30th Annual Community Thanksgiving Celebration

30th Annual LUM Community Thanksgiving Celebration
Serving 800 Thanksgiving Day

Thanksgiving DinnerFor the 30th year, Lafayette Urban Ministry will host the Community Thanksgiving Celebration with dinner at noon on Thanksgiving Day (November 24). The Thanksgiving holiday should be celebrated with others — so, individuals and families in our community who wish to spend Thanksgiving with their neighbors are encouraged to attend. At the first LUM Community Thanksgiving Celebration, 75 people were welcomed and served. This year, LUM will serve over 75 turkeys with all of the fixing plus 112 different pies to approximately 800 guests. It is a grand celebration that includes dinner, dessert, good company, and live musical entertainment. Everyone is welcome; no reservations are necessary; and it’s FREE.

Here are the event details:

  • Event: LUM Community Thanksgiving Celebration
  • Sponsor: Lafayette Urban Ministry
  • Date: Thursday, November 24 – Thanksgiving Day
  • Time: Noon to 2 p.m.
  • Place: Central Presbyterian Church, 31 N 7th Street, Lafayette

Donations of food and monetary donations are still being accepted. Donate online at www.lumserve.org. For more information, go to www.lumserve.org/thanksgiving.

Additional information and acknowledgements:

  • Major Donors:  Special thanks to our major donors Denny’s Body Shop, Robert & Stacey  Hall, Lafayette Auto Supply, Lafayette Christian Reformed Church, Lawn & Shrub, Old National Bank and Cathy Russell Team Real Estate.
  • Turkey Donations: This year approximately half of the total turkeys (30+) will be donated by the Christian Men’s Fellowship Group of First Christian Church.  For several years, the Men’s group members led by Pastor Greg Eberhard and Randy Harrington prepare, roast, and carve the turkeys starting Wednesday evening through early Thanksgiving morning. The remainder of the turkeys this year were donated by Central Presbyterian Church, Elston Presbyterian Church, Lafayette Brewing Company, St. John’s Episcopal Church and Purdue Federal Credit Union.
  • Central Presbyterian Church provides their entire facility free of charge. Many of their church members also volunteer with food preparation, facility management, setup and cleanup.
  • Pie Bakers: For the third year, most of the 112 pies are baked by the members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
  • Live music will be provided by West Lafayette High School Orchestra students, The Wabash Valley String Band and Frank Rosenthal & Sharron Howard.
  • Support from Local Restaurants: Food, drink & supplies were donated by Great Harvest Bread Company, Jane’s Gourmet Deli & Catering, Kentucky Fried Chicken, MCL Cafeteria & Bakery, McAlister’s Deli, Olive Garden, Oliverio’s Southland Restaurant, and Texas Roadhouse.
  • Decorations: Table decorations and placemats are created by the students enrolled at the LUM After School Program, St. Boniface School and St. Mary Cathedral School. Several local Girl Scout Troops also make placemats and wrap plastic utensils for place settings.


Joe Micon
Executive Director
Lafayette Urban Ministry
765-423-2691 – office
765-491-0127 – mobile

Cheryl Fowler
Director, Community Thanksgiving Celebration
Lafayette Urban Ministry
765-423-2691 – office


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Shopping List:

  • Stuffing/dressing
  • Pies—peach, cherry, apple, pecan, Dutch apple
  • Canned—Green Beans, Yams
  • Cranberry Sauce
  • Ice Tea mix
  • Ice—large bags
  • Dinner Rolls, ready-to-serve
  • Trash Bags
  • Serving Tongs


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