The Messenger
College Hill Presbyterian Church
Progressive Theology, Traditional Worship, Inclusive Congregation (PCUSA)
Affiliated with More Light Presbyterians and the Covenant Network of Presbyterians  
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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

In January, the 12 Ruling Elders of our congregation currently on the Session, along with Jennifer Campbell (our Clerk of Session) and me, gathered for our Annual Session Retreat, which was held at my home. One of the exercises we went through was to break into three groups and discuss how we are doing in the area of traits of healthy and effective congregations. The three lists are below. I encourage you to take a look and evaluate how we’re doing. If you have any particular concerns, I’d really appreciate hearing about it so that we can look at that trait in more detail.  

"Twelve Central Characteristics of an Effective Church."   Kennon L. Callahan, Twelve Keys to an Effective Church (Jossey-Bass)

  1. specific, concrete missional objectives
  2. pastoral/lay visitation in community
  3. corporate, dynamic worship
  4. significant relational groups
  5. strong leadership resources
  6. solid, participatory decision-making
  7. competent programs and activities
  8. open accessibility
  9. high visibility
  10. adequate parking and landscaping
  11. adequate space and facilities
  12. solid financial resources

  "Ten Things Successful User-Friendly Churches Don't Do."  George Barna, User-Friendly Churches (Regal)

  1. limit God
  2. beat a dead horse
  3. humiliate visitors
  4. insulate themselves from the community
  5. alienate those who are different
  6. cold-call evangelism
  7. apologize for seeking help
  8. avoid confrontation
  9. base staffing on precedent
  10. take the safe route

  "Seven Vital Steps to Create a Healthy Blend of Effectiveness and Faithfulness"   Bruce Shelley and Marshall Shelley, The Consumer Church (InterVarsity)

  1. identify prevailing values and lifestyles in their ministry context
  2. determine common values with people they would reach
  3. design attractive programs to serve the people they would reach
  4. these ministries must be viewed as significant spiritual steps toward the "common life" of the church
  5. be sensitive and receptive to the unchurched
  6. "charm" these seekers into a more mature and explicit expression of Christian discipleship in worship, membership and outreach
  7. reshape the values and lifestyles of new members and enlist them in outreach

  While there is always more we can accomplish, we felt that overall the church is doing quite well. I also encourage you to think about the things that you are most passionate about – the things that bring deep meaning to your life. Then, find a ministry opportunity here at College Hill where you can volunteer and share your passion and energy. We need what you have to offer!  

Blessings, Rev. Todd

Click here for Previous Sermons - including the Sermon Series on Mary, the Mother of Jesus, during the season of Advent.

Thursday, Feb. 9 - Author visit and book signing - Macy Halford, My Utmost at 7:00 pm in Fellowship Hall

Thursday, Feb. 16  -   Luncheon Club at noon

Monday, Feb. 17 - Game Night at 6:00 pm

Thursday, Feb. 23 - Openarms Youth Project Meal
2017 Session Ministry Teams

MINISTRY TEAM                        
RULING ELDER               

     Building & Grounds                     
          David Zerger*
     Christian Education                     
          Nancy Gammie*
          Stefanie Olson 
     Congregational Care                   
          Marilyn Hill*
           Alicia Odum                
     Evangelism & Communication    
          Terry Gamel*
          Clay Finck-Ward 
          Trisha Alexander
          Clay Finck-Ward*
          Terry Gamel 
          Alicia Odum
     Finance & Stewardship               
          Johnna Thurston* 
          David Robertson
          Marilyn Hill*
     Outreach & Mission                     
          Gay Miller*
          Trisha Alexander*
     Worship & Music                         
          PJ Brobston*
* denotes Ministry Team Moderator

   Class of 2017
Clay Finck-Ward
Nancy Gammie
Johnna Thurston
David Zerger

 Class of 2018 
PJ Brobston
Terry Gamel  
Marilyn Hill 
Stefanie Olson 

 Class of 2019
Trisha Alexander
Gay Miller
Alicia Odum
David Robertson
Annual Congregational  Meeting - January 22
After Mike Evanson's Annual Treasurer Report, Johnna Thurston, moderator of the Finance & Stewardship ministry team, led the gathered congregation in expressing deep appreciation on the occasion of Mike's retirement after 25 years of faithful and dedicated service as our Church Treasurer.
Potluck Luncheon ~ January 22
February Birthdays

   2 - Barbara Perry
    5 - Molly Dickason
   5 - David Zerger
   6 - Alicia Odum
   7 - Ann Franklin
   8 - Mark Watson
   8 - Joseph West
  11 - Jordan Burrows
  11 - Jack Robertson
  11 - Kevin McAnally
  12 - Joy Kelly
  12 - Barb Nole
  14 - Shelta Sneed
  14 - MaryGrace Livingston-Gainey
  18 - Barbara Bucchianeri
  19 - Katie Fox
   19 - Monica Rodriguez
  20 - Lindsey Smith
  24 - Dylan Watts
  26 - Chris Allande
   26 - Tandi McAnally
   28 - Pat Fox
   29 - Claudia Brierre

Remember the 
Birthday Endowment Fund!
Something for
the Spirit

Let's Fight the Good Fight
- with Kindness

by Tom Rapsas
January 15, 2017
Could we be any more divided as a country? It seems like Americans are now standing on two sides of a divide as wide as the Grand Canyon—and it’s impossible to get inside the heads of the side that doesn’t agree with you.  What are they thinking?

I’m as outraged as anyone. But on a certain level, I know that’s not good. You see, like you, I’ve got friends and family members on the other side. And the easy thing to do right now is focus on how different we are, to take another’s well-intentioned beliefs and demonize them for it.

So how do we handle what are for many of us are trying times? Yes, we need to stand up for what we believe in and fight the good fight, but I suggest that when we’re dealing with those closest to us, we do it with a little less outrage, and a little more kindness...

  Thursday, February 9
7:00 pm at College Hill:

Author visit and book signing: Macy Halford, who grew up in a Southern Baptist evangelical home in Dallas, became a writer for the New Yorker, and currently lives in France.

Her memoir, My Utmost, illuminates the ties between religion, culture, and place, and the ability of faith—and literature—to transcend them. This event is presented by
BookSmart Tulsa and Magic City Books.
                 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! 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 spring season. 



BELLissimo Handbell Ensemble of College Hill Presbyterian Church rehearses Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. in the second story choral room. If you are interested in playing in this fun ensemble (permanent member or substitute), please contact Director of Music for more information.

(Click name) to contact our Director of Music,  

Dr. Kim J. Childs, Director of Music
Mike Gibson, Organist
Luncheon Club
Thursday, Feb 16 at Noon

Luncheon Club meets the third Thursday of each month in Fellowship Hall.

This month’s program will include a book review of “A Man Called Ove”, with Wayne Hardy, retired Central Media Manager and friends of TCCL Board Member.

Plan to join us for wonderful food, fellowship and fun! Please contact Gretchen Hannefield or Gay Miller if you are interested in more information, or have a presentation or program idea you would like to share.
Game Night
Friday, February 17
6:00 pm in Fellowship Hall

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 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!
Book Club
Sunday, March 5

A Man Called Ove
by Fredrick Backman

Described as "light-hearted", "charming", and "deeply moving", it may come as a surprise that the protagonist and title character of  A Man Called Ove is what most people would call a curmudgeon.  Fredrick Backman's debut novel, translated from the original Swedish to English, is indeed an easy, entertaining read, but also thoughtful and heartbreaking.   A Man Called Ove is the perfect book to read while curled up by the fire on a cold winter day, and then join us for lunch and discussion at book club...  or you can cheat and watch the movie, now playing in Tulsa at The Circle Cinema.)

A Man Called Ove by Fredrick Backman 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 Book Club.
1st Sunday Food Collection - KWI
February 5

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!
Openarms Youth Project Meal
Thursday, February 23

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.
The Book Study Group gathered at the home of
Don & Wyneth Roulet recently.

The group meets on the 4th Tuesday of each month at 6:30 pm. Contact John Gammie if you are interested in more information about getting involved in this group. 
2017 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, and placed in the basket on the Narthex information table.

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!
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.

Flower Chart
If you would like to  bring flowers to decorate the sanctuary for an upcoming worship service, please  sign upon the Flower Chart on the bulletin board in Fellowship Hall. There are many open dates 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.
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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