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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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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

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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

 
 
 
 
 
 

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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A Church to Call Home

“We felt very loved, there was a lot of grace, not judgement. Our lives at that time were a real mess. I wouldn’t wish any family to go through that, but we went through it. And what we found as we had that journey, and we would share that journey, the more and more love we got. It almost intensified and helped us through that time. Peoples lives are messy, and if you don’t have a mess, just wait because there will be one.


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On Saying I’m Sorry

Written by Rhonda Alstott

One of my favorite artists, Sir Elton John, once sang the words “sorry seems to be the hardest word”. The older I get the more I would have to say I agree. A sincere and heartfelt apology seems to be a disappearing thing. Anyone in any type of relationship has experienced hurt at one time or another. We’ve all had conflict with others. We’ve been on the side of feeling hurt and we’ve been on the side of hurting others. It’s part of our human condition. Why is it so hard to apologize when we have hurt someone?

 

I once read a quote that said,

“Apologizing does not always mean you’re wrong and the other person is right. It just means you value your relationship more than your ego.”

-Mark Mathews

 

The more I age, the more I value relationships. The more I value relationships, the more I value an apology…

 

As Christians, we have come into the family of faith through repentance. Repentance can be described as having a sincere remorse or regret for our thoughts and actions. We, in turn, tell God we are sorry and real repentance follows with a changed attitude, behavior, and life. It’s transformative. I believe that’s how our Creator designed it. It is the way we can be reconciled to God. It is His gift to us, and because we are reconciled to God we have the call to a ministry of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:18). I believe saying I am sorry when we have hurt someone is part of reconciliation. I’ve witnessed lately that people can take responsibility for a mistake by saying “my bad” or “yep I did it, it was my fault” and never say I am sorry for what they have done. It seems like defensiveness and excuses are the standard places many resort to when it’s been brought to their attention that they have hurt someone. To have health and healing in our relationships, I believe we have to not only accept responsibility for our words and actions, but apologize for the ways we have hurt others. I believe it is part of living godly lives where we recognize we have hurt someone and do our best to make it right. The good news is that we have been given everything we need to do this with (2 Peter 1:3).

 

I remember so well one of the first and hardest apologies I ever had to make as an adult. It was 1990 and I had just finished working on a team that did a weekend retreat in the Kentucky Women’s Prison. God opened my eyes to some of the ways I was living in a different kind of prison that weekend because I harbored deep resentment towards my father for all the hurt I had as a child and teen. I called him as soon as I returned home. I told him I was sorry because I had resentment and bitterness in my heart. He came back with an apology for the childhood I lived and took responsibility for some hurt he had inflicted. We both needed to say we were sorry. We both needed forgiveness. That moment forever changed my relationship with my dad. I was able to love and accept who he was. It was also my first big adult lesson in what humility looks like…it took humility for both of us to say I am sorry. It was also one of the most spiritually rewarding things I have ever done. Chains fell from my heart that day and I was set free to love my dad and work on healing from my past.

 

When I’ve taken the risk to apologize to those I love in a sincere way, my relationship with them has always been restored to a better place than before the apology. It has paved the way for better relationships in the future. I remember a few years back when I felt the weight of the hurt that I had inflicted on one of my children. I swallowed the lump of pride I had rising in my throat and told them how sorry I was. I was specific. I told them exactly what I had done that was wrong. I fought the urge to make excuses for my poor behavior. We were sitting outside in a downtown restaurant. I cried so hard I had to put on my sunglasses to keep from being a spectacle in the crowded cafe, but what really mattered is that I was sorry and told my child so. I was assured I was forgiven and our relationship was restored and set on the path of healing and wholeness. I am blessed to consider my adult children some of my best friends today because of our collective willingness to say I am sorry. They have apologized to me as well for things that they have done and said. Saying I am sorry to one another has made our lives richer.

 

I was alone with my mother when she went to be with Jesus in the early hours on a Monday morning. The nurse gave me a few moments to be with her. I wept and told her how very sorry I was. I had taken care of my mother for most of my life. I was deliberate and intentional about the decisions I made for and with her, but I still felt the need to tell her I was sorry for all the ways I failed her. I told her I was so sorry for how much suffering and heartache she had to go through. I knew that it wasn’t my fault, but it still helped me to verbalize how sorry I was. I knew that my mother didn’t hold those things against me, but I held those things against me. I was the one that needed to hear I was sorry. It’s funny how saying I am sorry can free you from all the “what ifs” and “maybe I should haves”.

 

As I’ve gotten older I’ve also recognized when I’m hurt and need an apology. I tend to respond like a wounded dog when I am hurting. I get under a bush and try to bite anyone that tries to help. I’ve gotten better at recognizing that my bitterness will grow unless I have told the person they have hurt me. Being honest and vulnerable about the wound gives them an opportunity to make peace before more hurt is done. Wisdom has taught me that it’s ok to know what you need and ask for it. If we don’t address these hurts as they happen, they accumulate and can make the bitterness grow. As I become increasingly aware of my own mortality these days, I want to love better in all my relationships. I don’t want hurt and bitterness to fester and grow.

 

I also want to say what a heartfelt apology isn’t. It isn’t a flippant “I am sorry you are upset.” This takes no responsibility for the wound. It just acknowledges that you are upset.

 

In my life I have had to forgive those who have apologized to me. I have also had to forgive those who haven’t apologized to me. Both have been out of obedience to Jesus. I cannot read God’s word without seeing how important forgiveness is in God’s grand scheme of redemption and reconciliation. Receiving an apology has been a catalyst in my work of forgiveness. Like I said, I have had to forgive without one, but I liken it to getting over an infection without the right medicine. Sure, I can get better, but it usually takes a lot longer to fight through it.

 

This past year has been a trying time for all of us. We have all lost people we love. We have watched relationships struggle. We have witnessed pride and destructive decisions that tear families apart. We have so much suffering we cannot control right now, but we have a lot we can control. That’s what I try to focus on. Is there suffering or hurt that I can bring some peace and healing to? Is there someone I need to offer a sincere apology to?

 

Romans 12:18 tells us, “If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all men”. Maybe learning how to apologize will help us do so. Saying I am sorry may feel strange and awkward at first, but as most things go, practice does make it easier. The more we practice this important step, the more we help foster relationships based on forgiveness. The more we foster relationships built on forgiveness the more we experience peace.

 

Shalom-

Rhonda

 


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Can This Love Grow?

Written by Tom and Pat McKain

Song of Solomon 2:2-5

“Like a lily among the thorns is my darling among the maidens.

Like an apple tree among the trees of the forest is my lover among the young men. I delight to sit in his shade and his fruit is sweet to my taste. He has taken me to the banquet hall and his banner over me is love.”

 

Pat McKain

Can this love grow?

The short answer to this question is yes! Let me explain.

 

Tom and I met when we were 16years old. The day we met, I told my mother that I had met the man I was going to marry. I had been praying every night since third grade for my marriage partner, and when I met him, I knew. However, there were many ups and downs during the six years we dated through the rest of high school and college. We married when Tom was in his first year of medical school at University of Louisville and I was in my last semester of nursing at IUPUI in Indianapolis. The first six months, I would travel to New Albany for a long weekend with Tom because I had fewer classes than he. It wasn’t easy, but we were madly in love, so we made it work.

 

As our children came along, Tom was working a lot of hours and I was a stay at home mom. Those years were hard! And we were very immature. We were both selfish and wanting more than we thought was our right. My mom used to tell me there is a special grace for young parents. I believe that is right. We were tired all the time and pinching pennies. Stress was high. However, we were committed to each other and the Lord.

 

After our third child, Ben, was born, I sought the Lord for something more. I knew the Christian life could be the abundant life, but I wasn’t experiencing that. I searched Scripture for a couple of years, spent time in prayer, and reading whatever I could to answer my questions. The Scripture says that if you seek Him, you will find Him. That was true! As I sought the Lord, He came close to me and worked something new in my life. Things changed after that.

 

I have found that if you grow close to the Lord, you grow closer and more in love with your spouse. Not only does your love last, but it gets deeper and more fulfilling. The secret: Grow close to the Lord and let Him change your heart. He will fill you with His fruit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self control for your spouse and others.

 

Can this love grow?

Tom McKain

 

How could a woman and a man, with similarities, but oh – so different—even get along in a life-long relationship?? They’re like oil and water in some ways, but with intense attraction as well! The answer is miraculous- marriage between a woman and a man is a sacred thing, because God is in it.

 

God is our Creator. He has built into this marriage a mystery that only He could design – a growing, permanent, literal oneness, a blending of the two bodies, minds, hearts, and spirits.

 

This can happen even if the two aren’t Believers. But, oh, what potential when we believe and cooperate with God’s transforming work in our hearts! God wants us as spouses to be in agreement- with Him, and with each other– to agree on the important things of life. To be of one mind is a tremendous blessing and a key to marriage!

 

Pat and I know that this oneness is a spiritual miracle– because after 50 years of friendship and 44 years of marriage we’re not tired or bored with each other. Everything literally has gotten better with age!

 

One of the main keys here is to just realize, and fully KNOW the amazing gift that is your mate! We take our marriages for granted. What really works is to focus on what you like about your spouse! Look for the beauty, for it is surely there! Appreciate all the goodness and blessing that your mate brings to life!

 

This is what it means to cherish each other; to build up each other, to sacrifice for each other, and to stay close. In fact, this picture of Christ and the Church, is what we are made for!


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The Creation Points Us To the Creator

Written by Pastor Tony Alstott
 

My first campout happened when I was eleven years old. I crossed the street and set up camp in my neighbor’s front yard. My neighbor and I gathered some sticks and made a fire. We talked late into the night while feeding the fire and ourselves with the food we brought. At one point we looked up at the clear sky and gazed at the stars. What a beautiful sight. We talked about infinity and the countless stars and galaxies beyond the reach of the most powerful telescope. On that night, I had the awe-inspiring notion that God was bigger and greater than the universe. The universe testified to me about the Creator. In Romans 1:19-20, the Apostle Paul wrote that God puts truth in the hearts of all people when they look at the earth and sky and see that creation was made by the Creator.

In the story of Creation in Genesis, Creator God asks Adam to take care of the creation. God gives the creation to us as a gift. We benefit from the goodness of the earth and, in return, we are to take care of the earth so that the human race can continue to benefit. God’s request to Adam is extended to us. We are caretakers or stewards of the earth.

As humans we have not always done a good job. Forests have been depleted without planting new trees. Rivers have been polluted with the toxins from factories. Poisonous gases are released into the air creating toxins to be breathed and forming acid rain. Litter from our abundance blows in our fields and fills our landfills. Scientists who warn us about the dangers of our pollution are often met with ridicule.

As Christians, we need to be a leading voice against pollution and a leading advocate for taking care of our planet. God invited us to benefit from the value of the earth but not at the expense of the earth itself. We can make an effort to recycle, which reuses our resources instead of allowing them to be discarded to a landfill. We can contact our government representatives to let them know of our general support for taking care of the environment. We can refrain from littering and pick up the litter we find when we are outside. We can avoid buying Styrofoam plates and cups. When we built Wesley Chapel on Highway 150, we include a geothermal unit for heating and cooling to save energy. When we think Green, we are thinking God.

Dr. Spock on Star Trek would greet people with, “Live long and prosper.” He was quoting Scripture: “Walk in obedience to all that the LORD your God has commanded you, so that you may live and prosper and prolong your days in the land that you will possess” (Deuteronomy 5:33). As I write this, God has put me in the land of Indiana, the United States. It is our responsibility to care for the land that God has put us in. When we value creation, we value the Creator. When we take care of creation, we are helping point people to the Creator.


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Pastor Tony recommends reading:
 

Be The Bridge: Pursuing Gods Heart for Racial Reconciliation

In an era where we seem to be increasingly divided along racial lines, many are hesitant to step into the gap, fearful of saying or doing the wrong thing. At times the silence, particularly within the church, seems deafening.
 
But change begins with an honest conversation among a group of Christians willing to give a voice to unspoken hurts, hidden fears, and mounting tensions. These ongoing dialogues have formed the foundation of a global movement called Be the Bridge—a nonprofit organization whose goal is to equip the church to have a distinctive and transformative response to racism and racial division.
 
In this perspective-shifting book, founder Latasha Morrison shows how you can participate in this incredible work and replicate it in your own community. With conviction and grace, she examines the historical complexities of racism. She expertly applies biblical principles, such as lamentation, confession, and forgiveness, to lay the framework for restoration.
 
Along with prayers, discussion questions, and other resources to enhance group engagement, Be the Bridge presents a compelling vision of what it means for every follower of Jesus to become a bridge builder—committed to pursuing justice and racial unity in light of the gospel.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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