The church’s annual Lord’s Acre sale is Friday (8 a.m. to 8 p.m.) and Saturday (8 a.m. to 3 p.m.).
Breakfast, served both days, is a big draw for many attendees each year. So are the handmade, fresh fried pies in four flavors. At lunchtime Friday, the menu will expand to lunch and supper items including soup beans and cornbread and barbecue.
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, $7 per quart and $8 per quart, respectively), pickled beets, homemade vegetable soup, pickles, chow chow, corn relish, sweet relish, squash pickles, tomatoes, salsa and various jams or jellies.
And in addition to new crafts, homemade baked goods and the aforementioned canned goods, the sale also features a “new to you” rummage sale room.
An extra treat: the church’s brand new cookbook will hopefully make is debut.
Lisa Faust said the congregation hasn’t produced a cookbook in close to 30 years and decided it was time to capture many of the favorite recipes of the church’s members — especially the heirloom ones from older members. In all, the new cookbook includes more than 400 recipes submitted by church members, as well as some memories about the church and its members. Faust said the cookbooks were in shipment from the publisher as of Wednesday and it looked like the 300 copies would arrive in time for the sale. The cookbooks are $20 each.
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 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.