December 5, 2019
Church-Wide Events
Join us this Sunday as Pastor Lester brings us Part 2 of the God Speaks teaching series. His message is entitled "Ways God Speaks."

BELONG: The Journey - The focus of BELONG this Sunday is "Grow." Learn how to develop lifetime habits for spiritual growth and to help others grow as well. Meet at 9:30 or 11:30 a.m. in the Oasis.

Songs - Great Things, Living Hope, Worthy Is The Lamb, O Praise The Name, O Come All Ye Faithful
The Petra Family Christmas Card Exchange is in full swing! Drop off cards in one of the collection baskets in the Lobby or Atrium. Pick up cards from the appropriate box at the card display in the Atrium. It would be helpful if you could alphabetize and rubber-band your cards. Please also be sure to include first and last names on your cards, with the names of both husbands and wives. You may pick up a current listing of Petra members and regular attenders at the Resource Hub, if you wish.
Christmas Photos - While you’re in the Atrium thinking about Christmas cards, how about taking advantage of a holiday “photo booth” that’s been set up in the lobby of the Student Life Center? Bring your camera or phone to the booth between the Sunday services and we’ll have someone available to take your picture. Bring your friends and family and create some memories!
Child Dedication - Dedicating a child to the Lord means that you, as parents, are committing your child to God and to his purposes. If you would like to dedicate your child on Sunday, December 29, please register online or call the Church Office by Friday, December 20.
Building the Café Team - The new Petra Café Managers, Adam and Hannah Reimers, are looking to build up the team to operate an amazing Café to serve you on Sunday mornings. More volunteers are needed to serve in the Café one Sunday a month. This is a great opportunity for couples, families, or individuals. If you are interested and want to learn more about the options, please contact Suelda Hurst at .
2020 Tithe/Offering Envelopes - With 2020 on the horizon, it's time to distribute the Petra Offering Envelopes. You will find them on a table in the Atrium next to the Resource Hub over the next four weeks. They are in alphabetical order. You only need to use these envelopes if you are giving cash or if you frequently designate funds; you do not need them if you give online, through the Petra App, or by check.
Have you gotten a Realm login yet? If not, you’re missing out! Realm is a great tool for our church and the way we most communicate with everyone at Petra. You can quickly register for events, connect with people in your group, find someone’s contact info, RSVP to invitations, and so much more! Only one email address can be used for a login, so if you would like to have your own login, just click on the button below.
EHOP - Join us this Tuesday at 7 p.m. as Patrick Wilson shares on “Grace as the Foundation for Effective Prayer.” Patrick, who has pastored several churches in the Hopewell Network, has a deep passion for the Word of God and enjoys equipping the body of Christ. Be encouraged and strengthened in your faith as we worship and pray together corporately. Childcare is provided through age 7. All are welcome!
DOVE Hopewell Ministry Training will be offered next Friday and Saturday, December 13 & 14, at Petra. The focus is on "Revival, The Bible, and Church History." Learn how to study, interpret, and proclaim the scriptures. If you want to audit the classes, you may register at the door; the cost per weekend is $125 per person or $215 per married couple For more information, go online or contact Pastor Brian Flewelling .
Christmas Eve Program - Our Christmas Eve Program, with the theme “Light of the World," will have scriptural narration, powerful music, Christmas carols, and a special surprise for the kids! Do you need a tool by which to invite your friends and family? Pick up a postcard of invitation from one of the Hubs.
EHOP’s New Year’s Eve “Speak 20/20” - Join us for a powerful time of worship, intercession, and declaration as we hone in on God’s plans and purposes for 2020 – for ourselves, our families, our church, our community, and our region! It runs from Tuesday, December 31, at 7 p.m. through Wednesday, January 1, at 12:30 a.m. Prophetic ministry will be offered throughout the evening, beginning at 8:30 p.m. Come for an hour or stay the whole time. Families and children are welcome!
Listing of Petra Events - See what's happening over the next few weeks at Petra.
Petra Women
Widows' Christmas Luncheon - Come for delicious food and a cookie exchange at a Christmas Luncheon for widows this Sunday at 1 p.m. in the SLC Loft. Use your Realm invitation to sign up for a food item and also a dozen cookies for the cookie exchange. If you don't have a Realm login, you can call or text Jon Ann at 717-201-6422 or Mary Ann at 717- 669-6474. Please bring a copy of your cookie recipe to the luncheon.

Walking Group for Women - This Tuesday from 6 to 7 p.m. is our final walk of the season! Feel free to bring your children. You can park in the South Parking Lot and meet at the south entrance to the walking path. In case of inclement weather, please text Sharon Zimmerman at 717-286-3760.
Student Ministries
This Wednesday is the final day to sign up for Bible Quizzing! If you're in grade 7 through age 20 , don't miss this opportunity to study God's Word and build friendships in a fun and competitive environment. We will have Thursday night practices from January 2 through March 12 and Sunday afternoon practices and evening matches from January 12 through March 8, ending with an Invitational Tournament at LBC in mid-March. We’ll be studying stories of Joseph and Esther this year. Any questions? Email Alicia Jensen at . Grab your friends and register online!
Local Outreach
2019 Christmas Outreach - Reach out to the women and children served by Good Samaritan Services. Pick a gift tag from the Christmas tree in the Lobby or Atrium and bring your gift to the carts near the trees by December 22. All gifts should be wrapped and clearly marked with the tag.
New Life for Girls, Lancaster , is hosting an Open House with new directors Maribel and Naro Rivera this Saturday from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. The address is 342 W. Chestnut Street, Lancaster. Tour the facility and learn more about New Life for Girls!
Global Missions
Mission Prayer Focus - Nacho and Merrilee Barrera and their family serve as Petra missionaries with Hopewell Asia Missions, providing discipleship and leadership coaching to indigenous believers at CityLights Church in Thailand. Their family is preparing to return full-time to Thailand next year, provided their support needs are met. Pray for the release of God’s provision for all they need as they prepare to return to Thailand. Pray also for God to raise up additional workers to join them – a homeschool teacher and additional people to serve on the church planting team.
Petra Family News

 We welcome two precious babies to the Petra Church family:

McKenna Grace, a daughter born to Paul and Rebekah Daly on November 30

Ethan Zane, a son born to Tim and Danae Jensen yesterday

Thank You
Thank you for the flowers, cards, and sympathy condolences with the passing of my father. We greatly appreciate the Petra Church family. – Naomi Weaver
Last Week Update
December 1, 2019

General Fund
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Last Week's Giving:
Building Fund