December 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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Poinsettia Orders


If you are interested in buying a poinsettia to help decorate the church during Advent and Epiphany, please click here to download the form and return it to the church office by Tuesday, December 15th. Forms are also available on the Information Table in the Narthex. 


Donors' names and the names of ones being honored are listed in the bulletin for the Christmas Eve service of worship. If you have any questions, 

click here to contact Charlotte Slemp.


View the church calendar on our website 


December Calendar

  3 - Isabelle Thomason
  6 - Peter Campbell
  9 - Sue Haskins
13 - Jana Rhoads
15 - Megan Buchner
15 - Marci Platt
15 - Alice Stanford
15 - Caroline Johnson
18 - Ronda Robertson
19 - Tally Ferguson
20 - Roberta Smith
24 - Wyneth Roulet
25 - JoAnn Smith
28 - Charles Stanford
29 - Kathy Evanson
30 - Lisa Hays

Remember the Birthday Endowment Fund!

No Game Night in December

The date and details for January's Game Night will be announced soon.

Commitment Sunday & Holiday Fellowship Luncheon - November 15, 2015

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CHPC Church School 
Friend of the Month
Sofia Ohlson
Q: What is one of your favorite hobbies to do outside of school or church?
Sofia: I lovvvvveeeee to play tennis.
Q: What is your favorite thing about Sunday School?
Sofia: Being with friends!!!
Q: What is something your family does for the holidays?
Sofia: We usually do, when our family comes over...we do a present swap. You draw a number-when you open your presents you get surprised! And you can steal someone else's presents!

CHPC Youth Update

College Hill's youth had a tremendous success with the Chili Cook-off this past month. They were able to meet and even exceed their goal in raising money to put new carpet in on the third floor youth room. 

During the month of December the youth will be practicing every Sunday for this year's Christmas Eve play. This year's pageant, put on by the CE Music Director Trinna Burrows and the children, is going to be a little bit different this year. Except original songs and a story that will melt your heart, you won't want to miss it! The pageant takes place during our Christmas Eve worship service (6:30 pm) and all the children of the church are welcome to celebrate! 

If you or your child would like to participate, please (click name to) email Trinna Burrows before Dec 6th.

FCAA Holiday Family Reunion Dinner
Saturday, December 5 at 2:00 pm
Volunteers needed

College Hill will be hosting the Foster Care Alumni of America (FCAA) Holiday Family Reunion Dinner. FCAA believes in the power created through connecting the foster care community especially during this time of the year when most members do not have a family to visit over the holidays. 

This dinner is provided to ensure teens, young adults and families with former foster care experience in Oklahoma have at least one family meal to attend this season. 

If you would like to assist please prepare and drop off a traditional holiday dinner item by 1:00 pm at Fellowship Hall. Contact Clay Finck-Ward for more information. 

Click here to learn more about FCAA.
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 this upcoming winter season! Baritones needed! You can click here to contact Kim.
The Chancel Choir will be presenting David H. Williams' 
Of Christes Birth Sunday, December 13. This "mini-work" will be sung during the Sunday service, and will include music to the texts heard in Ceremony of Carols. The work is accompanied by organ (Mike Gibson) and will include solos by Rebecca Howard, soprano and Kim Childs, tenor.


The 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 Director of Music for more information.

BELLissimo will be playing during the Sunday services December 20. The Introit will be  Little Jesus, Sweetly Sleep by Greg Kerkorian and Offertory will be Festival Variations by Michael Helman.

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

Click here to contact Kim Childs

To listen to past choir performances, 


Book Club
Sunday, December 13 

The Martian 
by Andy Weir
Recently released as a critically-acclaimed and audience-pleasing major motion picture, the novel The Martian by Andy Weir is getting renewed attention for being "brilliant," "riveting," "a page-turner," and "one of the best," to cite just a few quotes from reviews.  Before realizing it would be made into a blockbuster Ridley Scott movie starring Matt Damon, for about the past year and a half I've observed a diversity of people enthralled in the book: in airports, on lunch breaks, on vacation, just about anywhere.  The Wall Street Journal review called The Martian "Brilliant...a celebration of human ingenuity [and] the purest example of real-science sci-fi for many years...Utterly compelling."  Needless to say, I'm intrigued and hope you are, too.  So join me on a literary ride to the beginning of the final frontier, the closest potentially inhabitable planet to our own precious Earth: Mars.
The Martian by Andy Weir 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). 

Please (click name to) contact Fritha Ohlson if you would like to learn more about Book Club.

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!
Flower Chart
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 open dates 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 your 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. These donations allow us 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

The Season of Advent (which means 'arrival' or 'coming') is the 4-Sunday period of time that helps us prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus of Nazareth on Christmas Day. For those of you who were here on the First Sunday of Advent last week, we introduced a new approach this season.
Instead of following the traditional weekly lectionary Gospel Readings this year, a group of us (the Rev. Cathy Elliot, John Gammie, PJ Brobston, along with the Worship & Music ministry team) decided to try something new.
Our hope is to present the unique way each of the gospel writers, Mark, Matthew, Luke, and John (in the order in which they were actually written) portray the arrival - the advent - of Jesus's life and ministry from their own literary and theological perspective.
John Gammie has written a beautiful liturgy for the weekly lighting of the Advent Wreath from the perspective of each gospel writer, in conjunction with the theme of each of the four candles:  Hope, Peace, Joy. Love.  To read them for yourself, and use as a devotional during Advent, you can see a copy by clicking here.
Please note that the Chancel Choir will present a beautiful extended piece of music, OF CHRISTÉS BIRTH by David Williams, during the service of Worship on Sunday, December 13. As always, we are all so very grateful for the remarkable talent of Dr. Kim Childs and Mike Gibson, our gifted Director of Music Ministry and Organist, respectively.
Finally, I encourage you to take the light of Christ that dwells within you and reflect that light upon others throughout this season. I pray that for you, this congregation, and the entire world, this Advent and Christmas season will be one of tangible peace, hope, joy and love!  
Rev. Todd Freeman

News & Events


Holiday Worship Schedule


Thursday, December 24th at 6:30 pm

Christmas Eve Service


The children of the church will perform and sing in 

a play with music written by Trinna Burrows.


The service will include traditional candle lighting and a collection for Emergency Infant Services.


Christmas Eve Offering


In the story of the birth of Jesus, the Magi brought gifts of frankincense, myrrh and gold. In this spirit of giving, the Worship & Music and Outreach & Mission Ministry Teams invite you to bring donations to be given to Emergency Infant Services. (EIS)

EIS is a non-denominational, non-profit organization which assists over 1200 infants and toddlers each month. Funded through the generosity of the community, staff and volunteers work together to make sure that infants and toddlers have the essentials they need. They have no waiting periods or income qualifiers, operating on the theory that a hungry child cannot wait.


Click here for the complete needs list.


We will collect donations during our Christmas Eve service, Thursday, December 24th at 6:30 pm.


Calling All Carolers!
December 20th

We will be heading out in small groups following worship to sing familiar Christmas carols and deliver care cards and goodies bags to church members who are unable to get to church as often as they'd like. 

Last year we divided the list up among 4 groups and each group visited 1-3 homes. We were warmly welcomed and our presence and presents were much appreciated. Everyone is welcome! If you don't have a strong voice you can go with a group that does have strong singers.

Please contact Donna Wood by December 17th if you'd like to participate. A light lunch will be served in the kitchen prior to heading out so a head count of participants will help with lunch planning. See Donna at church or click here to email her.

Alternative Christmas Gifts

The Outreach & Mission Ministry team has the perfect gift for your friends and family who have everything or re-gift what you give them anyway. Make a contribution to one of four local, national or global causes for them! 

From now throughout Advent, stop by near the Fair Trade table and "buy" a card with any size monetary donation for one of the following causes:

Kids Against Hunger - Tulsa Program (Local), Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (National),
Marion Medical Mission (Global) or Medical Benevolence Foundation (Global). 

We have four cards to select from: 


Secret Santa's Needed for 
Day Center for the Homeless

Day Center clients make a short Christmas Wish List that includes one thing they really need, one they really want and their favorite foods or hobbies. The list in total can be no more than $50. 

The gifts are to be brought to the Day Center (415 W. Archer St., downtown Tulsa) for delivery no later than December 17th. To help provide a Christmas for those who might otherwise go without, please click here

to contact Colleen Edwards, or call her at 918-556-6418.


Kendall Whittier News

13th Annual Lights On
A Kendall-Whittier Neighborhood Holiday Tradition
Saturday, December 5
5:30 -7:00 pm
This year will feature a student choir, band and drum performances, Mariachi, Free tamales and cocoa, 
crafts and so much more! 

Located at 1st & Lewis, 
in the Whittier Square parking lot.

 KWI 1st Sunday Food Collection
Sunday, December 6
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.
Service Opportunity at 
Kendall Whittier Elementary
Friday, December 11
9:00 am - noon

The school needs volunteers to help stuff goodie bags that go home with students over the Christmas break. The bags include scarves, hats, books, snacks, and other little Christmas goodies. Packing will be held at the school. (2601 E 5th Pl., Room 518)
For more information, call Brianna Milem, Social Services Specialist for Tulsa Public Schools at 918-833-9904, or click here to email her. 

KWE Guest Speaker
during Church School
December 13

Ronda Kesler,
Principal of Kendall Whittier Elementary, will join us to help us to more fully understand the needs of KWE, and provide suggestions on ways College Hill can be more involved in a tangible way.

Volunteers Needed at 
KWI Emergency Food Pantry

at the Kendall Whittier Inc. (KWI) Emergency Food Pantry are in high demand during the holidays.
If you have a half hour to spare during the week and would like to help us with filling bags with groceries or making deliveries to hungry neighbors during this holiday season, please call EFP Director Shelley Allen at 918-946-8262 or click here to email her.
We will be delivering food on December 21, 22, 28 and 29. We can work with any schedule and would be grateful for the extra hands! 
Equal Exchange Items = Great Christmas Gifts!

Equal Exchange coffee, tea and chocolate make great 
Christmas gifts. The Outreach & Mission Ministry Team will have these products available for purchase before and after the worship service in Fellowship Hall every Sunday in December.


Please consider make these items part of your gift giving this year. All profits go directly into an account set aside to fund mission projects. 


Luncheon Club 
Thanksgiving Meal

Save the Date:

Mardi Gras Party 
Saturday, February 6, 2016

Fun, surprises and good food await you! We have not had a BIG party in a long time and this proves to be a GREAT one. Enjoy music, wear a costume and join the parade. 

Tickets available the first week of January. Come join the fun!!!
Save the Date:  

Dwight Mission 
All Church Retreat
April 1-2, 2016

Something for the Spirit
10 Tips for Surviving the Holidays
The holiday season can bring mixed emotions for many. For some, it's their favorite time of year. For others, it brings feelings of sadness and loss. Seeing old friends and family members may be exciting or may bring up memories of disappointments.
Feeling depressed or anxious is not unusual during the holiday season. Upcoming dinners, parties, family or friend gatherings may cause a great deal of stress. These feelings may be even worse for those who have experienced divorce, lost a love one, are living far from family and friends, etc.
Here are some tips to "Beat the Holiday Blues":

#1   Keep your regular routine.
#2   Think Moderation.
#3   Be realistic, try not to expect the "ideal"          holiday.
#4   Stay connected.
#5   Throw guilt out the window.
#6   Don't be alone, if you don't want to.
#7   Focus on today, not yesterday.
#8   Just say no.
#9   Ask for help.
#10 Be good to yourself.
Remember, the holidays only come once a year and only last for a few weeks. If you follow these 10 tips, you might just find this year to be more joyful and less stressful.
Have a peaceful holiday season!