October 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 


Church email: 

[email protected]

 Pastor email:

[email protected]




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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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October 2015 Calendar

October Birthdays

  4 - Jeff Richmond

  5 - Pat Beitel

  5 - Mike Wood

  6 - Brooklyn Featherston-Green

  6 - Sherrie Garnett

  9 - Ellen Nole

10 - Robert Babcock

12 - Charlotte Bronston

16 - Donna Richardson

18 - Rider Allen

19 - Crystal Zerger

20 - Allison Redding

21 - Marilyn Hill

22 - Cathy Robertson

23 - Dixie Speer

30 - Emily Major

31 - Tracy Vanderburg

31 - David West

31 - Nancy Bennett



  Remember the 
Birthday Endowment Fund!



Happy Birthday, Charlotte!

Our beloved Charlotte Bronston 
turns 93 on October 12!

Rally Day 2015
Adult Church School Class

Pancake Breakfast


Unity Youth Group



Trinna Burrows and the children sing 
together during Church School.

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Book Club
Caleb's Crossing
by Geraldine Brooks
October 18
Jane Smiley of The New York Times wrote "'Caleb's Crossing' could not be more enlightening and involving. Beautifully written from beginning to end, it reconfirms Geraldine Brooks' reputation as one of our most supple and insightful ´┐Żnovelists." After reading about an "unlikely pilgrimage" last month, this month we'll be reading about actual pilgrims, as the novel takes place in 17th century settlement of puritan pilgrims and pioneers in the Martha's Vineyard area, sparked by the real-life historical fact that in 1665 a young man from that area became the first Native American to graduate from Harvard College. Expect a fascinating read and join us for the always interesting discussion at Book Club!
Caleb's Crossing by Geraldine Brooks 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).

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

Luncheon Club
October 15

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

Join us for wonderful 
food, fellowship and fun!
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.


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.

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, October 4

Our First Sunday food collection will go to the Kendall Whittier, Inc. Emergency Food Pantry

We will again be collecting canned vegetables and canned fruit, which are especially needed, as well as other food items. Cash donations are also always welcome.

They are also in desperate need of canned meats and/or entrees at this time.

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.


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.
Word from the Pastor
We start this month here at College Hill with World Communion Sunday October 4. We will also be receiving our annual PCUSA Peacemaking Offering during that service of worship, of which we keep 25% for our own peacemaking efforts here in Tulsa. These events help demonstrate and promote the
unity and peace of faith communities that reach across the globe.
If you haven't been up to the third floor lately (or ever), I invite you to take a look at the Youth Room. It's currently in "bare-bones" mode. As College Hill once again has some of the children of the church move into their teenage years, we need to update and prepare a space that they will be proud to enjoy and share. Since this work hasn't been previously budgeted, we are holding a special opportunity for members of the church to contribute to this worthwhile cause, with a goal of $2,500. The walls have already been repainted, but we want to install new carpet and add needed furniture. To celebrate, we will have a Chili Cook-Off & Talent Show on Sunday, October 25 at 5:30 pm. Please plan to attend!
If you're looking for something meaningful to do at 9:30 am on Sunday mornings, you are invited to attend the Adult Church School class/discussion group. This fall we are using the Living the Questions DVD curriculum, Dream.Think.Be.Do. - a progressive approach to a life of faith in the 21st century!
Also, please note there will be a Called Congregational Meeting on Sunday, October 25, for the purpose of electing four Ruling Elders to serve on the Session in the Class of 2018.

Rev. Todd 

News & Events

October 19
6:00 pm

Do you enjoy playing cards, dominoes or board games? Then join us every month in Fellowship Hall. 

Please bring a snack to share, so we can munch while we play. (Click name to) contact Clay Finck-Ward for more information.  

If you require childcare, please let Marilyn Hill or the church know. We'll have lots of games, but if you have a favorite game, feel free to bring it! We look forward to a fun night of fellowship!


I Could Use a Little Help!

I am a room on the third floor. In fact, I am the Youth Group room. The rest of the children's rooms are all decorated and fun, but I look a bit bedraggled and empty. I really want to be fun and interesting too! I want to look like a place "my" kids (CHYG) will want to be on Sunday.  

I can't do it without you though. You see, I need new carpet, some furniture, and a few supplies for these fabulous children to use. I hope you will want to help. My budget is $2500. The flooring is $1700.The rest will be for furniture, and a few supplies, including bibles, to make me perfect. There is a display in Fellowship Hall showing the carpet sample & paint colors (B&G has already painted me.) 

If you think you can help, there are "pledge" cards available by the display or you can just write a check to College Hill and put 'Youth Group' in the memo spot on the check. This is a really strong group of children who will use me every week. 

The completion of this project will be celebrated with a youth sponsored Chili Cook Off & Talent Show on Sunday, October 25th. This has always been a grand event in the life of College Hill so start planning your talent or chili and join the fun in celebrating the new and improved CHYG room.  (Click name to) contact Gini Fox for more information about the youth fundraiser and/or Chili Cook Off/Talent show. 


Chili Cook Off & Talent Show
Sunday, October 25 at 5:30 pm

Join the youth of College Hill (CHYG) for an evening of fun and food. We want to
celebrate our new room, which we are asking for your help to accomplish. (see article above) 

We need contestants for the Chili Cook Off, plus we need our "talented" members to perform.  Here is your chance to show off your hidden or obvious talents. 

The youth will have sign-up sheets every Sunday. Please join the fun!  (Click name to) contact Gini Fox for more information.

Beyond Coexistence
Inaugural Event
Sunday, November 1, 2015  -  1pm-4pm
The Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma:
1304 N. Kenosha Avenue  - Tulsa, OK 74106
On Sunday, November 1st, churches, mosques, synagogues, temples, congregations and communities of all stripes and sizes will gather to do some good in the world - and to do it together!
A new program, spearheaded by the Tulsa Interfaith Alliance, has been formed to provide an opportunity for groups across religious spectrums to come together not only to interact with one another but also to have a work day for one of the many social-justice oriented community groups in Tulsa.  
Beyond Coexistence is built on the notion that "coexistence" should be our baseline...the beginning point.  We strive for meaningful interaction, for inter-religious dialogue, understanding and cooperation.  We hope that by working together we can break down political, dogmatic, ideological and religious boundaries, foster accurate and respectful information about other traditions, religions and cultures and cultivate an informed empathy with the suffering of all human beings-even those we may have once regarded as enemies.
It is not a fundraiser, it is not an interfaith forum, it is simply a chance for people from different faith backgrounds to roll up their sleeves and do some good work together, and maybe make a new friend in the process. 

(Click name to) contact Tally Ferguson, Outreach & Mission Ministry Team Moderator, if you are interested in attending with our group at College Hill.

Mission Fair 2015

Our second annual Outreach and Mission Ministry Team's Mission Fair has something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue. The fair's objective was to marry our budgeted unrestricted outreach and mission funds with the priorities of our congregation. 

Something Old; For the second year in a row, the Community Foodbank of Eastern Oklahoma received the most votes.  This worthy cause has been a mainstay of College Hill support. It feeds the hungry of eastern Oklahoma through a network of Partner Programs and engages our communities in ending hunger. Supporting them enables food security, with dignity, for all eastern Oklahomans. We will designate $1,000 of next year's unrestricted mission funds to the Community Foodbank of Eastern Oklahoma.

Something New; Our second place vote-getter brings new technology to African villages that lack clean water. Solar Under the Sun, supported by our Synod, seeks to illumine our fellow human beings with hope and life through solar energy. To do this, SUTS trains volunteers to design and install solar power systems with communities that lack reliable electrical power. Their projects are mainly in Central America and Haiti.  We will designate $500 of next year's unrestricted mission funds to Solar Under the Sun.

Something Borrowed; We borrowed both of our final two vote recipients from last year. The Community Foodbank of Eastern Oklahoma's Food for Kids program and the denomination's Presbyterian Disaster Assistance program.  Mission Fair visitors felt these were worthy causes and should benefit two years in a row. We will designate $250 of next year's unrestricted mission funds each to the Food for Kids program and Presbyterian Disaster Assistance.

Something Blue; Blue ribbon to the O&M team and congregation for insisting that we share our blessings outside our walls with our community and our world. We are, indeed, a community of doers! 

(From left) Martha Brown, Charlotte Slemp & Cathy Elliott rest after a busy Mission Fair

Music Ministry

The Chancel Choir of College Hill Presbyterian Church continues its rehearsals 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 here to contact Kim.



BELLissimo Handbell Ensemble of College Hill Presbyterian Church continues rehearsals at 5:30 p.m. If you are interested in playing in this fun ensemble, please contact the 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.




Something for the Spirit
3 Things Pope Francis Taught Us 
about Politics
        September 24, 2015 
      by Frederick Schmidt 
The address that Pope Francis gave before Congress was holistic and pro-life.  He spoke to the needs of the poor, the dreams of the common man and woman, the preservation of the creation, the devastating impact of violence, the danger of fundamentalism, the fragile nature of the modern family, the death penalty, and the need to protect the unborn.  He pointed us to the contemplative, Thomas Merton, and the activist, Dorothy Day.  He spoke to the example of Martin Luther King.  In short, he preached the Gospel.
But from the moment he began to wade into the specific elements of that picture, the members of Congress (who were generally more positive than usual) began to display the problem with political discourse.  Grimacing at times and standing by party political alliance, our nation's leadership applauded the parts of the speech that they approved.  In responding in the way that they did, they displayed their inability - left and right - to listen to anything someone might say that diverges from the political positions that they have already embraced.
In other words, the speech was parsed and evaluated according to its political value.  It wasn't heard or absorbed.
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     College Hill 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