Thursday, June 10, 2021
Church-Wide Events
This Sunday - Join us as Lead Pastor Brian Coles shares a message called “Marriage: Covenantal Oneness.”
BELONG: The Journey - The focus will be on "Grow." Learn how to develop lifetime habits for spiritual growth. Join us in the Welcome Center at 11:30 a.m.
Songs - One Thing Remains, Stand In Your Love, Beautiful Exchange, The Passion
Communion - We will be taking communion during the morning services this Sunday. Please pick up your prepackaged communion elements from the table as you enter the Sanctuary or Balcony and keep your packaging until the end of the service. All Kingdom Kids volunteers serving outside the Sanctuary are welcome to take communion by going to the SLC Staff Work Room.
Pastoral Call - Our brother James Richter has accepted the call to serve as the Pastor of Rockville Fellowship, a Hopewell Network Church in Belleville, PA. He will be installed and licensed at Rockville on June 27. This Sunday, during the morning services, he will be sent out by Petra. Please pray for James, Jen, Joel, and Michaela through this transition.
Sunday Morning Services - Our services are livestreamed through the Petra App, Facebook, YouTube, and our website at To listen to the service over the phone, dial 717-481-4068.
Petra Café to Reopen - We are excited to announce that the Petra Café will again be open from 8 to 11 a.m. on Sunday mornings, beginning this Sunday, June 13! Come and enjoy fellowship over breakfast sandwiches, bagels, pastries, juice, and coffee! Will you join the Café Team? We are looking for 15-20 friendly people to greet, serve, and take payment from all who come to the Café. For questions, contact Café Managers Adam or Hannah Reimers. To volunteer, please contact Suelda Hurst.
Save the Date - On Sunday, July 4, at 7:30 p.m., we will be opening our parking lot and fields to the community to watch the New Holland Fireworks. Food and beverages will be available for purchase from a food truck. Watch for details!
EHOP - Join us this Tuesday at 7 p.m. for a Night of Devotional Worship led by Miranda Zook and her team. Devotional prayer and worship sets are designed to provide an anointed atmosphere for meditating on Scripture and lingering in God's presence. You are invited to take part in communion as you feel led. We will also be offering healing and prophetic ministry; simply sign in when you arrive. Childcare is provided through age 7. All are welcome!
EHOP Chicken BBQ Fundraiser - Come out tomorrow (Friday) for some Yost Chicken BBQ as a fundraiser to bless EHOP as they continue to raise funds to operate at a new location! The chicken will be sold at Tower Auto Rental at 715 East Main Street, New Holland, next to Garden Spot High School. The times are 10 a.m. until sold out. The cost is $4 for a leg and thigh. If you would like to place an order beforehand, please text Kara Sensenig at 570-778-7151 and your order will be ready for pick up!
Petra Prayer
Saturday Night Prayer – God is on the move!! Healings and baptisms are taking place, and God’s love is being shown to others. Praying in the presence of God on Saturday evenings is important partnership with God’s plan. Join us in the Sanctuary every Saturday from 8-9 p.m. Unable to come in person? Join us through Zoom. If you have the Zoom App, use the meeting ID 495 378 0436.
Petra Groups
Join a group this summer! All begin next week! Here’s an intro to the three new groups:

Men’s Conquer Series – This is a powerful cinematic study that contains biblical teaching and proven principles to help men conquer sexual bondage and walk in freedom through Christ. Tuesdays from 7-9 p.m. from June 15-August 17 in East 405. Enter at the South Entrance. Cost: $30
Courage: A Study of Haggai, a women's study by Jennifer Rothschild – Learn to walk confidently in your calling, stay motivated despite opposition, and courageously invest your life in God’s purposes. Thursdays from 7-8:30 p.m. from June 17-July 29 in the Café. Enter at the Gym Entrance. Cost: $15
Ultimate Frisbee – This is an athletic activity geared to men and women 16+ who want an opportunity to throw, catch, and defend the Frisbee in both a clinic and game-time environment. Tuesdays from 6-8 p.m. from June 15-July 13 in the Petra field.
For more information about any group, pick up a handout from one of the Hubs or click on the button below. This Sunday is the final day to register online or at the Resource Hub.
Senior Adults
Mini Golf Activity - If you're 62+ and would enjoy some fun and fellowship over a game of miniature golf, join us at Waters Edge Mini Golf in Bird-in-Hand next Saturday, June 19, 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.
Marriage Ministry
Couples’ Night Out – How about a night out with food, social time, and lots of fun? Married and engaged couples of all ages are invited to Petra next Saturday, June 19, at 5 p.m. for a meal of smoked pulled pork, outdoor games, and a chance to create your own terrarium. Childcare will be provided. The cost is $20 per couple. Register at the Resource Hub this Sunday or online by this Tuesday, June 15.
Petra Homeschool Support Group - Parents, whether you’re just starting to homeschool – or have been doing so for years – we invite you to join Petra’s Homeschool Support Group for the next school year! This group provides monthly activities and encouragement for both you and your children. It’s a great way to connect and build relationships with other families while on this incredible journey. For more information, please visit the table in the Atrium this Sunday. You can also contact Cynthia Blank at, Janelle Reitz at, or Laura Parker at
Petra Men
Men's Breakfast – Guys ages 13 and up are invited for some great food and fellowship at Shady Maple on Saturday, June 19, at 7 a.m. Richard Wallace will be sharing his story. Richard was drafted into the Vietnam war in 1969 and served two years with the Army Medical Corps in Germany, where he afterward got involved with the Navigators Christian Organization, ministering to the military. Upon his return to the States in 1972 he continued involvement with the Navigators at Fort Hood, TX. After receiving a BS in nursing in 1979, he worked at VA Hospitals in Dallas and Coatesville and, until 2016, at Mercy Hospital of Philadelphia. Richard has been married to Bonnie for 47 years and has five children and 11 grandchildren. He loves skiing, hiking, swimming, fishing, traveling, music, nature, reading, history, antiques, and many other things – especially discipling people to Jesus Christ.
Hopewell Summer Camps
The first of the 2021 Hopewell Summer Camps is the Senior High Camp for youth who have completed grades 9 through 12. Those who graduated from high school in 2020 are invited as well! It will take place at Tel Hai from June 21-25. Pick up a brochure and application from the Resource Hub or visit the Hopewell Summer Camps website for additional information. Scholarship assistance for Petra families is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please check with Pastor James about the Senior High and Junior High Camps and with Pastor Andrea about the Kids' Camp.
Be a Camp Counselor - We are still in urgent need of adults or older youth to serve as counselors in each of the three weeks of the Hopewell Summer Camps. Would you give one week of time to see young lives transformed for Jesus? The weeks are June 20 to 25, July 11 to 16, and August 8 to 13. Please contact Guerty at or Pastor Curt at
Kingdom Kids
VBS is flying by this week and we are having a great time! With over 300 kids each night, the church is alive with the worship and laughter of our amazing kids.
Not only are they learning how special and “Treasured” they are by the Father, they are learning about generosity. As of last night, they have already raised $3,300 for Preparing the Way ministries and their summer outreach to children in Kenya. Thank you to our generous and giving families here at Petra and in our community!
We also have over 100 crew leaders and helpers here every night pouring into each and every child. What an amazing week!
We can always use help cleaning up Friday night, if you would like to join us. Please be here around 8:30. Thank you!
Let’s Read! The Petra Student Library's Summer Reading Program will run this summer from this Sunday, June 13, through August 8. It's open to everyone from Pre-K through Grade 8. Sign up in the Student Library!
Local Outreach
A Meal for Every Child - Petra is excited to partner with CrossNet Ministries to ensure that every child in ELANCO has an opportunity to have lunch this summer! We still need six volunteers at Petra to hand out food boxes to the people who show up. The dates are Mondays and Thursdays from now through August 26, and the time is 10:45-11:45 a.m. Please sign up here for as many slots as you want. Thank you!
Global Missions
Mission Prayer Focus - Marta Estrada is a Petra missionary serving as director of Restoration of the Nations – a ministry that seeks to bring freedom and healing to women in addiction throughout the world. Pray for God’s direction in her ministry, and for wisdom and provision as she seeks to help people caught in addiction in the USA, Colombia, and Thailand.

Chicken BBQ Fundraiser – The Petra Mission Team to Kenya will be selling Yost chicken BBQ for its trip in July to serve with Randy and Bonnie Martin of Preparing the Way Ministries. It’s this Saturday, June 12, from 10 a.m. until sold out, at the parking lot of E&S Candies at 3614 Old Philadelphia Pike, Intercourse. They will be selling chicken halves for $8 apiece. There is a restaurant next door if you would like to add drinks or sides. If you would prefer to pick up your chicken at Petra’s Gym carport from 11 a.m. to noon, please text Cindy Stauffer at 717-336-0492.
Petra Family News

Blessings to Kyle and Rebecca Eberly upon the birth of their daughter, Isabelle Jean, on June 9.

Congratulations to Gezae Andemichael, who recently joined the Petra Church family as a member.
Last Week Update
June 6, 2021
General Fund
Weekly Budget:
Last Week's Giving:
Building Fund