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College Hill Presbyterian Church
Progressive Theology, Traditional Worship, Inclusive and "More Light" Congregation (PCUSA)
December 2016
712 S. Columbia Ave.
Tulsa, OK 74104

Church Office Hours:
Mon - Th, 9 am - 3 pm
Closed on Fridays

Worship Schedule:
9:30 am - Church School - all ages
10:30 am - Fellowship
11:00 am - Worship in English
11:00 am - Worship in Spanish

Church Email:

Pastor Email:


Join us for coffee, juice, cookies and
conversation in Fellowship Hall before
Church School and Worship.

December Birthdays

  3 - Isabelle Thomason
   6 - Peter Campbell
  9 - Sue Haskins
13 - Jana Rhoads
15 - Megan Buchner
15 - Marci Platt 
15 - Alice Stanford
15 - Caroline Johnson  
17 - Kado Bissell
18 - Ronda Robertson
19 - Tally Ferguson
20 - Roberta Smith
24 - Wyneth Roulet
25 - JoAnn Smith
28 - Charles Stanford
29 - Kathy Evanson
30 - Lisa Hays

Remember the 
Birthday Endowment Fund!

  Alternative Christmas Gifts

Outreach and Mission Ministry team has the perfect gift for your friends and family who have everything or re‐gift what they give you anyway.

Make a contribution to one of four local, national or global causes for them! Extending throughout Advent, stop by near the Fair Trade table and “buy” a card (4 cards to select from) with any size monetary donation for one of the following causes: 

Kids Against Hunger ‐ Tulsa Program (local) Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (national) Marion Medical Mission (global) or
Just Hope (global)  
Equal Exchange Items
Make Great Christmas Gifts! 

Equal Exchange coffee, chocolate, and tea make wonderful gifts. 

The Equal Exchange store will be open every Sunday until Christmas in the Fellowship Hall. 

All of the items are fairly traded which provides a maximum benefit to the small farmers. 

Commitment Sunday
Holiday Luncheon
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more photos!
Word From the Pastor

We have entered into the Season of Advent, the four-Sunday period of time used to help us prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus of Nazareth on Christmas Day. As we journey through the darkest time of the year, we wait with active anticipation for the growing light that comes with that special day. We are indeed, in many respects, in a time between the ‘now’ and the ‘not yet.’ 

Instead of following the traditional weekly assigned lectionary Gospel Readings this season, the Worship & Music ministry team has decided to focus specifically on Mary, the mother of Jesus. Our hope is to lift her out of her common storybook setting, as well as the role she has historically played in differing church traditions.

John Gammie has written a beautiful and meaningful liturgy for the weekly lighting of the Advent Wreath, reflecting the themes of Hope, Peace, Joy and Love, through the perspective of Mary’s story. To read them for yourself, and use as a devotional during Advent, you can see a copy by clicking here.

Please note that the Chancel Choir will present a beautiful extended piece of music, The Magnificat by John Rutter during the service of Worship on Sunday, December 18. As always, we are all so very grateful for the remarkable talent of Dr. Kim Childs and Mike Gibson, our gifted Director of Music Ministry and Organist, respectively.

Finally, I encourage you to take the light of Christ that dwells among and within you, and reflect that light upon others and throughout your surroundings this season. In these changing and uncertain times, I pray for you, this congregation, our country, and the entire world that this will be a time of real and tangible hope, peace, joy and love!   


Rev. Todd Freeman

Holiday Worship Schedule

Saturday, December 24th at 6:00 pm:
  Christmas Eve Service
The service will include a performance by the children of the church  and 
a traditional candle lighting.

Sunday, December 25th at 6:00 pm:
Christmas Day Service
There will be no Church School
or morning worship service.

Sunday, January 1st at 10:30 am:
New Year’s Day Brunch & Worship 
Join us for brunch and worship
in  Fellowship Hall.
(There will be no Church School.)
Poinsettia Orders

If you are interested in buying a poinsettia to help decorate the church during Advent and Epiphany, please download the order form below. Forms are also available  on the information
table in the Narthex.

Donors’ names and the names of ones being honored are listed in the bulletin for the Christmas Eve service of worship. Orders are due Thursday, December 15th.  

Volunteers Needed for
Holiday Care Package Deliveries!

This year we are trying something a little different for delivering Holiday Care Packages to our congregation members that are not able to join us at church.

We will have 8-10 packages and cards that will need to be delivered, and need individual, family, or group volunteers to make deliveries.

If you or your family would be available and interested in doing this on December 18th following worship, (click name to) contact
Clay Finck to sign up.

Finance & Stewardship Update

College Hill members and friends, at the end of October actual pledged income was down by $25,000 from budgeted pledges. Our budgeted income at 10/31/16 is $248,392 and we have received $223,252. 

If you are behind in paying your pledged contributions your Finance and Stewardship team would appreciate your catching up.

If ever you have a need to decrease or stop the amount of your pledge, please let our Office Administrator Lisa know. We understand that situations arise that would cause you to do so.  It helps us budget as we go through the rest of the year if we know we need to make changes in our projected income.

Also, if you have not turned in your pledge card for 2017, now is the time to do it!  We need to get a definite income projection in order to support programs inside the church and in the community.

Thank you so much from me and your F&S team. We truly appreciate every one of you and your contributions to College Hill!

Johnna Thurston, Moderator, Finance & Stewardship Ministry Team

Luncheon Club
Friday, December 15 at Noon

Be sure to join us for Luncheon Club in Fellowship Hall the third Thursday of the month for delicious food, fun and fellowship!

This month's program we will enjoy the "Ring and Sing" Christmas Carols" program to help get you into the holiday spirit.

Please (click name to) contact Gretchen Hannefield or Gay Miller to learn more about this group, or if you are interested in being a guest speaker.

Openarms Youth Project Meal
December 22

Outreach & Mission Ministry Team will be serving the meal at Openarms Youth Project.

Please (click name to) contact Jeff Ream or Tim Smith-Ream for more information.

We Miss You, Donna!
Donna Richardson with her brother Gary Hayes
                 CHANCEL CHOIR

The Chancel Choir of College Hill Presbyterian Church rehearses Wednesdays at 6:45 p.m. in the second story choral room (next to the church office) for singing, fellowship and fun! Rehearsals have begun – and we invite YOU to be a part!

If you are a singer and would like to sing with the Chancel Choir, we are welcoming new members for the upcoming season. Please contact Kim Childs, the Director of Music.

The Chancel Choir will be performing portions of the John Rutter MAGNIFICAT Sunday, December, 18 at 11 a.m. during morning worship under the direction of Dr. Kim Childs. The work features organist Mike Gibson, soprano Hannah Kangas and, of course, the Chancel Choir. You won’t want to miss this beautiful work!


BELLissimo Handbell Ensemble of College Hill Presbyterian Church has bell-ringing rehearsals Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m.  If you are interested in playing in this fun ensemble (permanent member or substitute), please contact Director of Music for more information. Rehearsals have begun – please email Kim Childs.

BELLissimo will be playing during Sunday morning worship December 11. The ensemble will ring I Wonder as I Wander as prelude and Advent Meditation for offertory. You will want to put this on your calendar now!

(Click name) to contact our Music Director,  

   Dr. Kim J. Childs, Director of Music
              Mike Gibson, Organist
Book Club
Sunday, December 4

The Light Between Oceans
by M.L. Stedman

Book Club will gather at Panera Bread (1624 E. 15th St., just west of Utica on the south side of 15th St.) after worship to discuss their latest read, The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman, that tells the story of an Australian WWI veteran lighthouse keeper and his wife, and has been described as ‘an extraordinary and heart-rending book about good people, tragic decisions and the beauty found in each of them’. 

Please (click name to) contact Fritha Ohlson if you are interested in more information about Book Club.
Something for
the Spirit

An Inappropriate Christmas
by Zach Christensen, Nov. 29, 2016

In Matthew 1:1-17, there is a genealogy of the family tree that led up to Jesus. Over the course of the genealogy, the writer deliberately includes the names of four women. In a patriarchal world that considered women to be second-class citizens or property, this was an extraordinarily radical thing to do (if you read all of the other genealogies in the Bible or from any literature from the time, none of them include women). More importantly, the women included are not what anyone would ever expect… Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, and Bathsheba…

The early followers of Jesus realized that God can bring something holy out of any human shortcoming, inadequacy, or evil. If God was not hindered by these people, surely God has not bailed on you because of your mistakes…The message of Jesus is that no one is outside the love of God, that no one is beyond redemption, and that this God did not give up on the world.

To read the entire blog,  CLICK HERE
DF7O8 Sign Up 

Dinners for 7 or 8 (DF7O8) is a great way to connect and get involved in the life of the church. Dinners can be held in the home or at a restaurant and you have the option to sign up as a Host or a Guest - or both! If you know of new members that might be interested encourage them to sign up as well.  

Please click on the link below to complete the registration form and return to the church office or (click name to) contact Clay Finck

DF7O8 Registration Form

       1st Sunday Food Collection - KWI
December 4

Our First Sunday food collection will go to the
Kendall-Whittier, Inc.
Emergency Food Pantry.

Current needs include canned vegetables and canned fruit, as well as other non-perishable food items.

Cash donations are also welcome!
2016 Birthday Endowment Fund
A meaningful way to celebrate your Birthday this year is to donate an amount equal to your new age to the Endowment Fund .

If you have forgotten throughout the year - it's not too late to contribute!

This donation is also a wonderful way to honor others such as children, grandchildren and friends and allows the church to have funds available for special projects.

Birthday Fund envelopes are available on the Narthex table. Checks can be made payable to College Hill and marked "Birthday Fund" on the memo portion of the check.

Penny Fund Donations Welcome

Thank you for your donations to the Penny Fund! You are always welcome to donate your pennies (or any loose change), in the red container on the Narthex table. 

This money goes toward funding many College Hill needs and events we enjoy throughout the year!
College Hill Mission Statement
~ Build an inclusive community of faith
~ Receive and openly share the love of God
~ Reach out with a compassionate voice for peace and justice
College Hill Presbyterian Church | 712 S. Columbia Ave., Tulsa, OK 74104

Rev. Todd Freeman, Pastor