Let's Get Together! Building NNU's Community


Planners continue to finalize details for this summer's 2014 Faculty Retreat that focuses on Building Community.

*Note: Since Trinity Pines removed its soda fountain several years ago, there will no soda available during the meals.  You can find pop machines downstairs, and you are also welcome to bring your own.  The dining room's juice fountain offers a variety of options. 

Friday, August 15, 2014

  • No program, dinner, or child care provided.

  • You may arrive anytime after 5:00 P.M., since Trinity Pines will not have rooms ready prior to that time.

  • Enjoy fun games and good conversation! Feel free to bring snacks & games to share.

  • Registration opens at 5:00.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Morning Session

  • 8:00-9:15 -- Registration Open   

  • 8:15-9:15 -- Full Breakfast available 

  • 9:15  -- Children meet upstairs with directors

  • 9:30 -- First large group session in basement of Trinity Pines.

    • Welcome

    • Housekeeping

    • Introduction of New Faculty

    • Children 
      • Children ranging from birth through high school can either attend third-floor activities or remain with an adult for supervision. Keep in mind that if you opt for your child not to participate in the children's program, he/she will need supervision by someone 18 years or older during all sessions.  Below is an outline of planned activities:  

      • Children and youth can meet upstairs with Albre Davis and her assistants 10 through 15 may meet on deck with activities director.  Similar to younger children, if you opt for your children not to participate in the youth program, he/she will require supervision by someone 18 years or older during all sessions.

        • Birth-18months/24 months - Although primarily childcare, addiitonal activities for this group include blowing bubbles and generalyinteracting with them. Directors will vary the ending age of this group based on ability. 

        • 2 years through Kindergarten -- These children's activities will involved more interaction, coloring, singing, and crafts.

        • First through fifth graders-- These children will participate in themed activities that include indoor and outdoor games and crafts.

        • Sixth through eighth grades-8th graders -- Similar to the first through fifth grades, this group will also complete activities related to a similar theme with indoor and outdoor games and crafts. 

        • High schoolers -- These students may participate in themed activities with the middle schoolers, if desired.  We will, however, provide a chaperone for those who wish to do something other than being with their parents or with the middle school students. 
      • If you prefer for your children, as siblings, to remain together during the activities, they will need to attend the younger of the two programs.

  • 9:50 -- Large Group Session with NNU's newly-assigned Directors of the Office of Spiritual Formation and chaplains, Reverends Dustin and Olivia Metcalf, who will share their "story." 

  • 10:45 -- Break

  • 11:00 -- 12:00 -- Large Group Session with Dustin and Olivia, at which time they will involve faculty in spiritual formation.

  • 12:15 -- Lunch 

  • 1:00 -- Free Time (See Recreation tab for on- and off-site activities.)

  • 5:30 -- Dinner

Evening Session 

  • 6:00-6:30 -- Set up for Fun and Games! 

  • 6:30-8:00 -- Fun and Games! in Dining Area and Karaoke in basement

Immediately following Fun and Games! 

  • Preparation of banana splits, if desired, by choir members prior to rehearsing 

  • Choir rehearsal for Sunday Morning Service Downstairs  

  • Do the Splits! Ice Cream Sundaes and Banana Splits in Dining Area!

  • More Games, Food, and Fun Upstairs!

 Sunday, August 17, 2014

Morning Sessions

  • 8:00 -- Full Breakfast 

  • 9:30-10:15 -- Fireside Chat with Gary Waller

  • 10:30 Group Session with Reverends Dustin and Olivia Metcalf that includes music, scripture, choir and communion.

  • 11:45 -- Break to pack.  Don't forget to clean your cottages and dorms! 

  • 12:15 -- Lunch

                                                      Drive home safely!