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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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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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Regrets

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

I was 20 minutes into a bike workout, when the woman on the screen really started encouraging me to keep going. She had been doing it all along, but at this moment, she knew people like me were going to start giving out. It looked effortless for her, but I was pretty sure I might die. Sweat was pouring off me, my legs were aching, my heart rate was high and it was hard to breathe. The next thing she said was “Come on, give it all you’ve got! You will never regret giving it your all!” She might be right…This will make me stronger and healthier…I might not regret it. But at that moment, I really regretted placing my feet on those bike pedals. My body was not loving what was going on. However, her words stuck with me… “You will never regret giving it your all!”

 

What do you think about that statement? Do you have regrets? We all do. I mean, I regret not sticking with my fitness program last year. Here we are in the New Year, and oh how I wish I were fit and 20 pounds lighter. But, I’m not, and that’s on me. But, I’m not really talking about those kinds of regrets. Those are small regrets – things that we can still do something about if we really choose. I’m talking more about those big regrets. Those choices we have made that have ended badly for one reason or another and maybe have created some big life changes. Regrets are just that – choices WE have made that didn’t turn out so well. Unfortunately, we usually keep ourselves in bondage by continuing to hold onto those regrets…beating ourselves up for a decision we made…wishing we had never gone down that path. Sound familiar?

When we find ourselves in places such as these, we need to remember our first line of defense is God. Pray and then read His word. Here is one thing the Bible tells us:

Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead.

Philippians 3:13 ESV

 

“Forgetting what lies behind.”

We were challenged in church one day about our regrets. “What do you regret?” our pastor asked. My mind started spinning. I had so many hurts from other people that I regretted so much. I spent the rest of that day sorting out my regrets one by one. When I really processed each one, I found an element of good that had come from every one of them. Some of them were tangible – like my children. I could regret ever marrying my first husband, but that path has brought me two wonderful children. I wouldn’t change that for anything. Some of my regrets have brought me closer to God – and that has been life changing. Another regret I had was that I have hurt others with my words and actions. I have asked for forgiveness from those people and have also asked God to forgive me.

Sorting through your regrets can be healing: Process them – find good – forgive yourself – let go. If there is still an opportunity to change something you regret – do it!

Back to my spin instructor’s comment – “You will never regret giving it your all!” My thoughts on this always come back to God! Give HIM your all. Go full force for God. Pursue Him. Serve Him. Worship Him. Talk to Him. TRUST Him. He is good and He has the power to heal your hurts. Let go of what you cannot change. Ask forgiveness. Change what you can.

We all have an end date, and when we get there, we do not want to regret not giving God our all. We want to be able to quote this verse:

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.

2 Timothy 4:7 RSV

 

Please do not let your regrets keep you from moving forward. Do not live in the past. We cannot do anything about the past except learn from it. Be kind to yourself. Forgive yourself. Let God heal you. Move forward with God – giving Him your all!

 


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Come Holy Spirit

In a sermon to the people in Jerusalem, the Apostle Peter promised the Holy Spirit is for you and your children.  Read Acts 2:38-39.  The resurrected Jesus instructed the disciples to go to Jerusalem and pray until the promised Holy Spirit comes to them.  Ten days after Jesus ascended into heaven, the disciples were in Jerusalem praying when the Holy Spirit came upon them with tongues of fire.  It was a powerful movement of God’s Spirit.  Many were given the gift of speaking in other languages and began to share the gospel of Jesus.  The commotion drew a crowd and people started questioning what was happening.  In response, the Apostle Peter gave the explanation of how God sent Jesus to sacrifice himself on the cross as a sacrifice for sin.  The people responded by asking what they were supposed to do.  Peter said to repent and be baptized.  Then he said the Holy Spirit is for you and for your children.  The understanding of that statement is that the Holy Spirit is for every generation to come.  Paul also quotes the prophet Joel telling the people that God will pour out his Spirit on all people.  The Holy Spirit is not for a select few, the Holy Spirit is for everyone.  Have you neglected your relationship with God’s Holy Spirit?  The Holy Spirit fills and leads us to be more like Jesus.  The Holy Spirit sets us apart from sin and for service.  The Holy Spirit gives us gifts to edify the church so that we can take the gospel of Jesus Christ to the people, just like they did on the day of Pentecost.  Receive the promised Holy Spirit.

Come Holy Spirit, fill us with the fire of your love.  Give us wisdom to make Christ-like decisions.  Give us courage to be a bold witness for you.  Give us compassion to see people as you see people.  Amen.


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The Cloud and the Fire

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

I have been studying the book of Numbers lately and reading all about the Israelite’s journey in the desert…that lengthy 40 year journey. You know the one where they were freed from slavery, had a direct 2-week route through the desert into the promised land, had some issues, and then wandered around…FOR A VERY LONG TIME …questioning God…disobeying…fearing…complaining…

Hmmmmm…sounds like us sometimes doesn’t it?

One of the things I love about this story is that yes, they were wandering around a lot, but they had this pillar of cloud during the day to guide them and this pillar of fire at night to give them light. When it moved, they packed up and followed. When it stopped, they camped and stayed. Wow! Can you imagine something that visual showing you exactly where to go?

 

I mean, who here feels like they are wandering in the desert…not sure what God is calling them to do? There are times when life takes us into these dry and dead places. We wonder if we’ve done something wrong…if we’ve wandered from God…if we’re screwing up somehow. OK – maybe that’s just me. But there’s my life…and then there’s God’s plan. I need to make sure I know who’s leading. (That’s why a pillar of cloud and fire would be very helpful – right?)

God’s plan for the Israelites was to cross the desert into the Promised Land in a lot less time, but they did not trust…and they complained…and they were arrogant…and they feared…and God just really wanted them to fully rely on Him. So He kept leading them around and around and around…until they died and a new generation got it right!

YIKES! DON’T DO THAT!

Are we wandering around in a desert place because we are like the Israelites? Take a good look into your soul right now. Do you trust God with where you are, with everything you have, and with where He will lead you? Are you complaining about your current circumstances? Are you boastful? Are you anxious and fearful? I can’t always say that I’m getting all those things right.

However, I know deep down when I’m getting them wrong. I feel it…I sense it…God lets me know. In those moments, I strive not to be like those wandering Israelites. I seek God to change my heart when I cannot do it on my own.

But, also don’t despair when you feel you are stuck in the desert. God may have you there for a reason. Be at peace in the desert because God may be refining you. Maybe He’s helping you find peace. Maybe He’s helping you trust. Maybe he’s helping you find humility. It’s too bad we don’t have a pillar of fire and smoke to lead us to exactly the place where God wants us. Or do we?

Think about that pillar of fire and smoke…it was a GPS for sure…but it was more importantly a sign that God was with them…He did not abandon them. Even though He may have been frustrated with their lack of faith, He did not leave. We have to remind ourselves of that too. God hasn’t left if we feel like we are in the desert. He’s still here.

So maybe we just need to stop. Stop all the noise in our heads and be still. Pray. Listen. Read. Worship. Seek God with all our hearts and trust Him. Be excited and hopeful for what is beyond the desert. Do not allow yourself to stay stuck. Fully rely on God to lead you through. As miraculous as that GPS pillar was for the Israelites…know that God still performs miracles today.

He’s here – seek Him. (insert heart emoji).

You shall remember all the way which the LORD your God has led you in the wilderness these forty years, that He might humble you, testing you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not. Deuteronomy 8:2

 


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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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