THE MESSENGER
July 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
918-592-5800

email:

collegehill@sbcglobal.net

 

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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 church calendar can now be viewed

on our new website. 

 

July Calendar

 
The church office will be closed
Monday, July 7, in observance of Independence Day
Flag Fireworks   
New Member Spotlight
  
Nathan Swanson and Steven Rhoden are College Hill's  newest members, joining in May of this year, but their faces are familiar to many of us already.  A professional musician, Nathan learned about College Hill through our Director of Music Ministry, Kim Childs.  He sang in Council Oak Men's Chorale and has been a guest singer for College Hill in the past.  Steven was familiar with College Hill from his involvement in the Progressive Religious Coalition, where he met Pastor Todd.  When looking for a community of faith where they could both feel comfortable, they decided to give CHPC a try.

 

Both Nathan and Steven have a heart for children and a commitment to public education.  Nathan is a music teacher at Marshall Elementary, and Steven is working toward his certification in Special Education.  When they aren't busy shaping the future generation, they enjoy honing their culinary skills, watching movies, visiting museums, and working out.

 

We are so grateful that Nathan and Steven decided to try out College Hill!  We welcome them and look forward to the ways in which we will grow together.

  
Photos
      
Meredith at Rainbow Acres 
  
  
Diane Bucchianeri and her husband Phil, while on their way to see the Grand Canyon, stopped off at Rainbow Acres in Arizona to visit Meredith Howard. They had a wonderful tour of the facilities and they brought Meredith greetings from the congregation, along with the large Care Card we all signed earlier in the month. Meredith, we miss you here at College Hill, but are thrilled everything is going so well for you at Rainbow Acres!
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Pentecost Service
June 8, 2014 
   
 
  
   
   
  
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The Outreach and Mission Ministry Team sells organic Equal Exchange coffee, tea, and chocolate.  We have a nice selection of ground and whole bean coffee at $8 for 10 or 12 oz. packages, chocolate bars at $3 for 3 oz., and tea for $3 per box of 20 bags. 

 

 These prices are the best in town for Equal Exchange products and reflect a profit of 50 cents to one dollar per item.  All profits are placed in a special account which is used to fund mission projects.

 

Look for us in the Fellowship Hall before and after the worship service on the first and third
Sundays of the month!  
  

Your vote counts!

 

 

 

Your new Tulsa Walmart Neighborhood Market
(31st & Harvard) is giving a grant to the groups listed below, but your vote on Walmart's Facebook page will decide which one gets an additional $500! Share this and get others voting too! Voting ends July 8 at 11:59 p.m. CST.
 

- Vote "Food Bank" for Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma

 

- Vote "Hope" for Restore Hope Ministries
  
- Vote "Day Center" for The Tulsa Day Center for the Homeless
Music Ministry
 

    

 

CHANCEL CHOIR

 

 

The Chancel Choir of College Hill Presbyterian Church is in recess until Wednesday, August 13. Chancel Choir rehearses Wednesdays at 6:45 p.m. Come join in the second story choral room next to the office for singing, fellowship and lots of laughter!

If you are a singer wanting to use your talents, please see Director of Music, Kim Childs. We would love to welcome new members this upcoming fall season!

BELLISSIMO HANDBELL ENSEMBLE

The BELLissimo Handbell Ensemble of College Hill Presbyterian Church is in recess until Wednesday, August 13. BELLissimo rehearses Wednesday evenings at 5:45 p.m.

If you are interested in playing in this fun ensemble, please contact Director of Music for more information.

SUMMER SOLOISTS AND ENSEMBLES

As is our custom, the summer College Hill Presbyterian Church Sunday morning services will feature our own singers and instrumentalists.  

Contact Kim Childs to learn more about joining the choir. 

 

 

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.  
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
  

One year ago, in July 2013, we engaged in a very important six-session study on "Christian Marriage in the Presbyterian Church (USA)" during the Adult Church School hour. The Office of Theology and Worship of the Presbyterian Mission Agency prepared that study as a faithful effort to fulfill the 2012 General Assembly's call for "serious study and discernment" of our Reformed understanding of marriage. It was hoped that an in-depth study, including biblical, confessional, and current information, could help the denomination in its discernment of whether or not to support marriage equality.

     

During our study, we took a thorough look at the 2012 General Assembly Report entitled, "Issues of Civil Union and Christian Marriage." I have copies if anyone is interested in seeing or reviewing it. We also discussed supplemental material supplied by The Covenant Network of Presbyterian, who along with More Light Presbyterians, have worked tirelessly over the past few decades for full inclusion of LGBT persons of faith into the life and leadership of the PCUSA. They wrote:

 

"Let's explore openly what embodies the essence of marriage in scripture and the confessions, asking clearly and honestly how same-gender marriage-the presenting issue in today's church and society-may (or may not) express the truth of God. Let us draw on theological reflection, both traditional and contemporary, that is open to the possibility that our understanding of marriage (like all our theology) might be "Reformed and always being Reformed." Let us ask questions that directly confront the issues before it."

      

Not surprisingly, during that study last year College Hill folks discerned that the Reformed understanding of the essence of marriage can indeed apply to all couples, whether of the same or opposite gender. With much rejoicing, we are thrilled that this was the opinion reached by a large majority of those commissioners to the 2014 General Assembly last month in Detroit.

 

We celebrate the historic decision to allow pastors in our denomination to conduct and officiate at marriage ceremonies of same-gender couples, where it is legal to do so. Recognizing that this conflicts with our denomination's traditional definition of marriage ("between a man and a woman"), they sent out a proposed amendment to our church constitution, The Book of Order, that would change that definition to, "between two people, traditionally a man and a woman." We will know the final outcome within the coming year after our 173 presbyteries throughout the country vote on whether to accept this amendment.

     

Even most of the conservative traditionalists in our denomination, however, have concluded that marriage equality is here to stay in the PCUSA. Our next major task as a denomination: learning to live together in mutual forbearance, and in unity in the midst of our diversity. Let us pray that God bless us all with humility, patience, wisdom, courage, and love for one another.

  

 

Blessings,

 

Rev. Todd Freeman 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

News & Events
Welcome David 'Matthew'!
 
Congratulations to David and Crystal
on the birth of their baby boy,
David 'Matthew'.
 We can't wait to meet him!
 

 

 

A single red rose was displayed on the Communion table in celebration of the birth of David 'Matthew'.

DF7O8

(Dinners for 7 or 8 Program)

 

During our Potluck Luncheon on June 8, we kicked off our Dinner Program. The program is 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!

If you are interested, click here  to download the sign up form. Completed forms can be turned in to the church office, or left on the Narthex table for pick up.

  
 
Tulsa Pride Parade 
 

College Hill walkers and riders prepare for the parade held on June 7.

 

 

College Hill's booth at the Pride Festival 


 
 
July Birthdays

  2 - Bill Major

  6 - Janie Potts

  6 - Cathey Wilson

  6 - Mark Miller

10 - Gini Fox

10 - Mike Gibson

12 - Kaitlyn Robertson

17 - Ann Richards Ketcham

17 - Mike Patterson

18 - Tim Smith-Ream

18 - Charlotte Slemp

18 - Ron Brown

21 - Gary Watts

21 - Bryson Featherston

24 - Bert Woodall

27 - Rosie Brown

29 - Dewey Echols

31 - Helen Holzschuh

31 - Deborah Hunter

 

   

 

    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. 

            Day Center Meal 
Saturday, July 26
    
The (tentative) meal to be served at the Tulsa Day Center for the Homeless will be: smoked meat on buns, coleslaw and homemade cookies. You can sign up on Caroline's Clipboard before or after worship to help serve or to make a donation.

 

Something
for the Spirit

 

Prayer for Freedom

by the Latin American

Council of Churches

 

God of mercy and hope,

in the struggle for freedom grant us strength; in decisions about freedom grant us wisdom; in the practice of freedom grant us guidance; in the dangers of freedom grant us protection; in the life of freedom grant us joy and in the use of freedom grant us vision.

 

Amen

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!
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.