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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  

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.

Word From the Pastor
What significance does the birth, life and ministry of Jesus of Nazareth have for you and your life?

That is the question posed to each of us during this season of Advent as we prepare for Christmas. Delwin Brown, author of What Does a Progressive Christian Believe? , describes it this way:

God is somehow incarnate in the entire creation – the ordinary and extraordinary, the broken and the whole, the known and the unknown, the familiar and the mysterious world in all its dimensions... In the birth of Jesus we see the gentleness and vulnerability of the divine. We believe that God works through ordinariness, not shock and awe, that caring for the divine work of redemption is everywhere placed in our small human hands… In the actions of Jesus we see the primacy of God’s commitment to the neglected ones… In the compassion of Jesus for the least ones we become aware of God’s love for all of the creation… In Jesus Christ we believe we see intimations of a God who is incarnate – a God who is with us fully, and fully, too, with all creation.”

Mary Earle, in her book, A Celtic Christmas: Celebrating the Sacred In All Creation , writes the following:

“The wonder of the Incarnation is that in Jesus we are told that God and humanity are meant for each other… Incarnation is about God choosing to be one of us, so that we might become communities of compassion, mercy, courage, justice, care, God’s embodied presence here and now.”

As I do every year at this time, I encourage you to take the light of Christ that dwells among and within you and reflect that light upon others as well as throughout your surroundings this season. In these changing and uncertain times, I pray for you, this congregation, our country, and the entire world that this will be a time of real and tangible hope, peace, joy and love!  

Rev. Todd Freeman

New Member
Gretchen Hrachovec
In Memoriam

Jonnie Bankhead

May 25, 1930 ~ November 24, 2017
Church Office Holiday Schedule

The church office will be closed beginning Monday, 12/25 through Monday, 1/1/18.
Thursday, December 21
A special service of worship
7:00 pm at College Hill
Join with people from across Tulsa here at College Hill (6 progressive churches are involved) to remember that while the season is often joyous, it can be difficult and sad as well. Grief and depression show up in surprising ways, especially around special seasons.

Meaningful music, honest prayers and scriptural wisdom will combine to create space for all we are carrying these days. 

A family friendly service. (Kids have sorrow, too). Nursery care will be provided for those would like that option.
Book Study Group
We gathered at the home of Pat Lucy on November 28 for a lively discussion.
Joy, Nancy & Rebecca ~
3 lovely smiles from 3 lovely ladies
Mark & Gay Miller visiting their daughter
recently in Northern California Beach
Commitment Sunday /
Holiday Luncheon

Thank you to the Rev. Gordon Edwards for leading an exploration of the Gospel of Mark throughout November!
Rev. Gordon Edwards
College Hill
Recycling Bins

Recycling is an expression of stewardship of the wonderful planet that we enjoy as our home. 

Our recycling center is located in the cabinets outside the Fellowship Hall. We recycle paper, cans, compact fluorescent lamps, batteries, and printer cartridges. 

We also collect plastic and paper shopping bags for reuse by organizations such as Emergency Infant Services and Iron Gate. (Please, no produce bags or newspaper bags, as we no longer have an outlet for recycling them.)
Flower Chart

M embers are encouraged to  bring flowers to decorate the sanctuary for worship services. Please sign up on the Flower Chart, which is posted on the bulletin board in Fellowship Hall.

Your dedication will be announced in that Sunday's Worship Bulletin.

Flowers can be purchased from any store or bought from your own yard or garden. Please bring them in two containers the morning of the service for which you have signed up. 
Visit our Facebook page for
more photos!
  3 - Isabelle Thomason
6 - Peter Campbell
 9 - Sue Haskins
 9 - Emily Oldham 
10 - Ryan Hovenga  
13 - Jana Rhoads
15 - Megan Buchner
15 - Marci Platt
15 - Alice Stanford
15 - Caroline Johnson
17 - Kado Bissell
18 - Ronda Robertson
19 - Tally Ferguson
20 - Roberta Smith
24 - Wyneth Roulet
25 - JoAnn Smith
28 - Charles Stanford
29 - Kathy Evanson
30 - Lisa Hays

Remember the 
Birthday Endowment Fund!
Sunday, 12/3 ~ 1st Sunday of Advent

Sunday, 12/3 ~ 1st Sunday Food Collection - KWI Food Pantry

Sunday, 12/3 after worship ~ Book Club

Thursday, 12/14 at noon ~ Luncheon Club

Thursday, 12/21 at 7:00 ~ Blue Christmas Service at College Hill

Sunday, 12/24 at 11:00 am ~ 4th Sunday Advent Service

Sunday, 12/24 at 11:00 pm ~ Christmas Eve Service

Week of 12/25 ~ Church Office Closed
Sunday, December 24th

11:00 am
4th Sunday of Advent Service

11:00 pm
Traditional Candlelight Service
of Lessons & Carols,
with the Chancel Choir
Christmas Eve Offering
to Benefit EIS

College Hill’s Christmas Eve special offering will benefit Emergency Infant Services of Tulsa. EIS is a non-profit organization meeting the basic human needs of infants and children ages 5 and under. Your financial support will help EIS continue to assist over 18,000 infants and toddlers each year, whose families are experiencing financial struggles or other critical situations.

Donate at either our morning or evening service on Christmas Eve , Sunday, December 24th.
Poinsettia Orders

If you are interested in purchasing a poinsettia to help decorate the church during Advent and Epiphany, please complete an order form by clicking on the link below , or you can obtain a form located on the information table in the Narthex, and turn in to the church office.

Donors’ names and the names of ones being honored , are listed in the bulletin for the Christmas Eve service of worship . Order forms are due Wednesday, December 20th . If you have any questions, please contact Nancy Vanderburg at 918-949-3779.
Alternative Christmas Gifts

Looking for that perfect Christmas gift for the person who already has EVERYTHING? Look no more - College Hill’s Outreach and Mission Team has the solution for you!

Make a contribution on behalf of your friend or family member to one (or more) of four worthy causes: Night Light Tulsa (ministering to Tulsa’s homeless population), Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma Backpack Program (providing food to needy children who are food insecure over the weekend), Marion Medical Mission  (providing the extreme poor of Africa with sustainable sources of safe, clean drinking water), and Solar Under the Sun (illuminating communities in third world countries using solar energy).

Donate to these organizations in any amount you choose . For each donation, you can select a decorative card to send to your friend or family member.  Stop by the Fair Trade table in  Fellowship Hall before and after Sunday worship any Sunday during Advent ( December 3 - December 24 ) to donate and pick up your cards.  

Thank you for supporting mission efforts at home and around the world!
Equal Exchange Items Make the Perfect Christmas Gifts!

The Fair Trade Store will be open every Sunday during Advent! Stop by our table in Fellowship Hall to pick up Equal Exchange coffee and chocolate for that special someone , and support fair trade, small farms around the world, and College Hill mission projects at the same time.

Members and friends of College Hill ~ the following is a snapshot of the church’s income and expenditures as of October 31 st :
Pledged Income
& Loose Offering      Budgeted   Under Budget    
$253,922           $269,314          $15,392
Total Expenses    Budgeted        Under Budget
$248,094            $265,833           $17,739
Due to thoughtful stewardship of your pledges and offerings, we have an excess in income of $2,347 .

Year-end is quickly approaching, so we encourage you to get your 2017 pledges up to date, if you have not done so.
Also, please don’t forget to turn in your pledge cards for 2018 . Pledge cards and copies of the 2018 budget are available on the Narthex table, and by clicking the links below .
Thank you so much for giving the Finance and Stewardship ministry team the honor of serving this wonderful congregation this year.
Johnna Thurston,
Finance & Stewardship Ministry Team Moderator
The Mighty
College Hill Youth Players
this Sunday, December 3 at 9:40 a.m.

The Mighty College Hill Youth Players will present “The Twelve Stages of Luther” on Sunday, December 3 at 9:40 a.m.
Our youth class has been studying the life of Martin Luther and have prepared a "progressive" play that will begin in Fellowship Hall no later than 9:40 a.m. on December 3 for the enjoyment of College Hill adults. The play will be presented at twelve separate locations within the church so bring your walking shoes. 
Special Ornaments
for Tree Trimming
Beginning this Sunday, December 3
1st Sunday of Advent

Please bring an ornament to church with you, that is meaningful to your family , to place on our church Christmas tree this year. We will label it with your name, so it can be returned to you after the holidays.
Be sure to enclose a note with your ornament, sharing a little background history, such as when and where you received it, and what makes it so meaningful for you and your family – to help us learn more about our church family. Please (click name to) contact
Pat Valencia with any questions.
Luncheon Club
Thursday, December 14 at noon
Fellowship Hall

Ring in the holiday spirit at Luncheon Club with the Tiger Choir from Kendall-Whittier Elementar y school! Mark your calendar for Thursday, December 14 th - ONE WEEK earlier than our usual date. We will eat at noon in Fellowship Hall with the students and then they will perform. Ham from Perry’s plus some kid friendly chicken drumsticks will be served. Since we will have about 15 guests please bring some EXTRA portions in your side dish.

In January we will return to our schedule of meeting on the 3 rd Thursday of the month. On January 18 th we will meet at a restaurant to visit. We want to thank our faithful volunteers who call and remind us every month - Margaret Duncan, Julia Allande, Jim Brown, Charlotte Slemp and Sue Haskins.

If you are interested in more information, please (click name to) contact Gretchen Hannefield or Gay Miller .

Featuring the Chancel Choir
with Mike Gibson , organist
& BELLissimo ~ Handbell Ensemble

December 3 *      
Choral Anthem     
E'en So, Lord Quickly Come – by Paul O. Manz

December 10           
Choral Mini-Work      
To Us a Child is Born - by Johann Kuhnau

December 17 *              
BELLissimo - Introit        
Bells That Jingle arr. Fred A. Merrett
Choral Anthem
I Shall Know Him When He Comes - by Douglas Wagner
BELLissimo - Offertory
Ding Dong Merrily On High - arr. Linda R. Lamb

December 24              
Choral Anthem                            
Alleluia by Johann Kuhnau

December 24
Away In a Manger - arr. Water L. Pelz
Chesterton's Carol - by Brian W. Holmes
The Jesus Gift - by Gilbert M. Martin

December 31
Mark Watson, horn ~ TBA

The Soulful Singers
with Trinna Burrows, Director
* The Soulful Singers will perform during the 12/3 and 12/17 worship services.

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The Chancel Choir of College Hill Presbyterian Church rehearses Wednesdays at 6:40 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 this Fall, we are welcoming new members. Please contact the Director of Music.


BELLissimo Handbell Ensemble of College Hill Presbyterian Church rehearses Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. in the second story choral room. If you are interested in playing in this fun ensemble (permanent member or substitute) this Fall, please contact the Director of Music for more information.

(Click name) to contact our Director of Music

Dr. Kim J. Childs, Director of Music
Mike Gibson, Organist
Something for the Spirit
Surviving the Holidays

Here are four simple, but remarkably helpful suggestions that can aid you prepare for Christmas. Each can reflect the guiding presence of God. If followed, they can help you focus on the true meaning of this season. They are:

1.     Do less.
2.     Breathe more.
3.     Adjust your expectations.
4.     Focus on people, not stuff.
Sunday, December 3
after worship

Before We Were Yours: A Novel  
by Lisa Wingate

Based on a notorious true-life scandal in our American history, Lisa Wingate’s  Before We Were Yours: A Novel , was included in many reviewers’ “best of the year” lists for 2017.   People Magazine described it as a story “of a family lost and found… a poignant, engrossing tale about sibling love and the toll of secrets.” You’re invited to help us close out 2017 College Hill Book Club by sharing in discussion on this compelling book!

This book 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. 15 th St. , just west of Utica, on the south side of  15 th St. ) immediately following worship service, about  12:15 pm .
KWE Volunteer Opportunities

You can help a child improve reading and comprehension skills . Outreach & Mission Ministry Team invites you to be a volunteer listener in the Reading Counts program with our adopted 3rd graders at Kendall-Whittier Elementary .

Reading Counts is an incentive-based program where children read books that interest them, then take a short online quiz. Your commitment can be based on whatever time you have available. All volunteers must complete a background check. The following KWE teachers would be excited to have you in their classrooms !

Matthews - 1:45 pm - 2:20 pm
Smith - Anytime during the school day
Morse - Anytime during the school day
Price - 8:00 am - 10:00 am

KWE also needs volunteer sponsors to accompany students on field trips throughout the school year. If you are interested in either of these opportunities, please contact the school office at 918-833-9900 and ask for Beth or Sylvia.

1st Sunday
Food Collection
Kendall Whittier, Inc. (KWI)
This Sunday, December 3

Donations 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 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!
2017 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, and placed in the basket on the Narthex information table.
Have a blessed Advent and Christmas Season!
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