The Messenger
College Hill Presbyterian Church
Progressive Theology, Traditional Worship, Inclusive Congregation (PCUSA)
Affiliated with More Light Presbyterians and the Covenant Network of Presbyterians
May 2018
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
I have been blessed in so many ways during my 10 years as your pastor! The 10 th Anniversary Fiesta on April 13 is something I will always cherish. It was a wonderful celebration of a decade of meaningful ministry together. And the very generous collection, presented as a gift from the congregation, will be put to good use. I’ll keep you informed of my plans concerning a trip.

In the second half of this month we will transition from the season of Easter into the season of Pentecost. The liturgical focus of this season deals mostly with how we are called to “be” the church. And as always, that includes how we put our “being” into “doing” as a congregation, and as individuals. The theme for this year’s Day of Pentecost, Sunday, May 20, will revolve around throwing a Party . During

Later in the month, I invite the entire congregation and friends to my home on  Sunday, May 27 , for the  7th Annual Memorial Day Weekend Worship & Picnic . For all the pertinent details, please read the article in this Newsletter. 

Like last year,  the Session of the church has approved moving our morning service of worship from the church to my back yard . We will try hard to accommodate those with mobility issues.  NOTE There will be NO worship or church school at the church that morning. If you have any concerns about this, please speak with me. If you would like to carpool out to my home, cars will be leaving the church parking lot by 10:30 am. This will be a wonderful opportunity simply to relax with one another, worship outdoors, share fellowship, eat picnic food, and get to know each other better. We will have a rain plan.

We are truly blessed in so many ways here at College Hill, especially in the authentic, caring relationships being formed or renewed. With many new members, however, it’s getting a bit harder to get to know everyone. To help, the newly formed Visitor & New Member ministry team will host New Member Luncheon (new members who have joined within the past few years and the Elders on the Session are invited). Let us all continue to strive to build meaningful relationships with one another.

Rev. Todd
Rev. Pat Sibley
Nov. 6, 1929 - May 2, 2018

Memorial Service
Sunday, May 6
4:00 pm at the church
The church office will be closed Monday,
May 28, in observance of Memorial Day.
May 13
Rev. Todd's
10th Anniversary Celebration
Over 100 loving members and friends came to help celebrate and show their gratitude and support of Rev. Todd's 10 years of ministry at College Hill.
2018 Confirmation Class
Kara Joy McKee, Jennifer Campbell and
Mike Gibson
A big THANK YOU goes out to
John Gammie , who has evolved into our resident church photographer and provides us with all the congregation/church event photos
that we all enjoy.
KWI News
Kendall Whittier Inc. has served neighbors in need since 1968.

Please join them in celebrating their
Golden Anniversary!

Thursday, June 7, 2018
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Circle Cinema Art Gallery
10 S Lewis Ave, Tulsa, OK 74104

Come and go reception and celebration
open to the public.
Wine pull, memorabilia, and more!
1st Sunday Offering
May 6
KWI Emergency Food Pantry

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.
The Little Blue House
Needs Your Help!

The electrical system at The Little Blue House (United Campus Ministry – UCM) at TU, is in desperate need of updating. They still have knob and tube wiring in places!

They have started an online campaign via  Go Fund Me , and have raised over $800 so far. Their target is $5,000, which would cover the work plus dry wall repair and permits. 

Please click below, to
donate directly online. 
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.
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
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 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.

2 - Lindsey Fox
4 - Ethan Watts
4 - Elizabeth Carroll
5 - David Robertson
6 - Peg Gotthold
12 - Pam Alexander
13 - Wyatt Fox
13 - Grayson Patterson
17 - Fred Schone
17 - Diane Bucchianeri
21 - Hallee Collins
22 - Kevin Smith
22 - Johnna Thurston
22 - Joseph Wright
23 - Trinna Burrows
23 - Mike Evanson
24 - Ben Buchanan
25 - Stephen Morgan
25 - Josie Speer
28 - Danielle Hovenga
30 - Nathan Swanson

Remember the 
Birthday Endowment Fund!
7th Annual
Memorial Day Weekend 

Sunday, May 27 - 11:00 am

NOTE : There will be NO church school or worship at the church itself that Sunday.

WHERE: 'Angel Acres'  (Rev. Freeman's home)
513 E 63rd St N, Tulsa, 74126
918-640-9521 - cell
Click Here  for map

Come relax and celebrate worship in the beauty of Pastor Todd’s property. Enjoy the backdrop of green trees, blue sky (hopefully), a pond, and the sounds of birds joining us in song. 

Carpool :  Available from the church parking lot. Last carpool will leave at 10:30 am

Rain Plan If the service needs to be moved due to weather concerns, that decision will be communicated through email and Facebook (and phone if need be) no later than noon on Friday, May 25th. 

Help Needed If you have a pop-up canopy/tent (think shade provider) that you are willing to bring, please do so.

Hamburgers, hot dogs, buns, condiments, drinks (lemonade, iced tea, water), 
and paper products will be furnished. 

The rest is Potluck!

Here's what you can bring:
People with the last names beginning:

  A - K    bring chips or raw veggies         
  L - Z    bring fruit or cookies/brownies

If you would like,  bring a favorite soft drink. You may also want to bring a  lawn chair  and  yard games. There is a  trampoline for the children! There is also a canoe on a stocked  fishing pond, so bring some fishing equipment.
Sunday, May 20
The congregation is encouraged
to wear red.
Teacher Appreciation Luncheon
KWE Teachers & Staff
Wednesday, May 9

Dessert Items Needed!

Elementary school teachers face long days in the best of times. Twice a year, they face days even longer than most, as they share their students' progress with parents. These days there is little time to eat. This year, our Outreach & Mission Ministry Team is coordinating a luncheon for the teachers and staff at Kendall Whittier Elementary (KWE) and catering meals for around 130 people. 

Our catering does not i nclude desserts , however, so If you wish to contribute to this cause, please consider preparing or purchasing something sweet. You can drop off your goodies in the church Narthex this Sunday, May 6.  (Please label items “KWE teacher appreciation” so it’s not mixed in with the KWI Food Pantry items being collected that morning.) 

You can also drop by the church office until 10:00 am on Wednesday, the 9 th .

Please (click name to) contact Tally Ferguson , for logistics or with questions on this.
Finance & Stewardship
Ministry Team
2018 Finance & Stewardship Quarterly Update

Members and friends of College Hill, the Finance & Stewardship Ministry Team remains committed to keeping the congregation informed about the status of our budget at points throughout the year, including updates on overall giving. The following is a snapshot of the church’s income and expenditures as of March 31:

2018 Pledged income and other Income:   
Under Budget:

Total expenses:
Under Budget:

Please click here to review
the complete report.  

Pledge Health: Pledges and Contributions have fallen $10,217 behind as of the end of March.
It is the end of the 1st quarter, and Year to Date Budget numbers are not exactly one quarter the annual because they both reflect lump processing at the start of the year. Total Income includes the Prepay giving and some Total Expenses were paid in full at the start of the year.

Due to thoughtful stewardship of your pledges and offerings we have a surplus in income of $5,187. However, ministry team spending is expected to increase through the remainder of the fiscal year. 

Therefore, if your pledged giving has fallen behind, and you expect it to continue to fall behind this summer, as often occurs, please allow this to serve as a gentle reminder to resume offerings to the church.  

Thank you so much for giving the Finance and Stewardship ministry team the honor of serving this wonderful congregation this year. 


David Robertson,
Finance & Stewardship Ministry Team Moderator
CHPC Quarterly Giving Statements
Now Provided Electronically!

Statements were emailed to donors on April 8th, listing your 1st quarter contributions. We are pleased to now have the capability to send statements out electronically , which will result in a considerable cost-savings to the church through resource conservation. (paper, ink, postage, etc.)

Please (click name to) contact our Co-Treasurer Gary Watts with any questions about this new process.
Game Night
Friday, May 18
6:00 pm

Please join us to play some games, munch on some snacks and have a fun time in fellowship with one another! 

We’ll meet in Fellowship Hall at the church with lots of games – but if you have a favorite game, feel free to b ring it (and a snack to share). See you there! If you have any questions, please (click name to) email Marilyn Hill .
Saturday, June 2
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 2018 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  7:00 pm  and we will meet at 6:00 pm at the line up location at 13th and Boston . 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  (click name to) contact  Terry Gamel   for more information.

Volunteer sign-ups will
be available soon!

Make a lifelong impact on a child
who struggles with reading.

Reading Partners provides one-on-one reading instruction to elementary school students reading below grade level to help them succeed
in school and in life.
·     Give as little as one hour a week. Flexible weekday volunteer times are available Monday through Thursday between 8am and 3pm.
·     Follow a highly effective, structured,
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·     No formal teaching experience is required.
For more information or to sign up:
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Adult Church School Class

The Book of Acts
and Christian Beginnings
Sundays at 9:30 am

•      What is the truth about our Christian Beginnings?

•      Is Acts a reliable historical source for the birth and early years of the church?

Join us as we continue to read and discuss the book of Acts, using the Acts Seminar Report by the Westar Fellows (who brought us the Jesus Seminary), along with other sources.

Help us to discern the core values of Act's visionary portrait of Christian community and how they may apply to our own faith community today.

This series of classes is being led by Bert Woodall, with John Gammie.
The Book of Acts was long thought to be a first-century document, and its author Luke - a disciple of Paul - an eyewitness or acquaintance of eyewitnesses. It was considered history, pure and simple .

But Westar's Acts Seminar concluded that Acts is from the second century, a conclusion that directly challenges the view of Acts as history and raises a host of new questions, addressed in this final report of the Acts Seminar.
Luncheon Club
Thursday, May 17
at Noon

School Days!

Luncheon Club will take a trip down memory lane and recall what school was like back in the good old days. This is an informal interactive program. We will share our school experiences and are encouraged to bring school-related memorabilia including, but not limited to yearbooks, photos, grade cards, letter jackets, prom dresses, etc. 

Luncheon Club typically meets the third Thursday of the month (except in July) for delicious food, fun & fellowship!

Everyone is welcome ~ we hope to see you there!

(Click names to) contact Gretchen Hannefield or Gay Miller for more information.
May 2018
Sunday, May 20th after Worsh ip

Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI
by David Grann

From the School Library Journal:  In 1920s Oklahoma, many members of the oil-wealthy Osage Nation were dying untimely and suspicious deaths. The widespread crimes against the Osage and the inability to identify those responsible led to the establishment of what is now known as the FBI.

This gripping title uncovers a baffling level of corruption. The author points his investigative lens at the perpetrators of the murders, reveals cover-ups by authorities all the way up to the national level, and illustrates that the deception continued almost a century later.

Pick up this book by ordering online, or 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 this fun group.
Something for the Spirit
"Prune Me"
by Steve Garnaas-Holmes

      "I am the true vine, and God is the vine grower. God removes every branch in me that bears no fruit. Every branch that bears fruit God prunes to make it bear more fruit.” —John 15.1-2

Loving God, Vinegrower of Life,
I bring to mind with gratitude those ways you bear fruit in me,
where your grace blossoms into blessing.
Receive my thanks.
. . . 
Wise vinedresser, show me what in me does not bear fruit,
what impedes the flow of your grace in me:
fears and resentments, desires, habits and attachments
that do not bear the fruit of your love, 
dead branches that no longer serve you.
Help me see.
. . . 
God of mercy, prune me with your grace.
Help me release all that does not bear fruit,
and let go of what diminishes your love in me.
Help me repent.
. . . 
God of peace,
help me trust your spirit flowing in me,
blossoming forth with your glory,
bearing the fruit of your presence.
Help me love. 
Day Center Meal
Saturday, May 26

Our Hispanic chefs will serve Taco Salad for the folks at the Day Center for the Homeless, with homemade cookies for dessert. 

Sign up on Caroline’s clipboard to donate money, cookies or service Thanks to the many who contribute to this ministry!

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

May 2018
Sunday Morning Music Offerings
Featuring the Chancel Choir
with Mike Gibson, organist
May 6
Choral Anthem Built on a Rock
~ Alec Wyton

May 13
Choral Anthem I Will Give Thanks
~ Michael Jothen
~ John Rush, flute

May 20
Choral Anthem Spirit of Jesus, Come
~ Gary James

May 27
Choral Anthem Kumbaya
~ arr. Paul Sjolund

The Chancel Choir of College Hill Presbyterian Church rehearses Wednesdays at 6:40 p.m . in the second story choral room (next to the church office) for singing, fellowship and fun! If you would like to sing with the Chancel Choir, we welcome new members. 


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), we welcome new members.

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

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