June 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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June 2015 Calendar

College Hill 
Family Fellowship
Vacation Church School 
AND Game Night!
June 9-11, 2015 

Children and a parent or guardian

June 9-11 - 5:30-8:00 pm

June 9 & 10: College Hill Presbyterian Church
June 11: Pool party at the Gammie's 

Dinner, devotional, games!


Dinner and snacks will be provided.

Click (name) to contact Stefanie Olson for more information or questions.

Click here to register

Registration deadline was June 1st. 
Contact Stefanie if you are interested in signing up.

June Birthdays

  1 - Don Roulet

  3 - Tommy Ray

  3 - Mark Thurston

  4 - Gary Hayes

  6 - Bryan Finck-Ward

  7 - Linda Watts

10 - Wilce Williams

11 - Faith Hager

12 - Melanie Brennan

12 - Andrew Campbell

15 - Patrick Ohlson

16 - Datha Zimmerman

17 - Evelyn Olson

19 - Martha Brown

19 - Walter Echols

20 - Jan Williams

21 - Mary Fitzgerald

22 - Jeanette Featherston

23 - Elyse Burrows

23 - Audrey Fox

23 - Glen Olson

23 - Betty Howard

24 - David Matthew Zerger

25 - Bobbe Hornback



Remember the 
Birthday Endowment Fund!


2015 Teacher and Graduate Recognition

Thank you to all our volunteers!


College Graduate:

Jordan Burrows


Christian Education Ministry Team Moderator:

Nancy Gammie


Children's Teachers:

Nancy Gammie, Gini Fox, Linda Watts, Karen Kriner

Trinna Burrows  - Music Teacher



Stef Olson and Gary Watts


Adult Teachers:

P.J. Brobston

John Gammie

Don Roulet

Brad Brummel 

Todd Freeman


Small Group Coordinators:

Mark Miller

Gary Watts

John Gammie

Fritha Ohlson


Nursery Workers:

Wyneth Roulet

Jonathan Martinez


Worship Connection Volunteers:

Kathy Evanson

Gary Watts

Patrick and Fritha Ohlson

Fred Schone

Jim Brown

Stef and Glen Olson

Jim and Jennifer Campbell

Teachers and graduates will be recognized during our worship service on Sunday, June 14. The children of the church will also sing.


White House Recognition

On May 19, 2015, Clay and Bryan Finck-Ward had the pleasure of accompanying their daughter Lupe the National Capital to be recognized along with twelve other young adults as a White House Champion of Change in Foster Care. 

The Champions of Change program recognizes individuals doing extraordinary things to empower others. These impressive young people were recognized for their education successes and outstanding work within the Foster Care system. Lupe was nominated for the award by JooYeun Chang, the associate commissioner of the U.S. Children's Bureau of the Department of Health and Human Services. 

Part of the honor includes her bio and a blog featured on the White House Website: 
Click here to view. 

Click here to read more about Lupe, her family and the national honor.


Translator Needed
College Hill Hispanic Fellowship

Our group is in need of a Spanish-speaking liaison who is willing to help with our Hispanic Fellowship Group this next year. 

If some of our new members would be interested, that would be great! We need someone who can translate and be liaison for the group.

If you are interested, please (click name to) contact Pat Valencia.


Music Ministry


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 during the spring season! Click here to contact Kim.


The Chancel Choir will be in recess this summer from June 17 until August 12.



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.


BELLissimo Handbell Ensemble will be in recess this summer from June 17 

until August 12.



We would like members of the choir and congregation that are interested in solo vocal/instrumental opportunities to contact our Director of Music. Available Sundays will be late June, all of July and early August.



Director Kim Childs has been selected as Conducting Fellow for the Atlanta Summer Conducting Institute in Atlanta, Georgia June 15-19. The institute includes conducting a university ensemble in selected choral literature, in addition to conducting and voice lessons. Dr. Deanna Joseph (Georgia State University) and Daniel Bara (University of Georgia) are the conductors/clinicians for this institute.





Volunteer Opportunities

Tulsa Day Center for the Homeless

The Tulsa Day Center is very thankful for all of their wonderful volunteers, both individuals and groups. During April, volunteers contributed more than 400 hours of service and this number doesn't include all of those that prepared and served meals to our clients!


For more information, (click name to) contact Volunteer Coordinator Colleen Edwards, or click here to view their website for more information or to complete the on-line volunteer application.



Click the link below to view the current Day Center Needs List.


June Needs List



Become a Summer Volunteer!

Summer is here and Reading Partners has an exciting opportunity for you to work with Tulsa elementary students, helping them develop the reading skills they need to be successful in school and life.

Volunteer times are very flexible and can easily be worked into your summer plans! 

Click here to view the locations and hours needed here in the Tulsa area, as well as sign-up information.

Openarms Youth 
Project Meal
Thursday, June 25

Outreach & Mission Ministry Team will be serving the meal at Openarms Youth Project.

Click (name) to contact Jeff Ream or Tim Smith-Ream for more information.

Click here to learn more about this group. 

 KWI 1st Sunday Food Collection
Sunday, June 7

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.
Spring Sign Up 

We are now planning our Spring Dinners for 7 or 8, to be held in May and June. 


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, or for those that have questions about hosting a dinner, (click name to) contact Clay Finck-Ward.   

Thank you again for your time and commitment!

College Hill
Recycle and Donation Center


The cabinets in the hallway outside of Fellowship Hall have been repurposed for use as a place to deposit recycling and donations. 


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.
Birthday Endowment Fund
A meaningful way to celebrate this year's Birthday 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!
Word from the Pastor


No words can fully express my appreciation and thankfulness for your gift of a 6-week sabbatical to mark the occasion of my seven years as your pastor. I am writing this on my last week away, and I continue to process and reflect upon my time away, including the remarkable opportunity to tour Ireland and spend a week on the ancient Celtic island of Iona, Scotland. I hope you have used this time to reflect, as well.


You will be hearing much about my "spiritual growth pilgrimage" in the weeks, months, and years to come. For there's no way one can participate in such a journey without being affected in powerful ways.


My time away has served to reinforce the importance of authentic community in my life - and by extension, in the life of College Hill. It reinforced for me the need for regular times of devotion, reverence, and intentional spiritual practices. Saying that, there is no 'one size fits all' in experiencing the presence of the Sacred in our midst. Therefore, it takes individual effort to discover what is most effective. I personally find that much easier to do with a creation-based spirituality that is a characteristic of what is called Celtic spirituality. It begins by acknowledging the presence of the Divine in all of creation, seeing it as good, not as inherently sinful and separate from God.


I want to share just one excerpt from daily journal at this particular time. It turns out to be a fairly good summary of my experience. On the last full afternoon on Iona (Thursday, May 21) I took some time alone to climb to the highest spot on the island, a 332' rocky hill not far from the Abbey. But on this particular afternoon, it was completely hidden by a thick, wet fog. Upon my return I wrote:  

"The top was extremely windy, and the mist blew parallel to the ground. There's a stone "Hermit's Cell" at the top, in a beehive shape. I sat at its base to shelter myself from the wind and the mist. It was a special moment, just sitting there in the elements for about 20 minutes in the cold. I recalled one of the books I read before this trip, "The Mist-Filled Path: Celtic Wisdom for Exiles, Wanderers, and Seekers," by Frank MacEowen. This was certainly a literal metaphor for me sitting up on that hill - with very poor visibility, being in a cloud. I reflected on the metaphor and how it's a good representation of my current journey of faith. There's not much clarity sitting in the mist. But the presence of God was real. I didn't have any major spiritual breakthroughs on this sabbatical pilgrimage - but that's okay and I can live with that. It's simply a point on the journey, where things for me are no longer so clear cut, let alone 'absolute' as they were before I entered seminary. Being in the mist may be somewhat uncomfortable, because things are messier and not so clear, but with God's presence, I can find both rest and peace."


Each and every one of us is on a remarkable journey - of life and faith. I am blessed by being on that journey with you! I truly look forward to returning to the church on Monday, June 8, and leading worship on the following Sunday, June 14. On that day we will share community with one another in church school, fellowship, worship, and a potluck luncheon. At the luncheon I will present a PowerPoint slideshow with you to help further share my adventures. It's good to be home!



Rev. Todd 



Welcome Back
Potluck Luncheon for Rev. Todd
Sunday, June 14 after worship

Fellowship Ministry Team would like to celebrate the return of Rev. Todd from his recent Sabbatical journey. A Potluck Luncheon will be held in his honor in Fellowship Hall after worship.

Rev. Todd has graciously agreed to do a presentation on his trip. Please bring a dish to share, and enjoy the presentation and details of Todd's excursion.



News & Events

Volunteers Needed
Tulsa Pride Festival
This Saturday, June 6, 2015


Please join College Hill and other churches and community groups to take pride in our inclusiveness as a city and community and to brag about the strength of diversity. Come march with us in the 2015 Tulsa Gay Pride Parade. 


College Hill will have a truck in the parade that needs riders. We need plenty more walkers
and for those of you who can't make the whole parade, we could use a large, supportive crowd. The parade kicks off from Boston Avenue Methodist Church at 13th and Boston at 6:00 p.m. We will be gathering around 5:00 pm. Click (name) to 
contact Jeff and Tim Smith-Ream if you would like more information. 



Booth Volunteers Needed ASAP!


In addition to participating in the parade, College Hill will have a booth at the Pride Festival from 12:00 - 9:00 p.m. We need volunteers to work one-hour shifts at our booth inside the air-conditioned Equality Center. We will have fans, brochures, and candy to distribute; you bring the warm welcome of College Hill with you! Click (name) to contact Danielle Hovenga with any questions. 

to volunteer for a booth shift

Everyone that can participate 
is appreciated!


2015 All Church Retreat 
Dwight Mission

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Something for the Spirit


Several months ago our adult church school class discussed the concept of "mindfulness," which involves living life in a way that we are more "present" in each moment and decision that is made, rather than just running on "automatic."


Mindfulness means maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment. Mindfulness also involves acceptance, meaning that we pay attention to our thoughts and feelings without judging them-without believing, for instance, that there's a "right" or "wrong" way to think or feel in a given moment. When we practice mindfulness, our thoughts tune into what we're sensing in the present moment rather than rehashing the past or imagining the future.


Click the link below to visit a very helpful website: It's subtitled: Everything you need to know about Mindfulness on one website. It is one among many that you may find very helpful.


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Dwight Mission Summer Camp
Spiritlife 2015

Dwight Mission offers an exciting camp experience where you can meet new friends, grow in your faith, and make memories that will last a lifetime! 

Click here to view the Session Schedule, which begins in June.