The Messenger
Progressive Theology, Traditional Worship, Inclusive Congregation (PCUSA)
Affiliated with More Light Presbyterians and the Covenant Network of Presbyterians
October 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
Worship services have resumed in the sanctuary.
Services are also live streamed.

Church Email:

Pastor Email:


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Word From the Pastor
Sunday, October 2, will be a special Sunday – our annual World Communion Sunday. We will be receiving our annual PCUSA Peace & Global Witness Offering, of which we keep 25% for our own peacemaking and reconciliation efforts here in Tulsa.

In the past we have used these funds to paint "Black Lives Matter" on our church parking lot. We can also use these funds, with Session approval, for our Afghan Neighbors efforts, providing necessary transportation when necessary, and setting up a tutoring program to help improve their English language skills. They are already taking English as a Second Language (ESL) classes.

As a reminder, the first Sunday of each month is when we ask folks to bring a food item to donate to the Kendall Whittier Emergency Food Pantry.

A word about serving Communion. We will return to allowing people to come forward to either of the two stations on each side of the Table, or to the Table itself, where there will be the gluten free option, AND the small cup/wafer option for those who would rather not go to one the stations. ALSO, for all those wanting to take the precaution, feel free to stay in the pew and pick up one of the small cup/wafer packs in the Narthex.

There are plans to get back to a variety of Fellowship events (Emily Oldham is moderator of the ministry team) so that we can start reconnecting with each other better in person!

For your calendar, we will have a Called Congregational Meeting on Sunday, October 30 for the purpose of electing a slate of Ruling Elders for the Class of 2025, and a member of the congregation for the Nominating Committee. More information later.

Special blessings to you,
Rev. Todd
Charlotte Bronston
October 12, 1922 ~ August 24, 2022
A memorial service to celebrate Charlotte's full, amazing life, will be held here at the church on
Wednesday, October 12th
at 10:30 am
on what would have been her
100th Birthday.

Charlotte joined College Hill in 1961 and was a member for 61 faithful years!
Rev. Todd celebrated his 66th Birthday in September and even got to play with sparklers.
You are encouraged you to attending our new hybrid (in person and online over zoom) Adult Church School Class. We have recently been discussing the concerning issue of Christian Nationalism, something all of us need to be informed about.
A special thanks to our Christian Education ministry team, moderated by Susan West, and to the Gammie's for hosting a Pizza & Pool Party at their home on Rally Day, September 11.
Susan West created this beautiful "Masterpiece"
in the Worship Connection room for the
children of the church for the Fall.
Tulsa Day Center for the Homeless
Needs Your Help!
A recent email from Mark Haltam, Tulsa Day Center’s executive director, is well worth sharing:
 … a mom and her young son come through our doors. He was 9 years old and had only the clothes on his back.
His mom came to get day services, a meal and a new set of clothes for them both. What breaks my heart is that a toy dinosaur we gave him was his ONLY toy. He was thrilled, and even asked our security officer to run it through the x-ray machine to make sure he is healthy. Not sure who enjoyed it more, the little boy or our security officer seeing him smile. This is a rough story, but this is reality for many families.
As much as we’d like this story to be a rare occurrence, it has been happening with alarming frequency. With the lack of affordable housing in Tulsa, we work very hard to find apartments, rentals and even sometimes extended-stay motels to house our clients. This all takes money.
$.91 cents of every dollar donated to the Tulsa Day Center goes to programs and housing. We are asking for YOUR help. Please consider a financial donation today.
We have made it very easy to give:
You can text-to-give
“DAYCENTER” to 44321
You can mail a check to:
PO Box 1019, Tulsa, OK 74101
You can sponsor a housewarming basket online:
You can set up a FB Fundraising page
You may contact the Day Center if you
need help setting it up.

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:
October 2022

OCT 2 ~ Draw Us in the Spirit's Tether, Friedell
Chancel Choir

OCT 9 ~ Praise the Lord, Ye Heavens, Harlans
Chancel Choir

OCT 16 ~ Lord, You Have Searched Me, Hurd
Chancel Choir

OCT 23 ~ Lord of the Dance, Ferguson
Chancel Choir
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!
1 - Valerie Ordonez
 4 - Jeff Richmond
 4 - Lillian Newsome
 5 - Pat Beitel
 5 - Mike Wood
 6 - Brooklyn Hovenga
 6 - Sherrie Garnett
 7 - Brad Burnham 
 9 - Ellen Nole
10 - Robert Babcock
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 
Peace & Global Witness Offering
this Sunday, October 2

We will be collecting the Peace & Global Witness Offering (formerly called Peacemaking Offering).

The PC(USA) offering is divided four ways: Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA), Presbyterian Hunger Program (PHP), Self-Development of People (SDP).

College Hill retains 25% of the funds collected, for our ministry efforts.

Special giving envelopes will be available at each pew during the worship service.
Celtic Circle
Tuesday, October 4 at 6:30 pm
at The Gathering Place

The next Celtic Circle program will be "walking with the trees" at the Gathering Place.  

Final coordination will be by email. (Click name to) contact Mark Miller if you are not on the Celtic Circle email list but would like to receive notifications for this and other events.
Girls With Plans
Tuesday, October 11 at 6:00 pm

Something wicked this way comes…” - something wickedly fun!

College Hill presents a new monthly women’s group, promoting bonds of friendship and support through fun activities. This group is meant to be inclusive, so anyone who identifies with this group, or a particular event, is welcome.

For our first event, we will be playing board games. So, whether you have a new outfit to show off, a story to tell, or a laugh to share, please join us for game night being held in Nancy Gammie‘s backyard. Just bring a snack to share. 
Please (click name to) email Cynthia Fox, or text her at 918-810-6608 so we will have a headcount of who is interested. 

We look forward to seeing everyone!
Book Club is Back!
Tuesday, October 25 at 6:30 pm
October’s read is: 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 the beginning with Part I, to page 95.
Please contact Sue (918-557-0497) for questions, or if you are interested in joining this fun group!
Elder Nomination Form
The Nominating Committee requests the congregation’s input in recommending persons to serve as a Ruling Elder on the Session.
The Nominating Committee members are: Crystal Zerger (Moderator), Bryan Finckward, Rebecca Howard, Charles Stanford, Donna Wood and Todd Freeman (ex officio).
Please click here to view and complete the Nomination Form. (A hard copy of the form is also available ion the information table in the Narthex.)

In the process of selection, please review the following list of general qualifications associated with the role of serving as a Ruling Elder. We ask that you make your suggestion after prayerful consideration. Ruling Elders will be elected at an upcoming Congregational Meeting this Fall.
College Hill has moved back into Phase IV Re-Union (“The New Normal”). The Re-Union Ministry Team’s policy revisions have eliminated the mask requirement. In its place, masks are encouraged during periods of high community spread and are optional during periods of low to moderate community spread.
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!
Next Step in our Help for
Afghan Neighbors:
(October 2022)

This spring, College Hill created a Support Team to take on two of the 81 at risk Afghan families
brought to Tulsa. These families are currently set for homes, jobs, school enrollment, social service support and medical providers. Indeed, both will have had a new baby here by the end of September.

Adrienne and Eric Driscoll and Noreen Casey and Tally serve as day-to-day contact with these families for hand holding emergencies, but their primary need now is to learn English. Rev Debbie Chase and Gretchen Hrachovec have accumulated an impressive set of English training tools and have set up weekly sessions for both parents and children. Each session is about 90 minutes.

If you would like to join a rotation for delivering English training sessions, please contact
Rev. Debbie (918-899-8711) or Tally Ferguson, 918-808-4796) OR click this google form and complete it. (Blank forms are also available on the information table in the Narthex.) We will contact you to set up your first rotation and get you the necessary paperwork.

Warning, signing up for this may lead to irresponsible hilarity with children, social bonding with strangers needing a friend, great Afghan food, and uncontrollable urges to take adventures to parks, zoos, and festivals.
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) Response to
Ukraine War:

To support emergency relief for those fleeing Ukraine, you may designate monetary gifts via text, online, or by phone:

You may also pick up a flyer on the table in the Narthex, that provides all the details.
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!
1st Sunday Food Collection
for Kendall Whittier
Emergency Food Pantry
Sunday, October 2

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!
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.
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