Oakley United Methodist Church
Thursday, October 19, 2017
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Annual Jack Reynolds BBQ 

Saturday, October 14 ~ 4:30pm – 7pm 


Partake in an annual tradition and enjoy a delicious BBQ dinner in memory of Jack Reynolds.  Advance tickets are $7/adult, $5/kids under 12.  Tickets are $8 at the door.  All proceeds go to the OUMC Scholarship Fund.  Contact Fred Pratt at 828-776-3397 for tickets.


Annual Crop Walk to End Hunger 

Sunday, October 29 at 2pm at First Baptist Church 


Hunger is an unfortunate reality for so many of our neighbors.  Join us to help raise money and awareness at the Crop Walk, where you either sponsor someone or be a walker yourself.  Either way, we will help make a significant difference in the lives of people who need our assistance in ending food insecurity.  Please contact Bev Nivens at 828-423-7043 to get involved.



“May the Peace of God, which surpasses all human understanding;       keep your hearts and your minds forever in Christ Jesus” — Philippians 4:7 

This is my favorite Bible verse.  It’s my favorite – because faith is a mystery.  To be able to put your faith, your belief, your life into something or someone unseen is – well, it’s a HUGE leap of FAITH!!!  Faith means being convicted, being convinced that what you believe is truly real and truly alive.

It takes a lot of faith to be a Christian nowadays.  Many people find it too difficult – so they don’t put much effort into it.  Even people who claim to have faith can be found taking the “easy way out.”  They make an appearance at church every now and then; they drop a dollar in the plate every so often just so they can lay claim to being a believer, just so they can profess to being a Christian. 

But this verse from Paul’s letter to the church at Philippi is also asking each of us to “surpass” what we normally believe that our faith is calling us to do.  On September 24th – Joann McIntosh once again put her heart and soul into preparing a dinner for the entire congregation in an effort to help with our church’s ailing budget.  That is above and beyond – that “surpasses” what we are called to do. 

For the month of October, one congregant has pledged one dollar for every extra dollar that you give above your normal giving!  Can you give just $1 more each week?  How about five – how about ten? 

This one person has pledged to match every extra dollar – up to $1,000 to help “surpass” our normal giving for the month!!!  It is people like that who will keep this church alive for years to come!  What will you do to surpass what you typically do for your church?  

Blessings and Peace Pastor Vic






Sunday, October 1                Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

Exodus 17:1-7, Psalm 78:1-4, 12-16, Philippians 2:1-13,

Matthew 21:23-32 

Sunday, October 8                 Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Exodus 20:1-4, Psalm 19, Philippians 3:4b-14, Matthew 21:33-46 

Sunday, October 15               Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Exodus 32:1-14, Psalm 106:1-6, 19-23, Philippians 4:1-9,

Matthew 22:1-14 

Sunday, October 22               Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost

Exodus 33:12-23, Psalm 99, 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10,

Matthew 22:15-22 

Sunday, October 29               Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost

Deuteronomy 34:1-12, Psalm 90:1-6, 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8,


Matthew 22:34-46



October  2 - Claire Pasquinelli

October 4 – Joann McIntosh

October  8 - Barbara Hylemon

October 8 – Helen Wright

October 16- Chris Cauble

October 17- Billie Rayl

October 18- Linda Marshall   

October 18- Randy Hylemon

October 19 – Bob Stepp

October 23- Rowena Sorrells

October 23- Misty Gattis

October 24- Juanita Morgan

October 25- Larry McDuffie

October 26- Carolyn Parcell

October 26 – Debbie Wilfong

October 27- Beverly Nivens

October 28- Butch Cauble

October 29- Deborah Houser




October 24- Hal & Mary Lou Johnson

October Mission Pot: Oakley Elementary


Homebound Members

Charles Fuller

Requested Prayers

Pete Anderson

Grayson Bailey

Angela and Hope Brown

Susan Johnson

David Miller

David Ray

Paula Ray

Roger Ray

Carole Townsley


Bill Wilson

Members in Special Care

Bob Craft – NC State Veterans Home

Larry Ray – NC State Veterans Home

Lawrence Ray, Sr. – NC State Veterans Home