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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: Monday through Thursday - 9 am to 12 noon
SUNDAY SCHOOL: 10:00 AM
WORSHIP SERVICE: Sunday: 11:00 AM
OUR CHURCH FOR IS OPEN FOR SUNDAY SCHOOL AND WORKSHIP SERVICES!!
Due to the increase in Covid in July, the Blue Ridge District of the Methodist Church has returned to requiring masks for indoor use during
Sunday School and Worshp.
MEET YOUR MINISTER!
Rev. Jordan Durham is the pastor for Oakley United Methodist Church. Rev. Durham was most recently serving Rhyne Heights Church in Lincolnton, NC which is comparable in size to our church.
Rev. Durham will be living at the parsonage here in Oakley. His email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rev. Durham's phone number is 828-274-7656.
HAPPY NEW YEAR, OAKLEY!!!
It's that time again, when we all make promises for the coming year! Time for resolutions, goals, and self-improvement! We Methodists have a special relationship to the new year's resolution in our Doctrine of Christian Perfection. What it teaches is that we are being perfected in the Father's love through Jesus's ministry to our hearts by the Holy Spirit. But what does that mean? Does it mean that Methodists are expected to live without ever making a mistake? That we never sin? Any one of you who has ever met me will know that either that isn't the case or I'm a very poor Methodist indeed. It's a massive relief to me that that is not how Christian perfection works. The good news, not just for me but for all of us, is that we are perfected in love. John Wesley, our founder, and his esteemed brother Charles knew that the measure of human perfection was not in the number of mistakes they didn't make, but in how engaged with and full of the love of God they were. What's more, they claimed to have known people who were perfected in this way.
C.S. Lewis, the great Anglican lay theologian and apologist, once wrote that God is not interested in making us just better at being what we are, but that God is interested in making us something altogether different. "God became man to turn creatures into sons: not simply to produce better men of the old kind but to produce a new kind of man. It is not like teaching a horse to jump better and better but like turning a horse into a winged creature." Everything about the Christian adventure is a transformation process; we die daily, as the Apostle Paul tells us, so that we may better attain similarity to Christ--not in his deity, which none of us can attain, but in his entirely perfected humanity. Even his critics knew then and now know that Jesus of Nazareth was doing something different with humanity than anyone else had done.
This is precisely why our becoming Christians is a miracle: We stop being rank-and-file humanity. God does not simply fill in the cracks of who we are and call himself satisfied with the work. Like a shattered sculpture being recycled into a new work of art, Jesus takes the broken pieces of who we could have been if not for sin and he makes us into something more beautiful. As St. Ambrose said, “The Lord knew that Adam would fall and then be redeemed by Christ. Happy ruin, that has such a beautiful reparation!” A happy ruin, indeed, that is restored into not just a ruin, but made into a museum of fine art wherein the medium is the human soul.
What is Christ changing in you this New Year? What parts of you can you find with him that are not fitting into the places he has remade into receptacles for holy love, and how can you surrender to him so that he can take that part of you and either discard it or make it into something new, something befitting a child of God and not just one of his creatures?
"Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect."
“God became man to turn creatures into sons: not simply to produce better men of the old kind but to produce a new kind of man. It is not like teaching a horse to jump better and better but like turning a horse into a winged creature.“
+ C.S. Lewis
Pastor Jordan's January Reading List: Ever Ancient Ever New (Winfield Bevins); Guerrillas of Grace (Ted Loder); Calendar: Christ's Time for the Church (Laurence Hull Stookey)
- Rev. Jordan Durham
Oakley United Methodist Women's Club
The UMW will meet Tuesday, January 11th at 11:30 am at the church. Please call the office phone 828-274-7656 for more information.
ALL WOMEN OF OAKLEY METHODIST CHURCH ARE WELCOME!
Hold firmly to your faith (Hebrews 4:14)
Assemble with the saints (Hebrews 10:25)
Pray and thank God earnestly (1 Thessalonians 5:17-18)
Petition God for great blessings (Malachi 3:10)
Yield not to temptation (1 Thessalonians 5:22)
Notice opportunities to serve others (Galatians 6:10)
Examine yourself daily (2 Corinthians 13:5)
Work diligently for the Lord (1 Corinthians 15:58)
Yearn for righteousness (Matthew 5:6)
Exercise godliness (1 Timothy 4:7)
Aim for sinless perfection (Hebrews 6:1)
Redeem the time, living wisely (Ephesians 5:15-16) ~~Gus Nichols (adapted)
Oakley UMC is committed to missions, collecting the third Sunday of each month for a variety of outreach programs. ABCCM Heating Assistance is the mission for January 16th.