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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

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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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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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Divorce, Remarriage, and Faith

Written by Amanda Wacker

Acts 18 1-11

1 After this, Paul left Athens and went to Corinth. 2 There he met a Jew named Aquila, a native of Pontus, who had recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla, because Claudius had ordered all Jews to leave Rome. Paul went to see them, 3 and because he was a tentmaker as they were, he stayed and worked with them. 4 Every Sabbath he reasoned in the synagogue, trying to persuade Jews and Greeks.

5 When Silas and Timothy came from Macedonia, Paul devoted himself exclusively to preaching, testifying to the Jews that Jesus was the Messiah. 6 But when they opposed Paul and became abusive, he shook out his clothes in protest and said to them, “Your blood be on your own heads! I am innocent of it. From now on I will go to the Gentiles.”

7 Then Paul left the synagogue and went next door to the house of Titius Justus, a worshiper of God. 8 Crispus, the synagogue leader, and his entire household believed in the Lord; and many of the Corinthians who heard Paul believed and were baptized.

9 One night the Lord spoke to Paul in a vision: “Do not be afraid; keep on speaking, do not be silent. 10 For I am with you, and no one is going to attack and harm you, because I have many people in this city.” 11 So Paul stayed in Corinth for a year and a half, teaching them the word of God.

Paul’s story of perseverance even in the face of persecution is not for the faint of heart. Many people would give up, walk away, and not do the right thing, the Godly thing.  

I was asked to write this blog about my perseverance through a divorce, remarriage, and the faith that got me there. When I read these verses, I fixate on the words of Jesus. “Do not be afraid; keep on speaking, do not be silent. For I am with you, and no one is going to attack and harm you, because I have many people in this city.”  

Divorce is never the easy thing to do. It’s messy, it turns your whole life upside down and the lives of those you love and care about. Every decision you make affects someone else. People get hurt and the life you once knew and loved is not there anymore. Divorce wasn’t in my vocabulary when I got married the first time. Even though my parents had been divorced before, their marriage was strong and one to live up to. My grandparents all had wonderful, thriving marriages. Their examples were Godly and loving. The decision to divorce was not one I took lightly. We had children together, two beautiful girls that didn’t ask for a life with divorced parents. But sometimes, divorce is necessary. Thankfully, I had the most wonderful, supportive family and friends. They prayed with me, prayed for me, helped me financially, and stood with me when I couldn’t stand on my own. They were my “many people in this city.” God gave me an army of believers to get me through. 

The decision to divorce was one of the hardest I had ever made, but the peace I felt when it was over, is one only God can give. I was at peace and I knew God would take care of the rest. He’s done more than I can imagine. 

I decided to wait several years to date after that. I wanted the best for my girls. Sure I made mistakes, we all do, but God continued to provide. 

My wonderful husband now had been through a tough divorce and we were both looking for the same things in life. He too wanted the best for his boys. Somehow we had never crossed paths, even with many people we knew in common and working for the same school corporation. When we met, it didn’t take long for us to know that we wanted to spend the rest of our lives together. So 4 short months later, we were married. There was never any doubt, because we both had God at the center of our lives. Blended families are hard, too. But we make it work every day. We couldn’t do it alone. Our lives are surrounded by loving family and friends that are always there when we need help, prayers, and love. God gave us more than we ever could have imagined. The blessings that we have in our 4 children are more than we could have asked for. But God gave us exactly what we needed. 


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Walking in a Manner Worthy of My Calling

Written by Rhonda Alstott
 

Ephesians 4:1-3 – I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit of the bond of peace.

Lately, this has become my daily prayer I begin and end my day with. It has already been a rough few years with navigating the pandemic in our church community and now I find myself, along with everyone else, in a discernment process that has become divisive. I have endured many restless nights as I see us as a congregation ask some hard questions. I have heard some words that have rattled me to my core and left me questioning motives, but as much hurt and disbelief I am feeling these days, I know the only words and motives I have control of are my own. I know I am responsible to God for my motives, actions, and words. My daily prayer has become “Am I walking in a manner worthy of my calling? One thing I know is that the only way I can do that is with God’s Spirit to help me. A place of worship and peace has become for me an anxiety-producing space of late, and I know that is not in the will or plan of God. I have made it my purpose to love God more deeply because I know that it will affect how I live in my day-to-day thoughts, speech, and actions. In 1 John 4, John reminds me that love casts out fear and in my growing faith, there is no room for fear or the tactics of fear. Many have tried to recently scare me about my husband’s future, which is connected to the future of me and my family. I have never questioned the call of God on my husband’s life or the ability of God that we love and serve to see it through to its completion, whatever that may look like.

Ironically, my New Year’s resolution for 2022 is rooted in the Serenity Prayer. . . the part about accepting the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference. I cannot change a thing about the thoughts and actions of others. I can only change my thoughts and actions. In my life, it has been a work of prayer. In the coming few months I invite you to join me on my daily request through prayer for God’s wisdom (discernment), and I also invite you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling Christ has called you to.


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Study Habits

“Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.“  Acts 17:11 (NIV)
 

Studying scripture builds and strengthens faith in three ways: 1) Knowledge of scripture reminds us of God’s promises and connects us with Christ, 2) Application of scripture further deepens our understanding of God’s Word and, 3) Studying scripture with other believers builds Christian Fellowship.

As a child and youth, growing up in the United Methodist Church (Cresaptown United Methodist), scripture was a big part of my faith foundation.  Through the loving guidance of Miss Dolly, Miss May, and Mr. Porter, we learned the Beatitudes, John 3:16, the 23rd Psalm, the 10 commandments, and the passages of the creation story (among others).  However, I would not exactly classify this as studying scripture.  I joined my first Bible study group as a freshman in college, but I would say that “study” was still not a true description.  It was more like a high level group discussion with a lot of memorization.

It was not until I was in my mid-20’s that I experienced the true definition of studying scripture.  My mother had been traveling to The Cove in Asheville, NC a couple of times a year to hear various Christian speakers, to take part in intensive study sessions, or just to spend some time of renewal at one of their various retreats.  She invited me to a session, in which John Piper did a deep dive into the book of Romans.  What an amazing experience!  For four days, Dr. Piper opened my eyes to this incredible letter.  In addition, we were able to dig deeper during small group time and then reflect on all that we absorbed while taking in the beautiful scenery on daily walks through the numerous trails or sitting quietly in the beautiful chapel.

I would love to say that this experience changed my spiritual life and that when I returned home, I made it a daily habit of studying the Word.  However, as often happens, the daily grind of life awaited me when I returned home.  This experience did plant a seed and a desire to learn more about God’s Holy Word and how it applies to my life.  So, over the years, I returned to the Cove or other similar places (Mountaintop in Wheeling, WV, Tuscarora Conference Center in Mt. Bethel, PA and Sandy Cove in North East, MD) for Christian renewal, fellowship and reflection.

But, it wasn’t until about 15 years ago that I truly developed a somewhat daily habit of studying scripture on my own (rather than dabbling in it a couple of times of year at various conferences).   And, this practice has allowed me to better understand God’s role in my life and has served as a guide in my daily activities.  I also have a greater appreciation for the amazing world God has given us thanks to these in-depth studies.

The final step, though, was to get back into the practice of studying God’s word with fellow believers on a regular basis through Sunday School and Bible Study groups.  This not only has given me a routine, but it has a built-in accountability factor.  In addition, I have learned so much more from the various viewpoints I have encountered with these groups than I would have with self-study.  Lastly, Christian fellowship encourages me as I travel on my lifelong faith journey.

Speaking of journeys…one of the greatest experiences of my life was to travel to the Holy Land in 2018 to see scripture come to life.  The travel company gave us some reference material to prepare us for our journey, but it was not until we were walking where Jesus had walked that it really hit home.  In addition, Pastor Tony led us in a devotion at every location with an applicable scripture reading.  When we were back home a small group of us (more fellowship opportunities) met weekly for several weeks to reflect and process our amazing experiences.  To this day, when I read scripture that takes place in one of the locations we visited, the scriptures takes on a much deeper meaning than it did prior to this amazing journey.

 

For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.   Romans 15:4 (NIV)

 


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Pastor Tony recommends reading:
 

Dark Clouds-Deep Mercy

Lament is how you live between the poles of a hard life and trusting God’s goodness.

Lament is how we bring our sorrow to God-but it is a neglected dimension of the Christian life for many Christians today. We need to recover the practice of honest spiritual struggle that gives us permission to vocalize our pain and wrestle with our sorrow. Lament avoids trite answers and quick solutions, progressively moving us toward deeper worship and trust.

Exploring how the Bible-through the psalms of lament and the book of Lamentations-gives voice to our pain, this book invites us to grieve, struggle, and tap into the rich reservoir of grace and mercy God offers in the darkest moments of our lives.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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