August 8, 2019
Church-Wide Events
This Sunday - Pastor Brian Coles will be bringing Part 2 of our "Why We Do What We Do" series.

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 11:30 a.m. in the Oasis.

Songs - Your Love Awakens Me, Build My Life, How Great Is Your Love, How Great Is Our God
Candidate, Senior Pastor - If you wish to share your affirmation or concern about Student Ministries Pastor Brian Coles as the candidate for the Senior Pastor position upon Pastor Lester's transition, please contact Pastor Lester or Pastor Ken by next Thursday, August 15.

Eastgate House of Prayer - This Tuesday at EHOP we will hear from Devan Colby. For the last three years, Devan has been serving on the YWAM Australia leadership team in Toowoomba, Australia. He has a passion for discipleship, teaching, and empowering people to reach their all. Devan will exhort us to live a life of purpose rooted in worship, prayer, and the fear of the Lord. Come be encouraged and strengthened in your faith as we dive into the Word and spend time in worship and intercession together! Childcare is provided through age 7. All are welcome!
Listing of Petra Events - See what's happening over the next few weeks at Petra.
Episode 157: Why We Respond the Way We Respond - Church Habits & Culture - A Conversation with Caleb Gudgeon. Today we want to look at how the congregation acts and behaves within the worship service. Why do we raise our hands, clap, etc. Is that just emotionalism? How a community responds sets an atmosphere and culture that affects the community.

Marriage Ministry
Online registration for the 2019 Marriage Beach Retreat from September 27-29 in Ocean City, Maryland, closes tomorrow (Friday). There is still room for approximately 12 couples. Enjoy a great weekend with your spouse and others, and be encouraged through a terrific DVD series by Andy Stanley called "Staying in Love." The cost is $285 per couple, with at least a $25 deposit at registration; full payment is due by August 23. If you register online, please note that you have to have a Realm login to be able to pay the deposit; otherwise, you will be charged the full amount at registration. We hope you can join us!
Regional Events
Everyone in Region I (Goodville/Narvon) is invited to a Chicken Barbecue Picnic next Saturday, August 17, at 5 p.m. It will again be held at the home of Lee and Darlene Stoltzfus, 285 Horseshoe Lane, Narvon. The event will feature food, fun, and friendship for both young and old! Chicken barbecue and hot dogs will be provided. Please bring a hot or cold dish to share. For questions, please call or text Betty Esh at 610-286-5780.

Regions A & C (New Holland East & West) Picnic in the Park - Join us for an evening of food and fellowship on Sunday, August 25, at the east-most pavilion in the New Holland Park. Feel free to arrive as early as 4 p.m. The meal will be served at 5. The main dish, beverages, ice cream, and paper products will be provided. Please bring a side to share. Feel free to bring board and yard games as well. Please RSVP through Realm. For more info, contact Laurie Eadline at or 717-354-7514.
Petra Women
Let's Walk Together! Walk with other women on the Petra walking path again this Tuesday from 6 to 7 p.m.! You can park in the South Parking Lot and meet at the south entrance to the path. Feel free to bring your children.
Petra Men
Guys' Night Out - How about a great night out with lots of fun and food, including hamburgers, hot dogs, fries, and ice cream? All guys ages 12 and up are invited to Guys' Night Out on Friday, August 23, from 6 to 10 p.m. at Petra. Active events will include volleyball, archery tag, Ultimate Frisbee, and the movie "Risen." No registration is required; just come on out and bring a friend! Donations will be accepted at the event.
Student Ministries
Student Ministries is celebrating summertime with special events at Petra on Sunday, August 25, from 12:30 to 3 p.m.! Everyone in EDGE 56 and EDGE 78 is invited to Sunday Funday , which offers a pizza lunch, Italian ice, games, water activities, and cool prizes.
Everyone in High School is invited to a Sunday Hangout with pizza and wings, Italian ice, volleyball, and lawn games. Parents are encouraged to join us for a half-hour meeting at 12:30 for important info and a bird’s-eye view of the coming year.
The 2019 High School Fall Retreat is set for September 6-8 at Refreshing Mountain! Students will spend the weekend connecting with friends and leaders, worshiping, learning through dynamic teaching times, and lots of fun activities, such as ziplining, swimming, and much more. Online registration is now open.
Kingdom Kids
2019-20 Classes - We can hardly believe our year is coming to an end on August 25! We’ve had a great time learning to be disciples of Jesus. For the elementary kids, we will continue our discipleship teachings through September. Then, in October, we will see the start of our new lesson set, “Epic Teachings of the Bible.” We are going to dig into the Fruit of the Spirit, The Lord’s Prayer, The 10 Commandments, and more!

Fourth Grade Graduation will take place on Sunday, August 25, as the children transition from Kingdom Kids to EDGE 56. Parents of fourth graders are welcome to join their child upstairs after check-in for approximately 40 minutes. The fourth graders will then head to the fifth grade room to meet their EDGE 56 leaders.

Step-Up Day, when all Early Childhood and Elementary children move up their new classes, will take place on Sunday, September 1.

Would you consider serving with us this year? We currently need around 30 (25 Elementary and 6 Early Childhood) awesome people to join our team and pour into the lives of Petra’s children. It’s 13 Sundays spread out over the course of the year, September to August. Please contact Andrea Kauffman at to start the process!
Local Outreach
Petra Homestead Project - On Saturday, August 17 and 24, we will continue to work on installing vinyl plank flooring at the Petra farmhouse, along with installing baseboard and quarter-round trim. Our goal is to have the house substantially completed by mid- to late September. Your help would be greatly appreciated to enable us to meet that goal. If you can serve in this way, contact Rich Esh at or call or text him at 610-401-6554. Let him know if you able to help on one or both of those Saturdays or if you would prefer to work during the week.
Global Missions
Mission Prayer Focus - Alan and Carol Wert and their three children serve as Petra missionaries with Eastern Mennonite Missions in Wales, where they serve alongside local churches in various forms of equipping and community outreach in a multicultural urban setting. Pray for God’s anointing and wisdom as they seek to be salt and light, sharing God’s love to those in their community. Pray for good connections with family, friends, and supporters as they spend a few weeks in PA this month.
Ten Million for Christ Women's Luncheon - All women are invited to a garden party on behalf of Ten Million for Christ next Saturday, August 17, from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. It will be hosted on the Martin Family property at 697 Wallace Road, New Holland. Come for hors d'oeuvres, a complimentary lunch catered by the Speckled Hen Café, and an inspiring message by Donna Shuler, President of Shalom Services, who will be speaking from her wealth of ministry experiences in the US and Romania. There will also be sharing by Jeremy Leaman, Executive Director of Ten Million for Christ, and Janice Baldauf, Prayer Coordinator. Learn how you can be a part of this exciting mission! Register here by Wednesday.
Thailand Work Team Opportunity - There is still space available on the work team which will be serving in Thailand from November 2-12. The team will partner with CityLights Church (the Hopewell Network church plant) to do construction and renovation of its building. Persons with experience in building, masonry, or construction are preferred. For more information, or to apply, visit this webpage . The registration deadline is next Thursday.
Ham Loaf Fundraiser Meal - Plan now for a delicious meal of ham loaf, green beans, gourmet potatoes, and cookies on Sunday, August 18, at 12:30 p.m. This is a fundraiser for Nicole Hurst, who is serving with YWAM in Hawaii. Take-outs will be available at 10:30 a.m.
2019 Wales Vision Banquet - Be inspired by Alan and Carol Wert and family as they share stories from Cardiff, Wales, at their banquet on Tuesday, August 20, at the Inn at Leola. Among other things, they will describe ways to reach out to and build connection with those who have no, or very few, religious beliefs. Come at 6 p.m. for a Meet & Greet; dinner starts at 6:30. There is no cost for the banquet, but an offering will be received. Register here by next Thursday.
Petra Family News

Blessings to Shane Yoder, Petra’s Media Producer, and his wife Katelyn upon the birth of their daughter, Marlowe Joy, on August 3. 

Congratulations to Steve and Debbie Purvis as they have joined the Petra Church family as members.
Last Week Update
August 4, 2019

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