The Messenger
College Hill Presbyterian Church
Progressive Theology, Traditional Worship, Inclusive Congregation (PCUSA)
Affiliated with More Light Presbyterians and the Covenant Network of Presbyterians
June 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.
Sunday, June 16
Word From the Pastor
A very big  THANK YOU to everyone who worked to coordinate our  8 th Annual Memorial Day Weekend Worship & Picnic  on May 26 at my home.

I always find worship in an outdoor setting very spiritual – and this year the service was led by our youth!! There was lots of participatory singing and a wonderful message about love from Haley Brobston . A special expression of gratitude to Gini Fox for working with our youth to prepare this service, and to those on the  Worship & Music  and Fellowship  ministry teams (Bill Nole and Clay Finck-Ward, moderators, respectively). It was a great morning and afternoon (with about 82 folks) of relaxed worship, fellowship, great food, and trampoline jumping. 
Relevant and active congregations rely not only on their many programs and events, including worship, but also in opportunities for  fellowship – the authenticity and genuine relationships and interactions among church members and friends
Thanks to those of you who have volunteered time and energy to participate in this year’s annual Tulsa Pride events, including the  Pride Parade on Saturday, June 1, and the  Information Table at the Equality Center throughout that day. Thanks to those who coordinated these two opportunities for College Hill to share our message of God’s inclusive love with the LGBTQ community .
We will be participating with University United Methodist Church to present Vacation Church School from June 17-19. Also, take note of our Ice Cream Social on June 23. 
Many of you will be taking a well-deserved vacation in the months ahead – so have fun, get some rest, enjoy life and the beauty of creation. 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
8th Annual Memorial Day Weekend
Worship & Picnic at Angel Acres
(Rev. Freeman's home)
May 26, 2019

Worship was led by our YOUTH
The youth led a camp-style service filled with lots of participatory singing. Thanks to Michelle Brobston for providing guitar accompaniment!
Haley Brobston presented an inspiring message on the different meanings of the word "love."
We’re a little safer at College Hill thanks to CPR and AED (automated electronic defibrillator) training given by Susan West in April, to those who work directly with the children of the church. Participants included Alicia Odum, Wyneth Roulet, Gretchen Hrachovec, along with our nursery staff members, Meghan Lovett and Kye May
Susan demonstrates how to help a choking child.
Alicia, Gretchen, Wyneth, Kye and Meghan practice
life-saving skills with infants.
Start that heart! Meghan and Kye set up the AED, while Alicia continues CPR on her adult 'victim'.
That’s not all Susan has done to enhance our safety.  She has updated our First Aid kit, removed possible hazards in the nursery , and has seen to the replacement of outdated fire extinguishers.  Soon to come: a new safety form for parents to complete for their children. 
Thank you, Susan, for all of these preventative measures!
Brad Brummel leads another thought-provoking
discussion during a recent Adult Church School class.
Something for the Spirit
Thin Places, Contemplation, and Discernment: A Few Questions About Celtic Spirituality

by Carl McColman
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.
Visit our Facebook page for
more photos!
  3 - Mark Thurston
 4 - Gary Hayes
 6 - Bryan Finck-Ward
 6 - Lupe Tovar
 7 - Linda Watts
 7 - Jacque Maxwell
 7 - Clint Barker
10 - Wilce Williams
12 - Melanie Brennan   
12 - Andrew Campbell   
12 - Lee Johns
15 - Patrick Ohlson
16 - Datha Zimmerman
17 - Evelyn Olson         
19 - Martha Brown
19 - Walter Z. 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!
New Member
Kathy Davis

School’s out!  And Kathy Davis, who teaches Algebra 2 at Sand Springs Middle School, has mixed emotions.  She never imagined that rising flood waters would cancel out the last few days of classes…and her final exam.  Students can take the exam later in the principal’s office, but Kathy will miss the chance to see first-hand whether her charges really absorbed weeks of instruction in equations.

With a laugh, Kathy says that majoring in math has meant that she’s never had to look for a job in Oklahoma.  After graduating from Northeastern State (BS) and TU (MS), Kathy was snapped up by Citgo Petroleum.  After a few years, she felt God calling her to work with young people.  An offer to teach immediately came from Sperry Middle School, and 16 years later, the Sand Springs system came calling.  She’s been there for 12 years, and plans to teach just one year more. (Take your stand, Kathy! Work can be an earthly joy, but retirement is heaven!)

In her spare time, Kathy enjoys gardening, reading, playing with her 5 rescue pets, and maintaining long-time friendships. Until recently, she was an active member at First Christian Church (Disciples) in Tulsa. Over the past 12 years she has played many roles there, from Sunday School teacher to choir member, to bell-ringer, to Moderator of the Board (which functions similarly to our Session). 

Despite Kathy’s sly sense of humor (usually directed at herself), she is very serious about her purpose in life:  to listen to God; to live in the present moment; and to work for a world that values and treats all people with equal care and respect.  She finds that the worship service at College Hill matches her personal outlook and inspires her to grow in her faith. Kathy, we look forward to enjoying your sense of humor and involvement in the life of our congregation! 
2019 Tulsa Pride Parade
THIS Saturday, June 1st
Volunteers Needed!
Please  join College Hill,  with other churches and community groups, to take pride in our inclusiveness as a city and community and exhibit the strength of diversity. Come march with us in the 2019 Tulsa Pride Parade!  College Hill will have a truck in the parade and we need riders, lots of walkers and a large, supportive crowd  for those who cannot make the entire parade.

The  parade  starts at 6:00 pm  and we will  meet at 5:00 pm  at the line up location at 13th and Boston (in the north parking lot). The parade route will continue north on Boston to the Dennis R Neil Equality Center.

College Hill will also have a  booth  at the Pride Festival and will need   volunteers  to work  one-hour shifts  at our booth inside the air-conditioned Equality Center.

Please contact our Outreach & Mission Ministry Team Moderator  Terry Baxter,  or click here for more information about the event.
Sunday Sundaes!
Ice Cream Social
Sunday, June 23 at Noon
Fellowship Hall
Kendall Whittier, Inc.
Golf Fore Groceries
Saturday, June 1
Bailey Golf Ranch ~ Owasso
Spring is here - along with the highly-anticipated opportunity to spend time outdoors! Do you golf? Here's a chance to get out and enjoy the links while helping to feed neighbors in need .

All proceeds benefit the programs of Kendall Whittier Inc., including our Emergency Food Pantry and Community Gardens. Each golfer's registration provides 20 hungry neighbors with nutritious groceries for a week.
Don't golf? You can assist us by becoming an event sponsor or volunteer.
Registration is open now for KWI's first-ever charity golf scramble!

Spaces are going quickly-so please
be sure to register now!
Luncheon Club
Fellowship Hall
Thursday, June 20
at Noon

Our speaker this month will be the Rev. Ann Lamar . Her program is titled “Nan and Gran Search for Buried Ancestors in England.” Intrigued?  

The group typically meets the third Thursday of the month (except in July), either in Fellowship Hall, or at a nearby restaurant.

Please bring a dish to share and plan to join us for wonderful food, fun and fellowship!

Please (click names to) contact Gretchen Hannefield or Gay Miller for more information.

All are invited - hope to see you there!
Free Technology!

Free technology on the table in the (3rd floor) Tower Room ! We found lots of unused items-including media, media players, speakers , reference materials and more , during our recent All Church Workday. If you are interested in taking any off our hands, please feel free!

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

June 2019
Sunday Morning Music Offerings
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June 2:
Be Thou My Vision - Alice Parker
Choral Anthem

Breathe On Me - Dana Mengel
Choral Anthem 

BELLissimo - Introit: Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven - Patricia Hurlbutt

Choral Anthem: Lord of Feasting and of Hunger Carl Schalk

BELLissimo - Offertory: The Adventure Begins - Ron Mallory

June 23
Special Music: Lori Decter Wright , soprano
June 30 - Special Music : TBA
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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 are now in recess until Wednesday, August 7. If you 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 rehearses 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) this fall, please contact Director of Music for more information.

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

Book Study
Small Group

Tuesday, June 24
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)
Congregational Care Seeking New Ministry Team Members

If you are interested, and/or would like more information, please (click name to) contact Moderator Becky Doyle.
Save the Date!
All Church Fall Retreat at
Dwight Mission
October 11-13

Plan to join us for c ampfires, s'mores, hot beverages and fun fellowship! 
More details will be provided soon.
 1st Sunday Food Collection
KWI Food Pantry
June 2

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 .
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.
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.
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