BIG SWEEP Saturday, October 18th

Come Sweep the Beach at Trinity!

During the month of October, communities of Carteret County are participating in the 28th Annual Big Sweep.  Although the kick-off statewide is the first weekend, we extend participation throughout the month.  Saturday, October 18th is the day Trinity Center and our Sound to Sea program contributes to the Pine Knoll Shores Big Sweep as part of our ongoing effort to keep our beloved beaches and waterways clean.

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If you love our beaches, please join us on the Beach at 10:00AM, Saturday, October 18, 2014.  Trinity Center will provide work gloves, trash bags and other tools.  You bring the sunscreen and water bottle.

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Volunteers will also log the amount and type of items collected, and how many animals suffered entanglements, to add to the statewide record tracking the types of trash ebb and flow over our waterways.

In 2013, 645 volunteers covered over 24 miles resulting in the removal of over 2500 pounds of trash from Carteret County waterways.

Some Big Sweep Tips for participation:

  • Take a hat or visor and sunscreen to protect yourself from the sun.
  • Wear old, comfortable clothes. You will get dirty.
  • Take a snack and a drink along. You’ll probably get thirsty.
  • Bring some insect repellent and a pair of gloves.
  • Make sure your shoes are sturdy and have closed toes. Your shoes may get wet. Do not go barefoot.
  • Stay with a partner or group, and be sure that children are supervised by an adult.
  • Wear a life jacket if you’ll be in a boat. Do not wade into the water to gather debris if the current is fast. Never enter the water unless you know its depth and are wearing a life jacket. Be safe and careful.
  • Watch for snakes and spiders. Be careful of poison oak and poison ivy.
  • Watch out for steep, slippery, and unstable banks. If you are unsure of conditions, find a safer place or ask for assistance.
  • Do not touch medical waste, chemical containers, barrels, pesticides, or other dangerous items. Note their location and tell your site coordinator.
  • Do not touch any animals, dead or alive. Trapped or injured animals may bite, and they can carry disease. Alert your site coordinator.
  • Have a safe, fun time!

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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

And, we’ve had several Women and Men MinistriesOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA, and a few much needed Pastoral Retreats.   A sprinkling of Individual Retreats, especially clergy, are always tucked in among everybody else because Fall is also a good time to find a few days to run away from home before the full swing of the holiday season takes place.IMG_7766

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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Saving Sanders Point

Our first installment of oyster shells are here! Thank you Swansboro Rotary and everyone who attended the Annual Oyster Roast a few weekends ago!  What a GREAT donation!

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We are beginning to bag these oysters to save Sanders Point. Check back with us regularly, we may need some help!  Thank you!  558034_10151601612978304_898826670_n

 

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Welcoming groups and sharing memories.

Trinity Center welcomes the Spinners and Weavers Guild of New Bern NC!  This bunch of ladies have become dear friends of Trinity Center and are a pleasure to have on property every year.

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Groups choose Trinity Center as thier retreat destination for many reasons. We have multi-use facilities, great food, and of course the location is to die for!  Who wouldn’t want to go to the beach for a retreat? Our year round oceanfront conferencing center is situated on 62 acres of the Mari-time Forest located in Pine Knoll Shores on the Southern Outer Banks of North Carolina. Our South facing island has 22 miles of white sandy beaches where you can see both the sunrise and the sunset. You may also know our area as the Crystal Coast.

Trinity Center welcomes groups from all church denominations, nonprofit organizations, corporate meetings, training sessions, youth retreats, family reunions and so much more! OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Today, we would like to share a few more photos of those who we consider family and friends of Trinity Center. Enjoy!

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