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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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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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Tony Alstott

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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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May 17 Worship Reservation and Re-entry Plan

Dear Friends,

I pray this finds you healthy as we navigate the pandemic. As disciples of Jesus we are called to follow Him through uncertain times. We are sustained by the hope of the Gospel, which tells us that nothing can separate us from the love of Christ (Romans 8:38-39).

 

I am writing to you today to inform you of

  1. Our Sustainability during the stay-at-home order and
  2. Our plan to begin Phase 1 of the Re-entry plan to have physical assembly

 

Sustainability

  1. We are making disciples. Two people made a profession of faith last week and were baptized. Five people will become members of Wesley Chapel this month.
  2. On-line worship is reaching over 1000 people each Sunday.
  3. Sunday School continues to be offered through ZOOM.
  4. Youth and Children’s ministry continues to happen with electronics and social media. Our youth and children’s leaders are doing a great job.
  5. We continue to maintain sustainability through on-line giving and USPS mail. You may give online by following this link: https://onrealm.org/wesleychapel/-/give/now or by mailing a check to Wesley Chapel, 2100 Highway 150, Floyds Knobs, Indiana, 47119.
  6. We have applied and been notified that we will receive a loan under the Payroll Protection Program. The loan can be forgiven if we apply 75% of the loan to payroll. This will help us keep all our employees at their current status for eight weeks.

 

Re-entry: Phase 1

We hope to implement Phase 1 of the Wesley Chapel Re-entry plan on May 17 provided that Governor Holcomb, Bishop Trimble, and the Wesley Chapel leadership team maintain the current timetable for implementation.

 

  1. Phase 1 Protocol
      1. Vulnerable individuals should continue to abide by the stay-at-home protocol. CDC guidelines consider vulnerable individuals as people “with serious underlying health conditions, including high blood pressure, chronic lung disease, diabetes, obesity, asthma, and those whose immune system is compromised such as by chemotherapy for cancer and other conditions requiring such therapy.” (whitehouse.gov)
      2. Masks will be required. Wesley Chapel will have masks at the door.
      3. Practice good hygiene, wash your hands, and minimize contact with surfaces.
      4. Individuals who are sick or have a fever of 100.3 or higher need to stay home.
  1. Phase 1 Worship
      1. Physical assembly worship will start May 17: Traditional at 8:30 am, Modern at 9:45 and 11:00 am.
          • Worship capacity under social guidelines is 100 plus servants.
          • Reservations must be made through REALM or by calling 812.944.2570 by 2:00 pm by the Wednesday prior to service.
          • Reservations will be taken one week at a time.  To make reservations click here.
          • Groups of chairs will be six feet apart to allow couples and families to sit together while maintaining social distancing.
          • Physical contact will be limited.
          • Bulletins will not be available.
          • Offering baskets will be place near the exits.Chairs will be sanitized between services.
      2. Kid’s rock for Kindergarten through 4th grade at 11:00 am in Room 118
      3. Online worship through YouTube and Facebook Live at 8:30 and 11:00 am. You may find us online at the following link: youtube.com/c/WesleyChapelUMC.
      4. Online Kid’s Rock for all 4th graders and younger on Facebook. Find us on Wesley Chapel Kids of Southern Indiana at 11:00 am. Send a request to join the page.
      5. Youth and children are invited to worship with parents.
      6. No nursery will be available during worship.
      7. Only the first floor will be open. Enter through south entrance and follow flow pattern.

 

  1. Phase 1 Sunday School
      1. Sunday School will continue by ZOOM after 1:00 pm. Each class sets its own time.
      2.   Youth and children will continue Facebook Live and ZOOM. Check with your leaders.

 

  1. Phase 1 Activities
      1. All events scheduled for May have been cancelled. New events can be scheduled but event planners must consider new protocol of social distancing.

 

  1. Vacation Bible School
      1. Our Children’s Outreach team is looking to offer a virtual VBS in June. More details will be coming from the team.

 

The leadership team will continue to monitor the situation and will make decisions for future Wesley Chapel gatherings and events on a weekly basis. The Wesley Chapel Church property has been, and will continue to be, thoroughly cleaned and sanitized regularly. We are committed to providing a safe environment for everyone who uses this facility. Doors, handrails, windows, and all surfaces will be regularly cleaned. For anyone using the facility hand sanitizer has been placed throughout the building. Please continue to pray for our church, for our leaders, for the people in our communities, and for the world.

 

Grace and Peace to you,

Pastor Tony Alstott


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Graduation in Light of a Pandemic

Written by Rhonda Alstott

There’s been a lump that sits in the back of my throat these days. You know the kind that if you don’t swallow back hard enough the tears will just flow? Yesterday was one of those days I couldn’t keep it down.  It was graduation cap and gown pickup for my son Caleb. My Man-child. My Thing #4.  Caleb, the one child I struggled with years of infertility for and the one who we were blessed with after many years of prayers. The craziest toddler I’ve ever raised. My sweet, sweet boy is now 18, and it’s his time to walk the stage.  He welcomed Tony and I to go alongside him to get his drive thru package of cap and gown, along with his beautiful graduation announcements, complete with May 31st date.   We join the cars lined up outside in the school parking lot, the rain pouring, the wind blowing, and I can’t swallow it down anymore.  The tears flow as NAHS staff hand Caleb his items through the window with masks on.  I sit the yard sign next to me in the back seat and sigh and exclaim “This is so crazy. I still can’t believe this is all happening. I’m sorry Caleb, this isn’t how I ever thought your last month of school would look like.”  He gently pats my leg… “It’s ok mom.”  So true to sweet Caleb’s personality. We arrive home and Tony says, “Don’t put the yard sign out in this storm.  It won’t stand a chance in this wind.  Wait.”
 

“Wow. Ain’t that the truth” is all I can think… what a storm we are living through right now.  It affects our minds, emotions and our physical stamina.  Caleb was born just 3 months after another storm, 9-11.  He was born into a country at war with terrorism. His life has been lived differently than my older three children this side of the towers falling. The current pandemic will serve as the towers falling for a new generation.  The storm we find ourselves in at this point will change our landscape. So many metaphors…what buildings will be left standing? What trees will fall? How long will power be out? Can we face this new reality with a renewed faith and hope in Jesus?  Has our house been built upon the rock or sand? 

 

 My preparation for leading my classes this week via Zoom has led me to two familiar instances when the disciples encountered storms and how Jesus met them in the midst. (Mark 4:35-41, Matthew 14:24-33).

 

 In Mark, their fear was met with Jesus asking them “Why are you so afraid?  Have you still no faith?”.  The antidote to fear is faith in Jesus.  There are times where my fear grows greater than the presence of God in my life, but in the end, I hope, like the disciples, I ask the question “Who then is this man?”, and in answering find my fear no match for Jesus and the presence He brings in my life.  In Matthew, when I feel myself sinking in the storm, as Peter did, when he took his eyes off of Jesus, may I remember that when my faith finds me sinking, I can always cry out “Jesus save me”, and regardless of my momentary faith, Jesus will pull me out of the winds and the waves.  

 

It’s been said we are all in the same storm, but different boats.  That rings true with me.  We are not in control of as much as we thought we were.  We are all having to adapt and change.  We all are having our resources stretched whether it is money, time, energy, or space.  I realize my tears yesterday were tears of grief. Of expectations not met.  My tears were about the future and the plans I had made.  All the unanswered questions…the “what abouts?”

 

In Proverbs 16:9 it says, “We plan the way we want to live, but only God makes us able to live it” – The Message.  As all of us are learning that the way we want to live is totally out of our control, may God give us His grace and peace and the ability to let His presence be larger than our fears in this pandemic storm.
 

 


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Burning Heart

The heart of John Wesley was strangely warmed at Aldersgate. Read 2 Peter 1:4. John Wesley was a pastor without faith.  He had been an expert on religion and ritual.  When he was faced with a near death experience on the open sea he feared for his life.  A group of Moravians sang hymns and prayed.  He was faced with the contrast of the Moravian faith and his own lack of faith.  Moravian pastor, Peter Böhler, was teaching Wesley about Moravian spirituality, which included the belief that Christians have an assurance of faith experienced as love, peace, and joy. Those emotions were in short supply for both John and his brother Charles.  John poured through the Bible for evidence of Böhler’s claims.  John came across 2 Peter 1:4 about God’s promises and other passages about faith.  Charles was first to have an encounter with the Holy Spirit that gave him the faith that John knew he lacked.  John Wesley was really struggling. Three days after Charles’ conversion experience, John records in his journal what happened to him on May 24, 1738:

 

“In the evening I went very unwillingly to a society in Aldersgate Street, where one was reading [Martin] Luther’s preface to the Epistle to the Romans. About a quarter before nine, while he was describing the change which God works in the heart through faith in Christ, I felt my heart strangely warmed. I felt I did trust in Christ, Christ alone, for salvation; and an assurance was given me that He had taken away my sins, even mine, and saved me from the law of sin and death.”

 

John Wesley would later organize what became the “Methodist” movement.  Wesley Chapel is named after John Wesley.  It is not enough to just go through the motions of religion.  We must put our faith in Jesus Christ.  When we do, God gives us a passion, a burning heart, that rejoices with the assurance of being saved from our sins and having hope for eternal life.
 
Dear God, give me a burning heart.  Give me a faith and an assurance that you are the resurrection and the life.  Send your Holy Spirit to fill me and lead me.  Amen.
 
Pastor Tony Alsott

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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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