The Messenger
Progressive Theology, Traditional Worship, Inclusive Congregation (PCUSA)
Affiliated with More Light Presbyterians and the Covenant Network of Presbyterians
November 2022

712 S. Columbia
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
Services are also live streamed.

Church Email:

Pastor Email:


YouTube Channel:
Sunday, November 6
Daylight Saving Time Ends
Word From the Pastor
Just a word about Stewardship. I’ve said it before, but it bears repeating: 

Biblically, good stewardship isn’t about fundraising, but rather a spiritual discipline that becomes a 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 ministry of love and compassion in and through the life of our community of faith. 

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/share 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 they acquire, but are of infinite value because we are all 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 6.

Rev. Todd
The CHPC kids decorated Pastor Todd's office door in honor of Pastor Appreciation Month.
Potluck Luncheon!
Sunday, November 13
in Fellowship Hall after worship
Be sure and stop by Fellowship Hall to sign up for our upcoming Dinners With 8! This is a great chance to join 7 other church members for dinners throughout the upcoming year and build stronger connections with one another. Deadline to sign-up is Sunday, November 13.
Photos Taken and
Contact Information Update
Sundays, Nov 13, 20 & 27:

Stop by Fellowship Hall on any of these Sundays (before or after the worship service) to have a quick picture taken and provide updated contact information for our upcoming online church directory. Hard copy directories are available on the Narthex table to use in the meantime.
Commitment Sunday 
November 6

Letters were recently sent out to the congregation, with information about our 2023 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 2023. Pledge cards are also available on the Narthex table. 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, November 6 as we gather together in worship, or mail it to the church office in the stamped envelope provided.
Thank You!

Our congregation recently collected a total of $1,029.00 during the Peace & Global Witness Offering!

25% of this offering stays with our congregation to support peacemaking and reconciliation in our own community. Thank you for your generosity!

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.

Sunday Morning Music Offerings:
November 2022

NOV 6 ~ The Lord Bless You ~ Peter C. Lutkin
Chancel Choir
Alleluia! Amen! ~ Karen Buckwalter
Fairest Lord Jesus ~ Linda Lamb
BELLissimo Handbell Ensemble

NOV 13 ~ It Is Well ~ Benjamin Knoedler
Chancel Choir

NOV 20 ~ My Eternal King ~ Jane Marshall
Chancel Choir

NOV 27 ~ An Advent Alleluia ~ Douglas Wagner
Chancel Choir
Dr. Kim Childs will be conducting the Capella Chamber Singers and the TU Chorale in their upcoming performance, Tryptychs-A Fall Concert, to be held at the University of Tulsa’s Gussman Concert Hall in the Lorton Performance Center.
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 Smith-Redding
29 - Jamie McCullough
29 - Gay Miller
30 - Gabrielle Porter
 Remember the 
Thursday, November 3rd at 6:00 pm
Painting Party at Pinot's Palette

College Hill proudly supports a new monthly women’s group, promoting bonds of friendship and support through fun activities. The group’s primary goal is to promote inclusiveness and bonds of friendship and support through fun activities, so feel free to bring friends and family (or any non-church member). Anyone who identifies with this group, or a particular event, is always welcome!

Hey, Girls, game night was so much fun! Let’s get together again! How about a painting party?
Bring your creativity and wit—Nancy Gammie will be there and you want to be able to keep up.

We will meet at 6:00 pm at Pinot’s Palette on Cherry Street. (1521 E. 15th St.)
Please (click name to) email Cynthia Fox, text her at 918-810-6608, or speak with her after worship on Sunday, so we will have a headcount to finalize plans.

The cost is $49 per person and payment arrangements can be made with
Cynthia prior to the event. 

The RSVP deadline to reserve your spot was October 23. If you missed the deadline and are interested in going, contact Cynthia to see if there is an open spot available.)

We look forward to seeing everyone!
All Church Work Day
Saturday, November 5
9:00 am~noon

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

(Click name to) contact Mark Miller or Bill Major if you have any questions or know of anything around the church that needs attention. Many hands make light work!
College Hill received 10 tickets for the
JustHope Birthday Celebration Brunch
at Harvard Ave. Christian Church. 

If you are interested in attending, please
(click name to) contact Mark Thurston. 
Tuesday, November 22 at 6:30 pm
The Great Experiment
– Why Diverse Democracies Fall Apart and How They Can Endure
by Yascha Mounk 

You can order it from Magic City or get it online. 
The group will meet at the home of Sue Haskins to discuss Part 2 of the book.
Please contact Sue (918-557-0497) for questions, or if you are interested in joining this fun group!
Day Center Notes
Our usual November dinner has been moved to Saturday, December 3, to accommodate another group. Menu stays the same: Subway sandwiches, slaw, pickles, oranges, instant tea/lemonade, homemade cookies, plus 4 gallons of milk for breakfast. If you would like to contribute cookies or milk, please text Caroline Johnson, 918-629-2882.
And speaking of contributors, sending out a BIG Thanksgiving THANK YOU to the ever-faithful usual suspects – Marianne & David Stambaugh, Johnna & Mark Thurston, Gay and Mark Miller, Jim & Jennifer Campbell, Jan Swafford and Brad Burnham – who make our dinners possible!
The Day Center’s Secret Santa outreach is coming soon! We have arranged for 12 recipients this year. The program provides gifts for a recently housed individual or family. Average spending limit is about $75 per adult, less for a child. More details will be available soon. For questions (click name to) contact
Mark Thurston, Outreach & Mission Ministry team Moderator.
One of the meaningful elements of our ministry that has been missing for so long is the causal gathering around a cup of coffee, etc, in the Fellowship Hall before the service of worship.

We are looking for volunteer(s) to help setup and prepare the coffee each Sunday morning before gathering around 10:30 am. There are many options to help make this happen, depending on the availability of one or several volunteers taking turns.

If interested, please contact/text Emily Oldham at 918-237-9592. Thank You!
Equal Exchange
Coffee, Tea and Chocolate Sales
Along with other reunion activities, the Outreach & Mission Ministry team has reopened our Equal Exchange store, (on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month, in Fellowship Hall), offering products such as coffee, tea, chocolate bars, chips and cocoa. These products are not only delicious, they also make great gifts. (and we all know the holidays will be here before we know it.) But most importantly, they provide a double impact on communities!
First, Equal Exchange provides small farmers with a better price for sustainably grown products, and with fewer middlemen, than the big corporate buyers.
Second, the profits (small, but significant) have for several years, been invested in JustHope, a local group founded by Leslie Penrose, which partners with inhabitants of three villages in Central America. The villagers decide what they need and provide labor, while JustHope provides some technical expertise, financial assistance and labor.
Bringing running water to these communities was followed by educational scholarships, a hardware store, a textile project and a model farm to help with adjustment to a dryer climate. One family has produced an impressive line of ceramics, while College Hill has been especially helpful in financing several microbanks for women starting small businesses (at 96% repayment with interest).
These items do cost a bit more than those similarly sold at Walmart, for example-but they make a huge difference in people’s lives!
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.
Birthday Endowment Fund

A meaningful way to 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.
1st Sunday Food Collection
for Kendall Whittier
Emergency Food Pantry
Sunday, November 6

Our First Sunday Food Collection for the Kendall Whittier Food Pantry is in need of breakfast cereal (Cheerios, Corn Flakes, or other less sweet cereals) and 1-2 lb. bags of rice

Cash donations are also accepted and appreciated!
The church office will be closed November 23-25 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.
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