Thursday, February 18, 2021
Church-Wide Events
This Sunday - Join us as Lead Pastor Brian Coles shares a message called "The Bait of Satan: Living Free from the Trap of Offense."

He will be drawing from the book The Bait of Satan, by John Bevere. You will be able to buy a copy of the book at the Resource Hub for $15.

If you wish to purchase books from previous Sundays, you may still do so. You may also sign up for the book studies on Who We Are in Christ and Healing & Freedom.

Kathy Weiler, Lifespring Administrative Assistant, will be sharing a video testimony this Sunday on how the book The Bait of Satan has impacted her life.

Sunday Night Soaking Prayer - All are welcome this Sunday from 7-8 p.m. for a time of soaking (personal, meditative) prayer in the Sanctuary. This will be an opportunity to come before the Lord and contemplate Pastor Brian’s message on “The Bait of Satan: Living Free from the Trap of Offense.” There will be plenty of room to spread out for social distancing. Prayer ministers will be available as needed. Come and experience the Father’s loving presence.

Next Sunday - Our guest speaker on February 28 – addressing the topic of sexual brokenness – will be Nick Stumbo, Executive Director of Pure Desire Ministries. Nick, an ordained pastor who lives in Oregon with his wife and four children, is a gifted communicator who combines his own story with God’s Word to share compelling messages on lasting healing and freedom through Jesus. This will be an important message for both men and women.
Songs This Sunday - We Praise You, Living Hope, Glorious Day, Egypt
BELONG: The Journey - The focus of BELONG this Sunday is on "Serve." Discover who God created you to be and the gifts and passions that make you unique. Join us at 9:30 or 11:30 a.m. in the Café.
Petra Memorial Park - If you have been considering the purchase of a burial plot at our Memorial Park, come to the table in the Atrium this Sunday or on February 28. Pick up a packet and check out the options.
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.
Child Dedication - We encourage parents to dedicate their children to the Lord as modeled for us in the Bible. If you would like to dedicate your child on Sunday, March 7, please register online or call the church office at 717-354-5394 during normal business hours by next Friday, February 26. Please also submit photos of your child by next Friday to
Water Baptism is set for Sunday morning, March 14. It's for anyone age 10 and up who wants to be baptized, including those who were too young to understand a previous baptism and those who have made a recommitment to the Lord and wish to be baptized a second time. Register online and plan to attend a class on either February 28 at 9 a.m. or March 7 at 11 a.m.
Eastgate House of Prayer
ACTIVATE School of the Prophetic - Join us this Tuesday at 7 p.m. as Sheri Hess equips us to effectively use our “Spiritual Senses.” Keen discernment and sensitivity to the Holy Spirit enable us to grow and advance in our use of the spiritual gifts. Sheri pastors alongside her husband Dave at Christ Community Church, Camp Hill. She is a gifted prophetic voice and carries a powerful gift of impartation. Childcare is provided through age 7. If you plan to attend with children, contact Andrea Michener at
EHOP will be hosting a Night of Prayer for the Region and Nation on Saturday, March 13, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary. We are excited to have two guest worship leaders – Stephen Jenks from Eagles’ Wings and Jamie Fitt from Philadelphia Tabernacle of David. Join us for a powerful time of worship and intercession as we pray for Heaven to impact our region and nation! Childcare will be provided. 
GriefShare - Have you experienced deep losses, especially through the death of a family member or friend? We believe GriefShare can help. GriefShare is a 13-week support group which begins this Tuesday, February 23, at 7 p.m. The group will meet in the Student Life Center, Room 406; enter at the South 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
Save The Date - Experience God’s love in a powerful way by attending the Hope, Healing, and Freedom Conference at Petra on Saturday, March 20, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.! Barry and Sandra Falkenstine, who have been ministering Restoring the Foundations (RTF) for 26 years, will be the presenters. 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 March 14.
Petra Prayer
Saturday Night Prayer - You are invited to be a part of our weekly Saturday night prayer group! We pray for God’s presence in our lives and in the happenings at Petra and beyond. Join us here via Zoom from 8 to 9 p.m. On March 6, we will again begin meeting in person in the Sanctuary, with Zoom as an option for those who cannot join us in person. Your prayers are vital as we pray for God's presence and his kingdom in our midst.
Petra Women
Women's Night Out - Join us next Friday, February 26, from 6 to 10 p.m. for a fabulous time together at Petra! It’s a Coffee Shop Extravaganza – featuring specialty coffees, freshly-made stroopies, sliders, soup, and gourmet cupcakes, along with volleyball, table games, and a movie featuring a lovable VW bug! We’ll also be hearing from Erica Sensenig about the ministry of North Star Initiative. Donations will be received to help cover the cost of the event and to bless North Star Initiative. It’s for all women age 12 and up. Be sure to invite a friend!
Petra Men
Men’s Breakfast – All guys age 13 and up are invited to a breakfast at Shady Maple this Saturday at 7 a.m. Josh Hahn will be sharing his story.
Guys' Night Out – How about a great night out with lots of fun and loads of food, including pizza, wings, and ice cream? All guys age 12 and up are invited to Guys' Night Out on Friday, March 5, from 6 to 10 p.m. at Petra. We’ll have volleyball, spikeball, table games, and guy time. There’s no need to register; just come on out and bring a friend! Donations will be received at the event.
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, favor, and divine connections in their ministry.
Mission Opportunities - Are you disappointed that short-term mission trips have been cancelled because of COVID? While short-term missions may look different these days, there are still plenty of ways you can get involved. You can serve as individuals, families, or with a group of friends! For a list of ministries that offer mission and service opportunities locally – and throughout the U.S. – go to or pick up info at one of the Hubs.
Petra Family News

Blessings to Daniel and Rachel Smucker as they formally adopted their son, Zachary, on February 16.
Our love and sympathy to Sylvan and Rhoda Fisher and family upon the death of Sylvan's father on February 11.
Congratulations to Jennifer Fort and to Noah and Sondra Grundon as they have joined the Petra Church family as members.
Last Week Update
February 14, 2021
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