The Messenger
College Hill Presbyterian Church
Progressive Theology, Traditional Worship, Inclusive and "More Light" Congregation (PCUSA)
October 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.

October Birthdays

  1 - Valerie Ordonez
   4 - Jeff Richmond
   4 - Lillian Newsome
   5 - Pat Beitel
  5 - Mike Wood
  6 - Brooklyn Featherston-Green
   6 - Sherrie Garnett
  9 - Ellen Nole 
10 - Robert Babcock
12 - Charlotte Bronston
14 - Nataya Bostic
16 - Donna Richardson
19 - Crystal Zerger
20 - Allison Redding
21 - Marilyn Hill
22 - Cathy Robertson
23 - Dixie Speer
27 - Francis Garcia
30 - Emily Major
31 - Tracy Vanderburg
31 - David West
31 - Nancy Bennett

Remember the 
Birthday Endowment Fund!

  2016 Budget & Stewardship Update

The Finance & Stewardship Ministry Team remains committed to keeping the congregation informed about the status of our budget at points throughout the year, including updates on overall giving.

Through August, 2016, we are running behind in Pledges & Contributions, an approximately $22,798 shortfall. Loose offerings are under budget by $72.

Fortunately, ministry team and office expense spending remains under-budget (by $12,370), resulting in an operating deficit at the end of August.

Overall stewardship by both the congregation and the ministry teams remains reasonably healthy. However, ministry team spending and capital funds expenditures are expected to increase through the remainder of the fiscal year.

Therefore, if your pledged giving has fallen behind, please allow this to serve as a gentle reminder to resume offerings to the church. 

We appreciate everyone’s support in meeting College Hill’s financial goals!

        Click here  to view the church's
Income Statement
Outreach & Mission
Ministry Team News
  Two Dinners

Two of College Hill’s top mission priorities are celebrating and fundraising on the same night in November, and College Hill will be part of both.  Just Hope’s fundraiser, "Wine for Water and Feeding Families" will be held at the Greenwood Cultural Center.  

Also on November 3, United Campus Ministry, hosts its first annual Blue House Vintage:  Celebration Dinner and Fundraiser.  

Contact Outreach & Mission Ministry team Moderator, Tally Ferguson, to RSVP for either event.

 Detailed information for both events is provided below:

  JustHope Wine for Water Event
Thursday, November 3 at 7:00 pm
Reserve your seat now!

JustHope’s signature fundraiser, " Wine for Water and Feeding Families " is being held at the Greenwood Cultural Center. 

College Hill reserved a table for 10, so please RSVP (click name to contact) Tally Ferguson as soon as possible, as our seating fills up quickly!

The cost is $65 per person. Please make checks out to College Hill and put “Wine for Water” in the memo field.
United Campus Ministry
1st  Annual
Blue House Vintage: 
Celebration Dinner and Fundraiser

Mana Tahaie will be honored as their first distinguished alum award recipient. 

College Hill has a table reserved for 7, and if you would like to take part, please RSVP to Tally Ferguson and make checks out to College Hill for $35 and put “UCM” in the memo field.

Click here to visit UCM's website
for more information.

  Mission Fair
October 16

Outreach and Mission is hosting its third annual Mission Fair in Fellowship Hall. This Fair lets you, the College Hill congregation, advise Outreach and Mission how to invest our discretionary mission funds.

At the Fair, you get to prioritize four causes for us:  Just Hope, Community Foodbank of Eastern Oklahoma, Solar under the Sun and Marion Medical Mission.  Based on sticky note ballots and no hanging chads, you order these. 

The highest vote recipient receives $1,000 in 2017.  Second place receives $500 and the remaining two each get $250

Just Hope and Community Foodbank of Eastern Oklahoma will be there to liven the proceeds up.  Please stop by and vote before and after service on October 16th.

Moment for Mission
Outreach and Mission’s Contribution

In the next month, you will be asked to prayerfully consider your financial contribution to College Hill for 2017. 

As you consider, I wanted to point out that just over 10 cent of every dollar you pledge will go outside this sanctuary and, indeed, outside our congregation. 

Outreach and Mission takes our values outside to our neighborhood, city, country and world. Let me give you one example.

In 2015, we saw an historic drop in oil prices and a commensurate drop in state funding. Through a special Adult Church School program, we learned that one of the hardest hit areas from this drop is the factory for Oklahoma’s most valuable resources – our children. The Church School program was alarmed to learn of the cutbacks in supplies, hours and teachers. We resolved to do something about this.

Christian Education invited Ronda Gregory, Principal of Kendall-Whittier Elementary, to present her needs to the church school and during a moment for mission. KWE is the county’s largest elementary school. Outreach and Mission took the ball and ran with it.  Through several planning and strategy meetings with the school, O&M resolved to adopt the entire 3rd grade at KWE's ”never-ending dry erase” program, we provided the following to kick-start the year: 

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * 



Dry erase markers


Liquid paper dispensers


Pencil cap erasers


 Hand sanitizer
168 oz.

Quart storage bags
27 boxes

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * 
One dry-erase marker per student hardly seems like a “never-ending supply.”  Through our direct connection between our own Dewey Echols and KWE’s 3rd grade lead, Susan Matthews, we have a direct line to the school to know what supplies they need so that we can provide them on a timely basis. 

Here, we covered only 1/10 of O&M’s budget.  We didn’t touch on the self-sufficiency we give to the thirsty in Africa, or the impoverished and abused we rescue in Nicaragua, and the hungry we feed in schools, at shelters and on the street. 

This is all possible because of God’s grace and your support.  

Rally Day
Visit our Facebook page for
more photos!
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!
Word From the Pastor
We start this month with World Communion Sunday October 2. We will also be receiving our annual PCUSA Peace & Global Witness Offering (formerly the Peacemaking Offering) that will be collected during that service of worship. It’s important to remember that we keep 25% for our own peacemaking efforts here in Tulsa. These events help demonstrate and promote the unity and peace of faith communities that reach across the globe.

Also on Sunday, October 2, our Hispanic Fellowship is graciously providing an authentic Mexican Fall Fiesta Lunch after worship. The meal is free, but if anyone would like to make a donation, it will be added to what is collected during our Mission Fair on Sunday, October 16.

If you’re looking for something meaningful – perhaps even life-changing – to do at 9:30 am on Sunday mornings (and who isn’t), you are invited to attend the Adult Church School class/discussion group. Throughout the month we will be dealing with issues concerning Facing Racism & White Privilege. As a guide, I’m using the newly-approved Antiracism Policy of the Presbyterian Church (USA), entitled, Facing Racism: A Vision of the Intercultural Community. We had a huge gathering (53 folks-see pic) for the first of six classes on September 25.

Also, please note there will be a Called Congregational Meeting on Sunday, October 30, for the purpose of electing four Ruling Elders to serve on the Session in the Class of 2019.

Rev. Todd Freeman

World Communion Sunday ~ Sunday, October 2

We will be collecting the Peace & Global Witness Offering (formerly called Peacemaking Offering).

The Worship & Music Ministry team is planning to incorporate cloth from around the world. If you have such an item that you are willing to be used in worship, please (click name to) contact  P.J. Brobston.

Also - plan to join us after worship for an authentic Mexican meal prepared by our Hispanic Fellowship. Proceeds will go to our Mission Fair on October 16.

Thank you for your participation in creating a creative worship space!

Fall Fiesta Lunch
Sunday, October 2 after worship

Please plan to join us for a Fall Fiesta Lunch following worship in the Fellowship Hall.

In celebration of World Communion Sunday and the collection of our annual Peace & Global Witness Offering, our Hispanic Fellowship has graciously offered to prepare an authentic Mexican meal to share with the congregation.

The meal is free, but for anyone who would like to contribute, the money will be added to that which is collected during our upcoming Mission Fair on Sunday, October 16

New Church
Photo Directory
Sign Up Now for Your Photo Session!

For the next 2 Sundays, we will be scheduling member photo sessions for our upcoming photo directory! 

Photo Session Dates:

Wednesday-Friday: October 12-14

2:00 pm-8:30 pm


Saturday, October 15

10 :00 am - 4:30 pm

Photos will be taken in Fellowship Hall

Our directory will be available in print copy, as well as online and feature live clickable links to contact the congregation!

You may also (click name to) contact Clay Finck-Ward to schedule.

Click here 

to make your appointment now!

Monday, October 17
6:00 pm

Please plan to join us for  Game Night in Fellowship Hall ! If you like playing cards, dominoes or board games, then plan to join us for a fun night of fellowship! 

Please bring a snack to share , so we can munch while we play.

If you require childcare or would like more information about the event, please (click name to) contact  Marilyn Hill  or the church office.

We'll have lots of games, but if you have a favorite game, feel free to bring it! We look forward to seeing you there!

All Church
Fall Work Day 
Saturday, October 22 
9:00 a.m. – noon

Please join us for fun, fellowship, Fall cleaning, yard work and minor repairs at the church. 

There will be both inside and outside jobs available. A light breakfast will be provided. 

To sign up or for questions, please (click name to) contact David Zerger.


Sundays at 9:30 am throughout October
Throughout the month of October, Rev. Todd will lead an exploration of the important and timely issues involved with racism and white privilege. 

This summer, the General Assembly of the PCUSA adopted a new policy, Facing Racism: A Vision of the Intercultural Community Churchwide Antiracism Policy. A study guide was also provided and will be used in the class.

Congregational Meeting 

Sunday, October 30

There will be a Congregational meeting at the close of worship to elect Elders for the Class of 2019.

Elder Nomination forms are available on the Narthex table and can also be downloaded by clicking here.

Luncheon Club
Thursday, October 20 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 will be "Life at Sea: What a Ride!", presented by College Hill member, Captain David Stambaugh.

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.

  Rev. Gordon Edwards
Letter of Thanks to the
College Hill Congregation 

 Praise God from whom all blessings flow!  The generosity and compassion of Jesus Christ flowed abundantly today toward our Christian Syrian brothers and sisters and their life and ministry among refugees in the gift College Hill has extended.  I am humbled to be the messenger of your love and concern for them.  After worship, I received additional contributions bringing the total to $ 1,600.  I wish so much that you could experience the joy and gratitude in the faces of those who receive this encouragement and sustenance in the midst of such tragic human chaos and destruction. 

Please continue to pray for them as members together of the Body of Christ and for those of us who are the privileged extensions of you and Christ's Spirit.  Let us praise God together!!  On World Communion Sunday, we are scheduled to be worshiping in Homs (if a Syrian visa is granted).  You will be with me/us there in the Spirit of the Risen Christ!!  I will return October 4 and look forward to being among you.



Sunday, September 11, 2016

  Celtic Circle Gathering 
Thursday, October 27 at 6:30 pm 

The Celtic Circle will gather to celebrate Samhain at the home of Mark & Gay Miller.  The program topic will be “Thin places and the Celtic soul”. 

Samhain is a time when we remember loved ones who are no longer with us.  Our snack theme for this gathering is something that reminds you of someone from your past OR a favorite of your own that you’d like to be remembered for.

(Click name to) contact Mark Miller if you’d like more information about this gathering.

Book Club
Sunday, October 23

Between the World and Me 
by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Written as an open letter to his son, Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between the World and Me is a blistering meditation on what it is like to be young, black, and male in America today.  Examining our nation’s difficult history with slavery and racism, and the repercussions still felt today, Coates’ also attempts to offer a vision for the future.  Published last year, Between the World and Me was hailed by many as “powerful”, “passionate”, “brilliant”, and “eloquent”.  The Book Club chose this particular book in part for its timely parallel to the College Hill adult Sunday school class six week study of racism and white privilege.   

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates is available at book stores, your local library, and other book sources.  

Book Club will meet for lunch and discussion on at Panera Bread ( 1624 E. 15 th  St. , just west of Utica on the south side of  15 th  St. ) immediately following worship service (about  12:15pm ).

Please (click name to) contact Fritha Ohlson if you are interested in more information about Book Club.
“Trunk or Treat”
the Neighborhood on Halloween!

Come Monday night., October 31st, our Kendall Whittier neighborhood will see teems of ghosts, goblins, Elsa’s, and Captain America’s take to the streets…and once again, College Hill’s parking lot will be a destination location! 

We would love to have YOU join the fun this year too!  College Hill’s annual “Trunk or Treat” will be Halloween night in the CHPC parking lot.  We’re sending out the Bat-Signal to all interested members to join us between 7 – 8:30pm to hand out candy to the neighborhood children. 

Decorate your trunk, wear a costume, bring wrapped candy to pass out, and join us for this great annual event!

Openarms Youth Project Meal
October 27

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.

Book Study
Small Group
Tuesday , October 25 at 6:30 pm

Meets the 4th Tuesday of each month.
Next gathering is on Tuesday, October 25
at 6:30 pm  at the home of Sue Haskins. 

This fall, you are invited to join this group in reading and discussing:

The Fifth Gospel: A Novel
by Ian Caldwell

5th Sunday Special Offering

October 30

We will be collecting cash donations for Sequoyah Elementary.  This 81 year old school is right around the corner from us on North Birmingham. 

They lack the size of KWE, and so they have fewer sponsors to help with budget shortfalls.  While they have not listed specific needs at this time, they could use any unrestricted funds that we can provide.

                 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, our Director of Music.

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 - so please contact Dr. Childs ASAP!

(Click name) to contact our Music Director,  

   Dr. Kim J. Childs, Director of Music
              Mike Gibson, Organist
You will now see this sign in our sanctuary. 

We have just installed a
Hearing Loop system
in our sanctuary!
(It's made of copper wire running underneath the carpet
around the outside of the pews.)

It's simple, switch the hearing aid
to the "T-coil" mode. There will also be earphone sets for those without T-coil technology.

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-Ward

DF7O8 Registration Form

Something for
the Spirit

10 Privileges You Don’t Know You Have
by Grace Goodwin,

As a white American born and raised in the Midwest, I grew up completely ignorant of the first-class citizenship handed to me from birth.

Honestly, it never occurred to me as a child — especially since I had only met a handful of black and brown people — that I had a special place in society. In fact, my mother took great care to teach us that racism is shameful and something to stand up against. That seemed like enough.

Nonetheless, since the day I was born I unwitting benefited from a deeply-rooted racial hierarchy grounded in centuries of oppression. I hadn’t earned my special place.

It was given to me because I was born white...

To read the entire blog,  CLICK HERE
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.

       1st Sunday Food Collection - KWI
October 2

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 .

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.
  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.
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