712 S. Columbia Ave.
Tulsa, OK 74104
Church Office Hours:
Mon - Th, 9 am - 3 pm
Closed on Fridays
9:30 am - Church School - all ages
10:30 am - Fellowship
11:00 am - Worship in English
11:00 am - Worship in Spanish
Join us for coffee, juice, cookies and
conversation in Fellowship Hall before
Church School and Worship.
We have entered a season with an extra emphasis on gratitude and thanksgiving.
Gratitude, however, has long been used in our culture as a way to put others in our debt – they owe us something for some ‘gift’ we have given. This ancient system of obligation, duty, and control is based on a pyramid relationship of benefactor and beneficiary. This comes with the obligation and expectation of a response, perhaps in-kind, to the gift giver.
In her book
Diana Butler Bass
encourages us to see gratitude in a different way.
The gifts we give, like God’s gift of life and love to us, must be free.
That means giving to others with no associated indebtedness or expectation of return.
God doesn’t offer us grace to get something in return. Rather, we choose to give not out of a sense of obligation but as a positive emotional and ethical response to the gift freely given.
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. These are the true hallmarks of the life Jesus calls us to live.
A spirituality of gratitude – which involves our response to the goodness of God – does indeed find expression in the giving of our time, talents, and financial resources.
This, in turn, empowers us to live into what it means to be part of the household, realm, kin-dom of God.
Blessings to all as we enter this season of gratitude and
Daylight Savings Time ends
Sunday, 11/4, so be sure to set your clocks back this Saturday night.
Saturday, November 17
Congregational Meeting on October 28, 2018
Class of 2021
Mary Ann Bumgarner
Youth Elder - Class of 2019
Thanks to our
Christian Education Ministry team, and many other behind-the-scenes
volunteers, the church's
youth program is stronger than ever!
Kid Connection offers the children many opportunities to express themselves and help others through music, arts & crafts, service projects, and much more.
to view the
November-December Event Schedule
click name to
Christian Education Ministry Team
, for more information.
College Hill's Kids Connection Room
COLLEGE HILL PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH DEPARTMENT OF MUSIC
Dr. Kim J. Childs, Director of Music
Mike Gibson, Organist
Sunday Morning Music Offerings
Featuring the Chancel Choir
with Mike Gibson, organist
The King of Love My Shepherd Is
Cynthia Fox, flute
Richard Ruggiero (Introit)
Praise My Soul – Patrica Hurlbutt (Offertory)
God, Whose Giving Knows No Ending
Lisa Wagner, oboe
Thanksgiving – John Ness Beck
The Chancel Choir of College Hill Presbyterian Church
. 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
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.
Please (click name) to contact our
Director of Music,
New Sanctuary Boiler Installed!
Penny Fund Donations Welcome
Thank you for your donations to the Penny Fund! You are always welcome to
), in the
This money goes toward funding many College Hill needs and events we enjoy throughout the year!
1st Sunday Offering
KWI Emergency Food Pantry
First Sunday food collection
will go to the
Kendall Whittier, Inc
Emergency Food Pantry.
We will again be collecting canned vegetables and canned fruit, as well as other non-perishable food items.
Cash donations are also always
welcome and much-appreciated!
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
14 - Alexia Medlock
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
Birthday Endowment Fund!
Adult Church School Class
Sunday mornings, 9:30 am
Rev. Freeman is presenting photographic tours of his recent trips. He has already shared his adventures at Ghost Ranch and Christ in the Desert Monastery.
Nov. 4 ~ Istanbul, Turkey
Nov. 11, 18 (and maybe more) ~ Jerusalem and the West Bank
, Executive Director of Tulsa Metropolitan Ministry (TMM), our tour leader, will attend the classes (and perhaps others from our Interfaith trip).
Holiday Potluck Luncheon
Sunday, November 4th
Fellowship Ministry Team
will host our annual
Holiday Potluck Luncheon
following worship. The main course and drinks will be provided, so please plan to
bring a favorite holiday side dish or dessert to share.
This year, we will also
recognize Rev. Todd
"Pastor Appreciation Month"
, so we
bring a note/card
to present to him at the Luncheon.
money or gifts, please - just a note of thanks.)
Stewardship pledge cards
during the service of worship, or you may send it directly to the church office
as soon as possible
Click below to download a blank pledge card
So, please plan to come to church with:
, AND a
to share with your church family!
Day Center for the Homeless Meal
Saturday, November 24
Turkey franks on wheat buns are tap for the dinner menu at the Day Center for the Homeless. Side salad, pickled okra and homemade cookies will round out the meal.
donate time, money or food.
Homemade Cookies Needed
for KWE Conferences
Sunday, November 11
to make upcoming (11/14) parent-teacher conferences at
a little sweeter.
If you can
couple dozen cookies
the church office, or
click name to
Outreach & Mission Ministry team
, and plan to
them with you
next Sunday, the 11
Outreach & Mission Survey
We value your ideas & opinions!
As announced in recent bulletins and the Messenger, the
to evaluate whether our activities and financial investments align with our values.
To that end,
Outreach and Mission
) to hear what you have to say.
We appreciate your taking a few minutes to complete the survey to provide your input to determine if the Outreach and Mission Team is appropriately allocating our resources.
It also seeks to learn if College Hill provides sufficient opportunities for you to be involved with our community.
The Outreach and Mission Team is responsible for channeling members’ time, talents, and treasure into local, national and global needs. Roughly $1 out of $8 in our budget goes to support outreach and mission efforts.
help, we can channel those resources more effectively.
If you haven't already done so,
please download and complete the survey.
It will only take a few minutes of your time.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
5th Sunday Special Offering
Kendall Whittier Elementary
takes a short break from her busy church office volunteer duties, to pose for a selfie with Rev. Todd and Lisa, in celebration of her
. Her dependability and strong work ethic have never wavered, and our admiration and appreciation for all she does for the church is immeasurable.
Thursday, November 15
We move from the topic of reading to
food and hunger issues
in our own
in Fellowship Hall for a
potluck and presentation
, Executive Director of the
Eastern Oklahoma Food Bank
for the past 7 years. Her prior service to Tulsa was at
Emergency Infant Services
(EIS) for 5 years as Executive Director. The food bank has been recognized as one of the
top 10 charities in the nation
and as an
social justice efforts.
for wonderful food, fellowship & fun!
Luncheon Club typically meets the 3rd Thursday of the month at either a nearby restaurant, or in Fellowship Hall. Please (click name to) contact
for more information.
All are welcome!
All Saint's Day Prayer
This All Saints' Day,
sing praise for the unnamed, the unknown saints,
the quiet faithful who kept the flame alive,
mothers who gave life,
grandmothers who said prayers,
fathers who taught their sons
the courage of gentleness.
Thank God for all who have worked for justice,
who have offered healing and hope,
who have practiced generosity and courage,
who have kept the candle burning.
Praise God for all those who have suffered,
who have borne the light when it was hard,
the victimized and exploited,
who yet remained God's Beloved.
And thank God for those who did nothing special at all,
who were simply the children of God,
made holy by God's love in them,
made saints by being created in God's image,
who shone by being themselves,
who honored the light of God within them,
living their lives instead of others' demands.
Praise God for that flame in you,
burning right now, steady and bright,
giving light to those who follow.
Give thanks, and pass on the light.
Not to be confused with the College Hill Book Club, we have another small group called the
Book Study Group
We select one or two books a year to read and discuss in depth over several monthly Tuesday evening sessions (typically on the fourth Tuesday).
This fall we will be reading “
by Frances Fitzgerald
if you are interested in joining us.
Marianne Stambaugh delivered several
school supplies to
Kendall Whittier Elementary that were
donated during our
5th Sunday Special Offering held in September.
In addition to much-needed supplies,
KWE was also presented with a
which reflected the
monetary donations given by our congregation!
Sunday, December 9
The Snow Child
by Eowyn Ivey
As we head into the holiday season and colder weather, reading
The Snow Child
, the debut novel by native Alaskan Eowyn Ivey published several years ago, seems to be fitting. Borrowing from Alan Cheuse's words in his NPR review of
The Snow Child
, a story set in the 1920s about a childless homesteading couple, "Ivey's delightful invention hovers somewhere between myth and naturalism - and the effect this creates is mesmerizing." Speaking to this particular time of year, he goes on to call the novel "a fantastic story - with tinges of sadness and a mysterious onward-pulsing life force" that "may be best for this, or any, season."
The Snow Child
by Eowyn Ivey is available at book stores, your local library, and other book sources.
for lunch and discussion
(1624 E. 15th St.,
just west of Utica on the south side of 15th St.)
immediately following worship service.
Book Club is
not meeting in November, to give readers a chance to finish this more lengthy book, so pick up a copy
now, to join in on December's meeting!
click name to)
if you are interested in more information about this fun group.
BECOME A READING PARTNER
Make a lifelong impact on a child
who struggles with reading.
Reading Partners provides one-on-one reading instruction to elementary school students reading below grade level to help them succeed
in school and in life.
· Give as little as one hour a week. Flexible weekday volunteer times are available Monday through Thursday between 8am and 3pm.
· Follow a highly effective, structured,
and easy-to-use curriculum.
· No formal teaching experience is required.
With school now back in session - this is a perfect time to sign up to volunteer!
For more information or to sign up:
Birthday Endowment Fund
A meaningful way to
this year is to
an amount equal to your new
This donation is also a wonderful way to
such as children, grandchildren and friends and allows the
for special projects.
Checks can be made payable to College Hill and marked "Birthday Fund" on the memo portion of the check.
If you would like to
to decorate the sanctuary for an upcoming worship service, please
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.
Recycle and Donation Center
The cabinets in the hallway outside of Fellowship Hall have been repurposed 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.