April 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 


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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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April 2016 Calendar



Lindsey Smith
Chris Newsome
Lillian Newsome

April Birthdays

  1 - Jerry Abercrombie

  3 - Will Nole

  7 - Lee Collins

  8 - Stefanie Olsom

  8 - Cara Wood

10 - Nancy Vanderburg 

12 - Elizabeth Buchner

12 - Jana Stagner

14 - Carol Wimmer

16 - Gavin Buchner

18 - Carolyn Brady

19 - Pat Lucy

20 - Nancy Gammie

22 - Lilianna Coleman

22 - Margaret Watson

23 - MaryAnn Bumgarner

25 - Elizabeth Brady

25 - Doris Moser

25 - Andrew Redding

25 - Marianne Stambaugh

28 - Terry Baxter

29 - Aidan McCullough



Remember the 
Birthday Endowment Fund!


Holy Week

Trinna Burrows accompanies the Soulful Singers

Diane Bucchianeri

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  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.

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.
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.


Word from the Pastor
As most of you are aware, Easter isn't just one day on the liturgical church calendar. It is an entire church season, which lasts until Pentecost Sunday on May 15.

So throughout this season, we will be focusing on the promises of Easter: Hope * Transformation * New Life. These are more than just abstract theological issues, for they continue to be remarkably appropriate themes for the life and ministry of this congregation.

As I as shared in the past, the 'Living the Questions' curriculum, Saving Jesus Redux, talks about "Practicing Resurrection." It states:

The real power of the Resurrection comes when the followers of Jesus become the body of Christ in the world, striving to bring new life to the world, to eradicate injustice, poverty, and violence. In both the society at large and in people's personal lives: the practice of resurrection is about otherwise "dead" people being inwardly transformed and empowered to transform society.

There are both personal and societal dimensions to "practicing resurrection" in the here and now. In my Easter sermon, "Promote What You Love Instead of Bashing What You Hate," I stated, and want to share again:

The very heart and core of the Easter message is about hope! The Easter promise of hope is this: the ways of God ultimately prevail over the attitudes, behaviors, and systems opposed to God's ways. Our world is indeed often filled with injustice, oppression, violence, cynicism, despair, emptiness, loneliness, suffering, sorrow and fear. Yet, the Sacred Presence of God (as revealed in and through the life and ministry of Jesus, and through this story of his resurrection) is always with us and within us - miraculously enabling us to initiate and participate in profound moments of love, charity, compassion, peace, joy, justice, dignity, and therefore hope. This is what marks us as 'Easter people' and as a 'resurrection community.'

During this Easter season, let us work to promote what we love, including the life and ministry of this remarkable congregation.


Rev. Todd Freeman

News & Events

Oklahomans for Equality (OkEq)
Russell Bennett Spiritual Inclusion 
Award Recipient

The Rev. Todd Freeman

The Eastern Oklahoma Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) voted against a proposed change in the denomination's constitution that would recognize same-sex marriage. The presbytery voted 46 to 33, against the change, defining marriage not as the union of a man and a woman but as a "unique commitment between two people." 

During the debate before the vote, Todd Freeman of College Hill Presbyterian Church in Tulsa said for the first time publicly that he is gay. He read a statement telling of his struggle with being gay.  

"This isn't about me but rather about God calling people, regardless of their sexual orientation, into a loving and committed relationship. And with all my heart, soul, mind and strength, I am among those that no longer believe that homosexuality, nor its expression in relationship, is in and of itself a sin." 

Although unable to attend due to prior commitments, Rev. Todd will be recognized during the Equality Gala on April 30.

Dwight Mission
April 1 & 2, 2016

Friday, April 15  
6:00 pm

Come Celebrate Tax Day! 

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.

If you require childcare or would like more information about the event, please contact 
Marilyn Hill or the church office.  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!

Expanding Our Reach

True to our notion that charity starts at home,
Outreach and Mission seeks to expand our service to
Kendall Whittier Elementary ("KWE").  Just around the corner, this school is one of the largest middle schools in Oklahoma, boasting nearly 1,200 students.  Over the next several months, O&M will outline ways we can get more involved to enhance students' academic experience, ease teachers' classroom burden, and improve the quality of life for both student and teacher.  For now, though, we need your immediate help on two areas. 

First - between April 11 and April 27, KWE students go through State Testing.  To make this a success, the school needs test monitors for both morning and afternoon slots.  Morning slots are from 8:30 - 11:30.  Afternoon slots take from 12:30 - 2:30.  If you would like to satisfy your latent desire to be a kind but authoritative role model for kids who might otherwise be tempted to reconstruct the Death Star in bubble gum rather than focus on their tests, this is an opportunity for you.  (Click name to) contact Tally Ferguson, if you would like to participate with this service.

Second -  the first week in May is
Teacher appreciation/Staff appreciation week. That is the time to recognize the roughly 130 staff and teachers that keep KWE running.  For this, the school can use a variety of help, ranging from catered lunches to teachers' lounge sponsorship and motivational candy bars and healthy snacks. 
If you would like to provide snacks, bring them to the church, marking it "KWE Appreciation."  If you would like to sponsor a catered lunch or teacher's lounge, please (click name to) contact Tally Ferguson.

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 fun!

If you are a singer and would like to sing with the Chancel Choir, we are welcoming new members for the upcoming season. Please contact the Director of Music.


BELLissimo Handbell Ensemble of College Hill Presbyterian Church continues ringing rehearsals Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. If you are interested in playing in this fun ensemble, (permanent member or substitute), please contact Director of Music for more information.

Click here to contact our 
Director of Music, Dr. Kim Childs 



Openarms Youth Project Meal
April 28

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

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

to learn more about this vital organization.
Spring Sign Up 

Spring is here and we are currently planning for this season's Dinners for 7 or 8. Hosts may choose to have dinner held at their home, or at a restaurant.

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 starting this month and running through June.  

If you have any questions or would like to host a dinner, feel free to (click name) to contact  Clay Finck-Ward.

Thanks again for your time and commitment!

Something for the Spirit
Practice Resurrection
The Call of Easter
          blog and photo by Christine Valters Paintner
Lent is such a powerful season of pilgrimage through the desert, calling us to return to God with our whole hearts. We arrive at Easter eager to celebrate the reality of new life out of death, but sometimes forget this is another, even longer season, rather than a single day of celebration. 

What does 50 days of practicing resurrection look like? What would it mean to embark upon another pilgrimage to the heart of our own creativity in collaboration with the Great Artist at work, the one who brings newness from the old and discarded?
...One way to practice this is by making a commitment to a creative practice. When we step into creating without agenda or plans, it is a process that leads us on a journey of discovery. We must lean into the threshold place of not knowing how something will turn out. We must risk being vulnerable.
Creativity can teach us to step into the threshold, hold ourselves open, and receive what arises (rather than what we think should happen). It is a powerful way to practice resurrection of daily life. You do not need to travel far outwardly to make this kind of pilgrimage.

 KWI 1st Sunday Food Collection
Sunday, April 3

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.
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!

      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