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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  
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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

We have entered into the Season of Lent. The word “lent” simply means “springtime” – the time of year when we notice new birth and new growth. This metaphor is meant to encourage and lead us into a time of growth, renewal and transformation. Lent can help us to spiritually "rebalance our soul." 

During this 40-day season, it is my hope is that each of us individually, and together as a congregation, will take an honest, in-depth look at our personal and congregational journey of faith.

This particular year, many of us are experiencing an extra level of anxiety, leading to a feeling of being drained and a bit “empty.” Therefore, the Worship & Music ministry team (P.J. Brobston, moderator) has chosen the following theme for this year’s season – LENT: A Time to Fill Your Cup.

In worship, primarily through inspiration found in stories from the Gospel of John, I will emphasize how we might experience the filling of our “cups,” hopefully to the point where we can declare with the psalmist, “My cup overflows” (Psalm 23:5).

As a visual incentive, you are invited to bring a cup to place on the Communion Table, symbolizing your journey through the season of Lent this year.

So let us focus on a healthy and meaningful spiritual life, a life that experiences a connection with the Sacred/Divine in our midst and within ourselves. 

Blessings, Rev. Todd

Click here for Previous Sermons - including the Sermon Series on Mary, the Mother of Jesus, during the season of Advent.

Welcome New Members

Lee Johns
Jacque Maxwell
Jerry Pogue
Sunday, March 12
Thursday, March 16  -   Luncheon Club at noon

Friday, March 24 - Game Night at 6:00 pm

Saturday, March 25 - Day Center for the Homeless Meal
Mike Evanson's Surprise Retirement Celebration - February 26
The congregation gathered for a luncheon in honor of Mike Evanson, to express our deep appreciation on the occasion of Mike's retirement after 25 years  of faithful and dedicated service  as our Church Treasurer.

Four members from the choir sang him a very special song, and Mike was presented a Certificate of Appreciation along with a gift collected from the congregation of $3,000 to use for an extended stay at Ghost Ranch with Kathy.

1st Sunday Food Collection - KWI
March 5

Our First Sunday food collection will go to the
Kendall-Whittier, Inc.
Emergency Food Pantry.

Current needs include canned vegetables and canned fruit, as well as other
non-perishable food items.

Cash donations are also welcome!
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.

March Birthdays

   1 - Lilly Ann Patterson
    6 - Charlene Bandurski
   6 - Victor Moguel
   7 - Alix Featherston
   7 - Trisha Alexander
   8 - Judy Pacenza-Bloss
   9 - Charlotte Carroll
  11 - Mark Buchner
  11 - Barry Hensley
  15 - Becky Doyle
  18 - Carolyn Elder
  18 - Donna Wood
  21 - Allison Campbell
  21 - Sam West
   26 - Clay Finck-Ward

Remember the 
Birthday Endowment Fund!
Something for
the Spirit

"Fill My Cup, Lord" 

by Richard Blanchard
Like the woman at the well I was seeking
For things that could not satisfy; 
And then I heard my Savior speaking:
"Draw from my well that never shall run dry".

Fill my cup Lord, I lift it up, Lord! 
Come and quench this thirsting of my soul; 
Bread of heaven, Feed me till I want no more 
Fill my cup, fill it up and make me whole! 

There are millions in this world who are craving
The pleasures earthly things afford; 
But none can match the wondrous treasure
That I find in Jesus Christ my Lord.

So, my neighbor, if the things this world gave you
Leave hungers that won't pass away, 
My blessed Lord will come and save you, 
If you kneel to Him and humbly pray:

Fill my cup Lord, I lift it up, Lord! 
Come and quench this thirsting of my soul; 
Bread of heaven, Feed me till I want no more 
Fill my cup, fill it up and make me whole!
                 CHANCEL CHOIR

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 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 for the upcoming spring season. 



BELLissimo Handbell Ensemble of College Hill Presbyterian Church rehearses Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. in the second story choral room. If you are interested in playing in this fun ensemble (permanent member or substitute), please contact Director of Music for more information.

(Click name) to contact our Director of Music,  

Dr. Kim J. Childs, Director of Music
Mike Gibson, Organist
Luncheon Club
Thursday, March 16 at Noon

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

This month’s program will feature "Tulsa Oratorio Chorus Sings a Haydn Festival in Vienna", with Margaret Duncan Watson.

Plan to join us for wonderful food, fellowship and fun! 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.
Game Night
Friday, March 24
6:00 pm in Fellowship Hall

Plan to join us for Game Night in Fellowship Hall! If you like playing cards, dominoes or board games, then plan to join us for a fun night of fellowship! 

Please bring a snack to share, so we can munch while we play. If you require childcare or would like more information about the event, please contact Marilyn Hill or the church office. We'll have lots of games, but if you have a favorite game, feel free to bring it!

We look forward to seeing you there!

All Church Work Day

Saturday, April 1

9:00 am - noon

The Building & Grounds Ministry Team is seeking volunteers to help clean, polish, & shine our church home. This will be a “Spring Cleaning”, both inside and out. It is always a fun time with a fun group.

We have had fewer volunteers the last couple of workdays, so we really need your help this time to keep our church home in the kind of condition that demonstrates our love and pride.

There will be tasks for all skill levels, so don’t be hesitant to come.  If you are going to do outside work, please bring work gloves and perhaps your favorite tools, otherwise supplies will be provided. A continental breakfast will be provided. 

Put this on your calendar, join the fun and help us shine for Easter! If you have questions, please (click name to) contact David Zerger. For outside (gardening) questions, (click name to) contact Gini Fox.

Book Club
Sunday, March 5

A Man Called Ove
by Fredrick Backman

Described as "light-hearted", "charming", and "deeply moving", it may come as a surprise that the protagonist and title character of  A Man Called Ove is what most people would call a curmudgeon.

Fredrick Backman's debut novel, translated from the original Swedish to English, is indeed an easy, entertaining read, but also thoughtful and heartbreaking.   A Man Called Ove is the perfect book to read while curled up by the fire on a cold winter day, and then join us for lunch and discussion at Book Club...  or you can cheat and watch the movie, now playing in Tulsa at The Circle Cinema.)

A Man Called Ove by Fredrick Backman is available at book stores, your local library, and other book sources.  Book Club will meet for lunch and discussion 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).

Please (click name to) contact Fritha Ohlson if you are interested in more information about Book Club.
Day Center  Meal
Saturday, March 25

Hot dogs, slaw, baked beans and homemade cookies is the bill of fare at the Day Center for the Homeless.

Look for Caroline's Clipboard to donate time, money or cookies.
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.  

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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