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3300 River Road
Mount Bethel, PA 18343

(570) 897-6000

Christian retreat center for New Jersey and Pennsylvania marriage retreat, singles retreat, women's retreat and youth summer camp in Mount Bethel, Pennsylvania.

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Tales of Tuscarora

Would you be interested in submitting a piece for Tales of Tuscarora? We are always looking for stories to tell! Email lindsay@tuscarora.org

New Facilities, New Programs, New Initiatives

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What a wonderful time to be at Tuscarora! I truly hope you’ve been able to join us over the last year as we enjoyed a variety of programs, groups new and old, and guests ranging from children, to teens, to families, and everyone in between.

For the past 30 years on staff, whether I was washing dishes in the kitchen as a teenager or serving from the desk of Executive Director, the mission of Tuscarora has remained the same. We strive to provide a place for guests to experience true connection with God without distraction. We are blessed to hear story after story of life changing experiences that have taken place on these grounds and within these buildings.

However, much has changed over those years as well. As Tuscarora continuously strives to meet the needs of each guest you will see new things when you are here - new facilities, new programs, and new initiatives.

As guests are enjoying the Brick House apartment and its beautiful views, we have moved to working on the Brick House itself. Additionally, we have renovated the Inn Rooms into two suites – now the stunning river views can be enjoyed from the incredible interior of the room during the colder months! We continue to work hard to restore the existing buildings to provide the highest quality hospitality.

Entering the second year of two new Tuscarora programs, TUNDRA and a revamped Young Adults Retreat, we are invigorated to see the excitement of returning guests bringing new friends. There are a few projects I can’t share about just yet, but you’ll hear about in the months to come!

Join us for this exciting year ahead. Come away from the distractions of life and grow closer to God. Come and be reminded of why you love Tuscarora, and become excited about where the future will take us.

See you soon!

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#GivingTUSCday - November 27, 2018

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Did you know that November 27th was a great day for Tuscarora? Yes, it was Giving Tuesday, but on our grounds it was Giving TUSCday. It was a day for the Tuscarora family to come together and achieve two very lofty goals.

With two matching gifts from a generous donor we challenged our supporters to raise $15,000 from 150 people. Little did we know that by the end of the day we would have far surpassed those goals!

We received $24,199 from 187 donors. With our matching gifts that totals $54,199.

Because of your overwhelming support, lives will continue to be touched through rest, relaxation, and refreshment. Guests will continue to step away from the distractions of life to experience true connection with God.

Because of you, work will continue to be done on our facilities to ensure we can provide a second home to every heart that needs it. Because of you, this summer students who can't afford Junior Week and Teen Week will get to experience hearing the gospel - many for the first time!

Because of you, the future of Tuscarora is being built today.

Below, watch the stories of Herb Jacobsen, Sabrina Rodriguez, and Paul and Rachel DiQuattro who believe in Tuscarora.


If you missed Giving Tuesday and want to support Tuscarora we can still use your help! Visit tuscarora.org/giving to learn more!

#IHeartTusc

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In this season of giving thanks we remember everything we have to be thankful for. We are thankful for our guests, our supporters, and our extended family near and far. Last week, many of you shared the reasons you love Tuscarora with us on Facebook! We’ve compiled some of them below.

Do you love Tuscarora? Visit us on Facebook and tell us why!


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I’m so thankful for Tuscarora giving me space as a young man to dive into God’s Word and journey with Him.
— Pastor Jason Lang
Experienced Tuscarora through Junior Week, Teen Week, Leisure Week, summer staff and counseling. I think the most fun is watching my kids and nieces/nephews enjoying all the same places and activities that I grew up with. They feel that same anticipation when summer hits.
— Sarah Sarine Johnson
Tusc is such a special place to me. It’s where I was saved when I was seven years old at, where I looked forward to going summer after summer and winter weekend after winter weekend to foster so many friendships. It’s where my heart grew for the Lord and where I counseled for four summers of Teen Week to encourage others to grow towards to Lord. Tusc is such a special place that the Lord has used time after time again.
— Hannah Mertz
Tusc is the one place I’ll always love no matter what. It changed my life through all the opportunities I’ve been given to counsel here. And because of that I’ve made so many friends. It’s a place where you might only see each other once a year but that’s still enough.
— Caleb Lee
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Thankful for a place that facilitates and encourages growth in learning more about our Heavenly Father! Every Teen Week has been nothing but a blessing and the friendships that have been forged there I know will last a life time!
— Corey Saunders
 
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Tubing, riding bikes, card games in the lobby when it rains, music, friends and family..the list goes on and on...have loved Tusc for so many years (family, junior and teen weeks, counseling and summer staffing) and now I get to see my kiddos love it too!
— Andrea Sarine Kay
I have loved Tuscarora since I was a child. The friendships I’ve made there and most importantly, I met Jesus there! Such a blessing.
— Anne Jensen Frustol
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Tuscarora feels like home to me from all my memories over the years. I live in WV and wish Tuscarora wasn’t so far away from me. I know my nephews have enjoyed Teen Week and Junior Week. I can’t wait for my kids to get the chance to experience camp at Tuscarora!
— Becky Miller
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Anytime I think of Tuscarora... I think of the wonderful, uplifting, peaceful, joyful, loving feeling I experience from the staff, the guests... and God’s presence.
— Georgette Poukamissas

If you love Tuscarora, and are interested in making a difference, visit tuscarora.org/givingtuesday to learn about how your impact can be doubled on November 27th!

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

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It’s November, and Starbucks and Brian Abrahamsen say it’s the Christmas season! We know plenty of people are opposed to Christmas music before Thanksgiving, but here at Tuscarora we can’t help but start feeling festive as we plan for our Christmas Weekend!

In order to help you celebrate, Brian has put together a playlist for you to enjoy! Barely a day goes by during November and December without Christmas music drifting out of his office.

Listen on Spotify, or see his suggestions here!

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Brian Abrahamsen

Executive Director

As I put this list together, there were definitely songs I resisted including. Songs like, Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer or Dominick the Donkey. I love songs that focus on the true reason for Christmas, but I also love the fun songs about the season like Sleigh Ride and Christmas Waltz. Songs that celebrate all the ways we enjoy the festivities.

Anyone who knows me, knows that Amy Grant and Christmas music are synonymous, so she is very fairly represented here. But more than anything, Christmas is a season of remembering Christ’s birth, and all the amazing ways we celebrate - including my Norwegian heritage. I hope you enjoy my Christmas playlist!

Christmas Waltz - Michael W. Smith

Christmas Time is Here - Sarah McLachlan, Diana Krall

Breath of Heaven (Mary’s Song) - Amy Grant

Mary, Did You Know? - Pentatonix

O Holy Night - Josh Groban

Emmanuel (Hallowed Manger Ground) - Chris Tomlin

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year - Andy Williams

Grown-Up Christmas List - David Foster, Natalie Cole

Drummer Boy - Jars of Clay

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas - Harry Connick Jr.

O Holy Night is my favorite traditional Christmas song. Anybody except for me can sing this song and it would be beautiful - and Josh Groban’s always stands out for me.

O Come All Ye Faithful - Amy Grant

Away in a Manger - Casting Crowns

Jeg Er Så Glad Hver Julekveld - Evie

This is the first Christmas song in Norwegian that I learned. I have great memories of walking around the Christmas tree in Hillside Church singing it, as well as in junior choir. There are other Norwegian songs that I know but this one always bring back a special memory.

Just Another Christmas - Laura Story

What Child Is This - Michael W. Smith, Martina McBride

Gloria - Michael W. Smith

Joseph’s Lullaby - MercyMe

As a father, I love that MercyMe chose to write a song from Joseph’s perspective. He’s calming his newborn baby son because he knows that the road ahead will be a tough one, but right now wants him to go to sleep.

Sleigh Ride - Amy Grant







Volunteers - More Than Just Visitors

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Volunteer: a person who voluntarily undertakes or expresses a willingness to undertake a service: someone who freely offers to do something.

Staining the Cedar Chalet deck!

Staining the Cedar Chalet deck!

Rebuilding the Inn Rooms!

Rebuilding the Inn Rooms!

The faces that we see year to year, become so familiar that we sometimes expect them to be here during these work weeks at Tuscarora, but these faces are more than just repeat visitors… they represent hearts changed, lives turned around, and relationships restored. These faces represent years of service, offerings and dedication. These faces are people who have taken time to give love and care to a place that has made a difference in their lives.

Deep cleaning the dining room chairs.

Deep cleaning the dining room chairs.

What would we do without them? We can tell you that Tuscarora wouldn’t be here without the willing hearts and hands. They give up time away from their routine, their lives, their families and offer to be here for these weeks of hard work. From scrubbing chairs to rebuilding entire rooms, these volunteers put their best work into the projects during Work Week.

Deep cleaning happens outside as well!

Deep cleaning happens outside as well!

We can also tell you that the volunteers are not just here because they like the meals here (although, they are delicious), the comfy beds, or the beautiful grounds. They return because there is a God who changed their lives - whether it was in their childhood or just recently. God works in wonderful ways and has put on the hearts of certain wonderful people to come and volunteer at Tuscarora!

Reinforcing the deck outside of Cottage 9 and 10.

Reinforcing the deck outside of Cottage 9 and 10.

Tuscarora schedules two weeks of designated Work Weeks each year - once in the spring, before the busyness of summer programs and then again in the fall.

This fall we are working on a couple of very exciting updates as well as the all-important task of cleaning and refreshing different buildings.

The staff at Tuscarora are incredibly honored and grateful that our Living God sends us smiling faces when we need them the most. Thank you to our volunteers who serve so faithfully and willingly.

Hebrews 6:10 - God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.