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College Hill Presbyterian Church
Progressive Theology, Traditional Worship, Inclusive Congregation (PCUSA)
Affiliated with More Light Presbyterians and the Covenant Network of Presbyterians
July  2019
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.
The church office will be closed
Thursday, July 4, for Independence Day.
Word From the Pastor
It’s summer! Let me begin by wishing all of you a very fun and safe 4 th of July weekend. I especially pray for those of you who are traveling this month – hopefully to spend some ‘down time’ vacationing, visiting family and friends, and marveling at God’s beautiful creation all around us. I’ll be visiting friends in Dallas over the holiday (but will be back for worship on July 7).

I want to encourage each and every one of us to continue learning how to take “Sabbath” seriously. Experiencing rest for our bodies, minds, and spirits is increasingly more necessary in this hectic time in which we live. It is my hope and prayer that you are able to find some meaningful sabbath time in the summer months ahead. Remember:

Sabbath is an invitation to come home – home to God and to ourselves. Sabbath is a time to:


Sabbath is about understanding life as a gift, knowing ourselves as part of God’s creation and resting our full weight in that grace.

Rev. Todd
Bible Presentation
to the Children of the Church

On June 2, our elementary-aged children received student Bibles from the church. Recipients included: Anders and Evie Olson, Clara and Charlie Doyle, Mario Johnson, Kado Bissell, Theo and Libby Wright, and Grayson and Lilly Patterson. 

Audrey and Wyatt Fox were also slated as Bible recipients and were not able to attend. Their Bibles will be given to them at a later date.  
Pentecost Worship Service
Ice Cream Social
by Lantern and Phone Light
June 23, 2019
...a few more from the
Annual Memorial Day Weekend
Picnic & Worship at Rev. Todd's
Something for the Spirit

Mental Health
Awareness Sunday
June 30, 2019

Litany of Response

Compassionate God, we pray for those who are affected by any form of illness, health condition, anguish, and pain.

Merciful God, bring comfort and wholeness.

Grant courage to those affected by any of the conditions categorized as mental illness.

Loving God, bring encouragement and hope.

Grant strength and compassion to family and friends who offer care, support, and help.

Compassionate God, bring strength and energy.

Grant us wisdom to remove the stigma of mental illness. Help us to welcome those who are hurting into the community of faith, so that all might find a place of inclusion in your church.

God of Wisdom, bring guidance and inclusiveness.

Grant perseverance to those who fight for justice and equality for persons with mental health conditions.

God of Justice, bring inspiration and persistence.

Strengthen, empower, and unite us for action. Make us channels of care and responsive to the needs of all people.

Eternal God, use us. In your mercy, hear our prayer.  Amen
To view/download
the bulletin liturgy and sermon
Save the Date!
All Church Fall Retreat at
Dwight Mission
October 11-13

Plan to join us for campfires, s'mores, hot beverages and fun fellowship! 
More details will be provided soon.
Looking to safely and responsibly dispose of unneeded prescription glasses and unused, l abeled medications?

Neighbor for Neighbor (505 E 36th St, N,, Tulsa) accepts these items through their drop-off program, and handles everything for you at no cost !

From housing and food distribution assistance, to life skills training, flood disaster support, and everything in between - this tr usted organization continues to help make a difference in our community and in the lives of our neighbors in need, for over 50 years!

Click here for more information about their drop-off program, as well as ways you may be able to support this worthwhile charity. You can also call them at (918) 425-5578.
 1st Sunday Food Collection
KWI Food Pantry
July 7

Our 1st Sunday food collection will go to the Kendall Whittier, Inc. Emergency Food Pantry.

We will again be collecting canned vegetables and canned fruit, which are especially needed, as well as other food items. Cash donations are also always welcome and 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!
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.
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.
Visit our Facebook page for
more photos!
  2 - Bill Major
 6 - Janie Potts
 6 - Cathey Wilson
 6 - Mark Miller
10 - Gini Fox
10 - Mike Gibson
12 - Kaitlyn Robertson  
17 - Mike Patterson
18 - Tim Smith
18 - Charlotte Slemp
18 - Ron Brown
21 - Gary Watts
21 - Bryson Hovenga
24 - Bert Woodall
25 - Dan Medlock
27 - Rosie Brown
29 - Dewey Echols
30 - Michael Butler         
31 - Helen Holzschuh
31 - Deborah Hunter
31 - David Stambaugh
31 - Andrew Zimmerman 
  Remember the 
Birthday Endowment Fund!
JoAnn Smith
December 25, 1918 ~ June 19, 2019
Memorial Service
Saturday, July 13 at 2:00 pm
Kendall Whittier 4th of July Parade
Thursday, July 4
9:15 am - noon
The annual parade   will be held at  Kendall-Whittier Park  at 
10:00 a.m.
Kids can  decorate  their bikes, trikes, wagons, etc. or you can come on foot Decorating begins at 9:15 am , under the covered walkway of the school. Join us for food, fun and entertainment! 
College Hill  folks be will there as volunteers, but we can always use some extra help - so feel free to join us!
All are welcome
to join in the festivities!
Luncheon Club

Luncheon Club will be on Summer break in July and August, but will return in September. Details will be announced soon.
Sunday, July 14 – 8:30 a.m.
Fellowship Hall

Ladies of all ages are invited to attend our upcoming breakfast . Please plan to meet before worship in Fellowship Hall and bring a breakfast potluck item . Fellowship Ministry Team will provide juice, milk, and coffee. Please ( click name to) RSVP to Clay Finck-Ward by Sunday, July 7.
VCS was a Blast!

College Hill sent 7 children and 2 youth volunteers June 17-19, to this year's c ombined VCS with University United Methodist Church (UUMC) and St. Paul's.

College Hill also had a stellar line up of adult volunteers including:  Nancy Gammie, Stephanie Olson, Gretchen Hrachovec, Wyneth Roulet, Susan West, Donna Wood, Jennifer Campbell, David Robertson, Mike Wood, Julie Buckley, Gini Fox and Pastor Todd . These folks were very busy decorating, setting up, running booths, leading groups of children and generally managing the chaos that accompanies events with children. 

Fellowship Ministry team provided a delicious taco dinner one night of the program and Kathy Brandon even delivered it!

Thanks also the parents who transported their kiddos to us each evening. And a final thanks to members our wonderful Nursery Staff, Kye May and Meghan Lovett , for extending their work days to assist our volunteers.  
Family Fellowship Pool Party
at John & Nancy Gammie's home
June 2019
Celtic Circle
Lughnasa Gathering
Tuesday, July 30 at 6:30 pm

The Celtic Circle begins its 7th year by celebrating the harvest festival of Lughnasa~ being held at the home of Mark and Gay Miller. The Circle meets quarterly to discuss and explore the concepts of Celtic Spirituality, which recognizes the Divine inspiration and goodness in all of creation. Please (click name to) contact Mark for additional information.
Adult Church School in July
Advocating for the
Foster Care Community
Classes led by Clay & Bryan Finck-Ward

Curious about why the Finck-Ward family is so passionate about advocating for the foster care community Come and learn about our family, our careers, our advocacy, and how it all ties into the foster care system.

July 14 th ~ we will take a personal look into our family and why we do what we do.

July 21 st ~ we will look at the bigger picture of the foster care system locally, statewide and nationally.

July 28 th ~ we will discuss resource needs and how we as a church, or you individually, can become involved in the foster care system. 
Housewarming Invitation

When?   Saturday, July 20th
Where? 1635 S. Jamestown Ave.
Time?   2:00 - 4:00 pm

No gifts please - except for good wishes. Please (click name to) contact Gretchen Hannefield to RSVP , or call 918-406-3845.

Katy Walker has moved out of a 3 person group home in Jenks, into her own duplex, with her own staff! She was born with Prader-Willi Syndrome, which requires constant monitoring.

She is happy to be back in Midtown closer to her church family and "first" home!

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

Summer Solo-Ensemble Lineup
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July 7
Bill Major ~ Baritone/Bass

July 14
Lauren Harper Fogarty ~ Mezzo-Soprano

July 21
Terry Baxter ~ Tenor

July 28
John Rush ~ Flute
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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!
We are now in recess until Wednesday, August 7. If you would like to sing with the Chancel Choir this fall, 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. We are now in recess until Wednesday, August 7.
If you are interested in playing in this fun ensemble (permanent member or substitute) this fall, please contact Director of Music for more information.

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

Day Center for the Homeless Meal
Saturday, July 27
Day Center Dogs

Summertime hot dogs, coleslaw, pickled okra & homemade cookies are on the menu for this month’s Day Center meal.

Sign up to donate time, cookies or money on Caroline’s Clipboard.
Book Club
July 21

Fire in Beulah 
by Rilla Askew
After our last book discussion in May over the highly recommended young adult novel Dreamland Burning by Tulsa author Jennifer Latham, another historical fiction book by another Oklahoman that deals with the Tulsa race massacre of 1921 was recommended by Johnna Thurston for our next read: Fire in Beulah  by Rilla Askew. 

Hailed by various reviews as "a haunting, engrossing portrait"( The Washington Post ), "a tinderbox of a novel” ( The Boston Globe ), and "poignant" ( The Riverfront Times, St. Louis ), reading Fire in Beulah  by Rilla Askew will give us another story and viewpoint of life in Tulsa nearly 100 years ago, and in particular this horrific, historic event.
Fire in Beulah  by Rilla Askew is available at book stores, your local library, and other book sources.  Book Club will meet for lunch and discussion at Panera Bread  (1624 E. 15th St., just west of Utica on the south side of 15th St.) immediately following worship service. (about 12:15 pm) Please (click name to) contact Fritha Ohlson for more information, and/or if you are interested in joining this group.
Book Study
Small Group

Tuesday, July 23
6:30 pm

Not to be confused with the College Hill Book Club, we have another small group called the Book Study Group. 

The Evolution of God
by Robert Wright

" Through the prisms of archaeology, theology, and evolutionary psychology, Wright's findings overturn basic assumptions about Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, and are sure to cause controversy. He explains why spirituality has a role today, and why science, contrary to conventional wisdom, affirms the validity of the religious quest."

We select one or two books a year to read and discuss in depth over several monthly Tuesday evening sessions. (typically on the fourth Tuesday) Please ( click name to) contact John Gammie, if you are interested in joining, and/or learning more about this group.
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