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

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April 2015 Calendar

Carol Wimmer 

April Birthdays

  1 - Jerry Abercrombie

  3 - Will Nole

  6 - Gary Hayes

  7 - Lee Collins

  8 - Stefanie Olson

  8 - Cara Wood

10 - Nancy Vanderburg

12 - Elizabeth Buchner

12 - Jana Stagner

13 - Mark New

16 - Gavin Buchner

17 - Nicol Hager

18 - Carolyn Brady

19 - Pat Lucy

20 - Nancy Gammie

22 - Lilianna Coleman

22 - Margaret Duncan Watson

25 - Elizabeth Brady

25 - Doris Moser

25 - Andrew Redding

28 - Terry Baxter

28 - Cruz Olvera

29 - Aidan McCullough



Remember the 
Birthday Endowment Fund!


College Hill Resolution

Addressing the rash of anti-gay legislation proposed at the opening of this year's session of the Oklahoma Legislature, our Session passed the following Resolution. How timely, especially in relation to the backlash and firestorm over the "Religious Freedom Restoration Act" passed (and recently edited) in Indiana earlier this month, and one sent back to the legislature in Arkansas in light of protests, which included Wal-Mart. It's is truly amazing to see the level of support throughout the country for the non-discrimination of the LGBTQ community.
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The Session (governing council) of College Hill Presbyterian Church, Tulsa, a member congregation in Eastern Oklahoma Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church (USA), passed the following resolution at its Stated Meeting on March 10, 2015.


Whereas Jesus instructs his disciples to 'love your neighbor as yourself'; and,


Whereas the Session of College Hill Presbyterian Church, Tulsa, respects the dignity of every human being; and,


Whereas the Session of College Hill Presbyterian Church, Tulsa, believes religion must never be invoked or employed to cloak discrimination, whether such discrimination be based on race, religion, nationality, country of origin, sex, sexual orientation or gender identity; therefore,


BE IT RESOLVED that the Session of College Hill Presbyterian Church, Tulsa, declares its opposition to legislation which:

  • promotes discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity,
  • protects practitioners who engage in efforts to change the sexual orientation of a minor child,
  • authorizes unjust invasions of privacy,
  • prevents public officials from carrying out federal law.

We urge the Governor to veto any such legislation should it be passed by the Oklahoma Legislature. 


Lights in the sanctuary were changed out during the Church Work Day on March 28.
Congratulations Newlyweds

Emily & Terry Gamel

Shelta Sneed & Traci Huntsman

Shelta & Traci's wedding on March 28 was the first one held in our sanctuary, and the first one officiated by Rev. Freeman, since marriage equality was granted in the State of Oklahoma, and added to the Book of Order, as part of our denomination's constitution.

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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


Music Ministry

Good Friday service, Friday, April 3, will include several area Presbyterian Churches joining with our Chancel Choir, including John Knox, John Calvin, Southminster, and others. The service begins at 7 p.m., and the choirs will sing Ron Nelson's Cause Us, O Lord and Gilbert M. Martin's When I Survey the Wondrous Cross.



Easter service, Sunday, April 5 at 11 a.m. will feature the Chancel Choir and BELLissimo Handbell Ensemble with the anthem Triptych by Alan Hovhaness. BELLissimo will also ring All Thanks and Praise by Sharon Elery Rogers and Jesus Christ is Risen Today by Kevin McChesney.



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.



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.



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





 KWI 1st Sunday Food Collection
Sunday, April 5

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.
Word from the Pastor

You should be receiving this eNewsletter just as we enter the heart of Holy Week. Our special services will include a Maundy Thursday service at 7 pm, which will include some beautiful and meditative music known as Taize. Our Good Friday service, also at 7 pm, will be a reflection of our connectional nature as Presbyterians. College Hill will be hosting seven local congregations, and the service will include a large combined choir.


Then, of course, we will celebrate Easter Sunday on April 5. I encourage you to reflect upon the traditional themes of Easter: Hope. Transformation. New life. These are more than just abstract theological issues, for they continue to be remarkably appropriate themes for the life and ministry of this congregation.


Even though theological understandings of the Resurrection differ, there is general agreement that the early disciples had an experience of Jesus after his death that transformed their lives. It lifted them from despair, brought new courage, and opened avenues to understanding the nature and character of God in new and profound ways. This hope is just as true for us today.


It bears repeating, a progressive understanding of the Resurrection, from the 'Living the Questions' curriculum, Saving Jesus Redux, talks about "Practicing Resurrection." It states:


The real power of the Resurrection comes when the followers of Jesus become the body of Christ in the world, striving to bring new life to the world, to eradicate injustice, poverty, and violence. In both the society at large and in people's personal lives: the practice of resurrection is about otherwise "dead" people being inwardly transformed and empowered to transform society.


This particular understanding challenges and encourages us to 'practice resurrection' in the here and now.


In other news, I want to encourage you to register for this year's All-Church Retreat at Dwight Mission, May 1-2. Also, I will begin my 6-week sabbatical on Monday, April 27. I will be sharing much more news about this throughout the month.



Rev. Todd Freeman




News & Events

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


Unity Combined Youth Group
Service Project
Saturday, April 11 - 9:00 am - Noon


The group will be working with Kendall Whittier, Inc's Tipton GardenPizza lunch provided at College Hill at 11:00!


Contact PJ Brobston for more details.


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. 

Click here to download the registration form, or pick one up on the Information Table in the Narthex. Details about activities, etc., can be found on the form.

Registration and payment deadline is April 12. Scholarships are available to those who need it. Contact Gary Watts for more information.

Kendall Whittier, Inc.

Rolling Out the Red Carpet Event

Sunday, April 19

5:00 - 8:00 pm


The Roaring 20's were good to Kendall Whittier! Route 66 came through Whittier Square in 1926 and the Circle Cinema was built in 1928. So grab your fedora or boa - let's have a roaring good time with great food, cocktails, and live jazz by the incomparable Rebecca Ungerman!

The proceeds from this gala evening benefit Circle Cinema Foundation, Kendall Whittier, Inc., and Kendall Whittier Main Street.

Don't miss this fun evening of jazz and cocktails in Kendall Whittier! Tickets are $75. A limited number of sponsor tables with prime reserved seating for four, plus other VIP perks, are available for $600. Purchase tickets online or contact the Circle Cinema at 


Presenting Sponsors: George Kaiser Family Foundation and the Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation. 
Please join us
at the Circle Cinema, located at 10 S. Lewis Ave. 


Click here to purchase tickets.
Kendall-Whittier Inc,
2015 K-Dub Food Truck Festival
Saturday, April 4 12:00-5:00 pm

The annual kick-off to the Food Truck Festival season is back! This year's festival will feature old favorites and new food trucks (ten so far) that you'll love, plus live music, a Kid's Zone, sales throughout Whittier Square, (Admiral Blvd. & Lewis Ave.) and lots of things to do in the neighborhood.


For more information, click the link below to go to their Facebook page.


K-Dub Food Truck Festival


Groups & 
Volunteer Opportunities
Book Study Group
Tuesday, April 21 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


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 us.


               United Campus Ministry


College Hill has a long and productive history with United Campus Ministry (UCM), supporting their "Little Blue House" ministry for over 40 years.


On Sunday, April 12, the Adult Church School class will have an opportunity to learn more about the current work of UCM. 

We will hear from Jennie Wachowski, their Executive Director, and several current students. They will also present a Moment for Mission during the service of worship.

G-Chat Dinner
April 11 - 6:00-8:00 pm

G-Chat will gather at El Guapo's Cantina, located at 332 E. 1st Street in downtown Tulsa. 


G-chat is a dinner club that meets at various restaurants on a bi-monthly basis. No need to make your own reservations - just come and join us! The group reservation is held under 'College Hill Presbyterian Church'. 


If you have any questions, (click name to) contact Clay Finck-Ward.  


Spring Sign Up 

With spring just around the corner, our winter

Dinners for 7-8 should be wrapping up as we start to plan for our spring dinners. If you have not hosted your winter dinner, and need further assistance in doing so please feel free to contact Clay Finck-Ward.


If you are a host for a Spring dinner, you have already received your list of guests, if you need a new copy of this list, just let me know. We hope to schedule the dinners for some time in April, May, or June.  

If you have any questions or concerns feel free to (click name) to contact Clay.

Thanks again for your time and commitment!

March /April Book Club 
                 Sunday, April 12

   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
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.


Openarms Youth Project Meal 
  Thursday, April 23

Outreach & Mission
Ministry Team will be serving the meal at Openarms Youth Project. Please (click name to) contact Jeff Ream or Tim Smith-Ream for more information.

Click here for more information about this group.


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.
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.


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!