The Messenger
College Hill Presbyterian Church
Progressive Theology, Traditional Worship, Inclusive Congregation (PCUSA)
Affiliated with More Light Presbyterians and the Covenant Network of Presbyterians
November 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
We have entered a season with an extra emphasis on gratitude and thanksgiving.

Gratitude, however, has long been used in our culture as a way to put others in our debt – they owe us something for some ‘gift’ we have given. This ancient system of obligation, duty, and control is based on a pyramid relationship of benefactor and beneficiary. This comes with the obligation and expectation of a response, perhaps in-kind, to the gift giver.

In her book  Grateful , Diana Butler Bass encourages us to see gratitude in a different way. The gifts we give, like God’s gift of life and love to us, must be free. That means giving to others with no associated indebtedness or expectation of return.  That’s grace!

God doesn’t offer us grace to get something in return. Rather, we choose to give not out of a sense of obligation but as a positive emotional and ethical response to the gift freely given.

Living life with  spirit of gratitude is one of most important elements necessary in order to live life to the fullest. The gift of being thankful, to God and for each other, lays the foundation for other qualities and virtues such as generosity, compassion, and good stewardship. These are the true hallmarks of the life Jesus calls us to live. 

A spirituality of gratitude – which involves our response to the goodness of God – does indeed find expression in the giving of our time, talents, and financial resources. This, in turn, empowers us to live into what it means to be part of the household, realm, kin-dom of God.

Blessings to all as we enter this season of gratitude and Thanksgiving .

Rev. Todd
Daylight Savings Time ends this Sunday, 11/4, so be sure to set your clocks back this Saturday night.
Sunday, November 11
Honoring All Who Served
In Memoriam

Donna Richardson
Memorial Service
Saturday, November 17
11:00 am
Congratulations newly-elected
Ruling Elders
Congregational Meeting on October 28, 2018

Class of 2021
Mary Ann Bumgarner
Clay Finck-Ward
Gretchen Hrachovec
Chris Newsome

Youth Elder - Class of 2019
Haley Brobston
Church Photos
College Hill
Kid Connection

Thanks to our Christian Education Ministry team, and many other behind-the-scenes volunteers, the church's youth program is stronger than ever! Kid Connection offers the children many opportunities to express themselves and help others through music, arts & crafts, service projects, and much more.

Please click below to view the November-December Event Schedule and ( click name to) contact Christian Education Ministry Team Moderator Stefanie Olson, for more information.
College Hill's Kids Connection Room

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

Sunday Morning Music Offerings
Featuring the Chancel Choir
with Mike Gibson, organist

NOVEMBER 4             
Choral Anthem         
The King of Love My Shepherd Is
Charles Forsberg
                 ~ Cynthia Fox, flute
BELLissimo Handbells           
Jasmine Flower
Richard Ruggiero (Introit)
                                                                                 Praise My Soul – Patrica Hurlbutt (Offertory)

NOVEMBER 11           
Choral Anthem                          
God, Whose Giving Knows No Ending
Richard Hillert
                    ~ Lisa Wagner, oboe
                                                                                 NOVEMBER 18           
Choral Anthem                          
Thanksgiving – John Ness Beck


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 this fall, we are welcoming new members . Please contact the Director of Music.


BELLissimo Handbell Ensemble of College Hill Presbyterian Church rehearses Wednesdays at 6:00 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, 

New Sanctuary Boiler Installed!
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!
1st Sunday Offering
KWI Emergency Food Pantry
November 4

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, as well as other non-perishable food items.

Cash donations are also always
welcome and much-appreciated!

2 - Quinn Featherston
 3 - Maise Stagner-Speer
 4 - Ruby Oldham
 8 - Vance Vanderburg
 8 - Paul Hartman
 9 - Sara McCullough
 9 - Emily Gamel
10 - Christy Lyke
10 - Jeff Ream
11 - Vicki Jordan
12 - Gretchen Hannefield
13 - Sally Gammie
13 - Terry Bloss
14 - Rebecca Howard
14 - Alexia Medlock
15 - Margarita Bustos
15 - Vivian Zerger
18 - Matt Schone
18 - Adrienne Williams
23 - Polly Kelly
24 - Steven Bostic
24 - Lori Decter Wright
26 - Todd Redding
29 - Jamie McCullough
29 - Gay Miller
30 - Gabrielle Porter

Remember the 
Birthday Endowment Fund!

Adult Church School Class

Sunday mornings, 9:30 am

Rev. Freeman is presenting photographic tours of his recent trips. He has already shared his adventures at Ghost Ranch and Christ in the Desert Monastery.

Upcoming Classes:

Nov. 4 ~ Istanbul, Turkey

Nov. 11, 18 (and maybe more) ~ Jerusalem and the West Bank

Aliye Shimi , Executive Director of Tulsa Metropolitan Ministry (TMM), our tour leader, will attend the classes (and perhaps others from our Interfaith trip).
Commitment Sunday 
Holiday Potluck Luncheon
this Sunday, November 4th
Fellowship Ministry Team will host our annual Holiday Potluck Luncheon following worship. The main course and drinks will be provided, so please plan to bring a favorite holiday side dish or dessert to share.

This year, we will also recognize Rev. Todd for "Pastor Appreciation Month" , so we encourage the congregation to bring a note/card to present to him at the Luncheon.  ( No money or gifts, please - just a note of thanks.)

Stewardship pledge cards will be collected during the service of worship, or you may send it directly to the church office as soon as possible .

Click below to download a blank pledge card  

So, please plan to come to church with: 
Your  pledge card , a  note/card for
Rev. Todd , AND a potluck dish  to share with your church family!
Day Center for the Homeless Meal
Saturday, November 24
Thanksgiving Dogs 

Turkey franks on wheat buns are tap for the dinner menu at the Day Center for the Homeless. Side salad, pickled okra and homemade cookies will round out the meal. 
Sign up on Caroline’s Clipboard to donate time, money or food.  
Homemade Cookies Needed
for KWE Conferences
Sunday, November 11

Homemade cookies are needed to make upcoming (11/14) parent-teacher conferences at Kendall-Whittier Elementary a little sweeter.

If you can donate a couple dozen cookies , please contact the church office, or ( click name to) contact Gretchen Hrachovec with our Outreach & Mission Ministry team , and plan to bring them with you to church next Sunday, the 11 th .
Outreach & Mission Survey
We value your ideas & opinions!

As announced in recent bulletins and the Messenger, the Session of College Hill seeks your input to evaluate whether our activities and financial investments align with our values.

To that end, Outreach and Mission created a survey ( link below ) to hear what you have to say. We appreciate your taking a few minutes to complete the survey to provide your input to determine if the Outreach and Mission Team is appropriately allocating our resources.  It also seeks to learn if College Hill provides sufficient opportunities for you to be involved with our community.  

The Outreach and Mission Team is responsible for channeling members’ time, talents, and treasure into local, national and global needs. Roughly $1 out of $8 in our budget goes to support outreach and mission efforts. 

With YOUR help, we can channel those resources more effectively.  

If you haven't already done so, please download and complete the survey. It will only take a few minutes of your time.

Thank you for your time and consideration.
5th Sunday Special Offering
Kendall Whittier Elementary
Charlotte Bronston takes a short break from her busy church office volunteer duties, to pose for a selfie with Rev. Todd and Lisa, in celebration of her 96 th Birthday . Her dependability and strong work ethic have never wavered, and our admiration and appreciation for all she does for the church is immeasurable.
Luncheon Club
Thursday, November 15
at noon
Fellowship Hall

We move from the topic of reading to food and hunger issues in our own hometown . Join us in Fellowship Hall for a potluck and presentation by Eileen Bradshaw , Executive Director of the Eastern Oklahoma Food Bank for the past 7 years. Her prior service to Tulsa was at Emergency Infant Services (EIS) for 5 years as Executive Director. The food bank has been recognized as one of the top 10 charities in the nation and as an award-winner for its social justice efforts. Plan to bring a potluck dish and join us for wonderful food, fellowship & fun!

Luncheon Club typically meets the 3rd Thursday of the month at either a nearby restaurant, or in Fellowship Hall. Please (click name to) contact Gretchen Hannefield or Gay Miller for more information.

All are welcome!
Something for the Spirit
All Saint's Day Prayer
Steve Garnass-Holmes

This All Saints' Day,
sing praise for the unnamed, the unknown saints,
the quiet faithful who kept the flame alive,
mothers who gave life,
grandmothers who said prayers,
fathers who taught their sons
the courage of gentleness.
Thank God for all who have worked for justice,
who have offered healing and hope,
who have practiced generosity and courage,
who have kept the candle burning.
Praise God for all those who have suffered,
who have borne the light when it was hard,
the victimized and exploited,
who yet remained God's Beloved.
And thank God for those who did nothing special at all,
who were simply the children of God,
made holy by God's love in them,
made saints by being created in God's image,
who shone by being themselves,
who honored the light of God within them,
living their lives instead of others' demands.
Praise God for that flame in you,
burning right now, steady and bright,
giving light to those who follow.
Give thanks, and pass on the light.
Not to be confused with the College Hill Book Club, we have another small group called the Book Study Group

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).

This fall we will be reading “ The Evangelicals by Frances Fitzgerald . Contact Sue Haskins , John Gammie, or Gary Watts if you are interested in joining us.
David & Marianne Stambaugh delivered several school supplies to Kendall Whittier Elementary that were donated during our 5th Sunday Special Offering held in September.

In addition to much-needed supplies, KWE was also presented with a check for $425, which reflected the monetary donations given by our congregation!
Sunday, December 9
after Worship

The Snow Child
by Eowyn Ivey
As we head into the holiday season and colder weather, reading The Snow Child , the debut novel by native Alaskan Eowyn Ivey published several years ago, seems to be fitting. Borrowing from Alan Cheuse's words in his NPR review of The Snow Child , a story set in the 1920s about a childless homesteading couple, "Ivey's delightful invention hovers somewhere between myth and naturalism - and the effect this creates is mesmerizing." Speaking to this particular time of year, he goes on to call the novel "a fantastic story - with tinges of sadness and a mysterious onward-pulsing life force" that "may be best for this, or any, season."

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey 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. (12:15pm)

Book Club is not meeting in November, to give readers a chance to finish this more lengthy book, so pick up a copy now, to join in on December's meeting!

Please ( click name to) contact Fritha Ohlson if you are interested in more information about this fun group.

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,
and easy-to-use curriculum.
·     No formal teaching experience is required.

With school now back in session - this is a perfect time to sign up to volunteer!
For more information or to sign up:
or click here to email, or call
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.
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.
College Hill
Recycle and Donation Center
The cabinets in the hallway outside of Fellowship Hall have been repurposed 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