An Interfaith Ministry Serving The Downtown Campuses

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Adventure to Chicago -- February 2017

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Some of Our Previous Events
Mount Carmel College of Nursing Campus Ministry
Students, Faculty, Administration, Staff!
Rejoice, Rejoice! Again I say Rejoice!
Let us take time for JOY as these days of Advent are with us anticipating Christmas.  “Indeed the Lord is Near!”  Phil.4: 4-5
Isaiah the Prophet calls us during this season to “bring glad tidings to the poor.”  Is. 61:1
Let us take these words to heart and gather this week to wrap the Christmas gifts we have purchased for the joy of the children of Avondale !
When? Tuesday from noon to 5:00…
If you can, Bring wrapping paper, scissors, scotch tape.  If you don’t have such supplies on hand, come and we will share with those who can bring them. On Friday morning, 9:30, help load up your car, and take gifts to the children K-5 at Avondale Elementary School…Rejoice in the Gift of Giving!
Prayer Gathering and Reflection -- December 2016
Mount Carmel College of Nursing Campus Ministry
Students, Faculty, Administration, Staff!
Join together for a Prayer Gathering and Reflection Led by Muslim Students,
Monday, December 5th at Noon In the Lounge
Dear Lord, Guide us through the challenges that present themselves to us
and give us the gift of believing You are with us through this difficult and confusing time.
Help us keep balance and peace within ourselves. 
We pray never to forget what You have taught us is most important. 

Thanksgiving Celebration -- November 2016
Mount Carmel College of Nursing Campus Ministry
Students, Faculty, Administration, Staff!

Come Together and Celebrate the Spirit of Thanksgiving in prayer, community, song, for all good Gifts & Blessings!

Noon Monday, November 21st in the Lounge
Prayer Leaders: Father Vinny McKiernon, Paulist Priest, St. Thomas More Newman Center OSU
Jessica K. Shimberg, Jewish Ritual Artist Nicol Ghazi, Outreach Person for the Noor Islamic Cultural Center
Rev. Eric Brown, Pastor, Woodland Christian Church, Guitarist,
Mr. Michael Szczepanik with our own Mount Carmel College Choir with Leadership of Faculty Member, Mary Yoder
Students of the respective faith traditions will respond to Faith Leaders.
Please Bring Gift Offerings of warm socks, hats, blankets, gloves, tents, triple A batteries for the Homeless living on our streets, in camps, under the bridges.
Offerings will be received and distributed by Mr. Ben Sears and Staff of Street Medicine Outreach.
In addition, Tori DeAnni, volunteer R.N. for the Village Mountain Mission in Dominican Republic has asked us if we would bring small toys and baby items for the children she serves.
Haiti is suffering from Hurricane Matthew:
Monetary donations to Red Cross are much needed.
Luncheon will Follow the Thanksgiving Prayer Service
Dr. O and The Students in Campus Ministry

ClaySpace Retreat -- October 2016
Retreat with Spirituality & Balance!

For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. -- Romans 11:29

Invite a Friend and Join the Downtowners Campus Ministry with students from other Colleges and Universities
For the weekend of Friday, October 21-23
Stay at the Red Roof Inn from Friday Eve 7:00 p.m. to Sunday at 11:00 a.m.

Enjoy Working with clay at ClaySpace in the German Village where they share your passion for pottery, art for the soul

He has made everything beautiful in its time. -- Ecclesiastes 3:11

Share time to relax, get to know students from other Colleges and Universities,
pray, play, share stories of faith.

We will be given space at Trinity Episcopal Church at 3rd and Broad for our share and prayer sessions. The cost is underwritten by grants given to the Downtowners Campus Ministry, a Ministry to students of all Faith Traditions and Seekers of Faith located at Trinity Lutheran Church at 404 South Third
So I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was working at his wheel
-- The Prophet Jeremiah 18:3

Washington DC -- May 2016
Join in with other downtown students on an adventure of a lifetime to Washington, D.C.!
Monday, May 9 to Saturday Morning May 14, 2016

~Approach our Capitol Hill lawmakers on bettering the plight of the homeless, stopping human trafficking, increasing wages for the struggling worker;
Serve the homeless through Daily Bread Breakfast Ministry and Central Union Mission.  Meet with groups of immigrants and learn of their struggle:

Fly Southwest Airlines. 
Stay at the Adam’s Inn Bed and Breakfast 2.8 miles from Capitol Hill;
Have a great time together celebrating a year of hard academic work!  Visit the Smithsonian and other D.C. sites.
~Cost: $350.  $50 due February 26th to reserve airline ticket.
Space is limited.  Sign up right away. 
Call Dr. Ellen O’Shaughnessy, Director of Campus Ministry
(614) 582-7790
and/or email Dr. O at

Chicago Adventure -- February 2016

O Sing to the Lord a New Song!-- Psalm 98
Eight students from both Campuses-- Columbus and Lancaster are taking off for Chicago—a wonderful town—on Friday morning February 19th to enjoy a weekend retreat with students on campuses from Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio. The theme centers around music and how it has always been integral to the spiritual life.

“When it comes to music, we have a lot to offer each other and a lot to offer the world.” Professionals from Music that Makes Community will lead us in song, prayer, worship, fun, community.
The students will be staying at the comfortable Hosteling International Chicago in downtown.

And of course all will take time to visit Chicago sites and ride the metro and have some famous Chicago Deep Dish Pizza!

Dr. Ellen O’Shaughnessy, Campus Minister, and her husband named by the students as Dr. Bob, will be chaperones.
The retreat is made possible by grants to the Downtowners Campus Ministry.

Retreat -- January 2016
Get into the New Year of 2016

The DowntownersCampus Ministry invites all students and student groups
for a Winter Retreat in the Beautiful Pilgrim Hills
—only an hour and twenty minutes northeast of Columbus off route 62.

7:00 January 15th to Sunday Noon the 17th
Invite a friend, take time to meet new people, experience beauty away from the city,
pray, play, eat delicious meals,
go on a walk in the woods led by a professional naturalist,
roast s’mores in the late night bonfire,
go sledding on the grounds,
visit Amish country, take a skiing/sledding trip to Snow Trails, less than an hour away. 

Sleeping accommodations in cabins are warm and comfortable.
For the nature walk, bring warm clothes and warm shoes.
Bring a blanket, pillow, sheets and/or sleeping bag, towel and washcloth. 
Share you favorite relaxing music, favorite games. 
Choose a spiritual reading or passage from the Bible that is meaningful to you. 
Share a funny story.

The cost is only $25 because the retreat is underwritten by donations given to the Downtowners Campus Ministry.
The address for Pilgrim Hills is 33833 Township Road 20, Brinkhaven, Ohio 43006. 
Google also calls it Gann, Ohio. 
Phone (714) 599-6314.  

Follow 62 into Danville.  Continue on 62 northeast about eight miles to Route 206.  Turn right, south, and go two miles to the Pilgrim Hills sign and turn right.  The entrance is one mile down TWP Rd 20 on the left.  The sign for Pilgrim Hills is on the right.  Ignore any turns prior to 206 even if your navigational system tells you to do it. 

Dr. O is renting a van.  Call her if you need a ride.  Let’s carpool!

The Downtowners Campus Ministry serves Columbus College of Art and Design,
Columbus State Community College, Capital Law School, DeVry University,
Franklin University, Mount Carmel College of Nursing
and Student referrals from OSU


The Downtowners Campus Ministry | 404 S. Third Street Columbus, OH 43215 | 614-224-1155