March 26, 2020
Church-Wide Events
Petra Church is continuing to update plans as the situation with the coronavirus unfolds from day to day.
 
The Elders have decided to keep our campus closed through Friday, April 3 , which means all groups and activities will be cancelled until then.
 
It also means we will be livestreaming our service again this Sunday, March 29 . You can connect to the livestream at 9 or 11 a.m. through the Petra App, Facebook, or our website at www.petra.church/live . If you experience disruption with the service using one of these sources, please try another. Note that the service in its entirety will be available for viewing on the Petra App by sometime Sunday.
 
The church office remains open from Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The pastors, staff, and counselors are available as needed, though some are working remotely.
 
We are focused right now on providing care for our church family. Please contact your Regional Care Minister or the Church Office at info@petra.church or 717-354-5394 if you have needs. We have a Food Bank for Petra attenders in case of urgent need.
 
Also, if you would like to schedule a prayer time over the phone with a Petra prayer minister, you can do that by visiting petra.church/prayer .
 
For Petra’s more comprehensive response to COVID-19, visit this page on our website. We will continue to update you as the situation evolves.
Livestreaming This Sunday - Using Ephesians 5:16 as his theme verse, Pastor Brian Coles will be sharing a message called "Making the Most of Every Opportunity."
 
Sign interpretation will be included in the webstream this Sunday. A Spanish translation audio file will be available before noon at petra.church/espanol .
 
Songs - Open The Gates, You Cannot Be Stopped, No Longer Slaves, Goodness Of God, More to Come
RightNow Media - As many of us find ourselves at home during this unprecedented time, remember to tap into the amazing resources available through RightNow Media – with over 18,000 videos and other resources for discipleship and personal growth, including wholesome, enjoyable videos for kids! It’s like a Christian-style Netflix. If you do not have access to RightNow Media, you can request your own free account here .
Child Dedication , which had been set for this Sunday, has been postponed to May 31.
 
Water Baptism on Sunday, April 5, has been cancelled. Watch for more info.
Easter Weekend
Good Friday Service “Jesus Reigns” - Join us on Friday, April 10, for a unique and simple service which will include worship, Scripture, and a time of reflection with communion. It’s going to be a special time by which to remember our Lord's sacrifice for us!
Easter Sunday Services “Jesus Reigns Over All” - Our Easter Sunday Services on April 12 will include songs of celebration, a children’s choir, powerful testimonies, and a dynamic message from Pastor Brian Coles. We hope you can join us!
Marriage Ministry
Couples’ Night Out - Couples of all ages – married, engaged, and dating – are invited to a fun, relaxed evening of food, games, and entertainment! It’s at Petra on Saturday, April 25, from 5-9 p.m. Enjoy hors d'oeuvres and desserts, archery tag, a movie, a craft, and more! The cost is by donation at the event. Childcare from 5-8 p.m. will be provided by additional donation for children ages 1 through 8, with the proceeds going toward Petra’s High School mission trips. Register online through April 20.
Petra Women
Petra Women will be hosting a beautiful Women’s Event on Friday, April 24, from 6:30-10:30 p.m. in the Atrium and Oasis. All women ages 14 and up are invited! The theme is “Releasing Women: Fully Known and Deeply Loved." The evening will open at 6:30 with cold beverages and a greeting time, followed by worship, an encouraging message by Mary Wilson, and a ministry time – capped off with food and fellowship. The cost is $15. Register online through April 19.
Petra Men
7 Challenges Men Encounter - Learn how to respond to the challenges of Biblical manhood by rejecting passivity, accepting responsibility, leading courageously, loving unconditionally, living with integrity, serving humbly, and investing eternally. This seven-week course will challenge you in all these areas and give you the resources you need to make changes that will impact every area of your life. It will be led by Pastor Matt Kauffman on Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m. from April 14 through May 26. The $10 cost will include the study guide as well as snacks and beverages. All men ages 18 and up are invited to participate.
Student Ministries
Mulch Fundraiser - High School students will be taking mission trips through YWAM to Orlando, Panama, and Barbados this summer and are selling mulch as a fundraiser. Premium black or brown mulch will be available for $45 a yard, with free delivery. Spreading is available upon request for an additional suggested donation of $20 per yard. Purchase mulch online by April 12 for the April 18 delivery. For questions, email Danae at danaej@petra.church .
Global Missions
Mission Prayer Focus - Arlen and Keturah King and their family are Petra missionaries serving with Missionary Ventures in Orlando, FL, where Arlen serves as Director of Field Development for Missionary Ventures. Pray for God’s anointing and provision in their mission involvements, and for God’s wisdom as they help Missionary Ventures’ missionaries in this season of increased uncertainty and restrictions due to COVID-19.
Petra Family News

Birth
Blessings to Jeremy and Crystal Stoltzfus upon the birth of their daughter, Layla Jade, on March 17.

Death
Our dear sister Ruth Yoder transitioned to her Heavenly home Wednesday morning. Our love and sympathy to her husband, Jim. A memorial service is being planned for a future date.
Last Week Update
March 22, 2020

General Fund
Weekly Budget:
$59,434
Last Week's Giving:
$30,080
Building Fund
$175

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