Lord's Acre Day tradition continues Nov. 3
The folks at Powell Butte Christian Church have been busy preparing — preparing for their 72nd Annual Lord's Acre Day.
They invite the community to their fall bazaar, barbecue and festival this Saturday, Nov. 3 in Powell Butte.
"It's just a fun day to come and take in, but it's a part of our welcoming community and having fellowship with folks and spreading the gospel," said Lord's Acre Day Chairman Clay Penhollow, whose grandfather was the minister who initiated the event in November of 1947.
The original concept of the annual function was that each farm family would donate the yield from one acre of land to the Lord's work, thus the name Lord's Acre.
"It's changed over the years," Penhollow said. "There just aren't as many farmers and ranchers anymore, so we don't always get meat donations. So, we sometimes will have to purchase a bit of the meat to make the barbecue function correctly."
But, the tradition continues as it has for seven decades.
Coffee will be available starting at 7 a.m., but most activities get started at 9 a.m.
Registration for the 10K run and 5K run/walk begins at 7:30 a.m. with races beginning at 9 a.m. Race-day registration is $30.
Meat sales begin at 9 a.m. in the neighboring Powell Butte Community Charter School cafeteria, featuring a variety of locally grown beef and pork meat cuts as well as the Lord's Acre breakfast sausage.
"Our breakfast sausage is pretty famous, so people come especially for that," Penhollow said.
The Country Store opens at 9 a.m. in the Powell Butte School gymnasium. Church members have created and donated the Country Store merchandise, which includes crafts, Western decor, garden art, candy, novelties and antiques.
The bakery opens at 9 a.m. in the worship center, featuring cinnamon rolls and whole pies. Shoppers can choose from apple, cherry, marionberry, tri-berry, strawberry-rhubarb, rhubarb, peach, mincemeat, pumpkin, pumpkin-pecan and many cream-filled pie varieties.
Pieces of pie are also sold in the church fellowship hall and at the church annex.
"A fair amount of the supplies for candy and pies are donated, but we generally buy the fruit and filling for the pies. Except rhubarb. Rhubarb always gets donated," Penhollow chuckled.
A free concert featuring worship music begins at 10:30 a.m. in the church worship center.
The barbecue starts at 11:30 a.m. and includes pit-roasted beef, lamb and ham, baked potato, beans and all the fixings. Cost is $10 per person.
"The barbecue is always good," Penhollow said, adding that it always draws a crowd.
The Country Auction begins at 1:30 p.m. in the school gym and features quilts, afghans, specialty items, hay, firewood and more.
"We always have our quilts. The ladies make handmade quilts throughout the year," Penhollow said, adding that a restored antique dresser and other furniture will also be sold in the auction.
The folks who organize Lord's Acre Day have made a few changes over the years to keep up with the modern times. They added the craft bazaar a number of years ago, and the 10K and 5K races were added 15 years ago.
Penhollow said the races have become very popular and get more participants each year.
"It used to be the only thing that weekend, and people would come and spend the whole day, and some still do," Penhollow said of Lord's Acre Day. "Nowadays, some people just come and check out the crafts, and then they're on to the next place that has crafts. We're not the only thing that Saturday anymore."
The Powell Butte Christian Church congregation has about 400 members, and the funds raised at Lord's Acre Day cover major maintenance projects, scholarships for students attending Bible colleges, and missions.
"The last few years, we've probably been grossing about $70,000, and we have expenses, of course," Penhollow said, adding that they don't set out to raise a specific amount. "It's all faith-based, so we just get what we get."
Lord's Acre Day
Date: 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3
Place: Powell Butte Christian Church, 13720 SW Highway 126, and Powell Butte Community Charter School, 13650 SW Highway 126, in Powell Butte
For more information, visit powellbuttechurch.com or call 541-548-3066.