June 6, 2019
Church-Wide Events
This Sunday is Missions Sunday! We are privileged to have Kevin Graves with us, along with an Asian church leader. Kevin is Director of Target Ministries, a ministry focused on sharing the Good News among unreached people groups in Asia. He will be sharing a compelling message you will not want to miss! We will also have 30 or so displays where you can learn about Petra missionaries, field ministries, and ways you can be involved in missions.

Streaming This Sunday - Although worship and announcements will be live streamed as usual, the message will not; a previous year's message will be aired in its place.

Songs This Sunday - Open The Gates, No Longer Slaves, Reckless Love, O Praise The Name, Driven By Love
BELONG: The Journey is offered only during the 11 a.m. service over the summer. The focus this Sunday is "Grow." Learn how to develop lifetime habits for spiritual growth and how to help others grow as well. Meet at 11:30 a.m. in the Oasis.

Prayer and Worship Event - All are invited to a 26-Hour Burn tomorrow (Friday) at 7 p.m. through Saturday at 9 p.m. at Good Shepherd Community Church, 1360 Ridge Avenue, Reamstown. We will be contending for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit in our region through 26 hours of unending worship to Jesus.

VBS 2019 - There will be NO regularly-scheduled evening activities this Monday through Friday in light of our "Roar" Vacation Bible School, except for a few meetings in the Office Wing. Read more about this year's VBS under Kingdom Kids!
Child Dedication - We encourage parents to dedicate their children to the Lord as modeled for us in the Bible. Our next Child Dedication is set for Sunday, June 30, during both services. Register online or by calling the church office during normal business hours by June 21.
Listing of Petra Events - See what's happening over the next few weeks at Petra.
Senior Adults + Marriage Ministry
Mini Golf Activity - If you're 62+ and would enjoy some fun and fellowship over a game of miniature golf, join us at Water's Edge Mini Golf in Bird-in-Hand on Saturday, June 22, at 5:30 p.m. The golf course is adjacent to Bird-in-Hand Restaurant and Motor Inn. Following the golf game we will enjoy ice cream at the snack area. There's no need to register; just come! Both the golf game and the ice cream are self-pay.
Couples' Night Out - Married couples, join us on Saturday, June 22, from 5 to 9 p.m. for a Couples’ Night Out! Come on out for a great time of fun and fellowship as we enjoy a meal together and play volleyball, archery tag, and cornhole. The cost is $15 per couple. Register online or at the West Hub by June 20. Sorry, no childcare is provided.
Petra Men
Men's Breakfast - All guys age 13 and up are invited for some great food and fellowship at Yoder's on Saturday, June 15, at 7 a.m. Chris Buck will be sharing his story. Chris is a teacher at Cocalico High School, where he teaches World Studies and Political Science courses. He’s the Chairman of the ELANCO Republican Committee, on Congressman Smucker’s Workforce and Education Committee, and serves as campaign manager for Senator Aument. He has coached high school baseball and a couple of his kids’ soccer teams. Chris plays drums with the Petra Worship Team and is famous for his part in the Sunday morning video announcements. He is married to Emily and a father to four children.
Student Ministries
Registration is now open for The Rally All Night , an amazing event for high school and middle school students in our region! It’s November 15-16 from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. Not only do we have a great line-up of artists, including Hollyn, but we’re excited to offer an inspiring time together filled with games, prizes, entertainment, worship, and God’s Word! Be one of the first 100 to register to receive a chance at one of five back-stage experiences!
Registration is also open for EDGE 56 and EDGE 78’s trip to Go ‘N Bananas Family Fun Center in Lancaster. It’s Monday, June 24, with drop-off at Petra at 5 p.m. and pick-up at 9. Come for laser tag, a spin zone, mini bowling, arcade games, and more! There are two ticket options: a Safari Pass for $15 or a Nano Pass (which includes a ropes course) for $20. A light snack will be provided. Register online by June 20!
Kingdom Kids
It's almost here, and the excitement is growing! It's our 2019 Vacation Bible School , which is running next week – Monday through Friday – from 6:30 to 8:45 p.m. The theme is “Roar: Life is Wild . . . God is Good.” Kids from age 4 through Grade 5 will love this African adventure filled with incredible music, creative games, fun snacks, and amazing Bible activities! Online registration continues through this Sunday noon. If you need assistance with online registration, please contact Jenny Sensenig by tomorrow (Friday) afternoon at jennys@petra.church .

  • What to Expect - Catch the excitement of the large-group opening in the Sanctuary and then travel through several awesome rotations, including Wild Bible Adventures, The Watering Hole, and Stampede Sports. Preschoolers (ages 4 and 5) will enjoy their own rotations of Bible time, crafts, and snacks and games.

  • VBS Registration - We would like to focus on our community guests on our first night, helping them get registered and settled in. Here's how you can help: PLEASE register your own children and any guests you may be bringing with you by completing online registration by 12 noon this Sunday. Thanks for your help in making our community feel comfortable as they join us for VBS.

  • VBS T-shirts for children may be purchased in the Atrium this Sunday and every night next week at VBS. The cost is $3 per shirt.

  • This year’s VBS offering will go toward raising money for Cure International. Cure has hospitals all over the world that provide surgeries for children with cleft palates and other disabilities. They bring healing and the hope of Jesus to children around the world!
  • Thank you!!! We are excited and encouraged by the congregation’s response to serve during VBS. We are ready to see God move and come alive in the lives of the kids next week . . . and that’s all thanks to YOU! As always, we can always use help with clean-up on Friday night.
Fellowship of Christian Athletes is hosting an Eastern Lancaster County Power (Sports) Camp at Petra for young athletes ages 8 to 12 who want to develop their skill in sports. The dates are Monday through Thursday, June 17-20, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Young athletes may choose from baseball, basketball, softball, field hockey, soccer, and lacrosse. The camp involves the local community with high school students and coaches leading the athletes. The cost is $150; some scholarships are available. For more info, contact Diana Roth at droth@fca.org .
Local Outreach
Petra Homestead Project - Interior trim is nearing completion at the Petra farmhouse. Help is needed this Saturday to prepare for spray painting, including filling nail holes, caulking, and taping, as well as total cleaning. There is also a small amount of porch ceiling soffit and fascia to complete. Please contact Rich Esh at richesh125@gmail.com or call or text Rich at 610-401-6554. Thank you!
Save the Date - On Thursday, July 4, we will be opening our parking lot and fields to the community to watch the New Holland Fireworks. Beverages and chips will be provided – possibly also a food truck. If you would like to help with this community outreach, please text or call Keida Medina at (717) 333-1019.
Global Missions
Mission Prayer Focus - Kenny and Stephanie Stoner and their family serve part-time as Petra missionaries at the YWAM Montana base, where Kenny assists with maintenance and auto repair at the base. Pray for God’s leading as they connect with persons in the community where they live. Pray for strength, health, and wisdom for them.
Kenya Construction Team – We are looking for up to 10 men and women to join some young adults to build a house in Kenya for a pastor who serves with the Destiny Network of Churches led by Pastor Titus Mbai. Construction experience is helpful but not necessary. The location is Kilifi, where several teams have gone in the past to build a school and do a medical clinic. Details are still being finalized. The trip would be 10-12 days in early October. For more information, please contact Jessica Kiefski at j ess76970@gmail.com or 717-201-1690.
Petra Family News

Our love and sympathy to Bob and Debbie Byler upon the death of Debbie's mother on June 4.

Our love and sympathy to Larry and Patricia Smith upon the death of Patricia's mother on June 4.

Thank You
Thank you so much for the many prayers, cards, flowers, meals, visits, and even cleaning during my recent surgery and recovery. It was greatly appreciated. May God bless you all. - Mim Reiff

We thank everyone who sent us messages, notes, cards, and flowers after my mother, Ruth Musser's, death. We also greatly appreciated the prayers sent our way as we said goodbye this side of Heaven. Thank you. - Jerry & Carol Musser
Last Week Update
June 2, 2019

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