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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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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.
 
 

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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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Tony Alstott
Lead Pastor
 
 
Cory Feuerbacher
Director of Worship +
Director of 20s/30s Ministry
 
 
Becky Perkins
Director of Faith 
 
 
Peter Williams
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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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Music

Written by Jill Dayvault

I love music! I love to listen to it, and I love to sing it. It can stir up a lot of different emotions within me, and it can transport me to different times and places. I love a lot of different styles of music, but my favorites are Southern Gospel and the traditional hymns. This music can reach deep into my soul, and looking back over my life, I can see how it has inspired me toward a deeper faith in my Christian journey.

I have been singing since I could form words, and I sang my first solo when I was 3 years old at a Mother’s Day event at my hometown church. My family did not attend church, but my friend’s mother took me to church with her. She always sang and played the beautiful hymns on her piano, and she gave me a wonderful appreciation of music from a very early age. I attended church with her and her family until I was 18 years old, so my life was steeped in the hymns and singing in the choir. As a child/teenager, I don’t remember ever really reading the Bible, but I learned a lot of theology from the hymns because so many are based on Scripture.

At age 19, I wandered away from the church. The definition of prodigal is a person who leaves home and behaves recklessly, but later makes a repentant return. Based on this definition, I was a prodigal for the next 10 years (1970-1980). I believe if I hadn’t had the spiritual foundation my neighbor fostered in me, and if I hadn’t had the words of the hymns embedded in my soul, I may never have made a repentant return. But God had His hand on me while I was wandering.

I married my first husband in 1975 and when he got out of the Army in 1977, we moved to New Albany (his hometown). The marriage didn’t last, and we were divorced a few months after moving here. I was not in a good place emotionally or spiritually. In the fall of 1980, my nephew married a young lady who attended Wesley Chapel on State Street. I went to their wedding, and when I sat in that sanctuary, I felt like I had come home. I started attending Wesley Chapel, joined the choir, and became a member in 1981.

My faith was shallow during this time, and although I never stopped attending church and singing in the choir, I was having a lot of personal struggles. I re-married in 1982, and gave birth to my daughter in 1983. My husband was not a believer, but I was committed to attending church with my daughter. Because of my husband’s battle with alcoholism, we divorced in 1986. Again, my faith was being tested, and I was struggling. It was during that time that a chorus was sung in church, written/composed by Bill Gaither, and the melody and words of that song ministered to me like nothing else had to that point, and it still holds a special place in my heart.

The chorus goes like this:

Something beautiful, something good
All my confusion, He understood
All I had to offer Him was brokenness and strife
But He made something beautiful of my life.

I knew if I could just surrender my brokenness and strife to God that He would make something beautiful of my life, too. Psalm 51 has always been very personal to me, and verse 17 says “The sacrifice You desire is a broken spirit. You will not reject a broken and repentant heart, O God” (New Living Translation). I praise God for accepting my repentant heart and for His transforming power in my life these past 41 years. What a faith journey.

Music has been an integral part of my spiritual growth. After attending a Dayspring Emmaus retreat in 1991, two other ladies and I formed the Dayspring Trio. We sang Southern gospel for 19 years, singing at retreats, revivals, church services, and special programs all over Southern Indiana. God blessed us mightily during our time together, and singing that music was heavenly and never failed to lift me up and draw me closer to the Lord. In 2019, I was a member of the Messenger Quartet, and we sang at a lot of the Assisted Living facilities in this area. It was a wonderful ministry, and I believe it would have continued except for Covid, which put an end to going to these facilities.

My faith has continued to grow more and more with each passing day that I walk with the Lord. God has blessed me these past 17 years with a godly husband. I have a wonderful church family here at Wesley Chapel who has loved me, encouraged me, and mentored me. I have stayed very involved in the music ministry at Wesley Chapel, and it continues to inspire me toward a deeper faith in my Christian journey.

 I’ll leave you with the words of another hymn written in 1910, but it sums things up for me:

            There’s within my heart a melody; Jesus whispers sweet and low,
            “Fear not, I am with you, peace be still,” in all of life’s ebb and flow.

            Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, sweetest name I know
            Fills my every longing, keeps me singing as I go.

May Jesus put a song in your heart, and may the music inspire you toward a deeper faith.


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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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