March 2015
       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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Daylight Savings Time begins 
Sunday, March 8th.

Be sure to set your clocks ahead one hour 
on Saturday night!

The church office will be closed 
Monday, April 6, in observance of Easter.

View the church calendar on our website 


March 2015 Calendar

New Member 
Gary Hayes

2015 Sabbatical Fund
Rev. Freeman

On behalf of the Session, we want to let you know of an opportunity to contribute to a special fund that was set up to support Pastor Todd during his Sabbatical and give him the opportunity to create a meaningful experience through study that would be life-changing and worthy of his leadership of our church for the last seven years.


The Session determined the Sabbatical fund should be $10,000 and committed $5,000 from the church's funds in January. The Session also felt that many of the members and friends of College Hill would want to contribute personally to this fund to ensure Todd has a great experience. 


Please consider a gift to this special fund in the next month. Just note on a check to College Hill that it is for the 2015 Sabbatical fund. 


Thank you,

Bill Major, Chair, Finance & Stewardship Ministry Team

Jennifer Campbell, Clerk of Session


G-Chat Dinners

The first G-Chat was held at Johnny Carino's on January 24. There were 19 individuals in attendance; everyone was very pleased with the opportunity to get together.  (see photos below)

There were several recommendations for additional restaurants for upcoming meetings. Johnny Carino's will donate 10% of the tab to Open Arms Youth Project. 

It has been decided that this will be a bi-monthly event so look for details soon for this month's 


G-Chat Dinner January 24

College Hill's contribution to Tulsa's Transforming Hate project was to work in conjunction with 
108 Contemporary gallery 
in folding and displaying "peace cranes". 

A big thank you to Parker Brobston for volunteering her origami expertise in helping others fold paper peace cranes after the Ash Wednesday service.

College Hill neared its goal of folding 500 paper cranes for the Transform Hate project. 
May we be part of the solution of finding and living in peace within our communities and throughout the world.

View more photos on our Facebook page
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March Birthdays

  1 - Lily Ann Patterson

  6 - Charlene Bandurski

  7 - Alix Featherston

  7 - Trisha Thompson

  8 - Judy Pacenza-Bloss

  9 - Charlotte Carroll

11 - Mark Buchner

11 - Barry Hensley

18 - Carolyn Elder

18 - Donna Wood

19 - Brad Brummel

21 - Allison Campbell

21 - Sam West

23 - Sarah Ketcham

26 - Clay Finck-Ward



Remember the 
Birthday Endowment Fund!


Music Ministry
Chancel Choir

The Chancel Choir of College Hill Presbyterian Church continues its rehearsals on 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 spring season! Click here to contact Kim.


BELLissimo Handbell Ensemble

The BELLissimo Handbell Ensemble of College Hill Presbyterian Church rehearse Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. If you are interested in playing in this fun ensemble, please contact Director of Music 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.



Day Center for the Homeless Meal
Saturday, March 28

The menu for the Day Center for the Homeless will feature little smokies & baked beans, garlic bread sticks, coleslaw and homemade cookies.

Sign up on Caroline's Clipboard to donate cash, labor, cookies or milk. 


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!
 KWI 1st Sunday Food Collection
Sunday, March 1st
1st Sunday Food Collection

Our 1st Sunday Food Collection goes to the Kendall Whittier, Inc. Emergency Food Pantry.

Currently, there is an urgent need for canned goods, especially canned beans, canned meat (chili, spaghetti, stew, chicken, etc.), canned vegetables and canned fruit, as well as other food items. Cash donations are also always welcome.
2015 Birthday Endowment Fund

2015 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 and allows the church 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.


Word from the Pastor
Oh, the passage of time. It was 3 years ago, now, that we celebrated the 100th Anniversary of this remarkable congregation. And it was 7 years ago that I had the privilege of beginning my ministry here as your new pastor. Doesn't seem that long, but it usually doesn't when you feel at 'home.'


It is the practice of Eastern Oklahoma Presbytery to recommend that a congregation try to work something out in order to grant their pastor a sabbatical sometime during his or her 7th year of ministry with that congregation.


While I'm not surprised by the incredibly affirming and generous response of this congregation to the Session's approval of a 6-week sabbatical, I am nonetheless deeply humbled by this remarkable blessing. It is indeed a rare gift that I do not take lightly.


As was outlined in a letter that was mailed a few weeks ago, I will be using part of that time to take a 10-day 'spiritual' tour of Ireland (a trip that will also include Gay and Mark Miller), followed by a week of learning about all things Celtic on the ancient island of Iona, off the west coast of Scotland. This time away will be an opportunity for deep reflection, and yes, also for some rest.


The dates of the sabbatical will be from April 27-June 7. I am preparing by doing a lot of reading about Celtic history, theology, and especially spirituality.


Speaking of which, I mentioned in a recent sermon that I perceive that the new frontier for us here at College Hill will be in the area of progressive spirituality (following years of emphasizing progressive theology, preceded by decades of progressive social action).


There hasn't been much written yet in this particular field of endeavor, but that's something I hope we can explore together. A healthy and meaningful spiritual life, a life that experiences a connection with the Sacred/Divine in our midst, is vital to the journey of faith of each individual in the congregation, as well as to the congregation as a whole.



Rev. Todd Freeman




News & Events
Easter Lily Orders


If you are interested in buying an Easter Lily to help decorate the church during Easter (April 5), please complete one of the forms located on the Narthex table and return to the church office. 


Donors' names and the names of ones being honored or remembered are listed in the bulletin for the Easter service of worship. Please have your order turned in by Sunday, March 29. If you have any questions, click (name) to contact Charlotte Slemp.


Click here to download the order form.


Palm Sunday, March 29


One Great Hour of Sharing - Your gift to OGHS changes people's lives! Please give generously and remember to make your check out to College Hill with the notation that it is for OGHS. 


Donation envelopes will be provided, or you can 

click here to learn more and donate directly through their website. 


The PC(USA) offering is divided three ways: Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA), Presbyterian Hunger Program (PHP), and Self-Development of People (SDP). College Hill keeps 25% for our ministry efforts.

Service Schedule

Maundy Thursday

Taize service with Communion

April 2 at 7:00 pm


Good Friday Service

Combined service with several local 

Presbyterian churches

April 3 at 7:00 pm


Easter Service of Worship 

Sunday, April 5 at 11:00 am


Dwight Mission
May 1-2, 2015

Be sure to mark your calendars for this great event! Our group has two dorms reserved, so no tent camping will be needed. Details about planned activities, etc., will be available soon!

Click here to download the registration form. The registration and payment deadline is April 12. Forms also on the Information Table.

United Campus Ministry

White House Open House Event

Saturday, March 7

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Plan to attend United Campus Ministry's White House Open House event to see the newly renovated property (2839 E. 5th St.) and learn how this investment is going to help to expand their ministry and presence on the TU Campus.


Students, Jennie Wachowski (new UCM Executive Director) and Board Members will be present to visit, share stories and discuss the next chapter of UCM's future.This is a come and go event. Brunch and refreshments will be served. RSVP to Jennie Wachowski at 918-978-9721.


Groups & 
Volunteer Opportunities
Book Study Group
Tuesday, March 24 at 6:30 pm


Not to be confused with the College Hill Book Club, we have another small group called the Book Study Group. We select one or two books a year to read and discuss in depth over several monthly Tuesday evening sessions, which are usually held at the home of Sue Haskins


Our most recent discussions were about How Jesus Became God by Bart Ehrman. Next, on March 24 and April 21, we will discuss The Gulen Movement by Helen Rose Ebaugh, which describes an arguably progressive Islamic movement that began in Turkey and has a strong presence in Tulsa. 


On Sunday, April 26 we will view a documentary about Fethullah Gullen and share dinner and discussion with members of Tulsa's Turkish cultural center.  


Click (name) to contact John Gammie or Gary Watts if you are interested in joining with us.


Family Fellowship Group
Saturday, February 28

The first Family Fellowship Group (established for parents of young children), had a great first gathering in January, with 10 adults and 11 children. 

This group will meet for fun and informal discussion of various parenting topics. Some of those tentative topics include: chores; whether or not you should tell your kids how much money you make; which is better siblings or only child; how do progressive Christian parents go about talking to their kids about sexuality, puberty, and a lot more. 


The next gathering is set for February 28th at 4:00 pm at the home of Stefanie and Glen Olson.  


Please (click name to) contact Amy Williamson or Fritha Ohlson for further information on this exciting new group! 


College Hill Family Fellowship - Facebook page


Youth Group


College Hill has joined with Fellowship Congregational (UCC), First Lutheran, Bethany Christian, and Eastside Christian to form a youth group. Each of these churches are in a similar place as College Hill - a small number of youth, but not enough for a "critical mass". Each of these congregations is also dedicated to inclusivity.


Together this group hopes to provide an open, caring environment for everyone. The group had their initial meeting in January and met for bowling in February. 



College Hill is very grateful to have 4 dedicated youth sponsors, including Bryan Finck-Ward, Clay Finck-Ward (pictured above), Rebecca Howard (pictured above), and Joy Kelly.


Click to contact Bryan Finck-Ward or 
Rebecca Howard for more information about this group.


DF7O8 Sign Up 

We are now planning our winter dinners.  If you volunteered to host a winter Dinner For 7-8, you have already received your list of guests. If you need a new copy of this list please request that from
Clay Finck-Ward. Winter dinners for 7-8 will be held sometime in February or March.

If you are a guest wondering whose home will be hosting, there is a master list posted in Fellowship Hall. 

If you have any questions or concerns feel free to (click name) to contact Clay.
         March Book Club 
          Sunday, March 29

   Wild: From Lost to Found     on the Pacific Crest Trail
      by Cheryl Strayed

Many may be familiar with this book now that it has been made into a movie of the same name, and two of its actresses have been nominated for Academy Awards.  As described by Dwight Garner of

The New York Times, "It's uplifting, but not in the way of many memoirs, where the uplift makes you feel that you're committing mental suicide.  This book is as loose and sexy and dark as an early Lucinda Williams song. It's got a punk spirit and makes an earthy and American sound."


Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed 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 12:15pm).

If you are interested in more information about Book Club, click (name) to contact Fritha Ohlson.

Something for the Spirit

For Lent, Try Giving Up that Old, Outworn Story About Yourself

Giving up something-making a change in our lives- for Lent is tough. That's partly because change can be so painful...

But if all things are impermanent, then we humans are impermanent as well. You don't have to stay stuck in the same-old-same-old. You can change your story - you really can. We have that choice. Which is maybe what the Christian Lenten season is all about - acknowledging loss and darkness in preparation for renewal and light. In fact, maybe one of the things we can give up for Lent this year is one of those old, outgrown stories of ours.

To read the entire blog, click here
College Hill
Recycle and Donation Center


We are re-purposing the old cabinets in the hallway outside of Fellowship Hall for use as a place to deposit recycling and donations. Temporary signs should be up by the time you read this with permanent signs to follow shortly.


Recycle bins will accommodate paper, cans, plastic bags, compact fluorescent lamps, batteries, and printer cartridges. 


Donation bins will be provided for diapers and baby care products, dry goods and hygiene items, and school supplies.


Flower Chart Sign Up
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 dates for 2015 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.