Thursday, September 24, 2020
Church-Wide Events
This Sunday - Join us as Pastor Brian Coles brings us Part 2 of our Daring Faith Series with a message entitled "Expecting the Best."
BELONG: The Journey - Our focus this Sunday will be on "Understanding the Ministry of the Holy Spirit." See how Jesus’ disciples interacted with the Holy Spirit and how we can relate to the Spirit today. Come to the Café at either 9:30 or 11:30 a.m.
Songs This Sunday - There’s Nothing That Our God Can’t Do, Another In The Fire, Egypt, God You’re So Good
Night of Worship - Join us on Friday, October 9, at 7 p.m. for a powerful Night of Worship called “Let Praises Ring.” We’ll be declaring the authority of our King and remembering to shine our light beyond the four walls of our churches and homes into the darkness around us. Childcare will not be provided, but feel free to bring your children to praise God with us!
Additional Sunday Morning Option – Our Oasis Services at 9 and 11 a.m. are specifically designed for those who prefer an environment with mandatory masks, social distancing, and a touch-free environment. If you wish to join this service environment, please enter at the Gym Entrance.
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.
A Time To Honor - This fall, as we prepare for a transition of senior leadership, we want to take time to honor and celebrate Pastors Lester and Erma for their 38 years of ministry. At a special event on Saturday evening, November 7, we will be presenting Pastors Lester and Erma with an Album of Honor and a Video of Honor.
Here’s how you can express your love and appreciation:
Album – Prepare a card of appreciation. Return the card you picked up from the East or West Hub, create your own card, or prepare your wording and submit it online here. The deadline for submission is this Sunday, September 27.
Video – Record your words with a camera or phone (held horizontally) and return it to Ron Esh at by this Sunday, September 27. Please keep the length to a minute or less. If you prefer, we can do the filming here at Petra this Sunday; three time slots remain open. Sign up here.
Eastgate House of Prayer
Wholehearted: A School of Worship & Prayer - Prayer is vital for a flourishing relationship with God, yet many of us find it difficult to maintain an active prayer life. Join us this Tuesday at 7 p.m. as Kara Sensenig hones in on the keys to establishing enjoyable and sustainable prayer that not only affects our lives but overflows into our communities and the nations. We will look at the life of David, one of the greatest reformers of all time, who knew the importance of gazing on God’s beauty. Childcare is provided through age 7. Please register your children with our Childcare Coordinator, Andrea Michener, at All are welcome!
Petra Prayer
We stand at a pivotal moment in American and world history. Join us in the Sanctuary this Saturday, September 26, as Petra hosts a live simulcast of The Return, a national and global day of prayer and repentance. The times are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., with breaks for lunch and supper. You'll be able to come and go as you wish. The live event will take place on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. If you’re unable to attend the simulcast in person, you may watch it via livestream here.
Prayer March - Also in Washington, D.C. this Saturday, from 12 noon to 2 p.m., Franklin Graham will be leading a Prayer March. The focus is solely on asking God to heal our land. It will be livestreamed here.

Saturday Night Prayer – Because of The Return simulcast this Saturday, our usual Saturday Night Prayer has been cancelled. Please note that, beginning next Saturday, October 3, we will once again be meeting in the Sanctuary for our 8-9 p.m. prayer time. We will have plenty of room to social distance. Those who would like to join us via Zoom will still have that option; you can join by clicking on the provided weekly link as you have been doing the past few months.
Save The Date - Experience God’s love in a powerful way by attending the Hope, Healing, and Freedom Conference at Petra on Saturday, October 24, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.! You'll learn about Restoring the Foundations’ integrated approach to biblical healing and have a chance to experience healing and freedom for yourself. Watch for additional information. Register online by October 19.
Petra Women
Don't miss the 2020-21 Kick-Off of Lipstick and Crayons on Wednesday, October 7! We have a new starting time (9:15 a.m.), location (Oasis), and leader (Tina Martin). We’ll enjoy breakfast together and take some time to reconnect, meet the team, learn about the upcoming season, play some games, and have some fun giveaways! Lipstick and Crayons is designed for women of all ages and walks of life, with a special focus on mothers with young and school-aged children. Childcare is available for all children.
Petra Young Adults
Young adults are invited to a weekend retreat at Camp Yolijwa (Newville, PA) from October 9-11. This is for all singles and couples from ages 18 to 28. The speaker is Pastor Brian Flewelling. Come for worship around the fire, time in the Word, hiking, indoor and outdoor sports, paddle boats, an obstacle course, and more. The cost is $115 per person. Register online by next Friday noon, October 2.
Global Missions
Mission Prayer Focus - Pray for Brad and Lori Ortenzi, Petra missionaries serving with ZOE International, helping to combat human trafficking around the world. Pray for God’s leading and anointing as they serve as Eastern USA Regional Director and Coordinator for ZOE. Pray for God’s wisdom and divine connections. They are the featured Text-to-Give missionaries this week. Text PetraGive to 73256 and select their name from the list at the link provided.
Petra Family News

Blessings to Daniel and Jacqualyn Booz upon the birth of their son, Cohen James, on September 19.

Our love and sympathy to Merv and Marlene Sauder and family upon the death of Marlene's father on September 21.
Last Week Update
September 20, 2020


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