The Messenger
Progressive Theology, Traditional Worship, Inclusive Congregation (PCUSA)
Affiliated with More Light Presbyterians and the Covenant Network of Presbyterians
February 2023

712 S. Columbia
Tulsa, OK 74104

Church Office Hours:
Mon - Th, 9 am-3 pm
Closed on Fridays

Rev. Freeman is often working
from home on Mondays.

Worship Schedule:
11:00 am Sundays
Services are also live streamed.

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Word From the Pastor
What a meaningful time we had at our Annual Congregational Meeting & Winter Potluck Luncheon  on January 22. We’ve added lots of photos in this newsletter (thanks primarily to photos taken by John Gammie). 

If you were unable to make it, please pick up a copy of the 2022 Annual Report. It’s filled with wonderful information concerning what our ministry teams, and we together as a community of faith, accomplished last year. We are indeed blessed with such active and dedicated volunteers, especially as we continued to monitor and adjust to Covid-19 protocols.

In a sermon on the last week of January, I addressed Jesus’ call to “Follow me”. Along those lines, I continue to encourage you to think about the things that you are most passionate about – the things that give you energy and 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 been richly blessed as a loving, caring, and compassionate congregation, and we need what you (and each and every member) have to contribute!

Please note that the Season of Lent with begin with an Ash Wednesday Service of the Imposition of Ashes on February 22. More details later, but we plan to bring back the Monastic Soup Supper prior to the service.

The theme for this year’s Lenten season is “Seeking: Honest Questions for Deeper Faith.”

Blessings, Rev. Todd 
Sunday, January 22

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)

BELLissimo Handbell Ensemble of College Hill Presbyterian Church rehearses Wednesdays at 6:00 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.

Sunday Morning Music Offerings:
February 2023

FEB 5 ~ Come Thou Fount - Craig Courtney

FEB 12 ~ If Ye Love Me - David Ashley White

FEB 19 ~ Hymn of Promise - arr. John Ferguson

FEB 26 ~ A Lenten Prayer - Hal Hopson
The University of Tulsa
Concerts with Commentary
Thursday, February 9 at 7:30 pm

This series presents tenor Kim Childs and pianist Brady McElligott in a recital of Maurice Ravel’s Chansons Madécasses and Claude Debussy’s Trois Mélodies.

The concert, which will be held in Lorton Performance Center Meinig Recital Hall, is free and open to the public. For additional information, please contact the School of Music at 918-631-2738.
Birthday Endowment Fund

A meaningful way to celebrate your Birthday for this new 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.
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.
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-Gainey
19 - Katie Fox
19 - Monica Rodriguez
20 - Lindsey Smith
20 - Phyllis Wimer
24 - Dylan Watts
25 - Michelle Collins
26 - Chris Allande
26 - Tandi McAnally
26 - Debbie Chase
26 - Harper Fogarty
28 - Pat Fox
29 - Claudia Brierre
 Remember the 
Celtic Spirituality Revisited!
February 4
9:30 am in the
Fellowship Hall

The Celtic Circle is now in its 11th year! Through those years, we have explored many aspects of Celtic and other indigenous spiritual beliefs and practices. We have learned how to incorporate them into our own daily practices. 

We will gather at College Hill the morning of the 4th, to re-explore and add to what we have learned. 

This gathering is for everyone who is interested in Celtic spirituality, whether you are a “charter member” of the group or just curious about the subject.

Please contact Mark Miller for more information about this and other activities of the Celtic Circle.
Girls With Plans Group
Get Together
Friday, February 10 at 6 pm  
Hey, guys and gals! Our Girls With Plans group has designated time to focus specifically on sharing love. Let’s get together and honor each other with special valentine messages.

We will meet at Mi Cocina (1342 E. 15th St.) and will have everything we need to create and send our love notes to each other. We will also have a drawing for a special Valentine’s Day gift.
Please RSVP via text or email Cynthia Fox at 918–810–6608 or if you plan to attend, for an accurate count for our reservations. See you there!
Ordination & Installation of
Ruling Elders
Class of 2025
Jan Swafford was ordained, and Tally Ferguson, Gini Fox, and John Gammie (all previously ordained) were also installed.
More Congregational Life
It was wonderful to see Wyatt and Audrey Fox (Gini's grandchildren) again in church. They grew up while they were away!!
Thursday, February 28 at 6:30 pm
– The Logic of Human Destiny
by Robert Wright 

The group will meet at the home of Sue Haskins. Please contact Sue (918-557-0497) for questions, or if you are interested in joining this fun group!
Building & Grounds News:
Replacing old lighting with new LED lights - inside and out!
Dinners With Eight Update 

Your dinner group assignments and instructions can be found in the Fellowship Hall. Copies of the group assignments and instructions will be emailed to you as well if you provided email information at sign-up. 

If you have any questions please ask Emily Oldham or contact her via phone or text at 918-237-9592.
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. But most importantly, they provide a double impact on communities!
1st Sunday Food Collection
for Kendall Whittier
Emergency Food Pantry
Sunday, February 5

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

Canned fruit is an immediate need for the
Food Pantry, so feel free to bring donations to the church at any time, and we will distribute. 

Cash donations are also accepted and appreciated!
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