May 16, 2019
Church-Wide Events
This Sunday - Pastor Brian Flewelling will be sharing a message called "When God is Silent."

BELONG: The Journey - The focus of BELONG this Sunday is on "Grow." Learn how to develop lifetime habits for spiritual growth and how to help others grow as well. Meet at 9:30 or 11:30 a.m. in the Oasis.
"Leading Together" - Pastor Lester introduced his new booklet, "Leading Together," last Sunday. A complimentary copy will be available again this Sunday to anyone who would like one at the tables in the Lobby and Atrium. You can also download this booklet from our website at or purchase a Kindle version at Amazon for $1.
Eastgate House of Prayer - Join us this Tuesday at 7 p.m. as Allan Yoder – Hopewell Network International Apostle and pastor of Good Shepherd Community Church – shares some significant spiritual history of Lancaster County, including hindrances and keys to releasing more of the Holy Spirit. Jonathan Martin will lead our prayer time as we press in for a historic outpouring of the Holy Spirit in our region. All are invited as well to the 26-Hour Burn from June 7 at 7 p.m. to June 8 at 9 a.m. at Good Shepherd Community Church, Reamstown. We will be contending for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit in our region through 26 hours of unending worship to Jesus.
Senior Pastor Succession Update – As most of you know, within the next two years Pastor Lester will be transitioning out of his role as Senior Pastor. We have targeted 2019 as the year to identify his successor, followed by a year of transition. We are now accepting the resumes of people from within Petra for the Senior Pastor role. If interested, please submit your resume to Pastor Lester or Pastor Ken by tomorrow (Friday) . Please keep this process in your prayers.
First Responders Appreciation Day - We will be recognizing first responders on Sunday, June 2, as a way to convey our thanks for their courage, commitment, and extraordinary service. This is for both Petra and community people who serve as fire fighters, EMTs, law enforcement officers, and others who respond to emergency situations. First responders will receive free tickets to a Reading Phillies baseball game and be offered a pizza lunch after the 11 a.m. service.
Listing of Petra Events - See what's happening over the next few weeks at Petra.
Episode 145: Women in Church Leadership – A Conversation with Erma Zimmerman – Pastor Erma shares about her journey as a woman in church leadership; how she and her husband learned to work together; and why it's so important the church learns to release women in leadership.
Beginning the week of June 2, we will be starting three summer-term life groups for anyone at Petra who's interested: the Conquer Series for men, Amplified Fitness for men, and a study group for women called "Discerning the Voice of God," by Priscilla Shirer. Register online or - for those groups with a cost (Conquer Series and Women's Study Group) - at the West Hub. Otherwise sign up in the Lobby or Atrium. Visit this webpage for more information.
Senior Adults
Senior adults (62+) are invited to a tour of Kreider Farms this Monday with lunch afterward at Enck’s Catering. Experience the sights, sounds, and smells of a real, working dairy farm where 1,700 cows are milked three times every day! Meet at Petra at 9 a.m. to carpool. The cost of $21.50 per person includes both the tour and the lunch. Register online or at the West Hub by this Sunday at 1 p.m. For more info, visit the Kreider Farms website .
Petra Home School Support Group registration forms are now available for the 2019-20 school year. If you are interested, please contact Cynthia Blank at 717-824-0747, Janelle Reitz at 717-875-9138, or Melanie Mohler at 717-738-0836. The deadline to register is June 23. Thank you!
Petra Women
Come and have some fun at a Free Yard Sale this Saturday from 7 to 11 a.m.! Drop off your donations at the Gym TODAY or tomorrow (Friday) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sorry, we cannot accept appliances, computers, or TVs. If you can help sort and organize the donations, please contact Jaci Kulp at f . Help is also needed on Saturday from 11 to 12:30 for clean-up. Thank you!
Widows - Join us for a Spring Luncheon and Games on Sunday, June 2, at 1 p.m. in the SLC Loft. If you have the following games, please bring them along: 5 Crowns, Quiddler, Scrabble, Up Words, 4 Down, and Quirkle. Register via Realm, indicating the food you would like to bring, or contact Jon Ann Frederick at 717-201-6422.
Petra Men
Men's Breakfast - All guys age 13 and up are invited to a Men's Breakfast at Yoder's this Saturday at 7 a.m. Brad Ortenzi will be sharing his remarkable journey. After four and a half years of serving with ZOE International in Thailand, Brad is now back in the area as ZOE’s Eastern USA Regional Director. Visit for more info about ZOE and the ZOE team preparing for the 2019 Race Across America.
THE WAKE - Young Adults
Young Adult Mission Trip - Join us for our annual week of work and fun at Fair Haven Camps in Maine. You'll have a blast while serving the Lord from June 23-29. This trip is for young adults ages 18 to 28, single or married. The cost is $100 per person. For more info, contact Cordell Stauffer at 717-725-9928 or . Register online HERE by Sunday, June 9.
Kingdom Kids
Vacation Bible School - Kids, get ready to roar! We're talking about VBS – this summer’s “mane” event. The theme is “Roar! Life is Wild . . . God is Good.” At Roar, kids will participate in memorable Bible-learning activities, sing amazing songs, play teamwork-building games, eat super-fun snacks, and experience one-of-a-kind Wild Bible Adventures. It's for all kids from age 4 through Grade 5. It'll run from Monday through Friday, June 10-14, from 6:30 to 8:45 p.m. Register online now!

Remember, it takes a team of 250 volunteers – both youth and adults – to reach 350 kids at VBS! We’ve already had an awesome response of 170 people! We still need 46 volunteers for elementary; 3 for preschool; 10 substitutes; and 4 for childcare. Come on, everyone – check out the display in the Atrium and clear that board!
Local Outreach
Thank you to all who donated diapers during the “Go Beyond” Diaper Drive. We collected a total of 2,047 diapers to benefit Susquehanna Valley Pregnancy Services.
Global Missions
Mission Prayer Focus - Ben and Kayte Musselman and their family serve as Petra long-term missionaries in Thailand with ZOE International, a ministry that combats human trafficking and serves people in need in Northern Thailand. Pray for God’s peace, joy, and provision for their family as they serve.

Pulled Pork Fundraiser Meal - Enjoy pulled pork sandwiches with coleslaw, pickles, chips, and dessert this Sunday at 12:30 p.m. The proceeds will go toward Ben and Kayte Musselman, who serve as missionaries in Thailand with ZOE International. Take-outs will be available after the 9 a.m. service.

Spring Banquet, InSTEP Ministries International - Darryl and Joyce Henson, who mentor and train pastors and church leaders throughout Eastern Europe and Russia, invite everyone to their Annual Spring Banquet at Yoder’s on Wednesday, May 29, at 6:15 p.m. The guest speakers are Krzysztof and Amy Wisniewski from Prusczc Gdanski, Poland. Darryl and Joyce will also provide a vision update. There is no charge for the meal, but you will have an opportunity to give toward this ministry. Register here by next Sunday, May 26.
Petra Family News

Blessings to Jason Brault and Lea Harnish as they are joined together in marriage on Saturday.

Blessings to Jack Leyland and Nadine Zimmerman as they too are united in marriage on Saturday.
. Last Week Update
May 12, 2019

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