2023-2024 Chapel Broadcast Season


Link to this week’s U-wide chapel broadcast:>)

Winter/Spring (2024)  broadcast, by theme:

An Epiphany of Commitive Prayer  View the chapel Broadcast

 Who do you care for? View the chapel Broadcast

 Thought, word, deed…  View the chapel broadcast

 Tangible Answers...View the chapel broadcast

Flexible Affinity.  View the chapel Broadcast

 Spirit Quest/Journey of Faith...View the chapel Broadcast

Colorful Zeal   View the Chapel Broadcast


Tend and Befriend  View the Chapel broadcast

Surely the Presence    View the Chapel Broadcast

The "Big 10   View the Chapel Broadcast

The Price of Belief  View the Chapel Broadcast

The Value of Faith  View the Chapel Broadcast

The Worth of God  View the Chapel Broadcast

Maundy Thursday View the Chapel Broadcast

Good Friday  View the Chapel Broadcast

Holy Saturday View the Chapel Broadcast

Easter Sunday View the Chapel Broadcast



Fall/Winter (2023) semester's broadcast, by theme:

Holding a Mirror for God View the Chapel Broadcast

 Trawling for Trolls. View the Chapel Broadcast


Are We Responsible? View the Chapel Broadcast

Willing to Witness View the Chapel Broadcast

 The Price of Privledge View the Chapel Broadcast

 Serve Lead...RETREAT View the Chapel Broadcast

 MIssed Calls  View the Chapel Broadcast

Ambivelent Reunions  View the chapel broadcast.


CoPilot or Back Seat Driver? View the Chapel Broadcast

What's the Matter? View the Chapel Broadcast

God, Country or neither! View the Chapel broadcast!

Where is your Mustard seed? View the Chapel Broadcast

Thankfulness is an Attitude! featuring Richard Copeland View the Chapel Broadcast

Advent Chapel; "Three Wishes" View the Chapel Broadcast

Thank you to all helpers--MLK jr--Day of Service

You made a tangible difference:>)

Meditation for Peace--Weekly (on-going) Event

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Last one before Holiday Break             Space Between Social Time


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Coming up next month...one day event(s).

Other 2022-2023 Programming Opportunities

Click here to view the 2024 Lenten Devotional Series--Thank you all who contributed!

Faith-Focused Events and Opportunities

click for a listing of Upcoming American Baptist, Regional Events

Sign up to Participate in Weekly Video Chapel Broadcas

Subscribe to “Uncontained”, the Fredrikson Chapel Worship Band                      Email the Chaplain to noise-make with “Uncontained”

Sign up to team in our Sunday Night Worship Services


Click here to connect with the Advisory Team or contact the Subcommittee Chairs...(Note: You will need to login to access this page:>) 


Civic-Focused Events and Opportunities

Volunteer for the ‘Blessing of the Animals’ event

Sign up for Community Teaming (TAU Clubhouse)

Sign up for Tasks…Intergenerational Support (off campus)

Sign up for Intergenerational Caregiving (off campus)

Sign up for Crafts (TAU Clubhouse) and Delivery Projects (off campus)

Fredrikson Clubs seeking new Members...

History Club (University Wide)  Club President , Blake Ermis      Proctor  Fredrikson GA   Sponsor:  John Holzhüter      Facebook Page     Webpage  

International & Exchange Connection (University Wide)  Club President Ashan Jordan     Sponsor  Wynndee Lee   Proctor:  John Holzhüter     Facebook Page

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Next semester events that need volunteers...


Fall 2023

Labor of Love in a Box

September 3-5 TAU’s ‘Labor of Love’ puts tangible meaning into the Labor Day holiday with a weekend packed full of faith, leadership, friendship, learning AND fun! From Friday through Monday, high school youth gather with college leaders, ministers and staff mentors. Learning and soul-sharpening activities allow for reflection and service. Leadership activities demonstrate new skills, deeper reflection and confidence. www.ottawa.edu/laboroflove

Adventures in Faith

September 21-24 The True Cost: Stories of Human Trafficking gives voice to the forgotten ones: the people who are forced into sexual servitude; the children who are exploited as slave labor to provide cheap goods sold in our very own neighborhoods; the women and men who are lured into domestic labor that turns out to be entrapment rather than employment. Renowned Chicago playwright Jenny Magnus has created a breathtaking play using the true stories of trafficking survivors, obtained through interviews with anonymous volunteer participants. Adventures in Faith (AIF) is an annual event that brings a team of alumni who are established in their vocational or volunteer fields and united by a strong faith commitment to spend three days on campus in Ottawa, Kansas. While here, they make in-class, group and chapel presentations on blending vocation with avocation. www.ottawa.edu/AIF

Braving Discipleship

November 6&7 Braving Discipleship is a weekend conference for high school students and youth pastors from Kansas and surrounding states. OU students are instrumental in planning and administrating this Christian conference. During the conference, OU students have ample opportunities to lead committees and small-group workshops within this Christian-based ministry. www.ottawa.edu/braving

Winter 2023

Hope for the Holidays

NOVEMBER Many hands make light work–and hope! Students and community come together in this multi-step process to bake pies for the elderly in the Franklin County area! We smash, we mix and we bake wonderful pies for the homebound, elderly and caregivers. www.ottawa.edu/youareloved

DECEMBER Elves and Angels is a community service organization that provides children in need winter essentials and a place to celebrate the season while bringing the Franklin County community and Ottawa University students and faculty together to make a difference. www.ottawa.edu/elves

12 Days and Angel Tree Join us on a 12-day adventure of giving to the community through fellowship and creativity. Each day highlights a different project starting the 1st day of December, all the way until the 12th, with projects including Christmas cookies, Christmas wreaths and ornaments, soaps, and hot chocolate — all gifts for those in need! www.ottawa.edu/angeltree

“Living Christmas Cards”


Lessons and Carols


MLK Day of Service

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Opportunities for Non-Residential Learners, Alums and community members...

Theology, Action, and Understanding (TAU) Institute Cohesive, virtual activities via social media (e.g., Facebook, Twitter), course management system (Blackboard), and a proctored chat room on OU web site. Blended (synchronous & asynchronous) discussions, projects tied to texts, virtual classroom combined with social media; applications through explicit reflections on service learning experiences; continued self-assessment through journaling; protégé-mentor relationships integrated with consortium content.

Elves & Angels; started as holiday 'community outreach' in Franklin Co. Ks; through donations and community events. We have expanded to areas across the US

Poetry of Prayer: Local facilitators launch ongoing workshop series for participants to read and create written prayers and devotionals. Reflection, discussion and writing.

Paisano's Club : A University wide organization-sponsored by staff and run by students-which educates, supports and embraces the many Latino cultures in the OU community.

Focusing on informing the general public about Latino culture, backgrounds, and traditions. As well as forming a supportive environment for the Latino community by providing the necessary help needed in day to day life as well as in professional settings.
• Informing other of the Latino perspective
• Provide supportive learning environment
• Getting familiar with Hispanic cultures, backgrounds, and
• Sharing an interest in Latino culture
• Promoting unity in the Latino community
o Reaching this goal through social, academic, and political
• Preparing individuals for real world situations
o Knowing your rights as a US citizen/non-US citizen
o Interview prep
o Resume
o Scholarships
o Job opportunities
o Networking
o Service Projects (preferably International)

Hope for the Holidays: Participants gather holiday foods, make pies (learning cooking, dietary needs), and bring meals, homemade cards, and devotionals to needy families, care-givers or nursing homes. Hands-on service learning, testing theologies through existential struggles and socio-religious dynamics.

Exemplars; Role Models of Faith: The Winter Center (TAU Partner) supervises local and centralized interviews and gathers background checks on community and church volunteers, who serve as mentors and role models, reflecting their faith in their actions. Exemplars encourage spiritual growth and discipline, mentor youth in their faith journeys, and coach them on vocational and avocational goals. Mentoring

Call for Community Prayer: To “broker prayer connection, virtual and tangible, in hard times, good times and just because,” local ministers and churches conduct half-hour mini-sessions during two community prayer events. Youth design and distribute prayer and intention cards and launch a Facebook page. Hands-on service learning, testing theologies through existential struggles and socio-religious dynamics.

Evangelism Lab: Training on web-based and video components helps youth recognize the wide opportunities and subtleties of evangelism. Session begins with a video series, to post online, with the theme “Strong Women, Strong Faith.” Participants identify and interview women (e.g., authors, pastors, students and community members) who embody their faith.  A Facebook page is also built. Workshop in technology applications.

OUT (OU Theatre) Club

Passport to Significance; Education, interaction & virtual connections inspired by contemporary struggles for Christian meaning & faith-in-action in the midst of social intolerance.

Multigenerational Teaming: Advisory members join the teams, assisting with aspects of the practicums. Team diversity spans age, gender and culture differences; youth and advisors mutually lead and participate on projects. Networked mentoring

You are Loved: In thisservice project, local cohorts work with agencies to plan, produce and distribute Easter baskets of goodies (e.g., cookies, candies, home-made cocoa mix, bath salts, handmade cards with scriptures). Options include battered women’s and homeless shelters, the frail and elderly and care-givers for the homebound. Service learning, hands-on activities, testing theologies through existential struggles and socio-religious dynamics.

Personal Board of Directors: Program goals are to tackle personal life-barriers, increase social awareness and expand cultural learnings.  Cohort members will work on goal calendars and develop life-plans and strategies to stay balanced in anticipation for integration to leadership roles in their home communities. Each will be assigned a personal board of directors (4 total members, quarterly or adhoc) for advice and counsel. Networked mentoring.

Interactive Bible on Twitter: Tweeting about Old Testament passages that conjoin all Abrahamic faiths; promotes digestion of scripture (compressing ideas into Twitter’s genre); deepens connections as scripture unfolds. Writing process, dialogue, testing theologies through existential struggles and socio-religious dynamics.

Witness: To explore social and spiritual contexts of Gospel preaching, youth create and preach 15-minute sermons, receiving feedback from peers, staff, pastors.  Participants may opt to attend nationwide Preaching Festivals the following fall. Writing, performance, revision.

Adventures in TAU: Held on the residential campus in Ottawa, KS, this week-long conference involves all TAU participants from all three regions; it includes:


  • Involvement in OU’s annual Adventures in Faith conference, which welcomes the community and gathers guest speakers, alumni, faculty, staff, and university students for a series of events.

  • Missional Training: This sleep-over at OU’s lake lodge includes worship ‘staging’ and activities. Hands-on learning (e.g., basic building and repair, first aid, camping skills) and testimony from missionaries, camp leaders; practicum format puts skills to immediate use.

  • Launch of Support #4: Certifications and Practicum: Participants will contribute to selecting training and certification offerings (e.g., First Aid) and prioritizing individuals/projects chosen. Context- driven decision-making (needs and resources analysis), role shift (protégés to program advisors).

  • Podcast Production: Participants interview one another on themes of “Vibrant Faith” and “What Would Jesus Do?” Development of interview skills and public personae.

  • Local day/evening trips: Places of worship, cultural heritage centers. Exposure to cultures.

  • (ELECTIVE) Soulful Noise. Participants set scripture, original songs and prayers to music, craft new hymn arrangements, perform, and record for public posting. Musical composition and performance.

  • (ELECTIVE) pLayworks: Theatrical Ministry. Participants explore script writing, lighting, dramaturgy, acting, video recording and broadcast. Writing and performance.

(ELECTIVE) Witness: Participants who plan to attend preaching festivals refine their witness work. Writing process, performance practice, exchange of ideas

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Musical Christmas Cards to share:>)