THE MESSENGER
September 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

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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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September Calendar

            CHPC
     New Members:

 

           P.J. Brobston

       Michelle Brobston  

         Haley Brobston

                                    Parker Brobston
 
         September Birthdays
 
 

  3 - Jim Brown

  3 - Todd Freeman

  5 - Taylor Brennan

  7 - Bob Lucy

  9 - David Hensley

  9 - Nora Featherston

10 - Jim Campbell

11 - Sharon Coleman

11 - Steven Rhoden

15 - Adam Brennan

15 - Pablo Soriano

16 - Julio Melendez

17 - Bill Nole

19 - Kim Childs

19 - Aubrey Hovenga

19 - P.J. Brobston

20 - Diane Buchner

20 - Laura Wimer

22 - Katie Abercrombie

24 - Spencer Livingston-Gainey

24 - John Gammie

25 - Derek Weinbrenner

25 - Amy Williamson

30 - Sofia Emma Ohlson

30 - Jesper Nils Ohlson

30 - Sandy Farler-Hoyt

30 - Miles McAnally

   

 

 

Remember the

Birthday Endowment Fund!   

 

 

 

 

   
REGIONAL CONFERENCE
TO BE HELD AT COLLEGE HILL   
Saturday, November 15

 

 

As presbyteries around the country begin to discuss an update to the description of marriage in the Book of Order, the 2014-15 series of regional conferences will continue to explore Marriage Matters. 

 

The conference will include plenary speakers, lunch, worship, and opportunities to make local connections and get equipped for participation in the conversation about Amendment 14-F, proposed to the presbyteries by the 221st General Assembly.

 

Executive Director Brian Ellison and National Organizer Tricia Dykers Koenig will participate in our conference. Our keynote speaker is Mark Achtemeier, Presbyterian pastor, theological, professor, and author of the recent book, The Bible's Yes to Same-Sex Marriage: An Evangelical's Change of Heart. 

  

For more information, click here 

 

 

 

 

  

MISSION of The Covenant Network of Presbyterians 

 

The Covenant Network of Presbyterians is a broad-based, national group of clergy and lay leaders working for a church that is simultaneously faithful, just, and whole. We seek to support the mission and unity of the Presbyterian Church (USA) in a time of potentially divisive controversy. We intend to articulate and act on the church's historic, progressive vision and to work for a fully inclusive church.  

 

Have you visited our

Church Library lately?

 

It's located just off the elevator on the 2nd Floor.

 

We've had so many recent donation of books that we needed to add new bookshelves!

There is a very interesting historical display in the library as well.

 

The library was dedicated to Rob Lucy, son of Pat and Bob Lucy, in 2009. The Lucy's donated a generous memorial gift in Rob's honor.

  
  
  
  
 
  
Welcome Baby Boy Kaye
  
Charlotte Slemp's grandson was born August 20, weighing in at 8 lb. 13 oz.
  
  
  
Visit our Facebook page to view more photosLike us on Facebook!
  
 

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!  
  
Music Ministry

    

 

CHANCEL CHOIR

   

The Chancel Choir of College Hill Presbyterian Church has begun its fall season! Chancel Choir rehearses Wednesdays at 6:45 p.m. Come join in the second story choral room (next to the church 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!

Click (name) to contact Kim directly.

BELLISSIMO HANDBELL ENSEMBLE

The BELLissimo Handbell Ensemble of College Hill Presbyterian Church has begun rehearsals for its fall season! Rehearsals are Wednesdays at 5:45 p.m.; if you are interested in playing in this fun ensemble, please contact Director of Music for more information.

We are also proud to announce that we are acquiring a 3-octave handchime set so we have room for two to three new ringers! Contact Kim for more information.

  

SPECIAL SOLO OPPORTUNITIES

We would like members of the choir and congregation that are interested in solo vocal/instrumental opportunities to contact our Director of Music.

 

DR. KIM J. CHILDS, DIRECTOR OF MUSIC

MIKE GIBSON, ORGANIST

 

  

Contact Kim Childs to learn more about joining the choir. 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Feed the Homeless 
 Saturday, September 27
    

The Hispanic congregation will be preparing and serving the meal at the Day Center for the Homeless. Sign up to donate money, food or service on Caroline's Clipboard after worship in September.

 
Ongoing needs at the Day Center include men and women's socks and underwear; donations accepted anytime in the church Narthex.

 

  Book Club - September 
                        The Giver

                      by Lois Lowry

 

This tween/teen novel, winner of the 1994 Newbery Medal, centers on a 12 year-old boy who is becoming disillusioned with his seemingly ideal society. Despite the age-range provided on the book cover, people of all ages will enjoy reading and discussing over lunch with Book Club 

The Giver, which has been described as thought-provoking and riveting.

The Giver by Lois Lowry 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 (about 12:15 pm) on Sunday, September 21.
                       
Something for the Spirit

 

Spiritual Practices

to Eradicate Racism 

by Michael W. Waters
 

Racism's eradication must first occur within the heart. No amount of legislation nor laws passed can ever change the heart. As a matter of the heart, the fight to eradicate racism is a deeply personal, even spiritual, undertaking. Given this reality, spiritual practice is required to eliminate racism and to form an authentic and beautiful mosaic of diversity and mutual respect in our nation.

 

First, as spiritual practice, eradicating racism requires repentance. This is because racism is a sin.

 

Second, eradicating racism also requires forgiveness. Individuals and communities that have suffered under the scourge of racism must find strength from God to forgive their oppressors.

 

Finally, but most important, eradicating racism requires great courage. Whenever and wherever we see the ugly stain of racism, we must be willing to speak out against it. We cannot remain silent!

 

 

To read the entire blog, click link below: 

Spiritual Practices 

 

 
Word from the Pastor
  

Each September I like to quote the Old Testament prophet Joel, "Yet even now, says the Lord, return to me with all your heart." Even though that passage is usually used as the liturgical call to observe a Holy Lent, I like to use it as a way to say that as summer comes to a close, it would be great to see everyone back in the fellowship of the congregation. For those of you who have been away, know that you have been missed!! But how wonderful to take a break.

 

Sunday, September 7, is Rally Day, beginning with a Pancake Breakfast at 9:00 am. Church School classes will then meet briefly at 9:30 am, including a tour of the classrooms and church facility. During worship on that day we will have our annual Commissioning of Church School Teachers and Worship Connection Volunteers. We are blessed by many talented and dedicated teachers and volunteers in our Christian Education program.

 

For the time being, the Adult Church School Class will watch a "TED Talk" video, followed by a rousing discussion on the issues of that particular talk. However, on Sunday, September 14, our own Mary Fitzgerald, Tulsa Country District Judge, will talk about a new initiative inside Tulsa Country District Court to develop and implement a dedicated domestic violence court to better address this important issue that all too often comes before the Court. We are also considering adding a class on existentialism, led by the Rev. Don Roulet.

 

I want to take this opportunity to send out a special thank you, and my deep appreciation, to the Ruling Elders who are currently serving on the Session of the church. Their dedication, wisdom, and strong leadership make all the difference in the life and ministry of College Hill. I ask that each one of us act as 'encouragers' to all our church leaders, keeping them in your thoughts and prayers.

 

 

Blessings,  

 

Rev. Todd Freeman 

  

 

 

 

 

News & Events
  Rally Day
   this Sunday!
  
The day will begin at 9:00 am with a delicious pancake breakfast, followed by a brief introduction to classes and an open house tour of all church school classes.
We will formally celebrate the new church school year and Commissioning of Teachers on Rally Day.
  
John and Nancy Gammie are hosting a pool party at their home after the worship service for the children of the church. Hotdogs will be provided.
  
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.
  
  
Taste of Kendall Whittier
September 16, 2014
  
Discover the delicious tastes of Kendall Whittier on this trolley-led restaurant crawl! You'll find hidden gems that will become a favorite lunch spot or go-to dinner option before a movie at the Circle Cinema.

 

The crawl starts (with appetizers) and ends (with desserts) at Marshall Brewing Company. In between, our fleet of trolleys will take you out to more than half a dozen stops, including the Kendall Whittier Community GROW Garden.

 

All proceeds benefit three KW non-profits: Circle Cinema, Kendall Whittier, Inc., and Kendall Whittier Main Street.

 

Tickets for this unique experience are $30, which includes all food, beverages, and entertainment. Click here to purchase tickets or you call 918-585-3456.

 

Sponsored by the George Kaiser Family Foundation and the Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation.

 
  
"Dinner with the Guys"
Comes to CHPC
Saturday, October 4

 

Love a good, juicy steak, chicken breast, or portabella mushroom cap sizzling on the grill?  Feel an equal affinity for a delectable slice of moist, delicious cake?  Us too!  That's why we're getting the guys in the kitchen for "Dinner with the Guys," when CHPC's finest chefs of the male persuasion will cook and serve an amazing meal, including your choice of mixed grill, a mashed potato bar, and luscious salad. 

 

You won't want to arrive late to the 6:00pm dinner, because each table will be decorated with a beautiful, homemade cake to finish your meal in style.

 

Tickets for "Dinner with the Guys" are a steal at $10 per adult, with no cost for children 12 and under (who will be served from a children's menu). Tickets go on sale Sunday, Sept. 7th, but mark your calendars NOW for this new event!

  

Wine for Water

Just Hope
7th Annual Wine Experience

Thursday, October 9, 2014

 

Traditionally, Jesus' first miracle was turning water to wine at a wedding party. 2000 years later, JustHope will celebrate a near miracle - turning wine into water for several Nicaraguan villages.

Rev. Leslie Penrose began by asking what people in Chakra Seca needed most, and the answer was water. A minimum amount of money (mostly by Just Hope) and maximum amount of labor (mostly by villagers), produced clean water for over 11,000 people. More of each resulted in several micro banks, schools, businesses and work for artisans, bringing about empowerment and making dreams come true. Benefits are not one-sided:  American students are doing service projects and discovering links between "health and social economic variables and how they impact our whole global village, and that experience transforms and strengthens their intercultural relationships right here in Tulsa."

College Hill has partnered with Just Hope for several years, sending children's vitamins and funding two micro banks run by village women (with 98% repayment of loans), from profits raised from a giant garage sale and the selling of Equal Exchange coffee, tea and chocolate products.

On October 9, you are invited to help turn more wine into water and enjoy dinner, an auction and entertainment at the Greenwood Cultural Center. Doors open at 6:00 pm with wine flights beginning at 6:30 pm.

For more information and to purchase tickets, click to go to www.justhope.org. Early bird tickets (through September 10) are $55/person and $65 after the deadline. Tickets at the door are $75. JustHope is thrilled to celebrate dreams coming true and service learning at this year's event!

  
Ministry Team News
Elder Nomination

 

The Nominating Ministry Team requests the congregation's input in recommending persons to serve as a Ruling Elder on the Session.

 

The Nominating Ministry Team members are: Judith Nole (moderator), Robert Babcock, Norman Gainey and Pat Lucy.

 

Click here to download the Recommendation for Ruling Elder form. Completed forms can be placed in the offeing plate or given to a member of the team.

  
Outreach & Mission
Ministry Team
  
Reaching Out
 

The Outreach and Mission Ministry Team wants you to know how we allocate the funds you generously donate to College Hill. 

 

For 2014, we have a $35,800 budget.  We devote roughly 1/3 of that to our membership obligations to the Presbytery, Synod and General Assembly. We invest over 1/2 of our budget in continuing supporting of local causes including Kendall Whittier, Inc., Tulsa Metropolitan Ministries and United Campus Ministries.

 

The rest goes to various national and international needs including general support for Emergency Infant Services, teachers at Kendall Whittier, micro banks in Nicaragua, and financial support for children fleeing oppression in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. 

 

Follow this link to a table itemizing our investments. (hard copies of the report are also available on the Narthex table.)

 
Congregational Care
It's Survey Time Again!
(for those who missed it)
 
The Congregational Care Ministry Team is planning to reintroduce the survey drive that took place at the end of 2013. 
 
This congregational ministry team has worked very well, but we do have new members as well as members who were not able to complete the survey at the time.  We want everyone to have a chance to be a part of the team that ministers to each other in lots of ways, both large and small.  
 
We will have a table set up on Rally Day (Sept. 7) for those of you who want to become a part of our ministry and nurture to each other.  Please stop by with your questions and to fill out your survey.
 
Dinners for 7 or 8

 

Dinners for 7 and/or 8 are here and coming to a home near you! All enrollment forms have been received and the dinner matches are being made. If you signed up to host, you will be sent a list of guests to contact to begin organizing your fall dinner. You are free to plan your meal how you wish, but a tip sheet will be provided for those who might wish to have some extra information on dinner parties and some ice breaker activities.

 

If hosting, the choice is yours whether dinner will be in your home or at a restaurant of your choice. Check with your guests to see if there are any dietary or allergy concerns that need to be taken into consideration when choosing a restaurant or a main course, and then have fun! The host typically provides a main course item with guests bringing side dishes and desserts, but feel free to be creative.

 

In total, we have 43 enrollment forms turned in: 73 adult participants and 5 children. This is a huge success, and shows how much interest there is at CHPC in getting to know each other outside Sunday worship! Be on the lookout for your DF7O8 scheduled, and happy dining!

  
Calling All Cars
for "Trunk or Treat"
 (or maybe just yours!)
 
 

Halloween is just around the corner, and the Fellowship Ministry Team is gearing up for another "Trunk or Treat" in the CHPC parking lot on Friday, October 31st

 

We'll gather our cars between 7 - 8:30pm to hand out candy to neighborhood trick-or-treaters. Last year, we had about seven cars participating; we'd LOVE to have ten this year. This is your chance to "pimp your ride (or at least your trunk)," deck out in a costume, and have a great evening! 

 

Click (name) to contact Pat Valencia if you are interested or would like more information.

  
Birthday Endowment Fund
 

2014 brings about another Birthday for each of us.

 

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!
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.