July 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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The church office will be closed Monday, 
July 6, in obeservance of Independence Day

View the church calendar on our website 


July 2015 Calendar

July Birthdays

  2 - Bill Major

  6 - Janie Potts

  6 - Cathey Wilson

  6 - Mark Miller

  7 - Chuck Kriner

10 - Gini Fox

10 - Mike Gibson

12 - Kaitlyn Robertson

17 - Mike Patterson

18 - Tim Smith-Ream

18 - Charlotte Slemp

18 - Ron Brown

21 - Gary Watts

21 - Bryson Featherston

24 - Bert Woodall

27 - Rosie Brown

29 - Dewey Echols

31 - Helen Holzschuh

31 - Deborah Hunter



Remember the 
Birthday Endowment Fund!


Tulsa Pride Parade
June 6, 2015
The Outreach & Mission and the Evangelism & Communication Ministry Teams would like to thank all the participants in the Pride Day events! We had a fully staffed booth, handing out brochures and fans, and had 18 walkers and riders in the parade passing out 1000 fans along the parade route.   

June 9-11, 2015

Welcome Back Potluck Reception for Rev. Todd
June 14, 2015

View more photos on our Facebook page
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Book Club
Sunday, July 12


Station Eleven: A Novel

by Emily St. John Mandel


A 2014 National Book Award Finalist, Station Eleven: A Novel on its surface may appear to be another in a string of apocalyptic/dystopian in-fashion novels.  However, as observed by Justine Jordan of The Guardian, "Station Eleven is not so much about apocalypse as about memory and loss, nostalgia and yearning; the effort of art to deepen our fleeting impressions of the world and bolster our solitude... whereas most apocalypse novels push grimly forward into horror or dystopia, Station Eleven skips back and forth between the pre-flu world and Year Twenty after global collapse, when the worst is over and survivors have banded together into isolated settlements."  Karen Valby of Entertainment Weekly said the novel "miraculously reads like equal parts page-turner and poem" and of author Emily St. John Mandel that "One of her great feats is that the story feels spun rather than plotted, with seamless shifts in time and characters."


This title 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).


Click (name) to contact Fritha Ohlson for more information about Book Club.


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

Okay, I'll admit it. I'm still experiencing the "afterglow" of my 6-week sabbatical. Upon my return I was curious to see if anything felt different inside. It does. There's a deeper sense of peace, contentment, thankfulness and joy.

One of the vows that pastors take upon their ordination is, "Will you seek to serve the people with energy, intelligence, imagination, and love?" (Book of Order: W-4.4003h) I can honestly say that my sense of commitment to that vow, and to this congregation, has been strengthened. My own sense of being called by God to ordained ministry continues to be confirmed.

One of my hopes during my sabbatical was to reflect upon the cutting edge of my own journey of faith that is heading in the direction of trying to answer the question, How do theologically progressive persons of faith connect with God and grow spiritually? In other words, as our understandings of the nature and character of God change and continue to develop, how does that affect our experience and practice of spirituality? 

I've decided to deal with that directly through my first-ever "Summer Sermon Series" entitled, Connecting With God. The topic for each sermon will be based on how we can connect with God in and through a reconnection with the earth, compassion, the Light, the journey, spiritual practice, nonviolence, the unconscious, and with love.

As a guide, I will be referencing the remarkable work of John Philip Newell, a scholar and practitioner of Celtic spirituality, from his 2014 book, "The Rebirthing of God: Christianity's Struggle for New Beginnings." I encourage you to purchase and read this important book.

To coincide with this emphasis on spirituality, I'm excited to be leading the Adult Church School Class (Sundays at 9:30 am) throughout the rest of the summer. We will explore the approach to spirituality within our own Reformed Tradition (Presbyterianism), and move into other approaches and understandings, like the contributions of Celtic spirituality. We will also reflect upon the spirituality that's reflected in my hymns we sing (and don't sing).


I pray that all of you will have a very fun and safe 4th of July weekend. I especially pray for those of you who are traveling this month and next - hopefully to spend some 'down time' vacationing and visiting family and friends. 



Rev. Todd 



News & Events
Oklahoma Religious Coalition for 
Reproductive Choice
Faith and Freedom Event
Thursday, July 9 - 6:30-8:30 pm

The Oklahoma Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice  (OKRCRC) Faith and Freedom Event will be held at Congregation B'Nai Emunah (1719 S. Owasso, Tulsa).


Our own Rev. Mary McAnally will be one of the evening's honorees, celebrating her life work for peace and justice. It will be an evening of song, acknowledgement and remembrance, with all proceeds going to the Roe Fund, which assists women with reproductive justice issues. 

RSVP to 918-481-6444 or (click)


Registration Form / Information


Read More About The Rev. Mary McAnally


      Adult Church School Class
July 19 at 9:30 am

Please join us for a special Adult Church School Class led by Robert R. Ball, Presbyterian pastor and author of, "BEING WITH: Maybe This Is What Life Is All About." 

His book reveals the primary importance in both life and ministry of simply "being with" other people.


August 2
Save the date and plan to join us in Fellowship Hall for a fun-filled evening. More details will be announced soon!
Kendall-Whittier News
Volunteer Opportunities


                   Saturday, July 25
                9:00 am


Building and Grounds would like to recruit a few volunteers to clean and paint the third floor youth meeting and game rooms by the elevator. We will start at 9:00 am and work until it is all painted. Light breakfast snacks will be provided. 

(Click name to) contact Jeff Ream for details or to volunteer.



Tulsa Day Center for the Homeless
Picnic Supper
Saturday, July 25

A picnic-style supper is planned at the Day Center for the Homeless with hot dogs, coleslaw, pickled okra, potato chips, lemonade and popsicles

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

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.


July Needs List



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.

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.
Music Ministry


The Chancel Choir of College Hill Presbyterian Church is in recess until the fall season. Rehearsals will resume Wednesday, August 12.


Chancel Choir rehearses Wednesdays at 6:45 pm. 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 here to contact Kim.



The BELLissimo Handbell Ensemble of College Hill Presbyterian Church is in recess until the fall season. Rehearsals resume Wednesday, August 12. BELLissimo Handbell rehearses Wednesdays at       5:30 p.m. If you are interested in playing in this fun ensemble, please contact the Director of Music for more information.



Several of our choral members are singing or playing this summer during the choir recess. Our July lineup:


July   5      Rebecca Howard, soprano

July 12     Michelle Brobston, mezzo-soprano

July 19     Diane Bucchianeri, cellist

July 26     Bill Major and Friends






Luncheon Club
Thursday, July 16

Luncheon Club meets the third Thursday of each month at noon in Fellowship Hall.

Join us for wonderful food, fellowship and fun!

 KWI 1st Sunday Food Collection
Sunday, July 5

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

Please see the article in the 
"Kendall-Whittier News" section 
above for information about  
specific needs for their
Summer Food Drive.
Something for the Spirit
           Same-Sex Marriage:            
7 Questions for the Victors
                    June 27, 2015
                           by Samuel James


"Today's decision...will be used to vilify Americans who are unwilling to assent to the new orthodoxy." - Judge Samuel Alito in his dissenting opinion.


It was to very few's surprise that the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 to find a Constitutional right to same-sex marriage... What's next? I think the Court itself gave us the answer: Religious liberty. Emma Green at The Atlantic has a rundown (Click here) of the three most pressing religious liberty questions likely to come before the Court soon.


Recall that during oral arguments the government ominously indicated that the tax-exempt status of religious schools that refused to accommodate same-sex couples in campus policies and housing would be, in the Solicitor General's words, "an issue." As Green notes, this scenario would apply to a huge number of religious organizations. It very well may turn out that the decision legalizing same-sex marriage has fewer reverberations than the decisions that will follow.


Given that fact, I have seven questions for supporters of same-sex marriage, the folks celebrating a sweeping legal victory today.


 Read the entire blog..