Ephesians 4:4-6 -- There is one body and one Spirit, and God called you to have one hope. There is one Lord, one faith, and one baptism. There is one God and Father of everything. He rules everything and is everywhere and is in everything. 

DEVELOPMENT. Increasing in the wisdom and knowledge of the things of God

RELATIONSHIPRecognizing the importance of building new friendships and strengthening old ones

ENCOURAGEMENTMeeting the spiritual, physical, and emotional needs of our fellow “Philadelphia Folks” and being a blessing to someone inside the church in some way every day.

AUTHENTICITYWorshipping and praising God “with all we got” just because He is, and not because of what He does

MISSIONAccomplishing the purpose for which God created and gifted us by being a blessing to someone outside the church in some way every day so that we can share with them by word or by action the Gospel

To see what kinds of ministry opportunities Philadelphia Wesleyan Church provides to help us Fulfill His Dream, please see the Fulfilling His Dream page of this website.

Check out our Facebook page for UPCOMING EVENTS, ANNOUNCEMENTS and LIVE SERVICES. Sermons typically posted on Monday mornings.

Did you know that the word Hortense comes from Latin and French words that mean "garden"? It comes from the same root as "horticulture".

That makes perfect sense once you take into consideration just how many folks in our little community have gardens. In fact, I think we should begin referring to Hortense as "The Garden Community".

But, wait, there's more. I have been using the Biblical passage of Isaiah 61 in reference to Hortense for over 2 years now. And that chapter was used by many in our community as a basis for praying in faith for the Lord to bring development to our area,

The beginning of that development is our new Dollar General. Many are also believing the Lord to continue that development with some type of food service. Plus, some are standing in faith for at least some of our roads to be paved.

All because in Isaiah 61 God promises that (verse 4, ERV) "... the old cities that were destroyed will be rebuilt. Those ancient ruins will be made new, as they were in the beginning".

But Isaiah 61 says something else. And it relates to my feeling that Hortense should be called "The Garden Community".

Isaiah 61:3b, 9, 11 says, He sent me to name them ‘Good Trees’ and ‘The Lord’s Wonderful Plant' ... Their descendants will be known throughout the earth, and everyone will know their children. Whoever sees them will know that the Lord has blessed them ... The earth causes plants to grow, and a garden makes the seeds planted there rise up. In the same way, the Lord God will make goodness and praise grow throughout the nations.

I believe what God is about to do in and around "Hortense proper" (which is being defined here as about 3 miles each direction on Hwy 32 and Hwy 301 from the intersection) will bring praise to God so that everyone will know that we are recipients of His GOODNESS and BLESSING.

There is a new Facebook page, www.Facebook.com/HortenseGA, that is meant to be the "bulletin board" for the Hortense Community. Churches, businesses, and others will be encouraged to post news, announcements, and events that relate to Hortense. In fact, wouldn't it be great to see the banner of this page turned into a sign or banner welcoming folks to Hortense?

If you have Facebook, would you invite everyone you know who lives in the area to like this new page?

Pastor Tim and Karen

The ALL NEW SAWGRASS STUDENT MINISTRY was launched this year. We meet on Wednesday Nights @ 7p

The SAWGRASS STUDENT MINISTRY is open to students from 6th grade through 12th. For this first year, we are also open to repeating 5th graders.

Parents, we have lots of neat things for your kids.

First, on Sunday Mornings we have Sunday School @ 9:45a (Come at 9:30 for donuts, coffee, juice, and chocolate milk).

Then at 11a we have Children’s Church. A Nursery is also available, and also @ 6p during our Interactive Sunday Nights Worship Service.

Then on Wednesdays @ 7p we have a fantastic Kid’s Club. And, as always, a Nursery is available for “the youngest among us”. 

So you've been thinking about dropping by Sawgrass some Sunday but you want to know what you can expect first? That's cool. We understand that. So here is what is happens on a typical Sunday morning...

First you will encounter a beautiful, 113-year old building nestled among the trees. Looks like a scene right out of a pioneer movie! Someone, most likely our Pastor, will greet you at the door. Once you come inside you will again be greeted warmly. Lots of good folks here at Philadelphia Wesleyan Church. You will be given a bulletin. About 5 minutes before our service begins a video announcement loop will play with information about our church and upcoming events.

Following that video a worship video will signal the start of our service. This praise and worship song will generally be up tempo and contemporary. Feel free to sing along. Even clap if you like. (You will notice the Pastor will not be clapping much, but that is because he cannot clap and sing at the same time!). Once the video song ends, there is a brief welcome and live announcements. At that point our pianist and song leader takes over to lead us in two great hymns or spiritual songs of the faith.

A time of prayer comes next, and one more hymn. During that last hymn anyone who would like to be prayed for directly is encouraged to come forward.

After the offering, our kids will be dismissed to Children's Church. Right before the sermon we will worship with one more contemporary video song.

Then our Pastor will bring the morning message with a time for response at the end.

Beginning to end, about 75 minutes of simple, heart-felt worship.

Hope to see you here.

We are located at 1139 Sawgrass Rd in Hortense                                                                                                                                              
Just off Hwy 301 and Hwy 32. Just follow the signs.                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Pre-Service Fellowship: Sunday @ 9:30a 
Sunday School: 9:45a 
Sunday Morning Worship: 11:00 am 
Sunday Night: 6:00 pm 
Wednesday Night: 7:00 pm 
Saturday Night Prayer Meeting: 7pm