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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 2020
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.

Sunday, March 8
Be sure to set your clocks ahead one hour on Saturday night!
Word From the Pastor
“I invite you, in the name of Christ, to observe a holy Lent, by self-examination and penitence, by prayer and fasting, by works of love, and by reading and meditating on the Word of God.”

These traditional words, taken from the Presbyterian Book of Common Worship , are part of the liturgy we used at our Ash Wednesday Service of the Imposition of Ashes last week. 

Yes, we have entered into the  Season of Lent . The word “lent” means “springtime”, from an older word meaning “lengthen” – as in longer daylight hours. This is indeed the time of year when we notice new birth and new growth. This metaphor is meant to encourage and lead us into  a   time of transformation – of spiritual growth, renewal, and rebirth

During this 40-day season, it is my hope is that each of us, individually and together as a community of faith, will take an honest, in-depth look at our personal and congregational journey of faith.

Lent, however, isn’t just a time of self-denial (the emphasis with which many of us grew up), but rather  a time to do whatever works best  for you  in order to return to the ways of God, and a recognition of God’s Presence in your life . It is my prayer that you will experience more fully God’s love, grace, and acceptance.

This particular year, during worship, we will include a Lenten Candle Liturgy. There will be a candle representing each week in Lent, with one additional candle extinguished each Sunday. 

So, let us 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
Guest Preacher Rev. Sheri Curry ,
during the Time with the Children
Anders and Annabelle
Ash Wednesday Service of the
Imposition of Ashes
Celtic Circle gathering in January
Day Center Meal
Saturday, March 28

We’ll be serving dinner at the Day Center for the Homeless: healthy hot dogs on wheat buns, coleslaw, dill pickle spears & homemade cookies. 

Please sign up on Caroline’s Clipboard before or after service to donate time, money or cookies.  
Our kids spent several weeks making Valentine cards which were given to the congregation after worship on February 9th.

We celebrated Mardi Gras with King Cake and a parade on February 23rd, with the congregation joining in on the parade.

March Activities

Sunday School
Preschool – Miss Nancy is teaching “Stories of Jesus”
Elementary – Working on a special project
Youth – Relevant discussions

Kids Connection

We still need a rocking chair.
Plus, we need somebody who can pick a lock.

Church Safety

We are actively addressing some safety issues with our building and our congregation. Concerns include fire safety, extreme weather safety, health emergencies, and personal safety. These topics are being considered from the standpoint of how we respond as a congregation, how the Safety Committee responds, and how we respond as individuals.

We recently had training on individual responses to a dangerous intruder. Tim O’Keefe (retired from the Tulsa Police Department) shared with us TPD's recommendations for protecting ourselves.

Flee – get away as fast as you can
Fight – anything can be used as a weapon.

We are currently organizing a committee to take a closer look at these issues and create a safety policy.

Please (click name to) contact our Christian Education Ministry Team Moderator, Susan West , if you would like to be involved with this effort.
The 2020 College Hill Personnel Ministry Team consists of Jim Brady, Charlotte Burton, Kathy Evanson, Marilyn Hill, Fred Schone (Moderator), and Rev. Todd Freeman (ex officio)
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
 7 - Alix Featherston
 7 - Trisha Alexander   
 8 - Judy Pacenza-Bloss
11 - Mark Buchner
11 - Barry Hensley
15 - Becky Doyle
18 - Carolyn Elder
18 - Donna Wood
21 - Allison Campbell                       
21 - Sam West
23 - Deborah Shallcross  
26 - Clay Finck-Ward
29 - Carter Bostic
Remember the 
Birthday Endowment Fund!
Sunday, March 1 ~ 1st Sunday in Lent/Communion

Sunday, March 8 ~ Daylight Saving Time begins

Thursday, March 19 ~ Luncheon Club

Tuesday, March 24 ~ Evening Book Study Group

Saturday, March 28 ~ Day Center Meal served

Sunday, March 29 ~ 5th Sunday Special Offering
Luncheon Club
Thursday, March 19
at Noon in Fellowship Hall

Luncheon Club typically meets the third Thursday of the month (except in July) at the church in Fellowship Hall, or a nearby restaurant.

This month's program is Exploring the Canadian Maritime Provinces with Mark and Gay Miller.

Bring a dish to share and join us for fun, food, and fellowship! Everyone is welcome!

(Click names to) contact Gretchen Hannefield or Gay Miller for more information.
Evening Book Study Group

Tuesday, March 24
6:30 pm

The College Hill monthly evening Book Study group has chosen Dominion: How the Christian Revolution Remade the World for this spring. Written by award-winning historian Tom Holland , this book explores the impact Christianity has had on the mindset of Western Civilization. 

We are a lively group that enjoys in-depth discussions amid laughter, snacks, and wine. 
Sue Haskins’ home (2623 E. 14th St.)
 1st Sunday Offering
KWI Food Pantry
March 1

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, which are especially needed, as well as other food items.

Cash donations are also always welcome and appreciated .
5th Sunday
Special Offering
March 29

For this month's special offering, we will be collecting cash donations to help support Neighbors Along the Line, a local organization.

Click here to view their website and learn more about the many services they provide, including food and nutrition (offering a food pantry and cooking classes), heath and wellness (access to healthcare and dental services), literacy and development and family support. Volunteer opportunities are also available.

You can also (click to) make online donations through their website.

Please (click name to) contact our Outreach & Mission Ministry Team Moderator, Mark Thurston for more information.

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

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

March 1 ~ Lenten Meditation ~ Jay Althouse
Choral Anthem

March 8 God So Loved the World ~ John Stainer
Choral Anthem

March 15 A Lenten Walk ~ Arr. Hal Hopson
Choral Anthem

March 22 The Lord's My Shepherd~ David W. Music
Choral Anthem

March 29 God Be In My Head ~ John Rutter
Choral Anthem


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, 

Something for the Spirit
Living with Dementia: Monthly Art Experience
Second Tuesday of each month, 10-11:30 am

Individuals with early-stage Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers engage the mind and imagination through hands-on art activities and looking at art .

RSVP required - Evan Johnson , Education Coordinator, 918-748-5325, or register online at  
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.
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