712 S. Columbia Ave.
Tulsa, OK 74104
Church Office Hours:
Mon - Th, 9 am - 3 pm
Closed on Fridays
9:30 am - Church School - all ages
10:30 am - Fellowship
11:00 am - Worship in English
11:00 am - Worship in Spanish
Join us for coffee, juice, cookies and
conversation in Fellowship Hall before
Church School and Worship.
One of the key factors that draws folks to College Hill is our non-traditionalist and non-dogmatic approach to issues of faith and life. Our prevailing theological perspective is best described by the term, progressive Christianity.
What is progressive Christianity?
As is fitting of progressive Christianity itself, there is no one definition. However, there are some basic characteristics. As expressed in our
(you can find it on the Information Table in the narthex, or our church website under “Who We Are”):
Willingness to question tradition, including orthodox understandings of church doctrine and biblical interpretation
Respect of intellectual integrity, including the use of the latest in biblical and scientific knowledge and understanding
Acceptance and affirmation of human diversity – a ministry of hospitality and inclusiveness
Strong emphasis on ministries to promote social justice, peace, and care of the environment and all of God’s good creation
Centrality of the commandment to “love one another” – a ministry of compassion
Outreach to those for whom organized religion has proved ineffectual, irrelevant, or repressive
A life of faith is approached as a journey, not a destination
Peter Enns, in his book,
The Sin of Certainty: Why God Desires Our Trust More Than Our “Correct” Beliefs
"When did being “right” with God come to mean believing the right things
God—believing the right doctrines, reading the Bible the right way, holding the right views?
For many Christians, this idea is at the very center of their religious lives. And that’s a problem. Because this focus on being correct can actually distract us from faith and from God. What happens when the security of “knowing what you believe” gets disrupted—as it does sooner or later? What if once-settled questions—like “What is God really like?”—suddenly become unsettled?"
Along these line, in September, the
Adult Church School
class will revisit the DVD curriculum:
An Introduction to
by Living the Questions. This will be new information to some, and a good refresher for others. It’s hard to believe, but it has been 10 years since we last looked at this informative and transformational material.
On a personal note, Phillips Theological Seminary has asked me to teach a
class this fall semester. I did so back in 2017 and 2010. Classes begin on August 26, so I’d appreciate your prayers. I plan to take a week of study leave the week before classes begin, So, I will be out from Monday, August 19 – Sunday, August 25.
Gini Fox leading Acolyte training
Pictured (left to right) -
Lilly Patterson, Grayson Patterson, Theo Decter Wright, Kado Bissell (Alicia Odum's grandson)
, Libby Decter Wright
Our leader/facilitator: Mark Miller
For three week in July, we held an
Adult Church School class on the many issues involved in
Foster Care. Led by experts
Clay and Bryan Finck-Ward, and their adopted daughter,
College Hill hosts the Planning & Leadership Teams of the
Synod Youth Workshop before and during their yearly gathering of 200 Presbyterian youth at the University of Tulsa.
We also store the equipment used by their recreational team in our attic during the year.
During their Service Project Day the leadership team came to College Hill to do some work inside and outside the church. Thank you!!
Save the Date!
All Church Fall Retreat at
campfires, s'mores, hot beverages
More details will be provided soon.
safely and responsibly dispose of unneeded
Neighbor for Neighbor
(505 E 36th St, N,, Tulsa)
accepts these items through their drop-off program, and handles everything for you
at no cost
From housing and food distribution assistance, to life skills training, flood disaster support, and everything in between - this tr
continues to help make a difference in our community and in the lives of our neighbors in need, for over 50 years!
for more information
about their drop-off program, as well as ways you may be able to support this worthwhile charity. You can also call them at
If you would like to
to decorate the sanctuary for an upcoming worship service, please
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.
Penny Fund Donations Welcome
Thank you for your donations to the Penny Fund! You are always welcome to
), in the
This money goes toward funding many College Hill needs and events we enjoy throughout the year!
Visit our Facebook page for
1 - Esteban Valencia
1 - Laura Stanford
2 - Pat Valencia
2 - Elizabeth West
6 - Meagen Burrows
6 - Cooper Thomason
7 - Patrick Fox
8 - Michelle Brobston
9 - Rachel Fuller
10 - Kristy Wyatt
13 - Katy Walker
13 - Norman Gainey
14 - Jim Brady
15 - Judith Nole
16 - Tim Gillean
23 - Adrienne Coleman
24 - Haley Brobston
25 - Susan West
26 - Mark Bergner
26 - Celia Ketcham
26 - Dana Livingston
27 - Betty Coleman
30 - Bruce Ketcham, Jr.
Birthday Endowment Fund!
Potluck Luncheon &
DF7O8 Sign Ups
Sunday, August 4
Sunday, August 4 after worship
Fellowship Ministry Team
is hosting a
"Meal Mix Up" Potluck Luncheon
in Fellowship Hall to launch the Dinners for 7 or 8 (DF7O8).
Please bring a dish to share
Dinners for 7 or 8
(DF7O8) is a great way to connect and get involved in the life of the church. Dinners can be held in the home or at a restaurant and you have the option to sign up as a
- or both! If you know of new members that might be interested encourage them to
to download the
which can be turned in to Clay, or the church office. Hard copies of the sign up form are available on the information table in the Narthex.
In the next couple of weeks,
will be donating Alice’s clothing and
(size 7.5), to a charitable organization. If, prior to that time, a member or friend of College Hill would be interested in viewing any of her wardrobe, please contact Charles at 918-760-4093, to set up a time to do so.
Many thanks to all the
College Hill folks who helped with last month's
Kendall-Whittier July 4th parade and festivities! It was a good day - the crowd was smaller this year, but everyone seemed to have a great time.
Many thanks to
Bill Nole - they helped pick up the food, ice, and other things needed from the church.
Barb, with some help from
Susan West, made some of her
delicious cookies, cutely decorated for the 4th.
Jennifer Campbell were a big help, and
Kye May handled the games, plus several others were there to help out. College Hill's
Outreach & Mission Ministry team also donated $100 to help with costs.
I have been involved with the Kendall-Whittier neighborhood from the beginning, which was many years ago.This is my last year to help, although I really didn't have to do much of anything, since we had so many good people help take over.
My thanks to you all,
COLLEGE HILL PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH DEPARTMENT OF MUSIC
Dr. Kim J. Childs, Director of Music
Mike Gibson, Organist
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The Gift of Love
~ Hal Hopson
Make a Joyful Noise
Praise the Lord! Ye Heavens, Adore Him
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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!
We are now in recess until Wednesday, August 7.
If you would like to sing with the Chancel Choir this fall, we are welcoming new members.
Please contact the Director of Music.
BELLissimo Handbell Ensemble
of College Hill Presbyterian Church rehearses Wednesdays at 5:45 p.m. in the second story choral room.
Rehearsals resume Wednesday, August 7
, and if you are interested in playing in this fun ensemble (permanent member or substitute) this fall, please contact Director of Music for more information.
Please (click name to) contact our
Director of Music,
Next Year in Havana
by Chanel Cleeton
as “a sweeping love story and tale of courage and familial and patriotic legacy that spans generations,” our next Book Club selection is
Next Year in Havana
by Chanel Cleeton. About the novel,
says it “reminds us that while love is complicated and occasionally heartbreaking, it’s always worth the risk.”
Next Year in Havana
by Chanel Cleeton, is available at book 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 the worship service.
(about 12:15 pm)
(click name to)
for more information, and/or if you are interested in joining this group.
In honor and memory of
Jim Brown, a Hawaiian shirt aficionado, you are encouraged to wear one to church on this first Sunday in September.
Outreach & Mission Ministry team sends a big
THANK YOU to College Hill for supporting our most recent
5th Sunday Offering, benefiting
Kendall-Whittier Elementary Schools.
Donations made by the congregation totaled
$687! O&M will combine this with budgeted funds and present a check for $600 to each school.
Community Service Coordinators at Sequoyah and KWE will use this gift to help students with school uniforms.
Thank you for your continued support of
mission projects in our community!
Luncheon Club will be
on Summer break
in August, but will return next month! Details will be announced soon.
Monday, August 12
Not to be confused with the College Hill Book Club, we have another small group called the Book Study Group.
Christianity After Religion:
The End of Church and the Birth of a New Spiritual Awakening
by Diana Butler Bass
This groundbreaking and scholarly book is by
Diana Butler Bass
who is the speaker at our
Harold Hill Lecture Series
this Saturday, October 5.
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) Please (
click name to)
if you are interested in joining, and/or learning more about this group.
The following letter was received after a request was made through Stefanie Olson
for a project for students/alumni at
The Little Lighthouse.
Good evening. My name is Lynda Crouch and I'm a close friend/co-worker of
who is a member of your congregation. Stefanie was so helpful in connecting me with your church for a need that I had in order to help a family that I serve.
is a young lady who is deaf/blind and an alumni of the
Little Light House
She was in need of
to help her in learning work skills and volunteer opportunities. Her grandmother, Teri, and I scheduled for Brooklyn to bring the
folded church brochures
she has completed so far, to the church last week. Brooklyn uses a folding jig, which allows her to participate in folding the brochures at her home. With Teri's permission, I've included these pictures within this email. Brooklyn is improving each time that she completes them with less cues/prompts from me.
We are so blessed by this experience! We are also so grateful that your church understands the importance of inclusion and allowing EVERY person the opportunity to demonstrate God's love through service.
Brooklyn is an incredible young lady and her grandparents are incredible advocates for her to experience and participate in all that she can.
Thank you again for allowing Brooklyn an opportunity to serve your church and its members. We have some brochures left and we will bring them by when they are done!
In Christ's love,
1st Sunday Food Collection
KWI Food Pantry
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
Birthday Endowment Fund
A meaningful way to
this year is to
an amount equal to your new
This donation is also a wonderful way to
such as children, grandchildren and friends and allows the
for special projects.
Checks can be made payable to College Hill and marked "Birthday Fund" on the memo portion of the check.
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.