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We are a church family rooted in Christ and growing in grace.

At Wesley Chapel, it is our mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. We do this by focusing on four areas: Worship, Faith Development, Serving, and Generosity. We live together as people of faith to grow as disciples in each of these four areas.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Our Mission

Serve the Church

When we serve we are being like Jesus. Jesus calls us to serve within our faith community so that we can grow in our faith and be equipped to go into the world to share the love of God with all people. The primary areas of Serve Here are Hospitality and Food Service. Serving at Wesley Chapel also includes other ministry areas such as Worship, Faith Development, and Facility Team just to name a few. There are always opportunities to serve and we would love to have you connected to Wesley Chapel through service.

 
 
 

Serve the City

We believe serving those around us is central to growing in our relationship with God. As disciples of Jesus Christ, we serve our local communities in Southern Indiana.
 
 

Serve the World

We are a church on mission to go into the world and share the hope of Jesus. Through local and global ministry partnerships, we are working diligently to be the hands and feet of God.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Join us for worship on Sundays at 8:30 am or 11:00 am. Our campus is located in the heart of Floyd County, Indiana. No matter who you are, or where you’ve been, we welcome you with open arms.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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We are traveling this journey of faith together, developing the character of Jesus within, and sharing the love of God with our community.

 

Tony Alstott

Lead Pastor
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Our Team

 
Tony Alstott
Lead Pastor
 
 
Cory Feuerbacher
Director of Worship +
Director of 20s/30s Ministry
 
 
Becky Perkins
Director of Faith 
 
 
Peter Williams
Associate Pastor
In charge of Youth and Mission
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
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Latest Sermon Series

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Up From the Grave

Dan and Julie Risinger

On March 15, 2020, Dan was the first post office worker in the United States to be diagnosed with Covid19. Dan describes his journey with Covid19 that led him to the hospital and to the Intensive Care Unit. When he left the hospital he felt like he came out of the grave.

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Cue the Eagle

“Run to the roar means facing my pain and fears and trusting God to help me with those fears. As a part of that, I wanted to deepen my relationship with God, and in return He provided me with strength. I ask God for strength many days and he gives it to me along with hope of eternal life.”


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Three Generations Impacted

“In my early 20’s I was going through rough times. I was trying to figure out what to do to better myself and get back on track to get out of the rut I was in. I asked my mother if she would be interested in trying out Wesley Chapel, and we went that next Sunday and the rest is history. We fell in love with the church from that point on. I loved the church, and the feeling of family was important to us. We got that feeling from the beginning.”


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Recent Articles

Faith in Christ Brings a Hope for the Future

Written by Becky Perkins

This week, while moving boxes from storage and getting Christmas decorations out, I found a box of old college papers from my classes while at Taylor University. Included in those papers was a prayer journal from November 1977 through January 1978. My prayer journal had the normal college student requests and concerns, such as guidance on finals that next month, an internship I was doing at a church in Marion, relationships between the girls in the dorm, and requests for a great Thanksgiving break with my family. One prayer item was prayer for the Lighthouse ’78 mission team, which I was to be a part of during the entire month of January. I had never been on a mission trip, never flown in an airplane, and never been out of the country. It was going to be a month-long mission trip, and just the thought of being in another culture was welling up feelings of both uncertainty and excitement inside of me.There was definitely some anxiety about all of that in my prayers. I have always carried a lot of anxiety, had my feelings hurt easily, and worried about what people thought of me.  My faith in God is what always has gotten me through those times of self-doubt, fear, and anxiety. Keeping prayer journals has helped me to see where God is working in my life and know He is listening.    

 

My prayer journals today still contain anxiety, fears, doubts, hurts, and many worries, but with different circumstances and in a different environment than in 1977. When I go back and read old prayer journals, they remind me of King David. My prayers start out with complaints, grievances, self-pity, and concerns, but after talking with the Lord, the prayers end in praise of who Christ is in my life. There is just something about having the freedom to go to the Lord in truth and tell Him everything going on inside of my head and heart that makes the peace that passes all understanding kick into my soul. The Lord does not get offended by anything I might say to Him nor does He get shocked by my words. He knows it all and has my best interests in mind when I come to Him. The thanksgiving that I find myself saying over and over to Him in the midst of the hurt, uncertainty and doubt, takes over and gives me hope for the future. I cannot imagine walking through this life, living in the world that we live, and in the uncertainty of times we are seeing around us, without Christ in my soul and mind to give stability.

 

I started serving in church ministry through an internship in 1977 while I was a student at Taylor, and I have served in four different churches in a staff position since that time to the present. I have experienced broken friendships, hurtful conversations, and fear for the future.  It has been turning to God’s Word, spending time in prayer and petition with Christ, and getting outside of myself, that turns my thoughts to thanksgiving and gives hope that it will all be alright in the end. Church relationships take much strength of body, soul, mind and spirit.  During hardships and anxiety, my body, soul and spirit become weary. Sometimes, it takes me getting away with God and having some heart-to-heart times to gain perspective. Reading passages of scripture while in prayer and reading those scriptures back to God helps so much to gain strength and find a hope. There is life on the other side of the struggles.God will never leave his people.The Lord wants to renew our lives, if we will allow him to do the work that we cannot do. 

 

Isaiah 40:27-31 says it all: “Why do you say, O Jacob, and complain, O Israel, ‘My way is hidden from the Lord; my cause is disregarded by my God’?  Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not faint.”


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Faith and Thankfulness

Written by Nancy Predmore

I wasn’t always a positive person. I was more the glass is half empty rather than half full.  Looking back, those times when the glass was half empty, my faith was half empty as well. I always believed in God, that was never a question, but I rarely read my Bible, even more rarely attended church, and offered half-hearted prayers when I needed something. I was not a good example of anything at this point, and I certainly wasn’t making disciples or even being Christ-like in any aspect of my life.
 
But then something happened. God started answering those half-hearted prayers. I was struggling with infertility in my late 30s. The doctors told me that I would need medical intervention to become pregnant, which wasn’t in our budget at all. And then I became pregnant. The doctor called that pregnancy a miracle…and then I miscarried. A friend sent me scriptures to read. I looked them up and I read. For the first time in a long time, I started to actually read my Bible and listen to God instead of telling Him my plans. I got pregnant again, and I had an easy pregnancy and had a true miracle baby. I started to think that maybe my glass was half full.
 
After we had Delainey, I thought that life would be great. My faith was stronger, but the Bible and prayer were not part of my life again. Then, we had a crisis in our marriage. We almost didn’t make it through that intact. God had other plans, way better than anything I could have imagined. He heard my cries…even though I hadn’t been faithful in doing the work to become more like Him once again. We did the work to strengthen our marriage. We found a church. I started to live my faith in a real way. I read the Bible, I prayed…really started talking with God, I served at our church. I was feeling pretty good about life. The glass was starting to look half full again.
 
Then Jim got transferred to southern Indiana…a small town. I didn’t want to go. I fought. I fought Jim, I fought God. I cried…raged really. I went to a dark place. But this time, I kept reading my Bible. I kept praying. We found a church to become involved with eventually. God kept putting people in my life who had faith. Those people were showing me God’s love in so many ways. Slowly, I came out of that dark place. My faith that had been so small was growing. I went on an Emmaus Walk and my faith bloomed. God knew what I needed (He always did), and I was finally ready to listen.
 

We have had several other challenges since then, but because I finally started to listen to God, I have been in better equipped to face them. I have even learned to be thankful in the struggles because I know that God has a plan. Now, when the challenges start coming, I look at them differently. I pray through them. I ask others to pray with and for me. I read scripture.  My faith is allowing me to finally be thankful in all things, not just the things that I want to happen.  Because of my faith in God, I am able to see the glass as half full!

“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Jesus Christ.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18


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Intangibly Tangible Faith

Written by Kaylan Caufield

John 20:24-29

24 Now Thomas (also known as Didymus), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.”26 A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.” 28 Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!” 29 Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

I’ve always had the notion that, as a twin, people always look at us and immediately compare us to one another. Whether it be to figure out who is who or to differentiate us in some way, Raegan and I are always being used as a baseline for the other. As of late, it’s been “Are you the married one?” or “Do you have the ring?…nope, so you’re Kaylan”. In those instances, Satan attempts to capitalize and magnify the feelings of loneliness and singleness that I am often reminded of outside of those interactions.

Before this summer, I was in a dark place spiritually. Recently graduated and having left my job of 3 years, I was lost. I wasn’t in the Word every day and I wasn’t living a life that honored God. I, like Thomas, was extremely doubtful. I was also heavily focused on worldly things – money, status, image – you name it and it was probably at the forefront of my mind. And here I was about to leave for a summer to work at a camp where I was supposed to help lead others to Jesus. How in the heck was I supposed to do that when I couldn’t even take time for Him on my own?

Those who know me best know I do not have the spiritual gift of discernment. I can hardly tell left from right most days and in order for me to understand some things I practically need a neon LED sign showing me the way. When it comes to Jesus, I pretty much need the same thing. However, He doesn’t exactly work that way. Or so I thought. After coming home from camp, I took a step back to process the events of the summer and to figure out the looming question of, “Where do I go from here”? It was in that moment where my unbelief – my doubt in how mighty and great God is – became faith. Just as Thomas declared, “My Lord and my God!” (v. 28) after seeing the wounds upon Jesus’ hands, so, too, did I stand in complete awe at the beauty of what I experienced during my time at camp. It was an intangible yet tangible moment of how the Lord worked through me during the summer to not only help change the lives of others, but to change my own life, too.

We don’t have Jesus physically in front of us to prove who He is or to show us the roadmap of our lives (granted, the disciples didn’t have their roadmaps, either). Yet, we have divine moments in our lives where we can’t deny that Jesus is who He says He is. We also have small moments that accomplish the same if we only slow down enough to observe them. I am not the same girl I was before I left for camp and I won’t be that person again. Since coming home, I make it a point to be in the Word every day and take a moment to be grateful for what God is doing in my life (big or small). At times, I also try to discern what His purpose is for me (still working on that last one, but who isn’t?). By keeping Jesus first, my faith has gotten stronger and I find myself looking for the peace only He can provide, not what I thought the world could.

A friend I worked camp with told me afterwards, “I’m so proud of you for doing this”. When I asked her why she said, “Because you got to be Kaylan. You got to be your own person and stand on your own. You weren’t tied to anyone or anything”. And she’s right. I wasn’t “Kaylan, so & so’s *insert the connection*”. I wasn’t identified by the ring (or lack thereof) on my hand or by the person I know. Do not get me wrong; I love Raegan and I love being a twin with everything in me. But, I struggle with identity just as much as the next person, especially since I have someone who looks just like me walking the same halls I do. This summer showed me that I am my own person, regardless of those things. It also showed me how wildly in love Jesus is with each and every one of us and why he made the matchless sacrifice to die on the cross for us.

Jesus’ interaction with Thomas shows that the resurrected Jesus is full of love and graciousness and gentleness to His people. May He remind us of those things in both the big, tangible moments and the small, everyday ones, too.


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Pastor Tony recommends reading:
 

Dark Clouds-Deep Mercy

Lament is how you live between the poles of a hard life and trusting God’s goodness.

Lament is how we bring our sorrow to God-but it is a neglected dimension of the Christian life for many Christians today. We need to recover the practice of honest spiritual struggle that gives us permission to vocalize our pain and wrestle with our sorrow. Lament avoids trite answers and quick solutions, progressively moving us toward deeper worship and trust.

Exploring how the Bible-through the psalms of lament and the book of Lamentations-gives voice to our pain, this book invites us to grieve, struggle, and tap into the rich reservoir of grace and mercy God offers in the darkest moments of our lives.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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