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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
March 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
We are continuing to process the wonderful work done at the Session Retreat in January. At the February meeting of the Session, we voted to replace the Evangelism & Communication ministry team with 2 new ministry teams :

  • Communication & Technology
  • Visitor & New Member Nurture

Going back to the results of College Hill’s 2011 Vision Study , we’ve recognized the importance of keeping updated with the rapidly changing world of social media and modes of communication. We’ve also recognized the need to mentor visitors through the process of deciding to become members of the congregation, and help them connect with others and with the life and ministry of the church.

We need your help!
If you have skills and desire in either of these two crucial areas of ministry, please speak with me, or contact the moderator of the team. Terry Gamel is moderator of Communication & Technology; Sue Haskins is moderator of Visitor & New Member Nurture.

Oh yeah, Holy Week is also this month! Please plan to attend one of the Monastic Soup Suppers on Wednesday evenings, March 7, 14, 21, 5:30 pm . We will also have a Maundy Thursday Service , with Taize music, and a Good Friday Service . Both will start at 6:30 pm .

Throughout this Lenten season, continue to focus on a healthy and meaningful spiritual life, a life that experiences a connection with the Sacred/Divine in our midst and within ourselves.

Rev. Todd
Daylight Saving Time Begins
March 11
Be sure set your clocks
ahead one hour this Saturday night!
In Memoriam
Bob Lucy
September 7, 1930 ~ February 13, 2018
Friday, April 13
6:30 p.m.
It’s a Fiesta!

( This) Saturday, March 17th is the 10th Anniversary of Pastor Todd beginning his ministry at College Hill Church! 

We are commemorating this important event with a party, of course! In order to not interfere with your St. Patrick’s Day celebrations (and since March is busy with Lenten activities), we’re going to have our dinner party on Friday, April 13th, 6:30 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. 

 We will have a catered taco bar (with vegetarian and gluten-free options), fun decorations and a slide show (and maybe a surprise or two!). 

All this for the low, l ow price of $10! Tickets will go on sale on March 18 after worship through April 4th. If you have any questions, please email Marilyn Hill.
Building & Grounds
Mark Miller*
Gini Gox*

Christian Education
Stefanie Olson*

Congregational Care
Marilyn Hill,* Becky Doyle

Alicia Odum*

Finance & Stewardship
David Robertson*

Marilyn Hill*, Robert Babcock

Outreach & Mission
Terry Baxter*, Gay Miller

Robert Babcock*

Technology & Communication
Terry Gamel*

V isitor & New Member Nurture
Sue Haskins*

Worship & Music
P.J. Brobston*, Bill Nole

*Denotes Ministry Team Moderator
Updated 2-13-18
Book Study Small Group
Tuesday, March 27 6:30 pm

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 ."
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.
Visit our Facebook page for
more photos!

1 - Lilly Ann Patterson
4 - Adelyn Bostic
6 - Charlene Bandurski
6 - Victor Moguel
7 - Alix Featherston
7 - Trisha Alexander
8 - Judy Pacenza-Bloss
9 - Charlotte Carroll
 11 - Mark Buchner
 11 - Barry Hensley
 15 - Becky Doyle
 18 - Carolyn Elder
 18 - Donna Wood
 21 - Allison Campbell
 21 - Sam West
 26 - Clay Finck-Ward
 29 - Carter Bostic

Remember the 
Birthday Endowment Fund!
March 14 & 21
5:30 pm - 6:15 pm

We will be serving a
monastic soup supper
as part of our observance of Lent.

The dinner will be served in traditional monastic fashion - soup, crackers and water - with inspirational readings during the silent supper.

If you would like to provide soup,
please contact Gini Fox .
Palm Sunday / OGHS
Sunday, March 25

Your gift for the One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) changes people's lives!

Please give generously and remember to make your c heck payable to College Hill with 'OGHS' in the memo line. You may also click here to learn more and donate directly through their website.
Worship Schedule

Maundy Thursday ~
March 29, 6:30 p.m.
 Traditional Taizé Music Service with Communion

Good Friday ~
March 30, 6:30 p.m
A Special Service of Music and Reflection with accompaniment by guest flutist John Rush.     
(service held at College Hill, no combined service)

Easter Service of Worship ~
April 1, 11:00 a.m.
Our celebration will include special music, accompanied by guest Trumpeter Ian Betty,
the Chancel Choir, the BELLissimo Handbell Ensemble, and our organist, Mike Gibson.
Easter Lily Orders

If you are interested in buying an Easter Lily to help decorate the church during Easter
(April 1), please click here to download an order form, or complete one of the forms located on the Narthex table, and return to the church office, no later than Sunday, March 25.

Lilies are $11 per plant. Your name and dedication will be listed in the Easter Sunday worship bulletin. Please contact Carolyn Brady for questions or more information.
Sunday, March 18 at College Hill

Representatives from Reading Partners will visit College Hill on the 18 th to discuss volunteer opportunities , and will also be available before and after worship in Fellowship Hall to answer any questions and assist with the registration process for those interested in volunteering. 


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. We welcome more!
·     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
G ame Night is Back!
this Friday, March 9
6:00 pm

Please join us to play some games, munch on some snacks and have a fun time in fellowship with one another! 

We’ll meet in Fellowship Hall at the church with lots of games – but if you have a favorite game, feel free to b ring it (and a snack to share). See you there! If you have any questions, please email Marilyn Hill.
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.
Something for the Spirit

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

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

March 4
Festival Flourish ~ Thomas R. Pearce

Bread of the World ~ Austin Lovelace
Choral Anthem

All Thanks and Praise ~ Sharon Elery Rogers

March 11
The Perfect Love ~ K. Lee Scott
Choral Anthem

March 18
Jesus! Name of Wondrous Love ~
Everett Titcomb
 Choral Anthem

March 25
Palm Sunday
Ride On! ~ Taylor Davis
Choral Anthem

March 30
Good Friday
6:30 pm
My Lord, My Love, Is Wounded ~
Douglas E. Wagner; John Rush, flute
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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 are welcoming new members. 


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 are welcoming new members.

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

Luncheon Club
Thursday, March 15
at Noon

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

Please join us for “In Search of Luther: Where He Lived, Learned, Labored, and Loved in Germany.” Our presenters are Gary and Linda Watts , who are also graciously providing a lunch of cold cuts, pumpernickel bread, and German potato salad. Please feel free to bring a side dish or dessert to complement the meal. Everyone is welcome ~ we hope to see you there!

(Click names to) contact Gretchen Hannefield or Gay Miller for more information.
Day Center for the Homeless Meal
Saturday, March 24

This month’s Day Center Meal will feature
Norman Gainey’s yummy baked beans to accompany BBQ hot dogs on wheat buns and pickled okra on the side.

If you can donate time, money or homemade cookies , sign up on Caroline’s Clipboard before or after church.
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