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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.

 
 
 

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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
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Cory Feuerbacher
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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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Let’s Raise a Hallelujah

Written by Heather Perkins

 

Being in a profession of music, I am around by music all the time and experience what music has to offer every day.  I remember a time when I was playing a Brahms piece in my piano lessons, and crying because for the first time I found myself understanding how to play with emotion and creating an environment of serenity and emotions.  I grew as a musician, and the way I played changed forever.  I noticed the power of what the arts have to offer. When Covid and the pandemic started, I learned just how much power music and art have on our lives.  

 

To understand a time in my life when music made the biggest impact: there is a progression of different music that brought me to a deeper understanding of who I am in Christ.  I walked through a pretty difficult season of life.  Not only was I in deep depression like everyone else during the time of Covid, but the impact of the pandemic took on a whole new meaning and feeling for me.  I lost a dear friend to Covid and I began to really question God. I was mad and disappointed with how life was progressing after that.  You see, this particular friend was the one music friend that I worked with and was a music teacher as well.  On top of that, Melinda was the one who kept me grounded, real, and walked through all of the hardships that I went through in my professional career: we did everything together.   Everything around me felt overwhelming and uncertain.  I remember seeking grief counseling and taking time to understand my emotions and how I felt.  It was such a big process for me and I went through a lot of growing pains along the way.  If I did not have the people in my life to help me through it, I do not know where I would be. It was MUSIC that ushered in a deep season of understanding and discovering emotions for me. It all started when I was listening to the singer Pink’s new album and she wrote two songs that really spoke to me deep down to the core.  It was like I could have written these lyrics.  Even though the meaning of the song was not intended for grief and soul renewal, I took these lyrics and meditated on them for hours and listened to the meaning they had on my own life and healing.

 

“ Hope flows away, if you could spend a day in shoes, your mind would change, if you’d known what I’ve gone through, we want the same thing, Maybe then you’ll understand, How it hurts to be human.

God it hurts to be human, without you, I’d be losing, someday we’ll face the music, God it hurts to be human.   But I’ve got you and you got me”-Hurts 2B Human

 

“ Tryna stand up on my own two feet, this conversation aint comin easily, and darling, I know its getting late, so what do you say we leave this place?

There’s something in the way I wanna cry, that makes me think we’ll make it out alive, so come on and show me how we’re good, I think that could do some good.

Walk me home in the dead of night, I can’t be alone, with all that’s on my mind, so say you’ll stay with me tonight, Cause there is so much wrong going on outside”-Walk Me Home Tonight

 

Listening and reading these lyrics at that point in my life, it was like I could use them to express how I felt. I would drive in the car singing these words at the top of my lungs and crying.  It was like God was trying to give me a way to help process my emotions and how I felt inside.  After that- a while after that- I started using music as a way to help myself feel and process what was happening around me-instrument, Broadway, praise and worship-anything that made sense.  In the end I came across a worship album that changed everything for me.  Listening to the Victory album by Bethel helped bring me back to where I knew I needed to be.  The words they put together brought me peace that I have not felt in a while.  It gave me peace when I needed it most. I was going through a season that God wanted me to go through and he gave me the tools to help process that season and come out stronger in the end.  I know I still have a long way to go, and the process has been so painful, but now I stand in victory knowing that I am going to be ok.  

 

God has a plan for every season and he gives us tools-sometimes unexpected-and we have to be willing to let those tools help guide us through the seasons we are going through.  God gave us music.  It is something that He intended to be used to help lift us out of whatever we need.  It is so powerful and so overwhelmingly beautiful that it can only come from God.  In the Bible there are countless references to music and how music is used to worship him.  I challenge you to really listen to whatever music you are listening to today: listen to the instruments and how the tones are put together, listen to the singing and how they are singing, listen to the words of the music and how they can guide and teach you something, listen to the song as a whole and how it is woven together to create a masterpiece for us to have and hold on too.  Let us come together and praise God for everything He has given us and enjoy this amazing tool: MUSIC.

 

“I raise a Hallelujah, in the presence of my enemies, I raise a hallelujah, louder than the unbelief, I raise a hallelujah.  My weapon is a melody, I raise a hallelujah, heaven comes to fight for me.

I’m gonna sing in the middle of the storm, louder and louder, you’re gonna hear my praises roar, up from the ashes hope will arise. Death is defeated, the King is alive.

I raise hallelujah, with everything inside of me, I raise a hallelujah, I will watch the darkness flee, I raise a hallelujah, in the middle of the mystery, I raise a hallelujah, fear, you lost your hold on me.

I’m gonna sing, in the middle of the storm, Louder and louder, you’re gonna hear my praises roar.  Up from the ashes hope will arise, Death is defeated, the King is alive!”

Raise a Hallelujah, Bethel.


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Taking Action from the Psalms

Written by Becky Perkins

During my adult years, I have striven to read a Psalm daily to help guide and focus on my prayer time with God.  I try to read through the Psalms beginning January 1 through December 31, which enables me to read through the Book of Psalms yearly, plus extra readings.   Sometimes I fear that reading in this routine, the readings will become ritualistic and mundane, but I am reminded that sometimes we do things out of obedience until a truth from God resonates with the soul.

 

Recently, while reading through Psalm 119, the longest Psalm in the book of Psalms, verses 25 – 40 became one of those treasured moments.  I was not feeling like reading that morning.  It was in the middle of VBS preparations, actually 2 weeks prior to VBS, and I was quite busy.  I was in the midst of several trainings for VBS and attempting to get all communications out to leaders.  We had 15 new adults serving in VBS this year and 3 adults who had never experienced a VBS in their life.  Not having VBS for 2 years due to Covid, it really was like starting all over again.  I was not spending the time I should have in God’s Word and prayer to prepare for such a big event.  I read through these verses and thought, God I really am not getting what I need today from these verses. Verse 25 says the person writing this Psalm felt low in the dust and was asking for God to preserve his life.  Then with a prompting from the Holy Spirit, I wrote down all of the action words in those verse.  And this is what I found, much like a hidden treasure.

 

Help me recount my ways, teach me your decrees (verse 26), help me understand your teaching help me meditate on your wonders (verse 27).  So, I followed his instructions and recounted my way, how I had been acting, what I had been saying, how I had represented Christ on a day by day basis.  Taking a daily assessment of myself and my heart.  I had to ask for him to help me understand what he was saying to me.  I admitted my soul was weary and I needed strength from his Word (verse 28), I needed help to stay from deceitful ways and I wanted to choose the way of truth (verse 29 and 30). I soon found this Psalm passage to bring me to my knees in prayer of forgiveness and to look for what only he could do through me. 

 

It is very easy to be swallowed up in the ways of the world around us, the things we see, hear and experience.  All we have to do is walk out the door each day, and the culture hits us in the face.   If we do not have the Word of God foremost in our mind, we will be thinking wrong thoughts, have wrong motivations, speak unkindly to others, and a lot of other things that are not as Christ.  We need to take an inventory of the heart and mind to be sure we are following the precepts and instructions of the Lord, daily.  Meditating on the Psalms is a great way to stay in check with our heart and God’s heart.   Verse 2 says, “I run in the path of your commands, for you have set my heart free”.  I hope I run more often to the Word of God so that my heart is free of shame, guilt, and unloving feelings and thoughts.   

 


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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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