Decades ago, farmers didn't have cash tithes to offer their churches. But there was value in the fruits of labor, so farmers would pledge an acre of their fall harvest. From those offerings, the Lord's Acre was born.

First United Methodist Church of Glen Rose extended the autumnal celebration in the early 1960s by inviting the entire community to join in the fellowship, food and fun - and fundraising.

Since that time, area residents have gathered for the tradition, delivering funds to the church which are in turn distributed across the community.

"It's an all-around church fundraiser," festival chair Brett Nabors said. "The money raised goes into various funds, supporting youth missions, church activities and programs. The money raised also does a lot for the community through various outreach efforts." 

The event kicks off at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, when church members will offer an array of baked goods and arts and crafts for sale outside the FUMC Family Center on Barnard Street. 

Preschoolers and elementary-aged children are invited to take part in a fun-filled carnival organized by FUMC youth that includes a bean bag toss, face painting and other games.

"We will have lots of fun things going on," Pastor Billy Strayhorn said. "We are inviting the entire community to come and share in the celebration and try some of our great brisket."

The brisket dinner with all the fixings featuring the crowd-pleasing "Brother Billy's Really Good Rub," will be served from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Lunch tickets are $8 per person and can be purchased by calling Nabors at (254) 897-9254 or the church office at 897-2572.

For diners who can't enough of that mouth watering rub, which was created by Strayhorn and is said to be a crowd pleaser, a fresh batch will be available for purchase. 

"It's become a staple," Strayhorn, adding people say the blend is good on beef, shrimp, pork, eggs, potatoes and even popcorn. 

A silent and live auction will begin at 1 p.m. and, the festivities wrap up at about 3 p.m.