Sunday Night Dinner and Discussion
Almost every Sunday evening at 6 PM when school is in session during the spring and fall semesters, students gather at the ECM campus center for physical and spiritual nourishment. No one knows for sure, but it’s likely that this tradition was in place long before the campus center was built, nearly fifty years ago. A home cooked meal is provided for the evening, which could range from make your own personal size pizza to breakfast for supper to spaghetti. After the meal, students gather to discuss a topic or participate in a planned fun activity.
Get out of the heat and into the cool with our yoga class. Blending the need for motion and stillness and solitude in students’ lives, this small group provides physical and spiritual healing to participants each Thursday evenings, during the school year. Combining movements borrowed from Kundalini yoga, readings from the Psalms, an extended period of silence, and the Lord’s Prayer in a candlelit setting provides an invigorating and refreshing experience. Thursdays at 5:30 PM
Real Food Lunch
If you’re free this semester on Fridays between 11:30 and 1:00 p.m. come to the ECM Campus Center and enjoy a “Real Food Lunch” with friends, old and new. The idea for a “Real Food Lunch” grew out of conversations last spring among several ECM student leaders, who wanted to combine their love of spending time with friends with their growing commitment to eating healthier and more diverse foods. So they came up with this idea to offer a no-fee-donation-only meal each week in the auditorium at ECM where everyone is welcome, featuring as much locally grown, fresh produce as possible. Participants will take turns sharing the chores of setting up beforehand, preparing the meals with food purchased via donations and cleaning up afterwards.
Brewing on Belief
During the school year on Wednesdays at 8:30pm. We've been meeting at Bluestem Bistro, but follow the facebook page for up-to-the-minute locations. Presentations by local pastors and professors on topics of theological interest, followed by engaging conversation while enjoying your favorite libation with friends in a casual atmosphere.
Acrobatic Yoga is a challenging combination of yoga and acrobatics. All skill levels are welcome. It helps reduce stress and build flexibiliy while getting in a good workout -- it's a great way to take a break in the middle of the week! We meet Mondays at 7:30 PM and Wednesdays at 5:30 PM.
No matter your background or beliefs, the Bible can provide support for life's struggles. This Bible study, meeting Monday at 5:30 at ECM's annex at 908 Sunset shares a story from the Bible with a conversation about how it relates to everyone's life. If you're looking for a welcoming community to study the Bible with, come on by!
Fair Trade Marketplace
The Fair Trade Market Place is a two day event that hosts vendors from all parts of the world, from India to Ghana to Ecuador, to sell their handcrafted merchandise to students and citizens of Manhattan. This year the Market Place will be held Tuesday, December 3rd through Thursday, December 5th. And of course we'd love to see you there!
Fair Trade helps farming families across Asia, Africa, and Latin America to improve the quality of life in their communitie s. Fair Trade empowers these families by lifting to lift themselves out of poverty by investing in their farms and communities, protecting the environment, and developing the business skills necessary to compete in the global marketplace. Fair Trade is much more than a fair price! Fair Trade principles also include fair labor conditions, direct trade, community development and environmental sustainability.
SECOND HELPING -- Second Helping is First Congregational UCC's outreach meal to those in the community, homeless or otherwise, who need a hot meal. There is a need for assistance in preparing, serving and/or cleaning up after the Second Helping meal. Prep begins at 3:15, meal is served at 5:30 or so, clean up is done by 6:15 or so. If you are interested in volunteering contact Mary Ellen Barkley at email@example.com.