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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.

 

Tony Alstott

Lead Pastor
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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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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How Will They Know?

Written by Laura Gipe

When I was five years old, my parents built a home on a hill overlooking downtown Louisville.  Our new view was magnificent, a rolling hillside and beautiful city lights, a site I still cherish today.
 
One evening, during my pre-teen years, I was standing at the rear of our kitchen table, behind the seat my dad always occupied, staring out our sliding glass door.  It was very dark outside and all I could see were the flickering lights of the city.  I spent a lot of time in that moment thinking about my purpose in life and I was fixated on one very bright city light.  It was as if God was sending me a message and I vividly remember thinking, “If I can do nothing more with my life, I can be a bright light.”
 
In Acts 8:29-31 we learn the Holy Spirit said to Phillip, “Go over and walk along beside the carriage.”  Phillip ran over and heard the man reading from the book of Isaiah.  Phillip asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?”  The man replied, “How can I, unless someone instructs me?” And he urged Phillip to come up into the carriage and sit with him.
 
My family did not spend endless hours in conversation talking about God, but servanthood and the story of Jesus was certainly sprinkled throughout my daily life.  My parents had five children and our lives were busy.  My dad, a family physician, kept a rigorous schedule between his office hours, hospital visits, and delivering babies during all hours of the night. It was not uncommon for him to take us along on house calls (where we waited in the car) or to after-hours office trips he would make to be with patients in need. On several occasions, our laundry room served as a meeting place for someone who might need a quick stitch or light medical attention. My mom did an outstanding job tending to all our needs, which were many, and she always prepared a wonderful meal so we could gather around our dinner table to be a family in the evening.  That meal always began with our favorite prayer, “God is great, God is good.”  One thing was certain, no matter what the schedule looked like, we were always sitting in church on Sunday morning which is where I soaked in my love of music, the message, and learned very early in life that Jesus loves me.  When we were old enough to begin caring for ourselves, my mom went on to obtain her BSN in nursing school. My parents always displayed true servant hearts, caring, giving, teaching, and sharing all that they knew, a perfect vision of being Christ like.
 

Last week three of our grandkids had the opportunity to participate in VBS. I was absolutely amazed at the number of people that served the children of our community.  It was obvious that months of planning occurred from the curriculum, music, décor, and list of servants.  When you walked into church you could immediately feel the love that was being poured out on our children. These dedicated servants used their calling to share the love of Christ. As Pastor Peter proclaimed in his message on Sunday, our mission doesn’t have to be monumental, it can be simple. 

 

The man in our scripture was an Ethiopian eunuch and he wasn’t clear about what he was reading.  Phillip, upon invitation and without hesitation, willingly climbed into the carriage and shared the Good News about Jesus.  As their conversation continued, they came upon some water.  Once there, Phillip baptized the man and he had now been fully touched by living water.

 

How will they know if we don’t tell them?  I often think back to the mission I received while looking out that sliding door. Be kind, be generous, listen, and share the Good News!  We can all be the light.

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Purpose

Written by Josh Suiter

Have you ever struggled with what is your purpose? Why are you in the job you are in? Why did this certain thing happen to you? Why are you here?

In the summer of 2016, I was informed that my employer was making some changes and in those changes, I was losing my job. This was a job I poured myself into. I worked hard for them and when this news hit, I felt betrayed. I felt like my purpose had been ripped from me. I could have let this break me but instead I used it as a chance to shine. Three weeks after walking out of that building, I started a new job at The Chamber of St. Matthews. This move not only gave me a purpose, but it gave me a passion for my line of work to help small business owners.

6 and a half years later, I have been promoted to CEO and have an opportunity to help double the amount of members I was helping in 2018. I don’t tell you this to brag but to say that even when you least expect it, God is defining, or in my case – redefining – your purpose.

In John 7:37-39 (NIV), it says “On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.” By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified.”

2 Timothy 1:9 says “He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace.”

Jesus’ life has a purpose that saves our souls. His death gave us salvation. And his followers are told in John 7:39 that they will not receive the Holy Spirit until He has been glorified. Sometimes God’s purpose doesn’t look the way we think it should or occur in the time we think it should.

My favorite Bible verse is Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV) “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” But I am going to add in verse 12 “Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.” During my time of unemployment, I was praying continuously for God to send me to the right place. I would read Jeremiah 29:11-12 daily and I knew God has a plan for me. But I had to wait to hear it.

It took a pay cut from my previous job, a further drive to work and a need to trust him more than ever for God to reveal my purpose to me. I am now more confident than ever that I know my purpose and that purpose fuels my passion. But I had to trust God and know that He has it all worked out.

Are you stuck in a job you don’t like? Are you struggling with your purpose? What’s holding you back from living the life in purpose that God has for you?

Do you trust Him to lead you to that life of purpose? He’s already created the path, you just have to walk it and trust him.


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The Ripple Effect

Written by Vicki Ogden

The theme for our Vacation Bible School (VBS) this year is “Make Waves”. The children who attend will learn that when we put our trust in Jesus, we can Make Waves because of His Spirit living inside us.

 

When ask to write a blog to coincide with the theme, my mind went back to my childhood – one because as a child I attended VBS every year and two because of the water theme.

You see I grew up with a creek in my backyard. It was less than 15ft from my back door. As kids, to pass time (you know before Netflix, Instagram, Tic Toc, YouTube), we would go outside and toss rocks into the creek. We would watch the circles around the point of entry get bigger and bigger. No matter the size (big or small) or shape (round or flat) of the rock, the circles would eventually make it to the banks of the creek.

This is called The Ripple Effect – the continuing and spreading results of an event or action.

Likewise, we, as Christians (a.k.a. the rock), can start a Ripple Effect to Make Waves that can impact the world around us – to make a positive difference in this world, one positive change at a time.

James 2: 14-17 says, What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him?  If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit?  Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.

Read that again, “Faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.”

I don’t know about you, but I definitely do not want my faith to no longer be alive.

That is a pretty powerful message. Thus, we are called to be the hands and feet of Jesus here on earth.

Each and every day and moment of our life is an opportunity to show others the love of Christ – in our home – at our job – in our community – in our church – at school – at the grocery store – in a doctor’s office – at the dentist – at the gas station – on the road driving. And every day is a chance to make a difference in someone’s life and start The Ripple Effect.

Sit with someone at lunch who is alone.

When someone shares a concern with you, ask if you can pray for them right then and there.

Read a bible verse with your child at night.

If someone is a little short on cash at the grocery store if you are able, pay for their groceries.

Hold the door open for someone.

When a co-work starts talking bad about you, do not retaliate.

If someone cuts you off in traffic, do not get angry. Just smile at them.

Put your shopping cart back in the holder.

Smile at a stranger.

Call your mom, dad, sister, or brother just to say hi.

When someone asks for forgiveness, fully grant it.

Pray for those who you do not see eye-to-eye with.

Take a meal or some cookies to the person who lives next to you.

Send a card to someone in a nursing home or away at college.

Build relationships with each other to help carry their burdens.

Don’t ever forget who you are. You are child a God, and we can change the world around us through the power of Jesus.

As Jesus declared, “I will build my church, and all the powers of hell will not conquer it” (Matthew 16:18). This is our hope and the assurance of our faith.

God is the designer and the creator of all things. The God who made the creeks and rocks made us, and He is working in our lives to bring about good things – to bring about a great revival. What you do today can change the world around you, one small Ripple at a time.


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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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