The Messenger
Progressive Theology, Traditional Worship, Inclusive Congregation (PCUSA)
Affiliated with More Light Presbyterians and the Covenant Network of Presbyterians
August 2020
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:

In order for us to maintain good financial health and stewardship, please mail in or drop by your pledge to the church. Thank you!
If needed:
Please click the Give Now button below to remit your
CHPC pledges/contributions.
The Session will meet on August 11 to re-assess when we (upon the recommendation of our Re-union ministry team) feel it is safe to return to in-person church activities. As it stands now, it's looking like that won't happen soon because cases of Covid-19 are still on the rise here in Tulsa.
Word From the Pastor
Before writing this article, I took a look at past August eNewsletters to see what was going on here at the church during this time in years past.

It revealed how much we have missed during this time of physical distancing.

In the photo section alone: the Kendall-Whittier 4th of July Parade, Vacation Church School, Pool Party, Celtic Circle gathering, Synod Youth Workshop mission project staging area, summer worship soloists, children and youth acolytes, Time With the Children, Church School, etc.

I am grateful for all of the efforts being made to stay connected as best as possible during these strange and disorienting times. If you are in need of more connection, please reach out to me or someone else in the congregation!

While we are all struggling in both similar and different ways during this pandemic, I am especially aware of the additional joy/burden of families with children at home. And now that the school year is to begin soon, there is additional stress and concerns. Know that you are in many prayers!

FYI: Lisa Hays, our Office Manager, will be off the first week in August. I will be at the church office Monday through Thursday.

Also: On Sunday, August 2 will be having virtual Communion, so you may want to prepare a special table at home to celebrate this Sacrament that reminds us that we are all part of God's family, even when separated.

Special blessings to you,
Rev. Todd
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College Hill's remarkable organist, Mike Gibson, during a video session for virtual worship.
July Day Center Meal

Brava, Barbara!
Barbara Nole baked, decorated and packaged summer-themed cookies for July’s Day Center meal.

The cookies passed security checks (see photo) and complemented Coney Islander coneys and fresh oranges, thanks to the Stambaughs , Thurstons, Johnsons, Millers, Brad Burnham, Cathy Elliot and Gretchen Hrachovec.

for the
“God works with the world as it is in order to bring it to where it can be. Prayer changes the way the world is, and therefore changes what the world can be. Prayer opens the world to its own transformation.”
- Marjorie Hewitt Suchocki
from 'In God's Presence'
Please look for our weekly email with a link to the
Zoom Church School
Visit our Facebook page for
more photos!

1 - Esteban Valencia       
 1 - Laura Stanford
 2 - Pat Valencia            
 2 - Elizabeth West
 2 - Ann LaMar            
 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
16 - Cathy Elliott
23 - Adrienne Coleman
23 - Lori Clark
24 - Haley Brobston
25 - Susan West
26 - Mark Bergner
26 - Celia Ketcham
26 - Dana Livingston
27 - Betty Coleman
30 - Bruce Ketcham, Jr.
30 - Julie Buckley

Remember the 
Birthday Endowment Fund!
A Green Team has been launched to help College Hill lessen its impact on the planet, as well as setting an example of environmental stewardship in the community.
"We are exploring ways to have a positive impact and be a restorative force in creation,” says Team Leader Mark Miller.
The 4 R's:
One of the guiding principles of environmental stewardship is Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle .
  • Refuse items that are unnecessary items such plastic shopping bags when possible. 
  • Reduce, take only what is needed
  • Reuse what you can. If you can’t reuse it, try to find someone who can.
  • Recycle things that are no longer usable.
Future eNewsletter articles will feature ideas and opportunities to practice The 4 R's.
To become part of the Green Team , please (click name to) contact Mark , Rev. Freeman , Caroline Johnson , Jan Swafford or Susan West
Gardener Extraordinaire, Fred Schone , recently sent us these photos of his yard, along with this sentiment:

"May we never grow too old or sophisticated
to not be wowed by nature."
We welcome any photos of your garden, or anything else you would like to share, to be featured in upcoming editions of the eNewsletter! Please email them to the church at
Church members as Notaries

Recently, church members Gay Miller, Gretchen Hrachovec, Sue Haskins, Gary Watts and Emily Gamel became official notaries and Jan Swafford also has applied.

We did this so we can help others cast absentee ballots for upcoming elections, like the previous one held June 30, to vote on Medicaid expansion for our state. If you plan to vote absentee and would like one of us to notarize your ballot, please let us know in advance!

If you haven't yet requested an absentee ballot, the best way to do so is through the OK Voter Portal . It is easy to navigate and fast to fill out. If you cannot get the portal to work and would like us to mail either an absentee ballot request form or voter registration form to you, please let one of us know right away.

Some important notes: as notaries, we are unable (by law) to provide further assistance than that. We cannot help you fill out the form or mail it in for you. We cannot help you fill out your absentee ballot itself. We are also limited to only notarizing 20 absentee ballots per election.
Please click one of the names below
to send an email:


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

Sadly, since we are having to worship virtually for now, there are no Chancel Choir nor BELLissimo rehearsals.

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 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