The Messenger
College Hill Presbyterian Church
Progressive Theology, Traditional Worship, Inclusive Congregation (PCUSA)
Affiliated with More Light Presbyterians and the Covenant Network of Presbyterians
September 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.
The church office will be closed Monday, September 2, in observance of Labor Day.
Word From the Pastor
The Labor Day Weekend is upon us. I hope all of you will be able to spend some quality time enjoying the holiday with family and friends. Be safe!

The weeks ahead will be busy ones for me, as in addition to my pastoral duties here at the church, I begin teaching a  Presbyterian Polity class at Phillips Theological Seminary (Monday afternoons). My week-long study leave in August was very helpful in helping me prepare!

Things will also be busy here at the church. The  Christian Education ministry team wants you to know that you are invited to our annual  Rally Day on Sunday, September 8 . We will be serving a hearty  Pancake Breakfast at 9:00 am . Breakfast will be followed by Church School classes for all ages. There is also a Pool Party at the home of Nancy & John Gammie following worship.

In last month’s Newsletter. I wrote about our developing understanding of progressive Christianity. I mentioned the following: “Along these lines, the  Adult Church School class (starting on Sunday, September 8) will revisit the DVD curriculum:

  An Introduction to
Progressive Christianity
It is produced by Living the Questions. This will be new information to some, and a good refresher for others. It’s hard to believe, but it has been 10 years since we last looked at this informative and transformational material. I especially want to invite any church member (and friends) who has joined within the past 10 years to seriously consider attending these classes. It’s also a great way to get to know others better.

Here’s a brief explanation of the course:  Living the Questions (LtQ) is an open-minded alternative to studies that attempt to give participants all the answers. LtQ creates an environment where participants interact with one another in exploring the best of today’s theological thought. Featuring 30 of today’s leading religious voices, LtQ is comprised of  21 sessions, each including a 20-minute video segment on DVD that contain conversations with leading voices of faith, sermon and lecture clips, digital stories illustrating aspects of an evolving faith, and concrete spiritual practices. Contributors include such well-known and respected scholars and leaders as Marcus Borg, John Dominic Crossan, Mathew Fox, John Shelby Spong, and others.

A prior knowledge of neither the Bible nor the Christian faith is required to understand and appreciate the ideas presented in this program. A “novice” participant will become well informed in the wide range of topics discussed."

And know that I am always open to conversations with anyone in the congregation who would like to visit with me personally about issues of faith or theological matters.

On another note, know that I and the  Congregational Care ministry team are truly interested in knowing if you or your family has a  pastoral concern (illnesses, surgeries, death in the family, as well as joys and celebrations). Our level of support and care for one another in this community of faith is indeed one of the most meaningful aspects of our ministry together.

Rev. Todd
Margaret "Peg" Gotthold

May 6, 1952 ~ August 21, 2019

No date yet for a memorial service, but you
will be notified in advance.
Harold E. Hill Lecture Series
New Date:
Sunday, October 20
3:00 pm at the church

Diana Butler Bass

Lecture Title:
What's Gratitude Got To Do With It:
How Giving Thanks Help Us Through Chaotic Times

Diana has agreed to preach during our regular morning worship at 11:00 am here at College Hill that same day.

Click here to download the full-size flyer
Acolytes Haley Brobston & Evie Olson
Guest Preacher, The Rev. Sheri Curry
Ohlson & Watts Families
CHPC Organist~The Indomitable Mike Gibson
Something for the Spirit
 1st Sunday Food Collection
KWI Food Pantry
September 1

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 .
CHPC Christian Education Ministry Team

Upcoming Events

~ Nov 23: The children will be baking cookies and serving them to the folks at the Day Center for the Homeless. Plan to meet at church at 1:30!
~ Dec 1 & 8: The children will be making ornaments during Church School to decorate the Fellowship Hall Christmas tree.
~ Shortly before Christmas, the children will deliver Christmas bags to a few of our homebound congregation members.

Stay tuned for more fun activities,
to be announced soon!
Saturday, September 28

College Hill will serve the meal at the Day Center for the Homeless.

Please sign up on Caroline's Clipboard before or after worship to donate time, money or food.
Book Club
September 29
after worship

The Hitchhiker’s Guide
to the Galaxy 
by Douglas Adams

Originally a late 1970's BBC radio program, our next book selection, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy,  was Douglas Adams’ first novel in what would become the beloved British pop culture Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series. 

Falling under the genre comedic science fiction, the novel routinely ends up on best-loved and funniest book lists, including NPR’s recent 2019 Summer Reader Poll: Funny Books ( click here
to see the article - We Did It For The LOLs: 100 Favorite Funny Books).

This may be the Book Club’s first foray into comedic science fiction, but we’re always ready for an adventure!

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy  by Douglas Adams  is available at book stores, your local library, and other book sources. 

Book Club will meet for lunch and discussion
at Panera Bread (1624 E. 15th St., just west of Utica on the south side of 15th St.) immediately following worship service (about 12:15pm).

Please (click name to) contact Fritha Ohlson for more information, and/or if you are interested in joining this group.
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.
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!
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.
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.

  3 - Todd Freeman
 3 - John Carroll          
 5 - Taylor Brennan
 9 - David Hensley
 9 - Nora Featherston
10 - Jim Campbell
11 - Sharon Coleman
11 - Steven Rhoden
15 - Adam Brennan
17 - Bill Nole
19 - Kim Childs
19 - P.J. Brobston
19 - Aubrey Hovenga
20 - Diane Buchner
20 - Laura Wimer
20 - Eric Nelson
22 - Katie Abercrombie
24 - Spencer Livingston-Gainey
24 - John Gammie
25 - Amy Williamson           
27 - David Ordonez
30 - Sofia Emma Ohlson
30 - Jesper Nils Ohlson
30 - Sandy Farler-Hoyt
30 - Miles McAnally
  Remember the 
Birthday Endowment Fund!
In honor and memory of Jim Brown, a Hawaiian shirt aficionado, you are encouraged to wear one to church this Sunday, September 1st.
Welcome New Member
Jan Swafford
Rally Day
Sunday, September 8

A Pancake breakfast will be served in Fellowship Hall at 9:00 am .

It is also Grandparents' Day , so plan to invite them to enjoy breakfast and the first day of Church School, which starts at 9:30

As in years past, we will meet at the Gammies' for a swim party after church!
5th Sunday
Special Offering (from June 30) :
Your $$$ at Work!
Outreach & Mission Ministry Team sends a big THANK YOU to College Hill for supporting our most recent 5th Sunday Offering, benefiting students at Sequoyah and Kendall Whittier Elementary Schools.

Donations from the congregation totaled $687! O&M combined this with budgeted funds, to donate a total of $600 to each school , in the form of Target gift cards!
Community Service Coordinators at both Sequoyah and KWE have used our College Hill gifts to help students with uniforms and basic needs . Onelia Anzola, (Sequoyah Coordinator) shared the (above) photos of the items recently purchased for the students with the Target gift cards CHPC provided.
Thank you for your continued support of mission projects in our community! Students, parents and school faculty truly appreciate our support, as it is a huge help to everyone involved!

A big thanks also to Gay Miller, for coordinating everything with the two schools!
CHPC Family Fellowship Outing
Sunday, September 22
after worship

We will meet at Mother Road Market right after church for a bite of food, and then journey to the Gathering Place on Riverside Drive.

All are welcome!
Let’s Build a Water Well
for Malawi!

In rural areas of Malawi, Africa, 37% of people still do not have access to clean drinking water. We can help! Eastern Oklahoma Presbytery has set a goal of funding 60 wells for Malawi through Marion Medical Mission. One well costs $450.

Here are some ideas to bring this project closer to home:
  • Focus on drinking only water during the month of September and donate what you would have spent on coffee, tea, soda, etc.

  • Fill empty water bottles with loose change and donate what you collect.

  • Figure out how much you spend each month watering your lawn and donate that amount to the cause.

Checks can be made payable to College Hill Presbyterian Church with “Water for Malawi” on the memo line.

Please give generously to this presbytery wide effort - water really is life! For more information, please (click name to) contact Terry Baxter Outreach & Mission Ministry Team Moderator, or team member Gay Miller .
All Church Fall Retreat at
Dwight Mission
October 11-13

Sharing Gifts:
Past, Present & Future

Plan to join us for campfires, s'mores, hot beverages and fun fellowship!  

If you have not already done so, please complete and return the “Sneak Peek” survey of interest (see below) about this event.

Forms are also available on the
information table in the Narthex.

Click here to download the full-size form
Book Study
Small Group

Tuesday, September 17
6:30 pm

Not to be confused with the College Hill Book Club, we have another small group called the Book Study Group. 

Christianity After Religion:
The End of Church and the
Birth of a New Spiritual Awakening
& also
both by Diana Butler Bass

These groundbreaking and scholarly books are both authored by Diana Butler Bass, who will be our guest speaker as part of our Harold Hill Lecture Series on Sunday, October 20 at 3:00 pm here at College Hill!

This month, the group plans to finish the discussion of Christianity After Religion and begin discussions on Grateful.

 We select 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.
Luncheon Club
September 19
at Noon
First Watch Restaurant

College Hill Luncheon Club kicks off for Fall, at First Watch Restaurant . (8178 S. Lewis)

Please join us for food and fellowship! For more information, please (click name to) contact
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. 

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

Music Offerings
September 2019
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September 1
C horal Anthem
Come Thou Fount ~ Craig Courtney

September 8
Choral Anthem
Lord, You Have Searched Me ~ David Hurd
~ John Rush, flute

September 15
Choral Anthem
Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us
~ Franklin Ashdown

September 22
Choral Anthem
There is a Balm ~ Howard Helvey

September 29
Choral Anthem
On Eagle's Wings ~ Michael Joncas

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The 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, 

Sign Ups

Dinners for 7 or 8 (DF7O8) is a great way to connect and get involved in the life of the church. Dinners can be held in the home or at a restaurant and you have the option to sign up as a Host or a Guest - or both! If you know of new members that might be interested encourage them to sign up as well. 

Click below to download the registration form, which can be turned in to Clay, or the church office. Hard copies of the sign up form are available on the information table in the Narthex. R egistration deadline is Sunday, September 8.

Please ( click name to) contact Clay Finck-Ward with any questions.
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 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