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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, 9:45 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 20’s/30’s Ministry
 
 
Becky Perkins
Director of Faith Development
 
 
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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Praetorium

The soldiers lived and worked inside the Praetorium. Guards in the towers watched over Jerusalem.  Placed at the northern edge of the Temple Mount, they had a clear view of the Temple Courtyard and beyond to the Garden of Gethsemane at the base of the Mount of Olives. 

Outside the Praetorium, the city was filled with Jews who had come to celebrate the Passover, a feast commemorating the night God spared the Hebrews from death and set them free from slavery in Egypt. The streets were more crowded than usual as the pilgrims and tourists walked the city.  Many were set up on the sides of the streets to sell their figs, their scarves, and their woven baskets.  Sheep were escorted toward the Temple for the Passover sacrifice. 

Inside the Praetorium, the Roman soldiers were mocking the most recent group of men condemned to die.  One, in particular, was being executed for being the King of the Jews.  They put a crown of thorns on his head.  They put a robe on his back and mocked him.  They punched him in the face, pulled out his beard, and spit on him.  They put a cross on his back and then they began the parade.

Stepping outside the Praetorium into the busy street, Jesus carried the cross to his place of execution.  He was weak from a recent scourging.  He was tired after a long night of prayer and mock trials.  He was thirsty.  The walk was uphill through the crowded streets as soldiers yelled for people to make way.  Jesus fell.  Women wept for him.  Simon of Cyrene was recruited by the soldiers to carry the cross the rest of the way.  Some people in the crowd took pity on the man stumbling behind the cross. Some of the people saw the man with the cross and were bothered by being inconvenienced.  Most people in the city didn’t even know that a man was walking to Golgotha, the place of the execution. 

What will you be doing during Holy Week?  Will you take notice of the man who was nailed to a cross?  Jesus asked his disciples, “Could you not stay awake one hour?”  Are you willing to give some of your time to participate in our special services during Holy Week that help us connect to the story of Jesus? 


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Rejoice

Honest Posts about Everyday Life Where We Learn to Be More Like Christ ~by Elizabeth Smith

Surreal! This situation we are living through right now seems like a movie. It’s really scary for so many reasons. The bible tells us not to fear, but I have moments these days full of anxiety and fear. People are dying, this virus is spreading so quickly, everything is closing and we are faced with…the unknown! We all have so many questions: Will I get sick? Will somebody I love die from this? How long will this last? Will I be able to pay my bills?

My mind keeps going back to the verses my pastor preached several weeks ago:

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NIV

 

I get the pray continually part. I’ve been doing that lately! I even get the give thanks in all circumstances part. There is a lot of good going on in the world right now. I love seeing communities come together. I love seeing people making the most of a bad situation. I am healthy. My friends and family are healthy. I have a home and food. I have a lot to be thankful for. But, rejoice? I had to take a closer look at that word because to me that sounds a lot like celebrate and I don’t really feel like celebrating right now. So, I looked at a different translation…

Be full of joy all the time. Never stop praying. In everything give thanks. This is what God wants you to do because of Christ Jesus. 

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NLV

The New Life Version says to be full of joy all the time. Having joy is very different from celebrating. Joy does not always equal happiness. Joy is one of the Fruits of the Spirit and it is the assurance that God will never leave us. It is the peace that God is in control. It is the understanding that He loves us. It is the hope of knowing that He can restore what has been lost. It is trusting that He can take difficult situations and bring good from them.

This is where we need to turn our thoughts right now. We need to rejoice always because we know we can trust this God who is bigger than this virus that seems enormous.

When I messaged my pastor to make sure I had the correct chapter and verses, he said “but don’t forget 19-20!” If we look past the familiar verses, we read (in yet a third translation):

16 Always be joyful. 17 Always keep on praying. 18 No matter what happens, always be thankful, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.

19 Do not smother the Holy Spirit. 20 Do not scoff at those who prophesy.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-20 TLB

Verse 19 tells us not to smother the Holy Spirit. When we smother (or stifle) the Holy Spirit, we stop the Spirit’s work in us. We don’t allow for the joy and peace that we so desperately need…especially right now. When we try to rely completely on resources other than the Spirit, we are smothering the Spirit. When we look for comfort in other ways and in other individuals, we are stifling the Holy Spirit. In this time of uncertainty, draw your peace from the Holy Spirit. Find comfort from the One who can provide it most.

In verse 20, we are told not to scoff at those who prophesy. We need to hear and listen to our religious leaders because they are going to keep us focused on the truth of WHO is in control. They are going to help us keep our eyes fixed on the One who can give us peace and hope and comfort. We must hold onto what is good and be wise to avoid evil. As we continue to focus on the news of the never ending doom of this unknown new challenge, we really need to balance this with the reminder of the hope of Jesus Christ and the promise of God.

I’m not saying this is always easy. I’m not saying I do this well. Fear creeps in. Worry keeps me up at night. Questions fill my head. I need these reminders too. I need the peace of God at times more than others. We are in this together. Don’t forget 19 -20!

If you are a believer, you will know that we were never promised a life without trouble, but we have been promised that He will carry our worries, He will be our peace, He will never leave us, and that if we believe in Him, we will have eternal life. We need to rejoice. We need to pray. We need to give thanks. Why? Because this is what God wants for us because of Jesus Christ! If you are not a believer, I pray that you can ask Jesus to be the Lord of your life and you can start to experience the joy and the peace that only He can give in these uncertain times.


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AGAPE Love

The Holy Spirit empowers us to grow in our understanding of AGAPE love.  Read Ephesians 3:16-19.  When I graduated from high school at the age of 18, I felt I had learned everything there was to know about school subjects.  I had enrolled in college and was going to go out to conquer the world.  In my first week of college, I came to the realization that I didn’t know very much at all.  I was just beginning to understand how much I really didn’t know.  Everything I was learning was new and unexplored territory.  When I started ministry, I wanted to win the world for Jesus Christ but I did not have the same arrogance as when I was 18 years old.  I did not know my Bible.  All I knew is that God called me to preach the gospel and love people.  Paul’s prayer for the Ephesians and for us is that we may know the vastness of God’s love.  There have been several times during my ministry when I felt I was beginning to understand this love and all its vastness, only to discover I was still only exploring a small part of God’s love.  God’s love is higher and deeper and longer and wider than we can even begin to comprehend, yet we strive toward it.  Paul’s prayer is that we be rooted in the love of Jesus Christ and that as we grow in faith, we also grow in love.  The Holy Spirit is our helper to strengthen us with faith and love.  The Holy Spirit comes into the inner being of the Christian to help transform us into the likeness of Jesus. 

Come Holy Spirit, expand our knowledge of your love.  Increase our faith.  Strengthen our inner being.  Fill us and lead us to be witnesses in this broken world.  Amen.
 
Pastor Tony Alstott

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Forgotten God: Reversing our tragic neglect of the Holy Spirit. 

A follow up to the profound message of Crazy Love, Pastor Francis Chan offers a compelling invitation to understand, embrace, and follow the Holy Spirit’s direction in our lives.
 
In the name of the Father, the Son, and … the Holy Spirit. We pray in the name of all three, but how often do we live with an awareness of only the first two? As Jesus ascended into heaven, He promised to send the Holy Spirit—the Helper—so that we could be true and living witnesses for Christ. Unfortunately, today’s church has admired the gift but neglected to open it.
 
Breakthrough author Francis Chan rips away paper and bows to get at the true source of the church’s power—the Holy Spirit. Chan contends that we’ve ignored the Spirit for far too long, and we are reaping the disastrous results. Thorough scriptural support and compelling narrative form Chan’s invitation to stop and remember the One we’ve forgotten, the Spirit of the living God.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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