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Merry Christmas to You & Your Family


LUM Wishes You a Blessed Christmas

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Dear Friends,

Holiday greetings from Lafayette Urban Ministry! I hope this card finds you well and getting into the spirit of the season.

As the year (and decade) draws to a close, I just want to say thanks. Thanks for your enthusiasm and generosity. Thanks for being you. Your support helps us to give back the hope, the future, and self-respect to low-income people in the greater Lafayette area. We’re truly grateful.

I look forward to catching up in 2020. In the meantime, I wish you and your family joy and good cheer during the holidays!

Warmly,

Joe Micon
Executive Director
Lafayette Urban Ministry


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Merry Christmas to You & Your Family


LUM Wishes You a Blessed Christmas


Dear Friends,

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

May this Christmas find you surrounded by the warmth of family and good friends. I am grateful to count you among my dearest friends.

Thank you for all you do for the children and families served by LUM. God bless you for your good heart.

Merry Christmas,

Joe Micon
Executive Director
Lafayette Urban Ministry


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Holidays Greetings from LUM

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This past Saturday was both Christmas eve and the first night of Hanukkah. Most likely you will be celebrating the holiday this weekend with your family and friends. LUM wishes you and your family a very happy holiday — and a wonderful and prosperous New Year!


It is a time to reflect on the generosity of those who have contributed their time, treasure and talent to LUM — and there is no better time to say “Thank You” to each and every one of our faithful supporters who have contributed to another successful year. Without your support, love and encouragement, LUM would struggle to serve as many of our community’s families in need. LUM is indeed humbled by your generosity.

In return for your support, LUM pledges to be true to our mission — lifting up families, encouraging and educating children, and offering hope to the entire community through our hard work, service to others, and good example.

Thank you again. LUM wishes you and your family peace, happiness, and a blessed holiday season. Have a Merry Christmas!


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Pizza & Perspectives with Bishop Doherty


The LUM Board of Directors invites you to attend Pizzbishopdohertya & Perspectives — an event to educate the LUM board, staff and friends on current issues and topics impacting our community. This Pizza & Perspectives will feature remarks from Bishop Timothy L. Doherty from the Catholic Diocese of Lafayette-in-Indiana. The event is FREE and pizza and soft drinks will be provided. Pizza & Perspectives event details are as follows:

  • Date: Wednesday, August 17
  • Time: 5:30 p.m.
  • Place: LUM Ray Ewry Youth Center
    — Board Room, 525 N 4th Street, Lafayette

For more information about Pizza & Perspectives, please email lum@lumserve.org.

 

Holidays Greetings from LUM

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As we “wait in joyful hope,” the members of LUM board of directors and staff wish you and your family to a very Merry Christmas. It is a time to reflect on the generosity of those who have contributed their time, treasure and talent to LUM — and there is no better time to say “Thank You” to each and every one of our faithful supporters who have contributed to another successful year. Without your support, love and encouragement, LUM would struggle to serve as many of our community’s families in need. LUM is indeed humbled by your generosity.

In return for your support, LUM pledges to be true to our mission — lifting up families, encouraging and educating children, and offering hope to the entire community through our hard work, service to others, and good example.

Thank you again. LUM wishes you and your family peace, happiness, and a blessed holiday season. Have a Merry Christmas!


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Ray Ewry Presentation Scheduled


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Ray Ewry (first row, second from left) and his fellow US Olympic athletes

 


Join us for…

Strong Hand Forever: Ray Ewry & the 1908 Olympics

with

Cindy Eberts

Retired Purdue Professor

  • Date: Wednesday, February 18th
  • Time: 6:30 p.m.
  • Place: LUM Ray Ewry Youth Center, 525 N 4th Street, Lafayette

Rather than jump for the Ivy League, Anglo-Saxon-only athletic club in the 1908 Olympic Games, Ray Ewry, with his international reputation as a record breaking athlete, chose to join the New York City Irish-American Athletic Club. The NYC IAAC allowed anyone to join including American Indians, African-Americans, Jews, and Irish. As a member of the IAAC, Ewry was present when the ethnically diverse US Olympic team ran circles around the British Empire and broke the US athletic color barrier. The athletes from the IAAC outperformed everyone in the 1908 Olympics leaving us with an unmistakable message of personal courage, racial inclusion, and faith.

Come hear Professor Eberts share the stories behind this vintage photo of Ray Ewry (first row, second from left) and his fellow athletes — as well as stories about Ray Ewry’s 1908 Olympic experience.

Happy Holidays from LUM

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As we “wait in joyful hope,” the members of LUM board of directors and staff wish you and your family to a very Merry Christmas. It is a time to reflect on the generosity of those who have contributed their time, treasure and talent to LUM — and there is no better time to say “Thank You” to each and every one of our faithful supporters who have contributed to another successful year. Without your support, love and encouragement, LUM would struggle to serve as many of our community’s families in need. LUM is indeed humbled by your generosity.

In return for your support, LUM pledges to be true to our mission — lifting up families, encouraging and educating children, and offering hope to the entire community through our hard work, service to others, and good example.

Thank you again. LUM wishes you and your family peace, happiness, and a blessed holiday season. Have a Merry Christmas!



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A Promise as Enduring as America



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By Joe Micon, LUM executive director

Have you heard the one about the busload filled with homeless families from Chicago that pulled up in front of LUM because our social services are so great???

While you may not have heard that exact story, I have no doubt you have heard some variation of it, offered as an (untrue) explanation for why so many children and families from Chicago, Lake County, Indiana and Indianapolis have moved to our community in recent years.

As someone who has gotten to know many of our new neighbors, here’s what they tell me when I ask why they have come to Lafayette…

  • There are jobs to be had in Greater Lafayette
  • Our community has safe streets
  • Our public schools do a great job of teaching children

Just take a look the next time you use a fast food drive-up window. Make sure to notice who is filling our hospital housekeeping, home health care or Purdue food service jobs. These are not the “takers” who come to our community in search of social services. They are women and men in search of a promise as enduring as America itself – in search of a place where they can work, learn and grow to the utmost of their God-given potential. And it is right here in Lafayette where they have chosen to try to fulfill that promise. Compared to where they have come from, our community is a shining beacon on a hill – a promised land, void of gun violence, filled with opportunity for their children.

I think the “taker” mentality grows from a place of fear and shouldn’t be nurtured. Instead, now is the time for our community’s wonderful churches to reach out in fellowship and support of our new neighbors. Now is certainly the time to adequately resource our public schools and teachers to help them meet the challenges facing their new students. It’s time for employers to make sure that hard work is rewarded with fair pay and good benefits.

More than anything, it is time for us to confront the false stereotypes and more fully understand what it is that has brought so many new neighbors to our community. That’s what I think – I’d love to hear from you! Email me at jmicon@lumserve.org.



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LUM Forum: Fear, Farce and Forgiveness


Ruminations and Perusals Regarding the Divisiveness in American Politics and Public Life


  • Do you wonder if the current state of affairs is just politics as usual or if it poses a real threat to our democracy?
  • What responsibility do we all share left, right, or center, for the fear mongering and enmity corroding and grinding the political process to a halt.
  • What are the possible consequences of inaction?
  • Are there strategies and coping mechanisms that will allow for reconciliation?
  • Sound interesting?

Then you will want to be sure to watch this edition of  LUM Forum.


Susan Brouillette, LUM’s new Director of Healthy Families and Sustainable Communities, presented Fear, Farce and Forgiveness; Ruminations and Perusals Regarding the Divisiveness in American Politics and Public Life on Wednesday, February 20, 2013.



Prior to joining the LUM staff in January, Susan served 26 years on the Indianapolis staff of U.S. Senator Richard Lugar.  She holds a Masters in Divinity from Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis and is looking forward to ordination in the Presbyterian Church USA.  Susan and her husband Michael live in Lafayette and are co-owners of Interior Objects at Market Square.