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Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch

Christmas is right around the corner.  For many that means sending Christmas cards to family and friends. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could print your family cards and support Crystal Peaks?

Well, this year you can!

Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch has partnered with Picaboo to provide an opportunity for you to create a family Christmas card and support the Ranch.

Picaboo is a web-based image publishing and printing company best known for its industry leading line of photo books. Customers can upload their digital photos through Picaboo’s in-browser application and create a variety of personalized photo products including photo books, cards, calendars, canvas prints, phone cases and more. Your life is worth printing!*

This collaboration provides an opportunity for you to make a family Christmas card AND support the Ranch. In fact, 50% of your total purchase will be donated right back to Crystal Peaks!

By following the link below, in a few simple steps you can create a card that includes your pictures and a personalized greeting. Your card is completely customizable, which means you can make it specific to your desires and unique to your family. One side of your card will display your personal card and the other side will share about Crystal Peaks and the saving hope of Jesus.

We hope you will consider supporting the Ranch this holiday season by ordering your Christmas cards through Picaboo and choosing Crystal Peaks!

For more information and to order your cards—follow the link and directions below.
1. Choose your card design at www.picaboo.com/non-profit-holiday-cards/crystal-peaks-youth-ranch/
2. Fully customize your card by adding your own photos, greeting and text
3. Place your order using promo code NPOCARDS to get 50% off

If you have any questions along the way, Picaboo has an awesome support crew ready to help you.
You can find the information you need to contact Picaboo by following this link: Customer Care

 

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The Crystal Peaks Mercantile is excited to announce that we have added new products to our onsite and online store! Click on any picture to follow the link to the online store!

The Founders Tee

As Crystal Peaks continues through our 21st season, we felt it time to create a product that will remind us of those early days when the ranch was just a seed of dreams held in the Lord’s hands.

The Founders Tee, though simple in design, is one of the most comfortable t-shirts you’ll ever wear. This heathered tee simply reads, “Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch EST. 1995.” You’ll find this design in a chocolate brown for men and a soft blue for women. If you’re looking for a simple product to take home from the ranch, this shirt is for you!

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New Jewelry!

We are excited to share two powerful messages we’ve been learning and applying here at the Ranch.

Find our new necklaces and cuff bracelets displaying these two messages:

I Believe:
This silver pendant was designed with the cross in the background and the word “BELIEVE” in the foreground.  The “I” is lined up in the center of the cross clearly symbolizing “I BELIEVE.”

John 6:29 says, “Jesus told them, ‘This is the only work God wants from you: BELIEVE in the One He has sent.’”  (NLT)

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Christ Prevails:
This design features the Crystal Peaks Brand Logo doubling as an acronym for “CHRIST PREVAILS.”  The back of the pendant on the necklace is inscribed with the powerful truth of Revelations 12:10-12.

 “Then I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, ‘Now the salvation, and the power, and the kingdom of our God and the authority of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren has been thrown down, he who accuses them before our God day and night. And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even when faced with death. For this reason, rejoice, O heavens and you who dwell in them. Woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, knowing that he has only a short time.’” Revelation 12:10-12 (NASB)

This piece is a compelling reminder that Jesus Christ has already won EVERY battle that we will ever face in this life.  This is a truth every Believer can stand in—JESUS IS THE VICTOR!

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Find all these products, and more, at the Crystal Peaks online store.

By: Ann Hawley

The volunteers at Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch are the backbone of our ministry. To commemorate their importance and the teamwork that they represent, we wanted to create a new t-shirt that reflects the aim of our volunteer program.

The name “Team Workhorse” was chosen to signify the strength and unity of our volunteers. The byline “Pulling Together for Families in Need” represents the Ranch’s mission statement.

Our Short Term Volunteer supervisor Sarah Robinett sketched the design.  Sarah’s artistry depicts a powerful image of four horses joined together with breast collars, pulling forward against a backdrop of the Three Sisters. The horses are an obvious creative choice, but they also represent strength, teamwork, and forward motion straining toward a common goal.

At the top of the graphic design is the Bible verse, Zephaniah 3:9 – “Call on the name of the Lord and serve Him shoulder to shoulder.” This scripture illustrates the like-mindedness of a group of volunteers who are bearing a single burden, and it’s symbolic of the unity required to press toward a goal.

In Christ, we’re called to walk together as if we were linked by a single shoulder. This means everyone stays in step and no one shirks his or her part of the task.  Our objective is to carry out the Lord’s work with His direction, with solidarity, and with singular vision. By pacing together in unity, our individual burdens are lightened and we can obediently complete the responsibilities that are placed before us.

The entire design is encompassed in a circle, representing unity: a continuous line with no discernible beginning or end.

Sometimes a t-shirt is just a t-shirt.  We hope ours will inspire everyone to reflect on the generosity of our volunteers and the beauty of true teamwork!

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It’s always a privilege to spend time with the Vern Patrick Elementary and Cascade Middle School Life Skills classes. Each year these two incredible groups of kids visit Crystal Peaks.  Our time together provides an opportunity for them to enjoy ranch life and ride a horse. Many of the kids face various challenges academically, physically and/or developmentally. After a few minutes at the ranch any visible challenges or limitations fade away into the background.  From each child’s heart emerges a beautiful portrait of courage and perseverance. Their joy and enthusiasm for life is deeply felt. Their smiles are contagious and far-reaching. Being with these wonderful students always fills our hearts to the brim.

We hope this visual expression warms your heart as much as the time spent with these kids impacted ours.

We’ve added a few new items to our online store that we know you’ll love!

Last Chance Trading Post now has available a new variety of greeting cards for your choosing. These cards feature our beloved ranch horses. They’re blank inside so you can send whatever message you desire, while sharing Crystal Peaks with your friends.

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Find our Greeting Cards here.


We’re also excited to add a line of products introducing “All In” as its motto. These items relay a message that’s close to Troy Meeder’s heart . . .

“Each man’s life is a tapestry. The colors and textures explode into vibrant expression the moment he embraces existence without reservation, devoid of complacency, committed without pause. The tapestry, the expression, is fully realized once the blood thread of Jesus Christ is woven into a life lived . . . All In.”

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Click on any ‘All In’ photo to view more information or to purchase the product.

 

Find these new items and more by visiting our Last Chance Trading Post today!
P.S. Be on the lookout for more new items coming soon!

By Katie Jacobsen

In the video below you will meet Lilly, a precious toddler who volunteers with her mom Catherine. Even before she was old enough to walk, Lilly spent time in a pack on her mom’s back while Catherine invested in CPYR’s volunteer program. Now at the age of two, Lilly is able to work side by side with her mom doing simple tasks such as watering flowers and picking up apples. We love this sweet family of two and consider them a part of our ranch family. We hope you enjoy watching a day in the life of our littlest volunteer.

Our volunteer program encompasses all ages and demographics. We believe that no matter your age, background or circumstances every one has something valuable to give back to their community. If you’re interested in learning more about becoming a CPYR volunteer, click here.

Special thanks to Red Owl Photography for their work on this video.

 

We hope you enjoy the following photos of our Summer Wrap Up Party. Thank you to everyone who joined us for this Hawaiian themed afternoon of fun!

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By Zac Bruckner

It was a surprisingly cool day on Saturday, July 25th for Crystal Peak Youth Ranch’s annual Hoedown. Several people returned to their vehicles to grab jackets or sweatshirts to ward off the brisk wind blowing across the Ranch. However, a little bit of cool weather wasn’t enough to stop over two hundred people from enjoying the cowboy/cowgirl event.

Those who came were greeted at the Main Yard by staff and volunteers dressed in their finest country outfits. Adults and kids alike were given new, slightly more interesting names more befitting for a country event: Outlaw Annabelle, Ramblin’ Rose, and Pecos Bill were just a few of the folks roaming about the Ranch that evening. Fresh popcorn and lemonade awaited the newly christened cowboys and cowgirls, as well as apple bobbing, a milking ‘cow,’ target shooting, lariat throwing, and face painting.

A live band starting to strum their strings called everyone back to the center of the yard for the ever-popular country dancing time. People laughed, stomped their feet, clapped their hands, and swung arm in arm with partners.

While everyone else was working up their appetite, a group of staff and volunteers heated up their grills. They prepared a smorgasbord of hamburgers, hotdogs, baked beans, potato salad, and watermelon. Their work was well appreciated.

After eating, everyone settled down on the lawn. As the band began to play again, they turned the focus onto a good God who allows us to have such fun and fellowship together. A message of encouragement was shared afterwards. Then when it was time for dessert, everyone packed into the barn. Ice cream with fudge or caramel sauce, bits of candy, maraschino cherries, and whipped cream, helped to finish the night on a sweet note.

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Summer Fun

Category: Events

We had a blast at our Summer Kick Off Party last month! Boot camp themed games, an obstacle course, and a giant slip n slide framed our afternoon of fun. We hope you enjoy the images of our time together.

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By Amy Naegeli

Every so often, the ranch has the opportunity to provide school groups with tailor fit field trips to enhance a unique time of learning.  On this particular crisp April day, we had the privilege of spending time with the Vern Patrick Elementary School Life Skills class.  A bright new school bus maneuvered up the steep, narrow driveway.  We as the staff assembled quickly, standing at attention.  It felt as though we were waiting for dignitaries to file off the bus.  Each of us held an unspoken but noticeable esteem for this small group of children. “So anyone who becomes as humble as this little child is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven.  And anyone who welcomes this little child on my behalf is welcoming me.” Matthew 18:4-5 (NLT)

There was something so undeniably dear about this group and oh how they must touch the Lord’s heart.  All were dressed like cowboys and cowgirls, with their plastic cowboy hats and colorful bandanas. There was excited chatter combined with a few anxious faces as the children turned their attention to the adults.

It was intriguing to see how each of us was paired up with a specific child. We didn’t know these children, nor their specific needs and challenges ahead of time, yet God orchestrated each pairing to His perfect design.  I couldn’t help but be overwhelmed with emotion.  The child I was matched up with, James, chose to instantly trust me with no foreknowledge or guarantee needed.  He just believed that I was going to keep him safe and so was our 1200-lb Tennessee Walker, Jed.  This young man’s sweet nature was exceedingly charming.  It was no wonder that even Jed couldn’t help but do everything that was asked of him.  As we prepared Jed with grooming and tack, James encouraged him the whole time. “Come on Jenna.  That’s good Jenna.  You can do it Jenna”.  Many times I shared with my young friend that the gentle giant next to him was indeed a boy, named Jed. There was a special connection with the name Jenna that seemed to resonate and stick with James.  So Jed and I accepted his new nickname with joy and soldiered on.

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We spent time in the arena with the horses and kids playing games with pool noodles, caution cones, and diving rings. Plentiful smiles mixed with bursts of laughter as enthusiastic voices filled the air.  Our faithful horses seemed to know just how necessary their steadiness was on this day and were all wonderfully responsive companions for our new friends.  Each of us engaged our session kids in carefree play while gently instructing them in very basic riding skills. After the riding time, we ushered the kids up to the area behind the greenhouse.  Once there, Georgia taught the kids all about the process of planting seeds and the importance of the common earthworm.  She displayed the concept of order through planting in rows and explained what elements are necessary for plant growth.  The kids were eager to participate in digging for worms, as well as planting seeds that would soon produce tender lettuce leaves.

Our time with this group of children and adults was intentionally planned so that we could facilitate much in a limited time frame.  Throughout the event specific activities had to be modified to meet the needs for a handful of the children involved.  The leaders made these adjustments with grace, understanding and kindness. Their actions poignantly reflected the tenderness of God’s Heart toward us mirroring His consistent patience and forgiveness.  Just as God never gives up on us, the leaders continued to work with each child in spite of their fears and self-stated limitations.

The Almighty King is the One that makes us brave. “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind” 2 Timothy 1:7 (NKJV).

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