The Messenger
College Hill Presbyterian Church
Progressive Theology, Traditional Worship, Inclusive Congregation (PCUSA)
Affiliated with More Light Presbyterians and the Covenant Network of Presbyterians
August 2018
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.
Word From the Pastor
Prepare yourselves for a really special August here at College Hill!

It is so exciting to host our second  Harold E. Hill Lecture Series ! This time it is being held right here in our sanctuary, with overflow into Fellowship Hall. We are expecting lots of folks from the community to attend, so you may wish to come early to get a seat for this free event,   Saturday, August 11 at 7:00 pm .

As you have seen publicized, and also in this newsletter, our speaker is pastor, writer, and progressive activist  John Pavlovitz . He will be speaking on the themes presented in his wonderful book,  A Bigger Table: Building Messy, Authentic, and Hopeful Spiritual Community .

Before John's arrival, the Book Study Group is hosting a discussion on his book for everyone who is interested on Tuesday, August 7 at 6:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall. Please attend, even if you haven't read the book - it's a wonderful reflection of our hopes for College Hill.

John has also agreed to preach during our service of worship the next day, August 12 ! Also, he will lead our  Adult Church School class beginning at 9:30 am in the classroom off the Fellowship Hall. Everyone is invited.

If that isn’t enough, our Worship & Music ministry team, moderated by P.J. Brobston, came up with the wonderful idea of practicing what it means to spread “a bigger table” by joining for worship with two other progressive congregations in town for a  Combined Service of Worship . We will worship with  Fellowship Congregational Church (UCC), the Rev. Chris Moore, pastor; and  East Side Christian Church ( Disciples of Christ), Evan Taylor, minister.

  • Worship on Sunday, August 19 will be moved to 10:30 am at the chapel at Phillips Theological Seminary (901 N. Mingo, just north of 244 near Hwy 169). There will be a combined choir with musicians and worship leaders and styles from all three congregations. No church school or worship will be held at the College Hill church building that day. 

I know many of you are still travelling throughout the month of August, but if possible, please plan to attend some of these very special events.

Upcoming for me

I will be one of 15 sojourners headed to Israel, Palestine, and Turkey - an educational trip sponsored by Tulsa Metropolitan Ministry ( TMM ) - from September 9-21.

Also, I have a trip planned to Christ In the Desert Monastery and a conference at nearby Ghost Ranch from October 1-8.

Rev. Todd
Adult Church School

Special thanks to Bert Woodall for leading a remarkable and thorough study of the Book of Acts for the past several months! The class recently concluded.

Our class is now exploring our Spiritual Journeys being led by Bobbe Hornback, through August,
Acolytes: Lilly and Grayson Patterson
Summer Soloist: Terry Baxter, Mike Gibson, piano
Liturgist: Rebecca Howard
Evie Olson, Parker Brobston, Sofia Ohlson
Summer Soloist:
Lauren Harper, Mike Gibson, piano
First time acolyte:
Libby Decter Wright, with Gini Fox
Rev. Freeman discussing the metaphorical implications of a plumb line to the children :-)
Morning fellowship
Synod Youth Workshop

Again this year, College Hill helped with some of the logistics associated with the annual SYW. We hosted the Leadership Team before the event began on , and housed overnight about 60 youth and their adult sponsors who traveled all day before the event began. SYW was attended by over 400 throughout the Synod of the Sun.

On Thursday, July 12, one of the small groups came to do service project work at the church. It included painting an accent wall in the Choir Room, oiling all the wood in the sanctuary, and installing additional secure floor space in the attic.
Sunday, August 26
after Worship

So Far from God
by Ana Castillo

Ana Castillo’s novel,  So Far from God , described in the  Los Angeles Times Book Review  as “delightful” and “impossible to resist”, follows Sofia and her daughters in their small town of Tome, New Mexico. In a nod to Castillo’s work not only as a novelist, but as poet, playwright, translator, the Boston Globe called  So Far from God  “Exuberant and slangy... a chili mix of the conversational and poetic... haunting... profound... powerful.”

So Far from God  by Ana Castillo is available at book stores, your local library, and other book sources. Book Club will meet for lunch and discussion at  Panera Bread  ( 1624 E. 15th St. , just west of Utica on the south side of  15th St. ) immediately following worship service (about  12:15pm ).

Please ( click name to) contact Fritha Ohlson if you are interested in more information about this fun group.
Luncheon Club will return
Thursday, September 20 at noon.
Humor Corner

1 - Esteban Valencia       
 1 - Laura Stanford
 2 - Pat Valencia            
 2 - Elizabeth West       
 6 - Meagen Burrows
 6 - Cooper Thomason
 7 - Patrick Fox
 8 - Michelle Brobston
 9 - Rachel Fuller
10 - Kristy Wyatt
13 - Katy Walker
13 - Norman Gainey
14 - Jim Brady
15 - Judith Nole            
16 - Tim Gillean
23 - Adrienne Coleman
24 - Haley Brobston
25 - Susan West
26 - Mark Bergner
26 - Celia Ketcham
26 - Dana Livingston
27 - Betty Coleman
30 - Bruce Ketcham, Jr.

Remember the 
Birthday Endowment Fund!

Tuesday, August 7 at 6:30 p.m.
in the Fellowship Hall

Preparing for John Pavlovitz

Open invitation:  Please join the College Hill Book Study Group as we prepare for the upcoming speaker in the Harold Hill Lecture Series .

John Pavlovitz, a progressive Christian pastor, author, and activist, will be in Tulsa August 10-12, and speaking at College Hill on the 11th. In anticipation of Mr. Pavlovitz's appearance, we will be discussing his book,  A Bigger Table: Building Messy, Authentic, and Hopeful Spiritual Community.  

(Even if you haven't read the book!)
Building a Bigger Table
How can we extend unconditional welcome and acceptance in a world increasingly marked by bigotry, fear, and exclusion? How can we create spiritual communities that are big enough for everyone? What is the path forward in days that seem more hostile to diversity?
Join progressive Author and Pastor John Pavlovitz for a hopeful night of storytelling, encouragement, and honest conversation, about setting the table for a new, more loving expression of faith and community.
Saturday, August 11 at 7:00 p.m.

 College Hill Presbyterian Church
2018 Harold E. Hill Lect ure Series

John Pavlovitz
John Pavlovitz will be in Tulsa August 10-12.
His lecture will be held here at the church on the 11th, beginning at 7:00 pm.

John will also serve as our Guest Preacher Sunday, the 12th, when there will be additional opportunities for in-depth conversations. He will lead a discussion during our Adult Church School class at 9:30 am that morning.

Everyone is invited to join the Book Study Group on Tuesday, August 7 at 6:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall to discuss his book.

John Pavlovitz is a pastor, writer, and activist from Wake Forest, North Carolina. A 20-year veteran in the trenches of local church ministry, John is committed to equality, diversity, and justice—both inside and outside faith communities. He recently released his first book  A Bigger Table: Building Messy, Authentic, and Hopeful Spiritual Community . A new book,  Hope and Other Superpowers , will be published in November 2018.

Seating will be limited for this free event.
We are looking for volunteers to help with logistics during the event. See Judith Nole.
The Harold E. Hill Lecture Series, a program of College Hill Presbyterian Church, honors the late
Rev. Dr. Hill for his lifetime of work to promote an intellectually honest, scientifically-based understanding of religion, and his dedication to work for justice in the communities in which he was a part.
Something for the Spirit
Dancing With My Daughter
John Pavlovitz
March 18, 2018

I was really busy last night.

As usual, I’d piled far too much on my plate and found myself at the end of another day; hovering over a screen and keyboard, feverishly typing, furrowing my brow—and feeling annoyed at the seemingly insurmountable, important things still unfinished. 

My 8-year old came bounding into the room (which in itself felt like an interruption at first). I answered her succession of rapid fire questions abruptly without looking up—hoping she’d get the hint that I was preoccupied and stop asking.

She didn’t.

Then she said that she’d set up a light show in her room and asked if I’d have a dance party with her.
For a split second I considered declining and excusing myself; telling her how much work I had to do and how tired I was, and promising her we could do it another time.

Then it occurred to me that she didn’t want to dance another time. She wanted to dance with me  now .  

I realized that there are a finite number of times I’ll get such an invitation—and I’d never again get  this  one...
To read the entire blog,
Thank You!

Many thanks to all the College Hill people who helped with the Kendall-Whittier 4th of July celebration!

We had a good day - people enjoyed the food and being together. Children liked the rock climbing and sno-cones. Bill Nole brought his truck and was a big help, and we had cookie makers and many others.

~ C harlotte Bronston
Katy Walker and Charlotte Bronston volunteering at the
Kendall Whittier 4th of July Parade
1st Sunday Offering
KWI Emergency Food Pantry
August 5

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

We will again be collecting canned vegetables and canned fruit, as well as other non-perishable food items.

Cash donations are also always
welcome and much-appreciated!

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

Sunday Morning Music Offerings
Featuring the Chancel Choir
with Mike Gibson, organist
8/5 Dana Livingston, soprano solo

8/12 Look Who Gathers at Christ's Table
8/19 Look Who Gathers at Christ's Table
Combined service at Phillips Seminary

8/26 Be Strong in the Lord

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! If you would like to sing with the Chancel Choir this fall, we are welcoming new members . Please contact the Director of Music.

Chancel Choir will begin rehearsals for the Fall season Wednesday, August 8 at 6:45 p.m.


BELLissimo Handbell Ensemble of College Hill Presbyterian Church rehearses Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m. in the second story choral room. If you are interested in playing in this fun ensemble (permanent member or substitute) this fall, please contact Director of Music for more information.

BELLissimo will begin rehearsals for the Fall season Wednesday, August 8 at 6:00 p.m.

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

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.

Checks can be made payable to College Hill and marked "Birthday Fund" on the memo portion of the check.
Request for Photos

College Hill’s representation at the Women’s March on Oklahoma in January 2017 was sizable. Cathy Elliott is interested in gathering pictures from the march . If you attended the march and are willing to share your photos, please contact her. 

Make a lifelong impact on a child
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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!
Flower Chart
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.
College Hill
Recycle and Donation Center
We have re-purposed the cabinets in the hallway outside of Fellowship Hall for use as a place to deposit recycling and donations.

Recycle bins will accommodate paper, cans, plastic bags, compact fluorescent lamps, batteries, and printer cartridges. 

Donation bins are also available for diapers and baby care products, dry goods and hygiene items, and school supplies.
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