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.

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For this week I want to look into the future, not far, just to January 7 through February 18.

The Vision God gave me for 2018 will be laid out in EXPLOSION: THE ENERGIZING POWER OF HOPE on January 7, 2018.

This theme will build on our theme for 2017: The Season of Sawgrass. I do not think The Season of Sawgrass has even reached its mid-point, much less concluded. And the theme God gave me for 2018 is an indication of that. I think we are just entering into the “next phase” of our season. The seed has been in the ground, it has cracked open, and it has proceeded to grow toward the “top of the dirt”. All things we cannot see. But now that little seed is about to make its appearance “above the dirt”, and every farmer and gardener can tell you the explosive nature of what happens then.

Well, that is where Philadelphia is right now as I type this. Are you ready?

I hope so, because following the Vision Message we will take 40 days to spread a little kindness throughout our community by doing at least one act of love, care, or thoughtfulness to someone every day in our series KINDNESS DOES: A CAMPAIGN OF LOVE, CARE AND THOUGHTFULNESS.

Jesus said in Luke 4:18-20The Spirit of the Lord is on me. He has chosen me to tell good news to the poor. He sent me to tell prisoners that they are free and to tell the blind that they can see again. He sent me to free those who have been treated badly and to announce that the time has come for the Lord to show his kindness.

This passage is where He first makes a public declaration of being the Messiah, the Son of God. He is quoting an Old Testament prophecy about what the Messiah will come to earth and do. This scripture is the essence of what the church should be doing, what we were told to do, once Jesus went back to Heaven and sent us the Holy Spirit to help us.

Since kindness is listed in the Bible in the book of Galatians as one of the signs of the Holy Spirit living in us, we will be acting on the last phrase in this passage,” the time has come for the Lord to show his kindness”, in order  to show our community the Lord’s kindness.

So we are going to do just that. We will be encouraged to go out into our community and do at least 1 act of kindness for someone every day. I will have a list of 60 ideas, and you can always add your own ideas to that list. We will have created a KINDNESS DOES CARD for you to give to the recipient of your kindness just letting them know why you did what you did.

At church we will also have a KINDNESS DOES TESTIMONY CARD for you to testify to what you did, how you felt to do it, and how it was received (if you know).

We will also have a KINDNESS DOES FLYER you can take around to various businesses you have a relationship with or who allow flyers on their windows or bulletin board to let the community know what we are doing. It is VERY LIKELY that unchurched people will want to get involved in this endeavor since the purpose is just to go around “being good” to folks. So this is a 2-fold outreach effort.  

And, if in the course of this “doing” someone asks you the reason why, we want to be able to tell them. For that reason we will also have a DISCIPLESHIP PROMPT you can use to give a Biblical reason for what we are doing.

Thanks and many blessings,

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 
Interactive Sunday Nights: 6:00 pm 
Wednesday Night: 7:00 pm 
Saturday Night Prayer Meeting: 6pm