Thanks for a Year, Oakland


IMG_1415Dear Oakland,

Sunday marked one year of journeying towards Jesus together. Thank you for honoring me with a reception, kind words, and a new fishing rod. I will enjoy the memory every time I use the rod to hook into a big ol’ lunker or plate filler. Your words of encouragement are invaluable to me as I hold myself to high standards and big dreams, which the Devil will often use as clubs to beat my spirits. Your cards, notes, handshakes, smiles give me courage.

As awesome as those are, I am even more thankful for the last year. You all have welcomed me not just with words but with flexibility and patience. As I learn to preach every single week from the Scriptures you have been patient with my tinkering. You have let me experiment with topical preaching series and book-studies. You have been extremely patient with the length of service and the order of its components. You participate when I try out new things like a Sunday Wedding, an Easter Art Project, or a Footwashing Service. For those things I am truly thankful and perpetually humbled. I don’t take those things for granted, and due to countless conversation with colleagues, I understand just how rare a congregation we are.

I love your hunger for the Word of God, your commitment to Cleveland Community, and your hope for God to use us. I love the way you love my family and help raise my boy. It is my great dream that everyone that comes into Oakland experiences what I have experienced. Those are the things God will use to make more and better disciples of Jesus here in Cleveland.

Oakland is not about me. We, all of the members of Oakland, are the ministers of Oakland. You have a gift and a calling just as I do, and I pray that every single member of Oakland is able to do ministry somewhere. May we each continue to have the calloused hands and soft hearts that come from following Jesus.

May God grant us His vision for Oakland, and may we continue to have the courage to follow His lead. I am so excited to see where Oakland is going, and even more so, to be on this wild ride with you all. Here’s to many more.


For the King,
Andrew David Ruth
Pastor, Oakland Presbyterian Church

CS LEWIS - Far better ahead

Thanks to All the Golfing For Jessica Sponsors


Oakland Presbyterian Church would like to publicly thank all the individuals and business that sponsored the Golfing For Jessica Tournament on May 30, 2015.

You're generous donations insure that Jessica Williams, a beloved member of our family, will have the transportation she needs to make it to medical appointments and Sunday morning church services. For 21 years now, you all have helped us be family to Jessica and her family. Thank you for being the Church. 


First Citizens Bank of Smithfield, NC
Swift Creek Nursery
Helen and Lanny Thomas
Keith and Sue Braswell
Deacon Jones Auto Park
Don and Mary Williford
Steve and Jane LaRue
Hamm's Paint & Body Shop of Four Oaks, NC
Dennis and Norma Blackmon
Gloria Barnes
Jane Lee
Zack's Char-Grill of Smithfield, NC
Charlie's BBQ & Grille
Wanda Watkins
Jim and Brenda Abbott
D. Christie Salon
First Financial Bank of Wilmington
Joe and Vicki Austin
Jeff Swick
P. J. Auto Services Inc. of Benson, NC
J L Coates Garage of Willow Springs, NC
Char Lynn Plant Center
Breeden Law Firm
Fox Tale Stables
Duke and Ann Lee
Karl Barbee
Michael Kleingger
wasteAWAY, Inc.
Thomas R. Parrish
Paul and Katherine Nappen
Memory Lane Car Club
Bill Yelvington
Farm Bureau Insurance and Art Watkins
Cleveland School Rotary Club
John Scovil
A. A. Collier
Light and Truth Counseling and Claire Ruth