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.
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
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 /
ADULT CHURCH SCHOOL
Thank you to the Rev. Gordon Edwards for leading an exploration of the Gospel of Mark throughout November!
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.)
embers are encouraged to
to decorate the sanctuary for worship services. Please
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
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
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 ~
Thursday, 12/14 at noon ~
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
Christmas Eve Service
Week of 12/25 ~
Church Office Closed
Sunday, December 24th
4th Sunday of Advent Service
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
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.
at either our
morning or evening service
on Christmas Eve
, Sunday, December 24th.
If you are interested in
to help decorate the church during Advent
clicking on the
, 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
of ones being
, are listed in the
Christmas Eve service of worship
. Order forms are
Wednesday, December 20th
. If you have any questions, please contact
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!
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).
to these organizations in
any amount you choose
. For each donation, you can select a
to send to your friend or family member.
Fair Trade table
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!
Fair Trade Store
open every Sunday
Stop by our table in Fellowship Hall to pick up Equal Exchange coffee and chocolate for that
, 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
& Loose Offering
$253,922 $269,314 $15,392
Total Expenses Budgeted Under Budget
$248,094 $265,833 $17,739
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
Pledge cards and copies of the 2018 budget are available on the Narthex table, and by clicking the
Thank you so much for giving the Finance and Stewardship ministry team the honor of serving this wonderful congregation this year.
Finance & Stewardship Ministry Team Moderator
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.
for Tree Trimming
Beginning this Sunday, December 3
1st Sunday of Advent
to church with you, that is
, 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
Ring in the holiday spirit at Luncheon Club with the
y school! Mark your calendar for
Thursday, December 14
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
portions in your side dish.
In January we will return to our schedule of meeting on the 3
Thursday of the month. On January 18
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.
SUNDAY MORNING MUSIC OFFERINGS –
Month of December
~ Handbell Ensemble
E'en So, Lord Quickly Come –
by Paul O. Manz
To Us a Child is Born
by Johann Kuhnau
BELLissimo - Introit
Bells That Jingle
arr. Fred A. Merrett
I Shall Know Him When He Comes
- by Douglas Wagner
BELLissimo - Offertory
Ding Dong Merrily On High
- arr. Linda R. Lamb
4th SUNDAY ADVENT SERVICE -
by Johann Kuhnau
CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE
- (11 p.m.)
Away In a Manger
- arr. Water L. Pelz
- by Brian W. Holmes
The Jesus Gift
- by Gilbert M. Martin
NEW YEAR'S EVE SUNDAY MORNING SERVICE
horn ~ TBA
The Soulful Singers
The Soulful Singers will perform during the 12/3 and 12/17 worship services.
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
Please contact the Director of Music.
BELLISSIMO HANDBELL ENSEMBLE
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
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.
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.
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
1624 E. 15
, just west of Utica, on the south side of
) immediately following worship service, about
KWE Volunteer Opportunities
Outreach & Mission Ministry Team
invites you to be a
Reading Counts program
with our adopted
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
would be excited to have you in their
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
throughout the school year. If you are interested in either of these opportunities, please
the school office at 918-833-9900 and ask for Beth or Sylvia.
Kendall Whittier, Inc. (KWI)
This Sunday, December 3
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
an amount equal to your new
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.