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


712 S. Columbia Ave.
Tulsa, OK 74104


 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 



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Join us for coffee, juice, cookies 

 and conversation in the 

Fellowship Hall before
Church School 
and before Worship.  


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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Congratulations to our 
Newly Elected Elders

Elders were elected during our 
Congregational Meeting on October 26:
Class of 2017:
Clay Finck-Ward
Nancy Gammie
Johnna Thurston
David Zerger
The church office will be closed 
November 26-27 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.
Daylight Saving Time ends Sunday, November 2. Be sure and set your clocks back one hour Saturday night. 

View the church calendar on our website 


November Calendar


JustHope Wine for Water Event 10/9/14

Martha Brown and Dewey Echols

(from left) Gay & Mark Miller,
Johnna & Mark Thurston
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Emily Oldham's Baby Shower
Big smiles from the mom-to-be 

(from left) Deborah Hunter, 
Dana Livingston, Bill Major, Robert Babcock, Charlotte Slemp
Visit our Facebook page to view more photosLike us on Facebook!
November Birthdays

  3 - Maise Stagner-Speer

  8 - Paul Hartman

  9 - Elizabeth Turnbull

  9 - Sara McCullough

10 - Christy Lyke

10 - Jeff Ream

11 - Vicki Jordan

12 - Gretchen Hannefield

13 - Sally Gammie

13 - Terry Bloss

14 - Rebecca Howard

15 - Margarita Bustos

18 - Matt Schone

18 - Adrienne Williams

23 - Polly Kelly

26 - Todd Redding

27 - Leslie Chestnut

28 - Dawn Brown

29 - Troy Ford

29 - Jamie McCullough

29 - Gay Miller

30 - Gabrielle Porter



Remember the

Birthday Endowment Fund!   


Christian Education News
We are in full swing this fall with great programs for all ages. Nancy Gammie and Jonathan Martinez are leading our nursery, toddler, preschool and early elementary age children during both the Sunday School hour and later during Worship Connection. We are blessed to have more than a dozen adult volunteers to assist, but more are welcome, so please let Nancy or Gary Watts know if you are interested in helping.

Linda Watts and Karen Kriner are teaming up to teach the older elementary children. They have begun the year studying Religions of the World and continuing an introduction to the Bible.


We plan to revive our youth group, working with other progressive congregations if possible. If you would like to be part of this important work in support of our children, please contact Pastor Freeman or Gary Watts.


We have begun the fall with two adult Sunday School options. Pastor Todd continues to lead a group in the first floor classroom ably assisted by PJ Brobston. The weekly topics vary but always generate remarkably meaningful discussions.


In the library, Don Roulet is leading a study of Existentialism using a Great Courses lecture series and lively discussion.


Music Ministry





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.



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





Contact Kim Childs to learn more about joining the choir. 


  Book Club
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.
Book Study Small Group

We should probably have a different name so not to be confused with the Book Club that is currently led by Fritha Ohlson. 

In the mean time, please know that all are invited to join us. We have previously read and discussed such books as Joe Bessler's A Scandalous Jesus and Robert Wright's Nonzero. This year we are beginning with Bart Ehrman's How Jesus Became God

We meet one Tuesday each month at 6:30 pm at Sue Haskins' home. The next meeting is scheduled for November 18. Click (on name) to contact John Gammie or Gary Watts for more information. 

5th Sunday Special Offering
November 30

College Hill will be collecting items for our friends in Chacraseca, Nicaragua, through JustHope. Backpacks are filled by JustHope and given to elementary school children.

Specifically, we seek any of the following:
  • Vitamins, ibuprofen, other OTC-type medications/creams
  • School supplies - rulers, large erasers, sturdy individual pencil sharpeners, colored pencils, school scissors, pencils (need 1200), black and also blue ink pens (need 800 of each) and no-show (footie) socks.
  • Small, "dollar store" gift items that can be packed easily in a suitcase - coloring books, crayons, small balls, cars, marbles, bubbles, flip-flops, etc.
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


College Hill is a remarkable community of faith, and this church has had a profound witness beyond what we even imagine.


It was an honor for the church to be called by Brian Ellison, the Executive Director of the Covenant Network of Presbyterians (an organization that has been working for the full inclusion of LGBT persons of faith within our denomination for the past couple decades, along with More Light Presbyterians), to ask if we would host one of their Regional Conferences dealing with the issue of Marriage Everyone!

College Hill has a reputation, even with the national organizations that promote inclusiveness, as a congregation whose ministry is making a big difference in its community, within its presbytery, and beyond. So this is a special Thank-You to you, and to all who contribute to making this congregation a truly caring, compassionate, authentic, and inclusive community.


It is a great opportunity to attend a Covenant Network conference, let alone one at our own church facility!! So I encourage all of us to register to attend: The conference is on Saturday, November 15. The cost is $25 and includes lunch.


You can also register online to attend a Fundraising Reception on Friday evening, November 14, beginning at 6:30 pm at the home of the Rev. Ray Hickman. The national staff of Covenant Network will be there, Brian Ellison and Tricia Dykers Koenig, as well as the conference keynote speaker, Mark Achtemeier, recent author of "The Bible's Yes to Same-Sex Marriage: An Evangelical's Change of Heart".


In addition to worship and the keynote address, the conference will also include four workshops, each offered twice (so you can attend any two of your choice). They include:

  • Looking at the Marriage Amendment, 14-F: implications for individuals and the denomination - led by Tricia Dykers Koenig, Covenant Network National Organizer 
  •  Struggling with Scripture: What the Bible does  and doesn't say about homosexuality - led by Mark  Achtemeier 
  •  Why Marriage Matters: Personal Stories - led by a panel  discussing why same-gender marriage makes an  important difference in their lives 
  • Making Moral Decisions - led by Dr. Bradley Brummel, Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Tulsa. He will discuss how moral judgments are made, and how folks across the conservative-progressive religious spectrum often make their decisions primarily through different bases/filters.

Also, in this upcoming season of Thanksgiving, continue to reflect upon your blessings, engaging in the spiritual practice of gratitude.



Rev. Todd Freeman


News & Events
All  Saints' Service of Reflection
Saturday, November 1 at 7:00 pm

Please plan to attend our All Saints' Service of Reflection. We will be using a liturgy from the Celtic tradition.


The service will include 'Candles of Remembrance' that worshippers are invited to light in remembrance of loved ones. From our own congregation, we remember the life and love of:

Lois Erickson

Ann Richards Ketcham 


Historically, this day was celebrated as the end of the harvest season in Gaelic culture. 


It was a time of year, in the pre-Christian Celtic tradition, when the veils between this world and the Otherworld were believed to be at their thinnest: when the spirits of the dead could most readily mingle with the living once again.


Later, when the festival was adopted by Christians, they celebrated it as All Hallows' Eve, followed by All Saints Day, hence retaining elements of remembering and honoring those who had passed away.

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.


Commitment Sunday / Potluck Luncheon
Sunday, November 9


Please bring your completed pledge card, as they will be collected during the service of worship, or you may send it directly to the church office as soon as possible. For anyone interested, we will answer any questions about the 2015 Proposed Budget in Fellowship Hall after the service. 


Start looking for those great side-dish, salad, and dessert recipes for a Congregational Potluck Luncheon after worship in Fellowship Hall! The hard-working cooks on the Fellowship Ministry Team will roll up their sleeves and provide the main dish meats for this meal.  Plan to come to church with your pledge cards AND a dish to share with your church family!

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.  

Advent Family Night
November 30th  
5:30-7:30 pm


Make time in the busy-ness of the holidays to gather with your church family for Advent Family Night, Sunday evening, from 5:30-7:30 pm in Fellowship Hall at CHPC!  

Nov. 30th marks the start of the season of Advent, that wonderful time of waiting and expectation.  This year, we will celebrate with a Christmas cookie decorating contest (in which we get to eat the entries!), creating tree ornaments and trimming the tree, collecting goods for one of our mission programs, singing carols, and more. (If you have any Christmas cards that have graphics of the Christ child, please bring them to use for our card-making project!)

Everyone is invited to bring nibbles for all to share.  There will be activities for ALL ages, so please plan to join in this lovely annual tradition. 




Kendall Whittier News
KWI Volunteer Training Day
Saturday, November 8


Kendall Whittier Inc. will be hosting a volunteer training day in two identical sessions at 10 am and again at 2 pm


All attendees will have the opportunity to learn more about operations in our Emergency Food Pantry, Community Gardens, exciting events throughout the year, and ways to help on your own time or in our office. 


This event is free and open to the public and will be held at University United Methodist. For more information and to RSVP, contact Donna Wood at d[email protected].

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 or email Dawn Lowe at [email protected]


Click here to download the sign-up brochure and a list of participating schools. (also available on the new information wall rack in Fellowship Hall.)

Mission Fair and You


The OutreachMission Ministry Team seeks your wisdom. Each year, we provide financial and resource support to organizations that leverage our funds wisely to bring forth the Kingdom of God. Most of our proposed 2015 budget is 'earmarked' for causes long-supported by College Hill, but we have $2,800 in unrestricted funds that we want you to help direct.  


To get your feedback, we are holding a Mission Fair on November 23rd.  There, our own Cathy Elliott and the Presbytery's Julie Burton will 'staff' booths explaining how five projects bring value to God's people and are worthy of College Hill support. Cathy's projects are Community Foodbank of Eastern Oklahoma and Food for Kids Backpack Program. Julie gets World Food Program, Solar Under the Sun and Marion Medical Mission. We must pick one of Cathy's and one of Julie's. 

Cathy and Julie will be at these booths during fellowship hour before and after service, They will offer literature and evangelical flair that informs you about each project. Each project will have some form of voting token - probably uniquely colored sticky notes. Each participant picks one of the colors from Julie's table and one from Cathy's. You deposit that token in a soon-to-be named tamper-proof vote collector that we will rent from Florida's Hanging Chad's Inc. 

At stake is $1,400 in unrestricted funds for each of two causes. Please stop by the booths before and/or after service on the 23rd and help us wisely invest outreach and mission funds.


Thank you for your participation!


Equal Exchange Items = Great Christmas Gifts!

Equal Exchange coffee, tea, and chocolate make great
Christmas gifts. The Outreach & Mission Ministry Team will have these products available for purchase before and after the worship service on November 2nd, 16th, and 30th and every Sunday in December


Please consider make these items part of your gift giving this year. All profits go directly into an account set aside to fund mission projects.  

 Saturday, November 22 
The Tulsa Day Center for the Homeless meal will feature barbecue turkey franks, baked beans, coleslaw and homemade cookies. 

Sign up on Caroline's Clipboard after church in November to donate money, food or time.

Something for the Spirit

"In this period of crisis today, it is important not to turn in on ourselves, burying our own talent, our spiritual, intellectual, and material riches, everything that the Lord has given us; but, rather to open ourselves, to be supportive, to be attentive to others.  Set your stakes on great ideals, the ideals that enlarge the heart, the ideals of service that make your talents fruitful.  Life is not given to us to be jealously guarded for ourselves, but is given to us so that we may give it in turn."


- Pope Francis, April 24, 2013  


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.  
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.