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Fall & Winter 2019

to God be the Glory

Commit your work

to the Lord, and your plans will be established.

Proverbs 16:3

As I write this letter, there is so much happening on our grounds it will be difficult to summarize it all! This spring, we welcomed volunteers from Work Week, Long Island Youth for Christ, and Builders for God who cleaned, mulched, and remodeled our grounds to get ready for this next season. We saw men, women, teens, and children experience true connection with God on retreats with their church groups and ministries. Our program guests enjoyed worship, teaching, and fellowship! Tuscarora has made improvements over the past year that we once only dreamed would be possible! After unveiling the Brick House Apartment last year, we spent the past few months replicating this design in Inn Suites 41 and 42, and Riverview Suites 9 and 10. Being so well received, we decided to remodel a floor of Riverside Manor II. The furniture from that floor was moved to the Pines Campus Motel Units as part of the upgrade there. Guests are already enjoying these rooms! We also made a few improvements our younger guests will be excited about! The Olsen Activity Center received a well-deserved makeover by removing the stage and installing a new athletic floor thanks to donated labor from Brian David Flooring. It’s great to hear reactions of, “it looks like a brand new building!” The Mountainview Dorms have also been remodeled to accommodate larger wooden bunk beds, and we are working on plans to refresh the lounge. You can see pictures of all of this work on the following pages! A season of transitions within our staff has continued and Bruce Petersen stepped down from his position as Food Service Manager after 23 years. He will remain here as part of the Maintenance team. Allen Svennevik, who has been a part of the Tuscarora family since he first served on summer staff in 1985, has transitioned into the role. He is excited to cook for you! I ask for your prayers for the staff, for successful programs, for safety for all of our guests, and most importantly for the transformative work of Christ in the lives of people while they visit Tuscarora. I hope you plan to visit us soon! Brian Abrahamsen Executive Director

Why Tuscarora? We want to serve you! That means welcoming church groups, ministries, and individuals from across the region to experience true connection with God. Jesus often stepped away from the trials of life to spend time with His Father in prayer and fellowship and we believe the church is called to do the same!

G roup Retreats

Let us take care of the details so you can focus on what really matters – fellowship with God and the members of your group! Let a group ministry coordinator walk you through planning the details of your retreat! Our variety of deluxe hotel rooms, cottages, dormitories and meeting rooms ranging in size can accommodate groups of 20-700 people. During your stay you will enjoy family style meals served in an inviting dining room, seasonal recreation including river activities, pools, a newly renovated gymnasium, basketball courts, game room, snack shop, and a book and gift shop!

Contact our Group Ministry Department! Call (570) 897 - 6000 ext 365 Email Schedule a visit to tour our beautiful grounds!

“I've been attending events and retreats at Tuscarora for almost 36 years. The conference center has made many improvements over the years to its facilities but what I love about Tuscarora is the heart and soul of the center. Leading people to know and experience God is still their primary mission. We'll never know how many people, young and old, have been impacted by the ministry that takes place there.”

What’s new We are excited to reveal that many of our guest accomodations have undergone renovation! After adding the Brick House Apartment, we created two larger family suites where the Inn Rooms were and redecorated Riverview Suites 9 and 10. Stay tuned for similar decor in Riverside Manor II. Our youth groups will be thrilled to see the new layout and furniture in the Mountanview Dorms! With bigger rooms and larger wooden bunk beds, youth retreats will enjoy a more comfortable space.

Serving Fall Work Week – October 21 - 25

Come lend your hands to help clean up and refresh after a busy summer season! If you have a particular preference or skill, we would love to match you with a project that fits your passion! To express our appreciation, there is no charge for your stay!

Youth Group Work Weekends

Youth leaders, are you looking for a way to raise money for your ministry or a service opportunity for your students? Come be a serving youth group at Tuscarora!

Learn more by visiting

The Olav B. Olsen Activity Center finally received a well-deserved makeover. The back wall that was covered in carpet-like insulation was stripped and a plywood wall was hung and painted in brighter, neutral grays. Thanks to a generous group of donors and donated labor a new athletic floor was installed. Additionally the stage was removed, new hoops were mounted, and lines were painted. The building that has such a long history of ministry is now prepared to welcome new generations.

Support Tuscarora Give today!

Make a meaningful impact with a gift to one of the following areas: Where Needed Most, Capital Restoration or the Per Rune Larsen Scholarship Fund.

Give monthly!

Monthly donors are recognized as the Friends of Tuscarora, providing consistent support. Setup is easy and your impact will grow month after month.

Invest in tomorrow!

The Nehemiah Endowment Campaign was established with a goal of $5 million to provide for the needs of tomorrow. Help us ensure Tuscarora’s future! Did you know Tuscarora is a non-profit organization that relies on donor support to exist and complete exciting projects like those featured above?

Visit to learn more!

Men’s Retreat September 27 - 29 This retreat is designed for you to experience powerful messages, compete in tournaments or the Tusc Mudder, and get away to relax. It’s a weekend you don’t want to miss!

Join the Barney Jensen Memorial Golf Tournament!

Friday 8:30am at Great Bear Golf Club Golf Package: $105 (Thursday overnight, Friday breakfast, dinner and golf) $62 (Golf and dinner only) Meeting other men from different areas and backgrounds and hearing their testimony was very encouraging! - retreat guest 2018 $150 - $255 This retreat begins on Friday with an optional buffet dinner, and ends after midday dinner on Sunday.

Wes Feltner Speaker

Jason Spencer and Vinnie Sottile Worship

For further details, and to register, visit or call (570) 897 - 6000

Fall Midweek Retreat October 8 - 10 Our midweek retreat is a special opportunity for guests 55 and older to enjoy a relaxing retreat at Tuscarora. Don’t miss the chance to hear excellent teaching and experience wonderful Christian fellowship. Herb Jacobsen delivers powerful and thoughtful lessons at each session. Taking place during the beautiful autumn season, your soul will be refreshed by the beauty of God’s creation. Pack comfortable shoes and a jacket to enjoy outdoor activities both on campus and off! I love coming here! The whole campus is so peaceful! The speakers, the food, the music... all excellent! - retreat guest 2018 $188 - $236

This retreat begins with lunch on Tuesday and ends after lunch on Thursday.

Herb Jacobsen Speaker

The Trio


For further details, and to register, visit or call (570) 897 - 6000

Women’s Retreat November 1 - 3 The Fall Women’s Retreat offers time away from a busy schedule to spend time with sisters in Christ. Enjoy exploring God’s Word with Proverbs 31 speaker Amy Carroll as she counsels you in

“Breaking Up with Perfect” Participate in practical and creative workshops, enjoy delicious food, spa appointments, and refreshing fellowship - making this retreat just what you need! I absolutely love the ladies who come each year! It’s like a family reunion. The fellowship is enjoyable and God’s Word is alive and active during this time! - retreat guest 2018 $172 - $271

This retreat begins with a buffet supper on Friday and ends after brunch on Sunday. 25% discount for triple or quad lodging (required for Riverside Manor II) This retreat is co-sponsored by the CLBA Eastern Region Women’s Ministries and Tuscarora.

Amy Carroll Speaker

Amy Delucca and Lynda McLennan Worship

For further details, and to register, visit or call (570) 897 - 6000

Christmas Weekend December 13 - 15 Friday Concert | 7:30pm - Love Offering

The Ball Brothers

Get ready for a jingle bell of a good time! Each song is hand-picked to be message-driven, and theologically sound. Their goal is to spread the message of the Gospel and encourage believers.

7:30pm - $30 tickets |

Saturday Concert

Sandi Patty

Sandi Patty’s fun spirit and joyful ministry are powerful! Join her this December for a Christmas concert you won’t want to miss!

Dr. James Long

Sunday Morning Service | 10:00am $235 - $286

Weekend package includes Friday buffet (5:30pm), Saturday breakfast, a 5-course land and sea banquet (5pm), Sunday breakfast, midday dinner and concert tickets. Meals and concerts tickets may also be purchased separately.

For further details, and to register, visit or call (570) 897 - 6000

Singles’ Retreat

December 30, 2019 - January 1, 2020

This retreat is packed with fun and fellowship! Speaker Dave Edwards shares relevant and heart-felt messages to guide you in a Christ-centered lifestyle. For 20 years, Dave Edward’s mission is to meet people where they are in life and encourage them in walking with Jesus, learning His ways and discipling others! Enjoy workshops, great food, worship, and of course the

New Years Eve Extravagnaza! with DJ George Flores!

I was lifted up and so encouraged. I left with so much joy. To be in His presence strengthened me! The message was stimulating and the atmosphere and food were great. - reatreat guest 2018 $136 - $230 This retreat begins with an optional buffet on Monday and ends with lunch on Wednesday. Tuesday supper and NYE Party only: $50.

Dave Edwards Speaker

Rachel Roy Worship

For further details, and to register, visit or call (570) 897 - 6000


January 31 - February 2, 2020 Bring your own youth group to this all inclusive winter weekend. The games, worship, and speaker are all here - we just need you!

This weekend consists of teaching, great worship music, and activities geared toward bringing your group closer to God and each other. We can’t wait to have you here! Loved this year more than last! The speaker and band were inspiring and engaging! The whole flow of events for the weekend was fabulous. - retreat guest 2018 $139 per person This retreat begins Friday evening and ends with breakfast on Sunday. Youth Leaders, please call to register your group.

Kevin Mahaffy Jr. Speaker

For further details, and to register, visit or call (570) 897 - 6000

Upcoming 2020 Retreats

Spring Women’s Retreat Couples’ Retreat Mother Daughter Retreat Spring Midweek Retreat Memorial Day Weekend

February 28 - March 1 March 13 - 15 May 8 - 10 May 12 - 14 May 22 - 25

Young Adults Retreat Junior Week Leisure Week I Teen Week Leisure Week II

June 19 - 21 July 5 - 11 July 11 - 17 July 19 - 25 July 25 - 31

How to Register

Registration can be completed online or over the phone! Visit to see event details and register or call (570) 897 - 6000 Questions? Email Our staff would love to answer any questions you have!

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Inn Suites

Brick House Apartment

(queen bed, bunk bed, pull-out sofa, pvt bath, TV)

(1 king, 1 queen, bunk bed, pull-out sofa, pvt bath, TV)

Riverview Suites

Riverside Manor I and II

(1 king bed, pvt bath, TV)

(most have 2 full beds, pvt bath, TV)

Hillside Manor


(2 double beds, pvt bath)

(2 double beds, pvt bath)

The Pines Campus

Ribe Lodge

(Manor House, Duplex and Motel Rooms 1.5 miles from main campus)

(2 twin beds, some pvt bath)

The Overlook

Mountainview Dorms

(bunk beds, some pvt bath)

(bunk beds, shared bath)

3300 River Road, Mount Bethel, PA 18343 (570) 897 - 6000 Fax (570) 897 - 5883 Reservations only (800) 500 - 8872 Address service requested




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