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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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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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Tony Alstott
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Joe Pariseau
Director of Worship
Becky Perkins
Director of Faith 
Jeremy Sabala
Youth Leader

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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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Living Like Jesus

Written By:  Rhonda Alstott
Titus1:5-9  “For this reason I left you on Crete that you would set in order what remains and appoint elders in every city as I directed you, namely, if any man is above reproach, the husband of one wife, having children who believe, not accused of dissipation or rebellion.  For the overseer must be above reproach as God’s steward, not self-willed, not quick tempered, not addicted to wine, not pugnacious, not fond of sordid gain, but hospitable, loving what is good, sensible, just, devout, self-controlled, holding fast the faithful word which is in accordance with the teaching, so that he will be able both to exhort in sound doctrine and to refute those who contradict.”


In Paul’s letter to Titus, Paul reminds him of the expectations he had regarding the island of Crete. Crete had a reputation for ungodliness, but Paul did not let that dissuade him from having expectations for the gospel to produce fruit. Paul understood personally what an encounter with Jesus could do in a person if they let the Spirit have their way. He understood that as a Christian, real godliness would be lived out in our families, workplaces, and places of worship. When I read through Paul’s list for the qualities of a leader, I am not surprised that they are qualities we see in the character of Jesus. Of all those that are listed, I want to take a minute to focus on one, “sensible”, found in verse 8. Some translations use the word self-controlled. Sensible, in the original Greek is the word sophron (sozo-to save and phren-the mind), meaning safe in the mind. Strongs concordance describes it as one who can moderate their opinion or passion.

I do not know about you, but having a sensible mind seems like a lost art nowadays.  I do not know how many times I have heard the phrase “Oh he or she is just passionate about that”.    This excuse is often given when a person has gone too far and crossed some sensible boundaries with words or deeds.  Passion and opinion that is not controlled seem to grow into obsession until that seems to be the only focus a person has.   I think if we are all honest, we all can become passionate about issues, events, and people, but how do we handle it when we or someone else crosses the line with that opinion or passion?  We can become so obsessed or passionate about something that we lose all resemblance of Jesus, even if we think it’s an issue he’d be passionate about too.  

Another way to describe a person that is sensible from the Greek definition, is to say that they know how to stop.  That can be applied to not only our passions and opinions, but our behaviors as well.  We live in a world where addictions, greed, consumerism, overeating, overbuying………. the list goes on and on of the ways we don’t know how to stop.   As part of my job, I show images of brains that show the damage done when people don’t know how to stop using drugs.    My kids, and my husband, would tell you that I don’t know how to stop lecturing to make my point.  I would confess I don’t know how to stop eating candy.

 The reason this word sensible in scripture catches my attention is that I really do not think anyone can escape being convicted of one area where they need help knowing where to stop.  Maybe we worry too much.  Maybe we are on our phones too much.  Maybe we gossip too much.  You get the point.  Our lives bear witness to this.  Another irony I see is that we are quick to point it out in someone else, to escape what is happening within ourselves.   We would rather focus on someone’s unsound mind and inability to stop than to look within.  I think Jesus said it this way, “Why do you see the speck in your neighbor’s eye, but do not notice the log in your own eye?”

Maybe God’s Spirit, when asked, would show this log to us.    Maybe we could be more honest with one another about our logs and ask Jesus to help us get it out.  Maybe in the confession, our sin would lose its power, and maybe just maybe, we could all be more like Jesus.

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Getting Lost in the Weeds

Written by Rhonda Alstott

“Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, To the saints who are in Ephesus, and are faithful in Christ Jesus: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before Him. In love, He predestined us for adoption to Himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of His will, to the praise of His glorious grace, with which He has blessed us in the Beloved” (Ephesians 1:1-6).

I titled this blog “Getting Lost In The Weeds” because for too long, the focus on this passage has centered on the opposing sides of chosenness and predestination, an argument that has been debated by theologians for centuries. When we do this, we get lost in the weeds and we miss some richness of the text. Regardless of which side of the debate you fall on, we should remember that salvation is an act of grace by God through Jesus Christ. This was the plan from the foundation of the world.

Paul’s letter to the Ephesians reminds them from the beginning greeting that grace and peace are found in Jesus. The entire letter reminds this town of Christians, made up of both Jews and Gentiles, that they are to walk in a manner worthy of their calling. Before Christianity came to Ephesus, it was steeped in idol worship. Acts 19 portrays Ephesus as a town steeped in confusion because their lives and livelihoods were being built around idolatry. What a spiritual shift to go from worshiping false deities to putting your faith and trust in a God, motivated by love, who gives salvation as a free gift of grace. Paul reminds them of this time and time again in this epistle. He explains to them throughout the letter that their walk should be different since experiencing this gift and so should reflect it. Their walk should be different and reflect the values of Jesus.

In verse 2, Paul begins with “Blessed be the God and Father and our Lord Jesus Christ.” “Blessed be” in the original Greek is eulogetos, a word with eulogia (blessed) as its base. It means to “speak well of” and you can see how our word eulogy comes from this. At a funeral, people are asked to eulogize the deceased, and a well-written eulogy will speak well of the one we are there to honor. So how do we, as Christians, speak well of our Heavenly Father? Do our actions, motivations and words speak well of our Heavenly Father? Does our walk?

The month of July was the month where I found myself sitting through a few unexpected funerals, all with well-delivered eulogies to honor godly people. Their lives, as Paul says in verse 6, brought praise of His glorious grace. I don’t know about you, but sitting through a eulogy always has me asking, “What will be said about me?” “Will I wield my power as a force of good to build God’s kingdom or will I use it to destroy?” This past year has shown me the fragility of faith, friendships, and life. It has shown me that nominal Christianity (Christian in name only) is alive and well and so is pettiness. I have realized I can continue to dwell on all of this, which is a form of idolatry itself, or I can speak well of God the Father of Jesus Christ, who gives not only His grace but His eternal peace.

Our lives as children of God should cause others to see His glory. Our lives should point others to who God and Jesus really are. Our lives should cause others to glorify and speak well of God and the grace He has given us. Our eulogies are being lived out every day. May they point the world to Jesus.

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Blessed Peacemakers

Written by Laura Swessel

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God (Matthew 5:9).


Jesus said, “Blessed are the peacemakers” during the Beatitudes section of his Sermon on the Mount.  This got me wondering what exactly a peacemaker does, which then made me ponder about the true definition of peace.  I came up with seven possible types of peace, and I am sure someone else could add a few more.  Here they are:


  • The absence of conflict
  • Tranquility and quiet
  • The feeling of being safe and secure
  • Freedom from oppressive thoughts (inner peace)
  • Harmonious personal relationships
  • A calmness
  • A pact/agreement between two groups to end hostilities 


So, what is a peacemaker?  I believe a peacemaker is simply someone who helps others find peace.  This can take a variety of forms and actions based on which type of peace the peacemaker is trying to bring about for the other person.


We have all seen people acting as peacemakers.  I will give you a few of my personal examples.  Every time I visit my mother at Harrison Springs, I see peacemakers – the caring staff, other family members, and even the residents.  The peacemaking comes in many forms:  a loving touch, a kind word, settling a dispute, asking a resident to join you at your table if he/she has no family members attending a family function, acting as an audience for someone who wants to share life stories, giving some reassuring words when someone seems agitated or confused, lending a hand at mealtime on days when they are understaffed…the list goes on and on.  On another note, the staff at Harrison Springs brings me peace just knowing that my mother is safe and surrounded by such caring people.


Sometimes, a peacemaker’s role can be quite stressful.  For example, when two or more people are in conflict, a peacemaker might serve as an unbiased, non-judgmental mediator.  This is a tough position in which to be, especially if the peacemaker has a prior relationship with at least one of those in conflict.  When faced with this type of situation, it is helpful to remember that the verse does NOT say “Blessed are the favor-makers” or “Blessed are the judges.”


Another difficult situation arises when we are called to bring someone peace because they are living a life of sin.  In this case, the peacemaker must gently (again without bias or judgment) guide the person to confess and repent of their sins.  The peacemaker will only be successful if he/she has a loving, close relationship with the person whom they are helping.


Lastly, we all know at least one person whose very presence brings peace and a sense of calm to whatever room they enter.  Their inner peace is contagious, and it is most certainly founded on their faith in Jesus Christ and their ability to trust that He, the greatest peacemaker of all time, will always care for them.


This brings me to my final thought, the second half of verse 9 – “for they will be called children of God.”  The “rewards” in most of the other Beatitudes are very logical.  If you hunger or thirst, you will be filled; if you mourn, you will be comforted; if you are merciful, you will be shown mercy; etc.  However, I had to ponder on the reward for the peacemakers to truly understand it.  Being called a child of God is the greatest reward of all, at least in my opinion.  So, here are my thoughts as to why this reward is given to the peacemakers.  As mentioned in the previous paragraph, Jesus is the greatest peacemaker of all time.  So, those who model Jesus’ behavior will gain a similar status of being a child of God.


Well, I have really enjoyed writing this blog.  It has made me aware and appreciative of all the peacemakers in my life.  I am truly surrounded by a lot of God’s children.

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