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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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We are traveling this journey of faith together, developing the character of Jesus within, and sharing the love of God with our community.

 

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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
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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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God’s Plan

Written by Jake Snawder

In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord, high and exalted, seated on a throne; and the train of his robe filled the temple.  Above him were seraphim, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying.  And they were calling to one another: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.” At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke.  Isaiah 6:1-4

When I was asked to write this, I felt pretty excited about it, having never written a blog before. In the weeks that followed I began to think more about what I would write; I began to worry. How can I put into words what I feel like I’m being called to do? How could anybody put that into words? Having never really thought about it until the time came to answer the question, I really did have to think about it. I could have easily just said; “Exactly what I’m doing now”, and left it at that, but I knew that wouldn’t have been enough. The truth is though, that it really is what I’m doing now, but I have to explain how I’ve come to that conclusion.

In my professional life I am an installer of home appliances, and it has been very fulfilling work. I’ve spent the last seven years in that field perfecting my skill set that is required to be the best I can at my job. It’s a lot of work, and I’m tired at the end of the day, but it is the trade that I have chosen to make my career of. I’d rather come home at the end of the day with dirty, calloused hands than spend all day typing on a keyboard in a cubicle. I feel like I’m in a very rewarding line of work that is providing a public service and makes other people happy. I’ve always considered myself a people pleaser. I feel good when I’ve completed a job and the customer is happy, and I feel like that makes God happy as well.

But I feel like what I’m being called to do goes beyond just my career in the appliance world. I try my best to keep my professional life and personal life separate from one another, although sometimes it’s not so easy. In my personal life I have chosen to become a youth Sunday school teacher at Wesley Chapel, but I’m not your conventional Sunday school teacher, as you may have noticed. That’s nothing against the other Sunday school teachers who are your traditional example of what one should be. There are a lot of variables that led me to that, and at different times I didn’t really notice that it was God at work, but now as I look back on it, it was all God at work.

I grew up in a Catholic church. For 10 years I went to a Catholic school, and until I was 14 years old I attended Catholic mass regularly. The only thing missing was that I was never part of a children’s or youth group like what is at Wesley Chapel. To be completely honest, I never knew those type of groups existed at other churches. All I knew was that we had to go to mass every Wednesday during school hours, and I was never paying attention to the message. All I knew was that it was an excuse to be out of class for an hour and a half, and that was good enough for me. Looking back on that, I am very proud of the education that I received at the Catholic grade school, and I’ll never forget the time I spent there. But that would all change once I entered high school.

My goal for this blog is to explain what I feel like I’m being called to do, not tell my whole life story, so I’ll spare a lot of details in this section. Several people know that I am a recovering drug addict, and after reading this you’ll know also, now with three years sobriety under my belt. After spending so many years at a private school, going straight to a public high school was quite an adjustment. This is where I look back and wish I would have stayed in church and been part of a youth group. Shortly after my freshman year of high school started, I began to experiment with marijuana, and over the course of a few months it would become a habit. It wasn’t long until I began to seek other substances to try as well. This would consume my entire high school life.

After many failed attempts to get clean throughout my late teens and 20s, there finally came a day at the age of 27 where I decided that I was done with the drugs for good, and it very much came as a God moment. I got myself clean, and just a couple weeks later met Chrissy, to whom I am now happily married. Just a couple months after Chrissy and I began dating she introduced me to Wesley Chapel UMC. From that moment I’ve never looked back on who I used to be. But even when I began attending Wesley Chapel, and decided that it was a comforting place where I needed to be, I still didn’t know there was a place that I belonged within the walls of the church. But then there came one of the worst days in my life.

In the early afternoon of January 31, 2021 I received a phone call from my older sister, Shannon, as soon as I answered the phone, I knew something was wrong. My younger sister, Micayla, had been found dead at a friend’s house due to what appeared to be a drug overdose. She was 20 years old. My family had known that she had been using drugs, and we had all been trying to help her stop and show her our support to let her know that she did have people who cared about her, myself included, having been roughly 18 months sober at the time of her passing. That was when I began to feel the call to where I needed to be within the church. Shortly after Micayla’s death, I inquired about becoming a youth teacher at church. Having grown up around the daycare system (my mother was a daycare teacher for over 40 years), I had no problem giving up an hour of my Sunday mornings to talk to the youth about a man who died for my many sins.

So, what is God calling Jake Snawder to do? Well, if you would have asked me this question two years ago, I would have never been able to give you the answer you deserve. My goal as a youth teacher is to make sure these teens don’t go down the same path that I did, to not have to go through and experience what I had to, and to not end up like my little sister. That’s what God is calling me to do, to remind these youth that they are the future of this church, that they matter, and that they always will.

“Woe to me!” I cried. “I am ruined!1 For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the Lord Almighty.” Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with tongs from the altar. With it he touched my mouth and said, “See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.” Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!” Isaiah 6: 5-8


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Feed My Sheep

Written by Patrick Siefring

Wow!

What a great question…”What do I believe that God is calling me to do?”

For most of my life, I could not answer this question. Why? Because I truly did not have a relationship with God, I was a CEO Christian! (Christmas, Easter, Only) I prayed only when I wanted to and on my own time/terms. Even after I met Courtney, my wonderful wife of 15 years, who brought me out of my CEO status to attending church every Sunday, I still was a luke-warm Christian. I was the church of Laodicea (Revelation 3:15-16). I had to be spit out!

Courtney and I were not putting God first in our marriage or in anything else in life. This came to a head in June of 2020 when Courtney asked for a separation. I hate that that is what it took for me to plead with God and start a real relationship with Him!

Sorry I am taking the long way to answer one question, I feel some of the past is needed to answer that question.

So from June of 2020 to September 2021 God was preparing me for a message to hear His calling…honestly I’m sure He has been preparing me for long time.

So Courtney’s grandpa is a retired pastor…and he told Courtney many times that he did not think I was a good match for her. Courtney’s grandpa is very straight forward and will debate with you that he is always right. (By the way I asked for his permission to write this.) He told her I would not be a good spiritual leader and I would be the reason her relationship with God would be hurt. He was half way right! I was not a good spiritual leader, however I was not the reason Courtney turned away from God. She told me I am the reason for bringing her back to Jesus. (Praise Jesus for that! He used me.) Side note… she brought me back to the church and then God used me to bring her back to Him. Isn’t that funny?

So in September of 2021 Courtney’s grandpa said to her, “I was wrong about Patrick, he has become a good spiritual leader and he does not worry anymore about Courtney’s faith and relationship with God.” He also stated he was eating his words. When Courtney told me this in the car while I was driving, she continued to talk. I Could Not Hear Anything Else, other than a voice inside my head telling me, “FEED MY SHEEP! FEED MY SHEEP! FEED MY SHEEP!” I instantly started to cry and praised God! And thanking Him!

Since that day, God has led me to a Great Banquet and Pastor Tony Alstott asked me to lead a Sunday class here at Wesley called “Growing in Faith”. I truly couldn’t believe that one day I would be leading a Sunday school class, but here I am! Tony told me that God does not call the equipped, He equips the called.

So…What do I believe that God is calling me to do?

Feed His Sheep. I am still learning how many ways God wants me to do that. Because He is still calling me!


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How do I see God at work in my generation?

Written by Raegan Feuerbacher
 

I have several friends that I follow on social media that are doing some real kingdom work. There’s a girl I graduated with who is going to Europe this summer to do mission work. There are other people I know who are graduating from the school of ministry at a local church here in Southern Indiana. They’re taking Matthew 28:19-20 seriously and they are fired UP about Jesus. It has to be one of the most amazing things to watch. I may not be close friends with each of them, but their lives are an inspiration. God is at work in this generation. How are they doing this?

 

I think we can get caught up in all of the negatives that come with having social media. There are a lot of them. Just the other night at dinner with friends, we were discussing how different life is now because we’re all on our screens. People can say whatever they want because they’ll never have to say it to someone’s face. It can be exhausting. You know what I’m talking about. There are a lot of pros and cons that come with social media and I am not here to debate them. It’s a significant part of our lives today whether we want to admit it or not. One of the biggest pros about it is that we can easily share things with people. Now, that can be good or it can be bad. What I see in my generation though, is that people are using it for good. Their captions and posts reflect their relationship with Jesus. They’re not pushing Jesus on people; they’re sharing about Him unashamed. They are sharing how He is working in their lives and the excitement and passion they have about their calling is palpable. The love they have for people is plainly visible.

 

We live in a culture where we are being encouraged to live our lives without letting the judgment of others bring us down. I wish more people treated sharing the Gospel that way. It can be hard not to think about what others might say. Many people have been hurt by the church, so they may be hard hearted towards Christians. What is a way you can tell and show people about Jesus without saying a word? Love them. Show people you love them. It’s not our place to judge other people. We aren’t God, and we never will be. 

 

I see God at work in my generation by the love that we are giving other people. For me, I will give and give and give until it runs me dry. I wear my heart on my sleeve. I see people unashamedly sharing the love they have for Jesus Christ, and they are sharing that love with other people. They are living and breathing the greatest commandment we’ve ever been given. John 13:34, “So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other.”

 

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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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