The Messenger
College Hill Presbyterian Church
Progressive Theology, Traditional Worship, Inclusive Congregation (PCUSA)
Affiliated with More Light Presbyterians and the Covenant Network of Presbyterians  
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, September 4, in observance of Labor Day.
Word From the Pastor
Olly olly oxen free! This phrase, used by most of us when playing children’s games like hide-and-seek, meant that anyone still hiding could safely come out into the open. It was a call for everyone to come back together .

After a summer that rightfully provided opportunities for folks to travel, relax, or simply ‘unplug’ for a while, September will be a month where we get back into full swing as a congregation. Please note the many upcoming opportunities for Christian Education, fellowship, worship, and service.

We’ll get things kicked off with our annual Pancake Breakfast on RALLY DAY , Sunday, September 10 . That day also marks the beginning of a new church school year.

I’m very pleased to let you know that a Confirmation Class will be held on Sundays after worship for our 8 th – 12 th graders. Currently, we have four youth in that category, Haley Brobston, Parker Brobston, Jesper Ohlson, and Sophia Ohlson . I will be co-leading this class in conjunction with youth and leaders from Fellowship Congregational Church (UCC). It promises to be a very interesting and fruitful experience. There will be opportunities for church members to help. For instance, each youth will have a mentor from the congregation. Please keep these youth in your prayers as they explore their own journey of faith and come to a place to decide whether or not to make a profession of faith to become "active" members of the congregation. [Children, in our denomination, are classified as "Baptized members" until they come to a point to make a profession of faith before the Session and congregation.]

We are only fully who we can be as College Hill when everyone actively participates in the life and mission of this truly special congregation.  Olly, olly, oxen free!

I also encourage each of us to respond to the devastation in Texas in whatever ways you can.

Rev. Todd Freeman
Hurricane Harvey Victims

Recovery from Hurricane Harvey will be a long, difficult, costly process. You can help by donating to Presbyterian Disaster Assistance .

Checks can be mailed to Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), PO Box 643700, Pittsburgh, PA 15264-3700. Designate your gift to Hurricane Harvey by putting DR000169-Harvey on the memo line .

You may also donate online using the link below. Additional Information and various forms can also be found on the table in the Narthex.
VCS ~Summer 2017
Rev. Todd pays a hospital visit to Grayson Patterson during his recent bout with pneumonia. We are pleased to report Grayson is now doing well and on his way to a full recovery!
Our Office Manager, Lisa Hays, recently celebrated her
7 year Anniversary at College Hill.
Emily Oldham - serving as Liturgist during a recent worship service
Sunday, September 17 after worship

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry 
by Gabrielle Zevin

Author Eowyn Ivey's comments on the novel,  The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry  by Gabrielle Zevin, perfectly sum up why it's an excellent choice for a bunch of book-lovers: “This novel has humor, romance, a touch of suspense, but most of all love--love of books and bookish people and, really, all of humanity in its imperfect glory." And that's why it's this month's selection for the College Hill Book Club - all are welcome to join us!

This book 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. 15 th  St., just west of Utica on the south side of 15 th  St.) immediately following worship service (about 12:15pm). If you are interested in learning more about Book Club, please ( click name to ) contact Fritha Ohlson .
1st Sunday Food Collection 
KWI Emergency Food Pantry
September 3

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 .
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.
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. 
Visit our Facebook page for
more photos!
September Birthdays

  3 - Jim Brown
 3 - Todd Freeman
 3 - John Carroll
 5 - Taylor Brennan 
 7 - Bob Lucy   
  9 - David Hensley
  9 - Nora Featherston
10 - Jim Campbell
11 - Sharon Coleman
11 - Steven Rhoden
15 - Adam Brennan
16 - Julio Melendez
17 - Bill Nole
19 - Kim Childs
19 - P.J. Brobston
19 - Aubrey Hovenga
20 - Diane Buchner
20 - Laura Wimer
22 - Katie Abercrombie
24 - Spencer Livingston-Gainey
24 - John Gammie
25 - Amy Williamson
27 - David Ordonez
30 - Sofia Emma Ohlson
30 - Jesper Nils Ohlson
30 - Sandy Farler Hoyt
30 - Miles McAnally

Remember the 
Birthday Endowment Fund!
Monday, 9/4 - Labor Day-Church Office Closed

Friday, 9/8 at 6:00 pm - Game Night

Sunday, 9/10 - Rally Day/Swim & Potluck Party

Thursday, 9/21 at noon - Luncheon Club

Saturday, 9/23 - Day Center for the Homeless Meal
September 10, 2017

The day will begin at  9:00 am  with a delicious  pancake breakfast , followed by Trinna Burrows leading the Soulful Singers in a couple of songs.

We will formally celebrate the new church school year with the Commissioning of Teachers and introduction of the children in their classes.

John and Nancy Gammie will host a Back to Church School Swim Party & Potluck at their home after worship. 1628 S Atlanta Ave., Tulsa. Please call or text your RSVP to Nancy at 918.671.3001. Burgers and hotdogs provided. Last name A-M: bring a side. Last name N-Z: bring a dessert. Seating is limited, please bring a bag chair. 

If you have not been attending a church school class, you are missing an opportunity to grow in your faith through our  Christian Education program .
Pledge Reminder from
Finance & Stewardship Team

College Hill members and friends, our giving has been slow this summer, but fortunately our ministry teams' spending has also been under budget.

That spending will likely increase as Christian Education begins purchasing curriculum and Music and Worship prepares for services in the fall and winter.

Please consider this a gentle reminder to get your pledge up to date. Thank you for being a blessing to College Hill!

Your Finance and Stewardship Team
Friday, September 8 at 6:00 pm

Plan to join us for Game Night in Fellowship Hall ! 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 (click name to) 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!
Outreach & Mission

Looking for a rewarding ministry opportunity ? Then WE are looking for YOU. The Outreach & Mission Ministry Team is searching for a new coordinator (or coordinators) to organize and deliver a meal the 4th Thursday of every other month to the Dinner Night and Group gathering at Openarms Youth Project . Openarms offers peer-based education, advocacy, recreation, information, and leadership opportunities for LGBTQ youth.

Interested? Please (click name to) contact Gay Miller , O&M moderator, for more information.

Featuring the Chancel Choir
with Mike Gibson, organist

Sept 3 Take Up Thy Cross – by Austin C. Lovelace
Sept 10 O Touch Mine Eyes - by David R. Naylor organist.
Sept 17 Make A Joyful Noise – by Linda Spevacek
Sept 24 Amazing Grace – arranged by John Ness Beck 


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 are a singer and 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 5:30 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.

(Click name) to contact our Director of Music

Dr. Kim J. Childs, Director of Music
Mike Gibson, Organist
Luncheon Club
Thursday, September 21 at noon

This fun group meets the 3rd Thursday of each month, either in Fellowship Hall at the church, or at a local restaurant.

This month's lunch will be held at the church, with our program featuring a book review by Gerry Hendon. "The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind" is a true, inspirational story from Malawi !

If you are interested in more information, please (click name to) contact Gretchen Hannefield or Gay Miller .
Day Center Meal
Saturday, September 23

Our Hispanic Fellowship will prepare and serve this month's meal at the Day Center. Francis & crew will prepare a main dish salad.

Check out Caroline's Clipboard after church to donate time, money or food. 
DF7O8 Sign Up

Sign ups are underway for our Fall/Winter Dinners for 7/8 (DF7O8). Sign up forms are available on the Narthex table through
Sept 9 th

Dinners can be held in the home or at a restaurant. If you participated this last year, just notify Clay that you want to continue, and if there are any changes.

If you are interested in signing up, have questions or need more information, please (click name to) contact Clay Finck-Ward
Something for the Spirit

By Steve Garnaas-Holmes

     When you pass through the waters, 
                  I will be with you; 
         and through the rivers, 
                  they shall not overwhelm you
         For I am the Holy One your God, 
                  and I love you.
                           —Isaiah 43.2,4

In the flood that is this life
some waters will sweep your home away
and others stop at your doorstep.
There is no choosing, no deserving
in their rising or receding.
On any given day one of us is picnicking,
another swimming for our lives.
For all of us some day waters will rise,
and with them, 
beside us in the water a reaching out,
above the swirling flood a reaching out.
So many reaching out.
This is what we have to stand on.
College Hill
Recycling Bins

Recycling is an expression of stewardship of the wonderful planet that we enjoy as our home. 

Our recycling center is located in the cabinets outside the Fellowship Hall. We recycle paper, cans, compact fluorescent lamps, batteries, and printer cartridges. 

We also collect plastic and paper shopping bags for reuse by organizations such as Emergency Infant Services and Iron Gate. (Please, no produce bags or newspaper bags, as we no longer have an outlet for recycling them.)
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!
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