The Messenger
College Hill Presbyterian Church
Progressive Theology, Traditional Worship, Inclusive Congregation (PCUSA)
Affiliated with More Light Presbyterians and the Covenant Network of Presbyterians
February 2018
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
On Saturday, January 27, the 12 Ruling Elders of our congregation currently on the Session, along with the 4 outgoing elders, and Jennifer Campbell (our Clerk of Session) and myself, gathered for our annual Session Retreat at Camp Loughridge (see pictures in this newsletter).

This year, we hired an outside consultant, Anne McCoy, to help us evaluate our overarching goals as a congregation, using our Mission Statement. Then together and in small groups we brainstormed and developed objectives and strategies to meet those goals. This process helped us focus on the possible restructuring of how we organize and operate as the Session.

As I mentioned in my sermon on Sunday, January 28, it was a truly inspiring and transformational experience. Actively seeking God’s vision for our congregation and intentionally striving to find the best ways to make that vision become a reality is one of the most important tasks of the Session and pastor.

We will pick up where we left off at the Retreat during our February Session Meeting. We will then be sharing with you, the congregation, where we believe we are headed and how we hope to get there. Please keep us and our work in your prayers.

An historical, foundational principle of our denomination is that God equips the church for its mission. That means we already have the resources we need to fulfill God’s vision for us. Yet, that also means the church needs whatever you are joyfully willing to contribute.

I encourage you, therefore, to think about the things that you are most passionate about – the things that bring deep meaning to your life. Then, find a ministry team opportunity here at College Hill where you can volunteer and share your passion and energy. We have been richly blessed as a loving, caring, compassionate congregation.

Rev. Todd
Friday, Feb. 2, 11:00 am - Mark Watson Memorial Service

Sunday, Feb. 4 - 1st Sunday Offering, KW I

Tuesday, Feb. 6, 6:30 pm ~Celtic Circle Gathering

Wednesday, Feb. 14, 4:30-6:30 pm - Ash Wednesday Drop-In Service

Thursday, Feb. 15 at noon - Luncheon Club

Sunday, Feb. 18 - 1st Sunday in Lent
Mark Watson

Memorial Service
Friday, February 2, 11:00 am
Ash Wednesday

February 14
- drop by anytime between 4:30 - 6:30 pm

The sanctuary will be open for private meditation. Printed readings and liturgy will be provided as guides if you wish to use them.

Rev. Todd will be present for the
Imposition of Ashes. 
Beginning in March, we will be serving a
monastic soup supper
as part of our observance of Lent.

The dinner will be served in traditional monastic fashion - soup, crackers and water - with inspirational readings during the silent supper.

March 7, 14, 21
5:30 pm - 6:15 pm
If you would like to provide soup, please contact Gini Fox.
& Potluck Luncheon
January 28
Barbara Perry was overcome with emotion with the surprise celebration of her 80th Birthday.
Annual Session Retreat
January 27 at Camp Loughridge
2018 CHPC Session

Visit our Facebook page for
more photos!


2 - Barbara Perry
3 - Karen Kriner
5 - David Zerger
5 - Molly Dickason
6 - Alicia Odum
7 - Ann Franklin
8 - Joseph West
 11 - Jordan Burrows
 11 - Jack Robertson
 11 - Kevin McAnally
 12 - Joy Kelly
 12 - Barb Nole
 14 - Shelta Sneed
 14 - MaryGrace Livingston-Gainey
 18 - Barbara Bucchianeri
 19 - Katie Fox
 19 - Monica Rodriguez
 20 - Lindsey Smith
 24 - Dylan Watts
 26 - Chris Allande
26 - Tandi McAnally
28 - Pay Fox
29 - Claudia Brierre

Remember the 
Birthday Endowment Fund!
Incoming Ruling Elders
Class of 2020

Terry Baxter
Becky Doyle
Sue Haskins
Bill Nole

Class of 2019
(to fill 2 year unexpired term)

Robert Babcock
Building & Grounds
(To be determined)

Christian Education
Stefanie Olson*

Congregational Care
Marilyn Hill,*, Becky Doyle

Evangelism & Communication
Terry Gamel*, Sue Haskins

Alicia Odum*

Finance & Stewardship
David Robertson*

Marilyn Hill*, Robert Babcock

Outreach & Mission
Terry Baxter*, Gay Miller

Robert Babcock*

Worship & Music
P.J. Brobston*, Bill Nole

* Denotes Ministry Team Moderator
Adult Church School Class

The Book of Acts
and Christian Beginnings
Starting February 4
Sundays at 9:30 am

•      What is the truth about our Christian Beginnings?

•      Is Acts a reliable historical source for the birth and early years of the church?

Join us as we read and discuss the book of Acts, using the Acts Seminar Report by the Westar Fellows (who brought us the Jesus Seminary), along with other sources.

Help us to discern the core values of Act's visionary portrait of Christian community and how they may apply to our own faith community today.

This series of classes will be led by Bert Woodall, with John Gammie.
The Book of Acts was long thought to be a first-century document, and its author Luke - a disciple of Paul - an eyewitness or acquaintance of eyewitnesses. It was considered history, pure and simple .

But Westar's Acts Seminar concluded that Acts is from the second century, a conclusion that directly challenges the view of Acts as history and raises a host of new questions, addressed in this final report of the Acts Seminar.i
Something for the Spirit

Soul Care and Spiritual Practices for Faith Deconstruction
January 31, 2018 by Kathy Escobar

As we finish off the first month of a new year, I wanted to take a little time to center on an often-overlooked topic in the faith deconstruction process–how do we tend to our souls and spiritual lives when we’re in the midst of so much upheaval?

Sure, many of us might be allergic to some old spiritual practices, but are there new ones we can try that might help us feel less lonely and disconnected to God in the process?

Is there a way to foster new life while so much is dying at the same time?

Can we find joy in the midst of the pain?

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

February 2018
Sunday Morning Music Offerings
Featuring the Chancel Choir
with Mike Gibson, organist

Feb 4 On Eagle’s Wings ~Michael Joncas
Choral Anthem

Feb 11 They Shall Soar Like Eagles ~
Laura Manzo - Choral Anthem

Feb 18 If You Search With All Your Heart~
Craig Courtney - Choral Anthem

Feb 25 Come To Me~Michael Larkin
Choral Anthem


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, we are welcoming new members. 


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), we are welcoming new members.

Please (click name) to contact our
Director of Music, 

Imbolc Gathering of the Celtic Circle
Tuesday, February 6 at 6:30 pm

The Celtic Circle group will meet at the home of Mark & Gay Miller (2224 E 18th St) to celebrate the beginning of the Celtic season of Imbolc. If you would like to make a Brigid’s cross, please arrive at 6:15 pm.

If you would like more information, please (click name to) contact Mark or Gay .
Luncheon Club
Thursday, February 15
at Noon

Luncheon Club typically meets the third Thursday of the month (except in July) for delicious food, fun and fellowship!

Som e gatherings are potlucks in the Fellowship Hall,other times the group meets at a nearby restaurant. Everyone is welcome!

This month, we will meet in Fellowship Hall , and our special guests will be The Vintage Voices choir , who will serenade us with Valentine songs. The Vintage Voices choir is made up of about 20 retired folks. All are welcome!

(Click names to) contact Gretchen Hannefield or Gay Miller for more information.
Book Study Small Group
Tuesday, February 20
6:30 pm

We will meet at the home of Sue Haskins to discuss Robert Wright's book, " Why Buddhism Is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment ."
Teachers Needed for
Children's Church School Class

The elementary age Church School class is looking for 1-2 loving individuals to teach a fun group of kiddos! T his position is open NOW! The elementary age classroom meets on the 3rd floor every Sunday from 9:30-10:30am during the school year (we do not typically meet during the summer months). 

Please (click name to) contact Stefanie Olson for more information.
February is Fair Trade Month
at College Hill!

Outreach and Mission Team has declared February as Fair Trade Month at College Hill. 
You can help us celebrate!

Each Sunday in February during fellowship time, enjoy some fairly traded products from Equal Exchange: organic Love Buzz coffee, decaf, tea, hot cocoa, and homemade cookies using Equal Exchange chocolate chips.

Be sure to stop by our Fair Trade Store, where we’ll be sharing samples of Equal Exchange chocolate bars.

This mission of Equal Exchange “…is to build long-term relationships that are economically just and environmentally sound, to foster mutually beneficial relationships between farmers and consumers, and to demonstrate, through our success, the contribution of worker cooperatives and Fair Trade to a more equitable, democratic, and sustainable world.”

College Hill’s Fair Trade Store furthers this mission by donating proceeds from the sale of Equal Exchange products, to support organizations working in developing countries, such as Just Hope and Solar Under the Sun. Our store is open the first and third Sundays of each month, before and after the worship service. Thank you for your support!
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.
 1st Sunday Offering
Special Food Drive Continues for
KWI Food Pantry
February 4

We will continue our support of the special food drive for the Kendall-Whittier, Inc.
Emergency Food Pantry. Due to the pantry being extremely low on certain items, an urgent needs list of specific food items was provided:

~ Boxed cold cereal (low sugar)
~ Peanut butter (plastic jars preferred)
~ Canned meat ( tuna and chicken)

Donations can be brought to church, or dropped off at the KWI Food Pantry, located on the ground level of University United Methodist Church. (2915 E. 5th St., on the TU campus).

You may also ( click name to) contact church member (and KWI Executive Director), Lori Decter Wright, or at 918-852-3284, and she will gladly pick up your donation from you. As always, monetary donations are always welcome and much 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!
Flower Chart
If you would like to  bring flowers to decorate the sanctuary for an upcoming worship service, please  sign up on the Flower Chart 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.
College Hill
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.
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