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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

It May Not Be Who You Think

 
Written by Rhonda Alstott

In the gospel of John, chapter ten verse ten, Jesus makes a defining statement about why He came, contrasting himself with a thief…

“The thief comes only to steal, kill and destroy.  I came that they may have life, and have it more abundantly.”

 

For decades now, I have been taught by various pastors and teachers, that the thief in this verse is Satan.  I understand why one may think this. In 1 Peter 5:8, Peter calls Satan our adversary and tells us he is prowling around seeking someone to devour, but in the context of John 10:10, I believe Jesus is referring to the religious leaders known as the Pharisees. John Chapter 9 tells us of the miraculous healing Jesus gave to a man who had been blind since birth. Before healing this man, the disciples had asked him who had sinned to cause this man’s blindness: the man or his parents. Jesus responded neither, challenging the common assumption taught in Judaism that suffering was the result of sin.  Jesus told his disciples that the man was born blind so that “the works of God might be displayed in him”. What a contrast to the accepted religious teaching of the day!

 

When the Pharisees were given the opportunity to praise God for the healing of this man’s sight, they did not.  They appear to be more concerned that Jesus healed this man on the Sabbath, thus breaking the law. We are told he is questioned twice and his parents are even questioned. We learn his parents are not truthful in their response because anyone professing Jesus as the Christ (Messiah), would be kicked out of the synagogue. The newly sighted man professed Christ. The Pharisees responded, “You were born in utter sin” and they cast the man out of the synagogue…what a way to respond to the miraculous works of God by the very people who had the responsibility of representing God and teaching them about God.

 

Jesus responds by telling everyone that He is the good shepherd.  He says in John 10:9, “All who came before me are thieves and robbers….I am the door…..Jesus is showing to the crowd, that he is the Christ, and following Him leads to life. John 10:1-18, is known as the shepherd’s discourse. Jesus uses 3 parables about a shepherd to contrast himself with a thief. I believe Jesus is doing this because he has just witnessed the mistreatment of one of the sheep at the hands of the Pharisees. The religious leaders, or the Pharisees, have come to steal, kill and destroy, but Jesus came to give life…and an abundant life at that. No scarcity mentality in Jesus… He wants us to have a life in him that’s full.  He does this by taking us out of our spiritual blindness and giving us His spiritual sight. The gift of light he brings to our darkness is what makes our lives different. 

 

May we, having seen the light, take the light into our world that is so full of darkness. May we be His witness and contrast to those who are seeking to kill, steal and destroy.


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What Kind of Faith

Written by Cindy Music
 

Proverbs 14:26 New International Version

Whoever fears the Lord has a secure fortress, and for their children it will be a refuge.

 

What kind of faith journey do you envision for your family?

I love preschoolers; more is caught than taught with them.  They are adults in shorter form.  How many times have parents heard “That is your mini me”?  We have 2 mini me’s in our family.  My great nephew Tyler looks just like his father.  He has several of his mannerisms and thought processes.  In fact, we often call him by his father’s name.  His sister Lilly is just like her mother.  She likes fashion, cooking and acting; just like her mom.  She favors her mother in looks as well (thank goodness). 

We have another “mini me” in our family too.  Me.  I realized the other day how much I am my mother’s child.  She would wander through Sam’s for entertainment, going down every aisle to see what was new.  Often, she came out with an empty cart and a full heart.  She would chat with old friends and make new ones. Last week, I went into Sam’s wandered around the store, and ended up in a conversation with a lady comparing what we came in for and what extras we had found. 

It got me thinking about what kind of faith journey my mother had in mind for me.  What were the things she had hoped I would learn?  What kind of a Christian did she want me to become?

I think maybe she wanted me to know the discipline of going to worship on Sundays.  I think she wanted me to serve in the church and in the community.  I think she wanted me to learn how to make new people feel like they are an old friend.  I think this because these are the kind of things she did in her own life.  She went to church most every Sunday of her life, unless she was sick.  She served in the church nursery for 50 plus years and she volunteered at Clark Memorial gift shop for over 20 years.  My mother talked with at least one stranger anytime she went into a store.

In the Children’s department we spend on average of 3 hours a week with the children that come through our doors.  We make the most of it.  We talk about how God loves them, how He is always with   us, and how Jesus wants to be their friend forever.  They hear stories from the Bible and sing songs.  We help to lay the basic foundation of their faith.  I know their families want so much more for their faith journey.

What kind of faith journey do you want for your family and friends?  Each one of us has a different vision of what that looks like.  What I have learned from my own life experience and from listening to other people’s stories, is there is someone close to them that lived a life of faith.  We caught more than we were taught.


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Good Fight

Written by Nancy Predmore

“Honor your father and mother” Exodus 20:12

We all know that part of the Ten Commandments. I am sure that I have said that to Delainey when she is being sassy with me. What we don’t always realize is how hard it might be to do that as our parents age. 

When I met Jim’s parents, they were very active.  His dad worked, even after he retired. He didn’t miss a single event that his grandsons were in. His mom never sat still.  She was always cleaning, cooking, or doing a word search.  They decided to sell their house and move in with us because they were concerned that they were aging.  At first, it was great. They got to spend time with D, we had family with us, and we all got along.  It was an adjustment, but we thought it was going well until Jim’s mom wanted to move home. It was after they moved back to Indy that we started to notice how much his parents were aging, and it wasn’t good. Things like paying bills, balancing the checkbook, and taking medicines were not happening as they should. We all realized that they needed to be with us again. Thankfully, they were in our home when his dad had a stroke.  We were able to get him care right away, but he was no longer the strong, active man that he used to be. And through this, Jim’s mom started down the path of Alzheimer’s.

Remembering to honor your father and mother is hard when it seems that the roles are reversed.  They were still Jim’s parents, but they needed more care than Delainey some days. There were days that we all yelled and cried.  There were days that we all enjoyed each other.  But there came a point, when COVID was just beginning to rear its ugly head, that we couldn’t provide the care for them.  It was hard.  It felt like we were taking the easy way out by moving them to a long-term care facility.  We felt (and still feel) guilty for not being able to do more…for not honoring them as we should. 

Jim’s dad adjusted to his new home.  The staff tell us how much they loved him, he always had a story to tell and made them laugh.  We didn’t get to visit due to COVID, but we called and checked in. We lost him this past February after a very short illness. Jim’s mom is still fighting.  Some days are better than others, but she still doesn’t think of the care facility as home…she still wants to come back home. We just have to remind her that she is home when we are able to visit…stupid COVID limits those visits though.

I hope that they felt honored by us. I know that we tried, although we failed many times. They deserve all that we were able to give them. They have fought the good fight, just as Paul says in 2 Timothy.  And isn’t that what we all want to be able to say at the end of our lives?

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith” 2 Timothy 4:7


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Pastor Tony recommends reading:
 

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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