The Messenger
College Hill Presbyterian Church
Progressive Theology, Traditional Worship, Inclusive Congregation (PCUSA)
Affiliated with More Light Presbyterians and the Covenant Network of Presbyterians
June 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
A very big  THANK YOU to everyone who worked to coordinate our  7 th Annual Memorial Day Weekend Worship & Picnic  on May 27 at my home. I always find worship in an outdoor setting very spiritual. A special expression of gratitude to those on the  Worship & Music  and Fellowship  ministry teams (P.J. Brobston and Alicia Odum, moderators, respectively). 

Please take a look at the pictures in this newsletter and on our Facebook page – www.facebook/collegehilltulsa. It was a great morning and afternoon (with about 75 folks!) of relaxed worship, fellowship, food, trampoline jumping, canoeing and some fishing. I am one of those who believe that relevant and active congregations rely not only on their many programs and events, including worship, but also in opportunities for  fellowship – the authenticity and genuine relationships and interactions among church members and friends

Thanks to those of you who have volunteered time and energy to participate in this year’s annual Tulsa Pride events, including the  Pride Parade on Saturday, June 2, and the  Information Table at the Equality Center throughout that day. Thanks to Terry Gamel and Terry Baxter, respectively, for coordinating these two opportunities for College Hill to share our message of God’s inclusive love with the LGBTQ community. I was asked to share a prayer at this year’s Interfaith Pride Service on May 29. You can read the prayer in our Something For the Spirit section in this newsletter.

Many of you will be taking a well-deserved vacation in the months ahead – so have fun, get some rest, enjoy life and the beauty of creation. I look forward to a summer with opportunities for us to gather together to participate in the blessings of worship, education, mission, fellowship, and the development of true community.

Rev. Todd

New Members

Alexia & Dan Medlock
Lucus & Maggie
7th Annual Memorial Day Weekend Worship & Picnic at Rev. Todd's home
The Little Blue House
Needs Your Help!

The electrical system at The Little Blue House (United Campus Ministry – UCM) at TU, is in desperate need of updating. They still have knob and tube wiring in places!

An online campaign is underway, via  Go Fund Me , with over $1,400 having been raised so far! Their target is $5,000, which would cover the work plus dry wall repairs and permits. 

Please click below, to
donate directly online. 

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

June 2018
Sunday Morning Music Offerings
Featuring the Chancel Choir
with Mike Gibson, organist
June 3
Introit ~ Holy Spirit, Gift of God
- arr. Kevin McChesney

Choral Anthem ~ Sing Unto the Lord
~ Charles Yannerella

Offertory ~ Kyrie
- Cathy Moklebust

June 10
Choral Anthem ~ Come, Thou Fount
- Craig Courtney

June 17
Choral Anthem ~ Hymn of Promise
-arr. John Ferguson

June 24
Special Music ~ Lori Decter Wright, soprano


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 welcome new members. Chancel Choir will be in recess from June 24 until August 12 (resuming Wednesday choral rehearsals on August 8).


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 welcome new members. BELLissimo will be in recess from June 7 until their first rehearsal Wednesday, August 8.

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

May/June 2018
Sunday, June 24th after Worsh ip

Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI
by David Grann
Aimless Love: New and Selected Poems
by Billy Collins

Aimless Love: “[Billy Collins] is able, with precious few words, to make me cry. Or laugh out loud. He is a remarkable artist. To have such power in such an abbreviated form is deeply inspiring.”—J. J. Abrams, The New York Times Book Review.

(And the selection delayed from May)
Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI:
From the School Library Journal: In 1920s Oklahoma, many members of the oil-wealthy Osage Nation were dying untimely and suspicious deaths. The widespread crimes against the Osage and the inability to identify those responsible led to the establishment of what is now known as the FBI. Grann, author of the best-selling The Lost City of Z, makes a complex web of violence and deception easy to follow by keeping the focus on one Osage woman, Mollie Burkhart, whose family members were murdered one by one. This gripping title uncovers a baffling level of corruption. The author points his investigative lens at the perpetrators of the murders, reveals cover-ups by authorities all the way up to the national level, and illustrates that the deception continued almost a century later.

Pick up these books by ordering online, or 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 12:15pm).

Please ( click name to) contact Fritha Ohlson if you are interested in more information about this fun 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.
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.

3 - Mark Thurston
 4 - Gary Hayes
 6 - Bryan Finck-Ward
 6 - Lupe Tovar
 7 - Linda Watts
 7 - Jacque Maxwell
 7 - Clint Barker
10 - Wilce Williams
12 - Melanie Brennan   
12 - Andrew Campbell   
12 - Lee Johns
15 - Patrick Ohlson
16 - Datha Zimmerman
17 - Evelyn Olson         
19 - Martha Brown
19 - Walter Z. Echols
20 - Jan Williams
21 - Mary Fitzgerald
22 - Jeanette Featherston
23 - Elyse Jensen
23 - Audrey Fox
23 - Glen Olson
24 - David Matthew Zerger
25 - Bobbe Hornback

Remember the 
Birthday Endowment Fund!

THIS Saturday, June 2
Volunteers Still Needed!

Please join College Hill , with other churches and community groups, to take pride in our inclusiveness as a city and community and exhibit the strength of diversity. Come march with us this weekend in the 2018 Tulsa Pride Parade! College Hill will have a truck in the parade and we  need  riders , lots of  walkers   and a   large, supportive crowd   for those who cannot make the entire parade.

The  parade   starts at  6: 00 pm  and we will meet at 4:30 pm at the line up location at 13th and Boston . The parade route will continue north on Boston to the Dennis R Neil Equality Center.

College Hill will also have a  booth at the Pride Festival and will need  volunteers to work  one-hour shifts at our booth inside the  air-conditioned Equality Center.

Volunteers are still needed
for the following shifts:

1:00 - 2:00 pm
3:00 - 4:00 pm

Please (click name to) contact our event coordinators, Emily or Terry Gamel for questions, and/or to volunteer.

You may also click the yellow button below to volunteer online .
Kendall Whittier News
1st Sunday Offering
KWI Emergency Food Pantry
June 3

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

We will again be collecting canned vegetables and canned fruit, as well as other non-perishable food items.

Please keep in mind that the need is especially high during this time , with children out of school on Summer Break, and perhaps unable to receive the meals & nutrition they need while at home. 

Cash donations are also always
welcome and much-appreciated!
Kendall Whittier, Inc. has served neighbors
in need since 1968.

Please join them in celebrating their
Golden Anniversary!

Thursday, June 7, 2018
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Circle Cinema Art Gallery
10 S Lewis Ave., Tulsa

Come and go reception and celebration
open to the public.
Wine pull, memorabilia, and more!
Something for the Spirit
Prayer at the
2018 Interfaith Pride Service
May 29, 2018
St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, Tulsa
written & read by
Rev. Todd Freeman

God of love, grace, compassion, and inclusion.

Why is it that so many, especially those within organized religion itself, regardless of the faith tradition, through their own words and actions refuse or fail to reflect and extend that love, grace, compassion, and inclusion to others not like themselves?

For some, it’s a matter of hatred for the “other.” Yet, some are simply ignorant or afraid to stretch their understanding enough to consider something new, let alone something not taught by their religious community. Often, they do so thinking they, in return, would be judged and punished by you.

Thank you for shining a bright light onto this dark misunderstanding of Who You Are. Thank you for enlightened hearts and minds to see and experience you and others in a new light.

Thank you for the understanding that all people, across countless spectrums, including sexual orientation, gender identity, faith tradition, and race, are all of your creation, a creation you call very good.

Thank you for the sense of pride that comes with accepting and living into who you created each one of us to be. 

Encourage and strengthen us when we feel the sting of rejection from others. 

Empower and enable us to stand strong in the face of working to change hearts and minds and structures that are filled with hate, prejudice, ignorance, and a sense of moral superiority.

Bless the work of Oklahomans for Equality and all those who strive for justice toward and within the LGBTQ+ community and their allies.

Bless our gathering this evening, filled with a diversity that you created and celebrate. May we never fail to honor and celebrate the beauty of our diversity, even as you call us to a sense of unity within this remarkably gifted community.

We ask this in the many names of all that is Holy, of love, grace, compassion, and inclusion.

Recommendation for
Ruling Elder

The Nominating Committee requests the congregation’s input in recommending persons to serve as a Ruling Elder on the Session.

CHPC Nominating Committee members are: Marilyn Hill (moderator), Robert Babcock, Joy Kelly, Tim Smith-Ream and Alice Stanford. We plan to meet in June, so would appreciate receiving your suggestions as soon as possible. 

Please click here to access the Elder Nomination Form and once completed, you may put it in the offering plate, mail it to the church or give it to a member of the committee.

There will also be copies of the form on the table in the Narthex. 

We appreciate your help. If you have any questions, please ( click name to) contact
Adult Church School Class

The Book of Acts
and Christian Beginnings
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 continue to 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 is being 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.
Luncheon Club
Thursday, June 21
at Noon
Luncheon Club meets the 3rd Thursday of each month, and gatherings are held at the church, or a nearby restaurant.

This month, plan to join in on a few games of Bingo, while enjoying wonderful food, fellowship and fun!

Please contact Gretchen Hannefield or
Gay Miller for more information.

We hope you can join us!
Pentecost Sunday
May 20, 2018


Make a lifelong impact on a child
who struggles with reading.

Reading Partners provides one-on-one reading instruction to elementary school students reading below grade level to help them succeed
in school and in life.
·     Give as little as one hour a week. Flexible weekday volunteer times are available Monday through Thursday between 8am and 3pm.
·     Follow a highly effective, structured,
and easy-to-use curriculum.
·     No formal teaching experience is required.
For more information or to sign up:
or click here to email, or call
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 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