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 2019
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
One of the key factors that draws folks to College Hill is our non-traditionalist and non-dogmatic approach to issues of faith and life. Our prevailing theological perspective is best described by the term, progressive Christianity.

What is progressive Christianity?

As is fitting of progressive Christianity itself, there is no one definition. However, there are some basic characteristics. As expressed in our  Church Brochure (you can find it on the Information Table in the narthex, or our church website under “Who We Are”):

·         Willingness to question tradition, including orthodox understandings of church doctrine and biblical interpretation
·         Respect of intellectual integrity, including the use of the latest in biblical and scientific knowledge and understanding
·         Acceptance and affirmation of human diversity – a ministry of hospitality and inclusiveness 
·         Strong emphasis on ministries to promote social justice, peace, and care of the environment and all of God’s good creation
·         Centrality of the commandment to “love one another” – a ministry of compassion
·         Outreach to those for whom organized religion has proved ineffectual, irrelevant, or repressive
·         A life of faith is approached as a journey, not a destination

Peter Enns, in his book,  The Sin of Certainty: Why God Desires Our Trust More Than Our “Correct” Beliefs , writes:

"When did being “right” with God come to mean believing the right things  about God—believing the right doctrines, reading the Bible the right way, holding the right views? For many Christians, this idea is at the very center of their religious lives. And that’s a problem. Because this focus on being correct can actually distract us from faith and from God. What happens when the security of “knowing what you believe” gets disrupted—as it does sooner or later? What if once-settled questions—like “What is God really like?”—suddenly become unsettled?"

Along these line, in September, the  Adult Church School class will revisit the DVD curriculum:

An Introduction to
Progressive Christianity

by Living the Questions. This will be new information to some, and a good refresher for others. It’s hard to believe, but it has been 10 years since we last looked at this informative and transformational material.

On a personal note, Phillips Theological Seminary has asked me to teach a  Presbyterian Polity class this fall semester. I did so back in 2017 and 2010. Classes begin on August 26, so I’d appreciate your prayers. I plan to take a week of study leave the week before classes begin, So, I will be out from Monday, August 19 – Sunday, August 25.

Rev. Todd
Gini Fox leading Acolyte training

Pictured (left to right) - Lilly Patterson, Grayson Patterson, Theo Decter Wright, Kado Bissell (Alicia Odum's grandson) , Libby Decter Wright
July 30
Celebrating Lughnasa
Our leader/facilitator: Mark Miller
For three week in July, we held an Adult Church School class on the many issues involved in Foster Care. Led by experts Clay and Bryan Finck-Ward, and their adopted daughter, Lupe Tovar.
College Hill hosts the Planning & Leadership Teams of the Synod Youth Workshop before and during their yearly gathering of 200 Presbyterian youth at the University of Tulsa.

We also store the equipment used by their recreational team in our attic during the year.

During their Service Project Day the leadership team came to College Hill to do some work inside and outside the church. Thank you!!
Something for the Spirit
Save the Date!
All Church Fall Retreat at
Dwight Mission
October 11-13

Plan to join us for campfires, s'mores, hot beverages and fun fellowship! 
More details will be provided soon.
Looking to safely and responsibly dispose of unneeded prescription glasses and unused, l abeled medications?

Neighbor for Neighbor (505 E 36th St, N,, Tulsa) accepts these items through their drop-off program, and handles everything for you at no cost !

From housing and food distribution assistance, to life skills training, flood disaster support, and everything in between - this tr usted organization continues to help make a difference in our community and in the lives of our neighbors in need, for over 50 years!

Click here for more information about their drop-off program, as well as ways you may be able to support this worthwhile charity. You can also call them at (918) 425-5578.
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.
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!
Visit our Facebook page for
more photos!

  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!
Potluck Luncheon &
DF7O8 Sign Ups
This Sunday, August 4

Sunday, August 4 after worship - Our Fellowship Ministry Team is hosting a "Meal Mix Up" Potluck Luncheon in Fellowship Hall to launch the Dinners for 7 or 8 (DF7O8).  Please bring a dish to share .

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. 

Click below to download the registration form, which can be turned in to Clay, or the church office. Hard copies of the sign up form are available on the information table in the Narthex. R egistration deadline is August 25th.

Please ( click name to) contact Clay Finck-Ward with any questions.
In the next couple of weeks, Charles Stanford will be donating Alice’s clothing and shoes (size 7.5), to a charitable organization. If, prior to that time, a member or friend of College Hill would be interested in viewing any of her wardrobe, please contact Charles at 918-760-4093, to set up a time to do so.
from Charlotte Bronston
Many thanks to all the College Hill folks who helped with last month's Kendall-Whittier July 4th parade and festivities! It was a good day - the crowd was smaller this year, but everyone seemed to have a great time.

Many thanks to Barb & Bill Nole - they helped pick up the food, ice, and other things needed from the church. Barb, with some help from Susan West, made some of her delicious cookies, cutely decorated for the 4th. Jim & Jennifer Campbell were a big help, and Kye May handled the games, plus several others were there to help out. College Hill's Outreach & Mission Ministry team also donated $100 to help with costs.

I have been involved with the Kendall-Whittier neighborhood from the beginning, which was many years ago.This is my last year to help, although I really didn't have to do much of anything, since we had so many good people help take over.

My thanks to you all,
Charlotte Bronston

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

Music Offerings
August 2019
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August 4
Special Music
Diane Bucchianeri ~ Cellist

August 11
Choral Anthem
The Gift of Love ~ Hal Hopson

August 18
Choral Anthem
Make a Joyful Noise ~ Taylor Davis

August 25
Choral Anthem
Praise the Lord! Ye Heavens, Adore Him ~ Benjamin Harlan

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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 are now in recess until Wednesday, August 7. If you would like to sing with the Chancel Choir this fall, we are welcoming new members. Please contact the Director of Music.


BELLissimo Handbell Ensemble of College Hill Presbyterian Church rehearses Wednesdays at 5:45 p.m. in the second story choral room. Rehearsals resume Wednesday, August 7 , and if you are interested in playing in this fun ensemble (permanent member or substitute) this fall, please contact Director of Music for more information. 

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

Book Club
August 18
after worship

Next Year in Havana 
by Chanel Cleeton
Described by Entertainment Weekly as “a sweeping love story and tale of courage and familial and patriotic legacy that spans generations,” our next Book Club selection is Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton. About the novel, says it “reminds us that while love is complicated and occasionally heartbreaking, it’s always worth the risk.”
Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton, 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 the worship service. (about 12:15 pm)

Please (click name to) contact Fritha Ohlson for more information, and/or if you are interested in joining this group.

In honor and memory of Jim Brown, a Hawaiian shirt aficionado, you are encouraged to wear one to church on this first Sunday in September.

Outreach & Mission Ministry team sends a big THANK YOU to College Hill for supporting our most recent 5th Sunday Offering, benefiting students at Sequoyah and Kendall-Whittier Elementary Schools.

Donations made by the congregation totaled $687! O&M will combine this with budgeted funds and present a check for $600 to each school.

Community Service Coordinators at Sequoyah and KWE will use this gift to help students with school uniforms.

Thank you for your continued support of
mission projects in our community!
Luncheon Club

Luncheon Club will be on Summer break in August, but will return next month! Details will be announced soon.
Book Study
Small Group

Monday, August 12
6:30 pm

Not to be confused with the College Hill Book Club, we have another small group called the Book Study Group. 

Christianity After Religion:
The End of Church and the Birth of a New Spiritual Awakening
by Diana Butler Bass

This groundbreaking and scholarly book is by Diana Butler Bass who is the speaker at our Harold Hill Lecture Series this Saturday, October 5.

We select one or two books a year to read and discuss in depth over several monthly Tuesday evening sessions. (typically on the fourth Tuesday) Please ( click name to) contact John Gammie, if you are interested in joining, and/or learning more about this group.
The following letter was received after a request was made through Stefanie Olson
for a project for students/alumni at
The Little Lighthouse.
Rev. Freeman, 

Good evening. My name is Lynda Crouch and I'm a close friend/co-worker of Stefanie Olson who is a member of your congregation. Stefanie was so helpful in connecting me with your church for a need that I had in order to help a family that I serve. 

Brooklyn is a young lady who is deaf/blind and an alumni of the Little Light House She was in need of pre-vocational activities to help her in learning work skills and volunteer opportunities. Her grandmother, Teri, and I scheduled for Brooklyn to bring the folded church brochures  she has completed so far, to the church last week. Brooklyn uses a folding jig, which allows her to participate in folding the brochures at her home. With Teri's permission, I've included these pictures within this email. Brooklyn is improving each time that she completes them with less cues/prompts from me. 

We are so blessed by this experience! We are also so grateful that your church understands the importance of inclusion and allowing EVERY person the opportunity to demonstrate God's love through service.  Brooklyn is an incredible young lady and her grandparents are incredible advocates for her to experience and participate in all that she can. 

Thank you again for allowing Brooklyn an opportunity to serve your church and its members. We have some brochures left and we will bring them by when they are done! 

In Christ's love,
Lynda Crouch
Miss Brooklyn
 1st Sunday Food Collection
KWI Food Pantry
August 4

Our 1st Sunday food collection will go to the Kendall Whittier, Inc. Emergency Food Pantry.

We will again be collecting canned vegetables and canned fruit, which are especially needed, as well as other food items. Cash donations are also always welcome and appreciated .
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.
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