The Messenger
Progressive Theology, Traditional Worship, Inclusive Congregation (PCUSA)
Affiliated with More Light Presbyterians and the Covenant Network of Presbyterians
April 2021
712 S. Columbia Ave.
Tulsa, OK 74104

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

Rev. Freeman is now taking Mondays off so he can work on a sermon on Fridays because the videoing of the service happens on Saturdays.

Worship Schedule:
Virtual Worship
until further notice

Church Email:

Pastor Email:

The Session will meet again this month to re-assess when (upon the recommendation of our Re-union ministry team) we feel it is safe to return to in-person church activities.
Please look for our weekly email
with a link to the
Sunday Morning
Zoom Church Gathering!!
Here's the zoom link, which is the save every week.
Meeting ID: 835 9618 4514
Passcode: 336523
Word From the Pastor
I know it's hard to wrap our minds around the fact that we are unable to worship together on Easter Sunday for the second year in a row!

Yet, we will gather for a parking lot service on Easter, April 4. It will also be live streamed over our YouTube channel. Please see the full details in the Holy Week article in this newsletter. There will also be additional emails about Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday.

If Oklahoma can avoid the 4th surge currently in the northeast and upper midwest, hopefully we can gather in person in the sanctuary fairly soon. Reaching our own herd immunity as a community of faith (70% vaccinated) will certainly help.

We have all learned a great deal over the past year, including the fact that addressing needed change in the ways we "do" church can transpire much more rapidly than ever imagined.

We have also come to experience "presence" - of each other and of God - in new ways as we have been physically distanced for just over a year now.

A primary theme of Easter is living into hope, transformation, and new life/beginnings. That's often referred to as "practicing resurrection". We have been experiencing the reality of Easter, practicing resurrection, throughout this entire past year, and will continue to do so in the weeks and months ahead.

Rev. Todd 
On St. Patrick's Day, Rev. Todd celebrated his
13th year of ministry at College Hill!

"I continue to be honored and humbled to have the opportunity to serve as pastor for this remarkable community of faith - for 13 years and counting!"
Rev. Todd
Many thanks to all who sent cards and well wishes!
Mike Gibson
Celebrating 7 years at
College Hill on April 14!
The Youth Group gathered last month to paint wooden Easter Eggs, which were shared in some of the 20 Easter Bags (including 4 for the church staff) put together and then delivered to our homebound members by our Congregational Care ministry team.
(Pictured: Kye May, Jesper Ohlson, Susan West, Nancy Gammie, Sofia Ohlson; not pictured: Parker Brobston.
Congratulations to Nataya and Steven Bostic on the birth of their beautiful baby girl!
Kendyl Lenae
6 lbs 14oz | 19.25 in
Congratulations to Lauren and Patrick Fogarty on the birth of their beautiful baby boy!
Harper Michael
8 lbs 15oz | 21 in
College Hill Awarded
Earth Care Congregation!

March 10, we received notification of officially becoming an Earth Care Congregation.
College Hill is one of three PCUSA congregations in Oklahoma currently certified, along with First Presbyterian in Stillwater and in Norman.

Of the more than 10,000 PCUSA congregations, College Hill was one of 276 applications for 2020; annual recertification is required.

ECC certification is recognition of our congregation’s ongoing efforts in environmental and social justice.

Green Team’s first project as an official ECC congregation will be a pollinator garden along the fence on the west side of the parking lot. Four dozen Rudbeckia Goldsturm – aka Black-Eyed Susan – will be planted, supplying nectar and pollen so bees and butterflies can keep pollinating crops for fruit and vegetable production.

Click here to read more about this certification College Hill was awarded by
Presbyterian Church USA (PCUSA).
Our worship and discipleship will celebrate God’s grace and glory in creation.
Our education will encourage and support each other in keeping and healing the creation.

Our facilities will be managed, maintained, and upgraded to respect and cherish all creation.

Our outreach will encourage community involvement and public policy to protect and restore the earth. 
Day Center Meals
During the Pandemic

How about another “one-year mark”?
It’s been one year since College Hill began “socially-distanced dinners” for Tulsa’s Day Center for the Homeless. That is, we delivered food to the back door and the staff served it.
During the pandemic, the Day Center down-sized to a population of 80 (from 120-40), so our preparations were not as large. 
Last March, May, July and September, we took Coney Islander coneys, dill pickles and/or pickled okra, oranges, homemade cookies, tea or lemonade, plus four gallons of milk for breakfast.
November, January and last month, tamales were provided by McGraw Realtors, complemented with chips and salsa, sour cream, jalapenos, oranges, Mexican Bakery cookies and tea, plus milk. 
The Usual Suspects (a group of regular Day Center helpers) provided homemade cookies and milk and money, along with many members donating on-line to our Day-Center Fund.
Once again, I say “Thank you!” I am humbled by the continuing generosity of the College Hill congregation.
P.S. In an e-mail last week, Mack Halton, Executive Director of Day Center, notes that “final touches are being put on our newly renovated building. We look forward to inviting you all for an open house and ribbon cutting ceremony when it’s safe to gather in person.” Translated: We will likely be doing “socially-distanced dinners” for a while longer, planning on coneys for future meals.
 - Caroline Johnson, meal coordinator
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 - Andrew Redding
25 - Marianne Stambaugh
28 - Terry Baxter
29 - Aidan McCullough
  Remember the 
Birthday Endowment Fund!
Maundy Thursday
April 1
No virtual service or communion, but some meaningful resource materials will be emailed to everyone for your own guided reflection at home.
Good Friday
April 2
Eastern Oklahoma Presbytery's pastors met several times over the past couple months to put together a video service that will be released during the day on Good Friday. The service will include special music by local jazz musicians and a "play" walking through the events of Jesus' passion. Each of the parts (including Rev. Todd's) were recorded by each pastor individually, and then edited together. A video link will be emailed.
A different video link will be emailed on Good Friday of this year's virtual "Greenwood Walk to the Cross": Remembering the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre. It contains edited video of many local Black and progressive religious leaders (including Rev. Todd) sharing Gospel Readings, prayers, remembrances, and songs. This tradition was started by Tulsa Metropolitan Ministry (TMM) about twenty years ago. While it has been an in-person event walking through Greenwood, this year's virtual service will greatly broaden the viewership and experience.
Easter Sunday Outdoor Service
April 4 at 11:00 am
Church Parking Lot

The Session of the church has approved a special service of worship, combining a gathering in the church parking lot and live-streaming over our YouTube channel: College Hill Presbyterian Church Tulsa.
Depending on the weather, which so far looks good, we will gather in the parking lot in physically-distanced chairs. A loudspeaker system will be used (like we did for the World Communion Sunday service last October). If there is inclement weather, folks will stay in their cars and the service will be broadcast over an FM transmitter system (like we did on Christmas Eve.)
Music will be recorded the day before, with exceptional and majestic organ music by Mike Gibson, a guest trumpeter, and a quartet from our own choir!
We will observe the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper (using individually packaged Communion wafer and juice sets). Folks can pick one up, along with a printed bulletin, when they arrive.
We will also receive the annual One Great Hour of Sharing offering to benefit Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, Presbyterian Hunger Program, and the Self-Development of People program. Special envelopes will be in each bulletin.

We will also have a food collection (non-perishable and non-expired items) on Easter Sunday, for the Kendall Whittier Emergency Food Pantry. 

If anyone who will not be at the service would like to donate any items they may call or text our Outreach & Mission Ministry team Moderator, Mark Thurston at 918-697-1448 to make arrangements for pickup at their home between April 5-12.  
Re-Union Ministry Team

The Re-Union Ministry Team will be meeting on Sunday, April 11, after this newsletter is sent out.

If Oklahoma can avoid the 4th surge currently in the northeast and upper midwest, hopefully we can gather in person in the sanctuary fairly soon.

The Session "highly recommends" that all members of College Hill get vaccinated. Reaching our own herd immunity as a community of faith (70% vaccinated) will certainly help.

As of March 29, Oklahoma is now in Phase 4 of the Vaccine Plan, meaning that Tulsa County is vaccinating all Oklahomans. We have included a link to the vaccine registration portal below.

The Re-Union team and Session will keep the congregation posted about plans and recommendations.
Personnel Perspectives

Time flies!

This March 17th marked Rev. Todd Freeman’s 13th anniversary at College Hill. If you did not have a chance to participate in the “card drive” for him earlier, consider still sending him a card or text thanking him for his efforts during these last thirteen years. Also, Rev. Todd will be turning 65 in September. However, as he pointed out at the Annual Congregational Meeting in January, he has no plans to retire for quite a while.

April 14th brings Mike Gibson’s 7th anniversary as our Organist.

Then on July 13th, Dr. Kim Childs will celebrate his 15th anniversary at College Hill as Director of Music Ministry.

The following month, on August 9th, Lisa Hays will have been serving as our Office Manager for 11 years.

Kathy Evanson, one of the Personnel team members, has remarked that College Hill must be doing something right to be able to retain such talented and dedicated individuals for so long (a collective 46 years this fall). Indeed!!
Thank You
from Sequoyah Elementary

Dear College Hill Church,
Words cannot express how much your donations have helped students and families during these hard times. It helps us all move forward and stay hopeful for the future! I hope all great things and good health head your way.
Thank you!
Anahi Messer
Sequoyah Elementary Site Coordinator
Communities in Schools/Mid-America
Christian Ed News

All the children of the church have received an Easter Box through the mail - each containing a goody bag with chocolate (see below). The other goodies in the box depended on the child’s age group.

The Youth Group met on the lawn to decorate wooden eggs for our homebound church friends.

Upcoming projects include painting a sign for our new pollinator garden and helping with trail building on Turkey Mountain.

(Click name to) email our Christian Education Ministry team Moderator Susan West, or call her at 918-724-7521.
How to be an
by Ibram X. Kendi

Thursday, April 8 & 22
6:30 pm

If you have never joined in one of our Book Study Group discussions, this is a perfect time to do so, especially given the importance of the theme of anti-racism work - something we will continue to focus on here at College Hill throughout 2021 and beyond.

For more information, call Sue Haskins.

Here's the Zoom link:

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

April 2021
Featuring Kim Childs, Director of Music
Mike Gibson, Organist

EASTER SUNDAY                                     
APRIL 4 Now Let the Heavens Be Joyful –
S. Drummond Wolff
Rebecca Howard, soprano;
Michelle Brobston, mezzo-soprano
Terry Baxter, tenor; Bill Major, baritone
Garron Denney, trumpet

APRIL 11 I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light Kathleen Thomerson
Kim Childs, tenor

APRIL 18 Day of Arising Carl Schalk
Kim Childs, tenor

APRIL 25 My Shepherd Will Supply My Need Howard Helvey
Diane Bucchianeri, cello
Kim Childs, tenor


The Chancel Choir and BELLissimo Handbell Ringers are in hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic and will not rehearse until further notice.
College Hill
Seeks Volunteer Treasurer

Unfortunately for College Hill, Mike and Tanya Patterson have made the decision to return to Wichita to be closer to their families. Their smiling faces and outgoing personalities, together with their beautiful children Grayson and Lilly, will be greatly missed by our entire congregation.

As you know, for the past four years Mike has also done a magnificent job as our volunteer Treasurer which with their move causes us to find a replacement to volunteer for his duties.

Mike estimates that he spends an average of approximately 10 hours per month on these duties (this is after he converted our financial records into QuickBooks system). We have an accounting firm, Lohrey & Associates, that is available if any questions or problems should arise.

If any member has any financial or QuickBooks experience and would be interested in volunteering for this important task for College Hill, please contact the Church Office or a member of the Finance & Stewardship Ministry team. We can then provide you with a copy of Treasurer Duties as put together by Mike. Mike will also be available to answer any questions you might have.
1st Quarter Giving Statements
Sent Via Email

1st Quarter giving statements will be emailed shortly after March 31 to donors who have provided an address. The statements come from "College Hill Presbyterian Church <>" 
If you don't receive a statement, first check your email spam. Questions or updates to your email address should be directed to the Assistant Treasurer Gary Watts.
Tax Deductions for
Charitable Giving

Did you know you may be able to deduct up to $300 from your income taxes for cash donations made to charity during 2020, even if you do not itemize your deductions?

There is a little known special provision in the CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act) that allows for exactly that – cash donations of up to $300 made before December 31, 2020 to qualifying charities may be deductible when people file their taxes in 2021, even when they choose to take the standard deduction, rather than itemizing their deductions. 
Birthday Endowment Fund

A meaningful way to celebrate your Birthday in this new 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.
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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