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May, 2022

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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.

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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!

 
 
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Opening Hours

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!!

Rev. Jordan
Durham

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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:  jdurham1@wnccumc.net.

Rev. Durham's phone number is 828-274-7656.

 
 

PRAYERS FOR THE SICK

For God's Presence in the Pain

Heavenly Father, You are the God who sees me. Even now, as I hurt, You are with me. Thank You for Your comfort and Your peace, even in the most difficult of days. Help me feel Your Presence with me now. Help me understand Your unwavering love for me. Give me the strength and the courage to persevere so I might comfort others through my testimony. In Jesus’ name, Amen.~~Courtney Whiting

A Prayer for Time to Bring Healing

Dear God, if I’m honest, there are times where I feel deep pain. It’s hard to continue. There are no smiles. I don’t feel joy. Please help me trust You when it’s hard. Help me believe that, with time, You can make something beautiful of my life. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.~~Chrystal Hurst

A Short Prayer of Healing for Friends

Lord, your Word speaks promises of healing and restoration and I thank you for the miracles you still perform today. Today I claim those promises over my friend. I believe in the healing power of faith and prayer and I ask you to begin your mighty work in the life of my friend. Please reach down and surround my friend with supernatural peace and strength and give her the faith to believe that all things are possible for you. Protect her from Satan's lies and discouragement and let her miraculous healing begin. Amen.~~www.crosswalk.com

A Prayer for Comfort in God's Presence

Jesus, As I’ve heard my friend’s latest news, it simply feels as if the water is too high and the flames are too intense. Please help us not to give into fear that can come from focusing on the circumstances swirling around him but to remember the promise that you are with him. While I know that you are always with him, please give him a tangible reminder of your presence today and that you will faithfully comfort the hurting. Perhaps a verse posted in an unexpected place or a prayer offered by a co-worker or a kind gesture from a stranger. I entrust him to you knowing that you will be with him on this journey and your presence is greater than anything he will face. Because of your love for him, please give him your comfort and peace that surpasses all understanding and guide him forward into your love. Amen.~~Lisa Samra

 

PRAYER'S CERTAIN PAYOFF

 

Prayers prayed in the Spirit never die until they accomplish God's intended purpose. His answer may not be what we expected, or when we expected it, but God often provides much more abundantly than we could think or ask. He interprets our intent and either answers or stores up our prayers. Sincere prayers are never lost [and] will never be wasted or go unrewarded.~~Missionary Wesley Duewel

 

WHERE HOME IS

 

As Christians, we trust that after this life, we’ll be safe with God in heaven. What heaven is like is a mystery, but we rely on images from the Bible, including “the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven” (Revelation 21:2). Wait — what? Usually we imagine going “up” to God. What a difference to picture God’s city, and God himself, “coming down” to us!

When we travel from the place, we know best to visit others, no matter how much we love them we usually don’t feel “at home.” On the other hand, when I went from college to visit my parents and sisters, I was immediately at home, not just physically but emotionally.

Revelation 21:3 (NRSV) says, “The home of God is among mortals.” God is “at home” with us! He knows our routines, understands how we live, fits right in. We don’t have to behave in any special way, like for “company,” because God is family. He “gets” us and loves us. Best of all, because God is at home with us, we can be at home with God.~~Heidi Hyland Mann

 

 

JESUS LEADS US INTO HEAVEN

 

 On Thursday after the sixth Sunday of Easter — May 26 in 2022 — the church celebrates the Ascension of Our Lord. John Donne (1571-1631) wrote the poem “Ascension,” which contains an important reminder: When Jesus returned to his Father, it was the culmination of all he had done to prepare the path to heaven for us.

… Joy at the uprising of this Sun, and Son …

He first enters the way.

O strong Ram, which hast batter’d heaven for me!

Mild lamb, which with Thy Blood hast mark’d the path!

Bright Torch, which shinest, that I the way may see! …

May we follow our strong-yet-mild, brightly shining Savior into God’s eternal presence. ~~newsletter.com

 

A SIGN OF HONOR

 

Even he who died for us upon the cross, in the last hour, in the unutterable agony of death, was mindful of his mother, as if to teach us that this holy love should be our last worldly thought — the last point of earth from which the soul should take its flight to heaven.
~~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

 

EASTER IS NOT OVER

 

NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER

During your preparations for Easter, you may have heard someone say, “All this work and it’ll all be over so soon.” Sorry, but they’re wrong.

Easter as a celebration of the return of spring, the Easter of the Easter Bunny and colored eggs and candy, fancy hats and new spring clothes may be over by Easter Monday, not to come around again until next year.

But the true Easter, the celebration of Christ’s resurrection, is never over. Easter is the reminder and the celebration of a continuing fact: Christ, who was raised from death, is alive today, tomorrow, and forever. Daily he offers us and the whole world power to begin new life now. Easter isn’t over … ever!~~newsletter.com

 

The first Thursday of May each year is designated as a day for the people of our country to pray. Yes, there is separation of state and church in America, but religious people in our nation would never vote for the separation of America from God. This country surely will always remain, “one nation under God.” Therefore we are right to set aside a day for national prayer — a day when we can beseech God’s guidance regarding our nation’s policies and actions, and pray for the general welfare of all citizens, especially for the helpless and those suffering injustices.~~newsletter.com

 

 

A PREEMPTIVE PRAYER

 

Becoming angry is quite easy. The difficult part, as Aristotle observed, is “to be angry with the right person and to the right degree and at the right time and for the right purpose and in the right way.” That, he added, “is not within everybody’s power.”

But with God’s power — and prayer — we can resist the pull of anger. Use these Scripture-inspired words: “Teach us, O God, how to keep our cool when provoked, exercising patience and self-control so we can think wisely and creatively about how to handle stress calmly, after the heat of the moment has passed. Help us choose our associates wisely, avoiding those who are hot-tempered and easily angered. Help us choose your way of handling anger, rather than our own, so we might conquer harmful impulses by doing good. In the name of Christ, who showed us how to use anger for good rather than evil. Amen.”

 

WE REMEMBER

 

More than 150 years ago, Memorial Day took shape amid the backdrop of the U.S. Civil War. Before it ended, women began decorating the graves of fallen soldiers. In 1868, when May 30 was designated as Decoration Day, loved ones placed flowers on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers alike.

By 1882, Decoration Day became known as Memorial Day, and soldiers who died in other wars were honored too. Over time, it became a day to remember all loved ones who have died — in war and otherwise. In 1971, Congress declared Memorial Day a national holiday to be observed on the last Monday in May. On Memorial Day, we pause to remember people who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country and for our freedom. We also pray for those who continue serving, especially those in harm’s way.~~newsletter.com

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The Oakley UMW will meet Tuesday, May 10th at 11:30 in the Fellowship Hall. Please bring a sandwich. Drinks and desserts will be provided.

                                                  ALL WOMEN ARE WELCOME!

                                                 Mother’s Day Prayer

                                 God’s Helpers          

                                                         By George W. Wiseman

 

   God could not be in every place

  With loving hands to help erase

  The tear drops from each baby’s face,

 And so he thought of mother.

 

  He could not send us here alone

 And leave us to a fate unknown.

 Without providing for His own,

 The outreached arms of mother.

 

 God could not watch us night and day

 And kneel beside our crib to pray,

 Or kiss our little aches away

And so he sent us mother.

 

 And when our childhood days began,

 He simply could not take command.

 That’s why he placed our tiny hand

Securely into mothers.

The days of youth slipped quickly by,

Life’s Sun rose higher in the sky.

Full grown were we, yet never nigh

To love us still, was mother.

 

And when life’s span of years shall end,

I know that God will gladly send,

To welcome home her child again,

That ever-faithful mother.

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