Category Archives: Member Church

Chapel of the Good Shepherd Installs New Pastor

LUM Executive Director Attends Celebration

This past Saturday, Joe Micon, LUM executive director attended a Celebration of New Ministry at the Chapel of the Good Shepherd – the Episcopal Church at Purdue. The event included the formal installation of their new chaplain, the Rev. Dr. Hilary E. Cooke, by the bishop, the Rt. Rev. Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows. Everyone at LUM is excited to continue our fruitful partnership with Good Shepherd and joins in on congratulating Chaplain Hilary on her new role with her church and the community.

{Pictured are L to R: Mark Thomas, Good Shepherd parish administrator, LUM Board member & former LUM Board president; Chaplain Hilary CookeJoe Micon; and Patti O’Callaghan, LUM Lobbyist & member of Good Shepherd.}

UU Church Gift Benefits LUM Families

Saturday, May 25 – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Joe Micon, LUM executive director, and
Susanne McConville representing the Social Responsibility Committee at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tippecanoe County

The Unitarian Universalist Church of Tippecanoe County donated clothes vouchers worth $540, redeemable at Goodwill Stores. The church received a $5 voucher for each bag of clothing donated to Goodwill from their annual Clothing Drive this past May.

These vouchers will be passed along to the neediest families in our community through the LUM Good Samaritan Program.

If you or your church or group would like to support the LUM Good Samaritan Program, please email or call Linda Hicks ( | 765-423-2691).

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Retirement Celebration – Rev. Peter Bunder

Celebrating 34 Years of Ministry at Good Shepherd

Last Sunday, the Rev. Peter Bunder presided over his final Sunday service as the chaplain & vicar at the Chapel of the Good Shepherd — The Episcopal Church at Purdue University, West Lafayette. Joe Micon, LUM executive director, attended the service and celebration to honor the Rev. Bunder’s 34 years of ministry to our community through Good Shepherd.

The Rev. Peter Bunder has been a strong and steadfast supporter of the programs at Lafayette Urban Ministry, and the Chapel of the Good Shepherd is one of the more active member-churches of LUM. On behalf of the LUM staff and board of directors, congratulations, thank you, and best wishes to our friend, the Rev. Peter Bunder.

{Pictured above L to R: the Rev. Peter Bunder, Katy O’Malley-Bunder & Joe Micon.}

To view, the Rev. Peter Bunder’s final sermon, click HERE.

Meet Jackie – Superstar LUM Volunteer

Jackie Graser – Dedicated LUM Volunteer

Jacqueline “Jackie” Graser grew up in Logansport, graduated from Logansport High School, and earned a BS in Nursing from Purdue University, where she met her husband, Bernie, who was a star Boilermaker wrestler.
Jackie and Bernie live in West Lafayette, attend Grace Lutheran Church and have two grown children & four grandchildren. She retired from Franciscan Alliance as an RN-BSN in Cardiac & Pulmonary Rehabilitation. Jackie is still called on as a PRN from time to time.
At LUM, Jackie has been volunteering with Jubilee Christmas for many years — and is one of the founding volunteers with the LUM Protein Food Pantry, which opened in April. Jackie shared,
“I love what LUM does for the community. I appreciate how LUM sees what families need and addresses those needs. I have a heart for children and families who are food insecure.”
Jackie thinks the new food pantry is“perfect” because it provides exactly what families need — protein, produce & paper goods.“My favorite program, though, is Jubilee Christmas.”
Jackie takes inspiration from Jeremiah 29, 
“’For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’”
By volunteering at the LUM Protein Food Pantry and with Jubilee Christmas, Jackie feels like, 
“We are being Christ to the children and families we serve.”
In her free time, Jackie loves being with her family, golfing, biking, and kayaking.

To learn more about VOLUNTEERING with LUM, click HERE.

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 ( | 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 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 Memories and condolences may be left online HERE.