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
RELATIONSHIP. Recognizing the importance of building new friendships and strengthening old ones
ENCOURAGEMENT. Meeting 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.
AUTHENTICITY. Worshipping and praising God “with all we got” just because He is, and not because of what He does
MISSION. Accomplishing 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.
So much is happening at Philadelphia Wesleyan. We hope you can make it by to check it out for yourself.
I just wanted to remind you of a few important dates here in May.
First, the HORTENSE COMMUNITY REVIVAL will begin TONIGHT, Monday Night, May 15 @ 7:30pm and it will run until Sunday Night, May 21, beginning at 6:00pm. Services are at Hortense Wesleyan Church and will be a joint venture between Sawgrass and HWC. Our Evangelist is Jon Parrish, who spoke at this past Camp Meeting.
Then, on Sunday, May 28 we will celebrate the PHILADELPHIA WESLEYAN CHURCH HOMECOMING. I am really looking forward to this. The Lord has laid on my heart a message for our church from Psalm 23 focusing on how our church fulfills this Shepherd’s Psalm.
Finally, we are in the middle of a church-wide contest called THE 100-DAY DASH. Families earn points by attending the 11am Sunday worship service , by inviting guests, and when those guests commit to attend Philadelphia regularly. The 100-Day Dash continues weekly through July 16. Our grand finale celebration will be on Wednesday Night, July 19. The GRAND PRIZE for the 100-Day Dash is $100.00!
One other note. Back in November our church board approved a Mission and Vision statement for our church: Fulfilling His DREAM. The letters in the word DREAM stands for Development, Relationships, Encouragement, Authenticity, and Mission.
As part of that, the congregation was challenged to read 50 Bible study or spiritual help books. To date we have read 54!!
We were also challenged to reach out to our fellow Philadelphia Folks 2,000 times. We are less than 50 touches (cards, letters, visits, calls, texts, etc) away from that goal!!
And we were challenged to make 1,270 similar contacts with the unchurched of our community. We have made over 1,600 loving touches of the unchurched of Hortense!!! These challenges end May 31, 2017. Just thought you’d like to know.
We have entered a season where we get to do things because He is giving us the opportunity to, not because we have no other choice. So as we dream about the near future of Philadelphia, keep in mind that what God is already doing in, around, and through our church is just the “tip of the iceberg” for what He wants to do.
We look forward to seeing you Sunday,
UPCOMING EVENTS @ PHILADELPHIA
NO EVENTS THIS WEEK DUE TO REVIVAL -- Hortense Community Revival: May 15 -21. This will be held at Hortense Wesleyan Church. Meetings nightly at 7:30pm and 6:00pm Sunday Night, May 21.
Monthly Women's Missionary Meeting: Monday, May 22 @ 7pm. Verse-of-the-month: Psalms 119:105
Bible Study with RC Mathis on Wednesday, May 23 @ 7pm.
Prayer Meeting on Saturday, May 27 @ 7pm. One
of the goals for 2017 was for each of our members and regular attendees to try
to attend our Prayer Meeting at least once-per-month. So we hope to see you
PHILADELPHIA HOMECOMING: Sunday, May 28. Potluck meal to follow. No Sunday Night Service.
Remember, if I have your email address, I will send this to you by email. Drop me a note at PastorTim@PhiladelphiaWesleyan.org and I will put you on the email list.
Thanks and many blessings,
The Lord gave us the Season of Sawgrass as His theme for us in 2017. This comes from Galatians 6:7-10 which says, in part, And let us not be weary in well-doing, for in due season we shall reap if we faint not. And in Isaiah 1:19 we are told, If you are willing and obedient you will eat the good of the land. And when is the "good of the land" available to eat? In season.
So from that we believe the following for our church and community over the next year or more: The Season of Sawgrass is a period of time, coming at the right and most opportune time, for us to realize our greatest potential to experience the right, proper, and scheduled blessings of God. This Season of Sawgrass will be characterized by the noticeable Hand of God at work in, on, around, through, and for us; as individuals, as families, as a church, and as a community. God’s activity here and our activity in our community during this Season of Sawgrass will be like nothing we have ever seen before. Lives will be changed. People will come to faith in Christ. Folks will be set free. Individuals will be healed. And hope will be restored.
If we are willing and obedient is the caveat to all of this. And I believe Philadelphia is definitely willing. And their willingness to be obedient has been clearly demonstrated over several months. I have previously documented how enthusiastically our congregation has taken up God's challenge to read good, Christian, Bible study and spiritual help books (well over 30 books read in total as of early February); to reach out to others in the congregation through cards, letters, texts, phone calls, visits, social media, etc; and reach out to the unchurched of our area with acts of love and kindness and invitations to church (almost 1,000 such contacts since December 11!).
And just last Sunday night, in the conclusion of the Season of Sawgrass message, over 13 folks in our church responded to the call to "access God's plan for them, their families, our church, and our community through fasting, prayer, praise, Bible reading and study, and holy living.
What a great year 2017 is already shaping up to be!!