Thursday, September 10, 2020
Church-Wide Events
This Sunday - Senior Pastor Lester Zimmerman will conclude our Ecclesiastes teaching series with a message called "Good Advice for Life."
BELONG: The Journey - The focus of BELONG this Sunday is on "Grow." Learn how to develop lifetime habits for spiritual growth. Join us at 9:30 or 11:30 a.m. in the Café.
Songs - The Steadfast Love, Fill This Place, Goodness of God, Great Are You Lord
Petra Annual Congregational Meeting - All Petra members and regular attenders are invited to a congregational meeting on Monday, September 21, at 7 p.m. in the Sanctuary. Hear some exciting reports from ministry leaders and our future Lead Pastor, Brian Coles. Join us as we celebrate God's faithfulness through the sharing of a healthy financial report.
Petra Fall Fest - Petra’s leadership has made the difficult decision to cancel the Petra Fall Fest this year due to health and safety factors tied to the coronavirus.
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.
Student Ministries Pastor Named - We are excited to announce that, after a long search, we have found Petra’s Student Ministries Pastor! James Blake comes with years of youth ministry and executive pastor experience. He lives near Rochester, NY, is 36 years old, and is engaged to a wonderful woman, Stacey, who also feels called to ministry. He is filled with the Spirit and a graduate of Elim Bible Institute and College, where he focused on youth ministry studies as well as Bible. James has most recently been working as a youth advocate serving high school youth in Rochester. He will officially begin his work at Petra in mid- to late November. For a more comprehensive introduction, click here.
Eastgate House of Prayer
EHOP - Join us this Tuesday at 7 p.m. for a time of Devotional Worship led by Andrea Beiler and her team. Devotional prayer and worship sets are designed to provide an anointed atmosphere for meditating on Scripture and lingering in God's presence. Bring your Bible, journal, art supplies, or anything else meaningful to your devotional time. Childcare is provided through age 7. All are welcome!
Plan now for Wholehearted: A School of Worship & Prayer, which will be offered through EHOP beginning Tuesday, September 22, at 7 p.m. This six-week school is designed to lead us into a lifestyle of passionate and wholehearted worship and prayer that overflows into powerful harvest and revival – with teaching and activation by Kara Sensenig, Kristina Flewelling, Anthony Esh, Brian Flewelling, and Luke Weaver, Director of YWAM Lancaster. All are welcome!
Petra Groups
We invite you to join a Petra Group this Fall! We’ll be offering 12 great groups, most beginning the week of September 20 – care and support, growth, prayer, men’s, and women’s groups.
New this fall is a study of the Book of Habakkuk, taught by Dr. Theresa Newell. The Book of Habakkuk asks age-old questions, such as "Why do the wicked prosper and go unpunished?" and "Why doesn't God respond immediately to my prayers?" These queries become more urgent when our situation is precarious, and the enemy is at our door. God answers Habakkuk with his eternal truth – answers which are critical for our day. This four-part study will take place on Wednesdays at 7 p.m., beginning October 14.
For this and all other groups, sign up online or at the Resource Hub by Sunday, September 20.
Daring Faith
Fall Teaching Series
Imagine having the audacity to imagine. Acting courageously in spite of the crowd. Prioritizing holiness in an age of vanity. Targeting the sin-giants of society. Stepping into the miraculous. Exhibiting extravagant compassion. Saying yes to Jesus no matter the cost. That's Daring Faith – the name of our next teaching series running from September 20 through November 1.
To take this study a step further than just a Sunday morning, there are six Daring Faith discussion groups which will be meeting concurrently with the study. Sign up online or at the Resource Hub through September 20. Learn more and register here.
Equipping Ministry
The 2020-21 DOVE Global Leadership and Ministry School, in partnership with the Hopewell Network, begins tomorrow (Friday) at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday at 8:30 a.m. in the Oasis. The theme is “Destiny, Spiritual Gifts, and Leadership." The cost is $75 for an application fee and $125 for each weekend intensive; the cost for a married couple is $215 per weekend. Partial scholarships from Petra are available for Petra attenders. For more information and to apply, visit this website.
GriefShare - If you have experienced a deep loss, especially through the death of a family member, you are invited to a GriefShare support group. You'll view helpful DVD teachings on grief and recovery; interact with others who have experienced loss; and receive a free workbook for personal study and reflection. GriefShare meets on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. in East 406 (SLC). Enter at the South Entrance. All are welcome at any time.
Petra Prayer
Petra will be hosting a live simulcast of The Return, a national and global day of prayer and repentance, on Saturday, September 26, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. You will be able to come and go as you wish. The live event will take place on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The Return is a movement, an appointed time, and a specific day set apart for one purpose – a return to God by coming before his presence in humility, sincerity of prayer, and repentance. Join us for this very special moment in history! 
Saturday Night Prayer – For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them (Matthew 18:20). Our prayers over Petra, the local community, and the nation bring God’s presence and power. Join us here via Zoom every Saturday evening from 8 to 9 p.m. as we pray God's presence over the body of Christ.
Petra Women
Don't miss Women's Night Out tomorrow (Friday) from 6 to 10 p.m. It will be an outdoor event on the South Lawn by Airport Road. Our yummy campfire food will include hot dogs, mountain pies, and s’mores! Bring your own lawn chairs and your favorite games. It's for all women ages 12 and up, and friends are welcome! Donations will be received at the event. So far the weather looks favorable, but the event will be cancelled in case of rain.
Women's Study Group - Join us for a Bible study by Jennifer Rothschild on the book of Haggai called “Take Courage.” In this seven-session study, you'll learn how to walk confidently in your calling, overcome discouragement through God’s presence, and more. A Monday group will be offered at 9:30 a.m., beginning September 21. A Thursday group will be offered at 7 p.m., beginning September 24. The cost is $15. Register online or at the Resource Hub between the services.
Girls of Grace – Do you have a daughter between 9-13? If so, you and your daughter are each invited to join this Bible study to build and cultivate a strong, Christ-centered relationship with God and one other. We will be using the book Becoming a Girl of Grace by Catherine Bird. The study will take place in the SLC on Sundays from 1:30 to 3 p.m. from October 4 through November 22. The cost is $15. Register online or at the Resource Hub between the services.
Petra Women - Join us for one of these ongoing groups as we press into God’s love, discover his purpose for our lives, build new friendships, and make fun memories together!
Lipstick & Crayons - 1st and 3rd Wednesdays, beginning October 7, at 9:15 a.m. in the Oasis
Lit 'n Latte - 3rd Wednesdays, beginning September 16, at 1 p.m. in West 265
Moms in Prayer - Mondays, beginning September 21, at 9 a.m. in SLC 317
Petra Single Moms - 1st and 3rd Sundays at 11 a.m. in North 115
Sewing for Hope - 1st Thursday at 9 a.m. in the Café

SNAP (for moms with special needs children) - 2nd Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. Contact Betty Eberly at
Women's Care & Share - 2nd & 4th Tuesdays at 9 a.m. in North 113
Women's Care & Share - 1st & 3rd Thursdays at 9 a.m. in the SLC Loft
Walking Group - 2nd Tuesdays from 6-7 p.m. at the Petra Walking Path
Widow Connect - Contact Jon Ann Frederick at
Petra Men
All guys are invited to a Men's Breakfast at Shady Maple next Saturday, September 19, at 7 a.m. Tim Worrell will be sharing his story. Tim works for SNAP Computers and is involved in Pure Desire, Amplified Fitness, and Father’s Heart with Ken Reinford. In his free time, he enjoys backpacking, staying fit, kayaking, and fine woodworking. Tim will be sharing on the blessings and miracles God has performed throughout his life despite the circumstances.
Join us for a fun, relaxing day on the greens to celebrate 38 years of ministry by Pastor Lester Zimmerman! A Men’s Golf Outing will take place at Foxchase Golf Club, Stevens, on Saturday, September 26, with a shotgun start at 8 a.m.
The cost of $75 includes 1 round of golf (scramble format), range time from 7 to 8 a.m., continental breakfast from 7 to 8 a.m., a hamburger/hotdog lunch, and beverages and snacks on the course. All proceeds will go to the Hopewell Network of Churches for Pastor Lester’s support in 2021.
Registration closes this Sunday, September 13. Register online or pick up and complete a registration sheet at the table in the Atrium this Sunday. For questions, contact Matt Kulp at or 717-278-3889.
Would you be interested in joining a men's group this fall?
Wild at Heart Basic - Matt Kulp - Tuesdays from 6-7:30 a.m. from September 22-November 24, SLC 405, Cost: $10
Conquer Series - Pastor Ken Reinford - Tuesdays 7-9 p.m. from September 22-November 24, SLC 405, Cost: $30
Men's Connect - Ken Covelens - 1st and 3rd Wednesdays 6:30-8 p.m. beginning October 7, North 124
Helping Her Heal - Ron Esh - Wednesdays 7-9 p.m. from September 23-October 21, North 125
Amplified Fitness - Tim Worrell - Tuesdays and Thursdays 6-7 p.m. from September 22-December 18, South Lawn (the Gym in case of rain)
Sign up online or at the Resource Hub by Sunday, September 20.
Petra Young Adults
THE WAKE, Petra’s Young Adult Ministry, will be enjoying a Mini Golf Night next Thursday, September 17, at 6:30 p.m. It will be at Water’s Edge Mini Golf at 230 N. Ronks Rd., Bird in Hand. All singles and couples from ages 18 to 28 are invited!
Student Ministries
The 2020 High School Fall Retreat is set for this weekend at Refreshing Mountain! Students will be connecting with friends and leaders, worshiping, learning through dynamic teaching times, and enjoying lots of fun activities. Be ready to leave from Petra tomorrow (Friday) at 5 p.m. and return on Sunday at 1:30. TODAY (Thursday) is the final day to register online here.
EDGE 56 Day Retreat - Come to Refreshing Mountain on Saturday, September 26, for a great day of teaching, worship, games, and relationship-building. The cost is $35 per student. Register here. The EDGE 78 Weekend Retreat will take place at Refreshing Mountain that entire weekend, September 25-27. The cost is $100 per student. Register here by next Friday, September 18.
Global Missions
Mission Prayer Focus - Tina Moore serves as a Petra long-term missionary in Guatemala with Orphan Resources International (ORI) in their Steps of Hope program. Pray for her as she ministers to children in the orphanages, taking them through the steps of salvation and emotional healing to help them become all that God created, destined, and prepared them to be. Pray for good heart-to-heart connections with the children at the orphanages, and for release of God’s provision as she serves. She is the featured Text-to-Give missionary this week. Text PetraGive to 73256 and select her name from the list at the link provided.
Petra Family News

Celebration of Life
We will remember and celebrate the life of Gene Carmack at a service at Petra tomorrow (Friday) at 7 p.m. in the Sanctuary.

Memorial Luncheon
A Memorial Luncheon in honor of Gail Miller has been set for Sunday, September 20, from 12:30-3 p.m. in the Café. The luncheon will feature pre-made and wrapped sandwiches, fruit, and more. Join us as we remember Gail through fellowship together, meeting some of her family, and a time of sharing. 

Medical Fundraiser
A Bring One, Buy One Fundraiser Auction is being held to help cover Sherry Esh's medical expenses. It’s this Monday, September 14, at PA Auction Center, 3164 White Oak Rd., Quarryville. Take-out food - including chicken BBQ dinners, cheese steaks, subs, French fries, ice cream, baked goods, and more - will be available starting at 11 a.m. The auction will start at 4 p.m. To donate, please contact David Fisher at 717-587-8789.

Adoption Fundraiser
Tex and Michelle Hameed are planning an adoption fundraiser car wash this Saturday, September 12, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Best Contracting, 3624 E. Newport Rd., Gordonville.

Last Week Update
September 6, 2020


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