September 5, 2019
Church-Wide Events
This Sunday - Pastor Brian Coles will be bringing us the final message in our "When Pigs Fly" series, which has focused on the God of miracles. His message is entitled "The God of Provision."

BELONG: The Journey - Discover who God created you to be, and the gifts and passions that make you unique. Join us this Sunday at 9:30 or 11:30 a.m. as we focus on the topic of "Grow." Note that Belong is again being offered during both services.
Songs This Sunday - Your Love Awakens Me, Great Are You Lord, Build My Life, Worthy Of It All
 
Eastgate House of Prayer - Join us this Tuesday at 7 p.m. as Jordan Zook and his team lead us in an evening of Worship with the Word. This is a prayer format that enables us to agree with God's heart as we sing and meditate on the biblical truths of who God is and what he promises to do. Come be encouraged and strengthened in the Lord! If you would like to receive prophetic or healing ministry, please contact D'Lury Geiger at djhg55@yahoo.com  to reserve a ministry slot. Childcare is provided through age 7. All are welcome!

Petra Annual Congregational Meeting - All Petra members and regular attenders are invited to a congregational meeting on Monday, September 23, at 7 p.m. in the Sanctuary. Hear some exciting reports from ministry leaders and join us as we celebrate God's faithfulness through the sharing of a healthy financial report.

Petra Staff Position Open - Petra is seeking a full-time Middle School Director to lead, plan, and implement ministry for the students in EDGE 56 and EDGE 78. The Middle School Director will be accountable primarily to the Student Ministries Pastor. Pick up a job description from one of the Hubs or click here . If interested, please submit your resume to Pastor Ken at kenr@petra.church by Sunday, September 29.

Petra Fall Fest - Mark your calendars for the 2019 Petra Fall Fest on Saturday, October 26, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.! As always, there will be carnival games, inflatables, tasty food, and lots of fun. Volunteer sign-up begins on Sunday, September 29.

Can You Play? We are in need of electric guitarists for our Sunday service worship teams as well as our other ministries. If you play electric guitar and are interested in joining our Worship Department, please contact Crystal Martin at crystalm@petra.church . Thanks for your consideration!
Child Dedication - Dedicating a child to the Lord means that you, as parents, are committing your child to God and to his purposes. If you would like to dedicate your child to the Lord on Sunday, September 29, please register online or call the church office during office hours (8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.) by Friday, September 20.

Listing of Petra Events - See what's happening over the next few weeks at Petra.
ACTIVATE School of Worship
Plan now for the ACTIVATE School of Worship , which will be offered through EHOP beginning Tuesday, September 17, at 7 p.m. This six-week School of Worship is designed to lead us into a lifestyle of passionate and wholehearted worship, and to bring a greater biblical understanding of what it means to be a worshiper - with rich teaching by Crystal Martin, Caleb Gudgeon, Kris Flewelling, Anthony Esh, Brian Flewelling, and Veronica and Stephen James of Eagles’ Wings. All are welcome!
Petra Groups
We invite you to join a Petra Group this Fall! We’re offering 20 great groups, most beginning the week of September 15 – care and support, growth, prayer, men’s, women’s, and serve groups. If you'd like to join a group, fill out the Petra Groups handout by September 15 and place it at the Resource Hub, the Petra Groups table by the East Hub, or in the offering bucket. You can also use the bulletin flap or register online using the button below.

Would you like to join a growth group?
 
Jesus and the Biblical Feasts - Thursdays at 7 p.m., East 305 (SLC), beginning October 3. Teacher: Theresa Newell
 
Conversations About Faith - Sundays from 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m., North 125, beginning September 15. Leader: Richard Wallace
 
The Beautiful Hope - Thursdays at 7 p.m., North 132, beginning September 19. Teachers: Brian Flewelling and Matt Kauffman

Read about men's and women's groups in their respective sections below!
Life on Mission
Bringing Jesus' Love to the World
 
Most of us love Jesus and want to share our faith in him with others. But when it comes to real-life conversations, we get intimidated. We hesitate. We don't know what to say, or if we're being too pushy. This study, from September 15 through October 27, will help us know how to connect with unbelievers, open our heart and home, converse, empower others, and share our faith!
 
To take this study a step further than just a Sunday morning, there are two Life on Mission discussion groups which will be meeting concurrently with the study. (See the Petra Groups handout for a listing.) Sign up online or at the Resource Hub through September 15.

You too can form a discussion group with your friends in three easy steps!

  • Sign up at smallgroups@petra.church to receive weekly emails.
  • Start inviting your friends to your group.
  • Join our Group Launch Luncheon this Sunday at 1 p.m.
If you'd like to come to the Group Launch Luncheon, please register here .
Episode 161: How to Rise Above Chronic Illness & Pain - A Conversation with Jean Snyder - There are few things as debilitating as chronic illness and pain. How do you balance hope for healing and realism? How can you be a great friend to those who are struggling? And what are the ways chronic illness and pain can impact your life physically, mentally, emotionally, socially, and spiritually?

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The 2019-20 DOVE Hopewell Leadership and Ministry Training School begins next weekend, September 13 and 14, with "Destiny, Spiritual Gifts, and Leadership." Classes run on Friday from 6:30 to 9 p.m. and on Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Partial scholarships from Petra are available for Petra attenders. For more information, visit this website , pick up a brochure from the Resource Hub , or contact Pastor Brian Flewelling .
Senior Adults
Senior Adults (age 62+) are invited to work and fellowship together while engaging in a service project on Monday, September 23, at 9 a.m. We'll be cleaning the Petra Homestead on the corner of Ranck and Airport Roads as extensive renovation begins to wind down. Please bring cleaning supplies for windows, floors, tubs, and sinks. We'll have lunch together at the Dutchette afterward.
Lifespring
GriefShare - Are you hurting from the death of a loved one? We believe GriefShare can help. GriefShare is a 13-week support group which begins this Tuesday at 7 p.m. Enter at the North Entrance. All are welcome at any time, and there is no cost to participate; workbooks are free. Please register online or by contacting Pastor Titus Kauffman at 354-5394 or titusk@petra.church .
Regional Events
Region E (Brownstown, Leola) is having a Fondue Night tomorrow (Friday) at 6 p.m. at Neil and Lisa Martin’s home at 54 Mayfield Drive, Leola. We will have hot oil for vegetables and meats, along with chocolate and cheese to cover fruits and snacks. Each family should bring lawn chairs and some fun fondue food to share. For questions or directions, please contact Neil Martin at nmartin@pendu.com or 717-419-1068.

Region O Fellowship Meal - Everyone from the Ephrata/Akron/Lititz area is invited to a Fellowship Meal in the Petra Café on Sunday, September 22, at 12:30 p.m. Please bring one large or two small dishes to share. Come expecting to see both new and familiar faces from our region! For questions, contact Marilyn Charles at 717-380-2828.
Petra Women
Petra Group - Many women know Psalm 23 by heart but haven't experienced its power in their lives. In this video teaching series by Jennifer Rothschild, you will gain fresh insight into – and encouragement from – Psalm 23. Join us for this seven-session study on either Monday mornings at 9:30 a.m. or Thursday evenings at 7 p.m., beginning September 23 and 26. The early-bird registration fee of $15 continues through Monday. The cost from September 10-19 is $20. Register online or at the Resource Hub.
2020 Women's Guatemala Missions Trip - All women and girls ages 14-17 (accompanied by their mother) are invited to join a Women’s Mission Team to work with orphanages in Guatemala from March 2-9, 2020. The work will include things such as painting, cleaning, sewing, perhaps some light construction, and helping with little ones. The cost of the trip is approximately $1,450 -1,750 per person. If interested, please join us for an informational meeting this Sunday from 10:15 to 11:15 in North 132 (North Entrance), or contact Regina Deel at genalinn@gmail.com or 717-538-6910. Applications, with a $300 deposit, are due by September 27.

Walking Group for Women - We will continue to walk, talk, and laugh together as we meet on the second Tuesday of the month from 6 to 7 p.m. through December 10. Our next walk is set for this Tuesday. You can park in the South Parking Lot and meet at the south entrance to the walking path. Feel free to bring your children.

Lit 'n Latte - Are you a woman who loves to read? Join us in the Welcome Center on Wednesday, September 18, from 1 to 3 p.m. for the first of our monthly meetings. Lit 'n Latte meets the third Wednesday of the month at the same time and location. Each participant will read and discuss the Christian books of her choice. We will also have a prayer and devotional time. For more information, contact Bonnie Stauffer at 610-856-7796.

Please note that the LIneage of Love groups are now full.
Take a break from the routine and enjoy a Women’s Night Out next Friday , September 13, from 6-10 p.m. – featuring hot dogs, mountain pies, and s’mores you can cook over the campfire, soft-serve ice cream, and time to chat with friends, both old and new, either on the patio or around the campfire. There will be volleyball in the Gym along with several yard games, including spike ball and archery tag. Bring your favorite table games to play in the Café! Food, including mountain pie fixings, cookies, and beverages, will be provided. You’ll have to BYOC – bring your own lawn chair. Please enter at the Gym Entrance. Donations will be received at the event.
Petra Men
Men's Breakfast - All guys age 13 and up are invited to a Men's Breakfast at Yoder's on Saturday, September 21, at 7 a.m. Jerry Smucker will be sharing his story as well as his involvement in the ministry Deeper Still, ministering to men who have lost a child through an abortion. Read more about Deeper Still here
Men's Backpacking Trip - Join us September 13-15 as we hike the Black Forest North Loop Trail. This is a 22.6-mile loop trail with great vistas near Cammal, PA. We will leave Petra at 5:30 a.m. that Friday and return on Sunday by 5 p.m. Each man is to supply his own gear and food. There’s a cost of $20 for transportation. Register online by Monday.
Wild at Heart BASIC is a Boot Camp led by John Eldredge and his team through video sessions. This is not a program about the "seven things a man ought to do to be a nicer guy." Rather, it is a quest into the recovery of a man’s masculine soul, the release of his heart – his passions and his true nature – all given to him by God. This is a 10-week adventure beginning Tuesday, September 17, at 7 p.m. The cost is $10.
Amplified Fitness is designed for men 18+ who want to become physically fit in an environment that is encouraging and relational with a good dose of fitness accountability. The group will meet on Mondays and Thursdays from 6-7 p.m. from September 16 through December 19. Training will involve running and no-equipment exercises that target a total body workout. The group will meet outside the church, rain or shine.
The Conquer Series is a cinematic teaching series on sexual purity to help men get to the root of bondage while offering proven principles and practical tools to   conquer pornography and find freedom. The Conquer Series, unrivaled in its scope and authority, is not about behavior modification, but heart transformation. This life-changing, 10-week discipleship curriculum begins Tuesday, September 17, at 7 p.m. The cost is $30.
In a world where everyone is attempting to define manhood, why not look to God, who designed men? A new study entitled Attributes For Men , by Vince Miller, will offer 10 lessons aiming to show nine attributes that Jesus modeled as the ideal man. The series will help men gain a biblical view of manhood that will foster dynamic spiritual growth. The cost is $10.
Student Ministries
Teens, you can still sign up TODAY for the 2019 High School Fall Retreat , which is set for this weekend (Friday-Sunday) at Refreshing Mountain! Students will spend the weekend connecting with friends and leaders, worshiping, learning through dynamic teaching times, and lots of fun activities, such as ziplining, swimming, and more. The theme for this year is Acts 9:15: “Go, for he is a chosen instrument of mine to carry my name . . ."
EDGE 56 Day Retreat - Come to Tel Hai Camp on Saturday, September 21, for a great day of worship and powerful teaching, relationship-building, and fun activities, such as boating, kiddie pool kickball, gaga ball, and more! The cost is $35 per student. The EDGE 78 Weekend Retreat will take place at Tel Hai that entire weekend, September 20-22. The cost is $100 per student. Register online by next Thursday.
Local Outreach
Can You Help? We need up to 18 volunteers to help serve food from the concession stand at the Garden Spot football game on Friday, September 20. Arrival should be as close to 5:30 p.m. as possible – or come whenever you can. This is a great service project and a fun way to serve the community! Please contact Laurie Eadline at 717-725-8903 or laurie.eadline@frontier.com .
Petra Homestead Project - This Saturday and next Saturday, September 14, we will continue to work on installing vinyl plank flooring on the first floor, along with baseboard and quarter-round trim. There will also be some painting to complete as well as work for electricians. Your help will be greatly appreciated as we draw closer to completing this project! Please call or text Rich Esh at 610-401-6554 or email him at richesh125@gmail.com .
Fair Season is here! On Thursday evening, October 3, Petra will be providing a meal to the New Holland Fair workers. We are looking for volunteers for light food prep between the hours of 2 and 7 p.m. and volunteers to help serve meals from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. If you would like to be a part of this rewarding outreach, please contact Henry or Sharon Smeltz at 717-207-8143 or hasmeltz@yahoo.com .
Global Missions
Mission Prayer Focus - Tina Moore serves as a Petra long-term missionary in Guatemala with Orphan Resources International. She currently is part-way through a year of language study, in preparation for her ministry assignment. Pray for God’s grace and endurance in the midst of language learning and cultural adjustments. She is spending a few weeks on break in PA during the month of September. Pray for good times of reconnecting with family, friends, and supporters while she is here.

Fundraiser Meal - Enjoy taco salad, tortilla chips with salsa and guacamole, and dessert on Sunday, September 22, at 12:30 p.m. The proceeds will benefit Tina Moore, who serves with Orphan Resources International in Guatemala. Take-outs will be available at 10:30 a.m.

Thailand Mission Team - Hopewell Asia Missions is sending a short-term construction team to CityLights Church in Thailand from November 2-12. Nacho Barrera and Ken Reinford will be leading the team. There will be an informational meeting this Sunday from 10:20-11 a.m. in Room North 124. If you have any interest, please come hear about this adventure!
Petra Family News

Death
Our sister Cathy Zubaly, formerly from Petra who joined the Petra Church team to Freedom Path, transitioned to eternal life in Christ on August 28. Our love and sympathy to her husband, Will, and to her family.

Sympathy
Our love and sympathy to Marianne Kurtz and family upon the death of her mother.

Our love and sympathy also to Mahlon and Naomi Glick upon the death of Naomi's mother.

Thank You
We appreciate the prayers, cards, and flowers sent upon the passing of our Dad, Harold Ressler. The support of our church family will always be remembered and appreciated. Cathy Ressler, Velma Sauder, and Erma Zimmerman

Last Week Update
September 1, 2019

Attendance
1,522
General Fund
Weekly Budget:
$57,692
Last Week's Giving:
$51,194
Building Fund
$643