The Messenger
Progressive Theology, Traditional Worship, Inclusive Congregation (PCUSA)
Affiliated with More Light Presbyterians and the Covenant Network of Presbyterians
June 2023
712 S. Columbia Ave.
Tulsa, OK 74104

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

Rev. Freeman is now working from home on Mondays.

Worship Schedule:
11:00 am Sundays
Worship services have resumed in the sanctuary.
Services are also live streamed.

Church Email:

Pastor Email:


YouTube Channel:
June 18
Word from the Pastor
As it states in the title of the gospel song, "Soon and Very Soon", my return to College Hill from an 8-week sabbatical is coming very soon - June 6. I can't wait!

The photo (above) sums up my time away perfectly. When posted on my Facebook page, one comment labeled it my "Sabbatical rested face." Another, "You wear sabbatical well."

I don't think I will ever find the words to adequately express my gratitude for what has indeed been a blessed and transformative experience.

My first Sunday back will be June 11. I am looking forward to seeing you and sharing some of my adventures during the adult church school hour (including a photo tour of my sabbatical) and in my sermon.

I am also SO grateful for all who helped lead the congregation in a myriad of ways during my absence. That especially applies to Lisa Hays, our dedicated Office Manager!

Blessings, and see you soon and very soon,
Rev. Todd
A Celebration of 15 Years with Pastor Todd
November 5th

**Save the Date**

Rev. Todd recently (March 17) celebrated his
15th Anniversary as our pastor at College Hill!

It’s difficult to believe, yet so much has happened during his tenure. In order to recognize this (and the 30th anniversary of his ordination in October), a celebration on November 5th, is being planned, in Fellowship Hall after worship-with a prime rib dinner and special events. 

So, please mark your calendar because you won’t want to miss the celebration!
Jason Bronston
August 11, 1954 - May 26, 2023
Jason Bronston, son of our beloved Charlotte Bronston, and brother of College Hill member Jan Williams, passed away on May 26.

The family invites you to his
Celebration of Life Service
June 4, 2023 ~ 2:00 - 4:00 pm 
Schaudt's Tulsa Funeral Service Reception Room
5757 S. Memorial Drive, Tulsa, OK
Seminary at College Hill:
Guest Preachers During Worship

We are so pleased that our
Seminary Series went so well!

We were honored to have Professors from Phillips Theological Seminary leading our Adult Church School class and worship during
Pastor Todd's Sabbatical.

Below are the final guest preachers/teachers
from our Series:
Professor Lisa Davison
Hebrew Bible
Guest Preacher / Teacher
May 7
Professor Susanna Southard
Guest Preacher / Teacher
May 14
Professor Lisa Barnett
American Religious History
Guest Preacher / Teacher
May 21
Professor Warren Carter
New Testament
Guest Preacher / Teacher
May 28
We look forward to Pastor Todd's return to the pulpit on June 11!
Joy/Concern Prayer Requests

Please submit your requests for prayers of joy or concern in the bowl in the Narthex.  

Prayer requests are now being shared during Sunday Worship! Live streaming will be muted while they are shared. 

Also, please reach out to Jan Swafford, Congregational Care Ministry Team Moderator, any team member, or Rev. Todd with needs and concerns.
1st Sunday Food Collection
for Kendall Whittier
Emergency Food Pantry
Sunday, June 4

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!
We welcome your encouragement, support and love for children as you assist them in learning English as a Second Language.

If you are interested, please (click name to) contact Tally Ferguson, or Cynthia Fox for details.
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.
Birthday Endowment Fund

A meaningful way to celebrate this year's Birthday, 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.
2 - Jerry Fuller
 3 - Mark Thurston
 6 - Bryan FinckWard
 6 - Lupe Tovar
 7 - Jacque Maxwell
10 - Wilce Williams
12 - Melanie Brennan
12 - Andrew Campbell   
12 - Lee Johns
15 - Patrick Ohlson
17 - Evelyn Olson
17 - Charlotte Burton
19 - Martha Brown
19 - Walter Z. Echols
20 - Jan Williams
21 - Mary Fitzgerald
23 - Elyse Jensen
23 - Audrey Fox
23 - Glen Olson
24 - David Matthew Zerger
25 - Bobbe Hornback
   Remember the 
Birthday Endowment Fund!
Hymn Sing Worship Service
and Cookout
this Sunday, June 4
How the Hymn Sing will work:

College Hill notepads have been placed on each pew. When you arrive Sunday, take a sheet from one. Write your name at the top, then two or three hymn numbers. REMEMBER: No holiday hymns this Sunday! 
We have a corps of pew captains (youth of the church) who will pass a basket/bucket down each pew for you to place your selections during the choir anthem. 

When we move to the hymn sing, each pew captain will draw a lucky name with their hymn choices. We will sing the first choice, unless it has already been sung, in which case we will move to the second choice. 
Caroline Johnson and Dana Livingston will be our floor generals, assisting the pew captains.

Be creative. If everyone chooses Amazing Grace and/or How Great Thou Art, it may be a short service! Ha! Dig deep!

Pew captains and generals, please meet me in the narthex at 10:30 a.m.
~ Mike Gibson  
Plan to stay after our Hymn Sing
to enjoy the cookout!
Be sure to bring a lawn chair, side dish or dessert, and a friend!
Tulsa Pride Parade
Saturday, June 24

Come march with us in the 2023 Tulsa Pride Parade!  College Hill will have a truck in the parade and we need volunteers who can be riders, lots of walkers and a large, supportive crowd for those who cannot make the entire parade.

Our group will meet at 5:30 pm at the line up location at 13th and Boston (in the north parking lot), with the parade step-off time being 6:00 pm. The parade route continues north on Boston to 4th Street, then east on 4th Street to the Tulsa Pride Celebration at the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center!

Please (click name to) contact Crystal Zerger or Mike Gibson to volunteer to participate in the parade. For more information about this year’s Pride events, go to
College Hill's
Blessing Box

Beautifully handcrafted and painted by David & Susan West, this Blessing Box is now a permanent fixture in the chuirch's
west garden area.

Half of the funds that College Hill received from a $1,000 Grant from Matthew 25 Ministry PC(USA) was used for the box building materials.

Please bring non-perishable food items to place in the box to help those in need.
What Every Living Thing Needs
Vacation Church School
July 11-13 evenings
for ALL ages

Compassion Camp is a program where participants explore what it means to have compassion for themselves and others and the world.

As we look around the world, our deep need for compassion becomes more evident with each passing day, perhaps now more than ever. Compassion Camp aims to cultivate compassion for each other, ourselves, and the world. We will examine different places in our lives where we can cultivate compassion. Using each Compassion Camp component, we’ll explore themes of compassion as they relate to each session’s scripture.

Through Compassion Camp: What Every Living Thing Needs: Participants will explore what all living things need to live - shelter, food, water, air, and community - and how we can have compassion for the living earth especially in their local ecosystems.

Through awareness, gratitude, wonderment, reciprocity, and kinship, participants will consider how to become co-sustainers and participants in the work of God’s creation.

Using Psalm 104 as our grounding text, along with supporting scripture, participants will closely examine the interconnectedness of the whole earth - humans alongside the more than human world.
Through sessions including Gathering & Music, Bible Story, Create & Play, Movement, Recreation, Compassion in Action, and Sending & Music there will be something for everyone!
Volunteers are needed to help make Compassion Camp a resounding success. Please (click name to) email Betsy Guyer or call her at 402-202-3522 to find out more!

Tuesday, June 20
at 6:30 pm

Three book titles are being offered for the group's final meeting
(until the Fall):

~ My Body is Not a Prayer Request~Disability Justice in the Church - by Amy Kenny

~ Why Religion? A Personal Story - by Elaine Pagels

~ Life Worth Living: A Guide to What Matters Most - by Minslav Volf, Matthew Croasmun, and Ryan McAnnally-Linz (reviewed in Tulsa World April 2nd)

The group meets monthly at the home of Sue Haskins to discuss their latest read.

Please contact Sue (918-557-0497) for questions, or if you are interested in joining this fun group when they return from Summer break!

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

June 2023

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) for singing, fellowship and fun!
Choir will be in Summer break from June 18 through August 6. Rehearsals resume August 9, and first singing Sunday will be August 13.

BELLissimo Handbell Ensemble of College Hill Presbyterian Church rehearses Wednesdays at 6:00 pm in Fellowship Hall (1st floor).
BELLissimo Ringers will be in
Summer break from June 7 through August 6.
Rehearsals resume August 9.

If you would like to sing with the Chancel Choir, or are interested in joining our Handbell Choir, (permanent member or substitute), we always welcome new members!

Please (click name to) contact our
Director of Music, Kim Childs,
or call him at 918-230-2770

June 4 ~ O Lord Most Holy- Arr. Hal Hopson
Chancel Choir

Andante Grazioso
Come Thou Almighty King
BELLissimo Ringers

June 11~God Be Merciful Unto Us and Bless Us - Phillip W.J. Stopford
Chancel Choir

June 18 ~ Samuel Krall, baritone - TBA
Guest Soloist

June 25 ~ Suzy Law, soprano - TBA
Guest Soloist

If you’re confused about what recyclables City of Tulsa accepts, worry no longer!

Get one of the free bags offered by (also a good website to use!) available from our Green Team chair Mark Miller.

The front and back of the bag will tell you what to put in your blue box, the sides of the bag tells you the No-Nos.  
College Hill has received certification for the third year as an Earth Care Congregation, among 300+ other Presbyterian churches qualifying.

“It’s been amazing to read about all the ways in which Presbyterians are being good stewards of creation,” writes Jessica Maudlin, Associate for Sustainable Living and Earth Care Concerns, Presbyterian Hunger Program.
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