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 2020
Have A Blessed New Year!
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.
First Thursday Art Show Featuring:
Todd Freeman

Opening Reception:
Thursday, January 2, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
621 E. 4th St., Pride St.

The January Oklahomans for Equality (OkEq) showcase and exhibit of local artists at the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center (621 E. 4th Street in Downtown Tulsa) will feature the works of Todd Freeman in an exhibition of his photography over the years, titled “ Presence: Spirituality Through Photography ”, beginning with a reception on Thursday, January 2nd from 6-9 pm and continuing throughout the month.
Word From the Pastor
Searching “New Year” on the Internet, I found a blog that I wanted to share. It deals with spirituality, especially as it applies to perceiving life as being on a spiritual journey.

I find it very encouraging that so many in our congregation are also more deeply focused on spirituality issues – ways and practices of connecting with the Sacred Presence in our midst.

Here are the bullet points of the blog:  Follow the Star: Spiritual Practices for the New Year by  Christine Valters Paintner .

"As you cross this threshold into the New Year, what star beckons you in the night? How might you own your journey more deeply in the coming year?"

1) Follow the star to where it leads.
2) Embark on the journey, however long or difficult.
3) Open yourself to wonder along the way. 
4) Bow down at the holy encounters in messy places.
5) Carry your treasures and give them away freely.
6) Listen to the wisdom of dreams.
7) Go home by another way.

For a full discussion of each of these point, you can read the entire article.

I’m excited to see what this new year brings to the life and ministry of College Hill.

I also ask that you please keep the church staff and ruling elders in your prayers, as well as all the members and friends of this wonderful congregation. May each and every one of you have a truly blessed year!

Rev. Todd
Saturday, Jan. 11 - Annual Session Retreat
at Camp Loughridge. Like last year, we will have a combined leadership event with the Council of Fellowship Congregational Church (UCC), led by our own Glen Olson and P.J. Brobston. Please keep this very important event in your prayers.

Sunday, Jan. 12 - Baptism of the Lord Sunday - Ordination & Installation of incoming Ruling Elders

Sunday, Jan. 12 - Baptism of the Lord Sunday

Thursday, Jan. 16Luncheon Club at noon

Monday, Jan. 20 MLK Day, church office closed

Sunday, Jan. 26 - Annual Congregational Mtg./ Potluck Luncheon
Advent & Christmas Eve
Thanks to Worship & Music ministry team member Cynthia Cox for designing and creating this year's sanctuary decorations!
During a Time With the Children on Dec. 15, Trinna Burrows and Haley Brobston led our children in a rousing chorus of "I've got joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart!"
When kids don't like the Time With the Children :-)
The Soulful Singers presented "I Spy With My Own Little Eye, a Big Bright Star in the Bethlehem Sky, written and directed by Trinna Burrows, on Dec. 22 as a gift to the congregation!

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

Remember the 
Birthday Endowment Fund!
New Member
Betsy Guyer

In Memoriam

Jerry Pogue

January 9, 1940 ~
December 11, 2019
Transitions in 2019

New Members
Kathy Davis
Brad Burnham
Charlotte Burton
Mike Gibson
Betsy Guyer

Hayley Normile & Ethan Voelkers

In Memoriam
  Jim Brown
Peg Gotthold
Donovan Hamilton
Jerry Pogue
Jeff Ream
JoAnn Smith
Alice Stanford
Incoming Ruling Elders
Class of 2022

Alexia Medlock
Fred Schone
Mark Thurston
Susan West


Outgoing Ruling Elders
for your dedicated service to God and College Hill

Robert Babcock
Haley Brobston
Gay Miller
Alicia Odum
David Robertson
Annual Congregational Meeting 

& Potluck Luncheon

Sunday, January 26

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.

Bring a covered dish  to share and join us for this very important meeting of the congregation. 
Luncheon Club
Thursday, January 16
at Noon
First Watch Restaurant

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

The group will meet this month at First Watch Restaurant (8104 E. 68th St. {68th & Memorial}).

(Click names to) contact Gretchen Hannefield or Gay Miller for more information.
The Congregational Care ministry team put together festive Christmas bags and delivered them to all of our shut-ins.
Preparing chili dogs to serve at the Day Center for the Homeless on Saturday, November 23.
College Hill Youth baked and served cookies at Tulsa Day Center for the Homeless on Advent (Dec 1). Pictured are: Lilly, Grayson, Evie, Anders and Kado.
Winter Picnic at the Day Center
Saturday, January 25

We will be serving a winter picnic at the Day Center for the Homeless : healthy hot dogs on wheat buns, coleslaw, dill pickle spears & homemade cookies.  

To donate time, money or cookies, please sign up on Caroline’s Clipboard before or after service. 
Celtic Circle Gathering
Tuesday, January 28
6:30 pm

The Celtic Circle meets quarterly to discuss and celebrate our spiritual connection with the Earth and all of Creation. We will gather to celebrate the return of Spring and the Celtic festival of Imbolc, in the home of Mark and Gay Miller . Please contact Mark for additional information.
Book Study Small Group
Tuesday, January 21

All are invited to attend with wonderful discussion group! We meet on the third Tuesday of each month at 6:30 pm in the home of Sue Haskins (not far from the church).

As of the date of this newsletter a book has not been decided upon. So come to the January 21st meeting and help us decide!
February 2019
Book Club

Sunday, February 9th
(No Book Club in January)

Lovely War
by Julie Berry

Book club will meet for lunch and discussion on Sunday, February 9 th , at Panera Bread (1624 E. 15th St.) immediately following worship service (about 12:15pm ).

In the Washington Post book review by Karen MacPherson, children’s and teen services coordinator for the Takoma Park, Md., library, wrote the following of the novel “Lovely War” by Julie Berry:

Pick an adjective — sweeping, sprawling, epic, Olympian — and yet none quite conveys the emotional width and depth of Julie Berry’s brilliant new novel, “Lovely War.” A heady mix of mythology, historical fiction and romance, Berry’s meticulously researched book spans two wars and two worlds. A significant part of the action revolves around four young people finding love and experiencing loss in World War I, but the overarching story actually is set during World War II and features a romantic triangle starring three Greek Gods: Aphrodite, the goddess of love; her husband, Hephaestus, the god of fire and forges; and Ares, the god of war and her paramour.

If this all sounds like a bit of an audacious mishmash, fear not. Berry — whose previous books include “The Passion of Dolssa” and “The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place” — is a master at weaving disparate elements to craft a truly original story populated with characters who will take up permanent residence in readers’ hearts and minds. Berry also doesn’t neglect the need for some levity… Though “Lovely War” is being marketed to teens, adults looking for a memorable, well-told tale should not be shy about delving in, too.
Something for the Spirit

The Promise of Newness Beckons
- by Christine Sine

The promise of newness beckons
like freshness after the rain.
Let it rise from the ashes of the past,
Hope where none seems possible,
Peace where violence reigns,
Love where hate now flourishes.
Light will pierce the darkness.
There will be welcome for strangers.
The hungry will be filled.
The oppressed will be set free.
God’s power for life
Proclaimed in Bethlehem so many years ago
Now shines in us.
Let us grow towards the light that is Christ
Until the world is filled with truth and justice and love.

A New Year's Blessing
-by Rev. Stephen Carl
Pastor, First Presbyterian Church, Bartlesville, OK

May the highs never take away your humility
May the lows never rob you of joy
May all the ups and downs remind you that time is a gift 
May each day be a precious treasure
May you anchor your heart in love, but sail the seas of adventure
May each person you encounter be an opportunity to invest in peace
May no day begin with resentment or end with unresolved anger
May the injustice you experience bear the fruit of kindness and patience
May the challenges you face engender strength and faith
May the calm moments be relished 
May the richness and wonder of life wash away anxiety and worry
May the deep roots of trust dispense all fears
May you discover miracles in the ordinary 
May any tears you shed salt your life with hope
May you see stars in your darkest night
May you be quick to forgive and slow to bear a grudge
May your heart always be open enough to be hurt, 
childlike enough to chase dreams, 
and generous enough to go beyond what’s fair.
May service and sacrifice spice your life with a soulful purpose.
May you dance in joy, sing in gratitude, and live in hope.
And may you discover anew the reason of you.
First Coming
by Madeleine L’Engle
He did not wait till the world was ready,
till people and nations were at peace.
He came when the Heavens were unsteady,
and prisoners cried out for release.

He did not wait for the perfect time.
He came when the need was deep and great.
He dined with sinners in all their grime,
turned water into wine.

He did not wait till hearts were pure.
In joy he came to a tarnished world of sin and doubt.
To a world like ours, of anguished shame
he came, and his Light would not go out.

He came to a world which did not mesh,
to heal its tangles, shield its scorn.
In the mystery of the Word made Flesh
the Maker of the stars was born.

We cannot wait till the world is sane
to raise our songs with joyful voice,
for to share our grief, to touch our pain,
He came with Love: Rejoice! Rejoice!


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

January 2020
Sunday Morning Music Offerings
Featuring the Chancel Choir
with Mike Gibson, organist

Jan. 5 - Richard Wagner, horn Guest soloist
Jan. 12 - Come to the Water ~ John Foley
Jan. 19 - Simple Gifts ~ Hal Thompson
Jan. 26 - Come Follow Me ~ David York


The Chancel Choir of College Hill Presbyterian Church  rehearses  Wednesdays  at  6:45 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 . Please contact the Director of Music.


BELLissimo Handbell Ensemble of College Hill Presbyterian Church rehearses Wednesdays at 5:45 p.m. in the second story choral room. If you are interested in playing in this fun ensemble (permanent member or substitute), please contact Director of Music for more information.

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

 1st Sunday Offering
KWI Food Pantry
January 5

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!
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.
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!
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