Oakley United Methodist Church
The Mission of the Church
Embracing & Extending the Teachings of Our Lord
We see our church not simply as a house of worship with walls, a roof and open doors. Rather, we believe that the church is actually the members and believers that come together to practice God’s word, celebrate His love and extend His gifts.
Through the Bible, service, worship and missions, we bring God closer to our hearts and closer to the hearts of those around us. From traditional sermons to attending our faith-based community initiatives or events — everything we do is based off of our commitment to spread the teachings of our Lord.
About Oakley United Methodist Church
Your Church in Asheville
Located in beautiful Asheville, Oakley United Methodist Church offers congregants a place of comfort, hope, and a peace of mind for all their worshipping needs. We are dedicated to spreading the teachings of Jesus Christ, and our goal is to inspire you through the holiness of our dwelling and our services. We invite you to become a part of our growing congregation, and look forward to meeting you!
Come Worship with Us!
OFFICE: Tuesday - Friday: Please call
SUNDAY SCHOOL: 10:00 AM
WORSHIP SERVICE: Sunday: 11 AM
OUR CHURCH IS OPEN!!
DUE TO COVID-19, THERE WILL BE MASKS REQUIRED AND 6 FEET OF DISTANCE.
Pastor Vic Wilfong
In July 2010, I began serving my first appointment as a Methodist Pastor at two small churches in Leicester, NC just outside of Asheville. I was also appointed to serve as the Assistant Chaplain at Givens Estates...a Methodist Retirement Community. On May 17, 2014 I received my Masters of Divinity degree.
In July of 2014 I was appointed to Trinity and Covenant churches in Gastonia, NC. After two years, prayers were answered when a call "from out of the blue" sent us back to Asheville to serve at Oakley United Methodist church. We are so thrilled to be back in the area we love and reunited with very special friends.
A WORD FOR THE YEAR
Every January, some people pray and ask God to provide a word for their year ahead. Friends have shared theirs with me, but I was hesitant to embrace the practice myself. I’d love to receive a word like flourish; then again, I might be like the friend who heard health and then faced many physical challenges that year.
But I tried it for 2020 and heard prepare. My first reaction was that the word wasn’t very exciting, which possibly confirmed I hadn’t orchestrated it. Indeed, 2020 ended up full of significant, unexpected change for our family, with careers, school, church, and friends. Prepare reminded me that amid chaos, God had prepared me for each moment and continues to prepare me for what’s next.
Give it a try! Regardless of the word you receive or what lies ahead, you can trust that God loves you and is ultimately in control for 2021 and beyond. ~~ Janna Firestone
LIVE IN THE LIGHT
Often, we want to be able to see into the future. We say, “How will next year be for me? Where will I be five or 10 years from now?” There are no answers to these questions. Mostly we have just enough light to see the next step — what we have to do in the coming hour or the following day.
The art of living is to enjoy what we can see and not complain about what remains in the dark. When we are able to take the next step with the trust that we will have enough light for the step that follows, we can walk through life with joy and be surprised at how far we go. Let's rejoice in the little light we carry and not ask for the great beam that would take all our shadows away. ~~Henri Nouwen, Bread for the Journey
Let us know you’re out there! Contact Oakley United Methodist Church today.
607 Fairview Rd Asheville NC United States 28803
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“The Gospel of John”
The Lectionary that many churches use is on a three-year cycle; with one year focused on Matthew, one on Mark, and one on Luke. Those three gospels are known as “The Synoptic Gospels” because they are very similar. Many theologians believe that Mark was the first gospel written and that Matthew and Luke actually borrowed from Mark’s Gospel as well as another source that scholars call “Q.” This source is a hypothetical written collection primarily of Jesus' sayings that are not found in Mark’s Gospel.
John’s Gospel does not get an entire year devoted to it, but it is interjected into the other three years. Thus, I thought, to begin the New Year, perhaps we should give a little more attention to John, the most unique gospel book.
Although the author is anonymous; popular opinion is that John the Apostle, one of the original twelve disciples, is the actual writer for this book. There exist numerous reasons to suggest that this is true — the author knew Jewish teachings and rituals, he knew details of Palestine and Jerusalem during the time of Jesus, and he claims to be an eyewitness:
- And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth.
- He who saw this has testified so that you also may believe. His testimony is true, and he knows that he tells the truth.
- This is the disciple who is testifying to these things and has written them, and we know that his testimony is true.
Matthew and Luke begin with Jesus’ birth. Mark begins with His baptism. But John begins before the creation. John presents the full deity of Jesus of Nazareth from the very first verse of the first chapter and repeats this emphasis throughout his Gospel.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him. And without him not one thing came into being that has come into being. In him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it. (John 1:1-5 NRSV)
“In the beginning” reflects Genesis 1:1 and serves as an affirmation of Christ’s pre-existence before creation. The word “was” appears four times in the first two verses which focuses on continual existence in past time. The “Word” — the Greek term is logos and refers to a message, not just a single word. In this context it is a title which the Greeks used to describe “world reason” and the Hebrews used as related to “wisdom.” John chose this term to assert that God’s Word is both a person and a message.
The term “with God” could be paraphrased as “face to face” depicting intimate fellowship and personal relationship. When John asserts that “the Word was God” he is stating that Jesus is fully divine as well as fully human. He is not the same as God the Father, but He is the very same divine essence as the Father. “All things came into being through Him.” Here the author is stating that the “Word” (the Logos) was the Father’s agent of creation of both the visible and the invisible. Read your Bible; Genesis 1:26 tells us that God says, “Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness.” Plural – not singular! Makes more sense in the “plural” if Jesus was there – right? And when John writes, “in Him was life,” this phrase is emphasizing that “life” itself comes from the Son, the Word, the Logos.
Light is a common metaphor John uses for the truth and knowledge of God; “the life was the Light of people.” Light and darkness were also common themes in the Dead Sea Scrolls. John often expresses himself in dualistic (contrasting) terms. When he writes that, “the Light shines,” it is written in the present tense which means continuous action. Jesus has always existed, but now He is clearly manifested to the world. And finally, in contrast to “the Light” — “the darkness did not overcome it.” The root meaning of this term is “to grasp.” Therefore, it can mean either (1) to grasp so as to overpower (cf. Matt. 16:18) or (2) to grasp so as to comprehend or understand. John may have used this ambiguity to suggest both.
As the New Year begins, why not find a quiet place to curl up with a good book? How about a book called “The Gospel of John?”
Blessings, Peace, and Love!
Robert James Utley, The Beloved Disciple’s Memoirs and Letters: The Gospel of John, I, II, and III John, vol. Volume 4, Study Guide Commentary Series (Marshall, Texas: Bible Lessons International, 1999), 9–10.