The Messenger
Progressive Theology, Traditional Worship, Inclusive Congregation (PCUSA)
Affiliated with More Light Presbyterians and the Covenant Network of Presbyterians
April 2022
712 S. Columbia Ave.
Tulsa, OK 74104

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

Rev. Freeman is now working from home on Mondays.

Worship Schedule:
11:00 am Sundays
Worship services have resumed in the sanctuary.
Services are also live streamed.

Church Email:

Pastor Email:


YouTube Channel:
Word From the Pastor
Referring to the photo, I am so grateful and filled with joy that the children of the church made me a “Happy Anniversary” poster to celebrate my 14 years as your pastor. And, the beautiful card signed by the congregation (made by Susan West) that perfectly matches the stained glass window in my study!

Having the opportunity to continue to serve this community of faith is indeed both a blessing from God and a confirmation of my calling here, along with our mutual ministry together!

Speaking of 14 years, I’m up for another Sabbatical this year. Many of you will remember the one I took 7 years ago – a tour of ancient Celtic sites in Ireland and a week on the Isle of Iona, Scotland. This year, I wanted to do something completely different – tour and experience Ghana, Africa.

It will be an opportunity to experience what it’s like to be a minority, to learn about its history and impact of the slave trade, and to participate in its rich culture even amongst a great deal of poverty. I have a connection with a person in Kumasi who will serve as a tour guide and offer a place to stay. There is a Presbyterian Seminary that is a must on my list of places to visit. 

You will be hearing more about all this very soon. The Session has graciously given me 6 weeks off for this Sabbatical, which will include the entire month of August (and a couple weeks at the end of July, and the first week of September. 

On a different subject, it’s hard believe this will be the first time in THREE YEARS that we will be able to gather together in person as a community of faith for Holy Week and Easter! And it’s such a joy, and spiritual experience, to have the Chancel Choir singing again. Please note the dates and times of our special services on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday (both at 6:30 pm). Music on Easter Sunday will also include the BELLissimo Handbell Ensemble and a trumpeter.

A primary theme of Easter is living into hope, transformation, and new life/beginnings. That's often referred to as "practicing resurrection" or living as a “resurrection community, even as “Easter people”. This is both a gift and a challenge to be the people God has created and called us to be, and to do the ministry we are called to do, such as striving to bring hope, transformation, and new life into the world itself – to eradicate injustice, poverty, violence, and inequity.
Rev. Todd
Adult Church School Class
Sunday mornings at 9:00 am

"If God Is Love, Don't Be a Jerk: Finding Faith That Makes Us Better Humans"

by John Pavlovitz

We will continue our weekly study of this important book. One of 18 chapters will be discussed each Sunday. Each begins with a video introduction of that chapter by the author.

You can join at any time during the study because each chapter is self contained enough that you don't need the previous chapter to understand the next. SO.. PLEASE JOIN US. Look for the weekly email with the zoom link.

John Pavlovitz, author of A Bigger Table, was our Harold E. Hill Lecture Series in 2018.
EIS Fundraiser
Friday, April 8 – 6:30pm-8:00pm
The Gardens at LaFortune Park
The Emergency Infant Services (EIS) Junior Board is hosting a fun, free family event called Babypalooza! All of the fun activities are free, only the raffles cost money, for fundraising and a chance to win a number of cool items!
Please (click name to) contact Sofia with EIS for more information, if needed.

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

April 2022

The Chancel Choir of College Hill Presbyterian Church rehearses Wednesdays at 7:00 pm in the second story choral room (next to the church office) for singing, fellowship and fun!

BELLissimo Handbell Ensemble of College Hill Presbyterian Church rehearses Wednesdays at 6:15 pm in Fellowship Hall (1st floor).

If you would like to sing with the Chancel Choir, or are interested in joining our Handbell Choir, (permanent member or substitute),we are welcoming new members!

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


April 3 - What Wondrous Love- arr. David Edmonds
Chancel Choir

Palm Sunday
April 10 - Hosanna, Hosanna! - Mitchell Covington
Chancel Choir

Easter Sunday
April 17-Alleluia! Christ Is Risen!-Charles Kyriakos
Chancel Choir

April 24 - Come, You Faithful - John Ferguson
Chancel Choir
Celtic Circle Gathering
Tuesday, May 3

Celtic Circle will gather for the Festival of Bealtaine (Beltane) in May at an outdoor location. Our target date is May 3rd but may change depending on the weather.
Final coordination will be by email. (Click name to) contact Mark Miller if you are not on the email list but want to be included in the announcements.
Reading Partners
Volunteers Needed

Sign up to help students become proficient readers. Both in-person and virtual tutoring opportunities available!

Please click the button below to view additional information about this non-profit literacy program, including Tulsa schools map.

Birthday Endowment Fund

A meaningful way to ring in the New Year and celebrate your Birthday, 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.
1 - Jerry Abercrombie
 3 - Will Nole
 7 - Lee Collins        
 8 - Stefanie Olson   
 8 - Cara Wood
12 - Elizabeth Buchner
12 - Jana Stagner
13 - Gordon Edwards
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!
Saturday, April 9
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 outdoors.
Volunteers are much needed and appreciated – many hands make light work! Light snacks will be provided to keep us going throughout the morning. Contact Bill Major, Mark Miller or Gini Fox if you have any questions.
Holy Week/Easter Services

Palm Sunday • Maundy Thursday
Good Friday • Easter

Sunday, April 10 ~ 11 a.m.
Palm Sunday Service
One Great Hour of Sharing Offering

Thursday, April 14 ~ 6:30 p.m.
Maundy Thursday Service

Friday, April 15 ~ 6:30 p.m.
Good Friday Service

Sunday, April 17 ~ 11 a.m.
Easter Service of Worship
Easter Lily Orders
Due Sunday, April 10
If you are interested in purchasing an Easter Lily ($11/plant) to help decorate the church during Easter, order forms can be downloaded (below), and are also available 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 10. 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.
Sunday, April 10
Palm Sunday
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.

Donations collected throughout the country will be split between:
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance
Presbyterian Hunger Program
Self-Development of People
Next Step in our Help for
Afghan Neighbors:

The vast majority of our Afghan neighbors have arrived in Tulsa (nearly 750 of our 800). College Hill has donated a Narthex and van full of food, clothes and supplies to help. 

Now though, our neighbors need core volunteer “wrap-around” groups to help them orient to Tulsa and through whom to report needs as they come up. Pursuant to Session approval,
Outreach & Mission invites you to participate in a College Hill “wrap-around” group to support an Afghan family in a number of ways that range from minimal time commitment to nearly a part time job. 

Our service might not be needed for months, or it could be needed in days. Having a “wrap-around” group ready to deploy will let us meet the call when it comes. 

Click here to learn more about “wrap-around” group roles. 

After that, click on this link to sign up to join a group.    

If you want to know more about this initiative, please (click name to) reach out to:
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) Emergency Response to Ukraine War:

To support emergency relief for those fleeing Ukraine, you may designate monetary gifts via text, online, or by phone:

You may also pick up a flyer on the table in the Narthex, that provides all the details.
College Hill has again been certified as an Earth Care Congregation. “This is our second year of certification and we are one of three Presbyterian churches in the state to be certified,” according to our Green Team Chair Mark Miller. His team includes Jan Swafford, Susan West and Caroline Johnson.
Miller also notes that the building and grounds committee has started replacing fluorescent lights with LEDS, twice as efficient, and ten times more efficient than incandescent lamps.

Keep up the green work!  
Return to Phase III
The Session has approved the recommendation of the Re-Union Ministry Team to return to Phase III of our Covid-19 protocols. Masks are no longer required, but those that choose to continue wearing one are encouraged to do so.

We have returned to full congregational singing, as well as the Chancel Choir. Coffee service and snacks in the Fellowship Hall is also allowed again.
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 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.
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