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COLLEGE HILL
PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
Progressive Theology, Traditional Worship, Inclusive Congregation (PCUSA)
Affiliated with More Light Presbyterians and the Covenant Network of Presbyterians
December 2022

712 S. Columbia
Tulsa, OK 74104
918.592.5800



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
Services are also live streamed.

Church Email:

Pastor Email:

Website:

YouTube Channel:
The church office will be closed the week of December 26th for the Christmas holiday.
Word From the Pastor
We have entered into the Season of Advent, the four-Sunday period of time used to help us prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus of Nazareth on Christmas Day. It is a time when we are to wait with active anticipation, for in many respects we are in a time between the ‘now’ and the ‘not yet.’ 

This is indeed where the larger Church finds itself in these (somewhat) post-pandemic times – a pivotal time between what has gone before and what is yet to come.

Concerning the meaning of Christmas itself, many progressive Christians have trouble interpreting the gospel birth narratives of Jesus literally. However, while there are justifiable reasons for that perspective, it should not keep us from reflecting upon the question: “What significance does the birth, life and ministry of Jesus of Nazareth have for you and your life?”

Here’s one response that I have shared before. In Jesus we have come to see that God is with us and for us. To quote Delwin Brown, author of What Does a Progressive Christian Believe?

”God is somehow incarnate in the entire creation – the ordinary and extraordinary, the broken and the whole, the known and the unknown, the familiar and the mysterious world in all its dimensions… In Jesus Christ we believe we see intimations of a God who is incarnate – a God who is with us fully, and fully, too, with all creation.”

Note that the Chancel Choir Christmas program will be presented during worship on Sunday, December 4.

Our Christmas Eve service of Candlelight & Caroling will be on Saturday, December 24 at 6:30 pm. Since Christmas Day and New Year’s Day both fall on Sunday this year, we will have informal services in the Fellowship Hall.

May the light of Christ, the Divine’s Sacred Presence, shine within you and those around you throughout this season. May these Advent and Christmas seasons be ones of genuine and tangible peace, hope, joy and love!

Blessings,
Rev. Todd
Pat Lucy

April 19, 1932 ~
November 7, 2022

A Memorial Service
will be held at the church
Sunday, December 4 at 2:00 pm
Work Day - November 5
Photos Taken and
Contact Information Update

Stop by Fellowship Hall (before or after the worship service) to have a quick picture taken and provide updated contact information for our upcoming online church directory.

Hard copy directories are available on the Narthex table to use in the meantime.
2023 Stewardship 

If you have not already done so, please return your Stewardship pledge card to the church office as soon as possible, so that the church’s 2023 budget can be finalized. Pledge cards are available on the information table in the Narthex. 

If you have any questions concerning the proposed budget, please contact our Finance & Stewardship Ministry Team Moderator, Charles Stanford at 918-760-4093.
COLLEGE HILL
DEPARTMENT OF MUSIC MINISTRY

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

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 6:15 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.
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Sunday Morning Music Offerings:
December 2022

DEC 4 ~ Chancel Choir Christmas Program, during worship.
In the Bleak Midwinter ~ Harold Darke
O Natu Lux ~ Morten Lauridsen
Do You Hear What I Hear ~ Arr. Noel Regney
O Holy Night ~ Lori Decter Wright, soprano
A Garden of Carols ~ Linda Spevacek

DEC 11 ~ Still ~ Jean Anne Shafferman

DEC 18 ~ Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus
~ Robert A. Hobby

DEC 24 ~ Christmas Eve Service

DEC 25 ~ Christmas Day - No Chancel Choir
Green Team

One cool Saturday morning in early November, several friends gathered at College Hill to do what needed doing to keep our church building in working order.
 
After lights were changed, pews polished and toilets repaired, we met on the lawn to pull weeds and clear away the flowers, stems, and leaves no longer needed around the building.
 
The brown vegetation of the pollinator garden, however, remained intact. The work of the seed heads was not complete and they will remain standing tall for a bit longer. Some will feed birds and some will remain to assure next summer’s blooms for us and nectar for the pollinators.  
A good time was had by all. Old friendships renewed and new ones established. There’s nothing quite so renewing as working in the garden with a friend.
There will be other Work Days next year if you missed this one. The seasons are always changing and returning. That’s Mother Nature’s way.
Winter’s blessing upon us all!
– Mark Miller 
1st Sunday Food Collection
for Kendall Whittier
Emergency Food Pantry
Sunday, December 4

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

Cash donations are also accepted and appreciated!
2022
Birthday Endowment Fund

A meaningful way to 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.
December
1 - Jay Lockhart
 3 - Isabelle Thomason
 6 - Peter Campbell
 9 - Sue Haskins
 9 - Emily Oldham      
13 - Jana Rhoads                    
15 - Megan Buchner
15 - Caroline Johnson
17 - Kado Bissell
18 - Ronda Robertson
19 - Tally Ferguson
20 - Roberta Smith
22 - Maggie Medlock
24 - Wyneth Roulet         
28 - Charles Stanford
29 - Kathy Evanson
30 - Lisa Hays
  
 Remember the 
BIRTHDAY ENDOWMENT FUND!
Christmas Eve Service
Saturday, December 24 at 6:30 pm
Sunday Christmas Day Service of Worship
10:30 am
We will have an informal celebration gathering in the Fellowship Hall.

Sunday New Year's Day Service
10:30 am
We will have an informal gathering in the Fellowship Hall.

More information later about both of these services. And please note the time change to 10:30 am instead of 11:00 am.
Girls with Plans
Saturday, December 10
at 4:00 pm
Christmas Cookie decorating with Barb Nole

Hey, girls, let’s inspire some Christmas spirit by learning to decorate Christmas cookiesBarb Nole will be sharing her expertise with us, so you know we will have the skills to create beautiful holiday treats for our families.

These cookies will be distributed to the congregation at our Christmas Eve service. This spirited good time will be garnished with spirited drinks and a spirited reindeer game.

College Hill proudly supports a new monthly women’s group, promoting bonds of friendship and support through fun activities. The group’s primary goal is to promote inclusiveness and bonds of friendship and support through fun activities, so feel free to bring friends and family (or any non-church member). Anyone who identifies with this group, or a particular event, is always welcome!
The location of this event will be determined by the number of participants, so please (click name to) email Cynthia Fox, text her at 918-810-6608, or speak with her after worship on Sunday, so we will have a headcount to finalize plans.

Can't wait to share the
joy of the season with you!
Congratulations
Newly Elected Ruling Elders!

These 3 individuals were elected during our
Called Congregational Meeting on November 20: 

Class of 2025:
Tally Ferguson
Gini Fox
Jan Swafford
Friendsgiving Potluck Luncheon
Sunday, November 13
(Our first in almost 2 1/2 years!)
Alternative Christmas Gifts: 
Sundays~through December 18

Make a contribution to one of four local, national or global causes. Stop by Fellowship Hall and “buy” a card with any size monetary donation for one of the following:
   ~ Kendall Whittier, Inc. Emergency Food Pantry, GROW Garden, etc.
   ~ Heifer International: farm-type animal donation for international family to benefit community
   ~ Housing Solutions, LLC: development of local high-quality housing from underserved community
   ~ Presbyterian Disaster Assistance: (national and global help for shelter, food and comfort for  disaster victims
We have four cards to select from, with inserts for each of the above-mentioned causes. Please see Mark Thurston, our Outreach & Mission Ministry team Moderator, after worship.
Thursday, December 29 at 6:30 pm
 
The Great Experiment
– Why Diverse Democracies Fall Apart
and How They Can Endure
by Yascha Mounk 

The group will meet at the home of Sue Haskins to discuss Part 3 of the book, thus completing this study. A new book will be selected for the next gathering in early 2023.
 
Please contact Sue (918-557-0497) for questions, or if you are interested in joining this fun group!
Day Center Notes
Our usual November dinner has been moved to Saturday, December 3, to accommodate another group. Menu stays the same: Subway sandwiches, slaw, pickles, oranges, instant tea/lemonade, homemade cookies, plus 4 gallons of milk for breakfast. 

If you would like to contribute homemade cookies or milk, please text Caroline Johnson, 918-629-2882.
Advent in the Afternoon
Sunday, November 27
One of the meaningful elements of our ministry that has been missing for so long is the causal gathering around a cup of coffee, etc, in the Fellowship Hall before the service of worship.

We are looking for volunteer(s) to help setup and prepare the coffee each Sunday morning before gathering around 10:30 am. There are many options to help make this happen, depending on the availability of one or several volunteers taking turns.

If interested, please contact/text Emily Oldham at 918-237-9592. Thank You!
Equal Exchange
Coffee, Tea and Chocolate Sales
 
Along with other reunion activities, the Outreach & Mission Ministry team has reopened our Equal Exchange store, (on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month, in Fellowship Hall), offering products such as coffee, tea, chocolate bars, chips and cocoa. These products are not only delicious, they also make great gifts. (and we all know the holidays will be here before we know it.) But most importantly, they provide a double impact on communities!
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.
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