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

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
We have now entered the “darker half” of the year. Following the cycle of nature itself, this time of year marks the end of the old cycle and the beginning of the new – a time of dying and the promise of re-birth, a time of waiting and reflection. It is also a season of preparation, gathering resources for the long winter months that are coming. It was understood that in the dark silence comes whisperings of new beginnings, the stirring of the seed beneath the ground.

As nature takes a “time out” to prepare for the new growth of spring, it’s a good idea to follow that natural cycle in our own lives, materially and spiritually. May this be a time of waiting upon the new, and a time of reflection upon all that has occurred in the past year. Following the cues of nature, not the calendar this is kind of like the beginning of a new year.

And remember, living life with spirit of gratitude is one of most important elements necessary in order to live life to the fullest. The gift of being thankful, to God and for each other, lays the foundation for other qualities and virtues such as generosity, compassion, and good stewardship, which are true hallmarks of life Jesus calls us to live.

A spirituality of gratitude – our response to the goodness of God – does indeed find expression in the giving of our time, talents, and financial resources, so that we live into what it means to be part of the household, realm, kingdom, or kin-dom of God.

Blessings to all as we enter this season of Thanksgiving .

Rev. Todd Freeman

New Member
Clint Barker
Saturday, November 11
500th Anniversary
Worship & Potluck
Sunday, October 29
JustHope & Solar Under the Sun
Sunday, October 8
During worship, everyone enjoyed a Hymn Sing , with special musical guests Amalgama - a Nicaraguan band that works closely with JustHope.
After the service, the Congregation enjoyed more music from Amalgama, and the opportunity to purchase some high quality Nicaraguan goods from
JustHope artisans selling their wares.
Thank you to our
Adult Church School Leaders
Bert Woodall
Mark Thurston, who has been teaching about the life and work of reformer Martin Luther, taught a class upon the 500th anniversary of Luther's posting of his 95 Theses, marking the "official" beginning of the Protestant Reformation in 1517.
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.
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!
College Hill
Recycling Bins

Recycling is an expression of stewardship of the wonderful planet that we enjoy as our home. 

Our recycling center is located in the cabinets outside the Fellowship Hall. We recycle paper, cans, compact fluorescent lamps, batteries, and printer cartridges. 

We also collect plastic and paper shopping bags for reuse by organizations such as Emergency Infant Services and Iron Gate. (Please, no produce bags or newspaper bags, as we no longer have an outlet for recycling them.)
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. 
November Birthdays

  2 - Quinn Featherston
 3 - Maise Stagner-Speer
 4 - Ruby Oldham
 8 - Vance Vanderburg 
 8 - Paul Hartman  
  9 - Sara McCullough
  9 - Emily Gamel
10 - Christy Lyke
10 - Jeff Ream
11 - Vicki Jordan
12 - Gretchen Hannefield
13 - Sally Gammie
13 - Terry Bloss
14 - Rebecca Howard
15 - Margarita Bustos
15 - Vivian Zerger
18 - Matt Schone
18 - Adrienne Williams
23 - Polly Kelly
24 - Steven Bostic
24 - Lori Decter Wright
26 - Todd Redding
29 - Jamie McCullough
29 - Gay Miller
30 - Gabrielle Porter
Remember the 
Birthday Endowment Fund!
Sunday, 11/5 ~ Stewardship Sunday

Sunday, 11/5 ~ 1st Sunday Food Collection - KWI Food Pantry

Sunday, 11/5 ~ Book Club

Saturday, 11/11 ~ Veterans Day

Sunday, 11/12 ~ Commitment Sunday

Sunday, 11/12 after worship ~ Holiday Prime Rib & Potluck Luncheon

Thursday, 11/16 at noon ~ Luncheon Club

Wed-Thurs, 11/22-23 ~ Thanksgiving Holiday - Church office closed

Saturday, 11/25 ~ Day Center Homeless Meal
Stewardship Sunday
this Sunday, November 5

You should have recently received a letter from our Finance & Stewardship Ministry Team, that included the 2018 proposed budget, as well as your 2018 pledge card.  Extra budget copies & pledge cards are also available on the Narthex table, and by clicking the
link below .

Also, please consider this a gentle reminder to get your (2017) pledge up to date.

 Thank you for being a blessing to College Hill!

Your Finance and Stewardship Team
Commitment Sunday
Sunday, November 12

Completed pledge cards will be collected during the service of worship, or you may send it directly to the church office as soon as possible.
For anyone interested, we will answer any questions about the 2018 Proposed Budget in Fellowship Hall after the service.
Holiday Prime Rib &
Potluck Luncheon
Sunday, November 12

After worship in Fellowship Hall: Fellowship Ministry Team will roll up their sleeves and prepare prime rib for today’s meal. Bread and drinks will also be provided.

We would like the congregation to divide by last name as follows for food items :

A-G = salads
H-O = potato or rice dish
P-Z = dessert

Plan to come to church with your pledge cards AND a dish to share with your church family!
A Thank You Note from
Charlotte Bronston

Many thanks to everyone who helped me celebrate my 95th Birthday that lasted a week.
This is the lazy man's way to contact all of you to say how much I appreciate your love and friendship.

Charlotte B.
Charlotte's friends and family gathered in Fellowship Hall for a reception to celebrate her 95th Birthday
Thanksgiving at the
Equality Center!

Share the love and bounty of Thanksgiving! Again this year, Oklahomans for Equality (OkEq) will serve a Thanksgiving Day meal to approximately 250 LBGTQ folks and their allies .

College Hill members and friends are invited
to support this effort with donations of SALADS and FRUIT SALADS to complement the traditional meal.

Please plan to drop off your contribution to the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center , 621 E. 4 th St., anytime between 12:00 noon and 9:00 pm on Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday of Thanksgiving week.

For more information, (click name to) contact Gay Miller , Outreach & Ministry Team Moderator.
Luncheon Club
Thursday, November 16 at noon

This fun group meets the 3rd Thursday of each month, either in Fellowship Hall at the church, or at a local restaurant.

If you are interested in more information, please (click name to) contact Gretchen Hannefield or Gay Miller .

Featuring the Chancel Choir
with Mike Gibson , organist

November 5     
Choral Anthem    
Simple Gifts – by John Ferguson

November 12             
Choral Anthem      
Awake My Heart - by Gordon Jacob

November 19             
Choral Anthem       
Use Me, Lord by Linda Spevacek

November 26              
Choral Anthem                            
Christ, Whose Glory Fills the Skies by Keith Bissell



The Chancel Choir of College Hill Presbyterian Church rehearses Wednesdays at 6:40 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. Please contact the Director of Music.


BELLissimo Handbell Ensemble of College Hill Presbyterian Church rehearses Wednesdays at 5:30 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 the Director of Music for more information.

(Click name) to contact our Director of Music

Dr. Kim J. Childs, Director of Music
Mike Gibson, Organist
CHPC Annual
Mission Faire
Sunday, October 22
Something for the Spirit

The Prayer of Thanksgiving 
(by  Walter Rauschenbusch , 1861–1918)

For the wide sky and the blessed sun,
For the salt sea and the running water,
For the everlasting hills
And the never-resting winds,
For trees and the common grass underfoot.
We thank you for our senses
By which we hear the songs of birds,
And see the splendor of the summer fields,
And taste of the autumn fruits,
And rejoice in the feel of the snow,
And smell the breath of the spring.
Grant us a heart wide open to all this beauty;
And save our souls from being so blind
That we pass unseeing
When even the common thornbush
Is aflame with your glory,
O God our creator,
Who lives and reigns for ever and ever.
Saturday, November 25

Day Center Dogs

Turkey franks, coleslaw AND College Hill Cookies (they LOVE ‘em!) will be on the menu at the Day Center for the Homeless. 

If you can donate time, money and/or 3 dozen homemade cookies, sign up on Caroline’s Clipboard before or after church in November.

Thank you! 
Thank You
from Outreach & Mission Team!

Thanks, College Hill, for your continued support of our Outreach & Mission efforts - locally and around the world.

Here are a few recent examples:

• $1,500 donation from mission funds to Presbyterian Disaster Assistance!

• Twenty-five Gift of the Heart clean-up buckets completed, and over $1,300 in cash donations for hurricane disaster assistance!

• $1,000 donation to Solar Under the Sun to electrify a home in a third world country, made possible through your purchases of coffee and chocolate at our Fair Trade Store!

• Your welcoming presence at O&M’s Mission Faire on October 22 that featured six of our local partner organizations!
College Hill's
Cleanup Bucket Project
a Huge Success!

Hurricane Disaster Relief

Our church-wide response to the recent hurricane disasters, included collecting cleaning supplies and assembling ‘Cleanup Buckets’ for Presbyterian Disaster Relief ( PDA ).  

Due to your generous donations - we collected enough supplies to fill 25 buckets , and raised over $1,300 !

A big thanks to Pat Valencia
for overseeing this project!

Thank you for your assistance!
KWE Volunteer Opportunities

You can help a child improve reading and comprehension skills . Outreach & Mission Ministry Team invites you to be a volunteer listener in the Reading Counts program with our adopted 3rd graders at Kendall-Whittier Elementary .

Reading Counts is an incentive-based program where children read books that interest them, then take a short online quiz. Your commitment can be based on whatever time you have available. All volunteers must complete a background check. The following KWE teachers would be excited to have you in their classrooms !

Matthews - 1:45 pm - 2:20 pm
Smith - Anytime during the school day
Morse - Anytime during the school day
Price - 8:00 am - 10:00 am

KWE also needs volunteer sponsors to accompany students on field trips throughout the school year. If you are interested in either of these opportunities, please contact the school office at 918-833-9900 and ask for Beth or Sylvia.
Sunday, November 5
after worship

The Housemaid’s Daughter:
A Novel by Barbara Mutch

So that we can tackle a book a little longer than our regular monthly selections, Book Club will not meet in October, but will next gather in early November before the holiday rush begins. Our selection,  The Housemaid’s Daughter: A Novel, is a debut novel for author Barbara Mutch set in early 20 th century Apartheid-era South Africa, which the book summary describes as “a beautiful, yet divided land.” The book summary goes on to describe the novel as “startling and thought-provoking,” encasing a story that “intricately portrays the drama and heartbreak of two women who rise above cruelty to find love, hope, and redemption.”

This book is available at book stores, your local library, and other book sources. Book Club will meet for lunch and discussion at Panera Bread ( 1624 E. 15 th St., just west of Utica, on the south side of  15 th St.) immediately following worship service, about  12:15 pm.

1st Sunday
Food Collection
Kendall Whittier, Inc. (KWI)
This Sunday, November 5

Donations 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 appreciated .
Visit our Facebook page for
more photos!
Happy Thanksgiving!
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