LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - A local church is becoming known as THE church to celebrate the Autumn season.
You'll find pumpkins surrounding Asbury United Methodist Church this weekend because it's having a Fall festival for a good cause it's calling Hog on the Hill.
The church's yearly pumpkin patch has become a popular one in Central Arkansas. For eight years now, the youth group at Asbury UMC has sold pumpkins to raise money for missions. But that's not the only way the church is making a difference in the community.
"It's a family-friendly festival. It's completely free," says Mary Hilliard, Asbury United Methodist Senior Pastor.
This Sunday the church will host Hog on the Hill, a barbecue cook-off and carnival complete with hayrides and a petting zoo. Proceeds go to The Van, a local group that helps the homeless.
"They go out and find the homeless and take things the homeless need and build relationships with them," she continues.
Pastor Hilliard say members of the church are passionate about serving and helping others.
"They're just wonderful. They have such a heart for Little Rock and one another," she adds.
From games to gourds, there will be lots of fun to be found at the event.
"There will be something for everyone, whether it's the hayride or some of the games or picking out a pumpkin that supports missions or eating good barbecue" says Hilliard.
The church wants to give families a fun and free event to celebrate the new season, all while giving back to those in need in the community.
Hog on the Hill is Oct. 15 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. come rain or shine. The church address is 1700 Napa Valley Drive.
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