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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
In charge of Youth and Mission
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
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Finding Friends

Written by Aafke Garlock
 

6 Paul and his companions traveled throughout the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been kept by the Holy Spirit from preaching the word in the province of Asia. 7 When they came to the border of Mysia, they tried to enter Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus would not allow them to. 8 So they passed by Mysia and went down to Troas. 9 During the night Paul had a vision of a man of Macedonia standing and begging him, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” 10 After Paul had seen the vision, we got ready at once to leave for Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them. 11 From Troas we put out to sea and sailed straight for Samothrace, and the next day we went on to Neapolis. 12 From there we traveled to Philippi, a Roman colony and the leading city of that district[a] of Macedonia. And we stayed there several days. 13 On the Sabbath we went outside the city gate to the river, where we expected to find a place of prayer. We sat down and began to speak to the women who had gathered there. 14 One of those listening was a woman from the city of Thyatira named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth. She was a worshiper of God. The Lord opened her heart to respond to Paul’s message. 15 When she and the members of her household were baptized, she invited us to her home. “If you consider me a believer in the Lord,” she said, “come and stay at my house.” And she persuaded us.-– Acts 16:6-15

 

In January of 2020, yes that 2020, Wesley Chapel began a study of Francis Chan’s book, Forgotten God. We were all encouraged to join a small group and work through the book together. I made a half-hearted resolution to get into a Bible study, but my children were five and two– bedtime was sacred and I worked full-time as a teacher. My availability was almost nil.

I was giving these reasons to my friend Ahnya, true excuses why I just couldn’t uphold my resolution, and she simply texted me “When could you meet?” I responded, half jokingly, “5 pm on a weekday.” Her response, “Let’s do it.” She literally scheduled a small group for the two of us, meeting from 5-6 pm at the church. The next week, our group grew by a few, then a few more. By March, we were at five and flourishing, watching the videos together and having amazing conversations.

Then the shutdown hit. Everything was closed. Zoom became a thing. Would the group like to continue our study via Zoom? Sure, we said– let’s do it. We continued to meet weekly as the world fell apart. These meetings suddenly became a lifeline for us; we poured out our true selves as we came face to face with a vast unknown. Panic attacks, Covid scares, isolation, fear for our families, lack of toilet paper, it all came out in our weekly meetings. When we finished Forgotten God in May, Covid had taken away our summer as well. Would we like to do another study? Heck yes. Let’s keep meeting virtually. Eventually, groups came back to the physical church and started a new version of normalcy, but the bonds made in that group are still solid. We told each other everything, so there’s no small talk now– we deal with real life together. We might not talk for a few weeks, but one text or call is all it takes and my friends are in my corner.

In Acts 16, we see Paul and his companions doing the work of God. They think they are supposed to go to one town, Bithynia, but God’s spirit says no. Paul receives a dream in which someone is begging him to go to Macedonia, so they change plans. Ahnya was doing the work of God by creating a small group to fulfill my need. We thought our small group was supposed to flourish in person, the way it had always been done, but God (and the health department) said no. We changed plans and switched to virtual. When Paul and his companions are receptive to the new plan, God brings Lydia to him and a new group of believers is born through this obedience. We were receptive to the new plan and together, were able to form a new group of friends.

I am so thankful that Ahnya did God’s work that fateful day in January of 2020. I am even more thankful that we as a group didn’t quit when our initial plan was taken away, that we listened and changed course. In doing so, I now have a group of women who I am blessed to count as not just sisters in Christ, but true friends. 


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Enough

Written by Courtney Siefring

 

Describe how a song has inspired you towards a greater faith.
 
In my case, maybe the question is more of how has my faith has inspired a song and in turn it has inspired me to a closer relationship with God. All my life I have lived with a faith that was more shame based. I thought that I was saved because of what I did. Always trying to earn God’s love and earn other people’s approval. I have lived with this false idea that if I could somehow earn God’s love that it in turn would mean that I was good enough. Well, after decades of trying to be “good enough’ I wore tired, drained, and felt like no matter what I did…that I would never be good enough for God.

 

So I fell away from him. My faith wore thin and before I knew it I was living deep in sin. I had lost sight of God and started living only for myself. It took a huge fall and the threat of losing everything for God to finally reach me. I was completely broken and at the brink of losing all I held dear. God got my attention and I had to be at the brink of loosing everything to turn around and let God take over. This void inside of me was gapping even more and I felt empty. Like I was worthless. Like I wasn’t even worthy to be loved by God.

 

It was around that time that Pastor Tony said something that changed my faith forever. He said, that repentance is like a huge gap between you and God. Then when you turn around and ask for forgiveness and ask God to take you back he doesn’t ask you to even meet him half way, he runs to where you are and takes you back in his arms eagerly. He said “Sounds like you’ve been living with shame based faith. I would encourage you to live with grace based faith.” When he said this, everything I had believed up to that point shifted.

 

I was finally starting to understand, I can’t EARN God’s love. Nothing I do, nothing I say, or think will ever make God love me more or less. I started  shifting my thinking to knowing that I am enough just because God says I am. I am a child of God and regardless of how “good” or “broken” I am we are all sinners. I don’t need anyone else to tell me that I am enough. I don’t need to prove anything to anyone or to God.

 

So a song was written…the words flowed out of me like a rushing river. This was a song that would change my faith forever not because somehow I didn’t already know the message of the song…but because I needed to write those lyrics so that I could hear them out load and hear them often. The more that you hear something, the more you will believe it. These lyrics would symbolize the rebuild of my grace based faith.  I wasn’t aware of how God would use this personal song, to help touch hearts of others who may need to hear this message.

 

Months later I was encouraged to share my song with Cory, Wesley Chapel’s Worship Leader as me being a part of the worship team, somehow maybe God could use this song in worship. Knowing how choosy Cory is with worship music I was doubtful that he would go for it. He even warned me upfront that he would listen to it but that he couldn’t promise it would be used at Wesley Chapel. Well, God apparently had bigger plans for that song because Cory loved it and was eager for us to lead it as a worship song weeks later.

 

This song was God breathed. It was a song written from the very core of my soul that God has used to spread a very important message. That message is that no matter what you have ever done, God sees your sin but wants to pull you back into his loving arms. He longs for you, yes you who are filthy and covered with sin. Yes you, who believes you are too dirty to step foot in a church. Yes you, who thinks you will never be enough for God. That you will never be able to live up to his expectations, so why try?

 

The truth is that there is nothing that you could say or do that could make God not want you. He took the pain and suffered on a cross so he could be with you. There is no circumstance that he can’t undo. He took your sin and nailed it to the cross. There is nothing that you can do to earn that. He’s already done it! So just take the gift of grace and turn around away from your sin and he will be right there with open arms ready to take you back and help you walk away from the life of sin. Isn’t it amazing to know that there is nothing you can do to earn his love? That’s a huge weight lifted. That’s life changing, right? You are already enough for him, allow him to be enough for you!

 

ENOUGH

I’m on my knees

I doubt you could ever forgive me

But your grace is free

So Lord pour it on me

 

You lift me up

You give me your love

You tell me I’m enough

You tell me I’m enough

You’ve given me life

And I give you mine

You tell me I’m enough

You tell me I’m enough

 

You see my sin

And still choose to pull me back in

Please help me see

That you still want me

 

You lift me up

You give me your love

You tell me I’m enough

You tell me I’m enough

You’ve given me life

And I give you mine

You tell me I’m enough

You tell me I’m enough

 

No matter who I’ve been

No matter what I’ve done

There’s no battle that you wouldn’t overcome

You took my sin

Nailed it to the cross

To be with me

 

No matter what I say

No matter what I do

There’s no circumstance that you can’t undo

You took my shame

Turned it into praise

You got to me

You got to me

 

You lift me up

You give me your love

You tell me I’m enough

You tell me I’m enough

You’ve given me life

And I give you mine

You tell me I’m enough

You tell me I’m enough

 

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An Incredible Reminder of God’s Care

Written by Shirley Owen

How gracious Our God is to send us His assurance when we need Him most! I am reminded of an event when this was so clear to us. We were living in Florida and usually had a summer vacation, but our summer was so busy that my dear husband scheduled a visit to Wyoming in December. We flew to Montana and drove down to Wyoming where we rented a rustic cabin at the east entrance to Yellowstone Park. The lodge rented snowmobiles to drive into the park, which was closed to other vehicles. Thinking that we would probably never have this opportunity again, we rented two snowmobiles and headed into the park. Willow poles stuck in the snow marked the routes we were allowed to follow. Just the night before more than 15 inches of new snow had fallen and despite the incredible cold and heavily falling snow, we proceeded undaunted. We were awestruck by the beauty of the forest, the wildlife meandering through the trees, and the waves frozen in place on Yellowstone River. A mountain pass with a deep snowdrift caused one of our snowmobiles to slide to the edge of the road all the way to the barrier that kept us from going over the side of the mountain, but we were not deterred. We continued on several miles into the park to a warming hut where we planned to eat, warm up, and start the journey back to the lodge. Leaving the parking area, we skidded into a parked snowmobile and broke a front skid. By the time we filled out reports and called the lodge to come rescue us, darkness had overtaken us. After some time, our rescuer arrived and prepared us for the return trip. He led, pulling the broken sled in front, I followed next, and my husband and son were at the back. These were our instructions…”Don’t stop for anything, only slow down! Follow my lights! Drive around the Buffalo!” I was shaking in my snow boots! Shortly into the journey, I began praying and God sent me the words to the hymn, “God Will Take Care of You”! The words to that hymn gave me confidence to keep going while driving past buffaloes in the road, driving much too fast just to keep up, and discovering that the light reflected in my visor let me know that my husband and son were safely behind me. End of story…we made it back to the lodge safely! That hymn was a continual reminder that God was in control and able to carry us through even the most frightening situations.

 

“Be not dismayed, whate’er betide, God will take care of you.

Beneath His wings of Love abide, God will take care of you.

God will take care of you, Thro’ ev’ry day, o’er all the way.

He will take care of you. God will take care of you.”


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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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