The Messenger
College Hill Presbyterian Church
A Theologically Progressive, Inclusive, Multicultural,
  'More Light Presbyterian' Congregation (PCUSA)  
June 2016
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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.

June Birthdays

  1 - Don Roulet
  3 - Tommy Ray
  3 - Mark Thurston
  4 - Gary Hayes
  6 - Bryan Finck-Ward
  6 - Lupe Tovar
  7 - Linda Watts
10 - Wilce Williams  
12 - Melanie Brennan
12 - Andrew Campbell
15 - Patrick Ohlson
16 - Datha Zimmerman
17 - Evelyn Olson
19 - Martha Brown
19 - Walter Z. Echols
20 - Jan Williams
21 - Mary Fitzgerald
22 - Jeanette Featherston
23 - Elyse Burrows
23 - Audrey Fox
23 - Glen Olson
23 - Betty Howard
24 - David Matthew Zerger
25 - Bobbe Hornback

Remember the 
Birthday Endowment Fund!

      Search for New Church Treasurer

As you probably know, our church treasurer of 25 years, Mike Evanson, is stepping down at the end of this year.  According to the Book of Order, we have to appoint a Treasurer from the congregation. This person does not need to be an accountant. We may need to hire an accountant to do the budget reporting and keep the accounting records that Mike does if we don’t have a volunteer from the congregation who can do that.

The Treasurer will need to work closely with the service, if we need to hire one, and with Lisa, our Office Administrator.  

If you are interested in learning more about this volunteer position, or feel called to serve in this capacity, please contact Johnna Thurston, 918 697 5505.
Word From the Pastor
A very big THANK YOU to everyone who worked to coordinate our Fifth Annual Memorial Day Weekend Picnic – and Worship on May 29. After having to skip last year, due to my being on sabbatical, it was particularly meaningful to host it again at my home. I am particularly grateful for the hard work of the Worship & Music and Fellowship ministry teams (P.J. Brobston & Clay Finck-Ward, moderators, respectively). Please take a look at the pictures in this newsletter and on our Facebook page – www.facebook/collegehilltulsa. It was a great morning and afternoon (with about 90 folks!) of relaxed worship, fellowship, food, trampoline jumping, and a bit of fishing.

Also, a special thanks to the generosity of the church for providing my home with a new and awesome back deck! Appreciation to Mark Miller for his engineering and construction skills, along with David Zerger and Donna Richardson, to  Matt Moffett for helping me stain it, and my friend Marco for most of the trim work, railings and stairs. It was quite a learning experience for me.

Later this month, I will be in Portland, Oregon, to attend the 222nd General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA). In addition to my duties as a commissioner, elected by Eastern Oklahoma Presbytery, I have been appointed by the GA Moderator, Heath Rada, to moderate one of the Assembly’s 14 committees. I will be working with the Mid-Councils Committee, charged with any business dealing with synods and presbyteries. While an incredible honor, it is by its very nature a fairly daunting task, which includes me being the person to make the presentation of our committee work to the entire General Assembly. I ask for your prayers. On Sunday, June 12, I will be leading the Adult Church School class in a preview of what this year’s Assembly will be facing. Upon my return (I’ll be out on June 19 and 26) I will lead another class, as well as preach a sermon on the results.

Many of you will be taking a well-deserved vacation in the months ahead – so have fun, get some rest, and enjoy life. I look forward to a summer with opportunities to gather together to participate in the blessings of worship, education, mission, fellowship, and the development of true community.

Rev. Todd Freeman

Rev. Freeman receiving the Oklahomans for Equality's Russell Bennett Spiritual Inclusion Award at this year's Equality Gala.

2016 Memorial Day Weekend
Picnic & Worship
  June 9 - 5:00-8:00 pm 
Tulsa Metropolitan Ministry (TMM) will have their Annual Awards Dinner, to be held at Harvard Avenue Christian Church (5502 S. Harvard).

College Hill has reserved a table for 8 to help show our support for Bill Major, this year’s Ron McDaniel Recognition Award recipient.

Tickets are $35 and there here are only a couple of seats left, so if you would like to join us, please (click name to) contact Tally Ferguson or the church office.

Click here for more information about the event.

Join Us for Luncheon Club
Thursday, June 16 at noon

Luncheon Club meets the 3rd Thursday each month.

This month, the group will gather in Fellowship Hall to enjoy "Remembering Dad" with Jim Brown .

Please (click names to) contact Gay Miller or Gretchen Hannefield for more information.

Have You Completed 
the Survey?

If you did not get a chance to complete the Congregational Care Ministry Team's recent survey, please click the link below. 

We completed this survey several years ago. but have many new members and you might want to change what you put on the last survey. 

As a church family, we all take care of each other. We all have different likes, strengths and time constraints which allow us to participate differently in the care of others - from providing transportation, to hospital visitation, to writing cards, making phone calls, etc.  

It only takes about 5 minutes to complete the survey and will help the Congregational Care Team better minister to the whole congregation. 

Please click below to  download.

Completed surveys can be returned to Marilyn Hill or to the church office.

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 events/needs!
  Flower Chart Sign Up

If you would like to  bring flowers to decorate the sanctuary for an upcoming worship service, please  sign up on the Flower Chart on the bulletin board in Fellowship Hall. 

There are many dates still available . Your dedication will also be announced in the worship bulletin.  
Flowers can be purchased from any store or brought from home. Please bring them in two containers the morning of the service for which you have signed up.
  KWI 1st Sunday  Food Collection
Sunday, June 5

Our 1st Sunday Food Collection goes to the Kendall Whittier, Inc. Emergency Food Pantry.

Currently, there is an urgent need  for  canned goods , especially canned beans, canned meat (chili, spaghetti, stew, chicken , etc.), canned vegetables and canned fruit , as well as other food items. Cash donations are also always welcome.
Volunteers Needed
Tulsa Pride Festival
this Saturday,  June 4,  2016
Please join  College Hill  and other churches and community groups to take pride in our inclusiveness as a city and community and to brag about the strength of diversity. Come march with us in the 2016 Tulsa Gay Pride Parade. 

College Hill will have a truck in the parade that needs  riders . We need plenty more walkers  and for those of you who can't make the whole parade, we could use a large, supportive crowd. The parade kicks off from Boston Avenue Methodist Church at 13th and Boston at  6:00 p.m.  We will be gathering around 5:00 pm. Click (name) to  contact  Jeff   and Tim Smith-Ream   if you would like more information. 
Booth Volunteers Needed ASAP!
In addition to participating in the parade, College Hill will have a booth at the Pride Festival from 12:00 - 9:00 p.m. We need volunteers to work one-hour shifts at our booth inside the air-conditioned Equality Center. We will have fans, brochures, and candy to distribute.  We will also offer “hope and support” tiles as port of Just Hope’s Safe Community and Me program.  With a donation, Guests can secure a tile to paint with a message for the LGBTQ community in Chacraseca, Nicaragua. Just Hope has a cultural center in Chacraseca that preserves Nicaraguan tradition and also provides a safe place for a growing LGBT community there(Click name to) contact Stefanie Olson with any questions and to volunteer

Everyone that can participate 
is appreciated!

Music Ministry

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! We will be in recess (rehearsals) from Wednesday, June 15 until Wednesday, August 10.

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, our Director of Music.

Solo and Ensembles (instrumentalists and vocalists) will be presenting music during summer Sunday services from Sunday, June 26 through Sunday,
August 7.

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. The ensemble will be in summer recess from Wednesday, June 15 until Wednesday, August 10.

(Click name) to contact our Music Director, Dr. Kim Childs.

Dr. Kim J. Childs, Director of Music
Mike Gibson, Organist
Something for the Spirit

The Beginner’s Guide to Mindfulness: 8 Helpful Tips
May 27, 2016
by Janet Miller

You don’t have to be a Buddhist (or a hippy) to practice mindfulness, and you don’t have to spend hours sitting on the floor in meditation.

Practicing mindfulness is simply bringing awareness to yourself and your existence. By practicing mindfulness in your life, you can feel more focused, less stressed, and more happy. Here are eight ways to introduce mindfulness into your life.
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 .

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.
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