Thursday, October 22, 2020
Church-Wide Events
This Sunday - Join us as Pastor Brian Coles concludes our Daring Faith Series with a message called "Believing While You're Waiting."
BELONG: The Journey - The focus of BELONG this Sunday is on "The Holy Spirit." We'll look at how Jesus' disciples interacted with the Holy Spirit and how we can relate to the Holy Spirit today. Join us at 9:30 or 11:30 a.m. in the Café.
Songs This Sunday – There’s Nothing That Our God Can’t Do, Awaken The Dawn, Way Maker
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.
Water Baptism - If you have accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, we encourage you to be baptized. Water baptism at Petra is for anyone at least 10 years old who desires 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. Our next water baptism will take place on Sunday morning, November 15. If interested, register online or at the Resource Hub between the services. Plan to attend a class in preparation for baptism on either November 1 at 9 a.m. or November 8 at 11 a.m.
Eastgate House of Prayer
Join us this Tuesday at 7 p.m. for the final session of our Wholehearted School of Worship & Prayer with a teaching on "Releasing God's Power." Kara Sensenig will share some fresh vision for EHOP and discuss agreement with God that releases his justice, breakthrough, and transformation. Don't miss this opportunity to activate your faith and ignite God's anointing and presence in your life! Childcare is provided through age 7.Please register your children with Childcare Coordinator Andrea Michener here. All are welcome!
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 next Saturday, October 31, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the Oasis. Join us as we exalt Jesus and press in for our region and nation at this critical time. All are welcome! Feel free to come for as long or short as you wish. We look forward to worshiping with you!
Prayer for the Persecuted Church - Has God given you a heart for the persecuted church? Join us for the 2020 International Day for Prayer for the Persecuted Church on Sunday, November 1, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Oasis. Not only will you have opportunity to intercede on behalf of the persecuted Body of Christ worldwide but you will be challenged to remain strong in your own faith. Come see "Janette, Central African Republic” and hear other powerful and encouraging stories from our brothers and sisters who are standing strong in their love and testimony for Jesus. Resources for further ministry and prayer will be available at the event.
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.
Honoring Event
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 next Sunday, November 1.

We would like to bless Pastors Lester and Erma and their family with a financial gift at the Night to Honor. If you would like to give toward this gift, you may go online, text to give, or make a check payable to Petra Church with “Zimmerman, Lester/Erma Appreciation Gift” on the memo line. Thank you!
Kingdom Kids
Operation Christmas Child - Beginning this Sunday, you can pick up a shoebox in the Atrium to fill with gifts and supplies for Operation Christmas Child! Boxes will be delivered by Samaritan's Purse to children in need around the world in time for Christmas. You can also sign up to help with our area’s Drop-Off Center at Petra from November 16-23. If you wish to buy gifts and supplies from our Treasure Chest Store located in the Atrium, it will be open on November 1 and 8. Shoebox dedication is set for November 15.
Global Missions
Mission Prayer Focus - Pastors Mario and Jeanette Araya serve part-time as Petra missionaries overseeing Peniel Ministries, which ministers to Spanish-speaking people. Much of their ministry is with churches in Central America. Pray for God’s wisdom, anointing, and provision in their ministry as they provide counsel and equipping for Spanish-speaking church leaders and others. 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

Thank You
Lucille Stoltzfus and her family thank Petra Church and the many volunteers who assisted with Andy's Celebration of Life Service on October 3.
Thank You
. . . on behalf of the Petra pastors for all the gifts and notes from our church family. We were blessed with gracious abundance. We feel loved and appreciated, and are grateful we can serve such amazing people.

Last Week Update
October 18, 2020


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