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

It’s summer! Let me begin by wishing all of you a very fun and safe 4th of July weekend. I especially pray for those of you who are traveling this month – hopefully to spend some ‘down time’ vacationing, visiting family and friends, and marveling at God’s beautiful creation all around us.

I want to encourage each and every one of us to continue learning how to take “Sabbath” seriously. Experiencing rest for our bodies, minds, and spirits is increasingly more necessary in this hectic time in which we live. It is my hope and prayer that you are able to find some meaningful sabbath time in the summer months ahead. One of my favorite quotes on this subject that you may find helpful in your own efforts to find necessary rest and relaxation is:

Sabbath is an invitation to come home – home to God and to ourselves.
Sabbath is a time to:


Sabbath is about understanding life as a gift,
knowing ourselves as part of God’s creation and resting our full weight in that grace.


Rev. Todd Freeman

The church office will be
closed July 3rd-4th.
2017 Tulsa Pride Parade
Rev. Debbie Chase leading our
Adult Church School class
Rev. Gordon Edwards leading our
Adult Church School class
Steven, Nataya, Adelyn & Carter Bostic
Baptism of Carter Bostic 
Tim Smith-Ream & Jeff Ream
Joseph Wright, Lori Decter Wright,
Libby & Theo Wright
Rev. Freeman greeting David Hensley
Pat Lucy & Julie Buckley
Brooklyn Hovenga, Evie Olson
& Aubrey Hovenga
The children of the church show their gratitude during Teacher Appreciation Day
Jennie Wachowski-Estes
& Diane Bucchianeri
Nancy Gammie and Barbara Perry
Trinna Burrows leads our Soulful Singers
July Birthdays

     2 - Bill Major
    6 - Janie Potts
    6 - Cathey Wilson
    6 - Mark Miller 
    9 - Donovan Hamilton     
  10 - Gini Fox
   10 - Mike Gibson
  12 - Kaitlyn Robertson
  17 - Mike Patterson
  18 - Tim Smith-Ream
  18 - Charlotte Slemp
  18 - Ron Brown
  21 - Gary Watts
  21 - Bryson Hovenga
  24 - Bert Woodall
   27 - Rosie Brown
   29 - Dewey Echols
   30 - Michael Butler
   31 - Helen Holzschuh
   31 - Deborah Hunter
   31 - David Stambaugh
   31 - Andrew Zimmerman

Remember the 
Birthday Endowment Fund!
Tuesday, July 4 - Kendall-Whittier Parade

Saturday, July 22 - Day Center Meal

Sunday, July 30 - 5th Sunday Offering-Sequoyah Elementary Uniforms
July 4th Parade
Tuesday, July 4th  9:30-noon

The annual p arade will be held at Kendall-Whittier Park at  10:00 a.m.

Kids can decorate their bikes, trikes, wagons, etc. or you can come on foot . Decorating begins at 9:30 am, under the covered walkway of the school. Join us for food, fun and entertainment! 

Several College Hill folks be will there as volunteers, like Charlotte Bronston, Barbara & Bill Nole, Jennifer & Jim Campbell, Katie Walker and Gretchen Hannefield.
College Hill
5th Sunday Special Offering
July 30

For our upcoming 5th Sunday Special Offering, we will be focusing on helping provide uniforms for students at Sequoyah Elementary School.

You can donate items
from either of these categories:

Khaki, black, or navy pants
children’s sizes 4-18

Navy blue, baby blue, yellow, or white polo shirts

children’s sizes S, M, or L

Monetary donations are also accepted. Please make your check to College Hill Presbyterian Church and write “Sequoyah Uniforms” on the memo line.

For more information, (click name to) contact Outreach and Mission Team moderator Gay Miller. Thanks for your generous support!
Hispanic Fellowship Anniversary

Congratulations to the folks in our Hispanic Fellowship who are celebrating the ministry’s 10-year anniversary here at College Hill!


Felicitaciones a la gente de nuestra Hispanic Fellowship en este 10 aniversario del ministerio aquí en College Hill!



July 2Isaiah Feken, baritone
July 9David Robertson, tenor
July 16Bill Major and Robert Babcock, baritones
July 23Women Rule!
July 30Lori Decter Wright, soprano



The Chancel Choir of College Hill Presbyterian Church is currently in recess through August 13. Various soloists, instrumentalists and ensembles will be performing throughout the summer months during Sunday morning worship. Wednesday night rehearsals will resume August 9.

 The Chancel Choir rehearses Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. in the second story choral room (next to the church office) for singing, fellowship and fun! If you are a singer and 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 is currently in recess through August 9. Wednesday rehearsals will resume August 16.
BELLissimo Ensemble rehearsals Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m.  If you are interested in playing in this fun ensemble (permanent member or substitute) this fall, please contact Director of Music for more information. Rehearsals have begun – please email Director of Music.

(Click name) to contact our Director of Music,  

Dr. Kim J. Childs, Director of Music
Mike Gibson, Organist
CHPC Kids Connection
Summer Volunteer Opportunities!

From July 2 to August 27 (9 Sundays) the Christian Education Ministry team is looking for 9 different volunteers to help Kye oversee the children’s Kids Connection program from 11:00 to 12:00 during worship.  

Kye has been working with the children since last Fall and is quite accustomed working with them.  So, prospective volunteers can expect the responsibility for oversight to be a joint effort. If you choose to volunteer, this is an opportunity to get to know our church’s darling children or learn something new about the ones you already know.

You can share an important Sunday school lessons from your childhood, teach them a song or a craft, tell a story, share a talent, or just hang out with them for the hour.

Please (click name to) contact Nancy Gammie or Alicia Odum to add your name to the calendar for one of the 9 Sundays!  

Summer is here and while it is considered a carefree season, it can be a time of struggle and worry for many families. 62% of Oklahoma children receive free or reduced meals while in school, so during summer break, too many of those meals are lost.

The Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma needs your help to try to supply some of these meals to children in need. Monetary donations can be made through their secure website at or you may call 918-936-4508. 
Day Center for the Homeless Meal
Saturday, July 22

We'll prepare a summertime supper at the Day Center, serving BBQ hotdogs, relishes and Barb Nole's beautifully decorated cookies. 

Check out Caroline's Clipboard after church to donate time, money or food. 

DF7O8 Sign Up

The Spring/Summer Dinners for 7 or 8 are being planned. Hosts that have not scheduled your event, please contact your group to do so.

Guests can feel free to contact your host to check the status and see if assistance in planning or scheduling is needed.  Dinners can be held in the home or at a restaurant.

If you are interested in signing up, have questions or need your information resent to you, please (click name to) contact Clay Finck-Ward

Something for  the Spirit

A Prayer for Those on Vacation

By Steve Garnaas-Holmes

God of Sabbath, Master of infinite playfulness, bless those who are on vacation. Protect them from the worries of home. Guide them, that they may become lost in a new place, with no way but to wander. Shepherd them to still places. Watch over them, that they may not stumble into work or obligation. Grant them wonder, delight, renewal and release. Run the world without them. May their fireworks be grand, their campfires lovely, their beaches uncrowded, their traffic at peace. When they are renewed, bring them home safe, whole and changed. And may the savoring pace of their absence stay with them, by your grace. Amen.

1st Sunday Food Collection 
KWI Emergency Food Pantry
July 2

Our First 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.
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

M embers are encouraged to  bring flowers to decorate the sanctuary for worship services.  Please sign up on the Flower Chart, which is posted on the bulletin board in Fellowship Hall.

Your dedication will be announced in that Sunday's Worship Bulletin.

Flowers can be purchased from any store or bought from your own yard or garden. 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