Tuscarora Lutheran Parish | Mercersburg • Upton • Williamson

Youth Bake Sale at St. John’s Fair Trade Fair

November 11, 2023 a Youth Group Bake Sale table was setup at St. John’s for their annual Fair Trade Fair.  Thank you to all who donated goods for the table, we nearly sold out!  The profit for the event was nearly $300.00.  All proceeds from youth events were deposited into the Parish Youth Group Account and will be used toward parish missions and youth group events.


Caramel Apple Stand at

Mercersburg TownFest

On September 30, 2023 TLYIA hosted their Caramel Apple Stand at Mercersburg Townfest.  Many hands made light work as we coated and packaged nearly 200 apples! The apples were given to the Youth Group at a discounted rate from Andrew’s Farm Market.  The event was as fun as the apples were delicious. Tammy Barto remarked on our Facebook Post, “Absolutely delicious!! Wish I would have bought more.”  Our cash box count at the end of the day was $764.00.  After our starter cash and reimbursements for caramel and supplies, our total profit was $268.84.   Thank you to all the volunteers who made this event a success.

Lutheran World Relief Personal Care Kits

The youth joined members of Tuscarora Lutheran Parish to help assemble Personal Care kits on September 10, 2023 at St. John’s. In total, 53 kits were completed.  Each kit contained a towel, a sturdy comb, toothbrush, two bars of soap and nail clippers.  Pastor Warren provided pizza for the crew.

Snow Tubing at Whitetail

Kids just wanna have fun!  Sometimes you have to take a break from volunteering and just enjoy some good old-fashioned fellowship time with your Lutheran friends.  On Sunday Feburary 5, TLYIA took a field trip to Whitetail Ski Resort in Mercersburg for an exciting day of snow tubing.  Even some of the adults got into the action. Enjoy photos and videos from our adventure on the slopes – and join us next time!


On Sunday December 10, youth members and families shopped at Kohl’s in Chambersburg for 5 under-privileged students at JBMS.  Each child received a winter coat, sneakers, socks, hat or gloves, and 2 outfits.  Thanks to profits made at the Caramel Apple Sale and Fair Trade Fair Bake Sale, generous donations by Tuscarora Lutheran members and friends and a $250.00 Thrivent Lutheran gift card, we were able to allot $150.00 per child.  The youth wrapped the gifts and were delivered to JBMS.

Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes

During the Fair Trade Event at St. John’s on November 12, youth members and friends packed over 50 shoe boxes for operation Christmas Child!  Items were donated by members of Tuscarora Lutheran and purchased with Thrivent Lutheran gift cards donated by St. Stephen’s members.  The shoeboxes were delivered for distribution to needy children worldwide.

Fall Festival at Camp Nawakawa

Sunday, October 23 marked a fun day out for Tuscarora Lutheran Youth in Action.  Parish youth joined fellow Lutherans at Camp Nawakwa for their Annual Fall Festival.  Bus travel was generously donated and provided by St. John’s member Tom Gift. Mr. Gift and his son chauffeured the group in style; picking up the youth and their families at St. John’s and St. Stephen’s respectively.  Once at Nawakwa, we hiked through the wooded trails, piled in a wagon for a festive hayride, toured the grounds and toasted marshmallows.  The event concluded with an outdoor worship service and catered meal.