From May 29 to June 3, 12 youth and four adults from First Presbyterian Church in Newton visited Ghost Ranch at Abiquiu, N.M., and gave their time and labor on the ranch in the following ways: designed and constructed a water erosion project around Casa del Sol, stocked and prepared the gift shop for the summer program and assisted the office in organization and storage.


From May 29 to June 3, 12 youth and four adults from First Presbyterian Church in Newton visited Ghost Ranch at Abiquiu, N.M., and gave their time and labor on the ranch in the following ways: designed and constructed a water erosion project around Casa del Sol, stocked and prepared the gift shop for the summer program and assisted the office in organization and storage.
They also removed miles of old electric fencing so that the land could be used for horseback riding; weeded and cleared brush from the visitor’s center;  painted rooms and spent hours cleaning structures and facilities. They visited the Menaul School in Albuquerque, a mission of the Presbyterian Church USA since 1881, to tour and learn about their students and the new boarding program.
They also went horseback riding at Bishop’s Lodge in Santa Fe. Each evening they hiked some area of the ranch and they had closing communion at the Echo Canyon Amphitheatre Ghost Ranch Education and Retreat Center of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A), which grounds its life and program in reverence, hospitality for all people and respect for creation.
It offers education and spiritual growth to any who choose to avail themselves of the opportunities offered there, regardless of denomination, a news release stated.
“The inspiration provided by the spectacular beauty of the land, the majestic cliffs and rock formations at Ghost Ranch and the ever-changing colors have caused it to be referred to as the ‘magic place’ and a sanctuary of cultural, ethnic, religious and societal diversity; an open place for body, mind and spirit, offered to all who wish to experience its grandeur,” a new release stated.
For more infroamtion, see www.ghostranch.org.