Thursday, October 15, 2020
Church-Wide Events
This Sunday - Life is full of challenges, fears, and phobias of many kinds. Daring Faith faces fears and overcomes them with God's help. Join us as Senior Pastor Lester Zimmerman shares on "Facing Your Fears."
BELONG: The Journey - The focus of BELONG this Sunday is on "Serve." Discover who God created you to be and the gifts and passions that make you unique. Come to the Café at either 9:30 or 11:30 a.m.
Songs This Sunday – We Praise You, Heal Our Land, Take My Life And Let It Be, The Stand
Making Room - As more of our church family return to Petra for Sunday morning services – and as we continue to provide social-distanced seating in the Sanctuary – we would like to encourage you to sit in the middle of the rows as much as possible to allow room for others. Thank you.
Sunday Morning Services - We will continue to stream both services through the Petra App, Facebook, YouTube, and our website at To listen to the service over the phone, dial 717-481-4068.
We will again celebrate Pastor Appreciation this Sunday! If you have been blessed by the life and ministry of one or more of our pastors, you can express your appreciation through cards, gift cards, and other creative expressions of appreciation! They can be dropped off at the tables in the Lobby or Atrium. Our pastors are Lester and Erma Zimmerman, Brian and Tracy Coles, Ken Reinford, Brian Flewelling, Titus Kauffman, Darrel Martin, Sharon Zimmerman, Matt and Andrea Kauffman, and Dwane Reitz.
Water Baptism - Our next water baptism is set for Sunday morning, November 15. This is for anyone at least ten years old who wants to be baptized, including those who were too young to understand a previous baptism and those who made a re-commitment to the Lord and wish to be baptized a second time. If interested, please plan to attend a class either on November 1 at 9 a.m. or November 8 at 11 a.m. Register online or at the Resource Hub.
Eastgate House of Prayer
Join us this Tuesday at 7 p.m. for Session 5 of our Wholehearted School of Worship and Prayer. Luke Weaver, Director of YWAM Lancaster, will speak on “Developing Passion for God.” Luke will share practical insights related to ministering to God and embracing his Presence. Childcare is provided through age 7. Please register your children with Childcare Coordinator Andrea Michener here. All are welcome!
Hopewell Network Conference
Join us for the 2020 Hopewell Network Conference tomorrow (Friday) at Petra! The theme is “Leading with Strength and Courage.” The evening session, which is free and open to everyone, runs from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Come for an inspiring message from David Ham, Associate Pastor of Times Square Church in New York City, and worship led by internationally-known worship leader Kent Henry. We will also enjoy video greetings from the leaders of several Hopewell Network international churches.
Petra Prayer
Worship & Prayer Burn - Eastgate House of Prayer will be hosting a church-wide Worship & Prayer Burn for America, the upcoming elections, and for revival to come to our region and nation on Saturday, October 31, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the Oasis. Join us as we exult Jesus and press in for our region and nation at this critical time. This event is open to the public, and all are welcome! Feel free to come for as long or short as you wish. All worship will be live. We look forward to worshiping with you!
Saturday Night Prayer meets every week in the Sanctuary from 8-9 p.m. Those who would like to join us here via Zoom still have that option. Let's pray for God's presence and power to be at work within Petra, the local community, and the nation.
Experience God’s love in a powerful way by attending the Hope, Healing, and Freedom Conference at Petra next Saturday, October 24, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Barry and Sandra Falkenstine, who have been ministering Restoring the Foundations (RTF) for 26 years, will be the presenters. You will learn about and receive ministry (as a group) in four key areas: praying through generational sins, changing ungodly beliefs, healing inner wounds, and becoming free from oppression. Whether you want to experience RTF ministry for yourself – or take the first step toward being training in it – this conference is for you! The cost of $30 per person or $50 per couple includes a book, workbook, and boxed lunch. Childcare is not provided. Please register online by this Monday, October 19.
Senior Adults
Join us this Saturday at 6:30 p.m. for a Game Night! It will be held in the Café. Come for corn hole, table games, and lots of fun and fellowship! Snack bags and bottled drinks will be provided. Please plan on wearing a mask and social distancing that evening.
Honoring Events
Ladies, you are invited to a very special Women’s Evening Out as we honor and celebrate Pastor Erma for her 38 years of ministry at Petra! Join us for fun, fellowship, and tea and cookies! It’s next Friday, October 23, from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Oasis. All attenders are asked to bring an item to donate to Petra’s Food Bank. You’ll find a list of suggestions on the registration page. Since space is limited, please register online by this Monday, October 19, to reserve your spot. We hope you can join us!
All are invited to A Night of Honor – a gathering to celebrate 38 years of ministry at Petra by Pastors Lester and Erma Zimmerman. It’s on Saturday, November 7, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Sanctuary. Join us for an incredible time of worship, testimonies, and ministry highlights, followed by refreshments and fellowship. Due to space considerations, we are recommending attendance for people ages 12 and older. The event will be livestreamed for those unable to attend in person. Register online by November 1.
Petra Men
Men's Breakfast - Come for breakfast this Saturday at 7 a.m. at Shady Maple! Cedric Horne will discuss his upbringing in Chicago and Rochester, NY, and how he started to grow in Christ as a college student through the ministry of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. He was involved in Children’s Ministry at his church back home for over 20 years and then transitioned to Adult Ministry, particularly Men’s Ministry, which he has continued at Petra. Cedric and his wife, Krista, have been married for 16 years and have a three-year-old son. He is a high school teacher and basketball coach by trade, currently connected with McCaskey High School.
Student Ministries
Corn Maze Fellowship Night - EDGE 56 and EDGE 78 students will travel to the Mast Corn Maze, Morgantown, on Monday, October 26. Drop-off will be at 6 p.m. and pick-up at 9 p.m., both at Petra. Please bring flashlights and plan to dress according to the weather. Note that a mask will have to be worn upon arrival but can be removed once you enter the gates. The cost is $10 per student. Register online by this Tuesday.
Global Missions
Mission Prayer Focus - Trevor and Leah Derr and their son serve as Petra missionaries in Indonesia with Kairos Global, where they focus on making disciples through prayer, training, and church planting. Pray for God’s anointing and wisdom, and for continued release of provision in their ministry.
Petra Family News

Blessings to Austin Dicus and Rayne Bodeen as they are joined together in marriage tomorrow.
Last Week Update
October 11, 2020

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