THE MESSENGER
October 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

  

 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 

 

email

collegehill@sbcglobal.net

  

website:
 
www.collegehilltulsa.org  

 

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Join us for coffee, juice, cookies 

 and conversation in the 

Fellowship Hall before
Church School 
and before Worship.  
  

 

Quick Links
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.
Join Our Mailing List
 
We sincerely appreciate 
Cam McKenzie and
Bert Woodall for the hours
they spent reorganizing the church library. 
  

View the church calendar on our website 

 

October Calendar

            CHPC
     New Members:
      Elizabeth Carroll
       Charlotte Carroll
          John Carroll
  Happy Birthday Charlotte! 
Our beloved Charlotte Bronston
turns 92 on October 12th! 
 
 

Photos
 2014 Rally Day
Pancake Breakfast
 
 
  
   

 

 

Mary Fitzgerald, church member and Tulsa County Judge, presented a program to the Adult Church School Class on the efforts the court is making to better facilitate domestic violence cases.

  
Luncheon Club
 
Luncheon Club meets the third Thursday of each month in Fellowship Hall. Please plan to join us for great food, fellowship and fun!
 
Many thanks to Charlotte Bronston, Charlotte Slemp, Pat Fox, Wyneth Roulet and all those that work so hard to provide the group with such delicious meals!
  
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Member Spotlight
 
Todd Redding
 
Todd and his son Andrew

  

Q: How long have you been a member of College Hill?

I moved to Tulsa from Bartlesville in 2005 in the midst of rapid and uncertain changes in my life. College Hill was a source of stability and direction and introduced me to a welcoming, accepting and inclusive Christian theology that I had never experienced. I discovered College Hill in early 2006 and joined the congregation later that year. I was among the last group of new members welcomed by Radford Rader.

Q: What groups or teams are you involved with at CHPC?

Even before joining the church, I became involved in the chancel choir and I love being a part of the music ministry here. I have served on Session and I remain active with the Finance & Stewardship and Personnel Ministry Teams. I am excited to add the hand bell choir to my church activities this Fall!

Q: Tell us about yourself-work, family, fun.

I have been blessed with two incredible children. Andrew is a freshman at Oklahoma State and Allison is a junior at Texas Christian University.  I am an introvert by nature, but the "empty nest" is proving to be a challenging adjustment even for me. My companionship at home now consists of a high-maintenance Brussels Griffon dog and one very entitled cat! I enjoy reading, working in the yard and, admittedly, the occasional reality TV show. I am a residency-trained physician in Family Practice and I worked in family medicine for many years. After moving to Tulsa, I discovered a passion for working with individuals suffering with the disease of chemical dependency and co-occurring mental health disorders. I have worked full-time in this area of medicine for over 6 years. I am continuing my medical education and anticipate board-certification in Addiction Medicine in the near future.

Q: What makes College Hill special to you? 

The College Hill family has provided a very positive, warm and welcoming experience for me and my children. I enjoy and admire Reverend Freeman's teachings and leadership. I am incredibly grateful for the ministry College Hill provides to our community and to our denomination and I am excited about a future with an increasingly empowered progressive theological voice.

 October Birthdays
 
 

  4 - Jeff Richmond

  5 - Pat Beitel

  5 - Mike Wood

  6 - Brooklyn Featherston-Green

  6 - Sherrie Garnett

  9 - Ellen Nole

10 - Robert Babcock

12 - Charlotte Bronston

18 - Rider Allen

19 - Crystal Zerger

20 - Allison Redding

21 - Marilyn Hill

22 - Cathy Robertson

23 - Dixie Speer

30 - Emily Major

31 - Tracy Vanderburg

31 - David West

31 - Nancy Bennett

 

 

     

Remember the

Birthday Endowment Fund!   

 

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. 

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. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Book Club
October/November
The Story of Edgar Sawtelle
by David Wroblewski
  

Although Wroblewski is clearly borrowing from and influenced by Rudyard Kipling, William Shakespeare, and Stephen King to name a few, according to The New York Times' book reviewer Janet Maslin, "...the voice heard in 'The Story of Edgar Sawtelle' sounds like no one else's as this book creates its enthralling, warmly idiosyncratic story."  Sounds like a great book for us book-lovers to read and enjoy discussing over lunch with Book Club on a fall Sunday afternoon.

The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski 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, November 16th.
                       
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.
Word from the Pastor

  

 

I'm writing this note while vacationing in the beautiful Broken Bow Lake area of southeastern Oklahoma. Yesterday, I drove the 53-mile Talimena Scenic Drive. For me, there's nothing like a drive through a hilly, forested area with magnificent vistas to get reconnected with God. 

 

At the moment, I'm sitting on the back porch of the isolated cabin I rented reading a book by John Philip Newell, entitled 'The Rebirthing of God.' The chapters are all about reconnecting - reconnecting with the earth, with compassion, with the Light, with the journey, with spiritual practice, with non-violence, with the unconscious, and with love. 

 

One of the primary features of the rebirthing of God within us is reconnecting with wisdom, allowing the truth that has been etched into our being to come forth in new ways.

 

In connection with our progressive approach to Christianity, I've found the following particularly helpful - especially in relationship to our ministry at College Hill. 

 

Bede Griffiths, a 20th century English Benedictine monk who spent most of his life in India, reflected on the fossilization of Western Christianity. Newell writes, "He believed it had become hardened, stuck both doctrinally and ritually. It was not living and unfolding like the universe, forever seeking new expression and embodiment through relationship. It had become isolated from the other great religious traditions of the world and ossified in its dogmas, paralyzed in the trappings of infallibility. One of the laws of the universe is that if something is not unfolding, it is dying. If it is not sprouting in new directions, it is decaying. Bede was aware of the rot that had developed in his religious tradition. But one of his mantras of belief was that there were 'seeds of life in the rotten apple.' We need to pay attention to those seeds if there is to be new birth."

 

While I wouldn't go as far as calling Christianity a rotten apple, I do believe that we need to pay attention to how the Holy Spirit is guiding the church into new, less dogmatic ways in the 21st-century. 

 

Now back to my previously scheduled vacation. 

 

Blessings,

 

Rev. Todd Freeman

 

 

 

News & Events
"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).  If you haven't already purchased your tickets, (click to) contact Judith Nole.

  
World Communion Sunday
Peacemaking Offering
Sunday, October 5

  

The Peacemaking Offering works locally and around the world to transform cultures of violence into communities of peace. A portion of all gifts made to the Peacemaking Offering are kept by congregations for programs.

 

There are three ways to give: 1) Through your congregation on October 5th; 2) Text PEACE to 20222 to give $10; 3) Click here to make a donation through the Presbyterian Mission Agency website. 

  
College Hill Fall Work Day
Saturday, October 18th 
  

With the change of seasons, it's time to get our church ready for the fall and winter months ahead. Building & Grounds Ministry Team has scheduled a Fall Work Day from 9:00 am -noon.  

 

There will be a full range of indoor, outdoor, large and small projects to complete to spruce up our church. If you can help any or all of that morning, please (click name) to let Jeff Ream, Gini Fox, or Mark Miller know. 

 

Any help would be appreciated, and small finger foods and juice will be served.

   

Wine for Water

JustHope 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 JustHope) 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 JustHope 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. JustHope is thrilled to celebrate dreams coming true and service learning at this year's event!

For more information and to purchase tickets, click to go to www.justhope.org. Tickets are $65/person and $75 at the door.

 

College Hill has reserved a table for 10. There a still a few seats available, so if you are interested in joining our group, please (click name to) contact Tally Ferguson.

 

"Trunk or Treat" the Neighborhood on Halloween! 
 
Come Friday night, October 31st, our Kendall Whittier neighborhood will see teems of ghosts, goblins, Elsa's, and Captain America's take to the streets...and once again, College Hill's parking lot will be a destination location! 

 

We would love to have YOU join the fun this year too!  College Hill's annual "Trunk or Treat" will be Halloween night in the CHPC parking lot. We're sending out the Bat-Signal to all interested members to join us between 7 - 8:30pm to hand out candy to the neighborhood children.  Decorate your trunk, wear a costume, bring wrapped candy to pass out, and join us for this great annual event!

 

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

  
Celtic Spirituality Small Group
Tuesday, November 4
 

The Celtic Spirituality Small Group will meet at 6:30 pm in the home of Mark and Gay Miller.  The discussion topic will be the Gaelic festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-in). 

 

Samhain is a time to remember our spiritual and genetic ancestors.  We will be listening to and discussing music and poetry that relates to this celebration. Participants are invited to bring a snacks, stories, artifacts, etc. that remind them of a near or distant ancestor.

 

Contact Mark if you have any questions.

 

   
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.  

OpenArms
Youth Project Meal 
 Thursday, October 23
 
The Outreach & Mission Ministry Team will be serving the meal at OpenArms Youth Project.  Click to contact Jeff Ream or Tim Smith-Ream for more information.
Heroes Needed for
Reading Partners Program
  

Reading Partners is a national nonprofit organization that provides one-on-one literacy tutoring to students struggling with reading. Local schools such as Kendall-Whittier Elementary and Sequoyah Elementary have immediate openings for tutors.

 

Committing to just one hour a week can make a huge difference in the life of a child!  Don't miss this opportunity to be a mentor, a leader and a hero to a student in need.

 

No classroom experience is necessary and in-person training is provided. For more information, log on to www.readingpartners.org or email Dawn Lowe at dawn.lowe@readingpartners.org

 

Click here to download the sign-up brochure and a list of participating schools. (also available on the Narthex table)

  
Something for the Spirit

 

Wheel of the Year~Autumn Equinox
by Jenya T. Beachy

  

The Autumn Equinox is a time of balance. We are at the point where day and night are of equal length.This is a good time to meditate on the principles of Light and Darkness, expansion and contraction. Soon it will be Winter, and we will be in our homes again, sitting by the hearth instead of around the fire circle outside. What does it mean to draw our tendrils back toward ourselves? To conserve our strength?

 

(This is a non-Christian reflection, but it contains some rich spirituality in connection with our relationship to the earth and the changing seasons, including the changes in our lives. It hearkens back to the Celtic tradition before Christianity.  Rev. Todd)


To read the entire blog, click here.
 
   

  

 

Got Christmas Cards?

 

One of the projects planned for this year's Advent Family Night (11/30)

will be making Christmas cards with the Christ Child as the theme. This can include Mary and Joseph, but not a whole manger scene.

 

If you have some of these in your old Christmas cards that you keep, please share them with us. The entire card is not needed, just the photo/graphics.

 

Please (click name) to contact Pat Valencia.

  

 

 

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!  
  
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.