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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.

Rev. Rodney Lynch Spoke at Pizza & Perspectives

Theological Reflections on the “Urban Ministry”

As a part of the on-going training of the LUM Board of Directors, each quarter their meeting features a program called “Pizza & Perspectives.” At last week’s board meeting, the Pizza & Perspectives program featured remarks from the Rev. Rodney Lynch, pastor & director of the Baptist Student Foundation at Purdue University.

The evening began with a wonderful meal at Jane’s Gourmet Catering followed by the Rev. Lynch who shared his Theological Reflections on the Urban Ministry. His presentation was lively, informative and inspiring. The Rev. Lynch gave an overview of the importance of “urban ministries” incorporating Bible verses as well as personal stories to highlight his message. The event was well attended, and the participants were engaged and appreciative of the timely information.

The Rev. Rodney Lynch earned a BA in Social Science from The College of New Rochelle, as well as a Master of Divinity & Master of Sacred Theology from Drew University (Madison, New Jersey). He is married to Felicia M. (Myles) Lynch, and they have three children: Jeremiah, David & Michael. A special thank you to the Rev. Rodney Lynch for taking the time to share his thoughts and expertise with the friends, board members and staff of Lafayette Urban Ministry.

To view more PHOTOS from the LUM Pizza & Perspectives program, 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.

Meet the LUM After School Program Team

The LUM After School Program provides safe, fun and enriching childcare for up to 80 children in Kindergarten to 8th grade in Tippecanoe County. The children are transported by bus from school to the LUM Ray Ewry Youth Center. For up to three hours each school day, the students work on homework, have a nutritious snack, and participate in craft projects, music, and other fun recreational and educational activities — enabling their parents to finish their workday.

The program is staffed by a professionally trained program aides and volunteers, whose training exceeds State of Indiana requirements. This year, the After School Program staff includes three Program Aides who assist the program director, Kristi Hogue. They are as follows (pictured L to R above):

  • Mady Kirts – Mady grew up and still lives in Lafayette. She graduated from Jefferson High School and is currently enrolled in the Human Services program at Ivy Tech Community College. After she graduates, Mady plans on working in social work and case management at a nonprofit.
  • Derrick Williams-Bacon – Derrick is from West Lafayette. He earned a BS in Organizational Leadership & Supervision and a Master’s in Technology Education, both from Purdue. Derrick is also an interventionist with the Lafayette School Corporation.
  • Alyssa Bella – Alyssa is from New Carlisle and currently lives in West Lafayette. She is currently matriculating toward a bachelor’s in social work from IUPUI and will graduate in May. After graduation, Alyssa will attend New York University to pursue a Master in Social Work. She wishes to pursue a career working with children.

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Meet the New Officers of the LUM Board

LUM Executive Council 2019

Best wishes and thanks to the outgoing 2018 LUM Board of Directors and Executive Council members. Congratulations to the incoming 2019 Executive Council members (pictured above L to R), who are as follows:

  • Chuck Anderson, FacilitiesSt. Thomas Aquinas – Catholic Center at Purdue
  • Rev. Kevin Bowers, PersonnelBethany Presbyterian Church
  • Cheryl Fowler, Vice PresidentUnitarian Universalist Church of Tippecanoe County
  • Joan Low, PresidentThe Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
  • Susie Riley, TreasurerTrinity United Methodist Church
  • Tangie Armstrong, SecretaryWord of Life Fellowship
  • Patty Useem, Program, Planning & EvaluationFederated Church
  • Joe Micon, Executive DirectorLafayette Urban Ministry

LUM is governed by a Board of Directors — made up of one representative from each member church plus a few appointed individuals from specific community groups. The LUM board meets each month, overseeing and directing policy decisions, fiscal matters, and programming issues, ensuring that LUM continues to fulfill its vital mission to the community. It is led by an eight member executive council. The individuals leading the Lafayette Urban Ministry are passionate, hard working and talented — it’s going to be another fruitful year!

New Location – LUM After School Program

LUM Youth Programs Return to LUM Youth Center

Early this fall, the LUM After School Program returned to the LUM Ray Ewry Youth Center. The move and transition was smooth and positive. Thanks to Our Saviour Lutheran Church (pictured right) and the West Lafayette Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (pictured below) for assisting with the move, clean up and set up at the new location.

The LUM After School Program provides safe, fun and enriching childcare for up to 60 children in Kindergarten to 8th grade in Tippecanoe County. The children are transported by bus from their schools to the LUM After School Program at the LUM Youth Center. For up to three hours each school day, the students work on homework, have a nutritious snack, and participate in craft projects, music, and other fun recreational and educational activities — enabling their parents to finish their workday. The program is staffed by a professionally trained educator, teacher’s aides, interns and volunteers. All of their training exceeds State of Indiana requirements.

The LUM Ray Ewry Youth Center is an ideal location for the LUM After School Program. Many of the benefits have already been realized, and the potential for more improvements is exciting.

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Meet the LUM After School Program Team

LUM is thrilled to introduce the After School Program team. Pictured (L to R) are Kristi Hogue, director; Mady Kirts, intern; Kaitlyn Hettinger, teacher’s aide; Evie Griffin, intern; and Derrick Williams-Bacon, teacher’s aide.

What a talented and caring team! They are assisted each afternoon by volunteers. Please consider volunteering with the After School Program – LUM needs you.

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LUM Students – Gardening, Learning & Growing

LUM Garden Offers Opportunities for Learning

The students enrolled in the LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program have been engaged in a garden project that gives them many opportunities for experiential learning. Dr. Tim Reutebuch, associate professor of social work at the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater, met with the students to begin the planning of the vegetable garden in March, and it was created in April, as a part of their Earth Day celebrations.

The garden has been incorporated into educational curriculum since then. This project was carefully designed to offer our students hands-on experiences planning, creating and maintaining a vegetable garden while learning about science, math and healthy choices as well as building their self-confidence, responsibility and self-sustaining life skills. Also, the students are now experiencing the taste of their own, fresh vegetables, while enjoying some fun, outdoor time. The freshly grown vegetables are also being shared with the children’s families. This has been such a rewarding project and the students have loved being a part of it. Special thanks to Amanda Bajzatt, LUM Youth Programs Director, Dr. ReutebuchCentral Presbyterian Church for providing the space for the garden, and Purdue Extension and Grow Local Lafayette for the garden building & construction as well as curriculum development.

If you would like to invest in this project and our summer students, please make a donation today (click below). If you or your group wishes to volunteer — or sponsor an event or study trip for LUM students, please email or call Amanda Bajzatt, LUM Youth Programs Director ( | 765-423-2691).

To view more PHOTOS from the garden project, click HERE

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Meet Pat G. – LUM Superstar Volunteer

Spotlight on Volunteers – A Vital Part of LUM

Patricia S. Garrott and her husband, Floyd, were childhood sweethearts growing up in Battle Ground, Indiana, where they raised their family and eventually moved to West Lafayette. Pat earned a BS in sociology and an MS in Counseling & Personnel Services, both from Purdue University. She and Floyd are members of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church and have three grown children (all who have earned at least one degree from Purdue) and four grandchildren. She has increased her service to the community since retiring as the Senior Executive Associate Director for the Center for Career Opportunities at Purdue.

At LUM, Pat has been volunteering with the Good Samaritan Program for over six years — and was one of the founding volunteers of the Immigration Clinic when it was established in 2014. She still occasionally teaches Citizenship Classes but regularly volunteers, one morning a week, meeting clients who need emergency financial assistance. Pat shared that,

“LUM is a wonderful thing in our community. My role is so rewarding. LUM only pays a portion of what the family needs but more importantly we share other community resources, give them the tools they need to begin to develop skills to be more self-sufficient, which in turn gives them hope and dignity.”

Pat & Floyd are also LUM donors.

“We’re comfortable giving to LUM because we know that all of the money is going to help local children and families,”

Pat stated.

In the community, Pat also volunteers working with fifth grade students in Battle Ground with a reading initiative and serves on a local library board of directors. For fun, she travels, spends lots of time with her grandchildren, attends Purdue sports (women’s basketball, men’s basketball and football) as well as Purdue stage shows and Butler basketball games (her husband’s alma mater). Pat also enjoys spending time with her mother who is 94 years old.

Pat encourages others to volunteer regularly with LUM, especially the recently retired, sharing that,

“It will give YOU back so much more than you can ever give.”

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LUM Board & Staff Call for Reunion of Children & Parents

Calling for a Quick Reunion of
Children & Parents held in US Detention Centers

Lafayette Urban Ministry is committed to touching the future by helping children and their families in the here and now. That is why we join our voice with US and world faith leaders in opposition to the cruel separation of families and children seeking refuge along the US border with Mexico.

We reject the allegations that the children and adults seeking refuge from economic privation, violence, and political turmoil – seeking peace and a new home in our country – are criminals.

We reject the misuse of Romans 13 by Attorney General Sessions and White House Press Secretary Sanders to justify reprehensible actions.

Many more scripture passages insist on helping the immigrant, the sojourner, the poor, and those in need of aid. We rejoice that President Trump changed direction today and has reversed his destructive policy of separating asylum-seeking parents from their children.

We pray his administration will move quickly to reunite children held in detention centers with their families and establish a more humane and just system to assist those seeking asylum and refuge in our nation.

“And the King will answer them ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.'”

Matt 25:40, NRSV