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LUM is Thinking About Christmas in July

Jubilee Christmas – Saturday, December 14

LUM Jubilee Christmas is only 142 days away, and many of local churches are thinking about “Christmas in July.” Please consider getting engaged in Jubilee Christmas 2021 on Saturday, December 11.

Four Ways YOU & your church, family, business and organization can support Jubilee Christmas are as follows:

  • HOST Families at your own Jubilee Christmas event
  • PARTNER with Host Site and enable them to sponsor more families
  • VOLUNTEER
  • Register Families (10/18-19)
  • Staff the Donation Center (M-F: 11/29-12/7)
  • Jubilee Christmas Day (12/11) – Host Families
  • DONATE – invest in Jubilee Christmas in two ways:
  • Host a “Toy Drive” & Donate Items – to view needed items, click HERE
  • Make a Monetary Donation, click HERE

Last year, 30 churches at 27 events and numerous individuals, businesses and clubs provided for 526 local households, impacting 1,499 local children. Jubilee Christmas gave these parents a chance to be the heroes on Christmas morning as they gave their children gifts of new toys, books, clothing, and food from Santa Claus.

If you need more information or have questions, please go to LUMserve.org/jubilee, email jubilee@LUMserve.org or call 765-423-2691. Thanks…and Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas From Lafayette Urban Ministry

Consider a Gift to LUM This Christmas Season


I come into the peace of wild things
Who do not tax their lives
With forethought of grief…
I rest in the grace of the world,
And am free.


December 2020

Dear Friend,

This poem by Wendell Berry has been instructive to me in recent years. When I feel anxious and despairing, it reminds me to keep a bigger perspective. At times I have actually put the words of this poem into practice. I have dropped everything, ventured out into the natural world, observed the peace of wild things, and found my heart quieted and reassured.

At Christmas, I celebrate the faith that this grace of the world is not some vague cosmic force but has a name and a human face. Christmas is the celebration that the grace of the world has taken human form, bringing us everlasting peace, rest, and freedom.

In this, my first year at Lafayette Urban Ministry, I have observed the grace of the world making a difference through our work together. As a faith-based, community-wide effort tackling basic human needs and uplifting the people of Greater Lafayette, LUM has risen to the unique challenges of 2020 and continues to serve people every day and every night. 


So far this year, Lafayette Urban Ministry served 2,735 households through one of our 22 programs.

These statistics would be impressive in any given year. In this tremendously tumultuous 2020, these numbers underscore the grit and generosity of people such as yourself — people who have not been frozen by forethought of grief but instead have doggedly decided to think of those less fortunate than themselves. 

In the spirit of peace, rest, and freedom for this Christmas season, I hope that you will support the important work of Lafayette Urban Ministry with a financial gift. Your contribution of $50, $100, $250, $500, or $1,000 will be used to alleviate the needs of children and their families, right here in our own community. 

I have included below Wendell Berry’s poem The Peace of Wild Things. I send it along with a prayer that you will experience the peace of wild things and may rest in the grace of the world. Thank you very much for the great kindness you have consistently shown toward those LUM serves. May peace, rest and freedom be yours this Christmas season. Merry Christmas!

With sincere gratitude,

Wes Tillett
Executive Director
Lafayette Urban Ministry


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The Peace of Wild Things by Wendell Berry

When despair for the world grows in me

and I wake in the night at the least sound

in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,

I go and lie down where the wood drake

rests in his beauty on the water,

and the great heron feeds.

I come into the peace of wild things

who do not tax their lives with forethought

of grief. I come into the presence of still water.

And I feel above me the day-blind stars

waiting with their light. For a time

I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.


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Wishing You ‘Amazing Peace’ This Christmas

A Letter from Joe Micon, LUM Executive Director

In our joy, we think we hear a whisper. At first it is too soft. Then only half heard. We listen carefully as it gathers strength. We hear a sweetness.
The word is Peace.
It is loud now. It is louder. Louder than the explosion of bombs.


Dear Friend, 

It was during the lighting of the National Christmas Tree in 2005 that Dr. Maya Angelou first shared her poem Amazing Peace. 

As one of the most renowned and influential voices of our time, Angelou’s words beckon us to contemplate a world of peace during a season of peace. She wrote that, “there is no better time than Christmas to come away from rancor; no better time to look beyond complexion to see community; no better time to mend that which is broken into that which is whole. “

They are powerful words that speak directly to the mission of the Lafayette Urban Ministry. An organization of 47 Greater Lafayette churches, LUM nurtures children and strengthens families who are experiencing difficult times.

During the past year, the Lafayette Urban Ministry served 4,723 families through one or another of our 22 programs. 

  • The LUM overnight Emergency Shelter continues to serve compassionately the chronically homeless in our community. The LUM shelter and Winter Warming Station will provide shelter and addiction services to more than 900 homeless individuals during 2019.
  • Two-hundred and thirty-nine at-risk youth learned and grew because of the LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning ProgramLUM Camp and enhanced After School Program.
  • The LUM Good Samaritan Program serves up to twelve families each day – families that are in the throes of eviction, utility disconnects, health care or transportation emergencies. LUM has aided 1,780 families this year.
  • The LUM Tax Preparation Program served 522 low-income workers, returning to them $906,000 in tax credits and refunds.
  • The LUM Community Thanksgiving Celebration served 900 meals, the LUM ID Clinic served 217 clients, our Immigration Clinic served 173 individuals, and of course Jubilee Christmas – 1,831 children!
  •  In addition, the Lafayette Urban Ministry started the LUM Protein Food Pantry in 2019. This new and innovative response to persistent food insecurity in our community provides meat, eggs, fresh vegetables, infant formula and baby food to children and families in need. More than 50 families are served each week.

In her poem, Maya Angelou interprets peace as a harmony of spirit and a comfort of courtesies. She defines it as security for our beloveds and their beloveds. She calls Christmas the halting of hate time. 

In the spirit of peace this Christmas season, I hope that you will support the important work of LUM with a gift of cash. Your contribution of $50, $100, $250, $500, or $1,000 will be used to support needy children and their families, right here in our own community. 

I share below Dr. Maya Angelou’s Christmas poem, Amazing Peace, in appreciation of the kindness you have always shown toward those LUM serves. On behalf of each child and family, please accept my heartfelt thanks and my wish for a joyous Christmas.


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Amazing Peace by Dr. Maya Angelou

Thunder rumbles in the mountain passes
And lightning rattles the eaves of our houses.
Flood waters await in our avenues.

Snow falls upon snow, falls upon snow to avalanche
Over unprotected villages.
The sky slips low and grey and threatening.

We question ourselves.
What have we done to so affront nature?
We interrogate and worry God.
Are you there? Are you there really?
Does the covenant you made with us still hold?

Into this climate of fear and apprehension, Christmas enters,
Streaming lights of joy, ringing bells of hope
And singing carols of forgiveness high up in the bright air.
The world is encouraged to come away from rancor,
Come the way of friendship.

It is the Glad Season.
Thunder ebbs to silence and lightning sleeps quietly
in the corner.
Flood waters recede into memory.
Snow becomes a yielding cushion to aid us
As we make our way to higher ground.

Hope is born again in the faces of children
It rides on the shoulders of our aged as they walk into their sunsets.
Hope spreads around the earth. Brightening all things,
Even hate which crouches breeding in dark corridors.

In our joy, we think we hear a whisper.
At first it is too soft. Then only half heard.
We listen carefully as it gathers strength.
We hear a sweetness.
The word is Peace.
It is loud now. It is louder.
Louder than the explosion of bombs.

We tremble at the sound. We are thrilled by its presence.
It is what we have hungered for.
Not just the absence of war. But, true Peace.
A harmony of spirit, a comfort of courtesies.
Security for our beloveds and their beloveds.

We clap hands and welcome the Peace of Christmas.
We beckon this good season to wait a while with us.
We, Baptist and Buddhist, Methodist and Muslim, say come.
Peace.
Come and fill us and our world with your majesty.
We, the Jew and the Jainist, the Catholic and the Confucian,
Implore you, to stay a while with us.
So we may learn by your shimmering light
How to look beyond complexion and see community.

It is Christmas time, a halting of hate time.

On this platform of peace, we can create a language
To translate ourselves to ourselves and to each other.

At this Holy Instant, we celebrate the Birth of Jesus Christ
Into the great religions of the world.
We jubilate the precious advent of trust.
We shout with glorious tongues the coming of hope.
All the earth’s tribes loosen their voices
To celebrate the promise of Peace.

We, Angels and Mortal’s, Believers and Non-Believers,
Look heavenward and speak the word aloud.
Peace. We look at our world and speak the word aloud.
Peace. We look at each other, then into ourselves
And we say without shyness or apology or hesitation.

Peace, My Brother. Peace, My Sister. Peace, My Soul.


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Jubilee Christmas – Donation Centers OPEN

Jubilee LOGO redLUM Jubilee Christmas is Saturday, December 14, and the Donation Center opens Monday, December 2.


Donations of new, unwrapped toys, clothing (newborn to 12-year-old), books, games, sport equipment, quilts/family blankets are welcome. See below for our list of needs and donation centers.


Donate Items — Jubilee Christmas Wishlist — new items only

  • 2012-12-08 Jubilee Christmas Day 018 (2)Toys, Board Games, Dolls, Lego sets, Dress up & Pretend Play, Play kitchen items
    • Highest need — children aged 10 – 12 years old
    • No Guns, please
  • Sports & Recreation equipment — Balls & equipment (basketball, soccer, kick balls, baseball, etc.), Bikes, Outdoor games (Flying discs – Frisbee, Hula-hoops, Jump ropes, Family games)
  • Books (grade-level: Pre-K through teen)
  • Craft Kits & Art Supplies
  • Children’s clothing — outfits; winter coats, gloves, hats, scarves, boots;
  • Blankets & Quilts — each family gets at least one for the family
  • Wrapping Paper, Gift Bags, Tape
  • Batteries
  • Gift Cards — Food cards, Gift cards for teen siblings
  • Bottled water
  • Trash bags (30 gallon)

Donation Centers are as follows:

  • LUM Office
    420 N 4th Street, Lafayette, IN
    — Monday, December 2 through Friday, December 6 — 1 to 5 p.m.
  • Oakland High School/LARA
    1100 Elizabeth Street, Lafayette, IN (rear – cafeteria entrance)
    — Monday, December 9 & Tuesday, December 10 — 1 to 5 p.m.
  • Brokerage Brewing Company
    2516 Covington Street, West Lafayette, IN
    — Through Monday, December 9; HOURS: Mon. – Thurs. 3-9 p.m., Fri. & Sat. noon-midnight, Sun. 1-8 p.m.
  • Greyhouse Coffee & Supply Co.
    100 Northwestern Avenue, West Lafayette, IN
    — Through Monday, December 9; HOURS: Mon. – Fri. 7 a.m.-10:30 p.m., Sat. & Sun. 8 a.m.-10:30 p.m.

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Jubilee Christmas relies on donations from churches, organizations and individuals for a successful Jubilee Christmas.

You can help by donating a cash gift of $50, $100, $250, $500, $1,000 or more to Jubilee Christmas. Your cash gift to Jubilee Christmas may be given in honor of a friend or family member — in lieu of a holiday gift. LUM will send a Holiday Card sharing that a donation has been made by you to Jubilee Christmas in their name.

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We’re Thinking about “Christmas in September”

Jubilee Christmas – Saturday, December 14

It’s less than 100 days until the LUM Jubilee Christmas day — Saturday, December 14. LUM is thinking about Christmas in July — because it’s never too early to begin planning for Jubilee Christmas. Won’t you please consider getting engaged in Jubilee Christmas 2019?

Four Ways YOU and your church, family, business and organization can support Jubilee Christmas are as follows:

  • HOST Families at your own Jubilee Christmas event, click HERE
  • PARTNER with a JC Host Site that is hosting Families, click HERE
  • VOLUNTEER – learn more, click HERE
    • Register Families (10/21-23) – to sign up, click HERE
    • Donation Center (12/2-12) – to sign up, click HERE
    • Jubilee Christmas Day (12/14) – to sign up, click HERE
  • DONATE – learn more, click HERE
    • Host a “Toy Drive” & Donate Items – to view needed items, click HERE
    • Make a Monetary Donation, click HERE

Last year on Jubilee Christmas Day, 1,831 children from 640 families received gifts of new toys, books, clothing, and food for Christmas Day at 27 different events. If you need more information or have questions, please go to lumserve.org/jubilee, email jubilee@lumserve.org or call 765-423-2691. Thanks…and Merry Christmas!


The important dates for Jubilee Christmas planning are as follows:

  • Coordinators Meeting—Thursday, October 10 (2 or 7 p.m.)
  • Open Registration — M-W, October 21-23 (4:30 – 7:30 p.m.)
  • Coordinators Meeting—Tuesday, November 12 (2 or 7 p.m.)
  • Donation Center Open – Monday, December 2 – Friday, Dec. 6, Monday & Tuesday, December 9 & 10 (1 – 5 p.m.) 
  • Host Sites Pick-Up – Thursday, December 12 (9 a.m. – 1 p.m.)
  • Jubilee Christmas – Saturday, December 14
    • Part 1 – 9 a.m.-2 p.m. – various locations
    • Part 2 – 2:30 p.m. – Oakland High School
    • Part 3 – 5 p.m. – Oakland High School

If you need more information or have questions, please go to lumserve.org/jubilee, email jubilee@lumserve.org or call 765-423-2691. Thanks…and Merry Christmas!


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Thinking about Christmas in July

Jubilee Christmas – Saturday, December 14

There’s only 156 days until the LUM Jubilee Christmas day — Saturday, December 14. LUM is thinking about Christmas in July — because it’s never too early to begin planning for Jubilee Christmas. Won’t you please consider getting engaged in Jubilee Christmas 2019?

Four Ways YOU and your church, family, business and organization can support Jubilee Christmas are as follows:

  • HOST Families at your own Jubilee Christmas event, click HERE
  • PARTNER with a JC Host Site that is hosting Families, click HERE
  • VOLUNTEER – learn more, click HERE
    • Register Families (10/21-23) – to sign up, click HERE
    • Donation Center (12/2-12) – to sign up, click HERE
    • Jubilee Christmas Day (12/14) – to sign up, click HERE
  • DONATE – learn more, click HERE
    • Host a “Toy Drive” & Donate Items – to view needed items, click HERE
    • Make a Monetary Donation, click HERE

Last year on Jubilee Christmas Day, 1,831 children from 640 families received gifts of new toys, books, clothing, and food for Christmas Day at 27 different events. If you need more information or have questions, please go to lumserve.org/jubilee, email jubilee@lumserve.org or call 765-423-2691. Thanks…and Merry Christmas!


The important dates for Jubilee Christmas planning are as follows:

  • Coordinators Meeting—Thursday, October 10 (2 or 7 p.m.)
  • Open Registration — M-W, October 21-23 (4:30 – 7:30 p.m.)
  • Coordinators Meeting—Tuesday, November 12 (2 or 7 p.m.)
  • Donation Center Open – Monday, December 2 – Friday, Dec. 6, Monday & Tuesday, December 9 & 10 (1 – 5 p.m.) 
  • Host Sites Pick-Up – Thursday, December 12 (9 a.m. – 1 p.m.)
  • Jubilee Christmas – Saturday, December 14
    • Part 1 – 9 a.m.-2 p.m. – various locations
    • Part 2 – 2:30 p.m. – Oakland High School
    • Part 3 – 5 p.m. – Oakland High School

If you need more information or have questions, please go to lumserve.org/jubilee, email jubilee@lumserve.org or call 765-423-2691. Thanks…and Merry Christmas!


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A Holiday Season Greeting from LUM


A Letter from Joe Micon, LUM Executive Director


Ring in the valiant man and free, the larger heartthe kindlier hand;
Ring out the darkness of the land, Ring in the Christ that is to be.


Dear Friend, 

The Christmas poem “Ring Out, Wild Bells” was written by Alfred, Lord Tennyson 168 years ago in England – but it could have just as easily been written in the here and now.  

As a child from a large and impoverished family, Tennyson would have seen and experienced first-hand many of the ills of mid-19th century England that he writes about in his poem. His words are a social commentary about the prevailing political climate and inequality of his times. 

The poem cries out for social reform. Tennyson longed for the worst aspects of human nature to be corrected – for corruption, political ruthlessness, ambition, class barriers, poverty, and social inequality to be replaced by a more civil, caring, equal and compassionate society. 

I think the poem could have been written in the here and now because these are the same longings so many of us hold for our own time and place. It’s why so many of us have chosen to support the work of the Lafayette Urban Ministry. We know that through LUM we are contributing toward a more caring and compassionate community.

A collaboration of 47 local churches, LUM serves as a social safety net for children and families who are experiencing difficult times. During the past year, the Lafayette Urban Ministry served more than 5,100 families through one or another of our 22 programs. 

Two-hundred and forty-four at-risk youth learned and grew because of LUM’s 5th QuarterLUM Camp and Enhanced After School Program.

LUM’s Overnight Shelter continues to compassionately serve the chronically homeless in our community. LUM’s shelter and overnight winter warming station will serve more than 900 homeless individuals during 2018.

LUM’s Tax Preparation Programserved 552 low-income workers, returning to them $1 million in tax credits and refunds.          

LUM’s Good Samaritan Programserves up to 12 families each day – families that are in the throes of eviction, utility disconnects, health care or transportation emergencies. LUM has aided more than 2,000 such families so far this year.


Ring Out, Wild Bells

Ring out, wild bells, to the wild sky,
The flying cloud, the frosty light;
The year is dying in the night;
Ring out, wild bells, and let him die.

Ring out the old, ring in the new,
Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true.

Ring out the grief that saps the mind,
For those that here we see no more,
Ring out the feud of rich and poor,
Ring in redress to all mankind. 

Ring out a slowly dying cause,
And ancient forms of party strife;
Ring in the nobler modes of life,
With sweeter manners, purer laws.
Ring out the want, the care the sin,
The faithless coldness of the times;
Ring out, ring out my mournful rhymes,
But ring the fuller minstrel in. 

Ring out false pride in place and blood,
The civic slander and the spite;
Ring in the love of truth and right,
Ring in the common love of good.

Ring out old shapes of foul disease,
Ring out the narrowing lust of gold;
Ring out the thousand wars of old,
Ring in the thousand years of peace.

Ring in the valiant man and free,
The larger heart, the kindlier hand;
Ring out the darkness of the land,
Ring in the Christ that is to be.

By Alfred, Lord Tennyson


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With Gratitude to the LUM Volunteers


A Message from Joe Micon, LUM Executive Director

April is National Volunteer Month, when we celebrate the work that volunteers do year-round. During National Volunteer Week (April 15-21), across the country organizations like LUM recognize their volunteers for helping them achieve their mission.

By now, you probably know that the Lafayette Urban Ministry provides more volunteer opportunities than almost any other organization in our community. Throughout the course of the year, more than 3,000 individuals volunteer in one or another of the LUM programs. Whether it is preparing a meal for the homeless, stocking shelves at the St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry, serving as a LUM Camp Counselor, helping to govern LUM on the board of directors, teaching children in the LUM After School Program, working the food line at the LUM Community Thanksgiving Meal, hosting a family at Jubilee Christmas, or one of the many other front line or professional volunteer jobs at LUM, volunteers are the heart and soul of all the good that is accomplished here.

Volunteering may not be a uniquely American activity, but it is certainly a major part of our national culture and identity. Writing about his travels through the United States in the 1830s, the French political scientist Alexis de Tocqueville frequently commented on Americans’ tendency to form voluntary associations. He was impressed by our desire to come together with friends and neighbors to accomplish community goals. This was, he felt, an important foundation for the democratic society that he studied. Volunteering helps you to learn new skills and develop the ones you already have. It helps you to be part of your community, meet new people and make new friends. Volunteering gives you a sense of purpose and helps you stay physically healthy. Volunteers actually have lower mortality rates than those who don’t volunteer and are less likely to develop chronic pain and heart disease!

So on behalf of the entire staff at LUM please accept my deepest thanks for all you do for the children and families we serve. It is our great joy and privilege to work side by side with you each day. How grateful we are at LUM for you, and for all the others, who have joined us on our journey to make our community a better place for everyone.


To explore ways to VOLUNTEER with LUM, click HERE.

Merry Christmas From Lafayette Urban Ministry


On behalf of each child and family served by the Lafayette Urban Ministry, please accept our heartfelt thanks and our wish for a joyous Christmas season.


Consider a Gift to LUM This Christmas Season

Little Mandy and her Ma, ‘S porest folks you ever saw! —
Lived in porest house in town, Where the fence ‘uz all tore down.

December 2017

Dear Friend,

The 1899 Christmas classic Little Mandy’s Christmas Tree, by Hoosier poet James Whitcomb Riley, is as much a social commentary as a holiday poem.

Written from the perspective of a child who accompanies her mother on a charity visit to a family in need, Riley, in his typical Midwestern cadence, shares the story of little Mandy, the terminally ill child who resides in the house.

Each stanza is filled with startling and vivid imagery about the family’s predicament and the community’s response. The images speak to Riley’s vision of how church and community members ought to relate to and be respectful toward the least among us.

It is a vision we work hard to make real each and every day at the Lafayette Urban Ministry. An organization of 47 local churches, LUM serves as a social safety net for children and families in our community who are experiencing difficult times.

During the past year, the Lafayette Urban Ministry served more than 5,200 families through one or another of our 20 programs.

  • Two-hundred and fifteen at-risk youth learned and grew because of LUM’s 5th Quarter, LUM Camp and Enhanced Afterschool Programs.
  • LUM’s Overnight Shelter continues to compassionately serve the chronically homeless in our community.  LUM’s shelter and overnight winter warming station will serve more than 800 homeless individuals during 2017.
  • LUM’s Tax Preparation Program served 929 low-income workers, returning to them more than $1.4 million in tax credits and refunds.
  • LUM’s Good Samaritan Program serves up to twelve families each day – families that are in the throes of eviction, utility disconnects, health care or transportation emergencies.  LUM has aided more than 2,200 such families so far this year.
  • More than, 2,900 individuals received emergency food from our  St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry.
  • The Community Thanksgiving Meal served 900 individuals, LUM’s ID Clinic served more than 200 clients, our Legal Immigration Program served 39 individuals, and of course Jubilee Christmas –  1,909 children!

Perhaps Riley’s most powerful stanza in Little Mandy depicts the sharing of cash:

Nen my Ma she gived her Ma
Somepin’ ‘at I never saw,
And say ‘at she must take it, and,
She ist maked her keep it in her hand.


In the spirit of this Christmas season I hope that you will share a gift of cash with the children and families served by the Lafayette Urban Ministry.  Your gift of $50, $100, $250, $500, or $1,000 will be used right here in our community to support LUM’s important work.

Place a copy of James Whitcomb Riley’s poem Little Mandy’s Christmas Tree on your own Christmas tree as a reminder of the kindness and generosity you’ve shown toward those in our community who are suffering through a difficult time.

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

Merry Christmas,

Joe Micon
Executive Director


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Merry Christmas From Lafayette Urban Ministry


Share a Gift to LUM This Christmas Season

Little Mandy and her Ma,
‘S porest folks you ever saw! —
Lived in porest house in town,
Where the fence ‘uz all tore down.

{Read Little Mandy’s Christmas Tree HERE.}


December 2017

Dear Friend,

The 1899 Christmas classic Little Mandy’s Christmas Tree, by Hoosier poet James Whitcomb Riley, is as much a social commentary as a holiday poem.

Written from the perspective of a child who accompanies her mother on a charity visit to a family in need, Riley, in his typical Midwestern cadence, shares the story of little Mandy, the terminally ill child who resides in the house.

Each stanza is filled with startling and vivid imagery about the family’s predicament and the community’s response. The images speak to Riley’s vision of how church and community members ought to relate to and be respectful toward the least among us.

It is a vision we work hard to make real each and every day at the Lafayette Urban Ministry. An organization of 47 local churches, LUM serves as a social safety net for children and families in our community who are experiencing difficult times.

During the past year, the Lafayette Urban Ministry served more than 5,200 families through one or another of our 20 programs.

  • Two-hundred and fifteen at-risk youth learned and grew because of LUM’s 5th Quarter, LUM Camp and Enhanced Afterschool Programs.
  • LUM’s Overnight Shelter continues to compassionately serve the chronically homeless in our community.  LUM’s shelter and overnight winter warming station will serve more than 800 homeless individuals during 2017.
  • LUM’s Tax Preparation Program served 929 low-income workers, returning to them more than $1.4 million in tax credits and refunds.
  • LUM’s Good Samaritan Program serves up to twelve families each day – families that are in the throes of eviction, utility disconnects, health care or transportation emergencies.  LUM has aided more than 2,200 such families so far this year.
  • More than, 2,900 individuals received emergency food from our  St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry.
  • The Community Thanksgiving Meal served 900 individuals, LUM’s ID Clinic served more than 200 clients, our Legal Immigration Program served 39 individuals, and of course Jubilee Christmas –  1,909 children!

Perhaps Riley’s most powerful stanza in Little Mandy depicts the sharing of cash:

Nen my Ma she gived her Ma
Somepin’ ‘at I never saw,
And say ‘at she must take it, and,
She ist maked her keep it in her hand.


In the spirit of this Christmas season I hope that you will share a gift of cash with the children and families served by the Lafayette Urban Ministry.  Your gift of $50, $100, $250, $500, or $1,000 will be used right here in our community to support LUM’s important work.

Place a copy of James Whitcomb Riley’s poem Little Mandy’s Christmas Tree on your own Christmas tree as a reminder of the kindness and generosity you’ve shown toward those in our community who are suffering through a difficult time.

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

Merry Christmas,

Joe Micon
Executive Director

PS – Please, place your generous Christmas Season gift to LUM in the enclosed envelope, or give online at www.lumserve.org


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