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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
November 2019
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.
Sunday, Nov 3
Word From the Pastor
Just a word about  Stewardship. I’ve said it before, but it bears repeating: 

Biblically, stewardship isn’t about fundraising, but rather a spiritual discipline that becomes a lifestyle and way of life.  

When we realize that all that we have is actually a gift from God, it is out of a spirit of gratitude and generosity that we give a portion of our time, talents, and financial resources back to God in order to further a life and ministry of love and compassion. 

I have learned that one of the most important elements of good stewardship is to recognize that it’s more about  our  need to give than the church’s need to receive . Also, there has been a generational shift away from stewardship as a means to preserve and promote an institution within which we experience God, towards stewardship as an act of personal spiritual devotion that secondarily benefits the church and its ministries.

The theology of stewardship also serves as the church’s antidote to our age’s obsession with materialism, consumerism, and the desire to acquire more and more. As Christians, we know that people are not worth the sum of what we acquire, but are of infinite value because we are children of God – created in the image of God. 

Let us all think upon these things as we prayerfully reflect upon our own way of living, spiritual disciplines, and our need to generously share our blessings with others. Commitment Sunday is November 3.

Rev. Todd
These Days
Oct-Dec 2019

Daily Devotional book published through PC(USA).

Rev. Todd was asked to write a short devotional for each day in the first week of October. The publisher provided the scripture passages (from the lectionary) and the overall theme: T he Sacred Presence of God . Reflections include the sub-themes: Lament . Exile . Memory . Faith . Service .

You may also CLICK HERE to view the pdf version of Rev. Todd's devotionals.
Congratulations newly-elected
Ruling Elders
Congregational Meeting on October 27, 2019

Class of 2022
Alexia Medlock
Fred Schone
Mark Thurston
Susan West

Nominating Committee Member
Bryan Finck-Ward
Harold E. Hill Lecture Series
Sunday, October 20, 2019

This year's lecture was presented by Diana Butler Bass , expanding upon themes from her recent book, Grateful .
It was a wonderful event, and we were blessed that she preached in the morning
service of worship.
FALLoween Festival & Potluck
Crew installing our new audio/visual equipment in the Fellowship Hall
Looking to safely and responsibly dispose of unneeded prescription glasses and unused, l abeled medications?

Neighbor for Neighbor (505 E 36th St, N,, Tulsa) accepts these items through their drop-off program, and handles everything for you at no cost !

From housing and food distribution assistance, to life skills training, flood disaster support, and everything in between - this tr usted organization continues to help make a difference in our community and in the lives of our neighbors in need, for over 50 years!

Click here for more information about their drop-off program, as well as ways you may be able to support this worthwhile charity. You can also call them at (918) 425-5578.
Flower Chart
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.
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
11 - Vicki Jordan
12 - Gretchen Hannefield
13 - Sally Gammie
13 - Terry Bloss
14 - Rebecca Howard
14 - Alexia Medlock
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!
Friday, November 1
6:30 pm
College Hill Presbyterian Church

Service of Remembrance

Charlotte Burton

Mike Gibson
Commitment Sunday 
November 3

Letters were recently sent out to the congregation, with information about our 2020 Stewardship Campaign .

When completing your pledge card , we ask that you please take your pledge into prayerful consideration when determining your estimate of giving for next year. Thank you for your generous commitment to the work of Jesus Christ through this church.

Please bring your completed pledge card with you to church on Commitment Sunday, as we gather together in worship. 
All Church Workday
Saturday, November 16
9 am – Noon

Plan to join us for our upcoming All Church Workday as we prepare our building for the coming winter’s activities.  Snacks will be provided and a good time will be had by all. 

Please (click name to) contact Mark Miller or Gini Fox if you have any questions or know of anything around the church that needs attention.
Thank You!

Thanks to your generous contributions , we are pleased to report the following contribution totals for our most recent offerings:

5th Sunday Special Offering:
These funds will be used by Marion Medical Mission to drill water wells to help those in rural areas of Malawi , Africa , have access to clean drinking water . The congregation contributed $1,520 , and our Outreach & Mission Ministry Team contributed an additional $280 from their team budget, to donate enough
to help build 4 water wells !

Peace & Global Witness Offering:
College Hill also retains 25% from this offering~ $ 289 for our ministry efforts!
Thanksgiving at the Equality Center:
Salads Needed!

Share the love and bounty of Thanksgiving! Again this year, Oklahomans for Equality 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. Neil Equality Center , 621 E. 4 th St., anytime between 12:00 noon and 9:00 pm on Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday ( November 25-27 ) of Thanksgiving week . For more information, please (click name to) contact Terry Baxter , Outreach & Ministry Team Moderator. 
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Come Home for the Holiday
Thanksgiving Lunch
Thursday, November 28, 12:00 p.m.

OkEq i nvites you to join them on Thanksgiving Day for a FREE community meal at the Dennis R. Neil Equality Center. (621 E. 4th St., Tulsa, OK)
Luncheon Club
November 21
at Noon
Fellowship Hall

College Hill Luncheon Club typically meets the 3rd Thursday of each month. All are welcome!

Please bring a dish to share and join us for great food, fun, and fellowship!

For more information, please (click name to) contact Gay Miller or Gretchen Hannefield.
Day Center for the Homeless
November 23

Kids & Dogs

Our Children’s Crew will be making and serving all the cookies for dessert during the Day Center for the Homeless meal.  (Parents should plan to have your child at the church by 1:30 that day to bake.)

Healthy Oscar Meyer wieners on whole wheat buns, coleslaw and dill pickles also are on the menu.

Sign up on Caroline’s Clipboard to donate money or time.
Charlotte Bronston recently celebrated her 97th Birthday in October!
Plant for the Pollinators
Help feed and save the beautiful Monarch butterfly simply by planting milkweed seeds this fall!  Milkweeds are a beneficial food source for Monarchs in several ways. When they drink the juice from milkweed, it makes their bodies poisonous to predators. Milkweed is also where they lay their eggs, and becomes a larval food plant for the Monarch’s caterpillars. 

Caroline Johnson has harvested seeds from the College Hill milkweed plants and prepared packets with simple instructions for fall planting. Labeled envelopes are available on the Narthex table

Know that Milkweed does contain toxins that can be harmful to pets, livestock and people if consumed in large quantities. However, most animals wont’ eat it because it does not taste good! (Source: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service)  
Book Study
Small Group

Tuesday, November 26
6:30 pm

Not to be confused with the College Hill Book Club, we have another small group called the Book Study Group. This month, we begin discussions on our current book:

On Tyranny
Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century
by Timothy Snyder

A historian of fascism offers a guide for surviving and resisting America's turn towards authoritarianism.

The Founding Fathers tried to protect us from the threat they knew, the tyranny that overcame ancient democracy. Today, our political order faces new threats, not unlike the totalitarianism of the twentieth century. We are no wiser than the Europeans who saw democracy yield to fascism, Nazism, or communism. Our one advantage is that we might learn from their experience.

On Tyranny  is a call to arms and a guide to resistance, with invaluable ideas for how we can preserve our freedoms in the uncertain years to come.

CHPC Book Study Small Group selects one or two books a year to read and discuss in depth (typically on the fourth Tuesday, at the home of Sue Haskins) over several monthly Tuesday evening sessions.

Please ( click name to) contact John Gammie, if you are interested in joining, and/or learning more about this group.

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

Music Offerings
November 2019
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November 3
Choral Anthem
I Will Arise ~ Alice Parker

November 10
Choral Anthem
Great Is God's Love ~ Mary McDonald

BELLissimo Handbells:
O, Love How Deep ~ Bruce W. Tippette (Introit)
Jesus, Priceless Treasure ~ Ron Mallory (Offertory)

November 17
Choral Anthem
Sing Unto the Lord ~ Charles Yannerella

November 24
Choral Anthem
Christ Be Our Seed ~ Carl Schalk
~ Lisa Wagner, oboe
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November 2019

TU Concerts with Commentary
Thursday, November 7 ~ 7:30 pm
University of Tulsa
Lorton Performance Center – Meinig Recital Hall

Ralph Vaughan Williams Ten Blake Songs
Kim Childs, tenor and Lisa Wagner, oboe
Free Admission

TU Fall Choral Concert
TU Concert Chorale
Friday, November 15 ~ 7:30 p.m.
Trinity Episcopal Church

Maurice Durufl é Messe cum Jubilo
Casey Cantwell, organ
Benjamin Britten Ceremony of Carols
Lorelei Barton, harp
Free Admission

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Th e 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. Please contact the Director of Music.


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. 

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

A Word About the College Hill
Congregational Care Ministry Team

Did you know that each member of College Hill is assigned to a “ Shepherd” on the Congregational Care Team? 

And that each Shepherd’s role is to look out for the welfare of the dozen-or-so people on their list, by: 
  • calling
  • visiting 
  • sending cards or emails to those on our list who are:
  • experiencing illness or loneliness
  • facing surgery       
  • needing meals 
  • needing transportation to appointments and/or to church
  • wanting a friendly and encouraging word

Two points to consider:

1)    We, as Presbyterians, do not want to intrude on anyone’s privacy. So you may not hear from your designated Shepherd unless we are aware of your challenge.

2)    We are all shepherds in the eyes of God, helping one another through life. If you, (or someone you know in our congregation) has a need such as those listed above:

Please notify Pastor Todd, who (with your permission), will share this need
with the appropriate Shepherd. 

We maintain confidentiality within the Team.

We value your trust and seek only to serve. 
Something for the Spirit
 1st Sunday Food Collection
KWI Food Pantry
November 3

Our 1st Sunday food collection 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 welcome and appreciated .
New Pew Cushions

The Worship & Music Ministry team has been redecorating . We have purchased soft, velvety, cushions in blue and gray for use in the sanctuary for anyone who finds the pew seats a little hard. You will f ind them on the left as you enter the sanctuary.  Feel free to pick one up as you proceed to your seat. 

Some of you had brought your own cushions . Currently they are stacked in the left corner. If you want to take yours, please pick it up soon. In a few weeks, we will donate the remaining pillows to a deserving organization. 
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
Recycle and Donation Center

We have re-purposed the cabinets in the hallway outside of Fellowship Hall 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.
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 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