The Messenger
Progressive Theology, Traditional Worship, Inclusive Congregation (PCUSA)
Affiliated with More Light Presbyterians and the Covenant Network of Presbyterians
April 2023
712 S. Columbia Ave.
Tulsa, OK 74104

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

Rev. Freeman is now working from home on Mondays.

Worship Schedule:
11:00 am Sundays
Worship services have resumed in the sanctuary.
Services are also live streamed.

Church Email:

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YouTube Channel:
Word From the Pastor
It is with humbling gratitude and deep appreciation to the entire congregation for the well-wishes and prayers on the occasion of my 15th Anniversary serving as your pastor! The signed and hand-painted card of the front of the church by Susan West means the world to me!!

I hope you have found this Lenten season to be a time of reflection and blessing in your life and journey of faith. I encourage you to continue that journey through the Holy Week services and Easter Sunday on April 9.

It is on the day after Easter, April 10, that I am blessed with the grace-filled opportunity of a restful and renewing 8-week Pastor's Sabbatical. Thank you so much for this very generous opportunity. While I am away, you'll be in VERY good hands with the strong leadership in this community of faith.

As I mentioned last month, the core of my time away will be spent in and around Montreat, NC (just east of Asheville) in the Blue Ridge Mountains. It is the location of one of our national Presbyterian conference centers (see photo below). I have registered for a week-long conference, "Arts, Recreation, and Worship", preceded by staying on the Montreat property in a small cabin for 2 weeks. There is another 3-day conference in-between my stay in the cabin and the Montreat conference. It's 70 miles away in Boone, NC, led by John Pavlovitz - "Cultivating Hope in Difficult Times: Avoiding Compassion Fatigue". Both conferences will emphasize self-care and renewal - the very goal of a sabbatical. I will also be doing a lot of photography, hiking, reading, eating, and chilling out!

Thanks to the help and support of the Worship & Music ministry team we have put in place a remarkable worship experience opportunity.

"Seminary at College Hill" will have a different professor from Phillips Theological Seminary preaching each Sunday. All have also agreed to lead our Adult Church School class on something from their own field of professional study. See the links below to learn more about who will be preaching/teaching.

The final Sunday before my return, June 4, will be a fun Hymn Sing, led by our remarkable organist, Mike Gibson!

I encourage your attendance and participation in all the events in the life and ministry of our community of faith during these months, and please invite a friend!

Please keep me in your prayers throughout my sabbatical. You will remain in mine.

Blessings, Rev. Todd 
A Celebration of 15 Years with Pastor Todd
November 5th

**Save the Date**

Rev. Todd recently (March 17) celebrated his
15th Anniversary as our pastor at College Hill!

It’s difficult to believe, yet so much has happened during his tenure. In order to recognize this (and the 30th anniversary of his ordination in October), a celebration on November 5th, is being planned, in Fellowship Hall after worship-with a prime rib dinner and special events. 

So, please mark your calendar because you won’t want to miss the celebration!
The Children of the Church are such a blessing in countless ways!

We so appreciate their participation as acolytes, in the Time With the Children, and their Church School Class / Worship Connection.

We enjoyed a recent Pizza Party, and Rev. Todd leading them in dancing to "Dem Bones". Thanks to John Gammie for most all of these photos!
A very special thanks for the creativity, artistic ability, and time spent by Susan West painting the walls and doors in the children and nursery areas!
It was great to see Jack Robertson (David's father) in town recently. He blessed the Adult Church School class with recollections of his life and times at College Hill - going back to when he joined with his mother back in 1943! Jack was in the Boy Scout Troop sponsored by the church. He proclaimed that his life wouldn't have the meaning it does without his connection to the church and College Hill.

Jack and Rev. Todd have known each other going back to Todd's pastorate at Bethany Presbyterian Church in Dallas (a More Light Presbyterian congregation). After his departure in 2006, Jack filled in as pastor of that community of faith for another decade. Jack is 92 years young!

-each Sunday from April 16 through June 4
while Rev. Todd is away on sabbatical.

Thanks to the strong connection between Phillips Theological Seminary and College Hill (Rev. Freeman has taught "Presbyterian Polity" there three times since 2010) seven different professors will preach, as well as lead an adult church school class at 9:30 am.

The faculty at Phillips Theological Seminary is represented by diverse, inclusive, and progressive scholars.

Below is a photo of each professor and a link to their biography. This will give you a better idea as to the wide-range of worship/educational opportunities that will be presented.

April 16
Arthur Carter
Director of Black Church Studies and African American Faith-Life, and Assistant Professor of New Testament 
April 23
Nancy Clair Pittman
President and Stephen J. England Associate Professor of the Practice of Ministry
April 30
Lee H. Butler, Jr.
Vice-President of Academic Affairs and Academic Dean William Tabbernee Professor of the History of Religions and Africana Pastoral Theology
May 7
Lisa W. Davison
Johnnie Eargle Cadieux Professor of Hebrew Bible and Formation Director for Disciples of Christ Students
May 14
Sarah Morice Brubaker
Associate Professor of Christian Systematic Theology 
Click for Bio
May 21
Lisa Barnett
Assistant Professor of American Religious History
May 28 - Pentecost Sunday
Warren Carter
LaDonna Kramer Meinders Professor of New Testament
Birthday Endowment Fund

A meaningful way to ring in the New Year and celebrate your Birthday, 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.

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 open dates available for the new year. 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.
1 - Jerry Abercrombie
 3 - Will Nole
 7 - Lee Collins        
 8 - Stefanie Olson   
 8 - Cara Wood
12 - Elizabeth Buchner
12 - Jana Stagner
13 - Gordon Edwards
16 - Gavin Buchner  
18 - Carolyn Brady
20 - Nancy Gammie   
22 - Lilianna Coleman  
22 - Margaret Watson
23 - MaryAnn Bumgarner 
25 - Elizabeth Brady
25 - Andrew Redding
25 - Marianne Stambaugh
28 - Terry Baxter
29 - Aidan McCullough
   Remember the 
Birthday Endowment Fund!
CONGRATULATIONS to MIke Wood and Elaine Hedgecock for their Commitment Service of Covenantal Relationship on March 25. Blessings to them as they enter into this new journey in their relationship together!
Beautiful apple blossoms on the tree Linda Watt's children church school class planted several years ago, and the memorial bench given in her honor in the background.
This Saturday, April 1
9:00 a.m. ~ Noon
A workday day has been scheduled to celebrate a time of Spring Cleaning, to clean, repair and generally do anything around the church that needs attention. There will be plenty of work for all skill and energy levels indoors and outdoors.
Volunteers are much needed and appreciated – many hands make light work! Light snacks will be provided to keep us going throughout the morning. Contact Bill Major or Mark Miller if you have any questions.
Holy Week/Easter Services

Palm Sunday • Maundy Thursday
Good Friday • Easter

Sunday, April 2 ~ 11 a.m.
Palm Sunday Processional
One Great Hour of Sharing Offering

Thursday, April 6 ~ 6:30 p.m.
Maundy Thursday Service
Taize Service
~ Special music and liturgy
Quartet with guitar and flute
~ labyrinth in Fellowship Hall

Friday, April 7 ~ 6:30 p.m.
Good Friday Service
     ~ labyrinth in Fellowship Hall will be available before and after the service

Sunday, April 9 ~ 11 a.m.
Easter Service of Worship
Our celebration will include special music, accompanied by guest trumpeter Garron Denney, the Chancel Choir, the BELLissimo Handbell Ensemble, and our
organist, Mike Gibson.
Easter Lily Orders
Sunday, April 2 

If you are interested in purchasing an Easter Lily ($15/plant) to help decorate the church during Easter, order forms can be downloaded (below), and are also available on the table in the Narthex.
Donors’ names and the names of those being honored, are listed in the bulletin for the Easter service of worship.
Order & payment deadline is this Sunday,
April 2. Checks should be made payable to College Hill, with 'lily' noted in the memo line, and can be placed in the offering plate on Sundays, or mailed/dropped off to the church office.
If you have any questions, please (click name to) contact Carolyn Brady.
Sunday, April 2
Palm Sunday
One Great Hour of Sharing: 
Your gift to OGHS changes people's lives!

Please give generously and remember to make your check payable to College Hill
with 'OGHS' in the memo line.
Or, donate on our church website.

Donations collected throughout the country will be split between:
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance
Presbyterian Hunger Program
Self-Development of People
Children & Families Ministries
Upcoming News & Events

Come Join the Parade!
Children of ALL ages are invited to join the Palm Procession on Sunday, April 2!
Meet in Fellowship Hall at 10:45 for costumes and palms. We will dress as shepherds and apostles and the donkey will lead us and we proclaim Jesus’ arrival!
Please help the children of the church celebrate Easter by “adopting” a dozen plastic Easter eggs found in the narthex. Take them home, fill them with treats, stickers, little erasers, etc. and return them to the church by Wednesday,
April 5. We will have a lovely traditional Easter Egg Hunt on Easter morning.
Easter Egg Hunt
Please bring friends, relatives and friend’s relatives to worship on Easter morning. Children will be invited to join in the traditional Easter Egg Hunt during Worship Connection. We will have special eggs available for children with food sensitivities! All God’s children are welcome!
Children’s Easter Library Books
College Hill has a wonderful library of children’s books upstairs. Some seasonal favorites are on display near the West door of the narthex. Please browse, read, check out, take home and enjoy!!
Save the Date!
VCS 2023
July 11-13

COMPASSION CAMP is coming to College Hill! This year's multi-generational Vacation Church School experience will take place 3 evenings July 11-13.  Together, we will explore what it means to have compassion for others, ourselves, and the world. 

Tuesday, April 25 at 6:30 pm
– The Logic of Human Destiny
by Robert Wright 

The group will meet at the home of Sue Haskins. Please contact Sue (918-557-0497) for questions, or if you are interested in joining this fun group! We will look at Chapters 17-22

Dr. Kim J. Childs,
Director of Music
Mike Gibson, Organist

April 2023

The Chancel Choir of College Hill Presbyterian Church rehearses Wednesdays at 7:00 pm in the second story choral room (next to the church office) for singing, fellowship and fun!

BELLissimo Handbell Ensemble of College Hill Presbyterian Church rehearses Wednesdays at 6:00 pm in Fellowship Hall (1st floor).

If you would like to sing with the Chancel Choir, or are interested in joining our Handbell Choir, (permanent member or substitute),we are welcoming new members!

Please (click name to) contact our
Director of Music, Kim Childs.


Palm Sunday
April 2 - Hark the Glad Sound!- Mary Lynn Lightfoot
Chancel Choir

Good Friday
April 7 ~ Wondrous Love - arr. Douglas Wagner

Easter Sunday
April 9 ~ Sing to the Lord - David Ashley White
Garron Denney, Trumpet

BELLissimo Handbells ~Classical Easter
- Michael Helman

April 16 ~ Day of Arising - Carl Schalk
Chancel Choir

April 23 - Christ is Arisen, Alleluia!-Richard Frost
Chancel Choir

April 30 ~ Psalm 23 - arr. Eugene Oldham
Chancel Choir
We welcome your encouragement, support and love for children as you assist them in learning English as a Second Language.

If you are interested, please (click name to) contact Tally Ferguson, or Cynthia Fox for details.
Joy/Concern Prayer Requests

Please submit your requests for prayers of joy or concern in the bowl in the Narthex.  

Hallelujah! These requests will once again be shared during Sunday Worship! Live streaming will be muted while they are shared. 

Also, please reach out to Rev. Todd or any Congregational Care Ministry team member with needs and concerns.
Huzzah! College Hill has received certification for the third year as an Earth Care Congregation, among 300+ other Presbyterian churches qualifying.

“It’s been amazing to read about all the ways in which Presbyterians are being good stewards of creation,” writes Jessica Maudlin, Associate for Sustainable Living and Earth Care Concerns, Presbyterian Hunger Program. Appropriately, the work of the Presbyterian Hunger Program is possible thanks to your gifts to One Great Hour of Sharing. So please~give generously this Palm Sunday, April 2, during our OGHS Special Offering.
In that spirit, our Spring Work Day is set to begin at 9 a.m. April 1 for some hands-on care of our church, inside and out. If you are interested, contact Bill Major.
Did you know …
80% of the 1,400 different plants we use for food and plant-based industrial products require pollination? 50% of our edible fats and oils also come from pollinated plants?
Almost every fruit and grain crop requires pollination? So, let’s help our pollinators along, my friends. We need them! 
April 22
1st Sunday Food Collection
for Kendall Whittier
Emergency Food Pantry
Sunday, April 2

Our First Sunday Food Collection for the Kendall Whittier Food Pantry is in need of breakfast cereal (Cheerios, Corn Flakes, or other less sweet cereals) and 1-2 lb. bags of rice.

Canned fruit is an immediate need for the
Food Pantry, so feel free to bring donations to the church at any time, and we will distribute.

Cash donations are also accepted and appreciated!
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