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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
May 2020
712 S. Columbia Ave.
Tulsa, OK 74104

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

Worship Schedule:
Virtual Worship throughout the month of April.

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Disregarding our governor's decision for churches to be allowed to reopen on May 1st, the Session voted unanimously that we will stay closed to in-person church activities until reason and the science indicate it is safe for our members and visitors!
After posting the above announcement to a FB page called " Happy to be Presbyterian", it was seen up by the editor of the national Presbyterian Mission Agency News. They wanted to do an article and called Rev. Todd for an interview. He got a note from the reporter, after it was published, and said it had received nearly 5000 page views last week - the top story!

To read the entire article,
Flattening the Curve means keeping churches closed for now, leaders say
Word From the Pastor
When will this ever end? I'm beginning to feel a bit less disoriented, but it's still there. So, if you're feeling the same way, you're not alone!

In all the reading I do every week, mainly for sermon preparation, I have found that the editor of The Presbyterian Outlook, Jill Duffield, reflects best the things so many of us are feeling and experiencing. The following is a quote from her lectionary commentary for May 3, Good Shepherd Sunday, which sums it up well at the moment.

" In recent weeks, as this pandemic persists and our stay-at-home orders remain, I find that no matter how much I sleep, I feel exhausted. I begin to look at my work and wonder: Is it worthwhile? Is it enough? Should I do something more or different or better? I start fretting about all I am not doing for the world. Shouldn't I volunteer more or give more or agitate more? I ruminate over what lessons this new reality should be teaching me. What reality is being revealed that I ought to see and embrace or notice and attempt to change? Which headline should I read or ignore? Which advice is prudent or fake? Which leader trustworthy or self-serving? Is there a pundit or guru or expert or consultant who knows what's next? I've seen that list of "questions you should be thinking about," but I've yet to see the list of answers that goes along with it... I feel instead as if I am walking around in circles with no clear sense of where I am supposed to go."

So, again, you and I are not alone. But, as always, there's hope! I'll be sharing her "good news" from the end of her article in my May 3 sermon, "Following the Shepherd's Voice".

"While I grieve that we cannot break bread together in the sanctuary or around those plastic tables in the fellowship hall, I rejoice that nothing will stop our worship, our prayers, the communion of the saints. Easter would not, could not be stopped and the risen Christ will not remain in the graveyard or be prevented from coming to us through locked doors or during stay-at-home orders. The Good Shepherd stops at nothing to provide for the sheep. The halting hymns sung in my living room do not soar like the alleluia chorus of our church choir, but they are heartfelt. Singing them, and knowing others are singing them too, hones my ability to hear Jesus calling my name, leading me out to serve and bringing me home to rest." 

So many of us are now getting quite familiar with zoom (and yes, there is some zoom fatigue), but I am so appreciative for all those who are connecting with the Adult Church School class on Sundays at 9:30 am. You are invited to join us as we share our journeys of faith during these times.

And thank you for your patience, encouragement, and affirmations as we continue to figure out how to do virtual worship. And as they say, thanks for watching. :-)

Prepare for virtual Communion on Sunday, May 3.

Special blessings during these strange days,
Rev. Todd
p.s. We will be having virtual worship, most likely, throughout the month of May.

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The Session
The Choirs
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Eastern Oklahoma Presbytery
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 4 - Ethan Watts
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Birthday Endowment Fund!
Happy Anniversary, Mike!

Please join the Personnel Ministry Team in celebrating Mike Gibson’s six year anniversary (April 2014) as College Hill’s organist . Over this time, Mike has impressed us with his musical talents at church services and special events. Many people have commented on how lucky College Hill is to have Mike. If you send him a thank you note, he just might make you some of his famous deviled eggs.
Events That Are Happening Virtually
was planned for May 3 rd
Haley Brobston is graduating from high school. We were planning on having a reception after worship – which will happen later - but you can send her a card.
was planned for May 17 th

Please let these folks know that
we appreciate them.

John Gammie – Adults
Rev. Todd Freeman – Adults
Gary & Linda Watts – Youth
Gini Fox – Youth
Alicia Odum – School Age
Nancy Gammie – Preschool
Trinna Burrows – Soulful Singers
Kye May – Kids Connection
Wyneth Roulet – Nursery
Meghan Lovett – Nursery
We want to assemble a message from the congregation to the kids. All you will have to do is make a sign with one word on it – then take a selfie holding the sign. We will arrange the pictures to spell out a message and set it to music.

In order to plan this, we need to know the number of people who wish to participate.

Please text (918-724-7521) or (click name to) email Susan West if you
would like to join us.


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

Sadly, since we are having to worship virtually for now, there are no Chancel Choir nor BELLissimo rehearsals.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

One of the hallmarks of this pandemic is the stress and disruption in the mental well-being of almost everyone. You are NOT alone!

So, let us all pay extra attention to our own mental health and pray for and support those who are particularly struggling with depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues. Thanks!
for the
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