Falling for Trinity

Fall is well and truly upon us, here at Trinity. Although the only real evidence so far is humidity, or lack there of.  The days are still in the pleasant 80s but the nights are dipping into the low 60s which only makes an evening campfire all the more delicious–particularly those involving s’mores.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACamp Trinity is over for the year so weekends are again seeing groups down in the Dorms. These are a great Bargain for new groups and youth groups.

We’ve had a lot of Campus Ministries and other youth groups as well as a couple of new adult groups trying Trinity for the first time.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

We’ve had Artists’ workshops and Yoga Retreats.DSCN0693

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Our Sanders Point restoration is complete and once again our favorite outdoor Chapel is welcoming visitors.

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For those of us whose thoughts always turn to new pens and clean notebooks (and calendars!), Fall is a time of classes and schoolchildren. Our new Sound to Sea staff are making themselves at home and our Schools’ programming is in full swing.students pond 3

Trinity is still lush and green although the maritime forest is starting to look a little tired around the edges.

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But after the hustle and bustle of summer, the sleepiness is welcoming and relaxing. tree on walk Even the mosquitoes are relaxing their vigilance and are blessedly absent–for the most part–this time of year.

pH night  Over at Pelican House we are busy filling the last few vacancies for this year’s Advent Retreat and for the last Silent Retreat in December.  New Year Resolutions aside, autumn has ever been a time of reckoning-up the year’s harvest and turning thoughts to plans and ambitions for the coming year.

There’s no better place to take stock and make plans than Trinity.  Fall is lovely at Trinity.  If your business staff or group needs to take stock and plan the next year, or your spiritual batteries need recharging, we hope you think of us.

You won’t find a better place.

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A Surprise From The Tide!

This morning brought a surprise from the tide on Trinity Beach.  What appears to be either a Pygmy Sperm Wale (Kogia breviceps) or Dwarf Sperm Whale (Kogia sima, formerly Kogia simuscarcass has washed ashore.  The two are close relatives and were classified as the same species until 1966.

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Pygmy and Dwarf whales are two of three species of toothed whale in the sperm whale family. The Pygmy only has teeth in the lower jaw while the Dwarf has up to three rows of upper jaw teeth as well.  They both feed mainly on squid and crab.

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The Dwarf whale is more coastal than the Pygmy.  However according to Vicky Thayer, Stranding Coordinator for the North Carolina Central Coastal Stranding Network, the Pygmy is also known as the “floating whale,” often floating on the surface of the ocean, making it vulnerable to being hit by ships.

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Dwarf whales reach around eight feet at maturity and are generally smaller than dolphins.  The Pygmy grows larger than dolphins and can reach up to fourteen feet.  Our whale is 91 inches or 7.63 feet in length.

The staff at Trinity has a lot of fun with each other.  Attempting to flummox our maintenance man, we asked how much our whale weighed.  Quick-witted Bill promptly deadpanned the reply, “a lot.”

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We’ve had a regular stream of people from staff, Sound to Sea instructors, and guests, trooping down to see this latest unusual happening at Trinity.  Our Maintenance staff has tied down the carcass to keep the waves from dragging it back out to sea.  The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will be here later this morning to take possession for study.

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Trinity Center Needs Help on MLK Day!

Please come help us save Sanders Point!

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Trinity Center’s Sound to Sea Environmental Education program is partnering up with the North Carolina Coastal Federation to restore the salt marsh.

SP1When: MONDAY  January 20, 2014 at 1:00 pm  

Where: TRINITY CENTER

 618 Salter Path Road (Hwy 58) Pine Knoll Shores

What to Bring:

Work clothes and closed-toe shoes, water bottle,

work gloves, galoshes or rain boots if you have them.

Please call if you have questions:

Call 252-247-5600 ext 16

On Sound to Sea’s Facebook page

Email:  mdinneen@trinityctr.com

Trinity Center plans to558034_10151601612978304_898826670_n restore the salt marsh at Sanders Point,

a part of the conference center near and dear to the hearts of many who come here.  Human and natural activities have eroded away the marsh that acts as a natural barrier in front of Sanders Point.   Sound to Sea staff and volunteers have been bagging oyster shells  in preparation for an oyster sill that will be installed at Sanders Point. The sill will slow down waves that have been pulling soil away from the marsh.  As those waves slow, they will drop sediment suspended in the water,  building the marsh back up.  The oyster sill will also be habitat for new oysters to grow on and hopefully provide shelter for many other small sound inhabitants.

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Trinity Center Needs Help on MLK Day!

Please come help us save Sanders Point!

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Trinity Center’s Sound to Sea Environmental Education program is partnering up with the North Carolina Coastal Federation to restore the salt marsh.

SP1When: MONDAY  January 20, 2014 at 1:00 pm  

Where: TRINITY CENTER

 618 Salter Path Road (Hwy 58) Pine Knoll Shores

What to Bring:

Work clothes and closed-toe shoes, water bottle,

work gloves, galoshes or rain boots if you have them.

Please call if you have questions:

Call 252-247-5600 ext 16

On Sound to Sea’s Facebook page

Email:  mdinneen@trinityctr.com

Trinity Center plans to558034_10151601612978304_898826670_n restore the salt marsh at Sanders Point,

a part of the conference center near and dear to the hearts of many who come here.  Human and natural activities have eroded away the marsh that acts as a natural barrier in front of Sanders Point.   Sound to Sea staff and volunteers have been bagging oyster shells  in preparation for an oyster sill that will be installed at Sanders Point. The sill will slow down waves that have been pulling soil away from the marsh.  As those waves slow, they will drop sediment suspended in the water,  building the marsh back up.  The oyster sill will also be habitat for new oysters to grow on and hopefully provide shelter for many other small sound inhabitants.

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2013 Parish Beach Weekend at Trinity Center

The staff of Trinity Center would like to share a letter we received recently written by a guest who attended their parish retreat.   This is why we serve…

2013 Parish Beach Weekend, Trinity Center

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 If you have never been to the Parish Beach Weekend at Trinity Center, you are missing out on a fabulous weekend of fun, relaxation and spirituality that is unsurpassed!  It was a weekend full of surprises!

 The first surprise was upon arrival.  When I asked Carmen Guzman for a copy of the agenda, she said the only agenda was breakfast at 8, lunch at 12 and dinner at 6!  That’s my kind of agenda, I’m telling you.  There were 40 of us, all nestled into rooms in pods deep within the maritime forest that is Trinity Center.  We could gather (or not) in the common room allotted to us by the staff to socialize, eat, drink and work puzzles to our hearts’ content.  This quickly became the nerve center of our group.  There were at least 15 liters of wine and snacks that would have done a reception in the Kyle House proud!  As we drifted away that night to the sounds of the maritime forest, several puzzle fanatics remained at their task until morning, proudly announcing that they had finished at about 5 a.m. (and promptly began another one!)

The next surprise came when Saturday morning dawned crystal clear, a day just made for the beach!  We wandered through the tunnel, keeping a sharp eye out for the snakes that have been known to show up there, toward a Carolina blue sky and emerald green ocean.  Children and adults got into the water in varying degrees of speed, some diving right in and others inching their way out past the few breakers.  Saturday night, after dinner, we headed to the campfire site to roast marshmallows and make s’mores.  Fred played the guitar, and we sang songs dredged up from the 60s and camp days long past.

 Surprisingly, meals became a special time as it gave me the opportunity to share the fellowship of parishioners who I have seen in church for years, but didn’t necessarily know.  Learning not only the names, but the “history” of these families has given me a deeper understanding of, and appreciation for, the diversity of our parish family as a whole. The camaraderie between those from age 5 to 65 was wonderful to behold!   Sitting in the rocking chairs on the porch after meals was a time for quiet reflection, building friendships or strengthening friendships already made.

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On Sunday morning at 10:30, we gathered in the meeting room to begin the quiet walk to Sanders Point.  Led down the path by Father Robert, garbed in his clerical collar with his Trinity Center t-shirt, the sandy path gave way to a view breathtaking in its sheer beauty.  There on the point, you could see all of Bogue Sound – the backdrop for a stone altar and driftwood cross, startling and moving in their simplicity.  The music, while a far cry from “There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy” (which they were singing back home), was absolutely perfect for the locale and the voices of the choir members and others soaring out over the Sound moved many of us to tears by its sheer joyousness. The words in the BCP “when two or three are gathered in my name, I will be in the midst of them” came alive at that moment!  It was impossible in this moment, in this space, not to feel the presence of Christ in our midst and in our hearts. It was one of the most moving moments of my life.  It also made me so grateful to be a member of a parish that can celebrate Christ in all the splendor of the trappings of Episcopal Church, as well as in simple driftwood cross crafted by Nature, commanded by a loving God.

 On Saturday night as we sang “Kum-Ba-Yah, My Lord” (Come By Here, My Lord), I thought what a fitting theme song for Trinity Center.  During the service on Sunday, I changed my mind, for the Lord is already at Trinity Center!  A more fitting song would be the one we sang on that spectacular morning, “Have You Seen Jesus My Lord?”  The last verse is “Have you ever stood in the family, with the Lord there in your midst, Seen the face of Christ on your neighbor?  Then I say, You’ve seen Jesus my Lord”.

 Jesus Lives! And he lives at Trinity Center!

Renovations funded by YOUR Donations

Have you heard? Your generous donations are being put to use at Trinity Center!

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 Friends of Trinity Center have been donating to the Trinity and Beyond  Capital Campaign to fund much needed repair and upgrades here on property. To date, 10 of 14 original roofs have been re-shingled ($215,000), 2 rooms have been completely refurbished($32,000), and the west cluster deck has been replaced ($25,00).  Let us share!

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 We proudly announce that with the help of Farrell Construction, we can add the East Cluster deck and roofs to that list ($50,000)!  East Cluster rooms contain 2 handicap accessible rooms, and it is the cluster closest to the Main Conference Building and Trinity Center’s dining hall.

 What’s next on our list?  We hope to complete 10 more rooms and the living room in the East Cluster by December 31, 2013. East Cluster’s deck, roofs and rooms 11-12 have been completed, leaving only rooms 1-10 to go!

How much is it to Sponsor a room?  Sponsoring a room will cost $20,000 and will include a plaque.  The actual room renovations is $16,000; $4000 will be placed into the endowment fund for upkeep throughout the years.

Cluster room renovations include: restructuring and complete renovation of the bathroom, replacing joists and subflooring as needed, new carpet, paint, furniture and linens.

 How can I help?  You too can help Trinity Center by organizing a fundraiser through your church, school or community and sponsor a cluster room as a group or simply by donating to the Trinity and Beyond Capital Campaign. Trinity Center will hang a plaque in the sponsored room in your honor.  Donations of any size are welcome!

Click HERE to donate.

Please contact Susan Holmes, Campaign Coordinator at susan@trinityandbeyond.org or at 252-522-0885 ext. 232 should you have any questions or concerns regarding the Trinity and Beyond Capital Campaign.

 

Thank you and God Bless.

What’s happening? Ocean Rescue Water Safety Training!

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Scott Bell of the Atlantic Beach Fire Department visited Trinity Center today & taught our annual class on Ocean Rescue Water Safety Training. Thank you Scott!

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Sound to Sea staff, Camp Trinity Staff and a few of us from administration attended. We learned about rip currents, how to spot them, how to get out of them and ways to identify a distressed swimmer.  Our staff also learned different techniques to bring a distressed swimmer to shore.  Check out our photos!

Before visiting the beach this summer please take time to read a few pointers  from our local professionals by clicking  HERE!

Awaken your soul and take personal time at Trinity Center!

cropped-new-years-plunge-07-08.jpg Friends of Trinity Center,

We would like to welcome you, your family and your friends to Trinity Center in early June for some Personal Time during this transitional time of year.  Tell your friends who like the idea of retreating, but don’t want to attend a specific program, that this personal time is for them. Enjoy the sound, the sea, the beach, fresh air and sunshine! Come for 2 nights or stay for a week.  From June 2 to June 14 we are extending the offer of only $65 per room per night.  Meals are optional, but reservations must be made in advance.  Costs for meals are $9 per breakfast, $10 per lunch and $14 per dinner.  (Youth rates available for children under 12 yrs.)  Tell your friends.  This is a great opportunity for them to experience the center on their own.  Walk-ins are not accepted, so have your friends call ahead to reserve their space. 888-874-6287.  Ask for either Kristie Elliott at ext.11, or Chris Grenier at ext. 15.

Please share our blog with those whom you know would like to visit the center between June 2 and June 14th  and/or would like updates on Trinity Center happenings..

We hope to see  you soon!      Thank you.

Registered Nurse needed for Camp Trinity!

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Camp Trinity is still accepting applications for Registered Nurses for 2 different camp sessions!  Week of June 24th – July 1st and the week of August 5th – August 11th are available.  Please call Trinity Center and ask for Mary Beth Bradbury, ext 23 for details.

Thank You!