May 23, 2019
Church-Wide Events
This Sunday - Patrick Wilson will be bringing us a message called “How to Weather the Storms of Life.” This message will help us know how to weather the storms we all face more often than we'd like, providing keys to our becoming completely unshakable.

Songs This Sunday - Let the Heavens Open, Open the Gates, Do It Again, Living Hope
BELONG: The Journey - Belong is your first step to getting involved at Petra! Join us this Sunday at 9:30 or 11:30 a.m. as we focus on "Partner." If you are interested in pursuing church membership at Petra, this is the session to come to! Note that BELONG will be offered only from 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. through the summer, beginning June 2.
Office Closed - The Petra Church Office will be closed on Monday in observance of Memorial Day.
Eastgate House of Prayer - Join us at EHOP this Tuesday at 7 p.m. as Pastor Brian Flewelling shares a timely message from Psalm 2: Ask of me and I will make the nations your inheritance . God is calling the Church to understand both times of crisis and coming revival and to respond in a biblical way. Join us as we ask God to release the nations as an inheritance! Childcare is provided through age 7. All are welcome!
Missions Sunday on June 9 is a day you won’t want to miss! We are privileged to have Kevin Graves with us, along with an Asian church leader, to share an inspiring missions message. Kevin is Director of Campus Target, a ministry focused on evangelism and church planting on college campuses in Asia.
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. We are encouraging first responders to come in uniform and to drive to Petra in their emergency vehicles. 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 146: King of Pain A Conversation with Titus Kauffman Losing something valuable to us is not something we like to think about, but it is a natural part of life. We talk to an expert in the field of loss and grief. He explains the different kinds of loss. The emotions you can expect to experience. Healthy ways to walk through grief. And how to best support others in their hour of grief.
Join a Life Group this summer! All begin the week of June 2. Here’s an intro to the three new groups:
Men’s Amplified Fitness – This group is designed for men who want to become physically fit in a setting that is encouraging and relational. Mondays and Thursdays from 6-7 p.m. from June 3 - August 29 (not June 10 or 13).
Men’s Conquer Series – This is a powerful cinematic study that offers proven principles to help men conquer porn, walk in freedom, and secure victory through Christ. Tuesdays from 7-9 p.m. from June 4 - August 13. Cost: $30
Discerning the Voice of God , a women's study, by Priscilla Shirer – Explore a more intimate relationship with God that will help you listen with greater confidence, clarity, and discernment. Thursdays from 7-9 p.m. from June 6 - August 1 (not June 13 or July 4). Cost: $13

Register online or - for those groups with a cost - at the West Hub. Pick up info at the tables in the Lobby and Atrium. Visit this webpage for more information.
Petra Women
Widows - Join us for a Spring Luncheon and Games on Sunday, June 2, at 1 p.m. in the SLC Loft. Register via Realm, indicating the food you would like to bring, or contact Jon Ann Frederick at 717-201-6422.

EHOP’s Warring Women of Zion prayer group will not be meeting this Tuesday but will be back on Tuesday, June 4, from 9-11 a.m. in the Prayer Room. The focus, through worship and intercession, is on women, youth, addictions, and revival. All women are welcome.
Petra Men
Join us for the 2019 Men’s Spring Backpacking Trip from Friday, June 7, at 5:30 a.m. through Sunday, June 9, at 5 p.m. We’ll be hiking 25 miles of the Loyalsock Trail near the Worlds End State Park. The cost is $20 to cover transportation. You will have to supply your own gear and food. Register at the West Hub this Sunday or online by Monday . Space is limited.
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 - All kids from age 4 through Grade 5 are invited to this summer’s “mane” event – VBS! The theme is “Roar: Life is Wild . . . God is Good.” Kids will love this African adventure filled with incredible music, creative games, fun snacks, and amazing Bible activities! It'll run from Monday through Friday, June 10-14, from 6:30 to 8:45 p.m. Register online now!

We’ve had a phenomenal volunteer response so far but still need 35 people to join the team. Come on, everyone – check out the display in the Atrium and clear that board! If you’re unable to help that week, we could use your help after church on Sunday, June 9, to get the church decorated and transformed into a kids-only zone! Lunch is provided. Please e-mail Andrea at if you can lend a hand.
Let’s Read! The Petra Student Library's Summer Reading Program will run from June 2 through August 11 this summer. It's open to everyone from Pre-K through Grade 8. Sign up in the Student Library.
Global Missions
Mission Prayer Focus - Devan Colby is a Petra missionary serving on staff with YWAM in Toowoomba, Australia, where he helps to staff discipleship training schools for young people being equipped for mission service. Pray for God’s anointing upon him as he leads discipleship training schools and mentors young people going through the YWAM trainings. Pray also for release of God’s provision as he serves. 
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 this 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 this Sunday .
Petra Family News


Our love and sympathy to:

* George Miller upon the death of his father on Sunday

* Jerry and Carol Musser upon the death of Jerry's mother on Tuesday

* Jon and Maria Boyd upon the death of Maria's mother, Theda Gonzales, on Tu
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