or jellies.
In all, they have more than 1,500 jars of canned goods on hand.
And in addition to new crafts, homemade baked goods and the aforementioned canned goods, the sale also features handmade crafts, homemade baked goods, and a “new to you” rummage sale room.
Hiltons Memorial United Methodist Church is located at 2869 Hilton Road, Gate City, Va., 24251. That’s its mailing address. To get to the church, follow the signs off U.S. 23 toward the Carter Fold. Shortly after you pass an under-construction Dollar General, turn left at an Exxon. A short distance after that turn, the road will make a sharp right to become A.P. Carter Highway toward the Fold. To get to the church, however, you’ll need to turn sharply left onto Hilton Road instead.