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 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.
The church office will be closed
Monday, May 27.
Word From the Pastor
As a congregation, many of us enter this beautiful month of May with heavy hearts.

Losing both Alice Stanford and Jim Brown on the same day, Sunday, April 28, was deeply painful. Their deaths, along with the recent passing of Jeff Ream, and the deaths of relatives of others in the congregation, is affecting each of us not only as individuals, but also with corporate grief within our community of faith. I will be focusing on the issue of lament in my sermon on May 5. Let us hold each other close in our hearts and in our relationships.

Later in the month, I invite the entire congregation and friends to my home on  Sunday, May 26 , for the  8th Annual Memorial Day Weekend Worship & Picnic . For all the pertinent details, please read the article in this Newsletter. We’re doing something special this year. The  youth of the church will be planning and leading the service! They are asking that everyone wear a “camp” shirt, or some similar shirt with a logo of a favorite place or organization.

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. So, let us all continue to strive to build meaningful relationships with one another.

Rev. Todd
Sunday, May 5
Morning worship, 11:00 am

A Service of Lament
Alice Stanford

December 15, 1940 - April 28, 2019
Church member since 1965

Memorial Service:
Sunday, May 5, 4:00 pm
at the church
Artist: Ann Franklin

Jim Brown

September 3,1940 - April 28, 2019
Church member since 1972

Memorial Service:
Saturday, May 18, 2:00 pm
at the church
Sunday, May 12

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

May 2019
Sunday Morning Music Offerings
Featuring the Chancel Choir
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MAY 5 How Firm a Foundation - Emma Lou Diemer
Choral Anthem

May 12 The Lord Is My Shepherd - Thomas Matthews
Choral Anthem 

May 19 Let Us With a Gladsome Mind - Alan Ridout
Choral Anthem

May 26 Memorial Weekend Worship & Picnic at Rev. Freeman's ~ No Choir Anthem

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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! If you would like to sing with the Chancel Choir,  we are welcoming new members . Please contact the Director of Music.


BELLissimo Handbell Ensemble of College Hill 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), please contact Director of Music for more information.

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

 1st Sunday Food Collection
KWI Food Pantry
May 5

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 .
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.
  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!
Cookies Needed:
Teacher/Staff Appreciation
this S unday, May 5

Please bring cookies with you to church this Sunday, the 5th. They can be given to Jennifer Campbell, or placed on the designated table in Fellowship Hall.

Jennifer, and others from our Outreach & Mission Ministry team, will deliver them to the teachers and staff at Kendall-Whittier Elementary on Wednesday, along with sandwiches , (including vegetarian and gluten-free options) from Einstein Brothers Bagels, as a small token of our appreciation for their continuous efforts.

The Outreach & Mission Ministry team thanks you in advance for your support!
Adult Church School

May 5 & 12
9:30 am

Dr. Brad Brummel , PhD
Associate Professor of Psychology at TU
and church member!

The Psychological Science of Stereotypes, Prejudice, and Bias: What Science Tells us About the Wisdom of Judging Ourselves for Judging Others

May 5
An introduction to how our brains work in the area of developing stereotypes, prejudices, and biases.

May 12
Discussion and reflection of a week spent living with this knowledge.
Noticing our uses of stenotypes and biases and reflecting on whether it makes sense to feel guilty about those thoughts and actions.
New Member
Kathy Davis
Men's Breakfast Potluck
this Sunday, May 5 at 8:30 a.m.
Fellowship Hall

Men and boys of all ages are welcome to attend this breakfast potluck. Please bring a breakfast dish to share.

There will be a Women’s Breakfast scheduled at a later date.
8th Annual
Memorial Day Weekend

Sunday, May 26
Beginning at 11:00 am

NOTE: There will be NO church school or worship at the church itself that Sunday.
' Angel Acres' (Rev. Freeman's home)
513 E 63rd St N, Tulsa, 74126
918-640-9521 - cell

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.

This year, we will also incorporate the celebration of Youth Sunday, with the youth of the church planning and leading our outdoor worship service, with a ‘Church Summer Camp’ feel. Please wear a camp or conference-style shirt to worship.

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 24th.

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, and also a canoe on a stocked fishing pond, so bring some fishing equipment!
CHPC Organ Master Mike Gibson , recently celebrated his
5 year anniversary with the church.
2019 Tulsa Pride Parade
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 7:00 pm  and we will  meet at 6:00 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 go to  for more information about the event.

Volunteer sign-ups will
be available soon!
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! Event flyers are available on the Narthex table.

Spaces are going quickly-so please
be sure to register now!
Luncheon Club
Fellowship Hall
Thursday, May 16
at Noon

Our guest speaker for this month’s Luncheon Club will be Rev. Todd Freeman , speaking about his trip last year to the Middle East.

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!
Book Study
Small Group

Tuesday, May 28
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)
Something for the Spirit
Book Club
May 19 afte r worship
Dreamland Burning
by Jennifer Latham
Selected for numerous “best of the year” lists for young adult books,  Dreamland Burning  written by Tulsa author Jennifer Latham is set in Tulsa, in part during the race massacre of 1921. As stated by  Kirkus Reviews : “Latham presents a fast-paced historical novel brimming with unsparing detail and unshakeable truths about a shameful chapter in American history... An unflinching, superbly written story about family, friendship, and integrity, set during one of America's deadliest race riots.” Dreamland Burning i s available at book stores, online, at 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.) after worship.
Please (click name to) contact Fritha Ohlson if you are interested in learning more about Book Club.
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.
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.
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.
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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