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LUM Follies Raises $10,000+

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LUM Follies Raises $10,000+ for the Good Samaritan Fund.

The second annual LUM Good Samaritan Fund Follies exceeded everyone’s expectations. The LUM Board of Directors are thrilled to report the 2013 LUM Follies raised more than $10,000 for the Good Samaritan Fund at the Lafayette Urban Ministry.

Close to 200 enjoyed bidding on tantalizing Silent Auction baskets and items, enjoyed a tasty meal and a fine Follies show, and really enjoyed the fellowship of each other’s company.

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You can see by the photos that it was a memorable evening, and the variety show known as “Follies” was very entertaining. The best part is all of the proceeds go to a fund dedicated to benefiting the LUM Good Samaritan Program.

Thanks to all who attended and support LUM and the LUM Good Samaritan Program. For more information on the Good Samaritan Program — click HERE.

If you weren’t able to attend the “Follies” but still wish to make a donation to the Good Samaritan Fund — click HERE or the “donate” button below.

LUM Good Samaritan Program

Thus far this year, the LUM Good Samaritan Fund provided $41,523 of emergency financial assistance to 732 different households. Evictions were stopped, utility disconnects were averted and vital medications were provided to those who had no other way to pay for them. To give to the LUM Good Samaritan Fund by clicking HEREMore Details on the LUM Good Samaritan Program.

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To view more photos from LUM Good Samaritan Fund Follies, click HERE.

LUM Follies – A Word of Appreciation

Many people helped make LUM Follies a joyous expression of our 41 years of ministry together at LUM. We wish to express our appreciation to Rev. Tim Burchill and the staff and congregation of Saint Andrew United Methodist Church for being such gracious hosts. And thanks to Boy Scout Troop 335 for setting up and taking down tables and chairs. And we are most grateful to Eileen Hession Weiss for directing this evening’s show and to each of our Follies performers for taking the time and effort to share their considerable talents with us. Follies cover was designed by Thomas Decker, Central Catholic High School senior.

Thanks also to the members of the planning committee: Cathy Potter, Patty Useem, Joan Low, Nita Cunningham and Deb Parent as well as LUM Staff members: Mary Anderson, Eileen Hession Weiss, Sylvia Mohler, Linda Hicks and Joe Micon.

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LUM Follies — Corporate Sponsors

SCC_logo2Platinum Level ($1,000):

  • System Concepts & Consulting, Inc.

Gold Level ($500):

  • Lafayette Savings Bank, Stuart and Branigin, LLP, and Tippecanoe Animal Hospital

Silver Level ($250):

  • Wabash National Corporation

Bronze Level ($100):

  • Cardinal Office Products, Essential Touch Massage, Milestone Contractors, L.P., and Simon Construction

Show your appreciate for our Corporate Sponsors and support their businesses if you can.

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Jubilee Christmas Time is Here

Jubilee Christmas is TODAY, Saturday morning—December 8th.

Jubilee Christmas is a true community event focused on the children of our community.

You may still support Jubilee Christmas. Cash Donations may be given and are especially needed NOW for last minute needs and general expenses associated with the event. Your gifts help Parents be Christmas Heroes. You may donate online by clicking HERE.

Check out the photos from the 2012 Christmas Parade, click HERE.

Check out the photos from the 2012 Jubilee Christmas, click HERE.

Did You Know?
This Saturday, Jubilee Christmas will…stack of toys

  • Engage 25 Hosting Churches
  • Involve 8 additional Church & Community Partners
  • Serve more than 700 families
  • Provide toys, clothing & food to 1700 needy children
  • Provide more than $200,000 worth of toys, clothes, food and gift wrap

Thanks to Jubilee Christmas Partners

Jubilee Hosts:

  • Bethany Presbyterian Church
  • Central Presbyterian Church
  • Christ United Methodist Church
  • Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
  • Church of the Blessed Sacrament
  • Congress Street United Methodist ChurchCindy Haley with her students - After School Program
  • Dayton Memorial Presbyterian Church
  • Faith Presbyterian Church
  • Federated Church
  • First Baptist Church
  • First Christian Church
  • First United Methodist Church
  • Grace United Methodist Church
  • Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
  • Immanuel United Church of Christ
  • Our Saviour Lutheran Church
  • Purdue Panhellenic Association
  • Riverside Covenant Church
  • St. Andrew United Methodist Church
  • St. John’s Episcopal Church
  • St. Lawrence Catholic Church
  • St. Mary Cathedral
  • Trinity United Methodist Church
  • Unitarian Universalist Church
  • Word of Life Fellowship Church

Church & Community Partners:

  • Chapel of the Good Shepherd
  • Elston Presbyterian Church
  • Lafayette Church of the Brethren
  • Lafayette Friends Meeting
  • St. Boniface Catholic Church
  • St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church
  • Underwood Agency
  • University Church

A special Thank You to Greyhouse Coffee & Supply Co. for sponsoring the Greyhouse Toy Window for Jubilee Christmas…and…

The employees of Landis & Gyr who donated $1600 in toys, coats, and gift cards for Jubilee Christmas.

More Christmas Wishes from LUM Executive Director, Joe Micon, click HERE.

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Mary T. Klinker – Lafayette Native, Vietnam War Veteran

Happy 65th Birthday, Captain Mary T. Klinker

On October 3, 2012, Capt. Mary T. Klinker would have been 65 years old.

Mary T. Klinker was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Klinker from Lafayette. Capt. Klinker lived in Lafayette most of her life and was a member of St. Lawrence Church. She graduated from Central Catholic High School and the St. Elizabeth School of Nursing. Mary Klinker served in the Air Force as a flight nurse, instructor and flight examiner from 1969 until her death in 1975.

In 1974, the Vietnam War was ending and in an act of pure humanity, President Gerald Ford announced a mission that would be known as “Operation Babylift.” This mission’s purpose was to evacuated more than 2000 orphaned children from Saigon. Capt. Mary T. Klinker was enlisted as a flight nurse responsible for caring for the children during their transport to the Philippines.

Unfortunately, on April 4, 1975, the inaugural Operation Babylift flight ended in tragedy crashing within minutes of takeoff killing 138 of the 314 on board. One hundred and thirty-eight infants, flight crew and caregivers died in the Operation Babylift plane crash including Capt. Mary T. Klinker.

Capt. Klinker was 27-years-old when she died and was the last nurse and the only member of the US Air Force Nurse Corps to be killed in Vietnam. Capt. Mary T. Klinker was posthumously awarded the Airman’s Medal for Heroism and the Meritorious Service Medal and is listed on Panel: O1W, Row 122 of The Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial in Washington DC.

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Pencil Rubbing – Vietnam Veterans Memorial

The Mary T. Klinker Veterans Resource Center, which is a chapter of the Disabled American Veterans, is located at LUM (420 N. 4th Street, Lafayette). The Mary T. Klinker Veterans Resource Center, led by President Jim Logsdon (a wounded combat veteran) and Vice-President Tom Bratcher (a disabled veteran), offers free services to homeless and at-risk veterans and their families including providing resources, peer to peer counseling and financial assistance.

DAV Service Officers offer counseling on VA compensation, health care, pension, employment rights, education and more. Founded in 1920, the DAV is totally funded by dues and contributions, receiving no federal funding. Jim Logsdon also serves as the National Homeless Veteran Coordinator.

The Mary T. Klinker Veterans Resource Center is located in the LUM offices. The Lafayette Urban Ministry is pleased to provide free office space to the Mary T. Klinker Veterans Resource Center and to work in close partnership with the organization to find more permanent housing solutions for veterans who are guests in the LUM Emergency Shelter for the Homeless. For more information or to make an appointment, please call or email Jim Logsdon, president of the Mary T. Klinker Veterans Resource Center – (765) 423-2691; redbird560@wildblue.net.

Follow the Mary T. Klinker Veterans Resource Center on Facebook.

Discovering who Mary T. Klinker was besides just a name on a Veterans Center door should be a reminder for everyone to stop and appreciate the rich heritage all around you. So, next time you see a “name” on a plaque, department sign, company letterhead, or award — take the time to learn more about the person they are honoring. You will be impressed and possibly blown away like many are who learn about Mary T. Klinker.

{Next up — Ray Ewry, US Olympic Hero}


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Meet the LUM Board President

Faith, Humility, Service, Leadership. 

These are words that describe Lafayette Urban Ministry Board member, Debra Parent. Deb has been on the LUM Board since 2006 and is currently serving as the president. Deb is a parishioner of St. Mary’s Church in Lafayette, which is one of the 42 member churches of LUM.

Deb Parent, the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Jacob Scheeres, grew up in West Lafayette in a family intensely focused on faith and service. Her family members often traveled to impoverished nations to serve the less fortunate. This had a lasting impact on Deb and when she graduated from Purdue University she felt a calling to do mission work around the world. Deb married her childhood friend, Tom, started a family, and those travel plans were put on hold. Her need to serve and her faith did not diminish though.

Today, Deb feels that she was called to serve in her own backyard instead, and this is what was truly meant to be. Deb also states that her true vocation is first and foremost her family especially her four children: Andre, Marie, Monique and Luc.

Like many parents, Deb focused much of her service on her children’s school community which also happened to be affiliated with her church. Once her children were older, Deb began searching for new ways to engage in the community. It was serendipity when her pastor asked Deb to serve as St. Mary’s liaison to the LUM Board.

Deb quickly felt a deep connection with the mission of LUM. After a bit of time on the LUM Board, Deb also began serving as a case manager with the Emergency Shelter for the Homeless. As a case manager, Deb meets with clients of the LUM shelter once a week to help them deal with their challenges and develop the skills to get on track for a better life.

When asked to share her journey to the position of leadership with LUM, Deb is quick to give credit to the entire team and diminish her involvement. But Deb’s experiences with her family, with St. Mary’s, and as a case manager have made her an effective leader on the LUM Board.

As the president of the LUM Board, Deb has focused on empowering the entire team of Board members, has supported new initiatives defining LUM’s focus on serving immigrants, pioneered new marketing and fundraising initiatives using social media and initiated LUM Board representatives attending the Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette board education series workshops.

Deb shares that her work with LUM has been a blessing and has helped her grow spiritually. Her daily prayer is to be used effectively by God in anything she does for LUM or community, so He will say “well done, my good and faithful servant.” The community has truly been blessed by Deb Parent’s commitment to service especially through her leadership with LUM.