The Messenger
Progressive Theology, Traditional Worship, Inclusive Congregation (PCUSA)
Affiliated with More Light Presbyterians and the Covenant Network of Presbyterians
May 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:
Barbara Perry
February 2, 1938 -
April 14, 2022

Barbara joined College Hill with her father and brother in 1963, following her mother who joined in 1961.

Her passing closes an important chapter in the life and ministry of College Hill.

A special thank you to so many congregation members throughout the years that helped take care of many of Barbara's needs.

A memorial service at the church will be announced at a future date.
Word From the Pastor
What a joy it is to be more fully open to in-person worship here at the church! We are truly blessed in so many ways here at College Hill, especially in the authentic, caring relationships being formed and renewed after such a tumultuous couple of years away from each other.

With many new members, in addition to just now getting back to in-person gatherings at the church, it’s getting a bit harder to get to know everyone. Therefore, let us all continue to strive to build meaningful relationships with one another.

We are still going through a process of transition, even transformation. That's not always easy, so know how much I and the Session appreciate your patience as we move into new phases of being the church together!

Later in the month, I invite the entire congregation and friends to my home on Sunday, May 28, for the Memorial Day Weekend Worship & Picnic. We will try hard to accommodate those with mobility issues, using a golf cart. For all the pertinent details, please read the article in this Newsletter. 

NOTEThere will be NO worship or church school at the church that morning. If you have any concerns about this, please speak with me.

If you would like to carpool out to my home, cars will be leaving the church parking lot by 10:30 am. This will be a wonderful opportunity simply to relax with one another, worship outdoors, share fellowship, eat, and get to know each other better. We will have a rain plan.
Rev. Todd
May 8
As has been our tradition, carnations will be handed out to all females, of all ages, in the congregation.
Note: The church office will be closed on
Monday, May 30.
After a 3-year absence,
we will resume the

Memorial Day Weekend

Sunday, May 29
Beginning at 11:00 am

NOTE: There will be NO church school or worship at the church itself that Sunday.
'Angel Acres' 
(Rev. Freeman's home)
513 E 63rd St N, Tulsa, 74126
918-640-9521 - cell

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. 

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 27th. 

Help Needed:
If you have a pop-up canopy/tent (think shade provider) that you can bring, please do so.

If you would like, bring a soft drink, a lawn chair, and a favorite yard game.

Instead of our usual Potluck, we will provide box lunches. A form to register and select your lunch will be coming soon.
Lent, Holy Week, Easter
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

We will continue our weekly study of this important book. One of 18 chapters will be discussed each Sunday. Each begins with a video introduction of that chapter by the author.

You can join at any time during the study because each chapter is self contained enough that you don't need the previous chapter to understand the next. SO.. PLEASE JOIN US. Look for the weekly email with the zoom link.

John Pavlovitz, author of A Bigger Table, was our Harold E. Hill Lecture Series in 2018.

Day Center Meal
May 28

We will be delivering the meal to the Tulsa Day Center on the 28th.

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 918-629-2882. 
All Church Workday April 9
Building & Grounds Ministry team would like to say THANK YOU to the 26 volunteers who helped out this year during All Church Work Day:
The group worked hard to
complete the following projects:

•   Pews cleaned and oiled        
•   Door handles polished
•   Landscaping cleaned and refreshed
•   Outside fence repaired
•   Kitchen cleaned
•   Parts of the 3rd floor were reorganized
•   Crib room cleaned and reorganized
•   Worship Connection door repaired
•   Sections of lights converted to LED
Return to Phase III
The Session has approved the recommendation of the Re-Union Ministry Team to return to Phase III of our Covid-19 protocols. Masks are no longer required, but those that choose to continue wearing one are encouraged to do so.

We have returned to full congregational singing, as well as the Chancel Choir. Coffee service and snacks in the Fellowship Hall is also allowed again.
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.
2 - Lindsey Fox
 2 - Brooks Williamson
 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!

Congratulations to Valerie Ordonez on the birth of her son, (and Monica Rodriguez’s grandson)-
Abel Torres-born on April 8,
weighing in at 8 lb. 4 oz.!
Congratulations to
Parker Brobston
on the occasion of her graduation
from high school.

We will recognize Parker and this achievement during worship on May 15 and present her with a beautiful journal/book of memories. (Please be sure to sign her journal, in Fellowship Hall.)

Through the Christian Education ministry team and the Session, Parker was awarded a $400 scholarship as she attends the University of Arkansas this fall.
The Christian Education Ministry Team would
like to recognize those who
have assisted in our mission:

Trinna Burrows
Todd Freeman
John Gammie
Nancy Gammie
Kye May
Susan West
Wyneth Roulet

Please thank our teachers!
Vacation Church School
June 14-16, 2022
6:00-8:00 pm

We will all participate in service projects at the church, have a short lessons with snacks, and also take the kids to the park.

The adults can play games at the church.

Questions or offers to volunteer, contact:
Susan West, 918-724-7521
One Great Hour of Sharing: 

Thanks to your generosity on Palm Sunday - we collected $1,565.00, to be split between:

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance
Presbyterian Hunger Program
Self-Development of People
Celtic Circle Gathering
Tuesday, May 3

Our Celtic Circle group will gather for the Festival of Bealtaine (Beltane) in May at The Gathering Place near "Swing Hill" at 6:30 pm. There will be indoor contingency plans if it rains.
Final coordination will be by email. (Click name to) contact Mark Miller if you are not on the email list but want to be included in the announcements.
Happy Anniversary, Kim!
Anniversary Celebration
Sunday, May 8

July 13th will mark the 16th Anniversary of Dr. Kim Childs beginning as College Hill’s Director of Music Ministry! 

Please read the article about him (below), which gives his life history and shows us how lucky we are to have him with us!

To celebrate, we’re going to have a party on Sunday, May 22nd, after worship in Fellowship Hall. (We were unable to celebrate his 15th last year due to Covid.) There will be cupcakes and a few surprises. 

We would like to give Kim a token of our appreciation (cash) so would appreciate any donations. (Please make checks out to College Hill with “Kim Childs” in the memo.) We need the donations no later than Thursday, May 19th. So, let’s celebrate Kim!

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

The Chancel Choir of College Hill Presbyterian Church rehearses Wednesdays at 7:00 pm in the second story choral room (next to the church office) for singing, fellowship and fun!

BELLissimo Handbell Ensemble of College Hill Presbyterian Church rehearses Wednesdays at 6:15 pm in Fellowship Hall (1st floor).

If you would like to sing with the Chancel Choir, or are interested in joining our Handbell Choir, (permanent member or substitute),
we are welcoming new members!

Please (click name to) contact our
Director of Music, Kim Childs.

May 2022

MAY 1~Praise the Lord! Ye Heavens, Adore Him
arr. Benjamin Harlan
Chancel Choir

MAY 8 ~The Lord Is My Shepherd- Thomas Matthews
Chancel Choir

MAY 15~Lamb of God - arr. Melius Christiansen
Chancel Choir

MAY 22~Let the People Praise - Buryl Red
Chancel Choir

Memorial Day Weekend Picnic at Rev. Freeman's:
MAY 29 ~ Kumbaya - arr. Paul Sjolund
Chancel Choir
Next Step in our Help for
Afghan Neighbors:

The vast majority of our Afghan neighbors have arrived in Tulsa (nearly 750 of our 800). College Hill has donated a Narthex and van full of food, clothes and supplies to help. 

Now though, our neighbors need core volunteer “wrap-around” groups to help them orient to Tulsa and through whom to report needs as they come up. Pursuant to Session approval,
Outreach & Mission invites you to participate in a College Hill “wrap-around” group to support an Afghan family in a number of ways that range from minimal time commitment to nearly a part time job. 

Our service might not be needed for months, or it could be needed in days. Having a “wrap-around” group ready to deploy will let us meet the call when it comes. 

Click here to learn more about “wrap-around” group roles. 

After that, click on this link to sign up to join a group.    

If you want to know more about this initiative, please (click name to) reach out to:
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) Emergency Response to Ukraine War:

To support emergency relief for those fleeing Ukraine, you may designate monetary gifts via text, online, or by phone:

You may also pick up a flyer on the table in the Narthex, that provides all the details.
May is Mental Health Awareness Month

This past year has continued to affect 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 and congregation 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:
Ever thought of a green burial?

Check out “A Way for Nature to Rest in Peace” in the April edition of National Geographic.
Briefly, it highlights the Indiangrass Preserve in southeast Texas – 18,000 acres restored and protected as a nature preserve.

The latest project of the Katy Prairie Conservancy aims to restore and preserve the natural state of land that will welcome the living – and the dead. Not to mention urban sprawl, Houston. 
50 acres will be for so-called green burials. No caskets or concrete liners used. The dead won’t be embalmed. Each body will wear only biodegradable clothing and a shroud.

Green burials also allow root systems to trap the carbon released from human bodies during decomposition. Locally, notes Green Chair Mark Miller, “Green Funeral and Forest Burials for Family and Pets” is offered by Dillon Family Services, 5800 S. Lewis Ave., (918) 245-4142.
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Several municipalities in Wisconsin have adopted a “No Mow May” ordinance to protect the bee population. Its impact measured an 500% increase in pollinator population, according to researchers at Lawrence University, Montreal. Or consider leaving buffer areas to allow pollinator plants (weeds?) continued growth.

Keep up the green work!  
Something for the Spirit
"Prune Me" 
by Steve Garnaas-Holmes

     "I am the true vine, and God is the vine grower. God removes every branch in me that bears no fruit. Every branch that bears fruit God prunes to make it bear more fruit.” —John 15.1-2

Loving God, Vinegrower of Life,
I bring to mind with gratitude those ways you bear fruit in me,
where your grace blossoms into blessing.
Receive my thanks.
. . . 
Wise vinedresser, show me what in me does not bear fruit,
what impedes the flow of your grace in me:
fears and resentments, desires, habits and attachments
that do not bear the fruit of your love, 
dead branches that no longer serve you.
Help me see.
. . . 
God of mercy, prune me with your grace.
Help me release all that does not bear fruit,
and let go of what diminishes your love in me.
Help me repent.
. . . 
God of peace, 
help me trust your spirit flowing in me,
blossoming forth with your glory,
bearing the fruit of your presence.
Help me love. 
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.

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