Category Archives: Member Church

Local Church Youth Groups Service Day at LUM

Mission Lafayette – Lafayette Urban Ministry

Recently, the Heartland Community Church Youth Ministry (Vessel) and Battle Ground United Methodist Church Youth Group assisted in cleaning and doing outside chores at the LUM Ray Ewry Center and office building. This was part of their 6th annual Mission Lafayette service week, where a group of middle and high school students work together to serve the local community. The students were led by the Rev. Brandon Smith (Heartland) and Allen Gould (Battle Ground UMC). Their goal is to give these young adults an opportunity to grow their faith through service work in their own community.

LUM is very thankful for the help from these two hard-working youth groups. LUM relies on groups like these to get most of our outside work done. If your group is interested in helping out with yard-work or mowing the lawns, please email or call us (lum@lumserve.org | 765-423-2691).

If you wish to VOLUNTEER, click HERE for more information.

To view more PHOTOS of Mission Lafayette at LUM, click HERE.

UU Church Clothes Drive Benefits LUM Clients

Saturday, May 25 – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Unitarian Universalist Church of Tippecanoe County (333 Meridian St., West Lafayette) will hold their annual Goodwill Clothing Drive on Saturday, May 25, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. It’s as easy as 1-2-3.

  1. Clean out your closets
  2. Bring your clothes to the Unitarian Universalist Church
  3. Support Local Families through LUM

UU Church will receive a $5 voucher from Goodwill for each bag of clothing donated. These vouchers will be passed along to LUM to assist our neediest families. Let your spring cleaning be a Win-Win and help local children & families.

For more information, click HERE.

Micon Speaks at Stockwell United Methodist

Joe Micon Participates in Service & Mission Event

This past Sunday, Joe Micon, LUM executive director, participated in Worship Service & Mission event at the Stockwell United Methodist Church. It was a wonderful opportunity to educate and update the members of Stockwell on the programs at LUM and their impact and needs. It also gave Joe Micon a chance to reconnect with several current and former LUM board members and volunteers. LUM is grateful for the support that it receives all year-long from the members and leadership of Stockwell United Methodist Church.

{Pictured above L to R are Linda Morris, Joe Micon, the Rev. Mark Berg & Alan Kemper.}

Outreach is an important part of the mission of Lafayette Urban Ministry; and members of the LUM professional staff actively seek opportunities to engage with and educate people on a variety of issues. Directors of the various LUM programs are well-informed on social and economic issues and are passionate about helping raise awareness in the local community on critical issues affecting low-income families.For more information on LUM outreach, click HERE.

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.

Purdue Catholic Students Day of Service

St. Tom’s Students & Alumni Help LUM

The students, alumni & staff attending last weekend’s Boiler Awakening Retreat(sponsored by St. Thomas Aquinas – the Catholic Center at Purdue) spent a day serving with LUM. The retreat participants helped with “spring cleaning” at the LUM Emergency Shelter. They gave the interior a new coat of paint. LUM is blessed to have such hard working volunteers at Purdue willing to lend a hand. Thanks to the Boiler Awakening students, alumni & staff and the members of Purdue Catholic Students.

If you or your group wishes to volunteer with LUM, go to lumserve.org/volunteer. Boiler Up!

To view more photos, click HERE.

Remembering the Rev. Dr. Carl A. Malmgren

Former LUM Board President & LUM Camp Pastor

It is with great sadness and loss that we share the passing of a great friend and colleague of LUM, the Rev. Dr. Carl A. Malmgren. Rev. Carl was the pastor at the First Baptist Church in Lafayette, and an engaged leader for many years with Lafayette Urban Ministry. With LUM, Rev. Carl was the president of the LUM Board of Directors and served as the resident pastor at LUM Campfor several years.

Joe Micon, LUM executive director, shares, “Carl was a special leader during his years on the LUM Board of Directors. He was president when the current LUM Emergency Shelter was built. I remember him insisting that the building be bright and uplifting because those who would be using it should have at least one place like that in their lives. He always followed what was happening at LUM and was always there whenever I would call on him for advice or support. Whenever a homeless guest passed away, Carl would always say ‘yes’ to doing their memorial service. More than anything else, Carl was always generous with news about his beloved family and reveled in each new addition. He was a treasure to LUM, and he will be missed deeply.” {Rev. Carl is pictured above at last summer’s LUM Camp eager to serve the campers ice cream sundaes.}

To honor his life, the Malmgren family requests that you make a memorial donation to Lafayette Urban Ministry at lumserve.org/donate. Memories and condolences may be left online HERE.

UU Church Clothes Drive Benefits LUM Clients

Saturday, May 25 – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Unitarian Universalist Church of Tippecanoe County (333 Meridian St., West Lafayette) will hold their annual Goodwill Clothing Drive on Saturday, May 25, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. It’s as easy as 1-2-3.

  1. Clean out your closets
  2. Bring your clothes to the Unitarian Universalist Church
  3. Support Local Families through LUM

UU Church will receive a $5 voucher from Goodwill for each bag of clothing donated. These vouchers will be passed along to LUM to assist our neediest families. Let your spring cleaning be a Win-Win and help local children & families.

For more information, click HERE.

Joe Micon Engages St. Tom’s ESTEEM Students


Earlier in November, Joe Micon, LUM executive director, was invited to engage the students enrolled in St. Thomas Aquinas Center’s Boiler ESTEEM program.

Micon focused on the Catholic Social Doctrine with a focus on social justice, being agents of change, service and the Corporal Works of Mercy.

ESTEEM is a nationwide program to develop the leadership skills of young Catholics.

Outreach is an important part of the mission of LUM; and members of the LUM professional staff are available to speak to church, civic, and educational groups on a variety of topics. To make arrangements for a presentation, call or email LUM (765-423-2691 | lum@lumserve.org).

Episcopal Bishop Visits Local Churches


Meet Bishop Baskerville-Burrows THIS Sunday

Bishop Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows (Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis) visited St. John’s Episcopal Church in Lafayette this past weekend to preside over Confirmation and visit with the church members and vestry. Joe Micon, LUM executive director, enjoyed this special day at St. John’s with the Bishop. {Pictured L to R: Nolie Parnell, LUM board member representing St. John’s; Joe Micon; The Rev. Dr. Bradley Pace, Rector at St. John’s; and Bishop Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows.}

Bishop Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows is from New York, and is a graduate of Smith College, Cornell University and the Church Divinity School of the Pacific. She has expertise in historic preservation and a passion for issues including gun violence, social justice, and racial and class reconciliation. She also maintains a focus in guiding others through spiritual direction. She was ordained and consecrated the 11th bishop of Indianapolis in April 2017, making her the first black woman to lead a diocese in the history of the Episcopal Church and the first woman to succeed another woman.

Bishop Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows will be visiting the Chapel of the Good Shepherd – the Episcopal Church at Purdue in West Lafayette THIS Sunday (October 14) at 10 a.m. The Rev. Peter Bunder, chaplain & vicar of Good Shepherd, welcomes you to attend the 10 a.m. service to hear from and meet Bishop Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows.

Spotlight on Jamie – Superstar LUM Volunteer


Collection of Items for LUM Emergency Shelter

Jamie Volom is a long-time overnight volunteer with the LUM Emergency Shelter. He has been volunteering for over six months and assists frequently with check-in, meals, clean up and just about anything that needs to be done. Jamie has a special affinity toward the shelter guests with addictions and has a scholarship go through training to be a certified addiction coach.



Recently Jamie noticed that the LUM shelter was running low on critical supplies like bleach, toilet paper, laundry detergent and paper towels. He asked permission from his church, Grace United Methodist Church, to share his LUM shelter volunteer experiences with his fellow church members and asked for donations of money and needed items. The response to his plea for donations was wildly successful (see picture above).

Thanks to Jamie Volom and the members of Grace United Methodist Church, the LUM Emergency Shelter is well stocked with paper goods, cleaning supplies, food, personal hygiene products, clothes & more.

If you, your church and/or organization are interested in making a donation or coordinating a collection drive to benefit the LUM Emergency Shelter or other LUM program, check out the LUM wish-list, click HERE.


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