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 before coming
SUNDAY SCHOOL: 10:00 AM
WORSHIP SERVICE: Sunday: 11 AM
OUR CHURCH FOR IS OPEN FOR SUNDAY SCHOOL AND WORKSHIP SERVICES!!
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.
“Why it is so Important to Keep Tithing”
“Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in my house, says the Lord of hosts; see if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you an overflowing blessing.” ~ Malachi 3:10
Trust me, I do NOT like talking about the church and money. But desperate times calls for a desperate discussion. Financially, your church is struggling to stay afloat. There is a hole in our “boat” and we are slowly sinking. Not only has the pandemic broken the habit of people attending church – it seems to have broken the habit of supporting the church as well.
Even though we have not had to pay a salary for a Music Director for ten months now, (saving us over $11,000), we are still struggling. Fortunately, we have had two people step up to fulfill that role – without pay!
I completely understand if someone continues to be fearful of attending church. But I am desperately trying to understand why anyone would not continue to support their church – so that when they do decide to return, there is actually a church to return to.
In the above verse from Malachi, God tells us to tithe so that there may be food in His storehouse, in other words, His church. If Christians stop tithing then, eventually, there won’t be a church. If you have stopped tithing in order to save money, you have stopped trusting in God to provide for you and trusting only in yourself and in the world. God’s financial blessings abound when you tithe, so why would you want to stop His flow of blessings?
Obviously, God can choose to bless us at any time and in any circumstance, but when we stop focusing on God as Lord of our lives, we can easily miss out on the graces He wants to give us. As Christians, why wouldn’t we want to do our part to honor God and open the door wide to all the possibilities He has in store for us?
I do not write this to chastise anyone, I write this to encourage everyone to focus on proper tithing. Even if you start with only a small percentage and work your way up, it is still something. God knows times are tough and that tithing isn’t always easy. But He also knows it works and that it blesses you and leaves you and His church better off in the end.
Blessings, Peace, and Love!
mother's day -- may 9th
a prayer of blessing for all mothers
Dear Lord, Bless every mother and every grandmother with the finest of your spiritual blessings today. Confirm in her heart and spirit the work of her hands and the love that she has so freely given to those children under Your care. Validate her worth daily so she has no reason to doubt whether she is loved, valued, and cherished in the eyes of her Heavenly Father.
Create in her a deep sense of your protection and trust, so that worry and fear will disappear as she places her loved ones into Your care. Let her know that every prayer she has prayed and every encouraging word she has spoken on behalf of her children/grandchildren has been transformed into sweet, fragrant offerings before Your throne.
Whisper deep within her spirit the sweet words she longs to hear from You—that nothing can ever separate her from Your love. Help her to nestle daily into the promises of Your Word, standing with faith on the things You declare are true. Let her know that You reward faithfulness, but that true success doesn’t lie in her accomplishments or accolades. Let her rest in the knowledge that she has done all she can—and that she and those she loves—truly belong to you. Bless her with a servant spirit so she can teach her own the joy of hearing one day, “Well done!”
Let her joy be contagious; let her passion be pure; and let her life overflow with all the blessings she deserves—on special days, and on every day of her life. In Jesus’s name, Amen (Rebecca Barlow Jordan)
Mothers Day Scripture – Encouraging Bible Verses for Mom!
For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. ~~ Psalm 139:13
My son, keep your father’s command and do not forsake your mother’s teaching. 21 Bind them always on your heart; fasten them around your neck. 22 When you walk, they will guide you; when you sleep, they will watch over you; when you awake, they will speak to you. ~~ Proverbs 6:20-22
As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you; and you will be comforted over Jerusalem.”
~~ Isaiah 66:13
“Then he went down to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them. But his mother treasured all these things in her heart.”~~Luke 2:51
ASCENSION DAY – MAY 13TH
Jesus said to Mary, “Do not cling to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’” ~ John 20:17
There has been no sweeter reunion in the history of the world than Jesus’s return to his Father! Perhaps the closest analogy is a courageous, wounded soldier returning to his loved ones after a hard-fought victory. Jesus fully accomplished his mission and glorified the Father on earth, and at Jesus’s ascension the Father glorifies the Son in heaven. ~ John 17:4–5.
Take heart that Jesus’s homecoming to his Father prepares the way for our homecoming to be with Jesus forever. ~ John 14:2–4
DAY OF PENTECOST – MAY 23RD
And in the last days it shall come to pass, God declares,
that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh
and your sons and your daughters shall prophecy,
your old shall dream dreams, and your young shall see visions.
When the Day of Pentecost had come,
they were all gathered together in one place.
And suddenly a sound came from heaven like the rush of a mighty wind,
and it filled the house where they were sitting.
And there appeared to them tongues as of fire,
distributed and resting on each of them.
And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit.
~ THE BOOK OF WORSHIP 1965, ALT.
MEMORIAL DAY – MAY 31ST
O almighty God and most merciful Father, as we remember these your servants, remembering with gratitude their courage and strength, we hold before you those who mourn them. Look upon your bereaved servants with your mercy. As this day brings them memories of those they have lost awhile, may it also bring your consolation and the assurance that their loved ones are alive now and forever in your living presence. Amen.
A special prayer for Memorial Day -- As we remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms, we enjoy every day, we think of how they have followed in the footsteps of your son, our Savior, Jesus Christ. Please hold our servicemen and women in your strong arms. Cover them with your sheltering grace and your presence as they stand in the gap for our protection. We also remember the families of our troops. We ask for your unique blessings to fill their homes, and we pray your peace, provision, and strength will fill their lives. May the members of our armed forces be supplied with courage to face each day and may they trust in the Lord's mighty power to accomplish each task. Let our military brothers and sisters feel our love and support.
In the name of Jesus. Amen. ~ nomadsumc.org
Memorial Day Poem
Is it enough to think today
Of all our brave, then put away
The thought until a year has sped?
Is this full honor for our dead?
Is it enough to sing a song
And deck a grave; and all year long
Forget the brave who died that we
Might keep our great land proud and free?
Full service needs a greater toll,
That we who live give heart and soul
To keep the land they died to save,
And be ourselves, in turn, the brave!
Let us know you’re out there! Contact Oakley United Methodist Church today.
607 Fairview Rd Asheville NC United States 28803