On Sunday, November 19, Jackson Grove will be holding our annual Lord’s Acre Celebration. Lord’s Acre is a special time that has been celebrated at our church for many years. Each fall, we dedicate the Sunday before Thanksgiving as Lord’s Acre Sunday. This tradition began more than 50 years ago for Jackson Grove.
“Since a church, like a home, requires constant upkeep, Jackson Grove needed a fund to be replenished annually. In 1959, Jackson Grove instituted the Lord’s Acre program. Gilreath Turner, superintendent of the Sunday School, asked every member to undertake a project to bring in money for a special offering. Turner, with his brother Wayne, set aside one acre of cotton. Edward Bradley raised a hog. When the offerings came in that first year around Thanksgiving, proceeds were sufficient to waterproof, tile, and paint the basement. The Lord’s Acre remains an important part of the giving of the church.”
–Excerpt from History of Jackson Grove United Methodist Church 1831-1981
by Lou Alice Flynn Turner and Doris Coleman Gilreath
Today, this celebration is sort of a homecoming for Jackson Grove. It’s the day that members, old and new, return to the church, a day we all spend a little extra time together as we join in fellowship while enjoying the always delicious meal, and a day we thank God for the bounty and blessings He has provided us throughout the year. On Lord’s Acre Sunday, our worship service will begin at 11:00 am and will be a mostly musical service featuring Off Duty, a talented, local bluegrass group. Following the service, we will gather in our fellowship hall for a covered-dish lunch. Please join us, and bring your favorite food to share. We hope to see you and all of your friends and family there!
As Pastor of Jackson Grove UMC, I am so happy to welcome you to our website and to our congregation! We pray you will be blessed by visiting here and will be encouraged to visit us in person. We worship every Sunday morning at 9:45 am.
We are all on a journey to discover the abundant life God intends for each of us and we are all in different places on that journey. We at Jackson Grove are ready to welcome you and have you join us as we share our journeys. We look forward to making you feel at home here at Jackson Grove, a place where you can relax and enjoy what God has in store!
Please accept our invitation to join us Sunday morning at Jackson Grove UMC. We look forward to meeting you and sharing with you our faith and love in Jesus Christ!
– Pastor Brenda