The Messenger
May 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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View the church calendar on our website 


May 2016 Calendar


May 8
The church office will be closed Monday, May 30, in observance of Memorial Day 
May Birthdays

  2 - Lindsey Fox

  2 - Brooks Williamson

  4 - Ethan Watts

  4 - Elizabeth Carroll

  5 - David Robertson

12 - Pam Alexander 

13 - Wyatt Fox

13 - Grayson Patterson

17 - Fred Schone

17 - Diane Bucchianeri

21 - Hallee Collins

22 - Kevin Smith

22 - Johnna Thurston

23 - Trinna Burrows

23 - Mike Evanson

24 - Ben Buchanan

25 - Jonnie Bankhead

25 - Stephen Morgan

25 - Josie Speer

28 - Danielle Hovenga

30 - Nathan Swanson



Remember the 
Birthday Endowment Fund!


2016 All Church Retreat 
Dwight Mission

Rev. Freeman with Jennie Wachowski-Estes, outgoing  Executive Director of United Campus Ministry, and Justin DaMetz, Program Director at UCM
Spring Potluck  Luncheon
April 2016

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2016 Teacher and Graduate Recognition
Thank you to all our volunteers!

College Graduates:
Celia Ketcham
Ellen Nole

Children's Teachers:
Gini Fox
Linda Watts 
Allison Campbell 
Jordan Burrows
Lupe Tovar
Trinna Burrows  - Music Teacher

Stefanie Olson
Gary Watts

Adult Teachers:
P.J. Brobston
John Gammie
Don Roulet
Brad Brummel 
Todd Freeman

Small Group Coordinators:
Mark Miller
Gary Watts
John Gammie
Fritha Ohlson

Nursery Workers:
Wyneth Roulet
Nataya Bostic

Kids Connection Volunteers:
Dewey Echols
Jim Brown
Donna Wood
Polly Kelly
Jim & Jennifer Campbell
Fritha & Patrick Ohlson
Kathy Evanson
Fred Schone
Glen Olson
Carolyn Brady
Gini Fox

Vacation Church School Coordinator:
Stefanie Olson

Congratulations Graduates!

Celia Ketcham
Ellen Nole 

Have You Completed 
the Survey?

If you did not get a chance to complete the Congregational Care Ministry Team's recent survey, please click the link below. 

We completed this survey several years ago. but have many new members and you might want to change what you put on the last survey. 

As a church family, we all take care of each other. We all have different likes, strengths and time constraints which allow us to participate differently in the care of others - from providing transportation, to hospital visitation, to writing cards, making phone calls, etc.  

It only takes about 5 minutes to complete the survey and will help the Congregational Care Team better minister to the whole congregation. 

Please click below to 

Completed surveys can be returned to Marilyn Hill or to the church office.

Day Center for the Homeless Meal
Saturday, May 28

Taco Salad will be the main entree at the Day Center for the Homeless, courtesy of the Chefs Extraordinaire from our Hispanic congregation.
Watch for Caroline's Clipboard after church and sign up to donate money, food items or service. Gracias!

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 



  May Book Club 
 Sunday, May 22

   Miracle Man
      by William R. Leibowitz

Described as "a new twist on the thriller" and "highly original," William R. Leibowitz's debut novel Miracle Man is our next selection for book club.  According to Leibowitz's biography blurb, in the midst of his career as an entertainment/media attorney, he wrote
Miracle Man "because of its humanistic and spiritual messages and because he feels that in our current times--when meritless celebrity has eclipsed accomplishment and the only heroes are those based on comic books, the world needs a real hero."  Miracle Man by William R. Leibowitz 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.

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.


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 still 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
Midway through this month we will transition from the season of Easter into the season of Pentecost. The liturgical focus of this season deals mostly with how we are called to "be" the church. And as always, that includes how we put our "being" into "doing" as a congregation. Dana Livingston is the lead planner from the Worship & Music ministry team for this special service on the Day of Pentecost, Sunday, May 15.
Later in the month, I invite the entire congregation and friends to my home on Sunday, May 29, for the 5th Annual Memorial Day Weekend Picnic. For all the pertinent details, please read the article below in this Newsletter.
You may remember that we had to skip the Picnic last year due to my being on sabbatical. Because of that, many of us are really looking forward to this event this year. Here's the new part: the Session of the church has approved moving our morning service of worship from the church to my back yard. We will try hard to accommodate those with mobility issues. You can sit on my NEW DECK (500 sq. ft.) overlooking the trees, pond, and hills, as we participate in a service appropriate to the setting . NOTE: There will be NO worship or church school at the church that morning. If you have any concerns about this, please speak with me or a member of the Worship & Music ministry team, moderated by P.J. Brobston. If you would like to carpool out to my home, cars will be leaving the church parking lot by 10:30 am. This will be a wonderful opportunity simply to relax with one another, worship outdoors, share fellowship, eat good food, and get to know each other better. There will be a rain plan.
We are truly blessed in so many ways here at College Hill, especially in the authentic, caring relationships being formed or renewed. With many new members, however, it's getting a bit harder to get to know everyone. To help, the will be a New Member Luncheon (new members who have joined within the past few years and the Elders on the Session are invited). Let us all continue to strive to build meaningful relationships with one another.


Rev. Todd Freeman

News & Events

Combined Offering
this Sunday, May 1

This May, the Outreach and Mission team is
combining our 1st and 5th Sunday offerings and dedicating the combined collection to Teacher/Staff Appreciation week at Kendall Whittier Elementary.  Roughly 130 dedicated professionals nurture and educate 1,200 students. This makes them one of the largest schools in Oklahoma, but they lack the financial resources that many of us take for granted.  Please help Outreach and Mission kick off Teacher/Staff Appreciation week with gusto. 

Please bring ready-to-eat breakfast items and snacks. Gift cards, especially from PERRY's at 11th and Lewis, will also be well received.

Please (click name to) contact Tally Ferguson for more information.

Celtic Circle
May 3 at 6:30 pm

The Celtic Circle will gather at the home of Mark and Gay Miller

We will be celebrating the beginning of summer and exploring our personal "pilgrimages".


New Member Luncheon
May 15 

Our Evangelism & Communication and Fellowship Ministry Teams are hosting a New Members Luncheon following worship. It has been a while since we held this event and with the influx of new members, we are anticipating about 25 participants!

New members, please RSVP by May 9thWe look forward to the opportunity to get more acquainted and share ways to get involved in CHPC's Ministry Teams and fellowship groups.

Please (click name to) contact Clay Finck-Ward for questions or to RSVP.


Pentecost Sunday
May 15

The congregation is encouraged to wear red.

Family Fellowship Pool Party
Saturday, May 21
4:00 pm

John and Nancy Gammie are hosting a Family Fellowship Pool Party.

Please bring something to grill for your family and a side dish to share with everyone. 

RSVP and potluck details will be coordinated on the Family Fellowship Facebook page. If you are not on Facebook, please (click name to) RSVP to Stefanie Olson or call 918-906-4533.

All are welcome to attend!



Sunday, May 29 - 11:00 am

There will be NO worship or church school 
at the church that morning.
Where: Worship & Picnic both at  "Angel Acres"
(aka: the home of Rev. Todd Freeman)
513 E 63
rd St N, Tulsa, 74126  *  918-640-9521 - cell
Click Here for map
Come relax and celebrate worship in the beauty
of Pastor Todd's property - and on this NEW DECK.
Enjoy the background of green trees, blue sky, tranquil pond,
and the sounds of birds joining us in song.
Available from the church parking lot - leaving at 10:30 am
Rain Plan:
If the service needs to be moved back to the church due to weather concerns that decision will be communicated through email and Facebook (and phone if need be) 
no later than noon on Friday, May 27.
Help Needed
If you have a pop-up canopy/tent (for shade);
can help haul items to Todd's; are interested in grilling:
please contact P.J. Brobston - [email protected] or 352-283-4899
Hamburgers, hot dogs, buns, condiments,
and paper products will be furnished.

The rest is Potluck!

Here's what you can bring:
People with the last names beginning:

    A - K       bring chips or raw veggies        
    L - Z         bring fruit or cookies/brownies

Lemonade, iced tea, and water provided. If you want,
bring a favorite soft drink.
If you like, you can also bring a lawn chair and yard games.
There is a swing set for the children and a trampoline!
There is also a canoe on a stocked fishing pond
so bring some fishing equipment.

View from the back porch.

Rev. Freeman's home - 513 E 63rd St. N, Tulsa, 74126

The New Deck (almost complete) thanks to the generosity of College Hill.

Vacation Church School (VCS) 
May 30 to June 1, 2016  

We will "do good works" this year and have fun at the same time.  

May 30th & 31st from 5:30 to 8:00 pm 
Join us in Fellowship Hall for dinner, games, and a 
service project to support the 
Kendall Whittier Emergency Food Pantry.  
June 1st  from 5:30 - 8:00 pm
Nancy & John Gammie are hosting a pool party
with dinner, fellowship and lots of fun

Every child will receive dinner and a t-shirt.  

Cost: FREE

or click here to download the registration form and return to the church office

Parents/Grandparents/Guardians, you are invited to stay for dinner and participate in the Adult Game Nights on the 30
th & 31
st, as well as the pool party on June 1
(Click name) to contact Stefanie Olson or 
call 918.906.4533 for more information about VCS.
(Click name to) contact Marilyn Hill or call 918.798.4146 
for more information about Adult Game Night.


for MAY and JUNE
May 30 & 31  
5:30 pm

Game Night will be part of Vacation Church School this year, as it was last summer.  So, please join us in Fellowship Hall for 2 nights in a row, or less if you prefer, for a variety of board games, dominoes, cards, maybe even Twister! Feel free to bring your favorite games to share!

Gamers are also invited to attend the dinner & pool party at the Gammie's on the final night of VCS, June 1st

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 seeing you!

Volunteers Needed
Tulsa Pride Festival
 Saturday, June 4, 2016
Please join College Hill and other churches and community groups to take pride in our inclusiveness as a city and community and to brag about the strength of diversity. Come march with us in the 2016 Tulsa Gay Pride Parade. 

College Hill will have a truck in the parade that needs riders. We need plenty more walkers
and for those of you who can't make the whole parade, we could use a large, supportive crowd. The parade kicks off from Boston Avenue Methodist Church at 13th and Boston at 6:00 p.m. We will be gathering around 5:00 pm. Click (name) to contact Jeff and Tim Smith-Ream if you would like more information. 


Booth Volunteers Needed ASAP!
In addition to participating in the parade, College Hill will have a booth at the Pride Festival from 12:00 - 9:00 p.m. We need volunteers to work one-hour shifts at our booth inside the air-conditioned Equality Center. We will have fans, brochures, and candy to distribute; you bring the warm welcome of College Hill with you! Click (name) to contact Jeff Ream with any questions and to volunteer

Everyone that can participate 
is appreciated!


2016 Finance & Stewardship 
Quarterly Update

The Finance & Stewardship Ministry Team remains committed to keeping the congregation informed about the status of our budget at points throughout the year, including updates on overall giving. Through March, 2016, we are running behind in Pledges & Contributions, an approximately $2,629 shortfall. Loose offerings are over budget by $139.

Fortunately, ministry team and office expense spending remains under-budget (by $434), resulting in an operating deficit at the end of March. Overall stewardship by both the congregation and the ministry teams remains reasonably healthy. However, ministry team spending is expected to increase through the remainder of the fiscal year. 

Therefore, if your pledged giving has fallen behind, and you expect it to continue to fall behind this summer, as often occurs, please allow this to serve as a gentle reminder to resume offerings to the church. 

We appreciate everyone's support in meeting College Hill's financial goals!

Click here to view the 
Quarterly Financial Statement
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!

Join Us for Luncheon Club Thursday, May 19 at noon

Luncheon Club meets the 3rd Thursday each month.

This month, the group will gather in Fellowship Hall to enjoy "A Celebration of Irish Music" with Abigail Mills, fiddle and Phil Duffy, accordion.

Please (click names to) contact Gay Miller or Gretchen Hannefield for more information.
Something for the Spirit
Speaking Up Spiritually: 
How and When
                                        by Ellen Debenport - April 26, 2016

As I've said before, I believe those of us on a non-traditional, non-evangelical, even non-Christian spiritual path are shy about sharing our beliefs with other people.

For fear of being judged.
For fear of losing friends or family.
For fear of proselytizing.
Maybe even for fear we're wrong.
So when is it a good idea to share your ideas about spiritual truth with someone, and when is it better left unsaid? I've come up with a rule of thumb, but let me elaborate first on why we're shy, why people who have deep and profound experiences of the Presence might hesitate to share their point of view.
To read the entire blog, click here


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