Presbyterian Mo-Ranch Assembly moved ahead on many fronts in recent months, continuing to improve its physical plant, starting new Christian programs and addressing long-term financial issues to make the conference center stronger in the decades to come.
Just uphill from Loma Linda Lodge, Inspiration Point was renovated during the winter from a brush-filled, hard-to-access place to an open, easily accessed location. It now features comfortable seating for individuals and small groups seeking a spot for solitude and reflection with a remarkable view of the Guadalupe River valley in both directions.
The renovation was made possible by gifts in memory of John Woodhouse of Houston, who ably served Mo-Ranch as a trustee until his death last year. A dedication ceremony with his family and friends was held in mid-April.
The garage apartments which were built in 1938 as staff housing next to Guest Lodge have been converted into two first-rate Casitas for guests. They can be rented separately or in connection with the next-door Guest Lodge.
The Triplex Apartments—one our most popular accommodations—were given major makeovers. New bathrooms, more comfortable furnishings, pleasant interiors and fully equipped kitchens now greet their occupants.
One Pheasant Run and two Flato rooms have been upgraded as models for improvements for all private rooms. If you would like to help support this effort, please contact Development Director Karen Langley (email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 512-627-8664).
Work continues on the Holm Native Plants area and the Jordan Welcomescape. Mo-Ranch is now gathering seeds and propagating native trees and plants for future planting. And, the removal of water-sapping ashe juniper trees from the area west of Wynne/Flato lodges continues.
The addition of a storage area adjacent to the Main Auditorium for chairs and other items makes it easier for Meeting Services to set up that building for events, and eliminates the clutter of stacked chairs around the auditorium.
Dining services added new and improved stairways on the north and east sides of the King Dining Hall, and comfortable rocking chairs to the front entrance patio.
A donation by St. Philip Presbyterian Church of Houston allowed the Housekeeping Department to purchase a special floor-cleaning machine which will speed-up and improve the cleaning of the Main Auditorium floor and other similar floors around the ranch.
Mo-Ranch Programs saw a nine percent growth in attendance during 2013.
Last winter the Family Systems Conference held its second session and the Bold Word Preaching Conference made its debut. A Spring Break Camp for Families was initiated and the Blessed Be the Piecemakers Quilting Conference held its first session in April.