THE AVIS JOHNSON OEHLBECK LIBRARY
We maintain a collection of more than 1,300 books, DVDs, and digital videos focused on spiritual growth, life experiences, and religious education to support the clergy, church staff, and congregation as well as community members interested in learning more about the Episcopal faith and Church of the Ascension. Special sections contain resources useful to children, young adults, parents, and seniors.
Sunday: 7:30 a.m.—12:00 p.m.
(before and after worship service)
Monday-Tuesday & Thursday-Friday: 8:30 a.m.—12:30 p.m.
(when office is open)
Wednesday: 8:30 a.m.—12:30 p.m. (when office is open)
and 5:00-6:00 p.m. (before and after our worship service)
How do I check out an item?
Can I donate materials?
What collection categories can I find?
Bibles, Bible study and Bible interpretation
Book of Common Prayer (all editions)
Books of prayers, meditation, and spiritual development
Hymnals (one copy of each edition)
Book Club & Study Group materials
Historical items – photographs, newspaper articles, etc. for the Episcopal Church of the Ascension and the Diocese of Western North Carolina
Theology – systematic studies of Episcopalian teachings, practices, and influence
Spirituality and spiritual development (published after 1999)
Children and young adult Biblical-themed materials
Religion and the arts
Who is Avis Johnson Oehlbeck?
Avis Josephine Johnson Oehlbeck was a life-long reader of bible-related books and articles. In fact, she had a sizable personal library made up of mostly scholarly religious books. If Ascension parishioners needed reading suggestions on certain church-related topics, Avis was the person to ask! Church of the Ascension's library is named after Avis in honor of her dedication and the key role she played in developing and organizing it.
To keep our collection relevant, we periodically discard outdated material, items that no longer support Episcopalian theology, and worn/damaged materials. Discarded items in good condition will be offered at church book sales or donated to the public library.