Antioch Ranch exists to provide a place for people to find refreshment with God, Family, Friends and Nature.
A warm hello to you dear friends and family!!
A photo was taken in our orchard that shows an old Redwood stump with a young fruit tree coming out of its center. We love it! Spring is about here and it looks to be beautiful here in Mendocino after a rather wet winter. We are excited to to see who will be coming to visit Antioch Ranch this year. It is always fun to re-experience former guests as well as meet new folks coming for the first time. Thanks to many of you who recommend Antioch Ranch to others.
Our Spring guests like to watch the whales move along our coast as they head north after spending the cold winter away from Alaska. Locally there are tourist boats that actually go out and “visit” these traveling whales. Sound like fun?
OUR 20 ACRES
Looking out our dining room window reminds us of what a beautiful 20 acres we are blessed to live on. The story of how God arranged all this is so very remarkable and affirming of His love and purpose in our being here. Some of our story is on our website and we can always share more with you when you come next time if you are interested.
The pruning chore of our plum, apple, pear and persimmon trees has been pretty successful, thanks to our family. Our usual pruning crew family was not able to come this year, so we all pitched in and picked up the slack. Having grand-kids and their parents is fantastic. Oh yes, I have a pruning theology, or it might be better to call it some “pruning church principles” that I might share with you one of these times. Or you can ask me the next time you are with us if you are interested.
TIMES OF STRESS
We are aware of a growing number of our friends, as well as family members and former guests who are going through rough times in their lives these days That might even be true of you as well. Our main strategy is to bring these folks before God in prayer. He is an encourager and has provided some remarkable answers for those in need of help. Reading chapters in the Psalms has helped us as well.
FROM OUR GUEST BOOK
Here are some guest book responses that were written for us. We love the encouragement we feel as we read them and picture the folks who wrote them.
“Dear Jerry & Pat, I really loved being here.”
“We enjoyed playing that game you taught us.”
“Like most males, my husband had a great time stoking the wood stove.”
“We are determined to make our visits more frequent & regular.”
“You guys own and run a great place and I love everything about it.”
“We needed to come back here to reconnect.”
WHY I LOVE ANTIOCH RANCH
Some reasons from me (Jerry)
I love Antioch Ranch for at least the following 15 reasons. In our last newsletter I elaborated on a few.
1. We are close to the ocean. Our past roots are in Los Angeles, Aruba and Casablanca, so Mendocino fits.
2. The story of how God led us to these 20 acres in 1965 is nothing less than remarkable.
3. The history of the 1970’s, our “Hippie ministry” days, and the building of our guest houses.
4. The awesome people who have been our guests over these years.
5. Our personal history that prepared us for these years.
6. Raising our kids here and experiencing our amazing grandkids.
7. Walking 1/8 mile to our mailbox. (good exercise!)
8. Our very precious neighbors.
9. These 100 ft. Redwoods all around our property.
10. No more animals to care for. (It was fun 1965-1980!)
11. We can pass all this on to our kids.
12. Six houses on property that was zoned for 1 house per 20 acres when we bought it. (An amazing story, and we are legal now!)
13. Pat’s eye for decor.
14. God’s gracious and faithful provision for us over these years.
15. The way God meets so many of the folks who come here.
TWO OF OUR GUEST HOUSES
Our Americana House
It has 2 bedrooms, a large kitchen, a bathroom with shower, a large living room with a piano, a nice sized deck and a bar-b-q. The apple trees have delicious apples for our guests in season.
Our “Hammer House”
It was named by our daughter in the 1960’s where her dad (me) hammered away in the initial building of it. Upstairs: master bedroom, small bedroom with bunk beds, ½ bathroom. Downstairs: small bedroom, full bathroom, kitchen, dining room and nice sized living room.
For the next few months our Cabin is unoccupied. We would like to rent it out a week at a time to either an individual or a couple who need to “get away.” Because it is a bit rustic we will only charge $350 for the 7 day week. You can see inside photos on our website. www.antiochranch.com If you are interested give us a call. 707-937-5570
Thanks to all of you who keep tabs on our health these days, especially after Jerry's lymphoma several years ago. Latest doctor's check-up shows no cancer in the blood work. Thank you for your prayers.
Our health is fine, we have rental bookings coming in ahead of the season; the pruning of our fruit trees is getting done slowly but surely, but we sure miss the family that was able to help for so many years. The roofing on a shed that blew off in the storm has been fixed; no leaks, no mold, no damage with two trees that went down and took the wires between our house and the one across the street. Our generator works, and we were able to get thru four days with no power, like Pioneers. I love that feeling: with the Lord's Grace and help we can cook on propane or wood stoves, have gravity-fed water, heat a pot of water for bathing, use lanterns until the power returns and be warm and cozy. We have such good neighbors too, who check in or come over if needed. One of our neighbors has made a list of those who are near us on this part of our road. She sent phone numbers for emergency use and communication, like an unofficial Neighborhood Watch. So, so much to be grateful for. I am reminded to pray often during these cold days for refugees who have none of the above.
We'd love to have you partake of the Whale Festival in March. The Chamber of Commerce has divided the events into three geographical areas and dates, the first 3 weekends rotate from Mendocino, to Little River, then Fort Bragg. Check out http://mendowhale.com for activities for the family.
After a big electrical outage during one storm several months ago, a surge killed Jerry's computer. Mine was aging rapidly too, so... we now have a new computer each. It involved a steep learning curve at first but is much easier now. We are also grateful for the many hours Brieann and staff at Sage's Computer spent getting us set up again. Sadly, in the transfer of data to the new machines, we lost about 168 names and addresses of people who still wanted our newsletter on paper rather than e-mail. If you know anyone wondering why they have not heard from us, please have them write Jerry at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will quickly add them to the list.
Bye for now all you dear people . . . . Jerry & Pat