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!


Opening Hours

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OFFICE: Tuesday - Friday: 9 am - 12 noon




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.



Happy Shrove Tuesday!  Happy Pancake Day!  Happy Mardi Gras!  However you say it or celebrate it, it’s the day before Lent begins, a day of indulgence before turning to repentance – at least, that’s how it has been traditionally seen in our secular society.  


Lent comes from the Latin meaning “to lengthen,” referring to the lengthening of days in Spring.  Just like Christmas, Easter is also an adaptation from pagan traditions – the name “Easter” refers to Ishtar, the Persian spring goddess.  In other cultures, and languages, the name used for this day is “Resurrection Day” – which makes much more sense for Christians than our English use of the term “Easter.”  


Lent has long been associated with giving something up, a time where one is not supposed to focus on one’s self – but rather on God.  But giving something up, especially something you particularly enjoy, is one of the reasons that Lent is not very popular with many people.  However, whether I deny myself some self-indulgence or not, I have come to appreciate Lent the same way I appreciate Advent – it is a time of preparing me for Easter, preparing me for the joy of the Resurrection.


Lent takes place for 40 days between Ash Wednesday and Easter – and this counts Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday, but does NOT include the six Sundays of Lent!  The Sundays in Lent were seen, especially in the eastern church, as “mini Easters.”  Sunday is the day we celebrate and remember the Resurrection – we do this every Sunday throughout the year.  Every Sunday is the Lord’s day, the day we worship God and remember the resurrection and new life in Christ.  


Lent It is a special time set aside from the busyness of our lives to get closer to God.  Granted we should be doing this all year, but for me, Lent reminds me to pause and place even more focus on God.  It becomes the season in which I try even harder at spending more time in solitude and silence with God.


So, what am I giving up for Lent this year?  I’m giving up GUILT.  I am constantly remembering mistakes I have made, wrong things I have said and done.  Some of them are decades old – and if anyone else was involved, they have either forgotten or forgiven me long ago.  So, I am giving up GUILT.  God doesn’t desire or need our guilt.  Lent is a great time to let go of your past, to turn towards a forgiving God and remember all that you have been blessed with in life.  


Blessings, Peace, and Love!

Pastor Vic 

     A wonderful time to clean out your closets, attics and basements.  Please bring us your gently used toys, clothing, furniture, small kitchen appliances and utensils.  Our new winter hours are 10 am to 1 pm.  The OUMC Women have taken on a new fundraising project.  The ladies are trying to collect enough money to repair the church windows and have the exterior windows painted. We will also plan to hold additional fundraisers for this purpose.  Hopefully, we will be able to hire someone to repair/paint the windows in the Spring. 



1. Thrifting Saves Money. Even though prices at our local thrift stores keep going up, it’s still cheaper than going to the mall. 2. Shopping at Thrift Stores Helps the Community.  Our church is able to help our neighbors here in Oakley with daily needs. 3. Buying Used Items Helps the Environment.  Buying second-hand clothing and other items means less goes into the landfills and fewer resources are used and less pollution is created in making new items. 4. Memories Hasn’t everyone walked through a thrift store and found something that was in their grandmother’s house?  5. Create a Unique Style  You can pretty much guarantee you that if you put together an outfit at the thrift store that no one else will be wearing the same thing! 6. Find New Things to Collect You will find something you never thought about collecting such as cheese graters, silver trays, dolls, and so much more! 7. Find DIY Projects  You can find pieces of furniture to refinish.  8. Find Things That Are No Longer in Production You’ll find things at thrift stores that haven’t been sold in retail stores in YEARS. 9. Fun If all of these reasons aren’t enough for you, go thrifting just cause it’s fun!  Ultimately, we like thrifting like some people like hunting or fishing… you never know what you're going to get, but you have a great time getting it!~~ducttapeanddenim.com

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607 Fairview Rd Asheville NC United States 28803

(828) 274-7656


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