The Messenger
College Hill Presbyterian Church
Progressive Theology, Traditional Worship, Inclusive Congregation (PCUSA)
Affiliated with More Light Presbyterians and the Covenant Network of Presbyterians
February 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
On Saturday, January 12, our Ruling Elders currently on the Session, along with the outgoing elders, and Jennifer Campbell (our Clerk of Session) and myself, gathered for our annual Session Retreat at Camp Loughridge (see pictures in this newsletter).
This year, with a common interest in leadership development , we combined forces with the Council of Fellowship Congregation Church (UCC).

Our own  Glen Olson and  P.J. Brobston , who do this work together professionally, led us in several exercises and discussions on how we can better focus on, and grow in leadership development.
I am so pleased we are continuing to find meaningful ways to partner with Fellowship Congregational (you will remember that we held a combined worship service together at Phillips Seminary last fall, and also held a joint Confirmation Class) and other progressive congregations.
We closed the retreat in our separate church groups to do some necessary business. Please see the list of ministry assignments, and team moderators, in this newsletter.
I also want to mention the meaningful time we all had at our  Annual Congregational Meeting & Potluck on January 27. If you weren’t able to make it, please pick up a copy of the  2018 Annual Report . It’s filled with wonderful information concerning what we and our ministry teams accomplished last year.
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: a historical, foundational principle of our denomination is that God equips the church for its mission. That means we  already have the resources we need to fulfill God’s vision for us. Yet, that also means the church needs whatever you are joyfully willing to contribute in order to be and become all we can be as a community of faith
I continue to encourage you, therefore, to think about the things that you are most passionate about – the things that bring deep meaning to your life. Then,  find a ministry team opportunity here at College Hill where you can volunteer and share your passion, energy, gifts and talents.  We have indeed been richly blessed as a loving, caring, and compassionate congregation.

Rev. Todd
2019 CHPC Session
Ministry Teams Assignments:

Building & Grounds           Mark Miller*, Gini Fox*  

Christian Education           Alicia Odum*
Gretchen Hrachovec

Congregational Care         Becky Doyle*
Fellowship                         Clay Finck-Ward*

Finance & Stewardship     David Robertson*
Terry Baxter

Nominating                        Robert Babcock*
Clay Finck-Ward

Outreach & Mission          Terry Baxter*
Gay Miller, Mary Ann Bumgarner

Personnel                           Robert Babcock*

Technology & Communication   Chris Newsome*
Haley Brobston

Visitor & New Member Nurture    Sue Haskins*
 Gretchen Hrachovec

Worship & Music              Bill Nole*

* Denotes Moderator

The incoming class of Ruling Elders serving on the Session. Photo from the Ordination & Installation Service on January 13, 2019.

From left to right: Chris Newsome, Haley Brobston, Clay Finck-Ward, Gretchen Hrachovec, Rev. Freeman, Mary Ann Bumgarner.
Annual Congregational Meeting & Potluck
January 27, 2019
Annual Session Retreat

Returning to Camp Loughridge again this year, our Session combined forces with the Council of Fellowship Congregational Church (UCC). We had a common interest in learning more about Leadership Development. We were led by our own Glen Olson and P.J. Brobston - who do this work professionally! It was a meaningful experience, and one we will be processing throughout the year.
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more photos!

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

Remember the 
Birthday Endowment Fund!
JoAnn Smith

Church member JoAnn Smith (Carolyn Brady's mother) turned 100 years old on Christmas Day, 2018.

On January 19, 2019, a big celebration was held for her at Inverness Village, where she lives. Over 20 direct descendants attended, along with many friends from Inverness, College Hill, and others.

Photos below include the special presentation of JoAnn's induction to the Centenarians of Oklahoma; youngsters: Charlotte Bronston, Alice Stanford and Betty Coleman; Alice & Charles Stanford; Rev. Freeman.
Equal Exchange
Coordinator Needed

Most commercial cocoa, coffee, and tea farmers have very little control over the growing market and price of their products. However, Equal Exchange encourages co-operatives, environmentally sustainable growing practices, employs fewer middlemen, and provides better prices for growers.

For several years, College Hill has sold Equal Exchange products, with the small profit margin dedicated to Just Hope projects, such as micro-banks, clinic, and model farm. A very special thank you to Gay & Mark Miller and Martha Brown for their faithful dedication to our “store.”

Having ironed out all the wrinkles of ordering and keeping the “store” open and stocked, Terry Baxter, moderator of the Outreach & Mission ministry team, would like to offer the opportunity of this relatively simple but satisfying (& delicious) work to other volunteers(s).If the line of eager applicants ins long – take a number, and the winner will be announced by the ministry team in January. Any questions, call Martha Brown, 918-583-3652.
Luncheon Club
Thursday, February 21
at Noon

Luncheon Club typically meets the third Thursday of the month (except in July) for delicious food, fun and fellowship!

This month, our own Susan West  will speak about the Tulsa Master Gardener program. 

Please bring a dish for the potluck and participate in the great food and fellowship. Click names to) contact Gretchen Hannefield or Gay Miller for more information. Hope to see you there!
Book Study
Small Group

Tuesday, February 26
6:30 pm

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

The Evolution of God
by Robert Wright

"Through the prisms of archaeology, theology, and evolutionary psychology, Wright's findings overturn basic assumptions about Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, and are sure to cause controversy. He explains why spirituality has a role today, and why science, contrary to conventional wisdom, affirms the validity of the religious quest."

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)
Something for the Spirit

- by Steve Garnaas-Holmes
The Spirit of God is upon me,
         because God has anointed me         
         to bring good news to the poor. 
         God has sent me to proclaim release to the
         and recovery of sight to the blind,
          to let the oppressed go free, 
         to proclaim the year of God’s favor.
                  —Luke 4.18-19

Fill me, Spirit.
Fill me with the grace that is good news
for all who are poor.
Fill me with compassion for those who are captive
in body or in soul.
Grant me eyes of love,
with which to open eyes that are blind.
Set me free with freedom that will set others free.
Give me courage to to pray, to bear witness,
to speak, to act for justice. 
Holy Spirit, let my life in every moment
proclaim your grace.

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

February 2019
Sunday Morning Music Offerings
Featuring the Chancel Choir
Feb. 3 - Awake, My Heart
~ Jane Marshall

Feb. 10 - Come Follow Me ~
Diane Bucchianeri, Cello

Feb. 17 - Blessed Is The Man
~ Jane Marshall

Feb. 24 - Preserve My Soul, O God
~ Will James


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,  we are welcoming new members . Please contact the Director of Music.


BELLissimo Handbell Ensemble of College Hill r ehearses  Wednesdays  at  5:45 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.

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

Dr. Duane Bidwell

A longtime friend of College Hill (Duane and his family attended worship here regularly when he was a professor at Phillips Theological Seminary a decade ago) came back to Tulsa for a series of gatherings promoting his recent book, When One Religion Isn't Enough: The Lives of Spiritually Fluid People. He shared his research and led a meaningful discussion here at College Hill on January 14.

Duane is the Professor of Practical Theology, Spiritual Care, and Counseling at Claremont School of Theology in California.

Rev. Freeman has known Duane since he served on the Board of Directors of the Tarrant Country AIDS Interfaith Network in Fort Worth in the mid 1990s, where Duane served as its Executive Director.
 1st Sunday Food Collection
KWI Food Pantry
February 3, 2019

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 .
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.

Make a lifelong impact on a child 
who struggles with reading.

Reading Partners provides one-on-one reading instruction to elementary school students reading below grade level to help them succeed 
in school and in life.

·     Give as little as one hour a week. Flexible weekday volunteer times are available Monday through Thursday between 8am and 3pm. 
·     Follow a highly effective, structured, 
and easy-to-use curriculum. 
·     No formal teaching experience is required.

For more information or to sign up:
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