The Messenger
College Hill Presbyterian Church
Progressive Theology, Traditional Worship, Inclusive Congregation (PCUSA)
Affiliated with More Light Presbyterians and the Covenant Network of Presbyterians  
May  2017
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

Got privilege?

After a restful week of vacation following Easter Sunday, I spent a very intense week attending the national White Privilege Conference (18th annual) as part of my professional Study Leave this year. There were over 1,600 in attendance, mostly white, with a large percentage being school teachers or administrators.

For those not fully familiar with the often-misunderstood term ‘white privilege', this conference is not designed to rally white supremacists. Neither, however, is it designed to attack, degrade or beat up on white folks. It’s not about blame, shame, guilt, or needing to apologize for being white. 

Instead, it is a conference designed to examine issues of privilege/advantage connected to race (white), much like we are already aware of advantages connected with gender (male), sexuality (heterosexual), class (middle-upper), disability, etc. – the ways we all experience some form of privilege, and how we’re all affected by that privilege.

My interest in this topic was heightened last year when our Adult Church School class studied our denomination’s recently adopted antiracism policy, Facing Racism: A Vision of the Intercultural Community (to download a copy, click here). I am also part of a group of white progressive pastors here in Tulsa meeting monthly to understand and face our own white privilege. We are studying the book by Shelly Tochluk, Witnessing Whiteness: The Need to Talk About Race and How to Do It. I attended her workshop at the conference! 

Anti-racism work, as individuals and as a community of faith, isn’t just about recognizing how others are oppressed, and then working to right the wrongs of injustice. It’s also about understanding how us “good-intentioned inclusive white folks” have automatic (and sometimes invisible) societal and cultural advantages and opportunities not equally extended and afforded to people of color. Ultimately, it's about awareness and action.

This is a personal growth issue for me, and I’m discerning that it’s also something we must face as a congregation, one that's dedicated to inclusion and social justice. And yes, a certain level of discomfort and defensiveness is part of the process. There will obviously be much more to come, including the sermon this coming Sunday, May 7.


Rev. Todd Freeman

Sunday, May 14
The church office will be closed Monday, May 29, in observance of Memorial Day.
All Church Work Day
April 1, 2017

We had a great turn out this year! Many thanks to everyone who helped!
May Birthdays

   2  - Lindsey Fox
    2 - Brooks Williamson
   4 - Ethan Watts
   4 - Elizabeth Carroll
   5 - David Robertson
  12 - Pam Alexander   
  13 - Wyatt Fox
  13 - Grayson Patterson
  17 - Fred Schone
  17 - Diane Bucchianeri
  21 - Hallee Collins
  22 - Kevin Smith
  22 - Johnna Thurston
  22 - Joseph Wright
  23 - Trinna Burrows
   23 - Mike Evanson
   24 - Ben Buchanan
   25 - Jonnie Bankhead
   25 - Stephen Morgan
   25 - Josie Speer
   28 - Danielle Hovenga
   30 - Nathan Swanson

Remember the 
Birthday Endowment Fund!
Monday, May 15 - Game Night at 6:00 pm

Thursday, May 18  -  Luncheon Club at noon

Thursday, May 25 - TMM Awards Dinner at
6:30 pm

Saturday, May 27 - Day Center Meal

Sunday, May 28 - Annual Memorial Day Weekend  Picnic & Worship Svc. at Rev. Todd's home
Sixth Annual

Memorial Day Weekend 


Sunday, May 28 - 11:00 am

NOTE: There will be NO church school or worship at the church itself that Sunday.

WHERE: 'Angel Acres' (Rev. Freeman's home)

513 E 63rd St N, Tulsa, 74126
918-640-9521 - cell
Click Here for map

Come relax and celebrate worship in the beauty of Pastor Todd’s property. Enjoy the backdrop of green trees, blue sky (hopefully), a pond, and the sounds of birds joining us in song. 

Carpool:  Available from the church parking lot. Last carpool will leave at 10:30 am

Rain Plan:  If the service needs to be moved due to weather concerns, that decision will be communicated through email and Facebook (and phone if need be) no later than noon on Friday, May 26th. 

Help Needed:  If you have a pop-up canopy/tent (think shade provider) that you are willing to bring, please (click name to) contact P.J. Brobston - or 352.283.4899.

Hamburgers, hot dogs, buns, condiments, drinks (lemonade, iced tea, water), 
and paper products will be furnished. 

The rest is Potluck!

Here's what you can bring :
People with the last names beginning:

    A - K        bring chips or raw veggies         
    L - Z        bring fruit or cookies/brownies

If you would like,  bring a favorite soft drink. You may also want to bring a  lawn chair and  yard games. There is a  trampoline for the children! There is also a canoe on a stocked  fishing pond, so bring some fishing equipment.

2017 Tulsa Pride Parade and Festival Saturday, June 3  

Parade Volunteers

  Come march with us in the 2017 Tulsa Pride Parade! College Hill will have a truck in the parade that needs riders. We need plenty more walkers, and a large, supportive crowd for those who cannot make the entire parade. Marchers and riders should arrive at the parade start at 13th and Boston around 5:30 pm. The Pride Parade starts at 6:00 and is family and dog friendly. Hope to see you there! Please (click name to) contact Gay Miller for more information.
College Hill Info Booth  Volunteers

College Hill will again have an informational booth indoors in the air conditioned Exhibition Hall during the Pride Festival. We are looking for volunteers to sign up for one-hour time slots to greet festival attendees and provide information about College Hill. We also need volunteer(s) for setup and take down. There will be seating provided along with a table in a 10x10 booth. 

Please (click name to) contact Emily Gamel or Terry Gamel 

This Sunday, May 7th 

This Sunday has been designated as Wills and Bequests Sunday on the Presbyterian Calendar.  That day we will emphasize ways to partner with College Hill and/or the national church through estate planning and end of life giving to ensure that our church’s mission endures.

There will be a table set up in Fellowship Hall with brochures from Texas Presbyterian Foundation.  Some of our Finance and Stewardship Ministry Team members will also showcase ways to give that you may not be aware of. 

Please stop by after worship, enjoy a cookie and coffee and learn how you can give to College Hill through estate planning and bequests in order that the missions of the church endure.

in Fellowship Hall
Sunday, May 14

S top by after worship to meet Steven & Nataya Bostic's baby boy Carter, while enjoying cake and punch.

Gifts  would be appreciated, but are not expected.
Tulsa Metropolitan Ministry
Annual Awards Dinner
Thursday, May 25 at 6:30 pm

Tulsa Metropolitan Ministry (TMM) will have their Annual Awards Dinner, to be held at the Charles Schusterman Jewish Community Center (2021 E. 71st St.)

College Hill has reserved a table for 8 to help show our support. Tickets are $50 and should be made payable to College Hill, with TMM Dinner in the memo line. If you would like to join us, please (click name to) contact Gay Miller or the church office. More information about the event can be found at
Note from Caroline Johnson:
Monarch butterfly caterpillars have been sighted in the west garden milkweed patch! Now to watch for the chrysalis to appear. Keep an eye on the new milkweed patch on the east side, too. 
Game Night
Monday, May 15
6:00 pm in Fellowship Hall

Plan to join us for Game Night in Fellowship Hall! If you like playing cards, dominoes or board games, then plan to join us for a fun night of fellowship! 

Please bring a snack to share, so we can munch while we play. If you require childcare or would like more information about the event, please contact Marilyn Hill or the church office. We'll have lots of games, but if you have a favorite game, feel free to bring it!

We look forward to seeing you there!
Luncheon Club
Thursday, May 18 at Noon

Luncheon Club meets the third Thursday of each month in Fellowship Hall. 

Gretchen Hannefield and Susan West will present "Mad Dash II: Spain & Portugal".

Plan to join us for wonderful food, fellowship and fun! Please contact Gretchen Hannefield or Gay Miller if you are interested in more information, or have a presentation or program idea you would like to share.


May 7 – The Lord is my Shepherd  by Thomas Matthews – featuring soprano Rebecca Howard and Mike Gibson, organist with the Chancel Choir.

May 14 –Built on a Rock  by Alec Wyton – featuring the Chancel Choir with organist Mike Gibson.

May 21 – Sing to the Lord a New Song by Theron Kirk –the Chancel Choir and organist Mike Gibson.

May 28 – Arise All Ye People by Michael Jothen – featuring the Chancel Choir and organist Mike Gibson.


The Chancel Choir of College Hill Presbyterian Church rehearses Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. in the second story choral room (next to the church office) for singing, fellowship and fun! Rehearsals have begun – and we invite YOU to be a part! If you are a singer and would like to sing with the Chancel Choir, we are welcoming new members. Please contact the Director of Music at or 918-230-2770.


 BELLissimo Handbell Ensemble of College Hill Presbyterian Church has bell-ringing rehearsals Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m.  If you are interested in playing in this fun ensemble (permanent member or substitute), please contact Director of Music for more information. Rehearsals have begun – please email the Director of Music or call him at 918-230-2770.

(Click name) to contact our Director of Music,  

Dr. Kim J. Childs, Director of Music
Mike Gibson, Organist
Day Center for the Homeless Meal
Saturday, May 27

Our Hispanic chefs will be cooking up  Baracoa (Mexican Bar B Que) for the meal at Tulsa's Day Center for the Homeless.

Find Caroline's Clipboard after church to donate money, time or cookies. 

Something for  the Spirit

Good and gracious God,
Who loves and delights in all people, we stand in awe before You, knowing that the spark of life within each person
on earth is the spark of your divine life.

 Differences among cultures and races are multicolored manifestations of Your Light.

 May our hearts and minds be open to celebrate similarities and differences among our sisters and brothers.

 We place our hopes for racial harmony in our committed action and in Your Presence in our Neighbor.

 May all peoples live in Peace.


-from the National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ) "Denouncing Racism - A Resource Guide of Faith-Based Principles.”

 For more information, CLICK HERE

1st Sunday Food Collection 
KWI Emergency Food Pantry
May 7

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.
  Thanks, College Hill, from
Kendall-Whittier Elementary!

Thanks to the generous support of our congregation, College Hill was able to more than fully supply all the requested classroom items for our adopted 3rd grade classes at Kendall Whittier Elementary.  Outreach and Mission Ministry Team would like to share just a couple of examples of the exuberant thanks received from the 3rd grade teaching staff:

“WOW! Suddenly, it was Christmas in April at Kendall-Whittier yesterday! We can’t express the wonder, joy, amazement, and gratitude our entire team felt when seeing all those very needed supplies being delivered on a cart to each teacher. Thank you, thank you!”

“Seriously! You have no idea the excitement the third grade team experienced today!…It means the world just to know that somebody cares. When it is such a generous group like you that cares, well, it just makes our day!”
2017 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, and placed in the basket on the Narthex information table.

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

M embers are encouraged to  bring flowers to decorate the sanctuary for worship services.  Please sign up on the Flower Chart, which is posted on the bulletin board in Fellowship Hall. Your dedication will be announced in that Sunday's Worship Bulletin.

Flowers can be purchased from any store or bought from your own yard or garden.  Please bring them in two containers the morning of the service for which you have signed up.  

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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