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Always More Left Over

A Message from Joe Micon, LUM Executive Director

LUM has focused a lot in recent weeks on issues of food distribution to those in our community who don’t have enough good, nutritious food for themselves or their children. During this process I have paid special attention to the miracle story Jesus Feeds the 5,000. Found in all four Gospels, it remains one of scripture’s most powerful teachings of faith, compassion and service. And it is a teaching that touches, in real and practical ways, virtually everything that goes on at LUM.

As the disciples gathered to figure out what to do about the hungry crowd, they could only pool 200 denari. A young boy had five loaves and two fish. It wasn’t enough, but Jesus was filled with compassion and miraculously, faithfully, moved quickly forward. The story is a lesson to us about beginnings. But it is also a powerful lesson about endings. Because miraculously, faithfully, there was more left over than Jesus started with — 12 baskets full of broken pieces! I love this story, because during my time at LUM, I have always found there to be more left over than when we start something.

There are more children doing better in school now than we ever imagined when LUM first started the After School and 5th Quarter Summer Learning Programs. There are more neighbors receiving paralegal help and support through the LUM Immigration Clinic. There are more chronically homeless individuals who have turned to addiction getting help because LUM found creative ways to offer information and support.

Service fosters deeper relationships with others. If you volunteer at LUM, you can’t help but develop a keener knowledge of poverty and income inequality. When you see the faces of those we serve, learn their names and hear their stories, you can’t help but grow in understanding. Your friendships are strengthened. Your perceptions are broadened. Your heart is expanded.

I believe so very firmly that our faith is enriched through service at a place like LUM. We are challenged to be more loving. We become more generous with our time and treasure. We respond more fully to the prophet’s call to justice. Thank you for joining with us; for your prayers of support; for the service you render; for the dollars you donate; for performing miracles at LUM each and every day!

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Lafayette Urban Ministry is piloting a new response to food insecurity in our community — the LUM Protein Food Pantry. It features proteins, produce & paper products. Local families in need are able to select canned and frozen meats & fish, fresh fruits and vegetables, beans & legumes, peanut butter, infant formula and paper products. High carb foods & snacks are avoided. The LUM Protein Food Pantry is open Thursday mornings at the LUM Ray Ewry Center (525 N 4th Street) in downtown Lafayette.

Financial donations to the LUM Protein Food Pantry are welcome. The new LUM Protein Food Pantry will also need volunteers every Thursday morning. If you are interested in volunteering or making an investment in the LUM Protein Food Pantry, click the appropriate button below.

If you wish to VOLUNTEER – click HERE

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Reserve Your Seat!
LUM FOLLIES – Friday, May 3

Join us for the eighth annual LUM Good Samaritan Fund Follies and help us celebrate Lafayette Urban Ministry. The event is a lighthearted evening of fine dining, entertainment, fun & good company — filled with delightful surprises. There will be a lovely dinner with fabulous people; a Silent Auction filled with unique and priceless items; and local entertainment (also known as the Follies) that will bring laughter, fun and sheer joy to the room.

Make your Reservations TODAY!
Start the Follies Reservation process NOW, click HERE.

LUM Follies’ Details and Schedule are as follows:

  • Friday, May 3, 2019
  • St. Andrew United Methodist Church, 4703 N 50 W, West Lafayette, Indiana
  • Price: $50 per person;
    $400 per table (max. 8)
  • 5:30 p.m. — Reception & Silent Auction
  • 6:30 p.m. — Dinner – menu below
  • 7:30 p.m. — Follies Entertainment

The best part is that 100% of the proceeds from this event go to the LUM Good Samaritan Fund, an emergency financial assistance program that supports local families. Make your reservations ($50 per person; $400 per table) online HERE or by calling (765) 423-2691.

More ways to get involved in LUM Follies :

  • Corporate Sponsors — If you wish to be an event sponsor, please email us
  • Silent Auction Donations — If you or your company wishes to donate items to our silent auction, please email us

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Menu:  A lovely meal has been planned just for you. The LUM Follies’ Menu is as follows:

  • Main – Tasty Tenderloin of Beef or Vegetarian Lasagna with Potatoes Perfection, Simple Green Beans and Yeast Rolls with Cinnamon Butter
  • Starter – Romaine & Berry Salad;
  • Dessert – Chocolate Chocolate Pie
  • Coffee, tea and lemonade

LUM Follies Talent:
  • Blue Moon Rising (music)
  • Mark Buche & Kelly Jacobs (music)
  • Chip & the Old Block with Jim & Aaron Brehm (comedy)
  • His In Song with Ellen Wilson & Gail Polles (music)
  • Mike Johnson (comedy)
  • Sheila Klinker & Eileen Weiss (music)
  • Fred Koning (music)
  • Deborah Kull & Stephen Sekoulopoulos (Latin dance)
  • Charity Rankin (music)
  • Tricia Sembroski (dance)
  • Scott Vollmer (comedy)

Make your Reservations TODAY!
Start the Follies Reservation process NOW, click HERE.

If you aren’t able to attend the “Follies” but still wish to donate to the LUM Good Samaritan Fund — click:

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If you or your group would like to volunteer with LUM Follies, click HERE to sign up.

Volunteer needs:

  • May 2 — Set up, 3:30 p.m.
  • May 3 — Set up/work, 3:30 p.m.; Pick up rolls, 5 p.m.
  • May 4 – Breakdown, 11 a.m.

Click HERE to sign up.