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.
“A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Retirement”
As June 30th draws nearer and nearer, the more nervous and anxious I become. After all, writing sermons, preaching, and teaching are the things I love to do most! If I’m not doing that – what’s left to love with regards to “hobbies?” Debbie kept asking me what I would do with all my spare time if I’m not doing that, and I could never come up with an answer. I honestly could not think of anything. After all, I don’t have a “green thumb,” gardening is not going to cut it. What will I do with all that spare time?
I always knew I would need to find a part-time job to supplement Social Security, and without even “lifting a finger,” Mary Messara of ABCCM Crisis Ministry offered me a position as a “floater” to fill in for management at any of their four locations in times of vacation or sick days. What a blessing! I’ve been in training now for the past month.
Still, the closer I get to June 30th the more I regret the decision to retire. This is a wonderful congregation to retire from – you have blessed me more than you will ever know. But this is a wonderful congregation to be a part of, and thus, the “regret.” In mid-May I received a call from a long-time acquaintance begging me to come and serve at his church. We both made calls to the District Superintendent but he made it clear that conversations had already begun with someone else and that would not happen.
However, his phone call opened up discussions between the DS and myself about the possibility of an appointment elsewhere. I have been “on the fence” about actually retiring or continuing in ministry for the past several months. I feel as if Covid “cheated” me out of my final year of ministry and I’ve still got a lot left to give. My friend’s phone call knocked me off that fence onto the side that said, “You’re not done yet.”
God bless him, the DS was even looking to other districts for an appointment until I made it clear to him that we were now living in our “forever home” and not up for relocation. On May 21st at 9:14 in the morning I sent him an email stating that it was obvious there was nothing available for me in the Blue Ridge District and to keep me on the “retiree list of pastors.” I had given it to God up to that point, but then I gave up.
The DS called at 9:15. He had not even seen the email yet. It was so ironic that he called right after I hit “send.” He offered me a position in a brand-new opportunity that the conference was developing! God is good! I regret my decision to retire and leave this “Little Church with the Big Heart,” but that door had already closed. However, another one has opened. God is great! Keep me in your prayers and I will keep you forever in mine.
Blessings, Peace, and Love!
good bye, pastor vic!
A FEW THOUGHTS FROM SOME OF YOUR CHURCH FAMILY…….
Thanks to Pastor Vic, I am now serving as a part-time pastor at Christ United Methodist Church. He encourages me to act on that "calling" that I had experienced for many years. He made me realize that with God, all things are possible. His guidance along with loads and loads of books and other materials have been much appreciated! Thank you, Pastor Vic! ~~ Robert Griffin
In looking back over the years we have been together, I remember gathering in the Fellowship Hall on Sunday mornings, drinking coffee, and telling funny stories. I also remember the many times you would contact me to call out the Prayer Change, even though our conversations were sad most of the time. We got the information out to the congregation. I finally got you trained, now I have to train someone else. Ha! Ha! Ha! Don’t take any wooden nickels. Hope you and Debbie have a great retirement! ~~ Your Pest, Betty Robinson
Pastor Vic, Thank you so much for the service and friendship that you and Debbie have provided to us at Oakley. You were very special to my mother, and made her passing a little easier. Wising you the best in your retirement. Hope to see you around In Weaverville. ~~ The Buchanan’s
Vic and Debbie, I wish you both health and happiness as you start the next chapter in your lives. I have enjoyed your time at Oakley and I know you will continue to serve the Lord in new and different ways. May you both find peace and joy as you transition into retirement. . Love in Christ!~~Fred Pratt
Pastor Vic, I have enjoyed your time as pastor of our church. Thanks for all the extra effort to provide messages during these difficult times. Enjoy your retirement.~~Rowena Sorrells
Pastor Vic, You are an inspiration! Your messages never fail to inspire me to grow as a Christian. Thank you so much for being an important part of my life! I know the Lord has wonderful things ahead for you. Believe me, you will be missed my friend. Thank you so much!~~ Cliff Fowler
Dear Vic, These past few years have been the most meaningful having the honor of listening to Pastor Vic's sermons and taking all the classes he has offered. Vic and Debbie, I love you both so much and I am humbled that you chose Weaverville for your retirement place to live. I have never in my lifetime had someone love me so much that they would move just to be closer to me. I am truly blessed to not be saying Goodbye to this beautiful couple, but to say, “I can’t wait to share the next chapter with you both”. Thank you for your compassionate Agape love that you share with so many! Just add another jewel to your crowns Vic and Debbie. ~~Love, Patti and Mark Lampton
Dear Pastor Vic, When you interviewed me for a job three years ago, who would have ever thought I would be working in a Methodist Church! You tried to convert me but I was resolute to stay an "Anglican." You also tried to convert me to a progressive voter and I am just too stubborn. Kidding aside, I have enjoyed your Bible Studies and your sermons. You are a good storyteller! You make the Bible come alive. The covered dishes and the Tacky Sweater Christmas Party were all so incredibly special. Please don't forget the "Little Church with the Big Heart." Come back often. May your journey continue on and you find happiness in whatever you do. ~~ Loretta Reynolds
Things I liked about Vic Wilfong:
Love of Jesus
Wonderful studies, especially, The Book of James, "Putting Faith to Work."
Love of the church and its congregation
Pastor Vic, You will be missed. Pray God's love always surrounds you. May you and Debbie enjoy a happy and blessed life during your retirement in the town of Weaverville. Wishing you happiness. ~~ Peggy Whisnant
Dear Pastor Vic, We are so grateful for your years of service at Oakley United Methodist. Your enthusiasm for God, Attitude of Loving Concern and Humor have brightened our spirts. You have found ways to lead and sustain our church in many ways this past year and half. I am certain God led you to us, for his knew this church would need your strengths and gifts. Thank you, We will continue to pray for your peace, happiness, strength, and excitement for your future. Our ministers go where they are led when they leave our church but they take our love with them so you and Debbie certainly will. Thank you, ~~ Deborah and John Houser
Vic, I so enjoyed your ministry while you have been with us at Oakley. I really appreciate your interest in Scott and his work. He will miss seeing you when he gets home in July. I hope you and Debbie both have a healthy and happy retirement. ~~ Billie Rayl
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FLAG DAY JUNE 14, 2021
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There were few public ceremonies that honored the flag until June 14, 1877, when it was flown from every government building for the centennial of the flag’s adoption. After that, many citizens and organizations advocated the adoption of a national day of commemoration for the flag. In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson unofficially declared June 14 as Flag Day.
Coincidentally, Wilson also proclaimed “The Star-Spangled Banner” the U.S. national anthem that same year. Nonetheless, Congress did not designate the song as the national anthem until 1931, and only in 1949 did President Harry Truman sign the legislation that made June 14 of each year Flag Day.
Who Made The United States Flag?
While many of us learned that Betsy Ross, a seamstress from Philadelphia, was the designer of the flag, this legend has been discredited. According to many sources, President George Washington did visit Betsy in Philadelphia but had brought a flag design with him that contained 13 red and white stripes and 13 six-pointed stars set in a circle.
Accordingly, the only thing Ms. Ross suggested about the flag was to use five-pointed stars (mullets) rather than six-pointed ones (estoiles). Many credit Betsy Ross for sewing one of the first US flags made out of wool bunting, but historians cannot confirm if she actually made the first flag ever.
Some credit Francis Hopkinson, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, with the design of the original flag. Hopkinson himself felt that he was the designer and should be compensated for it by Congress, but Congress argued that many were responsible for the design so he was never paid.
Whomever really designed the flag, it is known that on June 14, 1777, the design with the stars and stripes became America’s official flag with this declaration by Congress: “The flag of the United States will be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white [and]…the union [canton] be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation.”
The Stars And Stripes
As more states entered the Union more stars were added to the flag. In 1818, Congress passed the Flag Act, stipulating that the flag will always have 13 stripes (one for each of the original colonies) and that a star will be added for each new state on July 4 only. As you can surmise, the flag changed frequently in the beginning, but hasn’t since the 49th and 50th stars for Alaska and Hawaii were added in 1959. (
FATHER'S DAY JUNE 20, 2021
Father's Day can hold many emotions for both men and women - those who had a loving father that passed away, those who never knew their dad, those expectantly waiting to become a dad soon, and countless other situations surrounding the father-child relationship. God can use this special day to draw us closer to Himself - the one true Father who remains faithful and full of unconditional love. Use these Father's Day prayers to bring God's peace and glory into your home and life today.
A Prayer for All Fathers on Father's Day
Father, we come before you today humbled and in awe of Your grace and mercy. Lord, we thank You for the way You have designed what a family is supposed to look like and the specific roles You have ordained to a mother and a father of how to lead their children. Yet Lord, through our sinful ways we have taken what You have made holy and created our own version of today’s families. Because of this, our children are suffering. It is for the fathers, families, and children of our nation that we do pray today.
Lord, we pray specifically for fathers and fatherhood across our land. Your Word clearly instructs fathers to bring up their children in the discipline and instruction of the Lord (Ephesians 6:4). God, we thank You for the men who are leading according to Your statutes and the ones that are laying their lives down for Your purposes. We pray that You will continue to use these men to lead their families and other men. We pray You will strengthen the fathers of our nation and that You will continue to empower churches, organizations, and individuals to invest in fathers and fatherhood for the sake of our children.
We pray for the single fathers out there; whether they are raising their children alone or even if they are doing the best, they can with the time they have. We pray for strength, protection, wisdom, and discernment to help them through whatever trials they may be facing. Thank You Lord for these men and please guard their hearts and minds in Christ Jesus, help meet all of their needs, that they may experience Your peace that surpasses all comprehension.
We pray for the dads out there who are being alienated from their children right now. We pray, oh Lord, that You would shield and shelter them from the pain and possibly the anger that may be rising up in them, for You to strike down the barriers that are hindering these dads from seeing their children. God do not let this destroy them as men, fathers, or in their relationship with You. They need You in a mighty way and we pray You would show Yourself strong on behalf of anyone that is being alienated from their children and that You would reunite these families together.
Lord, we lift up the dads right now that are not stepping up to the plate as fathers, for whatever reason. Once again, we have allowed the evil one to get into our lives and wreak havoc on what You have said is good. We pray for these men to come to their knees and repent, that they would turn from their ways, seek You, and come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. Father, we pray for their children and the moms who are parenting alone because of these men’s decisions. We pray You would step in as a father to the fatherless and a defender of widows in these situations, that their story would be another testimony that nothing is too hard for You.
Finally, Father we lift up the men and women that are on the front lines in the battle for fatherhood and the war against fatherlessness. God, You clearly put leaders of all calibers in positions of influence: from the highest ranks to the least of these. However we know that with men these initiatives would fall short, but with You all things are possible. We pray for everything from the right funding for the programs to continue, to godly leadership from beginning to end. We pray for a revival of manhood and for fathers to lead their families by beginning each day on their knees. God Your Word says that You will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children and the hearts of the children to their fathers (Malachi 4:6). As our Creator, Savior, and heavenly Father, we believe that this will bear eternal fruit- that generational curses will become generational blessings, restoring our families back to the way that You intended. //
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607 Fairview Rd Asheville NC United States 28803