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

Please, if you have not done so, return your 2021 Stewardship pledge card to the church office so that we can complete our stewardship campaign.

Thank you!

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The Session will meet again in January to re-assess when (upon the recommendation of our Re-union ministry team) we feel it is safe to return to in-person church activities.
Word From the Pastor
After a Thanksgiving holiday like no other (at least for most of us) all of us will be experiencing a season of Advent and Christmas like no other.

Hard to believe it has been nine months since we last were able to worship together in the sanctuary.

Thankfully, technology has helped us stay connected (as much as it can) by being able to provide virtual videoed services of worship, as well as zoom gatherings in which we can at least see each other on screen.

I encourage you to go to our YouTube channel (College Hill Presbyterian Church Tulsa) to watch our services because we are using a special resource as a guide during Advent - Maya Angelou and the Freedom Poetry of Advent.

But what about Christmas Eve?!? Well, we're still working on that. The plan at the moment is to video a service particularly filled with music. We are also exploring the possibility of having a "Drive-In" parking lot gathering (like around 6 pm) and if nothing else sing Silent Night!

Let us remember that this joyous season is not necessarily so for many. So please reach out to those who might need some support and comfort.

May hope, peace, joy, and love fill your month of December!

Rev. Todd 
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for our children and youth

The Christian Education ministry team, creatively led by Susan West, put together three different age-appropriate boxes/bags. They were delivered to each child/youth on the First Sunday of Advent, November 29.

Pictured (with parents' permission) is Chloe Gammie enjoying some of the many things that came with her Advent In-A-Box.
This year, our curriculum for the younger children is a “Joyful Path” created by the Progressive Christianity folks. Each week, a lesson will be posted to the College Hill Family Fellowship Facebook page. The lessons will also be emailed to the families with kids in the appropriate age group via Constant Contact. The lessons include a Bible story, reflections, and activities for the children. We hope to include a video with Ms. Trinna reaching out with music.
The older children and teens will be exploring “Children of the Earth – A Guide to Spiritual Activism”. They received their booklets in their gift bag on Rally Day. Kye May will be leading the youth via group messaging. The kids are divided into age groups for the group conversations. Each family has received an invitation to join the Slack site (Slack is a new kind of message board). For more info, contact Kye.
Susan West
Christian Education Ministry Team Moderator
Spiritual Corner
Three Ways to Create Sacred Moments this Advent:

In chaotic times, focus on routine, ritual, and simplicity
by Traci Smith

  1. Add meaning to your existing routines.
  2. Create rituals that remind you God is near.
  3. Simplify your best-loved traditions.

To read this meaningful article for deeper explanation:

December Birthdays
3 - Isabelle Thomason
 6 - Peter Campbell
 9 - Sue Haskins
 9 - Emily Oldham      
10 - Ryan Hovenga
13 - Jana Rhoads                        
15 - Megan Buchner     
15 - Caroline Johnson
17 - Kado Bissell
18 - Ronda Robertson
19 - Tally Ferguson
20 - Roberta Smith
24 - Wyneth Roulet         
28 - Charles Stanford
29 - Kathy Evanson
30 - Lisa Hays
  Remember the 
Birthday Endowment Fund!
Re-Union Ministry Team

The Re-Union Ministry Team met prior to the Session meeting earlier this month. Our community and nation have entered a third and significant surge in COVID-19 cases with uncontrolled outbreak. Our primary COVID-19 metrics of the 14-day trend in new COVID-19 cases and the 14-day average number of new cases per 100,000 population are rising beyond previously seen levels. Hospitalization and death rates are elevated and healthcare systems are stressed.

As a result, the team recommended keeping College Hill closed to in-person activities for now. While hope is building for a vaccine-induced herd immunity, it will not occur until mid-2021 at the earliest. In the meantime, continued vigilance in measures that limit community spread, including restrictions on indoor gatherings, mask utilization, social distancing and hand-washing, remains vitally important.

Below is a link to the Tulsa County COVID-19 website, which includes a zip code map and much of the data we monitor when determining our recommendation to Session each month. We will meet again in early December and will keep the congregation posted as circumstances change and plans develop.
Tax Deductions for
Charitable Giving

Did you know you may be able to deduct up to $300 from your income taxes for cash donations made to charity during 2020, even if you do not itemize your deductions?

There is a little known special provision in the CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act) that allows for exactly that – cash donations of up to $300 made before December 31, 2020 to qualifying charities may be deductible when people file their taxes in 2021, even when they choose to take the standard deduction, rather than itemizing their deductions.
Click here for the link to the IRS
website with more info.
Being an Earth Care congregation is much more than hugging trees and recycling paper!

Following is a quick look at some things we’ve already accomplished for the certification process.

As we have seen this fall, Earth Care can mean:

  • Painting a Black Lives Matter mural on our parking lot.

  • Gathering for outdoor worship on a sunny October Sunday.

  • Continuing clean-up in Chandler Park, thanks to regular youth group outings.

  • Installing new and converting existing fixtures so the church has all LED lighting.

  • Contributing reusable packaging for Iron Gate and Southminster outreach.

  • Starting in our own backyards with ideas from Bein’ Green column and Recycling Lives, both in the monthly newsletter.

College Hill’s Earth Care certification will be submitted to PCUSA Mission Agency by Feb.15 and with response expected in late spring, according to Green Team chair Mark Miller.

In the meantime, from the guide to Greening Presbyterian Churches, consider this:
Our faith urges us to strive for eco-justice: defending and healing creation while working to assure justice for all of creation and the human beings who live in it.

To become part of the Green Team, please (click name to) contact Mark, Rev. Freeman, Caroline Johnson, Jan Swafford or Susan West
Recycling lives!

Collection continues for:

~ Usable plastic and paper shopping bags for Iron Gate’s food pantry. (No produce or newspaper bags, please.)

~ Egg cartons to repackage eggs for a food bank.

~ Orange prescription bottles for re-use. 
The prescription bottles and eggs cartons are projects at Southminster Presbyterian. 

To donate any of the above items, please (click name to) contact Mark or Gay Miller. 

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

Featuring Kim Childs, Director of Music
Mike Gibson, Organist
"I Wonder As I Wander" ~ Lauren Fogarty, mezzo-soprano

Rebecca Howard, soprano TBA

Rebecca Howard, soprano;
Lauren Fogarty, mezzo-soprano
Terry Baxter, tenor; Bill Major, baritone TBA

Rebecca Howard, soprano;
Lauren Fogarty, mezzo-soprano
Terry Baxter, tenor; Bill Major, baritone TBA


The Chancel Choir is in hiatus due to Covid-19 and the pandemic and will not rehearse until
further notice.

BELLissimo Handbell Ringers are in hiatus due to Covid-19 and the pandemic and will not rehearse until further notice.

Becky Doyle's current address

If anyone has Becky Doyle on their Christmas card list, please use the address below, where she is (temporarily) residing:

Becky Doyle 
c/o Ann Huntley
RR3, 1233 Cape Split Rd.
Canning, NS B0P1H0

The easiest way to send letters from the USA to Canada is with Global Forever Stamps for $1.20 each. You can also use regular, domestic forever stamps as long as they add up to $1.20.

Becky also enjoys hearing from the congregation via email, Becky Doyle (also in the church directory).
Please look for our weekly email
with a link to the
Zoom Church School gathering!!
Visit our Facebook page for
more photos!
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