The Messenger
Progressive Theology, Traditional Worship, Inclusive Congregation (PCUSA)
Affiliated with More Light Presbyterians and the Covenant Network of Presbyterians
October 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. Thank you!
If needed:
Please click the Give Now button below to remit your CHPC pledges/contributions.
The Session will meet on
October 13 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
We start this month with something special - and outdoor parking lot gathering on Sunday, October 4. Please refer to previous emails for all the information.

Our church's Green Team has partnered with the Worship & Music ministry team to have an Earth Care Emphasis.

Since it is also our the annual World Communion Sunday, the outdoor service will include communion. And, we will be receiving our annual PCUSA Peace & Global Witness Offering (formerly the Peacemaking Offering). We keep 25% for our own peacemaking efforts here in Tulsa.

There will also be stations to drop off food for the Kendall Whittier Emergency Food Pantry, drop off an earth/creation focused favorite prayer, song, etc. (like we did at Pentecost), and pick up the booklet of printed material collected at that Pentecost service, and an updated Church Directory. Masks and social distancing will be the order of the day.

We used our Peacemaking funds, from previous years, to pay for the Black Lives Matter mural we painted on the church parking lot on September 15. We received a lot of recognition for that bold anti-racist statement, including a national article from the Presbyterian News.

As you know, I have been spending a good deal of time on racial justice issues over the past several months. I've been part of book studies with other pastors, and I'm on the Network for Dismantling Racism of the Synod of the Sun. The photo above was taken at the dedication of a new marker on Greenwood Ave. (with Vernon AME church in the background) signifying "The 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre". I was with four other white pastors reading a prayer of confession on behalf of white congregations.

And then there's the new church signage!! The project was seeded by an extremely generous gift from Jeff Ream before he passed away. And special thanks to Mark Miller, Gini Fox, and Mary Ann Bumgarner, moderator of Building & Grounds.

For your calendar, we will have a virtual zoom video Congregational Meeting on Sunday, October 25 for the purpose of electing a slate of Ruling Elders for the Class of 2013. More information later.

Let's intentionally work stay connected with one another, praying for each other, and keeping our hearts and minds open the Sacred Presence of God in our midst.

Special blessings to you,
Rev. Todd
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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

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The Christian Education Ministry Team got the Church School year off to a great start with Rally Day. We hand- delivered a gift bag to every child in the church. Thanks to Kye May, Nancy Gammie, and Trinna Burrows and Susan West for driving all over the county.
New Church Signage!!
Beannacht (Gaelic word for ‘blessing’)
by John O'Donohue

On the day when
The weight deadens
On your shoulders
And you stumble,
May the clay dance
To balance you.

And when your eyes 
Freeze behind
The grey window
And the ghost of loss
Gets in to you,
May a flock of colours,
Indigo, red, green
And azure blue
Come to awaken in you
A meadow of delight.

When the canvas frays
In the currach of thought
And a stain of ocean
Blackens beneath you,
May there come across the waters
A path of yellow moonlight
To bring you safely home.

May the nourishment of the earth by yours,
May the clarity of the light be yours,
May the fluency of the ocean be yours,
May the protection of the ancestors be yours.

And so may a slow
Wind work these words
Of love around you,
An invisible cloak 
To mind your life.

Photo below from Fred Schone, with the note:
This is my version of John O'Donohue's "Flock of Colors".
October Birthdays
1 - Valerie Ordonez
 4 - Jeff Richmond
 4 - Lillian Newsome
 5 - Pat Beitel
 5 - Mike Wood            
 6 - Brooklyn Hovenga
 6 - Sherrie Garnett
 9 - Ellen Nole
10 - Robert Babcock
12 - Charlotte Bronston
14 - Nataya Bostic
17 - Gretchen Hrachovec
17 - Hayley Voelkers
18 - Cynthia Fox
19 - Crystal Zerger
20 - Allison Redding
21 - Marilyn Hill
23 - Dixie Speer
27 - Francis Garcia
27 - Tom Clark
30 - Emily Major
31 - Tracy Vanderburg
31 - David West
31 - Nancy Bennett
Remember the 
Birthday Endowment Fund!
Roy Wimer

January 3, 1930 ~ September 11, 2020
Let's help Charlotte celebrate her 98th birthday with a

Card Shower

Her birthday is Monday, October 12. Send a card early because there is no mail delivery on Monday (Columbus Day).

Get her address from the Church Directory, or call the church office.

9 Best Practices

Earlier this year, College Hill’s Personnel Ministry Team obtained a document that described how to develop a great program for managing church staff by utilizing the concept of measuring against recommended accepted best practices.

We sent the document to each of our staff members to read and consider how College Hill stacks up. We then developed a survey based on these Best Practices criteria and asked our staff to rate College Hill in each of nine important areas of employment policy. 

Please click the button below to view the article.

Part of our charge is to be “a restorative force.” Why not begin in your own backyard?

Consider the Yard by Yard project with the Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts.
All you have to do is to maintain a pesticide-free yard and five practices in 3 of their 4 categories.

My application check-marked the following:
1)    Soil – use of organic mulch and (leaf) mulch mowing.
2)    Water ­– heat/drought-tolerant plants and rain barrels (mine are 13-gallon trash cans)

3)    Food ­­­– vegetable or herb gardens, fruit-producing trees or bushes

4)    Habitat ­­– native or well-adapted plants and trees (milkweed, blanketflower), eliminated lawn and turf grass areas (lots of clover), nectar and pollen-producing plants (coneflower, abelias), bat box, rock or brush pile.

Let the Yard Revolution begin!

Click the link below to view the the website, where each category is fully-explained with pertinent links.

Next month’s column will be for the birds with tips for a laissez-faire approach to fall yardwork.

* Green Team column name is a nod to what famous character?

Here’s a hint: “I am green and it’ll do fine. It’s beautiful and I think it’s what I want to be.”
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. 

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

Featuring Kim Childs, Director of Music
Mike Gibson, Organist
OCTOBER 4                   
Outdoor Service of Worship
OCTOBER 11               Kim Childs, tenor
My Shepherd Will Supply My Need -
Howard Helvey
OCTOBER 18                  Kim Childs, tenor
Sing to the Lord  Arr., Alice Parker
OCTOBER 25                  John Rush, Flute


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.

Church members as Notaries

Recently, church members Gay Miller, Gretchen Hrachovec, Sue Haskins, Gary Watts, Emily Gamel and Jan Swafford became official notaries.

We did this so we can help others cast absentee ballots for upcoming elections, like the previous one held June 30, to vote on Medicaid expansion for our state. If you plan to vote absentee and would like one of us to notarize your ballot, please let us know in advance!

If you haven't yet requested an absentee ballot, the best way to do so is through the OK Voter Portal. It is easy to navigate and fast to fill out. If you cannot get the portal to work and would like us to mail either an absentee ballot request form or voter registration form to you, please let one of us know right away.

Some important notes: as notaries, we are unable (by law) to provide further assistance than that. We cannot help you fill out the form or mail it in for you. We cannot help you fill out your absentee ballot itself. We are also limited to only notarizing 20 absentee ballots per election.
Please click one of the names below
to send an email:

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.
Please look for our weekly email with a link to the
Zoom Church School
Visit our Facebook page for
more photos!
Photos by Fred Schone
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