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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  
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

A very big THANK YOU to everyone who worked to coordinate our 6th Annual Memorial Day Weekend Worship & Picnic on May 28 at my home. I always find worship in an outdoor setting very spiritual. A special expression of gratitude to those on the Worship & Music and Fellowship ministry teams (P.J. Brobston and Clay Finck-Ward, moderators, respectively).

Please take a look at the pictures in this newsletter and (click) to see our Facebook page. It was a great morning and afternoon (with about 80 folks!) of relaxed worship, fellowship, food, trampoline jumping, canoeing and some fishing.

There are also some good pictures of the recently completed Vacation Church School (VCS). Special thanks to Stefanie Olson (and all the volunteers) for coordinated this year’s event!

I am one of those who believe that relevant and active congregations rely not so much on its many programs and events, but its fellowship – the authenticity and genuine relationships and interactions among church members and friends.

Like all congregations, we call ourselves a “community of faith.” While addressing issues of faith is obviously crucial to any church, a congregation does so at its own peril if it does not work equally hard to emphasize the importance of building and maintaining a sense of authentic community.

We continue to be blest with new members. But how many of us know (or remember) everyone by name? I struggle with that at times, as well. But that’s a great place to start, and that’s why I think wearing name badges is so important. I have finally learned to not be embarrassed to admit I have forgotten a name and simply re-ask that person.

Many of you will be taking a well-deserved vacation in the months ahead – so have fun, get some rest, and enjoy life. I look forward to a summer with opportunities to gather together to participate in the blessings of worship, education, mission, fellowship, and the development of true community.


Rev. Todd Freeman

The Rev. Dr. Don Roulet
1936 - 2017

Don chose from a young age to dedicate his life to serving others. Through his ministry and activism, he has touched thousands of lives, spanning multiple generations. We will forever be grateful for his service to the community.

Don will be missed, but his legacy will live on in the hearts and minds of those he touched.
Love, prayers and blessings to Wyneth and family.

No date for a Memorial Celebration has been set.
Sunday, June 18
6th Annual Memorial Day Weekend Worship & Picnic

The congregation turned out in record numbers this year to enjoy a wonderful day of fellowship and worship, at the beautiful home of Rev. Todd.
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.

June Birthdays

     3 - Mark Thurston
    4 -  Gary Hayes
    6 - Bryan Finck-Ward
    6 - Lupe Tovar 
    7 - Linda Watts
    7 - Jacque Maxwell  
   10 - Wilce Williams
  12 - Melanie Brennan
  12 - Andrew Campbell
  12 - Lee Johns
  15 - Patrick Ohlson
  16 - Datha Zimmerman
  17 - Evie Olson
  19 - Martha Brown
  19 - Walter Echols
   20 - Jan Williams
   21 - Mary Fitzgerald
   22 - Jeanette Featherston
   23 - Elyse Jensen
   23 - Audrey Fox
   23 - Glen Olson
   24 - David Matthew Zerger
   25 - Bobbe Hornback

Remember the 
Birthday Endowment Fund!
Saturday, June 3 - Tulsa Pride Parade and Festival

Thursday, June 15  -  Luncheon Club at noon

Thursday, June 22 - Openarms Youth Project Meal

2017 Tulsa Pride Parade and Festival   THIS Saturday, June 3  

Parade Volunteers
Needed ASAP

  Come march with us in the 2017 Tulsa Pride Parade! College Hill will have a truck in the parade that needs riders. We need plenty more walkers, and a large, supportive crowd for those who cannot make the entire parade. Marchers and riders should arrive at the parade start at 13th and Boston around 5:30 pm. The Pride Parade starts at 6:00 and is family and dog friendly. Hope to see you there! Please (click name to) contact Gay Miller ASAP for more information.
College Hill Info Booth  Volunteers
Needed ASAP

College Hill will again have an informational booth indoors in the air conditioned Exhibition Hall during the Pride Festival. We are looking for volunteers to sign up for one-hour time slots to greet festival attendees and provide information about College Hill. We also need volunteer(s) for setup and take down. There will be seating provided along with a table in a 10x10 booth. 

Please (click name to) contact Emily Gamel or Terry Gamel
Pentecost Service
Sunday, June 4
Luncheon Club
Thursday, June 15 at Noon

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

Plan to join us for wonderful food, fellowship and Bingo!

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.

I don't seem to be able to write my "Thank You" notes, so forgive me. I appreciate all the support, prayers and gifts. You are wonderful friends and I "Thank You" very much.

Charlotte Bronston
2017 Vacation Church School

Our youth enjoyed a fun time of fellowship and learning during VCS. Thank you to the many volunteers who help with this event each year!


Pentecost - June 4 – Breathe on Me by Dana Mengel – featuring the Chancel Choir with Mike Gibson, organist. BELLissimo Handbell Ensemble will be performing Susan T. Nelson’s Chaconne.

Trinity Sunday – June 11 – The Majesty and Glory of Your Name  by Tom Fettke – featuring the Chancel Choir with organist Mike Gibson.

June 18 – Make a Joyful Noise by Hal H. Hopson – featuring the Chancel Choir and organist Mike Gibson. 

June 25 – TBA



The Chancel Choir of College Hill Presbyterian Church rehearses Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. in the second story choral room (next to the church office) for singing, fellowship and fun! Rehearsals have begun – and 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. Please contact the Director of Music at or 918-230-2770.

The Chancel Choir will be in recess from June 25 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.


 BELLissimo Handbell Ensemble of College Hill Presbyterian Church has bell-ringing rehearsals Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m.  If you are interested in playing in this fun ensemble (permanent member or substitute), please contact Director of Music for more information. Rehearsals have begun – please email the Director of Music or call him at 918-230-2770.

BELLissimo will be in recess from June 21 through August 9. Wednesday rehearsals will resume August 16.

(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!  I am signing up!  Who will join me? 

Openarms Youth Project Meal
Thursday, June 22

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 and to see how you can help.
Something for  the Spirit

What is Pentecost? Why Does It Matter?
by Rev. Dr. Mark D. Roberts

What is Pentecost? For Christians, Pentecost is a holiday on which we commemorate the coming of the Holy Spirit on the early followers of Jesus.

Before the events of the first Pentecost, which came a few weeks after Jesus’ death and resurrection, there were followers of Jesus, but no movement that could be meaningfully called “the church.” Thus, from an historical point of view, Pentecost is the day on which the church was started. This is also true from a spiritual perspective, since the Spirit brings the church into existence and enlivens it. Thus Pentecost is the church’s birthday.

 To read the entire blog, CLICK HERE

  Sunday, June 25

Sunday, June 25th, at Panera Bread (15th & Utica) immediately following worship service.

Our next Book Club selection is the surprise French bestseller (translated), The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery. With an upscale Parisian apartment building as the background, the story is told in double narrative - one by the nondescript 50-something concierge and the other by a 12-year-old resident, both of whom are much more than meets the eye.  As described in the Huffington Post, "The Elegance of the Hedgehog is about love. But not the sappy, head-over-heels variety. Rather, it's about the love of one's friends. It's about the love you can experience when you connect with strangers. And it's about the possibility—but just that—of romantic love."

The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery is available at book stores, your local library, and other book sources.  Book Club will meet for lunch and discussion on Sunday, June 25th, 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).

1st Sunday Food Collection 
KWI Emergency Food Pantry
June 4

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!
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.  

Visit our Facebook page for
more photos!
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