The Messenger
College Hill Presbyterian Church
Progressive Theology, Traditional Worship, Inclusive Congregation (PCUSA)
Affiliated with More Light Presbyterians and the Covenant Network of Presbyterians
January 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
There is always something significant in the turning of the calendar to a new year, even though it’s just another day, chronologically. Symbolically, however, it can help us reflect and meditate upon new beginnings.

Here’s a wonderful metaphor that I shared with you on the first Sunday in January in my sermon "To Begin Again." It goes like this. Each one of us carry around a backpack filled with all the events, thoughts and feelings of the past year. Here are some questions to ponder in this
New Year:

  • What would you like to take out of your backpack and leave behind as you journey into this new year? (What do you hope to let go of?)

  • What would you like to continue to carry with you in your backpack as you journey into this new year? (What qualities, people, and things do you want around you?)

  • What would you like to add to your backpack as you journey into this new year? What are your hopes for this year? What ‘new beginnings’ do you seek? Is there a mantra that would help guide you?

The answers to these questions are deeper than typical New Year’s Resolutions. For instance, there may be things you and I would like to leave behind, but in reality, are simply part of who we are. We can ‘work’ on those things, but sometimes learning to live life fully in our own skin is the most helpful way to journey forward, knowing God is always with us and for us on our journey.

Last year, I choose to carry around the mantra “be hopeful” as I journeyed through 2017. As the year progressed, however, I became less hopeful – as did many of us. While it’s crucial to never lose hope, I think I’d like to focus this year on “seek balance.” As a pastor, that includes the balance between being pastoral and prophetic. Have a blessed year!

Rev. Todd
Monday, Jan. 15 MLK Day, church office closed

Thursday, Jan. 18Luncheon Club at noon-First Watch Restaurant

Saturday, Jan. 27 - Annual Session Retreat

Saturday, Jan. 27 - CHPC Hispanic Fellowship serves meal at Day Center for Homeless

Sunday, Jan. 28 - Annual Congregational Mtg./ Potluck Luncheon /Ordination & Installation of the new class of Ruling Elders
Annual Congregational Meeting 
& Potluck Luncheon

Sunday, January 28

Please plan to attend the  Annual Congregational Meeting and  Potluck Luncheon immediately following worship. The Ministry Teams will present their  Annual Reports at this time. The congregation will also vote on the Pastor's Terms of Call.

We will also celebrate the Ordination and Installation of the new class of Ruling Elders.

Bring a covered dish  to share and join us for this very important meeting of the congregation. 
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
Advent 2017
The Soulful Singers sang twice in worship during Advent. Thank you to director Trinna Burrows!
Acolytes Evie Olson and Wyatt Fox, with liturgists Parker Brobston and Sofia Ohlson.
Some our church youth and some from Fellowship Congregational Church who are part of our joint Confirmation Class.
December Luncheon Club
Our gathering included a performance by the Tiger Choir of Kendall Whittier Elementary
and a celebration of
JoAnn Smith's 99th Birthday
JoAnn Smith - 99th Birthday
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
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.

Visit our Facebook page for
more photos!


   1 - Paulino Allande
  4 - Megan Featherston
  6 - Damion Williams
  7 - Louis Coleman
  8 - Julia Allande
  9 - Theo Wright
9 - Jerry Pogue
 11 - Camellia McKenzie
 13 - Terry Gamel
 14 - Jennifer Campbell
 15 - Parker Brobston
 19 - Fritha Ohlson
 20 - Jeff Dickason
 21 - Chris Newsome
 25 - Ethan Buchner
 25 - Libby Wright
 27 - David Moser
 27 - Tanya Patterson
 30 - Dena Schone
 31 - Nancy Foote

Remember the 
Birthday Endowment Fund!
In Memoriam

Jonnie Bankhead
May 25, 1930 ~ November 24, 201 7

Mark Watson
February 8, 1952 ~ January 11, 2018
" Well done, good and faithful servant." Matthew 25:23
Transitions in 2017

New Members
  Clint Barker
Gretchen Hrachovec
Lee Johns
Jacque Maxwell
Jerry Pogue
Lara Zsohar

 Carter Bostic

MaryGrace Livingston-Gainey

In Memoriam
  Richard Hannefield
Don Roulet
Elizabeth Turnbull
Jonnie Bankhead
Something for the Spirit

5 Brilliant Motivational Tips
for the New Year
December 28, 2017
by Emma Higgs

It’s the end of another year. You’ve consumed more turkey, chocolate and alcohol in the last few days than you thought humanly possible. You’ve spent too much, not exercised enough, those bad habits you thought you’d cracked last year are back with a vengeance, and the house is a wreck.

It’s time for a fresh start.

1. Recognize the limiting beliefs that are holding you back.

2. Take the next step towards health and wholeness.

3. Be an active participant in your own life, not a passive observer.

4. Make friends with failure.

5. Find a different perspective. It can change everything.

The Reason for the Season

Once again, the congregation
opened their hearts and pocketbooks
to help bless others during the holiday season

Alternative Christmas Results 

College Hill members found the perfect gift for their friends and family who had everything.  

Several in the congregation made a contribution to one of four local, national or global causes by purchasing Alternative Christmas cards.  

In this way, we raised $815   for the following four causes and split as shown below: 

Solar Under the Sun   -  $262.00

Marion Medical Mission   - $117.00

E astern OK Food Bank  -  $231.50

Night Light of Oklahoma  - $204.50

Christmas Eve Offering

The congregation contiributed $840 to Emergency Infant Services. All funds have been sent directly to EIS. Thank you for your generosity!

Day Center for the Homeless
Secret Santa Project

$450 was collected to help Day Center residents transition into their own home. Thank you for making the holidays so special for them!
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.


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

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

1/21/18 God, Whose Giving Knows No Ending
Lisa Wagner, oboe ~ Choral Anthem

1/28/18 And the Father Will Dance –Mark Hayes
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 this fall, we are welcoming new members. Chancel Choir has recently (1-10-18) resumed rehearsals for the spring 2018 season .


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 Director of Music for more information. 
BELLissimo has also recently (1-10-18) resumed rehearsals for the spring 2018 season.

(Click name) to contact our Director of Music, 

Luncheon Club
Thursday, January 18
at Noon

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

While most gatherings are potlucks in the Fellowship Hall, this month, the group will meet at First Watch Restaurant - at their other location at 81st & Lewis. Everyone is welcome!

(Click names to) contact Gretchen Hannefield or Gay Miller for more information.
Book Study Small Group
Tuesday, January 23

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."
 Special Food Drive for
KWI Food Pantry
throughout January

This month's First Sunday collection
was designated to 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 throughout the month, 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!
Day Center for the Homeless Meal
Saturday, January 28

Our Hispanic Fellowship here at College Hill is responsible for preparing a dinner meal at Tulsa's Day Center for the Homeless. 

Sign up on  Caroline's Clipboard before or after worship to contribute food or funds.

We welcome anyone who would like to join us at the Center to help serve the meal!
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 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