September 12, 2019
Church-Wide Events
This Sunday - Join us for the launch of our six-week Life on Mission Fall Study! Pastor Brian Flewelling will be sharing a message called "The Father's Heart." You can still register to join a discussion group online or at the Resource Hub this Sunday.

BELONG: The Journey - Join us this Sunday at 9:30 or 11:30 a.m. as we focus on the topic of "Serve." Discover who God created you to be and the gifts and passions that make you unique.
Songs This Sunday - You Are Good, Do It Again, I Surrender All, More To Come
Regional Care Leadership Transition - Many thanks to John and Lois Glick for their many years as Regional Care Ministers for Region G. Their dedicated service and care have deeply impacted many people in their region over the years. Welcome to Naaman and Sadie Shirk as they have assumed the role of Regional Care Ministers for Region G.

Eastgate House of Prayer - Join us this Tuesday at 7 p.m. as Anna Landis and her team lead us in an evening of Devotional Worship. These times of worship create an atmosphere that is perfect for individual Bible study, meditating on the Lord, and personal prayer times. For the month of September, we are focusing on the truths found in Ephesians. 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 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 . 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
School of Worship

Plan now for the ACTIVATE School of Worship, which will be offered through EHOP beginning Tuesday, September 24, 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...

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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
This 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!
The 2019-20 DOVE Hopewell Leadership and Ministry Training School begins this 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.
ELANCO Celebrate Recovery
ELANCO Celebrate Recovery will be completing its second year this September, and is holding a Celebration Event at the Petra Patio on Thursday, September 19, from 6 to 8 p.m.! We will be enjoying a picnic meal with hamburgers, hot dogs, and lots of other good food. During the meeting, we will have a time of worship, and several of us will be sharing how Celebrate Recovery is changing lives. Join us for what we believe will be a blessed time of fellowship.
We are currently looking for more volunteers in the following areas: men and women who can serve as front-door greeters; staffing the welcome table; set-up and tear-down duties; and serving dinner every week. The only requirements are that you love Jesus and love people. For volunteer information and response, please contact Carol Musser at 717-587-2202.
Petra Women
Women's Night Out

It's this 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.

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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 cost is $20. Register online or at the Resource Hub.
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 but different locations. 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.
Hiking - Interested in hiking part of the Great Eastern Trail System? The cost is $55 by this Sunday, September 15. It will be $65 after that. For more details and to register, please visit the registration page here .

NYC Bus Trip - What about spending a fun filled day in New York City? The cost is $50 by September 21 and $65 after that. For more details, please visit the registration page here .
Petra Men
Men's Breakfast

All guys age 13 and up are invited for some great food and fellowship at Yoder's Restaurant in New Holland 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,...

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Wild at Heart BASIC is a Boot Camp led by John Eldredge and his team through video sessions. 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.The group will meet on Mondays and Thursdays from 6-7 p.m. from September 16 - December 19.
The Conquer Series is a cinematic teaching 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. This 10-week discipleship group begins Tuesday, September 17, at 7 p.m. The cost is $30.
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. This 10-week group begins Tuesday, September 17, at 6 a.m. The cost is $10.

All men 35 and up are invited to join the Men's Connect Group that will be meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 17 in North 113. The focus of this group is bible study, connecting with each other, and community outreach. Register here.
Student Ministries
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 today.
Local Outreach
Petra Food Bank - Volunteers are needed at the Petra Food Bank on the second Wednesday or Thursday of each month for the opening shift. LeadStocker is also needed. If you can lend a hand, please contact Mike Steffy at 717-468-6006 or .
Petra Homestead Project - This 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 .
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 .
Global Missions
Mission Prayer Focus - Barbara Stoltzfus is a Petra associate missionary ministering to the indigenous peoples of the Peten region of Guatemala. Pray for strength, encouragement, and wisdom for her as she shares God's love with the people in various practical ways.

Fundraiser Meal - Enjoy taco salad, tortilla chips with salsa and guacamole, and dessert this Sunday, September 15, 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.
Petra Family News

Congratulations to Kevin and Jessie Pfitzenmeyer upon the birth of a son, Charles Lloyd, on September 3.

Congratulations to Ed and Naomi Sensenig, Nathan and Alicia Remlinger, and Coleman and Betty Funk as they have joined the Petra Church family as members.

Last Week Update
September 8, 2019

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