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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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Remembering Good King Wenceslas


GKWDear Friends,

One of my favorite Christmas poems is the 162-year-old carol: Good King Wenceslas. The poem (see below) tells about King Wenceslas & his page giving alms to a poor peasant; his page needing help against the cold; and then finding heat miraculously in the King’s footprints in the snow. I can relate to the steadfast page.

Our journey together at LUM through the past year has been eventful and at times challenging.


During 2015 at LUM…

  • 197 at-risk youth learned & grew in the After School Program, 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program & LUM Camp
  • 650 homeless individuals were served by the Emergency Shelter
  • Tax Assistance Program served 790, returning more than $1.3 million in refunds
  • Good Samaritan Program serves up to 12 families each day; more than 2,000 families this year
  • Last month 767 individuals received emergency food assistance from the St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry
  • Community Thanksgiving Celebration served 900 individuals, ID Clinic served more than 150 clients, Immigration Clinic served 19 individuals, and of course Jubilee Christmas over 1,700 children!

By the end of 2015, Lafayette Urban Ministry will have touched and improved the lives of more than 6,000 low-income households living in Tippecanoe County.


Just as King Wenceslas’s page found his journey to be daunting, at LUM it’s a little overwhelming too. But when we remember we’re following in the faithful footsteps of others like YOU, it seems somehow more manageable. In the spirit of Good King Wenceslas, I hope you will make a generous Christmas season gift to the children & families served by Lafayette Urban Ministry.

Your gift of $50, $100, $250, $500, or $1,000 will be used right here in our own community to support LUM’s important programs of service and self-help.

On behalf of each child & family served by LUM, please accept my heartfelt thanks. On behalf of each person at LUM who serves another, please accept my gratitude for making our sometimes challenging work all that much easier. Merry Christmas!



PS: Please give online at www.lumserve.org/donate or mail in your donation to
Lafayette Urban Ministry, 420 N 4th Street, Lafayette, IN 47901


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Good King Wenceslas

Good King Wenceslas looked out
On the feast of Stephen
When the snow lay round about
Deep and crisp and even
Brightly shone the moon that night
Though the frost was cruel
When a poor man came in sight
Gath’ring winter fuel

“Hither, page, and stand by me
If thou know’st it, telling
Yonder peasant, who is he?
Where and what his dwelling?”
“Sire, he lives a good league hence
Underneath the mountain
Right against the forest fence
By Saint Agnes’ fountain.”

“Bring me flesh and bring me wine
Bring me pine logs hither
Thou and I will see him dine
When we bear him thither.”
Page and monarch forth they went
Forth they went together
Through the rude wind’s wild lament
And the bitter weather

“Sire, the night is darker now
And the wind blows stronger
Fails my heart, I know not how,
I can go no longer.”
“Mark my footsteps, my good page
Tread thou in them boldly
Thou shalt find the winter’s rage
Freeze thy blood less coldly.”

In his master’s steps he trod
Where the snow lay dinted
Heat was in the very sod
Which the Saint had printed
Therefore, Christian men, be sure
Wealth or rank possessing
Ye who now will bless the poor
Shall yourselves find blessing
~ John Mason Neale, 1853

LUM’s Unexpected Blessings — YOU!


 December 2014




Dear Friend,

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Joseph “Joe” Micon

Amid all the hustle and bustle of the season, I try to look for those unexpected blessings that make Christmas so special….

  • The laughter of a child as he opens a brightly wrapped box.
  • The joyful tear of a mother as she welcomes her freshman student home from college.
  • The wonder of a perfectly-timed Christmas morning snowfall.
  • And I remember that Christmas is about the unexpected blessing of our Savior.

Who among us can ever get used to the unexpected way that he came to dwell among us, or the unexpected cast of characters who came to visit him in the stable? Who would have expected that he would live his life concerned only about loving and serving others?

As I look back over our past year together at the Lafayette Urban Ministry, I remember so many instances that were unexpected blessings for me…

  • I remember the young boy in the LUM After School Program who beamed with pride as he showed me the A+ on his spelling test. Our dedicated volunteers had been helping him memorize his list of words all week.
  • I remember the opening of the new LUM Legal Immigration Clinic.  In the days that followed, clinic staff began finding real solutions for neighbors desperate to keep their families together.
  • I remember the smile on the worn face of the homeless man who finally left the LUM emergency shelter after a two week stay. A LUM case manager had helped him make a new start with a new job and a new home of his own.
  • I remember the long summer days of LUM Camp where our campers played, sang, learned and made so many new friends – all while growing in confidence and self-esteem.

Last year, the Lafayette Urban Ministry served 6,027 low-income households through one or another of our 16 programs. For each of those households, the Lafayette Urban Ministry, and you, were an unexpected blessing.

I hope that you will continue to be such a blessing by making a generous Christmas Season gift to the Lafayette Urban Ministry.

Your gift of $50, $100, $250, $500, or $1,000 will be put to use right here in our own community providing at-risk children and their struggling families with brighter futures and more hopeful tomorrows.

The profound meaning of Christmas is that our Savior dwells within every heart that is loving, within each spirit that is tender – and within any gift that is shared generously with another. On behalf of the children and families at LUM who are touched by your generosity, please accept my thanks – and my sincere wish for a joyous Christmas filled with unexpected blessings!


Gratefully,
Joe Micon Signature
Joe Micon
Executive Director
Lafayette Urban Ministry


P.S. — You may contribute to Lafayette Urban Ministry online at www.lumserve.org

Thank you.

 

Unexpected

Even now we simply do not expect to find a deity in a stable.

Somehow the setting is all wrong:

the swaddling clothes too plain,

the manger too common for the likes of a Savior,

the straw too inelegant, the animals reeking and noisy,

the whole scene too ordinary for our taste.

And the cast of characters is no better.

With the possible exception of the kings, who among them is fit for this night?

The shepherds? Certainly too crude.

The carpenter too rough. The girl too young.

And the baby!

Whoever expected a baby?

Whoever expected the advent of God in a helpless child?

Had the Messiah arrived in the blazing light of the glory

of a legion of angels wielding swords,

the whole world could have been conquered for Christ right then and there

and we in the church  -to say nothing of the world!-

would not have so much trouble today.

Even now we simply do not expect to face the world armed only with love.

by Ann Weems



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Reflections for Jubilee Christmas

Duccio NativityAs LUM Jubilee Christmas approaches we must remember the real meaning of Christmas and celebrate the true spirit of giving.

Below are several Bible verses upon which to reflect and prepare our hearts for the Advent of Christ.


Merry Christmas.

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Inspiration and Reflections 


Deuteronomy 15:10
Give generously to him and do so without a grudging heart; then because of this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to.

Deuteronomy 16:17
Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the LORD your God which He has given you.

1 Chronicles 29:9
Then the people rejoiced because they had offered so willingly, for they made their offering to the Lord with a whole heart, and King David also rejoiced greatly.

Proverbs 3:27
Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to do it.

Proverbs 11:24-25
There is one who scatters, and yet increases all the more, and there is one who withholds what is justly due, and yet it results only in want. The generous man will be prosperous, and he who waters will himself be watered.

Proverbs 21:26
…the righteous gives and does not hold back.

Proverbs 22:9
He who is generous will be blessed, for he gives some of his food to the poor.

Proverbs 28:27
He who gives to the poor will never want, but he who shuts his eyes will have many curses.

Malachi 3:10
“Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in My house, and test Me now in this,” says the Lord of hosts, “if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you a blessing until it overflows.

Matthew 6:3-4
But when you give to the poor, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving will be in secret; and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.

Mark 12:41-44
And He sat down opposite the treasury, and began observing how the people were putting money into the treasury; and many rich people were putting in large sums. A poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which amount to a cent. Calling His disciples to Him, He said to them, “Truly I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all the contributors to the treasury; for they all put in out of their surplus, but she, out of her poverty, put in all she owned, all she had to live on.”

Luke 3:11
And he would answer and say to them, “The man who has two tunics is to share with him who has none; and he who has food is to do likewise.”

Luke 6:30
Give to everyone who asks of you, and whoever takes away what is yours, do not demand it back.

Luke 6:38
Give, and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return.

John 3:16
For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believes in Him wouldn’t perish, but would have eternal life.

Acts 20:35
In everything I showed you that by working hard in this manner you must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He Himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.

Romans 12:8
…Or he who exhorts, in his exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.

2 Corinthians 9:6-8
Now this I say, he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must do just as he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed.

2 Corinthians 9:10
Now He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness;

Philippians 4:15-17
And you yourselves also know, Philippians, that at the first preaching of the gospel, after I departed from Macedonia, no church shared with me in the matter of giving and receiving but you alone; for even in Thessalonica you send a gift more than once for my needs. Not that I seek the gift itself, but I seek for the profit which increases to your account.

James 2:15-16
If a brother or sister is without clothing and in need of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and be filled,” and yet you do not give them what is necessary for their body, what use is that?



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Jubilee Christmas – Donations Needed by Tuesday

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LUM Jubilee Christmas is Saturday, December 13th, and Donations are needed by Tuesday, December 9th.


2012-12-08 Jubilee Christmas Day 018 (2)The main Donation Center is at the LUM Ray Ewry Youth Center (525 N 4th Street, Lafayette), and it’s open Monday & Tuesday from 1-5 p.m.

Please consider picking up some items for our Jubilee Christmas kids (new only please).

Here is what is needed:

  • Toys, games, dolls, books, action figures, Legos, bicycles, musical equipment, sports equipment, crafts, art supplies, etc.
  • Family Gifts like blankets, quilts, DVDs, Board Games, Video Game Systems, TV’s, DVR’s, large jigsaw puzzles, outdoor family games, sports equipment
  • Wrapping paper, Tape, Batteries
  • Clothes, coats, boots, gloves, scarves—for toddlers, young children & tweens
  • $30 Gift cards for Teens

To make a monetary donation to LUM Jubilee Christmas, click HERE. Cash donations may be made at any time.



Locations of the other Jubilee Christmas Donation Centers are as follows:


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482 W Navajo Street, West Lafayette
765-201-0494

Debonair Hair & Nail Salon
3100 Ferry Street, Lafayette
765-447-6926

Dollar General #14650
3215 S 18th Street, Lafayette
765-807-2957

Greyhouse Coffee & Supply Co.
100 Northwestern Avenue, West Lafayette
765-743-5316

Olive Garden
4151 South Street, Lafayette
765-447-0074


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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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Jubilee Christmas Volunteer Opportunities

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There’s only 76 days until Christmas — so the countdown to Jubilee Christmas has begun. LUM Jubilee Christmas is Saturday, December 13—and there are many opportunities to get involved before then.

Volunteers are needed for the following:

  • Phone Registration—Monday-Friday, October 20-24 from 4:30-7:30 p.m.; Training on Thursday, October 17 at 5:30 p.m.
  • Donation Center—accept donations of toys, etc.—Thursday, November 20—Tuesday, December 9 (1 – 5 p.m.) weekdays except Thanksgiving Thursday and Friday; Host pick up day—Thursday, December 11 from 9 a.m.—4 p.m.
  • After Jubilee Christmas—Monday, December 15 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the IBEW Union Hall

If you are interested in volunteering with Phone Registration or accepting toys in our Donation Center, please email us at jubilee@lumserve.org or call 765.423.2691.

Other important dates for Jubilee Christmas planning are as follows:

  • Coordinators 1st Meeting—Thursday, October 9 (7:00 p.m.) LUM Office, 420 N 4th Street, Lafayette
  • Phone Registration Volunteer Training— Thursday, October 16
  • Phone Registration—Monday-Friday, October 20-24 (4:30 – 7:30 p.m.)
  • Coordinators Meeting—Tuesday, November 11 (1:00 p.m.) -or- Thursday, November 13 (7:00 p.m.) LUM Youth Center, 525 N 4th Street, Lafayette
  • Donations Accepted—Thursday, November 20 – Tuesday, December 9 (1 – 5 p.m.) weekdays except Thanksgiving Thursday and Friday
  • Host sites Pick-Up—Thursday, December 11 (9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.)
  • Jubilee Christmas Day—Saturday, December 13 (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; times vary by host)

2013-12-14 Jubilee Christmas STA FUMC 136 (2)On Jubilee Christmas Day, parents of 1,800 local children will select new toys and clothing that they will share with their kids on Christmas morning. Each family will also receive a ham, home-baked Christmas cookies, and a food certificate.

To make a monetary donation to Jubilee Christmas now, click HERE.

On Jubilee Christmas Day, parents of 1,800 local children will select new toys and clothing that they will share with their kids on Christmas morning. Each family will also receive a ham, home-baked Christmas cookies, and a food certificate.

To make a monetary donation to Jubilee Christmas, click HERE.



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Countdown to Christmas (Jubilee, that is)

2013-12-14 Jubilee Christmas STA FUMC 136 (2)There’s only 115 days until Christmas — so the countdown to Jubilee Christmas has begun.

LUM Jubilee Christmas is Saturday, December 13. The important dates for Jubilee Christmas planning are as follows:

  • Coordinators 1st Meeting—Thursday, October 9 (7:00 p.m.)
  • Phone Registration Volunteer Training—Thursday, October 16
  • Phone Registration—M-F, October 20-24 (4:30 – 7:30 p.m.)
  • Coordinators Meeting—Thursday, November 13 (7:00 p.m.)
  • Donations Accepted – Thursday, November 20 – Tuesday, December 9 (1 – 5 p.m.) weekdays except Thanksgiving Thursday and Friday –
  • Host sites Pick-Up – Thursday, December 11 (9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.)
  • Jubilee Christmas Day – Saturday, December 13 (9:00 a.m.)

On Jubilee Christmas Day, parents of 1,800 local children will select new toys and clothing that they will share with their kids on Christmas morning. Each family will also receive a ham, home-baked Christmas cookies, and a food certificate.

To make a monetary donation to Jubilee Christmas, click HERE.


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Jubilee Christmas Is Coming

 


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This year’s the LUM Jubilee Christmas program will…

  • Serve more close to 600 families
  • Provide toys, clothing & food to 1600 needy children
  • Provide more than $200,000 worth of gifts and food
  • Include 23 Hosting Churches
  • Include 32 additional Church & Community Partners

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


Jubilee Christmas needs your donations by Tuesday, December 11: 

  • New, unwrapped Toys including bicycles and sports equipment
  • New Clothing, suitable for ages: new born-12 years old — including winter coats
  • Gift wrapping materials: paper, ribbon, bows, and tape
  • Batteries
  • Cash Donations – give online by clicking HERE

Donations for Jubilee Christmas will be received at Ray Ewry Youth Program Center, 525 N 4th Street (rear entrance), weekdays 1:00-5:00 pm, from November 21 through December 11. LUM is closed for Thanksgiving November 28 and 29.

To arrange large quantity deliveries, call or email Ron Smith at 765.423.2691 or rsmith@lumserve.org. You may also give monetary donations online by clicking HERE. {Please Note: All deliveries of goods must be made by Tuesday, December 11, 2013. Cash donations may be made at anytime.}

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


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Jubilee Volunteer – Jillaine Shoop of Federated Church in West Lafayette

Before the big Jubilee Christmas celebration on Saturday December 14 — there is a huge effort to register families. There has been an wonderful response by our community’s eligible families to participate in this year Jubilee Christmas program. For over a week, LUM volunteers (Jillaine Shoop, Amy Harbor, Sheila Morales, Tiffany Young and Jackie Jarrard) and LUM support staff have been working hard to input all of the data for this year’s Jubilee Christmas. Families will received their registration confirmation and church assignment soon.

From beginning to end, Jubilee Christmas is a true community event involving 1000’s of volunteers and donors. LUM is grateful for everyone who makes Jubilee Christmas possible.


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



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Happy New Year and Thanks from LUM


December 31, 2012



Dear Friend,

Joe Micon
Joseph “Joe” Micon

If you prepared a meal for the homeless and delivered it to the LUM shelter; If you served as a LUM tax preparer and helped return $2.6 million in refunds and credits to low-income households in our community; If you volunteered as a LUM Camp counselor, After School Program tutor or in one of LUM’s other excellent youth programs that are successfully narrowing the academic achievement gap; If you contributed to the LUM Good Samaritan Fund, helping 1,800 families to avert utility disconnect or eviction from their homes; If you fought hunger in our community by volunteering to feed 2,200 individuals each month through St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry; If you walked in the Hunger Hike, or worked the food line at LUM’s Community Thanksgiving meal, or contributed a toy to one of 2,000 LUM Jubilee Christmas kids….

Then you were an invaluable contributor to the mission of the Lafayette Urban Ministry during 2012, and we wish to extend to you our sincere and heartfelt thanks.  We are so very appreciative of your special friendship and generous support of the families and children served by LUM.


Happy New Year,



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