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Wishing You ‘Amazing Peace’ This Christmas

A Letter from Joe Micon, LUM Executive Director

In our joy, we think we hear a whisper. At first it is too soft. Then only half heard. We listen carefully as it gathers strength. We hear a sweetness.
The word is Peace.
It is loud now. It is louder. Louder than the explosion of bombs.


Dear Friend, 

It was during the lighting of the National Christmas Tree in 2005 that Dr. Maya Angelou first shared her poem Amazing Peace. 

As one of the most renowned and influential voices of our time, Angelou’s words beckon us to contemplate a world of peace during a season of peace. She wrote that, “there is no better time than Christmas to come away from rancor; no better time to look beyond complexion to see community; no better time to mend that which is broken into that which is whole. “

They are powerful words that speak directly to the mission of the Lafayette Urban Ministry. An organization of 47 Greater Lafayette churches, LUM nurtures children and strengthens families who are experiencing difficult times.

During the past year, the Lafayette Urban Ministry served 4,723 families through one or another of our 22 programs. 

  • The LUM overnight Emergency Shelter continues to serve compassionately the chronically homeless in our community. The LUM shelter and Winter Warming Station will provide shelter and addiction services to more than 900 homeless individuals during 2019.
  • Two-hundred and thirty-nine at-risk youth learned and grew because of the LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning ProgramLUM Camp and enhanced After School Program.
  • The LUM Good Samaritan Program serves up to twelve families each day – families that are in the throes of eviction, utility disconnects, health care or transportation emergencies. LUM has aided 1,780 families this year.
  • The LUM Tax Preparation Program served 522 low-income workers, returning to them $906,000 in tax credits and refunds.
  • The LUM Community Thanksgiving Celebration served 900 meals, the LUM ID Clinic served 217 clients, our Immigration Clinic served 173 individuals, and of course Jubilee Christmas – 1,831 children!
  •  In addition, the Lafayette Urban Ministry started the LUM Protein Food Pantry in 2019. This new and innovative response to persistent food insecurity in our community provides meat, eggs, fresh vegetables, infant formula and baby food to children and families in need. More than 50 families are served each week.

In her poem, Maya Angelou interprets peace as a harmony of spirit and a comfort of courtesies. She defines it as security for our beloveds and their beloveds. She calls Christmas the halting of hate time. 

In the spirit of peace this Christmas season, I hope that you will support the important work of LUM with a gift of cash. Your contribution of $50, $100, $250, $500, or $1,000 will be used to support needy children and their families, right here in our own community. 

I share below Dr. Maya Angelou’s Christmas poem, Amazing Peace, in appreciation of the kindness you have always shown toward those LUM serves. On behalf of each child and family, please accept my heartfelt thanks and my wish for a joyous Christmas.


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Amazing Peace by Dr. Maya Angelou

Thunder rumbles in the mountain passes
And lightning rattles the eaves of our houses.
Flood waters await in our avenues.

Snow falls upon snow, falls upon snow to avalanche
Over unprotected villages.
The sky slips low and grey and threatening.

We question ourselves.
What have we done to so affront nature?
We interrogate and worry God.
Are you there? Are you there really?
Does the covenant you made with us still hold?

Into this climate of fear and apprehension, Christmas enters,
Streaming lights of joy, ringing bells of hope
And singing carols of forgiveness high up in the bright air.
The world is encouraged to come away from rancor,
Come the way of friendship.

It is the Glad Season.
Thunder ebbs to silence and lightning sleeps quietly
in the corner.
Flood waters recede into memory.
Snow becomes a yielding cushion to aid us
As we make our way to higher ground.

Hope is born again in the faces of children
It rides on the shoulders of our aged as they walk into their sunsets.
Hope spreads around the earth. Brightening all things,
Even hate which crouches breeding in dark corridors.

In our joy, we think we hear a whisper.
At first it is too soft. Then only half heard.
We listen carefully as it gathers strength.
We hear a sweetness.
The word is Peace.
It is loud now. It is louder.
Louder than the explosion of bombs.

We tremble at the sound. We are thrilled by its presence.
It is what we have hungered for.
Not just the absence of war. But, true Peace.
A harmony of spirit, a comfort of courtesies.
Security for our beloveds and their beloveds.

We clap hands and welcome the Peace of Christmas.
We beckon this good season to wait a while with us.
We, Baptist and Buddhist, Methodist and Muslim, say come.
Peace.
Come and fill us and our world with your majesty.
We, the Jew and the Jainist, the Catholic and the Confucian,
Implore you, to stay a while with us.
So we may learn by your shimmering light
How to look beyond complexion and see community.

It is Christmas time, a halting of hate time.

On this platform of peace, we can create a language
To translate ourselves to ourselves and to each other.

At this Holy Instant, we celebrate the Birth of Jesus Christ
Into the great religions of the world.
We jubilate the precious advent of trust.
We shout with glorious tongues the coming of hope.
All the earth’s tribes loosen their voices
To celebrate the promise of Peace.

We, Angels and Mortal’s, Believers and Non-Believers,
Look heavenward and speak the word aloud.
Peace. We look at our world and speak the word aloud.
Peace. We look at each other, then into ourselves
And we say without shyness or apology or hesitation.

Peace, My Brother. Peace, My Sister. Peace, My Soul.


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Meet the LUM After School Program Team


The LUM After School Program provides safe, fun and enriching childcare for up to 60 children in Kindergarten to 8th grade in Tippecanoe County. The children are transported by bus from school to the LUM Ray Ewry Youth Center. For up to three hours each school day, the students work on homework, have a nutritious snack, and participate in craft projects, music, and other fun recreational and educational activities — enabling their parents to finish their workday. The program is staffed by a professionally trained program aides and volunteers, whose training exceeds State of Indiana requirements.

LUM is thrilled to introduce the After School Program team. Pictured (L to R) are Kristi Hogue, program director, and teacher’s aides: Shavonn Kimbrough, Mady Kirts, and Tabatha Volpi. What a talented and caring team! They are assisted each afternoon by volunteers. Please consider volunteering with the After School Program – LUM needs you.


For more information on how to volunteer with the LUM After School Program, click HERE.


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LUM 5th Quarter Students Explore Science

Study Trip to Local Family Science Center
Recently, the students enrolled in the LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program took a trip to a local family science center in Lafayette. During their visit they explored the entire science center and had an opportunity to experience and learn about engineering & building, chemical reactions, animal care, reptiles & amphibians, and virtual reality. The highlight of the day was the chemistry lab session with hands-on experiments using pure, solid carbon dioxide (CO2) — dry ice (pictured).
 
At least once a week, the LUM students go on an excursion, locally, to continue their summer learning (zoo, library, museum, firehouse) and for recreation (swimming, bowling, local park, hiking).
 
If you wish to support the LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program — you may make a monetary donation, sponsor a study/recreation trip, volunteer, and/or donate snacks and supplies. For more information, click HERE or email Kristi Hogue at khogue@lumserve.org. To view more photos of the LUM 5th Quarter, click HERE.
 

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LUM Summer Childcare – Volunteers Needed

Volunteer Teacher’s Aides for the LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program are needed this summer. The program is offered Monday – Friday, Now through August 3, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Volunteers support the LUM director and teachers.

Volunteers are needed each week day to assist in teaching & tutoring, reading, recreational activities, meals & snacks and more. Volunteers must enjoy working with children and have experience helping children (K – 6th grade) achieve academically and socially.

Four Ways YOU can help the LUM Summer Youth Program are as follows:

  • Make a Monetary Donation, click HERE
  • Sign up to Volunteer, click HERE
  • Donate Needed Items, click HERE
  • Sponsor a Study or Recreational Trip, email khogue@lumserve.org

If you’re interested or need more information, click HERE — or email or call Kristi Hogue (khogue@lumserve.org | 765-423-2691).

LUM Students Visit Prophetstown State Park

LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program

Last week, the students enrolled in the LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program took a trip to Prophetstown State Park in West Lafayette. During their visit they hiked through the park exploring the fens, prairie and open woodlands; and learned about prairie grass, and Native American culture.

They also participated in the Silly Safari Program at the Tippecanoe County Library and met some animals including mammals, amphibians, reptiles, birds, bugs and more.

At least once a week, the LUM students go on an excursion, locally, to continue their summer learning (zoo, library, museum, firehouse) and for recreation (swimming, bowling, local park, hiking). If you wish to support the LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program — you may make a monetary donation, sponsor a study/recreation trip, volunteer, and/or donate snacks and supplies. For more information, click HERE or email Kristi Hogue at khogue@lumserve.org.


{To view more Prophetstown photos, click HERE.}



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A Day at the Zoo – LUM Summer Students

Columbian Park Zoo – 5th Quarter Study Trip

Last week, the students enrolled in the LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program took a trip to the Columbian Park Zoo in Lafayette. During their visit they learned a lot about animals (from wallabies to pot-bellied pigs) and met a two-day old Nigerian dwarf goat.

{To view photos, click HERE.}

At least once a week, the LUM students go on an excursion, locally, to continue their summer learning (zoo, library, museum, firehouse) and for recreation (swimming, bowling, local park, hiking). If you wish to support the LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program — you may make a monetary donation, sponsor a study/recreation trip and/or donate snacks and supplies.

For more information, click HERE or email Kristi Hogue at khogue@lumserve.org.


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Meet the LUM 5th Quarter Summer Teachers

LUM is excited to introduce the teachers for the 5thQuarter Summer Learning Program. Pictured (from L to R) with Kristi Hogue, LUM youth programs director, the teachers are as follows:

  • Mady Kirts – Mady grew up and still lives in Lafayette. She graduated from Jefferson High School and recently earned her associates degree in Human Services program at Ivy Tech Community College. In the fall, Mady will begin her coursework at IUPUI toward a bachelor’s in social work. She plans to pursue an MSW and eventually working in social work and case management at a nonprofit.
  • Jaunice Williamson – Jaunice is from Chicago and currently lives in Lafayette with her four children, ages 4, 3, 2 & 9 months. Jaunice is currently enrolled in the Early Childhood Education program at Ivy Tech Community College and anticipates graduating in December. After graduation, she plans to start a daycare business.
  • Alyssa Bella – Alyssa is from New Carlisle and currently lives in West Lafayette. She recently earned her bachelor’s in social work from IUPUI. In the fall, Alyssa will be attending New York University to pursue a Master in Social Work. She will be pursuing a career working with children.
  • Tabatha Volpi (not pictured) – Tabby grew up and still lives in Lafayette with her husband, Matthew, and their two children, ages 5 & 7. She graduated from Jefferson High School and earned her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Purdue University in 2013. During the school year, Tabby teaches special education in the Lafayette School Corporation through GLASS.

What a dynamic and talented team of teachers! If you wish to support the LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program — you may make a monetary donation, sponsor a field/study trip and/or donate snacks and supplies. For more information, click HERE or email Kristi Hogue at khogue@lumserve.org.


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5th Quarter – Summer Daycare Has Begun

LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program

Each year at this time the LUM childcare programs transition from after school care to full-day summer childcare. LUM After School Program concluded another successful year, and LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program sessions began this week.

The LUM 5th Quarter is offered Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., and includes active learning, crafts and recreation, free lunch, and study trips. The summer childcare program is dedicated to closing the academic achievement gap for these students. Once the school year begins again in the fall, the LUM students who may typically struggle academically will be better prepared than their peers because of 5th Quarter’s focus on enriched and experiential learning.

If you wish to support the LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program — you may make a monetary donation, sponsor a field/study trip and/or donate snacks and supplies. For more information, click HERE or email Kristi Hogue at khogue@lumserve.org.


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Lego Sets Donated to LUM Youth Programs

In Memory of Purdue Professor Charlotte Hyde

Tammy & Michael Conrad-Solvo donated Lego sets to the LUM After School Program for the students to enjoy and from which to learn. This gift was in memory of Purdue Professor Charlotte Hyde, who passed away in April at the age of 44.

Tammy & Michael shared with the students that, “Charlotte was from Texas, came to Indiana to attend Purdue and become a writing professor, and she earned her PhD in 2016. She taught writing, worked with many engineers who liked to built, and loved Legos a lot. She built with Legos as a hobby and used them in her classes to teach Purdue students how to be creative and solve problems.” {Pictured above L to R are Kristi Hogue, LUM Youth Programs director, Michael & Tammy.} To view more photos, click HERE.

The LUM Youth Program also received a donation from Linda Greyson of Lego Bionicles, a marble maze & lots of craft supplies. LUM is blessed to have such generous friends.


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Thanks to LDS Members – Volunteer Painters


LUM Youth Center Gets New Coat of Paint
Last weekend, the members of the Lafayette Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints volunteered with LUM. The LDS volunteers painted the porch and outside trim of the LUM Ray Ewry Youth Center, home to the LUM After School Program5th Quarter Summer Learning Program, LUM Protein Food Pantry and Emergency Shelter. LUM is grateful to have such wonderful support from the LDS members throughout the year.
 
If you or your group would like to volunteer with LUM, click HERE to find out how to get started.