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: 9 am - 12 noon
SUNDAY SCHOOL: 9:45 am
WORSHIP SERVICE: Sunday: 11 AM
DUE TO COVID-19, THERE ARE NO SERVICES BEING HELD NOR IS THE OFFICE OPEN. PLEASE WATCH THE SIGNAGE IN FRONT OF CHURCH FOR OUR REOPENING!
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.
"All of God’s Children”
In its Statement of Moral Principles, the Wesleyan Covenant Association declares, “We believe that all persons are of sacred worth…and the WCA specifically renounces all racial and ethnic discrimination and commits itself to work toward full racial and ethnic equality in the church and in society.” Recent events in our country underscore how absolutely critical this work is.
Racism, systematic injustice, and unnecessary mistreatment and killing of African Americans is an insult to God as we are all God’s children no matter the color of our skin. It has no place in the Body of Christ. It is a sin.
I was in elementary school in the 1960’s watching desegregation unfold. The school was in a rural area, not typically an area you would find African Americans back then. I remember how sorry I felt for a brother and sister who were essentially “bussed in” to keep that school in compliance.
When I finished elementary school, our family moved back into the city. Junior High was my first true exposure to African Americans and one of them became my first friend at that school. In my junior year of high school, Hickory High experienced what came to be called a “race riot” with hundreds of students involved. It made the national news. My black friend from Junior High stood next to me to make sure no one bothered me.
As many of you know I attended an AME Methodist Seminary. The student population was only about 20% white – and for the first time in my life I was in the minority. But my time there was one of the best experiences of my life!
In preparation to write this, I read again the words of Martin Luther King, Jr. in his “I Have a Dream” speech delivered on August 28, 1963 at the Lincoln Memorial. He declared, “Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy. Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley…to the sunlit path of racial justice. Now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood. Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God’s children.” That was over half a century ago!
Sadly, recent events have proven that we have failed to “make justice a reality for all of God’s children.” We must overcome that failure by committing ourselves to redouble our efforts in working toward full racial and ethnic equality in the church and in society. May we not rest until we have achieved that reality.
Blessings, Peace, and Love!
Please look for the signs at the church. The Thrift Shop hopes to open soon! If you would like to donate items, please call the church at 828-274-7656 and leave a message. The office is closed and messages will be returned. Thank you!
GOD AMID THE PANDEMIC
Last spring, life changed as we became familiar with terms such as social distancing, flattening the curve and self-quarantining. We could hardly believe the closed schools, businesses and especially churches — just as Holy Week and Easter drew near! The coronavirus ran rampant in the world. Where was God?
But as the spread continued, many civic leaders stepped up, calmly informing us of the facts, of actions being taken to mitigate the crisis and of how we could help. Healthcare professionals risked their lives and endured separation from families; teachers drew on astounding stores of creativity to teach online; pastors delivered sermons and lessons to empty sanctuaries as members listened and prayed while living in lockdown. Surely God was present — through them!
Then I remembered how God assures us through Isaiah, “Fear not! When you pass through the waters, the fires, yes, even the pandemics of this world, I will be with you” (43:1-2,
paraphrased). And Jesus echoes, “I am with you always” (Matthew 28:20). ~~ Sandy Hyland
“A friend is one of the nicest things you can have, and one of the best things you can be.”
Precision-crafted by the Master
All around us, miracles happen and God empowers life, thanks to exacting conditions. We know of caterpillars and butterflies, but did you know about these details shared by Gayle Boss in Wild Hope (Paraclete)?
“For about a month each female [monarch butterfly] plants four hundred or so eggs. … Ninety-nine in a hundred … perish. But on the third day, from the one remaining, a caterpillar the size of a rice grain breaks.
“She devours the egg casing, then the milkweed leaves beneath her feet. In those leaves is a steroid that makes her body brightly striped — and toxic to her predators. Ravenous, she eats milkweed unceasingly for twelve days, bulging her skin to splitting. Five skins later, two thousand times her birthweight, she stops. ...
“Crawling to a suitable twig or ledge, she hangs head down, shaping herself into a question mark. One last time her skin falls away. This new one is not a soft, stripy, caterpillar skin but a polished, jade-green shell studded with a gold tiara.
“Because she is enclosed and still, changes that had already begun within her wormlike body erupt outward. Wings! Long, delicate legs! After twelve days in the chrysalis she is a new creature.” Praise God!
Let us know you’re out there! Contact Oakley United Methodist Church today.
607 Fairview Rd Asheville NC United States 28803
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