The Messenger
Progressive Theology, Traditional Worship, Inclusive Congregation (PCUSA)
Affiliated with More Light Presbyterians and the Covenant Network of Presbyterians
February 2021
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

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The Session will meet again in this month 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.
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with a link to the
Sunday Morning
Zoom Church Gathering!!
Here's the zoom link, which is the save every week.
Meeting ID: 835 9618 4514
Passcode: 336523
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Mary Erwin
Bobbe Hornback's partner for 28 years
March 12, 1943 - January 19, 2021

Kathy Woodall
Bert Woodall's wife for 32 years
August 8, 1966 - January 30, 2021
Word From the Pastor
January 2021 will be remembered for the Three I's: Insurrection, Impeachment, Inauguration. That's more than anyone month should ever have to handle. There was also the horrible milestone of reaching 400,000 deaths due to the pandemic. (It's now over 450,000).

Here's to hoping there's a slowdown in such major drama now in February, but we know we can't count of that either.

It might sound strange to say, but I'm thankful that we will enter into the Season of Lent this month. Lent has a way of helping us pause and reflect, something I think most of us will welcome. See the link in this newsletter to the Daily Devotional from Presbyterians Today, "The Way to Shalom: A Lenten Journey to Peace and Wholeness." Also, please notice the we will not be having an Imposition of Ashes service on Ash Wednesday this year.

Let us continue to reach out to one another, keeping each other in our prayers, especially during these wearying times.

Rev. Todd 
Kids Connection

We will be delivering Valentines and LENT IN A BAG on the weekend of February 13-14. The bag will contain a family guide to Lent, plus activity pages. Each member of the family will receive a DIY s'more kit for their enjoyment.

We are continuing to work on an Epiphany Play. We plan to give this to the congregation as a gift on the anniversary of our last in-person worship service. We have much to be grateful for – the work of the church has continued despite some serious limitations.
Ordination & Installation of incoming Ruling Elders onto the Session. We gathered in the church parking lot for this physically distanced event. From left to right: Kathy Davis (in purple coat), Mike Gibson, Parker Brobston, Charles Stanford, Crystal Zerger (in gray).

Afterwards, though missing the huge gathering of all those previously ordained in the PCUSA in our congregation for the laying on of hands, and all the hugs following, we proceeded to our Annual Congregational Meeting, with folks honking their horns in appreciation of the work done by each ministry team over the past year.
A drive-by celebration for Nancy Foote, on the wonderful occasion of her 90th Birthday!
Our Celtic Circle group joined in a zoom gathering on February 2. Mark Miller led a very informative, meaningful, and spiritual program. He included the following reflection.

Imbolc morning, February 1st, was clear and bright. Celtic tradition tells us that the Divine Crone, knowing that cold weather was not over, cleared the skies so that she could gather more firewood. In our own gardens we noticed the return of the Robins and are witness to the birth of a new year. 

The author, John Beckett, reminds us that 2020 was difficult and painful for all of us and, for some, it was deadly. But now 2020 has past. The vaccine brings hope that the pandemic will be over sometime this year. The United States has a new government. Things are better but are still challenging. Much has been left in disarray. Imbolc is a time of cleansing and purification. This is a good time to clean out the spiritual remnants of the old year. 

Like the Crone, may we continue to gather what we need to survive the remainder of the dark times. May we find ways to cleanse our world, our homes, and our spirits and give our selves a clean and solid foundation for the year to come.

The reference is in the first two minutes of the video at:

Mark adds, "It’s an interesting ceremony celebrating Imbolc that I relate to with one notable exception being pouring good whisky onto a fire. In the scene beginning around 7:00 they send sorrows away into the river. I see a symbolism similar to baptism in that act."
Requesting Congregation's Feedback for
Rev. Todd

Disruption of communications has been another unfortunate side-effect of the pandemic in 2020. Rev. Todd has shared that not having in-person services has deprived him of a major source of feedback, as people provide that after the service.

Personnel is asking you to consider sharing your perception of Rev. Todd’s efforts in 2020.

An electronic survey will be emailed to you the week of February 8, asking you to respond to any or all of three areas of interest:

1. Major strengths and abilities
2. Areas of opportunity for improvement
3. Additional general comments

Thank you in advance for participating in this effort to provide Rev. Todd the feedback he is desiring.
2021 Session
Ministry Teams

Clerk of Session: Kathy Brandon

Building & Grounds..........Mary Ann Bumgarner*     
Christian Education..Susan West*, Crystal Zerger             
Congregational Care..........Gretchen Hrachovec*,
Alexia Medlock, Susan West
Fellowship........................Clay Finck-Ward*         
Finance & Stewardship..........Charles Stanford*
Nominating..........Clay Finck-Ward*, Fred Schone      
Outreach & Mission..........Mark Thurston*
Personnel......................Fred Schone*      
Re-union................... (Todd Redding*)
Technology & Communication...Chris Newsome*
Parker Brobston, Clay Finck-Ward
Visitor & New Member Nurture...Mike Gibson*,
Gretchen Hrachovec, Clay Finck-Ward
Worship & Music....................Kathy Davis*

* Ministry Team Moderator
If your new year’s resolutions included more recycling, “The M.E.T.” (Metropolitan Environmental Trust) offers a complete directory of all things recycling, from light bulbs to computers, in northeastern Oklahoma.
Simply call The M.E.T. 918-584-0584 and request a directory or click here to view the A-to-Z directory. You can also find upcoming events, volunteer opportunities and past newsletters on the website as well as locations of the 10 recycling centers in the Tulsa area.
Green Team chair Mark Miller also plans to make a M.E.T. directory available at church when it re-opens. 
Birthday Endowment Fund
A meaningful way to celebrate your Birthday in this new 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.
February Birthdays
2 - Barbara Perry         
 5 - Molly Dickason
 5 - David Zerger
 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
19 - Katie Fox
19 - Monica Rodriguez
20 - Lindsey Smith
20 - Phyllis Wimer
24 - Dylan Watts
25 - Michelle Collins
26 - Chris Allande
26 - Tandi McAnally
26 - Debbie Chase
28 - Pat Fox
29 - Claudia Brierre
  Remember the 
Birthday Endowment Fund!
February 17, 2021

There will be no Imposition of Ashes this year, but some inspiring material will be sent out.
Daily Lenten Devotional 2021

The Way to Shalom
A Lenten Journey to
Peace and Wholeness
from Presbyterians Today

While Lent is a time for prayer, fasting, service and contemplation, at the top of our list should be a prayer for the acquisition of peace. This year for the season of Lent, we invite you to reflect upon the gift of shalom, the Hebrew word for peace.

In the Bible, shalom can be translated not only as peace, but also as tranquility, security, well-being, health, welfare, completeness and safety. How can we receive this gift of shalom and, in turn, bestow it upon the world? 

For the complete 40-day devotionals booklet:
Saturday, February 13

- who like to construct things. There is a group called Kirk Carpenters from Kirk of the Hills Presbyterian Church who have volunteered to build a ramp for Bert Woodall at his home so that he will be able to leave his house to go to doctor's appointments, etc., and hopefully to church someday. 

They are generously supplying all of the materials at their cost and most of the labor, but could use a few more people in order to complete it in one day. 

They apparently have everything needed to do this project - they just need some of us. They have been out to the house and have the ramp fully designed. Time to be announced, but starting in the morning. Please look at your calendar and find a little time to donate for this very worthwhile project. 

Call or email Gini Fox if you have any questions and to let her know if you are willing to help. This is a very worthwhile project for one of our long-time members. There will be morning snacks and lunch will be provided.   
90th Birthday Celebrations

Turning 90 While Going 90 (mph)!

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Congratulations to Jack Robertson (David Robertson’s father) who will reach 9 decades on Feb 11! Jack grew up as a child at College Hill, then spent many years as a physician with the Indian Health Service. Since March, Jack has joined us on Zoom at our Sunday morning gatherings. Now living in Dallas, he is full of great stories (always true!) and good humor. 
Jack Robertson
7 Greenview Circle
Richardson, TX 75081-5441
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Best birthday wishes to member Phyllis Wimer (mother of member Laura Wimer) who turns 90 on February 20! Phyllis was a licensed insurance agent who became part-owner of an agency. Anyone acquainted with her wry sense of humor and pithy, on-target comments knows they’re in the presence of someone who doesn’t slow down! (Is it that jazz guitarist son of yours, who keeps you in rhythm?)
Phyllis Wimer
407 E. Commercial
Broken Arrow, OK 74012
How to be an
by Ibram X. Kendi

Thursday, February 11
6:30 pm

If you have never joined in one of our Book Study Group discussions, this is a perfect time to do so, especially given the importance of the theme of anti-racism work - something we will continue to focus on here at College Hill throughout 2021.

For more information, call Sue Haskins. Here is the zoom link to the gathering.
Meeting ID: 885 3706 5088
Passcode: 682738
You will need to download the Zoom app if you have not done so already.
Re-Union Ministry Team

The Re-Union Ministry Team met prior to the Session meeting in early January. We recognized that our community and nation remain in the midst of a post-holiday surge of COVID-19. 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 remain elevated in the Tulsa area. Hospitalization and death rates are high and our healthcare systems remain stressed.

As a result, the team made the recommendation to Session to keep College Hill closed to in-person activities for now. Measures that limit community spread, including restrictions on indoor gatherings, mask utilization, social distancing and hand-washing, remain incredibly important.

These measures, in addition to widespread vaccination, appear to be our best hope of getting to a point in this pandemic where we can again gather for in-person worship. Based on the science and data, the vaccine appears to be very safe and incredibly effective and the Re-Union team unanimously endorses getting vaccinated as able. Herd immunity through mass vaccination is an important factor in returning our community and congregation to some sense of normal.

We realize the vaccination process in Oklahoma is confusing and frustrating. The scheduling system and vaccine availability will improve with time. We have included a link to the vaccine registration portal below.

The Re-Union team will meet again in early February and will keep the congregation posted about plans and recommendations.

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

February 2021
Featuring Kim Childs, Director of Music
Mike Gibson, Organist
Kim Childs, tenor - Ain'-a That Good News - William L. Dawson

Kim Childs, tenor - Draw Us In the Spirit's Tether - Harold Friedell

Kim Childs, tenor - Ah, Holy Jesus - Craig Courtney

Kim Childs, tenor - Take Up Thy Cross - Austin C. Lovelace

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.

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.
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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