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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

 
 
 
 
 
 

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

Peace

Written by Chrissy Perkins
Peace.
 
Such a simple common word yet so hard to put into action.

 

In a world where events are fast, emotions high and what seems to never be enough time, peace is the last thing on our minds.

When do you find peace? How do you find peace?

Do we actually truly achieve peace?
 

Seems too time consuming to even find the answers to those questions, doesn’t it?

 

Peace is not something that comes naturally or when you least expect it. We experience peace in the moment, moments and when we just “be”.

 

People have stated they find peace when practicing the art of yoga, or taking a long walk in the quiet woods, or even when holding your sleeping baby.
 

Those moments of peace fill our body and soul with a sense of clam, joy, and even happiness.

How do we find peace in the noise or the hard times?

That is up to you, you are the maker of your peace.

 

Do something you love such as paint or journal or even take a nice long walk. Make time for your loved ones. We (people) are social beings, God created us to be with each other. Quality time can lift the spirt and bring joy into your life.

Struggles may come and hardships are inevitable, but how you respond to those moments will help you make it through. When overwhelming times come lean on those hobbies or people to find your peace.

 

Take a second and have a talk with God.

 

From an early age I was told “tattle to God or talk to God”. When good comes, when troubles come, when I feel uneasy or when I’m hurting, talking to God while I’m doing something I enjoy such as a walk or sitting by the pool helped me find peace.

I may not feel the peace at that exact moment, but as my prayers would continue day by day or a situation would happened, then I would feel the peace

 

It’s not always easy to be still and listen for God or to see what plans he has for you but one thing is very sure, he will grant you peace when you seek Him.

 

Find your “happy place” and pray. If it’s one of those days in the workplace, take a second in a quiet place and start talking to God.

 

Peace also comes when you have faith God has you in His hand. Having faith and trusting no matter what comes your way, God has you and is taking care of you.

Trust + faith = peace

John 16:33 ESV /

I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.

Psalm 29:11 ESV /

May the Lord give strength to his people! May the Lord bless his people with peace!

 

How will you find your peace today?

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He Equips The Called

Written by Josh Suiter

What are you passionate about? What areas of ministry do you find yourself drawn to do? Are you a musician and feel God calling you to join the praise band? Do you love to help people feel welcomed and want to join the hospitality team? Or do you have a passion to help youth and children learn more about Jesus and see them come into a personal relationship with him?
 

Whatever your passion is, I want to encourage you to be open to using this in ministry. But also, to be open to the fact that God may not have the same idea in mind.

A few years ago, I was asked to begin teaching the young adult Sunday school class. At first, I found this terrifying. I was used to teaching 5th and 6th grade Sunday school. What did I know about teaching young adults? Although I was close to them in age, I was worried that I didn’t have the Biblical knowledge to lead this class. But I felt God saying – “I’ve got you. Just trust me.”

2 Timothy 3:16-17 says “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”

Sometimes God calls us into a ministry we may not have considered before. I never thought I would go from teaching middle schoolers to college age/young adults, but what I have learned along the journey is that even when I don’t feel qualified or able, He gives me the strength to keep going.

Can you imagine how the disciples felt? Each of them from all walks of life and skills levels were called to follow Christ. Matthew 4:18-19 says “As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. ‘Come, follow me,’ Jesus said, ‘and I will send you out to fish for people.’ At once they left their nets and followed him.”

Can you imagine what might have been going through their heads? Do you think they second guessed their decision?

What if we had that same faith to just leave our nets and follow Him no matter what He is calling us to do? Sometimes I wonder why I ever doubt Him. Why do I question God when He calls me to do something because I do not feel comfortable with that calling?

Matthew 28:20 should affirm to me that He is with me and I have nothing to fear – “Teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

If we truly believe this verse, then we shouldn’t fear if we are qualified or if we can do it because He’s got us! He will see us through and will stretch us and grow us through this experience.

As we continue to return to church after many of us have spent a year at home, I want to pose a few questions for each of us to ponder?

  • What has this year of staying home or distancing ourselves from others taught you about yourself? What has it made you passionate about?
  • What needs in the church (or even in our community) do you feel God is calling you to help with?
  • What are you doing about that calling?

I am praying these questions will help you assess where God can use you in the church and outside the church. He has made the ask. Will you accept it?

 


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Brokenheartedness

Written by Rhonda Alstott

“The Lord is close to the broken-hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”  Psalm 34:18

 It seems that we’ve turned the corner with the pandemic, but not without battle scars from the past 15 months. Anyone trying to find mental health services  for a loved one right now will tell you there is a shortage of services and the wait for professional help in the form of therapy can be as long as 6 months. May is mental health awareness month, and mental health advocacy has always been close to my heart. Tony and I have several loved ones that have had their share of struggles with it. In our family of seven Alstott’s, five of us suffer with depression and/or anxiety and the other two suffer with denial. You can sense my sarcasm, but everyone has mental health struggles. Just like our physical health where we can manage certain maladies like diabetes, asthma, and cancer, we all have mental health as well, where we suffer with depression, anxiety and other mental health issues.  I like to think of mental health as a continuum: healthy being on one end and unhealthy being on the other. Several factors can affect which end of this continuum we find ourselves at during different periods of our life…a loss of a loved one, a promotion, marriage, divorce, finals…you get the picture…our circumstances can move us back and forth on this continuum. It’s fluid. Exercise, therapy, medicine, spiritual disciplines and support systems can help us live on the healthy end of this spectrum. 

I just finished the last lesson of Elijah by Priscilla Shirer with my Women’s Bible Study. Elijah is heralded as a strong prophet and leader, but I wondered how Priscilla would handle Elijah when he was at his lowest point: after defeating the false prophets of Baal on Mt. Carmel. She included this part of his story in her study and I am thankful she did. So often in Christianity we leave no room for mental health issues. We have plenty of examples in scripture that show us that mighty people of God had their share of struggles with mental health as well. In 1 Kings 19:4 we see Elijah asking God to take his life. If I was writing a presenting problem on a treatment note for Elijah, I would write suicide ideation. What got him to this point? It’s a list of reasons including work exhaustion, poor diet, over concern of what someone thought, lack of sleep and threats on his life that induced fear. Fortunate for Elijah, God sent an angel to minister to him. Food, sleep, and a plan going forward was part of Elijah’s treatment plan. God was able to start Elijah’s healing with the question, “What are you doing here?” I love how God provides us with examples we can not only relate to but learn from. When we find ourselves at the end of our rope, that’s a great question we can all ask ourselves…What are we doing here? Sometimes in answering that question, we find ourselves getting back onto the path of healing and wholeness. If we can’t answer that question on our own, it’s okay to get the right help to do so. For far too long, the church has shunned systems to help us in the area of help and healing of our mind. Don’t get me wrong, I believe that prayer, worship, serving and study can all help my mental health, but so does therapy, support groups and medicine. Sometimes it takes all of the above to keep us on the healthy side. 

How can we help and encourage one another in our faith journey? Show compassion. Listen, love, set boundaries, offer grace… pray with, go with…whatever can help that person answer the question “What am I doing here?”  Remember: just because you may not understand their struggle, doesn’t mean it isn’t real. Also, just because you found relief from reading a book, a certain oil, pulling yourself up from the bootstraps, or prayer doesn’t mean it will work the same way for someone else. I have had countless friends and loved ones feel so abandoned by God because they prayed and prayed for relief and found none. Sometimes God answers our prayers by sending us to the right doctor or therapist. It is important to remember that just because you do not sense or feel the love and presence of God, does not mean He isn’t there.

“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:22-23

Another thing to remember too: Elijah’s despair didn’t disqualify him for the work God needed him to do. Elijah is our example that God really isn’t finished with us, even when we are finished with ourselves. God has a plan and purpose for every one of us, and a bout on the unhealthy side of our mental health continuum does not change God’s plan. In fact, more often than not, He will use this time for the good of His kingdom in ways we never imagined.  My hope and prayer for all of us is that we live balanced lives that honor God. Balance that takes into consideration that we are heart, soul, strength and mind (Luke 10:27). Hopefully, the realization that God wants to use us to further His kingdom, in spite of and despite our struggles with mental health, should help us put aside the stigma we’ve carried for too long around mental health issues. May God grant us all His shalom on our lives and on the lives of those we love.

*Interested in some other people in scripture that had their share of discouragement? Note the following:

Jonah (Jonah 4)                        Hagar (Genesis 16)

Jeremiah (Jeremiah 20)            David (2 Samuel 12/Psalm 38)

Gideon (Judges 6 & 7)              Paul (2 Corinthian 1)


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A Firm Foundation

What does the future hold for The United Methodist Church? It is the question being asked all around our denomination. What should be the response to the competing visions and notable division within contemporary Methodism in North America? Can we explore the issues confronting us in a post-Christendom era without rupturing our relationships?

This carefully curated volume engages the deep heart questions of United Methodists and casts a compelling vision by trustworthy voices for dynamic faith. Contributors explore the power of classic ideas such as:

The Lordship of Jesus Christ Engaging scripture meaningfully The power of the Holy Spirit The promise of sanctification Living with undivided purpose Fostering dynamic discipleship The gift of the global church

This resource is a useful tool not only in navigating present challenges but in pursuing the future promise for the people called Methodists. The foundational principles that have guided Methodist thought from the beginning of John Wesley’s countercultural movement remain rich resources as we explore what it means to remain faithful disciples in the tradition of the Wesleys.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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