June 2014
College Hill Presbyterian Church 
A Theologically Progressive, Inclusive, Multicultural,
'More Light Presbyterian' Congregation (PCUSA)

CH 2-2013  

712 S. Columbia Ave.
Tulsa, OK 74104


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 Church office hours: 


 Mon - Th, 9 am - 3 pm
Closed on Fridays



   9:30 a.m. Church School-all ages
 11:00 a.m. Worship in English
 11:00 a.m. Worship in Spanish 



Join us for coffee, juice, cookies 

 and conversation in the 

Fellowship Hall before
Church School 
and before Worship.  


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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.
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The calendar can now be viewed on the church's new website. 


June Calendar

Welcome New Members 

We are pleased to welcome our newest members, Steven Rhoden and Nathan Swanson, into the College Hill community of faith.


Father's Day is June 15th   
  Fourth Annual
Memorial Day Weekend Picnic
May 25, 2014 

Visit our Facebook page to view more picnic photosLike us on Facebook!
  Rev. Todd's Frankoma Presentation


Rev. Todd shared some of his extensive Frankoma Pottery collection during Luncheon Club on May 15. He was joined by Joniece Frank, the daughter of Frankoma's founder, John Frank. (see photo below)







Hispanic Fellowship
Celebrates 7th Anniversary
Sunday, June 29
It has been 7 years since we welcomed our Hispanic friends to College Hill. We will celebrate at John and Nancy Gammie's house from 4:00pm to 8:00 pm.
If you would like to join us in this celebration, please (click to) contact Pat Valencia or John Gammie
 2014 Teacher and Graduate Recognition


High School Graduates:

Sally Gammie, Tulsa School of Arts & Sciences

Andrew Redding, Bartlesville High School


College Graduates:

Allison Campbell, Masters at the University of Missouri


Children's Teachers:

Nancy Gammie

Linda Watts

Karen Kriner



Gini Fox

Stefanie Olson

Kathy Evanson

Gary Watts


Adult Teachers:

Rev. Don Roulet

John Gammie

Rev. Todd Freeman


Small Group Coordinators:

Fritha Ohlson (Book Club)

John Gammie (Book Study)

Mark Miller (Celtic Spirituality)


Nursery Worker:

Valerie Ordonez


Worship Connection Volunteers:

Fritha Ohlson, Patrick Ohlson, Kathy Evanson,

Gini Fox, Stefanie Olson, Glen Olson,

Tanya Patterson, Mike Patterson, Dewey Echols, Jeff Smith-Ream, Fred Schone, Jim Brown,

Jim Campbell, Jennifer Campbell

Microbank Update
Your Funds are Saving Lives
The Outreach and Mission Ministry Team directs resources to many local causes.  We also have an international flavor, and we invest the largest portion of our international mission efforts in micro banks in Nicaragua.  A 'micro bank' is essentially a pool of money that an 'administrator' lends to individuals for up to one year.  Borrowers are diligent women (yes, all women) that needs small amounts of money to purchase inventory for their business. They turn the inventory purchased with micro bank funds into sales from which they pay back the loan with interest and, more importantly, attain self sufficiency.


College Hill funds to micro banks administered by Just HopeLeslie Penrose heads that group, and came to explain her mission on Palm Sunday.  She reported that our first micro bank has already completed a full year cycle and generated enough interest from borrowers to expand to additional borrowers!  She also shared with us the list of borrowers in our new micro bank.           
Click here to view the list and see how your funds are changing these women's lives.

Book Club
And the Mountains Echoed

 by  Khaled Housseini


Sunday, June 29 


Book Blub 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. (around 12:15 pm)


The book is available at the Southroads Barnes and Noble book store (41st & Yale), your local library, and other book sources.


If you are interested in learning more about Book Club, click here to contact Fritha Ohlson.

for the Spirit


40 Word Prayers: When I am Busy

by Bruce Reyes-Chow

"When I am Busy"

When I make my busyness an idol
God forgive me
Let me face the tasks of the day with
a healthy perspective
a light touch
a posture of patience
a willingness to laugh
and a spirit of gratitude


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. 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.
We strive to provide a quality eNewsletter publication to our readers each month. Please note that inconsistencies you may have noticed with text/paragraph spacing, wrap-around, margins, etc., are due to glitches within the computer program used to create this publication, and may vary depending on your email program. Thank you for your understanding.  
~Rev. Freeman
Word from the Pastor

A very big Thank You to everyone who worked to put together our Fourth Annual Memorial Day Weekend Picnic on May 25, which I was delighted again to host at my home. The entire congregation is grateful for the hard work of Judith Nole and the Fellowship Ministry Team and volunteers. Please take a look at the pictures in this newsletter and on our Facebook page - www.facebook/collegehilltulsa. It was a great afternoon of fellowship, fun, food, and a bit of fishing and canoeing.


There are many elements that make for a healthy congregation. Meaningful and relevant worship, Christian Education, outreach and service, and good stewardship are among them. I am one of those who believe that one area of ministry that is especially important (and many would say the most important) is fellowship - the genuine relationships and interactions among church members and friends.


Like all congregations, we call ourselves a "community of faith." While addressing issues of faith is obviously crucial to any church, a congregation does so at its own peril if it does not work equally hard to emphasize the importance of building and maintaining a sense of authentic community.


Our recent All-Church Retreat at Dwight Mission, and the Memorial Day Weekend Picnic were wonderful reminders of how important it is that we gather together simply to be with another - with no agenda other than getting to know one another better and enjoying each other's company.


We continue to be blest with new members. But how many of us know (or remember) everyone by name? I struggle with that at times as well. But that's a great place to start, and that's why I think wearing name badges is so important. While it may not be true for everyone, I am one of those people who was brought up to value the importance of introducing myself to folks I don't know. And as my memory fails me at times, I have also learned to not be embarrassed to admit I have forgotten a name and simply re-ask that person.


Many will be taking a well-deserved vacation in the months ahead - so have fun, get some  rest, and enjoy life. But let us also be very intentional every time we gather together to participate in the blessings of worship, education, mission, fellowship, and the development of true community.






Rev. Todd Freeman 

















Upcoming Events
Tulsa Pride Parade
Saturday, June 7 


Please join us to support the Tulsa Gay Pride Parade by marching with College Hill. We will have a truck in the parade if you prefer to ride. The parade kicks off from Boston Avenue Methodist Church at 13th and Boston at 5:00 p.m. Click (name) to contact Jeff and Tim Smith-Ream or Tally Ferguson if you would like more information. 


In addition to walking in the parade, College Hill will have a booth at the Pride Festival from 12:00 - 9:00 p.m.  We need volunteers to work one-hour shifts inside the AIR-CONDITIONED Equality Center.  We will have fans, brochures, and candy to distribute; you bring the warm welcome of College Hill with you! Click (name) to contact Rebecca Howard to sign up for a shift. Everyone that can participate is appreciated!


Click here to view the complete calendar of events for this year's Tulsa Pride Celebration.

College Hill Hymn Festival

May 25, 2014


 A special service was held to commemorate the church's new hymnals. The choir sang the perfect anthem,  "Let This Mind Be In You", during the hymnal exchange.


Click here to view the hymnal order/dedication list


Adult Church School 
 Class Series
Sunday, June 8, 9:30 am
Current Findings in
Moral Psychology
Brad Brummel will lead a 4-week class, discussing current research in moral psychology that demonstrates many of our moral judgments are based on intuition. We will take a psychological test which reveals our endorsement of different moral bases.
Finally, we will discuss the implications for these judgment processes for understanding people across the orthodox-progressive religious spectrum.
Potluck Lunch
Kicks Off Dinner Program
June 8th after Worship

We're calling it "Speed-Fellowshipping"...but you can call it another great College Hill Pot Luck dinner...with a twist!

We'll kick off the sign-up for Dinners for 7 or 8* with a meal that will give you a little "taste" of the DF7O8 experience!  No spoilers here, but you'll get a chance to meet new people, win prizes, and MAYBE even eat your desert first!  Please come to worship on June 8th with a salad, vegetable, main dish, or desert to share, and plan to stay for the fun!

*What is Dinners for 7 or 8, you say?  It's College Hill's answer to a supper club, and a great way to get to know people outside of church.  Participants will gather in randomly-assigned groups of 7 or 8, once each in the fall, winter, and spring, for a pot-luck dinner at the host's home (or at a restaurant).  Don't feel comfortable hosting?  That's fine; you can sign up to attend as a guest only!  Think you can only swing being an alternate?  Can do!  We'll put you on a list of folks to call if someone cancels! 

We would love as much participation in DF7O8 as possible, because 1) we're talking about seriously good food, folks, and 2) this is a wonderful way to grow in fellowship as a congregation outside the walls of our building.  Please plan to join us for details, and a pot-luck like you've never experienced, on June 8th!
College Hill Choir




We look forward in having YOU be a part of the College Hill Presbyterian Chancel Choir! Come join our growing group in singing eclectic pieces for our Sunday worship. We meet at 6:45 p.m. on Wednesdays for rehearsal (second floor) and we sing for services with a 10:15 rehearsal and 11 a.m. Sunday morning worship (in the balcony/second floor). 
Chancel Choir rehearsals will recess for the months of June and July and will return for rehearsals Wednesday, August 13.




Our handbell group rehearses on Wednesday evenings at 5:45 p.m. This group of eight musicians will be practicing and performing pieces to be played during occasional services and special services throughout the church year. We may be "growing" in the next year - if you are interested in joining our ensemble, please get in touch with Director Kim Childs. BELLissimo rehearsals will recess for the months of June and July and will return for rehearsals Wednesday, August 13.



Contact Kim Childs to learn more about joining the choir. 



   Tulsa Interfaith Alliance     2014 Russell Bennett
Award Celebration  
Thursday, June 5, 6:30-8:30 pm
The event will be held at All Souls Unitarian Church, Emerson Hall - 2952 S. Peoria Ave.
Click here to register and to view detailed information about this fundraising event.  
Kendall Whittier News
5th Sunday Special Offering
Sunday, June 29
We will be collecting school supplies for Kendall Whittier Elementary children for the upcoming school year.
Special needs are Kleenex, Sanitizer and Dry Erase Markers.
Cash donation are always welcome! 
Kendall Whittier, Inc. received $276.00 (50% of total proceeds) from the Cause An Effect Fundraiser held on May 13th.
Proceeds will go toward their
GROW Garden.
Thank you to all those who participated in this event!
     OpenArms Youth 
Project Meal 
             Thursday, June 26

Outreach & Mission Ministry Team will be serving the meal at OpenArms Youth Project. Please click to contact Jeff Ream or Tim Smith-Ream for more information. 


June Birthdays

  1 - Don Roulet

  3 - Tommy Ray

  3 - Mark Thurston

  6 - Bryan Finck-Ward

  7 - Linda Watts

10 - Wilce Williams

11 - Faith Hager

12 - Melanie Brennan

12 - Andrew Campbell

15 - Patrick Ohlson

17 - Evie Olson

19 - Martha Brown

19 - Walter Z. Echols

20 - Jan Williams

21 - Mary Fitzgerald

22 - Jeanette Featherston

23 - Elyse Burrows

23 - Audrey Fox

23 - Glen Olson

23 - Betty Howard

25 - Bobbe Hornback




Remember the

 Birthday Endowment Fund! 


Birthday Fund

The new year brings about another Birthday for each of us during 2014.


A meaningful way to celebrate this occasion 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.


Keeping College Hill's Endowment Fund strong will allow us to have funds available for special projects.


Birthday Fund envelopes are available on the Narthex table, under the Birthday balloon. Checks can be made payable to College Hill and marked "Birthday Fund" on the memo portion of the check. 

1st Sunday
Food Collection
1st Sunday Food Collection 
Our first Sunday food collection goes to the Kendall Whittier, Inc. Emergency Food Pantry. We will be collecting canned meats and/or entrees, which are desperately needed at this time, as well as other food items. Cash donations are also always welcome.  
Penny FundPenny
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 events/needs!