Thursday, February 25, 2021
Church-Wide Events
This Sunday - Nick Stumbo, Executive Director of Pure Desire Ministries, will be sharing a message called "Purifying My Desires: Understanding the Goodness of God in our Sexuality." Read an introduction to Nick below.
Due to the sensitive nature of this topic, parents should exercise discretion about including their children in the adult services this Sunday. Fifth and sixth graders will be invited to EDGE 56.
You will be able to buy a copy of Ted Roberts' book, Pure Desire, at the Resource Hub for $15. There will also be a table in the Atrium for the purchase of other books and resources from Pure Desire.
The Lifespring table this Sunday will have information about upcoming Petra groups related to this topic, including Sexual Integrity 101, Helping Her Heal, and Unraveled.
As a third-generation pastor, Nick Stumbo observed first-hand the fallout of sexual brokenness and devastation in the lives of men and women in the church.
After facing his own addiction to pornography, Nick and his wife, Michelle, found hope and healing through the counseling and group ministries of Pure Desire. It radically changed their lives! His public disclosure to his church body led to much forgiveness and healing and the launch of Pure Desire groups for men and women.
Today, as the Executive Director of Pure Desire, Nick continues to believe that the church can become a place of healing. He is the author of Setting Us Free and Safe: Creating a Culture of Grace in a Climate of Shame.
Nick lives in Oregon with his wife and four children.
Songs This Sunday - Your Love Awakens Me, Awaken The Dawn, How Great Is Your Love, How Great Is Our God
BELONG: The Journey - The focus of BELONG this Sunday is on "The Holy Spirit." We'll look at how Jesus' disciples interacted with the Holy Spirit and how we can relate to the Spirit today. Join us at 9:30 or 11:30 a.m. in the Café.
Petra Memorial Park - If you have been considering the purchase of a burial plot at our Memorial Park, come to the table in the Atrium this Sunday. Pick up a packet and check out the options.
Sunday Morning Services - We will continue to stream both services through the Petra App, Facebook, YouTube, and our website at To listen to the service over the phone, dial 717-481-4068.
Child Dedication - We encourage parents to dedicate their children to the Lord as modeled for us in the Bible. If you would like to dedicate your child on Sunday, March 7, please register online or call the church office at 717-354-5394 during normal business hours by tomorrow, February 26. Please also submit photos of your child by tomorrow to
Water Baptism is set for Sunday morning, March 14. It's for anyone age 10 and up who wants to be baptized, including those who were too young to understand a previous baptism and those who have made a recommitment to the Lord and wish to be baptized a second time. Register online and attend a class either this Sunday, February 28, at 9 a.m. or on March 7 at 11 a.m.
Eastgate House of Prayer
ACTIVATE School of the Prophetic - “The Language of God” - Do you ever wonder if God is speaking to you or trying to show you something? In Session Four, taking place this Tuesday at 7 p.m., EHOP Director Kara Sensenig will help us take a closer look at interpreting dreams, visions, and other spiritual events. Childcare is provided through age 7. If you plan to attend with children, please contact Andrea Michener here. Don't miss this opportunity to be equipped to use your gifts in a safe and life-giving environment!
EHOP will be hosting a Night of Prayer for the Region and Nation on Saturday, March 13, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary. We are excited to have two guest worship leaders – Stephen Jenks from Eagles’ Wings and Jamie Fitt from Philadelphia Tabernacle of David. Join us for a powerful time of worship and intercession as we pray for Heaven to impact our region and nation! Childcare will be provided. 
Save The Date - Experience God’s love in a powerful way by attending the Hope, Healing, and Freedom Conference at Petra on Saturday, March 20, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.! Barry and Sandra Falkenstine, who have been ministering Restoring the Foundations (RTF) for 26 years, will be the presenters. You'll learn about Restoring the Foundations’ integrated approach to biblical healing and have a chance to experience healing and freedom for yourself. Watch for additional information. Register online by March 14.
Petra Prayer
Saturday Night Prayer - You are invited to be a part of our weekly Saturday night prayer group! We pray for God’s presence in our lives and in the happenings at Petra and beyond. Join us here via Zoom from 8 to 9 p.m. On March 6, we will again begin meeting in person in the Sanctuary, with Zoom as an option for those who cannot join us in person. Your prayers are vital as we pray for God's presence and his kingdom in our midst.
Marriage Ministry
Marriage Event - Plan now for a good evening of fellowship and resourcing on the topic of “Finances and Marriage.” It’s designed for all married and engaged couples! It will take place on Saturday, March 27, from 5-8 p.m. Brandon and Crystal Yunginger will be sharing their story. A pizza meal will be provided at 5 p.m. Childcare for children from birth through age 10 will be provided after supper. Cost: $10. Please register online.
Childcare Opportunity, Marriage Event - We are looking for Petra-approved childcare workers – both adults and teens (at least 14) – who can provide childcare at our next event, “Finances and Marriage,” on Saturday, March 27, from 6 to 8 p.m. These are paid positions. Clearances are required. If interested, please contact Kaci Fisher at 717-572-4078 or
Petra Women
Don't miss Women's Night Out tomorrow, February 26, from 6 to 10 p.m. for a fabulous time together at Petra! It’s a Coffee Shop Extravaganza – featuring specialty coffees, freshly-made stroopies, sliders, soup, and gourmet cupcakes, along with volleyball, table games, and a movie featuring a lovable VW bug! We’ll also be hearing from Erica Sensenig about the ministry of North Star Initiative. Donations will be received to help cover the cost of the event and to bless North Star Initiative. It’s for all women ages 12 and up. Please enter at the East Entrance, and be sure to invite a friend!
Lipstick and Crayons, a Fellowship for Moms and Children - "Show & Tell, Mom Style" - Do you have a favorite recipe, a mom hack, or a how-to skill to share? If so, we want to hear from you! Join us this Wednesday at 9:15 a.m. for a fun and relaxing morning where we can learn from each other! Childcare is provided for all children from infants on up.
Petra Men
Guys' Night Out – How about a great night out with lots of fun and loads of food, including pizza, wings, and ice cream? All guys ages 12 and up are invited to Guys' Night Out on Friday, March 5, from 6 to 10 p.m. at Petra. We’ll have volleyball, spikeball, table games, and guy time. There’s no need to register; just come on out and bring a friend! Donations will be received at the event.
Student Ministries
Parent Meeting - Join us this Sunday, February 28, after the 11 a.m. service for a brief High School parent meeting in the Oasis. You’ll have the opportunity to learn more about Pastor James Blake, hear what’s been happening and what the rest of the year looks like, and learn about mission opportunities for 2021. We hope to see each family there! If you would prefer to join us via Zoom, please use this link and enter this passcode: highschool.
Global Missions
Mission Prayer Focus - Chris and April Zimmerman are Petra missionaries serving on staff as part of the leadership team of YWAM Lancaster. They also oversee PA Mission Builder teams. Pray for God’s leading, anointing, and provision as they assist with leadership at YWAM Lancaster and as they help to organize teams to do construction and renovations at various YWAM bases. They are the featured Text-to-Give missionaries this week. Text PetraGive to 73256 and select their name from the list at the link provided.
Mission Opportunities - Are you disappointed that short-term mission trips have been cancelled because of COVID? While short-term missions may look different these days, there are still plenty of ways you can get involved. You can serve as individuals, families, or with a group of friends! For a list of ministries that offer mission and service opportunities locally – and throughout the U.S. – go to or pick up info at one of the Hubs.
Community Event
Everyone is invited to YWAM Lancaster’s Community Night + DTS Graduation on Thursday, March 11, at 7 p.m. It will take place at the Warehouse 100 facility (100 West Franklin Street) in New Holland. Come for worship, testimonies, and plenty of celebration tied to YWAM Lancaster's first DTS (Discipleship Training School) graduation ceremony!
Petra Family News
Congratulations to Rodney Zimmerman as he has joined the Petra Church family as a member.
Last Week Update
February 21, 2021
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