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Merry Christmas From Lafayette Urban Ministry


On behalf of each child and family served by the Lafayette Urban Ministry, please accept our heartfelt thanks and our wish for a joyous Christmas season.


Consider a Gift to LUM This Christmas Season

Little Mandy and her Ma, ‘S porest folks you ever saw! —
Lived in porest house in town, Where the fence ‘uz all tore down.

December 2017

Dear Friend,

The 1899 Christmas classic Little Mandy’s Christmas Tree, by Hoosier poet James Whitcomb Riley, is as much a social commentary as a holiday poem.

Written from the perspective of a child who accompanies her mother on a charity visit to a family in need, Riley, in his typical Midwestern cadence, shares the story of little Mandy, the terminally ill child who resides in the house.

Each stanza is filled with startling and vivid imagery about the family’s predicament and the community’s response. The images speak to Riley’s vision of how church and community members ought to relate to and be respectful toward the least among us.

It is a vision we work hard to make real each and every day at the Lafayette Urban Ministry. An organization of 47 local churches, LUM serves as a social safety net for children and families in our community who are experiencing difficult times.

During the past year, the Lafayette Urban Ministry served more than 5,200 families through one or another of our 20 programs.

  • Two-hundred and fifteen at-risk youth learned and grew because of LUM’s 5th Quarter, LUM Camp and Enhanced Afterschool Programs.
  • LUM’s Overnight Shelter continues to compassionately serve the chronically homeless in our community.  LUM’s shelter and overnight winter warming station will serve more than 800 homeless individuals during 2017.
  • LUM’s Tax Preparation Program served 929 low-income workers, returning to them more than $1.4 million in tax credits and refunds.
  • LUM’s 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 more than 2,200 such families so far this year.
  • More than, 2,900 individuals received emergency food from our  St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry.
  • The Community Thanksgiving Meal served 900 individuals, LUM’s ID Clinic served more than 200 clients, our Legal Immigration Program served 39 individuals, and of course Jubilee Christmas –  1,909 children!

Perhaps Riley’s most powerful stanza in Little Mandy depicts the sharing of cash:

Nen my Ma she gived her Ma
Somepin’ ‘at I never saw,
And say ‘at she must take it, and,
She ist maked her keep it in her hand.


In the spirit of this Christmas season I hope that you will share a gift of cash with the children and families served by the Lafayette Urban Ministry.  Your gift of $50, $100, $250, $500, or $1,000 will be used right here in our community to support LUM’s important work.

Place a copy of James Whitcomb Riley’s poem Little Mandy’s Christmas Tree on your own Christmas tree as a reminder of the kindness and generosity you’ve shown toward those in our community who are suffering through a difficult time.

On behalf of each child and family served by the Lafayette Urban Ministry, please accept my heartfelt thanks and my wish for a joyous Christmas season.

Merry Christmas,

Joe Micon
Executive Director


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Merry Christmas From Lafayette Urban Ministry


Share a Gift to LUM This Christmas Season

Little Mandy and her Ma,
‘S porest folks you ever saw! —
Lived in porest house in town,
Where the fence ‘uz all tore down.

{Read Little Mandy’s Christmas Tree HERE.}


December 2017

Dear Friend,

The 1899 Christmas classic Little Mandy’s Christmas Tree, by Hoosier poet James Whitcomb Riley, is as much a social commentary as a holiday poem.

Written from the perspective of a child who accompanies her mother on a charity visit to a family in need, Riley, in his typical Midwestern cadence, shares the story of little Mandy, the terminally ill child who resides in the house.

Each stanza is filled with startling and vivid imagery about the family’s predicament and the community’s response. The images speak to Riley’s vision of how church and community members ought to relate to and be respectful toward the least among us.

It is a vision we work hard to make real each and every day at the Lafayette Urban Ministry. An organization of 47 local churches, LUM serves as a social safety net for children and families in our community who are experiencing difficult times.

During the past year, the Lafayette Urban Ministry served more than 5,200 families through one or another of our 20 programs.

  • Two-hundred and fifteen at-risk youth learned and grew because of LUM’s 5th Quarter, LUM Camp and Enhanced Afterschool Programs.
  • LUM’s Overnight Shelter continues to compassionately serve the chronically homeless in our community.  LUM’s shelter and overnight winter warming station will serve more than 800 homeless individuals during 2017.
  • LUM’s Tax Preparation Program served 929 low-income workers, returning to them more than $1.4 million in tax credits and refunds.
  • LUM’s 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 more than 2,200 such families so far this year.
  • More than, 2,900 individuals received emergency food from our  St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry.
  • The Community Thanksgiving Meal served 900 individuals, LUM’s ID Clinic served more than 200 clients, our Legal Immigration Program served 39 individuals, and of course Jubilee Christmas –  1,909 children!

Perhaps Riley’s most powerful stanza in Little Mandy depicts the sharing of cash:

Nen my Ma she gived her Ma
Somepin’ ‘at I never saw,
And say ‘at she must take it, and,
She ist maked her keep it in her hand.


In the spirit of this Christmas season I hope that you will share a gift of cash with the children and families served by the Lafayette Urban Ministry.  Your gift of $50, $100, $250, $500, or $1,000 will be used right here in our community to support LUM’s important work.

Place a copy of James Whitcomb Riley’s poem Little Mandy’s Christmas Tree on your own Christmas tree as a reminder of the kindness and generosity you’ve shown toward those in our community who are suffering through a difficult time.

On behalf of each child and family served by the Lafayette Urban Ministry, please accept my heartfelt thanks and my wish for a joyous Christmas season.

Merry Christmas,

Joe Micon
Executive Director

PS – Please, place your generous Christmas Season gift to LUM in the enclosed envelope, or give online at www.lumserve.org


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LUM Awarded $17,000 Federal EFSP Grant


Lafayette Urban Ministry has been recently awarded $17,250 in Phase 34 Emergency Food and Shelter Program funding. EFSP is a program of the federal government designed to quickly provide emergency relief to those in our nation with critical food and shelter needs.

This award will have a tremendous positive impact on LUM’s ability to assist families with critical food needs through the LUM Good Samaritan Fund and to offer emergency housing to individuals in transition at the LUM Emergency Shelter.


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Linda Hicks – Familiar Face in a New Role


New LUM Good Samaritan Program Director


Linda Hicks started with LUM in 2005. She will continue to serve as the Office Manager and assist with LUM Camp — but now will also be the director of the LUM Good Samaritan Program. As program director, Linda will be responsible for the emergency assistance fund and fund distributions as well as the LUM ID Clinic.


Linda grew up in West Lafayette; graduated from Harrison High School; and currently lives in West Lafayette with her husband and daughter. She earned a BA in Early Childhood Education from Purdue University, West Lafayette.

Joe Micon, LUM executive director, shared that

“for over a decade, Linda has been an invaluable leader at LUM. I’m confident that she will continue to excel in her new role and will continue to have a tremendous, positive impact on the families in our community.”


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Clarinda Crawford—Celebration of 7 Years of Service



This past weekend the members of Congress Street United Methodist Church hosted a reception for Rev. Clarinda Crawford. At this event, Joe Micon, LUM executive director and Mark Thomas, LUM board president, presented Clarinda with a special proclamation from the LUM Board of Directors and staff. The proclamation stated that, “Clarinda possesses a prophetic thirst for social justice, always calling the wider faith community to respond to the needs of the oppressed with fairness and compassion.”

The event was joyful celebration of Clarinda’s seven years of service to the community through Lafayette Urban Ministry and Congress Street United Methodist Church. It is clear that Clarinda had a positive impact on many people and programs during her time in Lafayette and will be greatly missed. Pictured L to R are Penny Glotzbach, Congress St. UMC representative to the LUM board, Clarinda Crawford, Mark Thomas & Joe Micon.

To view more PHOTOS of Reception for Rev. Clarinda Crawford, click HERE.
To make a donation to the LUM Good Samaritan Fund in her honor, click HERE.


If you wish to make a donation to the LUM Good Samaritan Fund in honor of Rev. Clarinda Crawford, click below.

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Fond Farewell to Clarinda Crawford


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After a fruitful seven year relationship with Lafayette Urban Ministry, Rev. Clarinda Crawford announced that she will be moving to Franklin, North Carolina, at the end of this month to serve two congregations in the United Methodist Church. Clarinda served as a pastor-liaison to the LUM Board of Directors and eventually became an officer serving on the Executive Committee for two terms. For the past 18 months, Clarinda has been the program director overseeing the LUM Good Samaritan Program, which includes the Good Samaritan Fund and the ID Clinic.

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Clarinda shared that leaving LUM “comes with a mix of emotions — part mournful, part restless, and wrapped in the excitement” of what this next phase will offer. Through her work with LUM, Clarinda has made a positive impact on the clients in the Good Samaritan Program and ID Clinic — using her numerous skills, knowledge of technology, awareness of resources, and experience. She has empathy for those in need and has made improvements in the day-to-day process of both the ID Clinic and the Good Samaritan Program. Clarinda will be missed, but she has left the program in great shape for LUM and her successor.

 


Please join us to celebrate Clarinda’s service to the community at a reception hosted by the Congress Street United Methodist Church on Saturday, June 24 from 2 to 4 p.m.


If you wish to make a donation to the LUM Good Samaritan Fund in honor of Rev. Clarinda Crawford, click below.

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GSP Volunteer Appreciation Lunch



The volunteers in the LUM Good Samaritan Program met for lunch last week. The gathering allowed Clarinda Crawford, LUM program director, to thank them for their excellent work.

It also was a time for the volunteers to say thank you and good luck to Clarinda on her next adventure. Thank you to the LUM Good Samaritan Program volunteers for their hard work, dedication and service to the community through LUM. {Pictured L to R: Sue Hermodson, Clarinda Crawford, Judy Hauser, Shirley Robertson, Jean Tyner, Andrea Schmidt, Sara Harlan, Carol Starr & Cris King.}

If you wish to donate to the LUM Good Samaritan Program or become a volunteer go to www.lumserve.org/good-samaritan-program.


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LUM Follies Raises $15K+ For Emergency Aid


FolliesAd-noTextThe sixth annual LUM Good Samaritan Fund Follies celebrating LUM’s 45th Anniversary was an enchanting evening for the capacity crowd — & all in support of emergency financial assistance for local families.

The LUM Follies stage show wowed the audience, and the meal was very special. LUM Follies guests bid generously on an exciting variety of Silent Auction baskets and made specific donations using the Butterfly Tree (community needs with donations amounts) — making this year’s LUM Follies the most successful yet.

The best part is that 100% of the proceeds from the LUM Good Samaritan Fund Follies go to the LUM Good Samaritan Fund. If you missed this year’s LUM Follies and still wish to make a difference by making a donation, click HERE.


To view more PHOTOS from the 2017 LUM Follies, click HERE.


LUM Follies—Acknowledgements & Thanks

The LUM Good Samaritan Fund FOLLIES was successful this year because of our sponsors and a hard-working & talented team of volunteers & staff who worked together in support of the families in crisis in our community. The LUM Staff and Board of Directors wish to extend sincere thanks to our donors and the many individuals who assisted in the planning of this year’s LUM Good Samaritan Fund Follies including:


LUM Follies Sponsors
Gold Level

  • Caterpillar
  • First Christian Church
  • Ron “Rock-Man” Jackson
  • Lafayette Brewing Co.

Silver Level

  • Blichmann Engineering

Bronze Level

  • Cardinal Office Supply
  • Chosnek Law PC
  • Andrea & David Schmidt

Silent Auction Basket Donors

  • Bethany Presbyterian Church
  • Chapel of the Good Shepherd, Episcopal
  • Church of the Blessed Sacrament
  • Congress St. United Methodist Church
  • Federated Church
  • First Baptist Church
  • St. Andrew United Methodist Church
  • St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Center
  • Trinity United Methodist Church
  • Unitarian Universalist Church
  • Allegro Violin Shop
  • Bajzatt & Wilkinson Creations
  • Civic Theater of Greater Lafayette
  • Copper Moon Coffee
  • Goodrich Quality Theaters
  • Indiana Pacers
  • Indiana University
  • Amanda Keller – Artist
  • NCAA Hall of Champions
  • The Center for the Performing Arts
  • Pampered Chef – Rhonda Feuer
  • Purdue University
  • Richelle in a Handbasket
  • Texas Roadhouse – Lafayette
  • Gary Varvel – Artist

Special Acknowledgements

  • Rev. Chris Danielson & the staff &
    congregation of St. Andrew United
    Methodist Church—Our Hosts
  • Donna Biehl, Laurie Klenosky, Cindy
    Nycz & Jan Coleman—St. Andrew
    Facilities Support
  • Wes White & Dave Evans—St. Andrew
    Sound, Lights, Video & Technology
  • Eileen Weiss—Entertainment Producer
  • Joan Low—Meal Coordinator
  • Loni Gibbs, Bryn Seymour, Irene Palmer, Debbie Robertson & Rosanne Smith—Meal Preparation
  • Nancy Emig—Service & Hospitality
  • Fairway Cooperative, Greater
    Lafayette Stake of the Church of Jesus
    Christ of Latter Day Saints, Harrison
    High National Honor Society &
    Purdue Honors College—Volunteers
    (Set up, Serving & Breakdown)
  • Amanda Bajzatt, Clarinda Crawford,
    Cindy Haley, Linda Hicks & Berdine
    Martin—Event Support & Hospitality
  • Gayle Koning & Tricia Sembroski—
    Financial Management

LUM Follies Talent

  • Allison Nyquist, Eileen Weiss, Ellen
    Wilson, Fred Koning, Gail Polles, Jane
    Creswell, Jennifer & Christopher Wright, Jennifer Case, Kay Hunt, Susan Lisack, Judy Steele, Kelly Evans, Kelly
    Warburton, Linda Hicks, Mark Buche,
    Kelly Jacobs, Noemi Ybarra, Sharon
    McKnight, Indiana State epresentative
    Sheila Klinker, Travis Horton & Valerie
    Figg (pictured above)
  • Guy Haley—Organist, Hymn
  • Frank Rosenthal—Pianist, Dinner
  • Member Church affiliation of LUM
    Follies Talent— Federated Church, First
    United Methodist Church, St. Mary
    Cathedral, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints & University Church

LUM Follies — Great Event, Important Fund


You are cordially invited to attend the 6th Annual LUM Good Samaritan Fund Follies. LUM Follies is a wonderful evening with top-notch entertainment (see below), a fabulous meal and great company. This year will be even more special because it’s also the 45th Anniversary of Lafayette Urban Ministry, which was incorporated in 1972.


Everything is set to go — now all we need is YOU! Please make your reservation TODAY.


LUM Follies details are as follows:

  • Date: Friday, May 5
  • Times: 5:30 p.m. social hour/silent auction; 6:30 p.m. dinner; 7:30 p.m. Follies show
  • Place: St. Andrew United Methodist Church, West Lafayette
  • Reservation: $45 per person; $360 per table

Make Your LUM Follies Reservation Online at www.lumserve.org/follies


All of the proceeds from the LUM Good Samaritan Fund Follies go directly to the LUM Good Samaritan Fund, which is our community’s social safety net. The LUM Good Samaritan Program is a vital emergency financial assistance program for the families in our community. Last year the LUM Good Samaritan Program served families 2,232 times and distributed $114,495 to avert evictions, utility disconnects and other financial crises.


Make Your LUM Follies Reservation Online at www.lumserve.org/follies

More ways to get involved in the LUM Good Samaritan Fund Follies:

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

765-423-2691 | pmalavenda@lumserve.org | www.lumserve.org/follies


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

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LUM Follies — Talent Line-up Announced


The LUM Follies talent coordinator, Eileen Hession Weiss, is thrilled to announce the line-up of entertainment for this year’s LUM Good Samaritan Fund Follies. The LUM Follies show will amaze you with the level of talent on stage. It also has more variety than year’s past with dance, magic and several different types of musical acts from blue grass to Broadway. The talent line-up for this year’s LUM Follies is as follows:

  • Sheila Klinker – solo vocal – pop jazz
  • Cards Across featuring magic with Bob Poynter & Middle Eastern dancing with Valerie Figg & Jennifer Case
  • H.I.S. (His In Song) featuring Jane Creswell, Gail Polles & Ellen Wilson – trio vocal – pop rock
  • The Vagaband featuring Linda Hicks, Sharon McKnight, Allison Nyquist & Noemi Ybarra – folk quartet
  • Kelly Jacob & Mark Buche – duo – pop jazz
  • Hand Bells featuring Susan Lisack & Kay Hunt
  • Ballroom Dancing featuring Jennifer & Christopher Wright
  • Fred Koning – solo vocal – Broadway
  • Friends & Stuff featuring Kelly Evans, Travis Horton & Reni Evans – blue grass music & comedy

      


Make Your LUM Follies Reservation Online at www.lumserve.org/follies — or call us or stop by our office.


Don’t Miss This Amazing Live Show!


Everything is set to go — now all we need is YOU! Please make your reservation TODAY.
LUM Follies details are as follows:

  • Date: Friday, May 5
  • Times: 5:30 p.m. social hour/silent auction; 6:30 p.m. dinner; 7:30 p.m. Follies show
  • Place: St. Andrew United Methodist Church, West Lafayette
  • Reservation: $45 per person; $360 per table

Make Your LUM Follies Reservation Online at www.lumserve.org/follies — or call us or stop by our office.


All of the proceeds from the LUM Good Samaritan Fund Follies go directly to the LUM Good Samaritan Fund, which is our community’s social safety net. The LUM Good Samaritan Program is a vital emergency financial assistance program for the families in our community. Last year the LUM Good Samaritan Program served families 2,232 times and distributed $114,495 to avert evictions, utility disconnects and other financial crises.

 


Make Your LUM Follies Reservation Online at www.lumserve.org/follies

More ways to get involved in the LUM Good Samaritan Fund Follies:

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

765-423-2691 | pmalavenda@lumserve.org | www.lumserve.org/follies


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

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Photos

Check out the photos from the LUM Good Samaritan Fund Follies:

| 2012 | 2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016 ALL |