The Messenger
Progressive Theology, Traditional Worship, Inclusive Congregation (PCUSA)
Affiliated with More Light Presbyterians and the Covenant Network of Presbyterians
May 2021
712 S. Columbia Ave.
Tulsa, OK 74104

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

Rev. Freeman is now taking Mondays off so he can work on a sermon on Fridays because the videoing of the service happens on Saturdays.

Worship Schedule:
May 9 - Re-union
Worship in the sanctuary
Services will be live streamed.

Church Email:

Pastor Email:

The church office will be closed Monday, May 31 in observance of Memorial Day.

Please note we will not gather this year at Rev. Todd's for the Annual Memorial Day Weekend Worship & Picnic.
Word From the Pastor
In my newsletter article one year ago - May 2020 - I started with, “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!”

And I ended with, “We will be having virtual worship, most likely, throughout the month of May.”

Proof that none of us could adequately predict the future, it is one entire year later that we can now declare that we will celebrate a re-union of in person worship in the sanctuary on May 9, which also happens to be Mother’s Day.

Several emails have already been sent concerning the required restrictions in our Phase 1 of re-entry. Please refer to those (also in this newsletter) to help you determine when you feel comfortable returning to the church. We are training a group of ushers to help all of us follow distancing and other guidelines.

Everyone will be entering from the west parking lot entrance doors. While still outside, attendance will be registered. Masks will be required.

As has also been announced, we will no longer be pre-videoing and editing a worship service together and then posting it to our YouTube page: College Hill Presbyterian Church Tulsa. When you log onto YouTube, please "Subscribe" to our page.

Instead, we will be live streaming the service each Sunday at 11:00 am (and yes, we’re still working out the bugs). This live recording will also be posted to our YouTube page.

I am deeply grateful for your patience, understanding, support, affirmations, and willingness to "go with the flow" throughout this past difficult year of physical distancing. And I am so proud of how we have worked hard at finding ways to continue to feel connected to the church and one another.

Transitions, while necessary, are never particularly easy, so please keep this on-going process (and our mental health well-being) in your prayers.

On another note, since we will have just returned to the sanctuary on May 9, the Worship & Music ministry team decided it would be best to not close down again in order have the traditional Memorial Day Weekend worship at my home. And for continued safety reasons, no picnic at the church either. Well, there's always 2022!

Blessings, Rev. Todd 
May 9
Day Center for the Homeless Meal
May 22

Coneys are back! Coney Islander will provide coney packs (two dogs wrapped together) for this month’s meal at the Day Center for the Homeless. Menu also will include slaw, pickled okra or dill pickles, oranges, homemade cookies and lemonade. Thanks to many generous donors, our Day Center dinner fund can provide all items except the homemade cookies. If you would like to bake and deliver 3 to 4 dozen cookies, text Caroline Johnson at 918-629-2882.
Giving Opportunities to Help
Our Neighborhood
Elementary Schools

Thanks to the generosity of our College Hill members, the Outreach & Mission Ministry Team continues to support students, teachers, and families at our two neighborhood elementary schools: Kendall-Whittier and Sequoyah.

Already in 2021, O&M has sent gifts to KWE for classroom supplies and Teacher Appreciation Week, and to Sequoyah for hygiene and
cleaning products for students and families.
For members who want to be more personally involved, O&M invites you to consider the following two opportunities:

Anyone hoping for a truly “hands on” experience, KWE is hoping for volunteers to help with gardening work on the school grounds:
pruning, weeding, cleaning in the front beds, garden, and fountain areas.

Any and all help will be welcomed!

Please contact Dr. Ronda Kesler, Principal, or Kathryn Russell, Counselor, at 918-833-9900 for more information.

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SEQUOYAH Elementary:
Communities in Schools Coordinator Anahi Messer has set up an Amazon Wish List for donations to help families struggling to pay
for hygiene and cleaning products.

Needed items:
shampoo & conditioner
dish soap
laundry detergent
dryer sheets
floss / toothpaste / mouthwash

While the Wish List has suggestions for purchase, Anahi says that no specific brands are needed, and any donation is greatly appreciated!

For more information, contact Anahi at Sequoyah, 918-746-9360, or click here to view Sequoyah's Amazon Wish List!
Did you know one out of every three bites of food you eat exists because of the efforts of pollinators: bees, butterflies, moths, wasps and birds?

Unfortunately, pollinator populations are in decline globally due to loss of habitat, pollution, misuse of chemicals, disease and climate change.

Fortunately, an Earth Care Congregation Pollinator Garden – featuring 40+ Black-eyed Susans – has sprouted up on the west side of the church parking lot!

The project started with painting the fence, thanks to Susan West, Mary Ann Bumgarner & granddaughter Annabelle King, Parker Brobston, Emily & Ruby Oldham, Chloe & John Gammie, Liam & John Michael Gammie, Rusty & Caroline Johnson and Mark Miller.

Next came the Master Gardeners’ plant sale and getting the plants into the ground with Mark, Rusty & Caroline and Nancy Meyer, a Master Gardener and Caroline’s college buddy, who also donated Osmocote plant food.

The plants ­– aka Goldsturm Rudbeckia – should provide a showy mass of tall, bright yellow flowers summer through early fall, and hopefully attracting every pollinator in the neighborhood!
2 - Lindsey Fox             
 4 - Ethan Watts
 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 - Stephen Morgan
25 - Josie Speer
31 - Eric Driscoll
  Remember the 
Birthday Endowment Fund!
Return to In-Person
Worship Services!

Upon the recommendation of College Hill's
Re-Union Ministry Team, the Session voted unanimously on April 13, to return to in-person worship in the church sanctuary (with precautions and guidelines-see Phase 1 requirements below) on

Sunday, May 9, 2021 (Mother's Day)
at 11:00 am

The last service of worship in our sanctuary was March 14, 2020 - an unfathomable 14-month hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Upon reopening, Phase 1 will require:

Sign-in, hand sanitizer, face masks, social distancing (with overflow seating in Fellowship Hall, which will have sound/video projected onto the screen on the stage)
•No congregational singing
•No Passing the Peace
•No Time With the Children
•No church school
•No Kid’s Connection
•No indoor fellowship

A 5-question survey was also sent out in mid-April, requesting the congregation’s feedback concerning our safe reopening of in-person worship at the church, including everyone’s willingness to return and when, and about vaccinations.

Please contact the church office with any questions or concerns.
Christian Ed News

Youth Group Activity at YWCA

Sofia Ohlson, Jesper Ohlson, Kye May, and Susan West participated in the YWCA Stand Against Racism by helping to distribute 200 bags of fresh produce on Sunday, April 25th.

(Click name to) email our Christian Education Ministry team Moderator Susan West, or call her at 918-724-7521.
Celtic Circle Beltane Gathering
Tuesday, May 4
6:30 pm (via Zoom)

Our program topic will be “reclaiming prayer”. The Zoom meeting invitation and handout material will be emailed on Monday.

Please (click name to) contact Mark Miller if you are interested in participating but are currently not on the Celtic Circle email list.
How to be an
by Ibram X. Kendi

Thursday, May 6
6:30 pm

This will be our closing discussion on this very important and transformative book. You would benefit from the discussion even if you haven't read the book.

For more information, call Sue Haskins.

Here's the Zoom link:

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

MAY 2021

May 2 If Ye Love Me – Thomas Tallis
Kim Childs, tenor

MAY 9 Come, Thou Fount - Craig Courtney
Kim Childs, tenor

MAY 16 God Be In My Head - John Rutter
Kim Childs, tenor
MAY 23 Caitlin Norton, soprano TBA

MAY 30 Here I am, Lord - arr. Ovid Young
Kim Childs, tenor




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 this fall, we are welcoming new members.

Chancel Choir rehearsals resume Wednesday, May 12, 2021!
(While strictly adhering to Covid-19 Phase 1 guidelines and safety requirements recently implemented by College Hill's Re-Union Ministry team.) 


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) this fall, please contact Director of Music for more information.

BELLissimo Handbell rehearsals resume Wednesday, May 12, 2021!
(While strictly adhering to Covid-19 Phase 1 guidelines and safety requirements recently implemented by College Hill's Re-Union Ministry team.) 

Please contact the Director of Music at or call him at 918-230-2770 with any questions or concerns.
Volunteer Treasurer Needed

Since we have not had any volunteers from the congregation to take over the church accounting duties, the Finance & Stewardship Ministry team is now seeking someone with QuickBooks experience to work (remotely) a few hours per month.

If you, or someone you know might be interested, please contact the Church Office or one of the
F&S Ministry team members.
May is Mental Health Awareness Month

More than usual, this past year has affected so many with chronic stress, leading to mental health issues. If that is true for you, know that you are NOT alone!

Let us all pay extra attention to our own mental well-being as we go through our current life transitions, and pray for and support those who are particularly struggling with depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues. Thanks!

There is a new Presbyterian Mental Health Network. For a list of downloadable ministry resources:
Tax Deductions for
Charitable Giving

Did you know you may be able to deduct up to $300 from your income taxes for cash donations made to charity during 2020, even if you do not itemize your deductions?

There is a little known special provision in the CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act) that allows for exactly that – cash donations of up to $300 made before December 31, 2020 to qualifying charities may be deductible when people file their taxes in 2021, even when they choose to take the standard deduction, rather than itemizing their deductions. 
Birthday Endowment Fund

A meaningful way to celebrate your Birthday in this new 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.
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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