The Messenger
Progressive Theology, Traditional Worship, Inclusive Congregation (PCUSA)
Affiliated with More Light Presbyterians and the Covenant Network of Presbyterians
March 2022
712 S. Columbia Ave.
Tulsa, OK 74104

Church Office Hours:
Mon - Th, 9 am - 3 pm
Closed on Fridays

Rev. Freeman is now working from home on Mondays.

Worship Schedule:
11:00 am Sundays
Worship services have resumed in the sanctuary.
Services are also live streamed.

Church Email:

Pastor Email:


YouTube Channel:
Happy Anniversary
Pastor Todd!
March 17, 2022

Rev. Todd will celebrate his 14th year as Pastor of College Hill!
Pastor Todd continues to play an invaluable role in leading and maintaining the church
and our congregation.

Please be sure to take this opportunity to recognize his years of service and celebrate the experience, growth, and progress of the church under his guidance.
Word From the Pastor
Let me begin by reflecting on how meaningful the combination of both our 110th Anniversary Celebration and our Annual Congregation Meeting was on February 27. (The photo is from that historic service). It served as a unique opportunity to look back and look forward, and to recognize all that we accomplished together as a community of faith, by God's grace, even during the pandemic last year.

We have now 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 (personally and as a congregation) into a time of transformation – of spiritual growth, renewal, and rebirth

During this 40-day season, it is my hope my hope that all 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 to recognition and connect with God’s Sacred Presence in your life.

And let us be in prayer for all of Ukraine and the humanitarian crisis that is unfolding. For an article from the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA), including ways to contribute:

Rev. Todd
College Hill's
110th Anniversary
Sunday, February 27
Above is a photo of the bulletin cover.

Please click below to read a brief history of College Hill Presbyterian Church.
Rev. Todd showing the children a large photo taken in 1925 showing the entire congregation standing outside the old wooden church building.
You can view it, and other historical artifacts, in the Library on the second floor.
The Rev. Tim Blodgett, General Presbyter of Eastern Oklahoma Presbytery, brought greetings and congratulations at our 110th Anniversary celebration service.
Annual Congregational Meeting
Sunday, February 27

To review the College Hill
2021 Annual Report
please click the button below.
Ash Wednesday
Service of the
Imposition of Ashes

March 2
"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 meditating on God's word."
- from the Presbyterian Book of Common Worship
Installation & Ordination in the incoming class of Ruling Elders to serve on the Session for the next three years. From left: Bill Major, Emily Oldham, Rev. Todd, Betsy Guyer, Price Purvis.
Charlotte Bronston (a spry 99) got a visit from Rev. Todd and Lisa Hays, Office Manager, on Ash Wednesday to visit and share the Imposition of Ashes and a portion of the worship service held later that night.
Visit our Facebook page
for more photos! Click below.
Something for the Spirit
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
24 - Anders Olson
26 - Clay Finck-Ward
29 - Carter Bostic
   Remember the 
Birthday Endowment Fund!
Charlotte Slemp
July 18, 1930 ~ February 22, 2022

Charlotte, husband Asa, and family joined College Hill in 1965. We give thanks to God for her faithful and dedicated discipleship and leadership to our community of faith for 57 years!
A memorial service will be held at
College Hill Monday, March 28 at 2:30 pm.
Daylight Saving Time Begins
Sunday, March 13

Be sure to set your clocks ahead one hour on Saturday night!
Christian Education
Ministry Team
We are learning the stories of Jesus in our Worship Connection classes.
We had a pizza party during the Annual Congregational meeting.
Our Youth Group helped distribute door hangers in the Kendall-Whittier Neighborhood publicizing their community garden.
Thanks to Kye May, Gini Fox, Wyatt Fox, Audrey Fox, Jesper Ohlson, & Sofia Ohlson.

The photo below is the window in the new Children's Library in the Worship Connection Room on the second floor.
Adult Church School Class
Sunday mornings at 9:00 am

"If God Is Love, Don't Be a Jerk: Finding Faith That Makes Us Better Humans"

by John Pavlovitz

Beginning on Sunday, March 13, we will engage in a weekly study of this important book. We will explore one chapter each Sunday, starting with a video introduction of that chapter by the author.

John Pavlovitz, author of A Bigger Table, was our Harold E. Hill Lecture Series in 2018.
We are still in a modified Phase I of our return to worship, which still requires the wearing of masks. The Re-Union ministry team will be meeting on Sunday, March 6, to review the current metrics and make a recommendation to the Session, which will meet on March 8, on how we plan to proceed in our Covid-19 protocols.
Day Center Meal
Saturday, March 26
We are still simply delivering the Saturday meal to the Tulsa Day Center, and will continue to do so until pandemic restrictions are lifted.

Our menu will feature Coney Islander coneys, slaw, pickled okra or dill pickles, oranges, homemade cookies and iced tea, plus 4 gallons of milk for breakfast.

If you would like to donate milk or bake cookies and deliver either to Caroline Johnson’s house or to the Day Center, text Caroline at 918-629-2882. 

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

March 2022

Due to Covid safety precautions due to the rampant spread of the omicron variant, including for those who have been vaccinated and boosted:

Rehearsals and Sunday Worship performances have been SUSPENDED until further notice for both the Chancel Choir and the BELLissimo Handbell Ringers.

MARCH 6- A Lenten Prayer - Hal L. Hopson
Kim Childs, Tenor Solo

MARCH 13 - Hear My Prayer - Moses Hogan

MARCH 20 - Kyrie Eleison - Brian Lewis

MARCH 27 - I Will Arise - arr. Alice Parker
Gardeners, it’s time to begin … pruning and transplanting!
You may prune deciduous trees and shrubs, including roses. Get rid of damaged, diseased or crossing branches, working to achieve a desired shape and form. Leave the early bloomers alone – azaleas, lilacs, magnolias, forsythias and most hydrangeas.
If you’ve got a small tree, a shrub or perennial and you don’t like where it is, move it! Just make sure to dig up as much of the root ball as possible, and plant it in its new spot straight away so the roots won’t dry.
For a complete Gardening Checklist to get ready for spring (until mid-March), check out Paul James’ monthly column @ Southwood Great Gardeners.
YEA!! Curbside recycling has resumed for aluminum and steel cans, paper and cardboard, plastic bottles and jugs, glass jars and bottles!
Remember, you can take your plastic bags and wrappers to Reasor’s for recycling. The Blue Box is usually near the front door.
OR, if you have usable plastic and paper shopping bags for Iron Gate’s food pantry, egg cartons for the food bank or orange prescription bottles, contact Mark or Gay Miller.
Meanwhile, Walmart has committed to 15% plastic reduction @ its sustainability milestone summit to reduce total virgin plastic throughout the company’s plastic packaging footprint by 2025. The reduction will likely approximate a 180,000-ton reduction out of 1.4 million metric tons of plastic packaging it used in 2020.
Flower Chart
Sign Up

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.
Reading Partners
Volunteers Needed

Sign up to help students become proficient readers. Both in-person and virtual tutoring opportunities available!

Please click the button below to view additional information about this non-profit literacy program, including Tulsa schools map.

Birthday Endowment Fund

A meaningful way to ring in the New Year and celebrate your Birthday, 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