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College Hill Presbyterian Church
Progressive Theology, Traditional Worship, Inclusive Congregation (PCUSA)
Affiliated with More Light Presbyterians and the Covenant Network of Presbyterians
April 2019
712 S. Columbia Ave.
Tulsa, OK 74104

Church Office Hours:
Mon - Th, 9 am - 3 pm
Closed on Fridays

Worship Schedule:
9:30 am - Church School - all ages
10:30 am - Fellowship
11:00 am - Worship in English
11:00 am - Worship in Spanish

Church Email:

Pastor Email:


Join us for coffee, juice, cookies and
conversation in Fellowship Hall before
Church School and Worship.
The church office will be closed
Monday, April 22, in observance of the
Easter holiday.
Word From the Pastor
April promises to be a special month here at the church.. We will celebrate Holy Week , beginning with  Palm/Passion Sunday on April 14. The Soulful Singers (children of the church) will sing to close the service that day. And, as is our custom, we will collect the annual  One Great Hour of Sharing Offering, to help people in need locally and throughout the world. After the service we will have a wonderful opportunity for fellowship with a  Potluck Luncheon .
On  Maundy Thursday we will share an Agape Meal & Communion in the Fellowship Hall at 6:30 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 into a service of worship itself. The church will provide the simple meal that includes a variety of breads, cheeses, fruits, and nuts.
Our  Good Friday service this year will be a combined service of several local Presbyterian churches, held at 7:00 pm at Southminster Presbyterian Church, including a combined choir from all the churches. The theme will be: A Service of Shadows and Stones, which will involve readings (based on the seven last words of Christ), each followed by a congregational hymn or choir anthem.
And of course, join us for our  Easter Celebration , on April 21. The very heart and core of the Easter message is about hope!
Our world today is 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 the story of his death and 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.’ And this particular understanding invites and encourages us to ‘practice resurrection’ in the here and now. 

Rev. Todd
Judith Nakibuuka

Phillips Seminary student, Judith Nakibuuka , lead our Adult Church School class in an informative discussion of her home country of Uganda. Judith is doing part of her Supervised Ministry Program with College Hill during Lent.
It’s been busy upstairs in the Church School rooms! The children and youth have been studying about Mardi Gras, Lent, Ash Wednesday and the Trinity . They put on a festive Mardi Gras parade and had an all green food party on St. Patrick's day. The Soulful Singers are preparing to perform for the congregation on Palm Sunday and we are getting ready for our Easter egg hunt. We may be calling on help from the congregation to stuff the eggs.  

Dr. Kim J. Childs, Director of Music
Mike Gibson, Organist

April 2019
Sunday Morning Music Offerings
Featuring the Chancel Choir
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APRIL 7 The Gift to be Simple – Dale Wood
Choral Anthem

APRIL 14 Blessed is He – Gerald N. Lindberg
Choral Anthem 
APRIL 21 Thine is the Glory – Michael Burkhardt
Kacie Heckler , trumpet
Choral Anthem

BELLissimo Handbells ~ Enduring Gladness – Ron Mallory (Offertory)

APRIL 28 Christ is Now Arisen – K. Lee Scott
Choral Anthem
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The Chancel Choir of College Hill Presbyterian Church  rehearses  Wednesdays  at  6:45 p.m . in the second story choral room (next to the church office) for singing, fellowship and fun! If you would like to sing with the Chancel Choir,  we are welcoming new members . Please contact the Director of Music.


BELLissimo Handbell Ensemble of College Hill rehearses  Wednesdays  at  5:45 p.m.  in the second story choral room. If you are interested in playing in this fun ensemble (permanent member or substitute), please contact Director of Music for more information.

Please (click name to) contact our
Director of Music, 

Proctors Needed at
Kendall-Whittier Elementary
through April 19 
8:30-10:30 a.m. or 12:00-2:00 p.m.

KWE needs volunteers to help monitor student testing . A teacher will administer the test, but a second adult is required to be present. You need only commit to one shift, but are welcome to sign up for as many as you would like.

Just arrive at your scheduled time, go through a brief 15-minute orientation, and help observe the students during testing. You may bring a book to read while you are monitoring. Hall monitors are also needed during these times. Volunteering for just one shift helps! Please (click name to ) contact Marianne Stambaugh  for more information. 
 1st Sunday Food Collection
KWI Food Pantry
April 7

Our 1st 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 and appreciated .
Penny Fund Donations Welcome

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 needs and events we enjoy throughout the year!
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 for the new year. 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.
Visit our Facebook page for
more photos!

1 - Jerry Abercrombie
 3 - Will Nole
 7 - Lee Collins            
 8 - Stefanie Olson       
 8 - Cara Wood
10 - Nancy Vanderburg 
12 - Elizabeth Buchner 
12 - Jana Stagner
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!
Saturday, April 6
9:00 a.m. ~ Noon

A workday day has been scheduled to celebrate a time of Spring Cleaning, to clean, repair and generally do anything around the church that needs attention. There will be plenty of work for all skill and energy levels indoors, and weather permitting, outside.

Volunteers are much needed and appreciated – many hands make light work! Light snacks will be provided to keep us going throughout the morning. (Click name to) contact Mark Miller or Gini Fox if you have any questions.
Sunday, April 14

We will have our traditional Palm Processional as the children enter the sanctuary waving palm branches, with the congregation joining in. We will also celebrate with a  Potluck Luncheon  following worship, so please bring a dish to share.
Sunday, April 14

One Great Hour of Sharing: Your gift to OGHS changes people's lives! Please give generously and remember to make your check payable to College Hill with 'OGHS' in the memo line, or click the button below to donate directly through their website .
Holy Week Services
Maundy Thursday • Good Friday • Easter

  Maundy Thursday
Thursday, April 18, 6:30 pm
Agape Meal with Communion

  •   Good Friday
Friday, April 19, 7:00 p.m.
Combined service held at Southminster Presbyterian, Service of Shadows and Stones’, including a combined choir.
Worship Schedule
Easter Service of Worship ~
April 21, 11:00 a.m.

Our celebration will include special music, accompanied by guest Trumpter Kacie Heckler, the Chancel Choir, the BELLissimo Handbell Ensemble, and our Organist, Mike Gibson.

If you ordered an Easter Lily, ( see information and link to order form below ), please be sure to take it home with you after the service.
Easter Lily Orders

If you are interested in purchasing an Easter Lily ($11/plant) to help decorate the church during Easter, order forms are available for download (see below ), and also on the table in the Narthex.

Donors’ names and the names of those being honored, are listed in the bulletin for the Easter service of worship.

Order & payment deadline is Sunday, April 14 . Checks should be made payable to College Hill, with 'lily' noted in the memo line, and can be placed in the offering plate on Sundays, or mailed/dropped off to the church office.

If you have any questions, please ( click name to ) contact Carolyn Brady .
Introducing New Members

Hayley Normile
Ethan Voelkers
I f a long friendship is the best predictor of a lasting marriage, then Hayley Normile and Ethan Voelkers will be celebrating their anniversary for decades to come. 

The couple first met in the 7 th grade at Dwight summer camp. Both raised Presbyterian, Ethan is from Bartlesville, and Hayley is from Norman. They later served as Dwight counselors, and then went their separate ways-- Hayley to Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, and Ethan to OSU in Stillwater. Fast forward to 2015, when Ethan decided to organize a camping trip for a few friends, including Hayley. Sparks flew from more than the campfire, and the two began dating long-distance, a year-long challenge that they handily met. 

Ethan and Hayley moved to Tulsa for work last year, and say they see no reason why they’d ever want to leave. Ethan, a marketing/ business major in college, is the Marketing Manager at Fleet Feet. Hayley, who majored in environmental engineering, is a water and waste-water engineer at the Cowan Group.

In their free time in Tulsa they play with their rescue dogs (Moka and Moose), run along Riverside Drive, drink coffee at Fair Fellow’s, and watch movies at Circle Theatre. They have separate interests, too. Hayley is an avid quilter, and Ethan is a bicyclist who rides (when he can) with the Wednesday night “Last Call” group. Outside of Tulsa, there’s weekend camping in northwest Arkansas, and longer camping trips to national parks. The couple has visited 8 so far with friends, and—no surprise—will spend their honeymoon in a tent at Rocky Mountain National Park.

Ethan and Hayley joined College Hill in November after visiting other churches in Tulsa. They say they’ve found a uniquely progressive and right-sized congregation of incredibly caring folks, and they are eager to be involved... after the wedding. FYI—they’ll be married outdoors in Tulsa on May 11. All weddings are special, but this one is extra-special: Pam Normile, a Presbyterian pastor and Hayley’s mom, will have the pleasure of officiating.  
Luncheon Club
Fellowship Hall
Thursday, April 11
at Noon

Luncheon Club will meet a week early this month. Please plan to join us for wonderful food, fun and fellowship!

The group typically meets the third Thursday of the month (except in July), either in Fellowship Hall, or at a nearby restaurant.

Please (click names to) contact Gretchen Hannefield or Gay Miller for more information.

All are invited - hope to see you there!
Book Study
Small Group

Tuesday, April 23
6:30 pm

Not to be confused with the College Hill Book Club, we have another small group called the Book Study Group. 

The Evolution of God
by Robert Wright

"Through the prisms of archaeology, theology, and evolutionary psychology, Wright's findings overturn basic assumptions about Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, and are sure to cause controversy. He explains why spirituality has a role today, and why science, contrary to conventional wisdom, affirms the validity of the religious quest."

We select one or two books a year to read and discuss in depth over several monthly Tuesday evening sessions. (typically on the fourth Tuesday)
If you have a (gently used) iron and/or hairdryer that you can donate for building and grounds use, please contact Gini Fox , or you can drop it by the church office during business hours.
Congregational Care Seeking New Ministry Team Members

If you are interested, and/or would like more information, please (click name to) contact Moderator Becky Doyle.
Kendall Whittier, Inc.
Golf Fore Groceries
Saturday, June 1
Bailey Golf Ranch ~ Owasso
Friends, Spring is almost here! Thoughts of getting outdoors and enjoying nicer weather are upon us. Do you golf? Here's a chance to get out and enjoy the links while helping to feed neighbors in need .
Registration is open now for our first-ever charity golf scramble:
All proceeds benefit the programs of Kendall Whittier Inc., including our Emergency Food Pantry and Community Gardens. Each golfer's registration provides 20 hungry neighbors with nutritious groceries for a week.
Don't golf? You can assist us by becoming an event sponsor or volunteer.
Something for the Spirit

Ways to Reduce Stress

"Never borrow from the future. If you worry about what may happen tomorrow and it doesn't happen, you have worried in vain. Even if it does happen, you have to worry twice."

1. Pray
2. Go to bed on time.
3. Get up on time so you can start the day unrushed.
4. Say No to projects that won't fit into your time schedule, or that will compromise your mental health.
5. Delegate tasks to capable others.
6. Simplify and unclutter your life.
7. Less is more. (Although one is often not enough, two are often too many.)
8. Allow extra time to do things and to get to places.
9. Pace yourself. Spread out big changes and difficult projects over time; don't lump the hard things all together.
10. Take one day at a time.
11. Separate worries from concerns. If a situation is a concern, find out what God would have you do and let go of the anxiety. If you can't do anything about a situation, forget it.
12. Live within your budget: don't use credit cards for ordinary purchases.
13. Have backups; an extra car key in your wallet, an extra house key buried in the garden, extra stamps, etc.
14. K.M.S (Keep Mouth Shut). This single piece of advice can prevent an enormous amount of trouble.
15. Do something for the kid in you everyday.
16. Carry a Bible with you to read while waiting in line.
17. Get enough rest.
18. Eat right.
19. Get organized so everything has its place.
20. Listen to a tape while driving that can help improve your quality of life.
21. Write down thoughts and inspirations.
22. Every day, find time to be alone.
23. Having problems? Talk to God on the spot. Try to nip small problems in the bud. Don't wait until it's time to go to bed to try and pray.
24. Make friends with Godly people.
25. Keep a folder of favorite scriptures on hand.
26. Remember that the shortest bridge between despair and hope is often a good "Thank you Jesus."
27. Laugh.
28. Laugh some more!
29. Take your work seriously, but not yourself at all.
30. Develop a forgiving attitude (most people are doing the best they can).
31. Be kind to unkind people (they probably need it the most).
32. Sit on your ego. (Ego = Edging God Out)
33. Talk less; listen more.
34. Slow down.
35. Remind yourself that you are not the general manager of the universe.
36. Every night before bed, think of one thing you're grateful for that you've never been grateful for before.
Celtic Circle
Beltaine Gathering
Tuesday, April 30 at 6:30 pm

The Beltaine gathering will be held at the home of Gay & Mark Miller .

Please (click name to) contact Mark with any questions.
Book Club
April 28 after worship
A Gentleman in Moscow
by Amor Towles

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.) to go over their latest read, A Gentleman in Moscow  by Amor Towles.
After a few emotionally-draining book selections, our book club was ready for something different and uplifting. Enter the second novel from Amor Towles,  A Gentleman in Moscow  (Book Club previously read his first novel,  Rules of Civility ). Hailed by  The Seattle Times  as “enjoyable, elegant” and  The Chicago Tribune  as “marvelous,”  The Wall Street Journal  review exclaimed the novel “buzzes with the energy of numerous adventures, love affairs, twists of fate and silly antics.” 
Please (click name to) contact Fritha Ohlson if you are interested in learning more about Book Club.
Reading Partners is still in need of several volunteers for the remainder of the school year. With only a matter of weeks before school is out for the Summer, this is a great time to try out the program with shortened commitment.

Sign up today, and empower a struggling reader to succeed in as little as one hour a week through the end of April. 

Click below to register or call (918) 949-1979.
Equal Exchange
Coordinator Needed

Most commercial cocoa, coffee, and tea farmers have very little control over the growing market and price of their products. However, Equal Exchange encourages co-operatives, environmentally sustainable growing practices, employs fewer middlemen, and provides better prices for growers.

For several years, College Hill has sold Equal Exchange products, with the small profit margin dedicated to Just Hope projects, such as micro-banks, clinic, and model farm. A very special thank you to Gay & Mark Miller and Martha Brown for their faithful dedication to our “store.”

Having ironed out all the wrinkles of ordering and keeping the “store” open and stocked, Terry Baxter, moderator of the Outreach & Mission ministry team, would like to offer the opportunity of this relatively simple but satisfying (& delicious) work to other volunteers(s). If the line of eager applicants ins long – take a number, and the winner will be announced by the ministry team. Any questions, call Martha Brown, 918-583-3652.
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.

Checks can be made payable to College Hill and marked "Birthday Fund" on the memo portion of the check.
College Hill
Recycle and Donation Center

We have re-purposed the cabinets in the hallway outside of Fellowship Hall 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 are also available for diapers and baby care products, dry goods and hygiene items, and school supplies.
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
College Hill Presbyterian Church | 712 S. Columbia Ave., Tulsa, OK 74104

Rev. Todd Freeman, Pastor