March 2016
       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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Spring Forward!

Daylight Saving Time begins 
Sunday, March 13.

Be sure to set your clocks ahead one hour on Saturday night!

The church office will be closed 
Monday, March 28, in 
observance of Easter.

View the church calendar on our website 


March 2016 Calendar



Nataya Bostic
Steven Bostic
MaryAnn Bumgarner
Becky Doyle
Lauren Harper
Joshua Miller-Shawnee
Marianne Stambaugh
David Stambaugh
Lupe Tovar
March Birthdays

  1 - Lilly Ann Patterson

  6 - Charlene Bandurski

  6 - Victor Moguel

  7 - Alix Featherston

  7 - Trisha Thompson

  8 - Judy Pacenza-Bloss

  9 - Charlotte Carroll

11 - Mark Buchner

11 - Barry Hensley

13 - Joshua Miller-Shawnee

15 - Becky Doyle

18 - Carolyn Elder

18 - Donna Wood

19 - Brad Brummel

21 - Allison Campbell

21 - Sam West

23 - Sarah Ketcham

26 - Clay Finck-Ward



Remember the 
Birthday Endowment Fund!


Above: Fred Schone, Pat Lucy, Polly Kelly, Pat Valencia

Children, youth and adults helped color 
7 large Lenten posters used during Lent 
for the Time With the Children.

View more photos on our Facebook page
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The Wedding of 
Rachel Caldwell and Jerry Fuller
Sunday, March 13 at 2:00 pm
The congregation is warmly invited to attend the ceremony, which will take place at 
First Presbyterian Church 
(815 E. Main, Kilgore, TX). 

A block of rooms have been reserved at the 
Kilgore Comfort Suites. 

Please contact the church office for further information. 

JustHope Celebration Memories

College Hill hosted its first JustHope Celebration on January 31, ushering in a new way to experience the causes behind our 5th Sunday offerings.  

The "Experience Nicaragua" Bazaar opened in time to give early birds a chance to take home artisan jewelry, pottery, scarves, stoles, handbags and wallets.  

Reverend Leslie Penrose led the adult church school with the help of Connie and Bill Inglish.  They offered thanks for our support partnership and a challenge to consider a covenant partnership to further our solidarity, mutuality, collaboration, and furthering sustainability. She carried the good news stemming from our micro bank investment into the service when she gave the moment for mission.

We showed we are no strangers to challenge during the service when the youth supplemented the presentment of morning tithes and offerings with a red wagon full of school supplies. The wagon could not hold all the donations we brought.  In fact, our donations filled the fuel efficient JustHope Mobile. 

Our own Hispanic Fellowship added to the post service-bazaar by serving cake, sopapillas and arroz con leche. 

Click here to read the update from our two micro-banks that were provided to us by Rev Penrose. 

What a wonderful cause. 
What a wonderful congregation.  


EIS City-Wide Baby Shower

The Outreach and Mission team has chosen our March emphasis to be Emergency Infant ServicesEmergency Infant Services is a non-profit organization meeting the basic human needs of infants and children five and under whose families are in crisis or emergency situations. 

It began thirty-six years ago with a task force that recognized that Tulsa's social safety net left out families who needed short-term, immediate assistance.  This task force was very effective.  Today, EIS serves nearly 17,000 of Tulsa's youngest in need each year. .92 cents of every $1 given goes to provide direct client services! 

In March, EIS' young professionals board is hosting a City-wide Baby Shower.  The shower itself happens on Saturday, March 19, the day before Palm Sunday.  

Click here for a list of 20 city-wide drop off locations that will accept the following needed items:

~ Diapers
~ High chairs
~ Wipes~ Pack n' Plays
~ Formula~ Baby food
~ New/gently used           clothing~ Strollers
~ car seats
~ Monetary donations

Please consider supporting EIS. You are welcome to bring donations to the church any time in March and Outreach & Mission will be sure they get to the agency.

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 spring season!




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.


Click here to contact our 

Director of Music, Dr. Kim Childs 




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
As I mentioned last month, the Worship & Music ministry team has several special things planned for this year's season of Lent and Holy Week. Our theme continues to be: Our Journey of Repentance.
We have been reclaiming an understanding of repentance as a transformation of our heart, mind and spirit that occurs when we turn away from those things opposed to the ways of God, and turn to the living a life modeled by Jesus: ways of love, peace, compassion, justice, forgiveness and reconciliation.
Holy Week, beginning with Palm Sunday on March 20, will include a Maundy Thursday service where we will share an Agape Meal & Communion in the Fellowship Hall at 6:00 pm.
An Agape Meal, or Love Feast, is an ancient Christian tradition of sharing a fellowship meal with the community of faith. It was often incorporated in a service of worship itself. The church will provide the simple meal that includes a variety of breads, cheeses, fruit, and humus.
Our Good Friday service will begin at 7:00 pm in the Sanctuary. Expect something different!  it will include moving to a variety of sensory experience "prayer stations," involving sight, sound, smell, and a labyrinth.
And of course, join us on Easter Sunday on March 27, where we will celebrate the themes of hope and new life.
May your, and our, Lenten and Holy Week season be one of living life more fully, loving in abundance, and being who God created us to be!


Rev. Todd Freeman

News & Events

This Sunday, March 6  
1:30-3:00 pm

Special Game Night: 

The Unity Youth Group, of which College Hill is a member, has invited the Game Night Group to join them after church to go to Country Oaks Retirement Center.  

We will meet in Fellowship Hall after church to make & eat sandwiches for lunch, then carpool to Country Oaks (5648 South 33rd West Avenue, near the Tulsa Hills shopping center) to play games with the residents from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m.  

They have a Wii bowling game but we will also take games to play with them.  If you have cards and/or a Scrabble game or dominoes, please bring them with you. Please call (918.798.4146) or (click name to) email Marilyn Hill or P.J. Brobston (352.283.4899) if you have any questions.  This will be the only Game Night for March.

HB 1017
Adult Church School Class
March 6 at 9:30 am

HB 1017: was it a medieval battle? or a genetically altered lip balm?  No, it was Oklahoma's historic education reform legislation of 1990 that was arguably the finest moment in our state's legislative history that is again in the news.  

Join us during Church School for this inspiring story about making life better for our children.

Service Schedule
Maundy Thursday
March 24 at 6:00 pm
Agape Meal with Communion

An Agape Meal, or Love Feast, is an ancient Christian tradition of sharing a fellowship meal with the community of faith. It was often incorporated in a service of worship itself. The church will provide the simple meal that includes a variety of breads, cheeses, fruit, and humus.

Good Friday Service
March 25 at 7:00 pm

Our collective journey through Lent will culminate with a special Good Friday service. The Worship and Music Ministry Team invites you to come with an open heart and mind to a service that will incorporate prayer stations as worship. A prayer station is simply a designated space with something to do (i.e. read, view, touch, listen, smell) that stimulates meditation or prayer. We hope that this approach provides a meaningful, if different, experience of the spiritual truths of Good Friday. Please join us.

Easter Service of Worship 
Sunday, March 27 at 11:00 am

Easter Lily Orders

If you are interested in buying an Easter Lily to help decorate the church during Easter (March 27), please complete the order form on the Narthex information table, or by clicking the link below. 

Donors' names and the names of ones being honored or remembered are listed in the bulletin for the Easter service of worship. 

Please have your order turned in to the church office by Sunday, March 20. 

Saturday, March 19
9:00 am - noon

Daylight savings is back, Easter is coming, and it's time for our Spring All Church Work Day! 

There will be indoor and outdoor, large and small projects.  We ask for any
volunteers that can come out and help us beautify our church. Breakfast snacks will be served.

Please (click name to) contact David Zerger  for more information or to volunteer.

Dwight Mission
April 1 & 2, 2016

Please plan to join this all church event for fellowship, fun, and relaxation.  Our All-Church Retreat will begin Friday evening, April 1st, with informal games, activities, and conversation at beautiful Dwight Mission Camp & Conference Center near Vian, OK, less than 2 hours from Tulsa.  After spending the night in Dwight's rustic lodgings, we'll be served breakfast in the Dining Hall.  Organized activities are being planned for Saturday morning. 

Do you have a project, craft, artistic activity, or DIY that you would like to share with others at the retreat?  Please call (918.906.4533) or (click name to) email Stefanie Olson
The afternoon is open for fun and relaxation!   Hike to the nearby creek...explore the historic Dwight Cemetery...or bring your paints or that book you've been meaning to start.    
Our day will end with dinner before the drive back to Tulsa, or those who wish may spend another night.
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 March 20. Scholarships are available to those who need it. 

Day Center for The Homeless Meal
March 26

Chili Cheese Dogs, Cole Slaw, Chips & Homemade Cookies are on the menu for The Day Center for the Homeless.

Sign up on Caroline's Clipboard to contribute cookies, cash or to be a server. 
March/April Book Club  
Sunday, April 24

   All the Light We Cannot See
      by Anthony Doerr

Described as "hauntingly beautiful" by Janet Maslin of
The New York Times, in All the Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr has managed an intimate telling of an epic World War II tale. The novel masterfully both juxtapositions and interweaves the stories of a young French girl and a young German boy through turbulent times. And with the myriad supporting characters, secrets, action, and locales, as stated by Steph Cha of the Los Angeles Times, the novel is "a beautiful, expansive tale...Ambitious and majestic."
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr is available at books 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.

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!

Something for the Spirit
Love Your Enemies for Lent
                         by Peggy Rosenthal 

For years, during every Lent that coincides with a presidential campaign, my Lenten project has been to try to "love my enemies." 

Enemies in this case are the politicians whose views and words disgust me. Terrify me. Yet I know that these people are all children of God.

In years past, I've failed in this Lenten practice. My self-righteousness and judgmental nature have gotten the better of me. But I'm trying yet again, because I'm convinced that this practice can be good for my soul. 

Lent is always a fresh opportunity to come closer to God, to become more like the person God wants me to be...

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, March 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.

2016 Birthday Endowment Fund

A meaningful way to celebrate your Birthday this year 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. Checks can be made payable to College Hill and marked "Birthday Fund" on the memo portion of the check.


      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