November 28, 2019
Church-Wide Events
This Sunday we will be launching the December teaching series called "God Speaks." Pastor Brian Coles will kick off the series with a message entitled "Led by the Spirit."

BELONG: The Journey - BELONG is for everyone who wants to know more about Petra. Join us this Sunday at 9:30 or 11:30 a.m. as we focus on "Connect."

Songs - Lion And The Lamb, God You’re So Good, You’re Beautiful, Agnus Dei
Eastgate House of Prayer - Join us this Tuesday at 7 p.m. as Melanie Nolt and her team lead us in an evening of Worship with the Word. This worship and prayer format enables us to agree with God's heart as we sing and meditate on the biblical truth of who God is and what he promises to do. If you would like to receive prophetic or healing ministry, please contact D'Lury Geiger at  to reserve a ministry slot. Childcare is provided through age 7. All are welcome!
The Petra Family Christmas Card Exchange begins with drop-offs this Sunday. Look for the collection basket in the Lobby and the metal collection bins in the Atrium at the card display. It would be helpful if you could alphabetize and rubber-band your cards. Please also be sure to include first and last names on your cards, with the names of both husbands and wives. You may pick up a current listing of Petra members and regular attenders at the Resource Hub, if you wish.
Christmas Photos - While you’re in the Atrium thinking about Christmas cards, how about taking advantage of a holiday “photo booth” that’s been set up in the lobby of the Student Life Center? Bring your camera or phone to the booth between the Sunday services and we’ll have someone available to take your picture. Bring your friends and family and create some memories!
Building the Café Team - The new Petra Café Managers, Adam and Hannah Reimers, are looking to build up the team to operate an amazing Café to serve you on Sunday mornings. More volunteers are needed to serve in the Café one Sunday a month. This is a great opportunity for couples, families, or individuals. If you are interested and want to learn more about the options, please contact Suelda Hurst at .
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 on Sunday, December 29, please register online or call the Church Office by Friday, December 20.
Christmas Eve Program - Plan now to attend our Christmas Eve Program on Tuesday, December 24, at 5 or 7 p.m. The theme is “Light of the World," with scriptural narration, powerful music, Christmas carols, and a special surprise for the kids! Pick up a postcard of invitation from the Lobby or Atrium to invite your friends and family.
Listing of Petra Events - See what's happening over the next few weeks at Petra.
Senior Adults
Senior Adults (62+) are invited to a Christmas Brunch next Saturday, December 7, at 8:30 a.m. in the Café. Come for delicious food catered by Yoder's, and bring a white elephant gift (something you don’t want anymore) for the “Now you have it, now you don’t” gift exchange. Prepare to laugh! The cost is $10 per person. Please register online by tomorrow (Friday).
Petra Women
Lipstick and Crayons, a Fellowship for Moms and Children - Join us in the Café this Wednesday at 9 a.m. for a recipe swap! Kathryn Dienner will be sharing about food, family, and her walk with cancer.
Widows' Christmas Luncheon - Come for delicious food and a cookie exchange at a Christmas Luncheon for widows on Sunday, December 8, at 1 p.m. in the SLC Loft. Enjoy soups, salads, beverages, and surprise desserts! Use your Realm invitation to sign up for a food item and also a dozen cookies for the cookie exchange. If you don't have a Realm login, you can call or text Jon Ann at 717-201-6422 or Mary Ann at 717- 669-6474. Please bring a copy of your cookie recipe to the luncheon.
Student Ministries
A.C.T.I.O.N. Christmas - Petra high school students will be traveling by bus to the Ephrata Walmart on Wednesday to purchase Christmas gifts and supplies in support of children living at Christ's Home in Paradise. In the meantime, they are finding creative ways to raise money for this event, such as raking leaves, babysitting, bake sales, etc. If you would like to help financially, please designate your gift to A.C.T.I.O.N. Christmas by this Sunday.
Bible Quizzing - We are preparing for another BIG year with a lot of Jesus, friends, and food! We will have Thursday night practices from January 2 through March 12 and Sunday afternoon practices and evening matches from January 12 through March 8, ending with an Invitational Tournament at LBC in mid-March. Grab your friends and register online by December 11! It’s open to everyone from Grade 7-20 years old. We’ll be studying stories of Joseph and Esther this year. Any questions? Email Alicia Jensen at .
Kingdom Kids
Petra adults and kids volunteered over 200 hours at Petra’s Operation Christmas Child Drop-Off Center this year, with 40 adults and 25 kids helping on behalf of this special shoebox project through Samaritan's Purse! Petra collected 680 boxes and the Petra Drop-Off Center processed 3,824 shoeboxes. Petra and five other collection sites in the area together collected a total of 16,143 shoeboxes!
Further Processing - Join Marilyn Coles as she leads a team from Petra to the Operation Christmas Child Baltimore Processing Center this Wednesday . Volunteers will meet at Petra at 10 a.m. and return around 7:30 p.m. We will sort and prepare the shoeboxes for their final stage before being shipped around the world! Children 14+, accompanied by an adult, are welcome. Contact Marilyn at 484-880-1638 or .
Local Outreach
Our 2019 Christmas Outreach , beginning this Sunday, will benefit the Good Samaritan Shelter. Please pick a gift tag from the Christmas tree in the Lobby or the Atrium and bring your gift by Sunday, December 22. All gifts should be wrapped and clearly marked with the tag from the tree. Thank you!
Global Missions
Mission Prayer Focus - Joe and Jeniece Kingman and their family are Petra missionaries serving on staff with YWAM Orlando. Joe oversees the maintenance of the vehicles at the YWAM base and Jeniece serves as part of the leadership team at the base. Pray for God’s wisdom, provision, and blessing in their ministry and in their relationships with other staff and students at the YWAM base.
InSTEP Slavic Tea - InSTEP Ministries International, led by Pastor Darryl and Joyce Henson, will offer a Slavic Tea next Saturday, December 7, at 6 p.m. at Petra. Enjoy Eastern European food, music, an auction, mission updates, door prizes, and a cultural theme – all in one event! Tickets are required for entry and door prizes; they are available online for $10 apiece. The Hensons are passionate about mentoring and supporting pastors internationally; this fundraiser will help provide the means to do that. An offering will be received. Please purchase tickets by Monday .
Petra Family News

Our love and sympathy to Jay and Naomi Weaver and family upon the death of Naomi's father on Friday.

Blessings to Josiah and Christina Rosales upon the birth of their son, Shepherd Jackson, on Sunday.
Last Week Update
November 24, 2019

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