The Messenger
Progressive Theology, Traditional Worship, Inclusive Congregation (PCUSA)
Affiliated with More Light Presbyterians and the Covenant Network of Presbyterians
November 2020
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:
Virtual Worship
until further notice

Church Email:

Pastor Email:

In order for us to maintain good financial health and stewardship, please mail in or drop by your pledge to the church.

Please return your 2021 Stewardship pledge card to the church office by November 1, 2020.

Thank you!

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If needed:
Please click the Give Now button below to remit your CHPC pledges/contributions.
Daylight Saving Time Ends
Sunday, November 1
The Session will meet on
November 10 to re-assess when we (upon the recommendation of our Re-union ministry team) feel it is safe to return to in-person church activities.
Word From the Pastor
Yes, we are in what we call the season of Stewardship. And while I try to emphasize that it is a year-round daily way of life, it is also the time when the church Session presents the proposed budget for next year and we are all asked to contribute financially in order to enable our vision, ministry, and mission to become a reality. This, is in addition to the offering of our time and talents.

While we do not know what the upcoming year will bring (do we ever?), we know that College Hill plays a crucial and meaningful part in the lives of so many in this congregation, and within the Tulsa community itself.

I will miss this year’s Commitment Sunday here at the church. Our tradition has been to present our pledges by bringing them to the Communion Table, and then dedicating them to the ministry to which God has called us. This has taken place the Sunday after our Stewardship Emphasis Sunday (watch the video on YouTube from the last Sunday in October). Instead, like many of you have been doing with your monthly pledge, please mail your pledge card to the church, or drop it in the mail slot in the door opposite the main entrance off the parking lot.

What would have been Commitment Sunday this year happens to fall on November 1 – All Saints’ Day. Given the hardship and many difficulties of this year, I’ve decided to focus on the meaning of reflecting upon the importance of the “saints” in our lives, past and present. (By the way, I’m taking the rest of first week in November off, and the Rev. Gordon Edwards will be preaching on November 8. He is SO thrilled to be filling the pulpit after the presidential election :-)

Also, we have entered a season with an extra emphasis on gratitude and thanksgiving. 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 Thanksgiving.
Rev. Todd 

ps. Hard to believe that the last Sunday in November will already be the First Sunday in Advent!
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Day Center Dinner
November 28
We will deliver dinner - coneys, dill pickle spears, oranges and homemade cookies - to the Day Center for the Homeless, plus 4 gallons of milk for breakfast.
Coney I-lander on 11th Street will provide 200 coneys, double-wrapped and ready to be served by the Day Center folks. Their charge: $1 per dog!
Any members wishing to help underwrite November’s meal can donate online (using the ‘Give Now’ button above, and noting it is for the Day Center Meal), or send a check payable to the Stambaughs, 750 S. Norfolk Ave., Tulsa 74120.
Volunteers who would like to bake 3-4 dozen cookies may deliver them to the Day Center between 5-5:30 on the 28th, or earlier in the afternoon to Caroline Johnson2923 S. Boston Ct. Please let Caroline know how many cookies you will be bringing: Text 918-629-2882 or leave a message at 918-743-0403. Thanks! 
This year, our curriculum for the younger children is a “Joyful Path” created by the Progressive Christianity folks. Each week, a lesson will be posted to the College Hill Family Fellowship Facebook page. The lessons will also be emailed to the families with kids in the appropriate age group via Constant Contact. The lessons include a Bible story, reflections, and activities for the children. We hope to include a video with Ms. Trinna reaching out with music.
The older children and teens will be exploring “Children of the Earth – A Guide to Spiritual Activism”. They received their booklets in their gift bag on Rally Day. Kye May will be leading the youth via group messaging. The kids are divided into age groups for the group conversations. Each family has received an invitation to join the Slack site (Slack is a new kind of message board). For more info, contact Kye.
Susan West
Christian Education Ministry Team Moderator
All Saints
by Steve Garnaas-Holmes

"See what love God has given us, 
that we should be called children of God.
— 1 John 3.1

The secret power of the blessed saints
is no sword they wield, 
no influence they possess, but simply 
trust that they are God's beloved children,
and the courage to act that way
toward all others.

They know God loves them to overflowing,
the spilling of love their blessing to the world,
and the resurrecting power of God's grace
sufficient to redeem them in all their troubles.
They dare confront the world's evil with love,
knowing its deep power,
having opened themselves to it.

Let the mystery that we are all God's beloved children
lead you to live so,
and treat others so.

What love we have been given,
that we, God's children, should have love
for all God's children. 
Mark Miller and Brena dropped by the church.
Rev. Freeman commented it was like having an emotional support therapy session :-)
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.
November Birthdays
2 - Quinn Featherston
 3 - Maise Stagner-Speer
 4 - Ruby Oldham
 8 - Paul Hartman
 9 - Sara McCullough
 9 - Emily Gamel
10 - Christy Lyke
11 - Vicki Jordan
12 - Gretchen Hannefield
13 - Sally Gammie
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!
Marci Platt

December 15, 1930 ~ October 18, 2020

The family is working on a live zoom video gathering. You will be informed when that takes place.
Re-Union Ministry Team

This pandemic has impacted all our lives and changed how we do ministry at College Hill for much longer than we may have initially expected. Hope remains on the horizon. The Re-Union Ministry Team meets each month prior to the Session meeting to review COVID-19 metrics for Tulsa County and make a recommendation about the status of resuming in-person activities at College Hill. We also work on making preparations for those activities when they are deemed appropriate. The team is comprised of moderator, Todd Redding, along with the Pastor, the Director of Music, and leaders from most of our standing Ministry Teams.

The primary COVID-19 metrics we monitor are:
1) the 14-day trend in new COVID-19 cases
2) the 14-day average number of new cases per 100,000 population.

We also monitor hospitalization and death rates. Unfortunately, COVID-19 community spread has remained elevated since we began monitoring these metrics in May and current trends are headed in the wrong direction. Most zip codes in Tulsa County demonstrate mod-high community spread with significant restrictions on in-person activities recommended.

Click the button below to access the Tulsa County COVID-19 website, which includes a zip code map and much of the data we monitor when determining our recommendation to Session each month. We will keep the congregation posted as circumstances change and plans develop.
Congratulations newly-elected
Ruling Elders
Virtual Congregational Meeting
on October 25, 2020
Class of 2021
Parker Brobston

Class of 2023
Kathy Davis
Mike Gibson
Charles Stanford
Crystal Zerger

Elected to the Nominating Committee
Rebecca Howard
Charlotte Bronston's 98th Birthday Drive-By Celebration
Charlotte wanted to thank everyone that stopped by to help celebrate her Birthday, and also for the wonderful cards and gifts. She was thrilled to have received over 40 cards!
'Green' Lawn Ideas

Leaves are falling and it’s time to tidy up the yard - but don’t get carried away! A “messy” yard is healthier and better for the birds, bugs and other critters who live there.

LEAVE the LEAVES. When leaves rot, they enrich the soil and provide places for bugs and birds to forage as well as food for salamanders, snails, worms and toads.
Consider: 1) mulching them with your mower; 2) Or compost some and leave the rest; 3) Or rake them from the lawn into your garden beds.

SAVE the SEEDS. Instead of snipping spent flowers, leave the seed heads of coneflowers, black-eyed Susans and other native wildflowers to provide food for the birds.

PILE the STICKS. Use fallen branches to build a brush pile to shelter birds from inclement weather and predators. Rabbits, snakes (probably non-poisonous) and other wildlife may also take refuge there.

SKIP the CHEMICALS. Grass clippings and mulched leaf litter provide plenty of plant nutrition. Using store-bought fertilizers only encourages more non-native plants to grow.

ADD a NATIVE. Fall is the ideal time to plant. Native dogwoods, hawthorns, sumac and other flowering shrubs produce small fruits that feed birds during the colder months. Evergreens (cedars, junipers and firs) give birds something to eat and a cozy shelter.

(Source – National Audubon Society) 

To become part of the Green Team, please (click name to) contact Mark, Rev. Freeman, Caroline Johnson, Jan Swafford or Susan West
Recycling lives!

Collection continues for:

~ Usable plastic and paper shopping bags for Iron Gate’s food pantry. (No produce or newspaper bags, please.)

~ Egg cartons to repackage eggs for a food bank.

~ Orange prescription bottles for re-use. 
The prescription bottles and eggs cartons are projects at Southminster Presbyterian. 

To donate any of the above items, please (click name to) contact Mark or Gay Miller. 
Male monarch (note the black spot on each hind wing) ready to fly to Mexico, October 16. 

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

Featuring Kim Childs, Director of Music
Mike Gibson, Organist
NOVEMBER 1                  Kim Childs, tenor
O Taste and See – John L. Bell
NOVEMBER 8               Kim Childs, tenor
It Is Well with My Soul – Arr. Eric Nelson
NOVEMBER 15            Kim Childs, tenor
I Want To Walk – Arr. Benjamin Harlan
NOVEMBER 22             Terry Baxter, tenor

NOVEMBER 29           Kim Childs, tenor     
At the River – arr. R. Wilding White


The Chancel Choir is in hiatus due to Covid-19 and the pandemic and will not be rehearsing Fall 2020.

BELLissimo Handbell Ringers are in hiatus due to Covid-19 and the pandemic and will not
rehearse Fall 2020.

Please look for our weekly email
with a link to the
Zoom Church School gathering!!
Visit our Facebook page for
more photos!
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