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2019 LUM Events — Save the Dates


Now is a great time to add these important LUM programs to your calendar.


LUM Follies (May 3, 2019) – The event is a lighthearted evening of fine dining, entertainment, fun & good company — filled with delightful surprises. 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.

LUM Camp (July 29 – August 2) – A week-long, overnight camp program at Hanging Rock Camp for children from 8 to 10 years old from low-income families. Why not say “yes” this year to being a volunteer LUM Camp Counselor?

Hunger Hike (September 21-22) – Saturday, September 21 is the annual HH5K Run. Sunday (9/22) is the traditional Hunger Hike 3K Walk. Proceeds benefit LUM Food Programs, Food Finders Food Bank Inc., and St. Thomas Aquinas’ Haiti Ministry. Mark your calendars and get your team together.

Port of Hope (November 7) – Port of Hope is an evening fundraising event in support of the LUM Immigration Clinic. The event includes heavy appetizers from local restaurants, a silent auction featuring items from around the world and entertainment by musicians from around the world.

Community Thanksgiving Celebration (November 28) – The LUM Community Thanksgiving Celebration is on Thanksgiving Day from noon to 2 p.m. at Central Presbyterian Church (Lafayette). More than 800 people will be served dinner and dessert, and you may be a part of this special program by volunteering or making a donation.

Turkey Trot 5K Run (November 28) – Start off your Thanksgiving day with the Turkey Trot 5K Run at 8 a.m. on the Cattail Trail Loop, Celery Bog Nature Area, West Lafayette. Runners, walkers, dogs, strollers, wagons & turkey hats are welcome. All Turkey Trot proceeds benefit local families through the programs and services at LUM.

Jubilee Christmas (December 14) – LUM Jubilee Christmas serves over 600 families and 1800 children. Parents visit one of dozens of churches and shop for their children. In addition to the toys and clothes, each family also receives a ham and homemade cookies to make Christmas dinner special too.

Other Important LUM Program Dates

Please Mark Your Calendars!


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Jubilee Christmas The Happiest Day of the Year


Jubilee Christmas Served 640 Local Families & 1,831 Local Children


The 38th annual Lafayette Urban Ministry Jubilee Christmas Program took place this past Saturday (December 8) at 27 different events throughout Lafayette/West Lafayette.  Thirty churches along with Sigma Chi Fraternity at Purdue, numerous individuals, businesses and clubs provided gifts of new toys, books, food, and clothing, to parents from 640 local households impacting 1,820 local children.

Jubilee Christmas is designed to let mom and dad be the heroes, rather than providing gifts to children at a large party or having volunteers deliver toys directly to the home. Jubilee Christmas strengthens families by supporting the important role of parents at Christmas time.

On Jubilee Christmas Saturday, parents arrived at their designated Jubilee Christmas site.  Greeters welcomed and introduced them to their hosts for the day. Parents then began to select toys, clothing and stocking stuffers for their children. Volunteers helped the parents wrap gifts. Each family also received a food card, homemade Christmas cookies and a holiday ham.

A program of this size is a real benefit to our local retail economy. All the gifts and food for Jubilee Christmas are purchased locally. LUM will also see as a result of this program fewer requests for emergency rent and utility assistance in January and February.


Over $250,000 worth of toys and food were distributed; and it took over 1,200 individual volunteers to make it a success this year.

Jubilee Christmas relies on donations from churches, organizations and individuals for a successful Jubilee Christmas. You can help by donating a cash gift of $50, $100, $250, $500, $1,000 or more to Jubilee Christmas. 


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A Holiday Season Greeting from LUM


A Letter from Joe Micon, LUM Executive Director


Ring in the valiant man and free, the larger heartthe kindlier hand;
Ring out the darkness of the land, Ring in the Christ that is to be.


Dear Friend, 

The Christmas poem “Ring Out, Wild Bells” was written by Alfred, Lord Tennyson 168 years ago in England – but it could have just as easily been written in the here and now.  

As a child from a large and impoverished family, Tennyson would have seen and experienced first-hand many of the ills of mid-19th century England that he writes about in his poem. His words are a social commentary about the prevailing political climate and inequality of his times. 

The poem cries out for social reform. Tennyson longed for the worst aspects of human nature to be corrected – for corruption, political ruthlessness, ambition, class barriers, poverty, and social inequality to be replaced by a more civil, caring, equal and compassionate society. 

I think the poem could have been written in the here and now because these are the same longings so many of us hold for our own time and place. It’s why so many of us have chosen to support the work of the Lafayette Urban Ministry. We know that through LUM we are contributing toward a more caring and compassionate community.

A collaboration of 47 local churches, LUM serves as a social safety net for children and families who are experiencing difficult times. During the past year, the Lafayette Urban Ministry served more than 5,100 families through one or another of our 22 programs. 

Two-hundred and forty-four at-risk youth learned and grew because of LUM’s 5th QuarterLUM Camp and Enhanced After School Program.

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 900 homeless individuals during 2018.

LUM’s Tax Preparation Programserved 552 low-income workers, returning to them $1 million in tax credits and refunds.          

LUM’s Good Samaritan Programserves up to 12 families each day – families that are in the throes of eviction, utility disconnects, health care or transportation emergencies. LUM has aided more than 2,000 such families so far this year.


Ring Out, Wild Bells

Ring out, wild bells, to the wild sky,
The flying cloud, the frosty light;
The year is dying in the night;
Ring out, wild bells, and let him die.

Ring out the old, ring in the new,
Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true.

Ring out the grief that saps the mind,
For those that here we see no more,
Ring out the feud of rich and poor,
Ring in redress to all mankind. 

Ring out a slowly dying cause,
And ancient forms of party strife;
Ring in the nobler modes of life,
With sweeter manners, purer laws.
Ring out the want, the care the sin,
The faithless coldness of the times;
Ring out, ring out my mournful rhymes,
But ring the fuller minstrel in. 

Ring out false pride in place and blood,
The civic slander and the spite;
Ring in the love of truth and right,
Ring in the common love of good.

Ring out old shapes of foul disease,
Ring out the narrowing lust of gold;
Ring out the thousand wars of old,
Ring in the thousand years of peace.

Ring in the valiant man and free,
The larger heart, the kindlier hand;
Ring out the darkness of the land,
Ring in the Christ that is to be.

By Alfred, Lord Tennyson


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Jubilee Christmas – the Happiest Day of the Year!

This Saturday (Dec. 8) is the happiest day of the year — Jubilee Christmas! At 27 different events across Tippecanoe County from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., 658 local families will receive Christmas assistance impacting over 1,820 local children. Jubilee Christmas is a special LUM program for families with children ages 12 and under. Participants will attend an event at one of our host sites and select new toys for their children. Each parent is assigned a host who will assist them in shopping and wrapping their gifts. Each family also receives a ham, a food gift card and homemade Christmas cookies to make their Christmas dinner more special.

DONATIONS – Jubilee Christmas relies on donations from churches, organizations and individuals. You can help by donating a cash gift of $50, $100, $250, $500, $1,000 or more to Jubilee Christmas. Your cash gift to Jubilee Christmas may be given in honor of a friend or family member — in lieu of a holiday gift. LUM will send a Holiday Card sharing that a donation has been made by you to Jubilee Christmas in their name. Donations of “needed items” are also welcome. See below.

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VOLUNTEER Opportunities
Saturday, December 8
  • 11 a.m.-3 p.m. — Receive & sort toys
  • 2:15-5:30 p.m. — Assist a Parent – shopping for their children (60 volunteers needed)
  • 4:45-8 p.m. — Assist a Parent – shopping for their children (45 volunteers needed)
  • 6:30-8:30 p.m. — Clean up

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TOMORROW – the Happiest Day of the Year!

This Saturday (Dec. 8) is the happiest day of the year — Jubilee Christmas! At 27 different events across Tippecanoe County from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., 658 local families will receive Christmas assistance impacting over 1,820 local children. Jubilee Christmas is a special LUM program for families with children ages 12 and under. Participants will attend an event at one of our host sites and select new toys for their children. Each parent is assigned a host who will assist them in shopping and wrapping their gifts. Each family also receives a ham, a food gift card and homemade Christmas cookies to make their Christmas dinner more special.

DONATIONS – Jubilee Christmas relies on donations from churches, organizations and individuals. You can help by donating a cash gift of $50, $100, $250, $500, $1,000 or more to Jubilee Christmas. Your cash gift to Jubilee Christmas may be given in honor of a friend or family member — in lieu of a holiday gift. LUM will send a Holiday Card sharing that a donation has been made by you to Jubilee Christmas in their name. Donations of “needed items” are also welcome. See below.

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VOLUNTEER Opportunities
Saturday, December 8
  • 11 a.m.-3 p.m. — Receive & sort toys
  • 2:15-5:30 p.m. — Assist a Parent – shopping for their children (60 volunteers needed)
  • 4:45-8 p.m. — Assist a Parent – shopping for their children (45 volunteers needed)
  • 6:30-8:30 p.m. — Clean up

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Lafayette Urban Ministry Serves 800+ Meals on Thanksgiving


Yesterday, Lafayette Urban Ministry hosted the 32nd annual Greater Lafayette Interfaith Community THANKSGIVING Celebration. The event was free, open to the public and included a Thanksgiving feastfrom noon to 2 p.m. Special guests included State Representative Sheila Klinker. There also was live entertainment from Frank Rosenthal,West Lafayette High School Orchestra, Blue Moon Rising and Marty & Caity Quinn. More than 800 meals were served, which included 75 turkeys, stuffing, mashed potatoes, rolls and 112 pies. It was a grand celebration for the community.


PHOTOS – To view photos from the event, click HERE.

Special thanks to First Christian Church for most of the turkeys, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for most of the pies, Central Presbyterian for the beautiful facility. Other major donors were Denny’s Body Shop, Lafayette Auto Supply, Lafayette Retina Clinic, Wabash National, Phronesis, and Soller-Baker Funeral Homes — as well as Great Harvest Bread Company, Jane’s Gourmet Deli & Catering, Kentucky Fried Chicken, MCL Cafeteria & Bakery, McAlister’s Deli, Oliverio’s Southland Restaurant, and Olive Garden for the donations of food & supplies. Additional thanks to the students enrolled at the LUM After School Program, Cumberland Elementary School, St. Boniface School, St. Mary Cathedral School and St. Thomas Aquinas religious education classes for creating all of the table decorations and placemats.

If you’d like to make a donation to offset the expenses of the LUM Greater Lafayette Interfaith Community THANKSGIVING Celebration, click the donate button below.


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Jubilee Christmas Countdown = 7 Days


Volunteer “Elves” & Donations Needed

DONATIONS – Jubilee Christmas relies on donations from churches, organizations and individuals. You can help by donating a cash gift of $50, $100, $250, $500, $1,000 or more to Jubilee Christmas. Your cash gift to Jubilee Christmas may be given in honor of a friend or family member — in lieu of a holiday gift. LUM will send a Holiday Card sharing that a donation has been made by you to Jubilee Christmas in their name. Donations of “needed items” are also welcome. See below.


DONATE – Needed Items
ONLY NEW new & unwrapped items, please.
  • Toys, Board Games, Dolls, Lego sets, Dress up & Pretend Play (no guns, please)
  • Sports & Recreation equipment — Bicycles, Outdoor games
  • Books (Pre-K through 12th grade)
  • Craft Kits & Art Supplies
  • Gift Cards — Food Cards
  • Children’s clothing — outfits, winter clothes, coats, boots
  • Blankets & Quilts
  • Batteries
  • Wrapping Paper, Gift Bags, Tape
  • Supplies — Bottled water, Trash bags (30 gal), Ziploc bags (1 gal), Coffee
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VOLUNTEER Opportunities
Saturday, December 8
  • 11 a.m.-3 p.m. — Receive & sort toys
  • 2:15-5:30 p.m. — Assist a Parent – shopping for their children (60 volunteers needed)
  • 4:45-8 p.m. — Assist a Parent – shopping for their children (45 volunteers needed)
  • 6:30-8:30 p.m. — Clean up
Load, move, unload and sort toys
  • Mon., Dec. 3, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. — Receive and sort toys
  • Tues., Dec. 4, 1-5 p.m.
  • Thurs., Dec. 6, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

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Jubilee Christmas Donation Centers
  • LUM Office, 420 N 4th Street, Lafayette
  • Today until 5 p.m. & Friday, November 30 from 1 to 5 p.m.
  • Oakland High School/LARA, 1100 Elizabeth St., Lafayette (rear entrance)
  • Monday, December 3 & Tuesday, December 4 from 1 to 5 p.m.
  • Brokerage Brewing Company, 2516 Covington St., West Lafayette
  • Daily through Sunday, December 2 — Thurs. 3-9 p.m., Fri. & Sat. noon-midnight, & Sun. 1-8 p.m.
  • Greyhouse Coffee & Supply Co., 100 Northwestern Ave., West Lafayette
  • Daily through Monday, December 3 from 7 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Thank you & Merry Christmas!

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Community Thanksgiving Dinner NEEDS Donations


LUM Greater Lafayette Interfaith
Community Thanksgiving Celebration

The 32nd annual Lafayette Urban Ministry Greater Lafayette Interfaith Community THANKSGIVING Celebration is a holiday meal for approximately 800 guests with live entertainment.
Event details are as follows:
  • Thanksgiving Day—Thursday, November 22
  • Noon to 2 p.m.
  • Central Presbyterian Church
  • FREE, open to all
The FREE meal includes a traditional Thanksgiving feast with turkey, dressing/stuffing, mashed potatoes, green beans, rolls and a variety of pies & desserts.

DONATIONS of food & supplies & VOLUNTEERS are needed.
Cash donations are preferred because they allow LUM to purchased what is needed, when it’s needed. Donations of “needed items” are also welcome and appreciated.

If you wish to donate items to the LUM Greater Lafayette Interfaith Community Thanksgiving Celebration, here is our list of “needed items.”
  • Green bean casseroles
  • Stuffing/dressing
  • Pies—apple, dutch apple, peach, cherry, pecan, pumpkin
  • Mixed Vegetables, Corn, Green Beans, Yams
  • Cranberry Sauce
  • Turkey Gravy packets
  • Ice Tea mix, Coffee
  • Sugar, Individual Packs
  • Bags of Ice
  • Dinner Rolls, ready-to-serve
  • Paper towels & paper napkins
  • Disposable roaster pans
  • Trash Bags
  • Tongs for Turkey
  • Dish Towels, Scouring Pads

For more information, go to www.lumserve.org/thanksgiving.


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Turkey Trot 5K Run

Each year early on Thanksgiving morning (11/22), hundreds of local runners & walkers participate in the Turkey Trot 5K Run/Walk. It’s a great way to help those in our community in need while celebrating a holiday of “thanksgiving.”

Runners, walkers, families, strollers & dogs are welcome. All proceeds benefit Lafayette Urban Ministry. To register go to www.turkeytrot5krun.org


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Volunteer Needed – This Holiday Season


Jubilee Christmas – Volunteers Needed

LUM Jubilee Christmas needs lots of volunteer “elves” to bring Christmas to local families and children in need. Volunteer opportunities are as follows:

  • Host a Family on Saturday, December 8 (100+ needed)
  • Staff our “Donation Center” – Nov. 26 to Dec. 4, 1-5 p.m.
  • Sort Toys – December 4 & 6
  • Prepare a Mailing to our registered families (Nov. 5)

These opportunities are perfect for GROUPS (student organizations, civic & church groups, families & groups of co-workers).

Learn more and sign up today. Thank you and Merry Christmas!

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Turkey Trot 5K Run – Volunteers Needed


Be part of the annual LUM Turkey Trot 5K Run as a walker, runner or volunteer.

Volunteers are needed on Thanksgiving morning (Thursday, Nov. 22) from 6-9:30 a.m. at Walmart/Christina’s, West Lafayette, including…

  • Wednesday, Nov. 21 –
    Advanced Check In, noon – 6 p.m.
  • Thursday, Nov. 22 –
    Check In, 6-8:15 a.m.
    Food/Water distribution, 6:15-9 a.m.
    Course Guides, 7:15-9 a.m.

If you wish to participate as a walker or runner, click HERE.

Volunteer and make a difference in your community this Thanksgiving holiday — all in support of the programs and services offered by Lafayette Urban Ministry.

All proceeds benefit Lafayette Urban Ministry.


Emergency Shelter – Volunteers Needed

The LUM Emergency Shelter needs Overnight Shelter Volunteers 365 nights a year from 8 p.m.-7 a.m. or 8 p.m. -midnight. Duties include checking in guests, serving dinner, distributing toiletries and maintaining a welcoming, safe & clean environment.

The LUM Winter Warming Station will open in mid-November and will also need volunteers each night.

MEALS Are Needed Too — If you or your group wishes to prepare a meal for the shelter guests once or regularly, click HERE for more information.

For more information on homeless services volunteer opportunities at LUM, click  HERE.


Thanksgiving – Volunteers Needed

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Everyone is welcome at the annual LUM Greater Lafayette Interfaith Community Thanksgiving Celebration, and LUM relies on dozens of volunteers like you. There are many opportunities for YOU to serve your community neighbors on Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, Nov. 22) from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. at Central Presbyterian Church, Lafayette, including…

  • Cooking, serving
  • Performing
  • Hosting, greeting
  • Setting up, cleaning up

Donations of food & supplies are also needed. Volunteer and make a difference in your community this Thanksgiving holiday.


Donations and volunteers are needed to make it a success.

Your gift of $50, $100, $250, $500, or more, will help to defray the $9,000 expense for the meal.  Click “make a donation” below.

Check out the Thanksgiving Dinner Shopping List below. Please sign up to donate & volunteer TODAY.

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After School – Volunteers Needed

The LUM After School Program needs volunteers from 2-6 p.m., every weekday. Volunteers are needed to tutor, read to students, give spelling tests and supervise the children. Volunteer bus drivers are also needed. Volunteer and make a difference in the lives of our students. For more information, click HERE or call or email the LUM Youth Programs director, Kristi Hogue (765-423-2691 | khogue@lumserve.org).

For applications, training video, and time slots to sign up, HERE.


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40 Days to LUM Jubilee Christmas 2018


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On Saturday, December 8, LUM Jubilee Christmas will host local families at 27 different sites impacting over 1,200 children. Open registration was this past Monday, and 654 familieswere registered in person and by phone. LUM Jubilee Christmas is now FULL, but below are ways in which you, your family or your church/organization may still get engaged and have an impact.

DONATE – monetary gifts are preferred but donations of new, unwrapped toys, clothing (newborn to 12-year-olds), and quilts/family blankets are also welcome. The Jubilee Christmas Donation Center will be open Monday, November 26 through Tuesday, December 4, weekdays from 1 – 5 p.m. (420 N 4th Street, Lafayette). To view the complete Jubilee Christmas wish-list, click HERE.

VOLUNTEER– Jubilee Christmas volunteers are also needed. There are many volunteer opportunities, especially for groups, after Thanksgiving (Monday, November 26 through Thursday, December 6) and on Jubilee Christmas day (Saturday, December 8). To sign up, click HERE.

HOST – If your church or organization would like to host a Jubilee Christmas event this year, email jubilee@lumserve.org or call 765-423-2691. To learn more about hosting, click HERE.


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