January 9, 2020
Church-Wide Events
2020 Church-Wide Fast - Our Church-Wide Fast begins this Monday and continues through Sunday, January 19. You may set your own starting and stopping times, and may also choose the type of fast the Lord is leading you to engage in. Plan now for a special session of EHOP on Tuesday, at 7 p.m.; a Night of Worship next Friday at 7 p.m.; a Prayer Service next Saturday at 8 p.m.; and Communion next Sunday morning.

The specific focus for each fast day has been listed in a Family Prayer Guide , which is available for pick-up this Sunday from the Kids' Hub and from the Lobby and Atrium. Adult and kids' devotions are listed in separate sections of the booklet this year. The daily devotion will be emailed to Petra attenders the evening prior to each fast day.
This Sunday - Pastor Brian Coles will be sharing a message called "Building Confidence Through Prayer and Fasting."
 
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. Join us at 9:30 or 11:30 a.m. in the Oasis.

Songs - Open The Gates, Way Maker, Surrounded (Fight My Battles), What A Beautiful Name
EHOP - Join us this week as we take part in our Church-Wide Fast. Pastor Brian Flewelling will share a message called "Exercising the Faith Muscle" and then activate us in prayer. Don't miss this opportunity for corporate prayer and worship as we set our gaze on the Lord! Childcare is provided through age 7. All are welcome!
The DOVE Hopewell Ministry Training School is a great place to receive both knowledge and spiritual impartation. The training tomorrow (Friday) and Saturday will focus on "Missions and Practical Ministry Skills." You may audit this session at a cost of $125/person or $215/married couple. Register at the door. For more info, visit this website or contact Pastor Brian F .
Leadership Transition – Lifespring Ministry Leader Geri Fisher has retired as of December 31. We give her sincere thanks and honor for all she has contributed toward the counseling and healing ministries since she began counseling at Petra in 1990. Geri directed the counseling department from 1998-2015 and was instrumental in the founding of Lifespring in 2015. She has left a legacy of compassionate care. We are delighted to announce that Marci Dodd has assumed the leadership of Lifespring. Marci and her husband Ben have been attending Petra since 2005. She has received training in a number of the Lifespring healing ministries and has also been engaged in intercessory prayer. Marci is eager to continue the healing work of Lifespring and to help people find freedom and hope in Christ. 

Cancellation Policy - In case of snow or other inclement weather, check the Petra website, the Petra App, or WJTL's online listing. For the Sunday morning services you can also check Facebook. To receive notifications through the Petra App, you will have to enable them in Settings, which is accessed at the upper left-hand corner of the App. 

Missing Something? Please take a moment on a Sunday morning to check the Lost and Found cabinet in the Guest Services Hub (to the immediate left of the Welcome Center) to see if anything belongs to you. We have a number of coats, hats. Bibles, and drinking cups. Also be sure to check the kids' Lost and Found table in the Student Life Center. Older items not claimed by the end of January will be donated to a charitable organization.
Night of Worship - Join us next Friday, January 17, at 7 p.m. for a Night of Worship tied to our Church-Wide Fast – a time to exalt our great King together! The theme is “Drawing Near With Confidence.” Let’s approach his throne boldly and declare his praise! Childcare will be provided for children from birth through Pre-K. We hope to see you there.
Listing of Petra Events - See what's happening over the next few weeks at Petra.
ACTIVATE School of the Prophetic - Join us at EHOP on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. from January 21 through March 3 for a time of teaching and activation in the prophetic. The purpose of this seven-week course is to equip each person to hear God’s voice, discover what he is saying, and to speak words that impart hope, love, and encouragement. Kara Sensenig will kick off the January 21 session with a teaching on "Prophetic Foundations." ACTIVATE is open to anyone who desires to come for as many sessions as they wish. All are welcome! Childcare is provided through age 7.
Petra Groups
Beginning the week of February 2, we will be offering a number of winter groups , including discussion groups based on our upcoming church-wide study, "True-ish." If you would be interested in leading one of these discussion groups, contact Pastor Brian Flewelling at brianf@petra.church by this Sunday or use the bulletin flap.

Leader Sign-up Dates: January 12
Congregational Sign-up Dates: January 19, 26, February 2
Petra Groups Start: Week of February 2
Marriage Ministry
2020 Sweetheart Night - Bring your sweetheart to Petra on Sunday evening, February 9, for a delicious meal and inspiring message by Garret and Eden Barbush. Garret serves as the President and CEO of Men of Iron, and together they share a passion for helping men and women discover and pursue who God created them to be. Married and engaged couples of all ages are welcome. The cost is $30 per couple. Register online or at the Resource Hub through February 2.
Senior Adults
Senior Adult (62+) Breakfast - Join us on Saturday, January 25, at 8:30 a.m. for breakfast at Yoder's! As usual, we will be able to choose either the buffet or to order from the menu. Everyone is responsible for his or her own tab. Our speakers are Gene and Steph Flewelling. Register online or at the Resource Hub by January 19 or online by January 24 at noon.
Regional Event
Region O (Ephrata, Akron, Lititz) is hosting a Game Night tomorrow (Friday) at 6 p.m. in the Café . Come for lots of fun and fellowship! Please bring a snack or finger food to share, along with your favorite game. For questions, contact Marilyn Charles at 717-380-2828.
Petra Women
Women's Night Out - Plan now for a Chili and Movie Night at Petra on Friday, January 31, from 6 to 10 p.m.! All women and girls age 14 and up are invited to a fun night of tasty food – including a charcuterie board (filled with fruit, cheese, and meats), chili, hot beverages, and tiny desserts – table games, active games, and a showing of the movie Unplanned . There’s no need to register – just come! Donations will be received at the event.
Lipstick and Crayons, a Fellowship for Moms and Children - Join us this Wednesday at 9 a.m. for our Winter Service Project. We will be blessing SNAP families with meals and assembling welcome bags for CrossNet Ministries.

Lit 'n Latte - The Petra women's book group will be returning to its church locale (West 265) this Wednesday at 1 p.m.
Petra Men
Guys' Night Out - All guys age 12 and up are invited to Guys' Night Out on Friday, January 24, from 6 to 10 p.m. at Petra. Come on out for pizza, wings, archery tag, volleyball, table games, ice cream, and man time in the Oasis. Feel free to bring a friend! Donations will be received at the event.
ELANCO Celebrate Recovery
Can you join a volunteer team for ELANCO Celebrate Recovery that will serve once or twice a month on Thursday evenings at Petra? Celebrate Recovery is looking for volunteers to serve meals, greet, set up and/or tear down, and attend group meetings to build relationships with the attendees. The only requirements are spiritual maturity and a love for people. To learn more, contact Ministry Leader Carol Musser at 717-587-2202 or carolmusser.mft@gmail.com .
Youth Bible Quizzing
Petra will host the first ACC Bible quizzing of the season this Sunday at 6:30 p.m. The focus will be on Joseph from Genesis 37-40. Petra has nine teams with 49 quizzers this year. Come on out and cheer them on!

You're also invited to a taco salad fundraiser meal next Sunday, January 19, at 12:30 p.m. Take-outs will be available after the 9 a.m. service.
Student Ministries
High School and EDGE 78 Mission Trips - Join us this Sunday at 12:30 p.m. in the Oasis for important information about Student Ministries mission trips this summer. High School students will be introduced to three trips: Step 1 to YWAM Orlando, Step 2 to Panama, and Steps 3 & 4 to Barbados. Seventh and eighth grade students will participate in a Kingdom Team (K-team) with Eastern Mennonite Missions in Lancaster. Anyone interested in going on any of these trips should plan to attend!
Students in EDGE 56 and 78 are heading to AvalancheXpress on Monday, January 27, for a fun night of snow tubing and ice skating ! The cost is $15. Note that in addition to Petra registration, an AvalancheXpress online waiver is required. Please register online by Thursday, January 23.
Wednesday, January 29, is the High School Winter Formal ! It's from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Oasis. Students, enjoy a night of dressing up, food, friends, and fun! Dress is semi-formal; please be considerate and modest in how you dress. The cost is $15. Please register online by Saturday, January 25.
Kingdom Kids
Mark your calendars for the Pinewood Derby Races on March 7! Car kits will be on sale in the Atrium for $5.50 a kit every Sunday in January. Children from age 3 through Grade 8 are eligible to race. There will also be an adult race for anyone from Grade 9 and up. For more information, contact Terry Smoker at 717-442-8263.
This year, for our Family Fun Night , we’re going off campus to roller skate! Join us at The Castle in Lancaster on Saturday, February 1, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The event is free except for the cost of skate rental; it’s $3.50 for quads and $5 for inlines/roller blades. If you bring your own skates, they must comply with Castle requirements. Each Kingdom kid up through Grade 4 will receive a coupon for a free pretzel and small drink to use at the concession stand. Be sure to register soon! Registration closes on Thursday, January 23.
Local Outreach
English as a Second Language  - Petra is again offering free ESL classes as an outreach to the community. Classes start on Wednesday, January 22, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. If you are aware of a person or family who could benefit from these classes, please extend an invitation to them. For more info, contact Kevin Boll at esl@petra.church .
 
Baby Bottle Boomerang - January 19 is the kick-off of our annual Baby Bottle Boomerang, which serves as a fundraiser for Susquehanna Valley Pregnancy Services. Pick up a bottle from a table in the Lobby and the Atrium, fill it with cash, coins, or checks, and return it to the East or West Hub by Sunday, February 9.
Global Missions
Mission Prayer Focus - Randy and Bonnie Martin are Petra missionaries serving with Preparing The Way Ministries in East Africa, where they assist Pastor Titus Mbai of Destiny Ministries with evangelism crusades. Pray for them as they connect with friends and supporters in the States over the next few weeks and as they prepare to return to Kenya next month to continue their evangelism outreach.
Last Week Update
January 5, 2020

Attendance
1,562
General Fund
Weekly Budget:
$59,434
Last Week's Giving:
$90,971
Building Fund
$1,032