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LUM Students Visit the Great Pumpkin Patch


Halloween Fun for the LUM Students


During the month of October, the students enrolled in the LUM After School Program have been visiting the Great Pumpkin Patch sponsored by Congress Street United Methodist Church. The Great Pumpkin Patch gives our students a Halloween “farm” experience without leaving the city.

It’s extra special this year because a portion of the proceeds from the Great Pumpkin Patch will be donated to Hunger Hike. If you wish to volunteer at the Great Pumpkin Patch, click HERE. The more volunteers we recruit — the more is donated to Hunger Hike.

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Clarinda Crawford—Celebration of 7 Years of Service



This past weekend the members of Congress Street United Methodist Church hosted a reception for Rev. Clarinda Crawford. At this event, Joe Micon, LUM executive director and Mark Thomas, LUM board president, presented Clarinda with a special proclamation from the LUM Board of Directors and staff. The proclamation stated that, “Clarinda possesses a prophetic thirst for social justice, always calling the wider faith community to respond to the needs of the oppressed with fairness and compassion.”

The event was joyful celebration of Clarinda’s seven years of service to the community through Lafayette Urban Ministry and Congress Street United Methodist Church. It is clear that Clarinda had a positive impact on many people and programs during her time in Lafayette and will be greatly missed. Pictured L to R are Penny Glotzbach, Congress St. UMC representative to the LUM board, Clarinda Crawford, Mark Thomas & Joe Micon.

To view more PHOTOS of Reception for Rev. Clarinda Crawford, click HERE.
To make a donation to the LUM Good Samaritan Fund in her honor, click HERE.


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A Week of Reflection


LUM Member Churches Reflect on Orlando

Orlando Vigil at Congress St. UMC
photo by the Rev. D. Charles Davis, Unitarian Universalist Church of Tippecanoe County

After the tragic incident in Orlando this past Sunday, several of the LUM member churches
held events and services to support the victims and survivors and to raise awareness of the relevant issues.


On Sunday evening, the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tippecanoe County, West Lafayette, held a nondenominational memorial service to remember and reflect on the lives lost that day. It was well attended by the community, church leaders and members of Pride Lafayette. Read more in the news article HERE.


On Monday, Congress Street United Methodist Church and Pride Lafayette, Inc. sponsored a memorial event. Several hundred people gathered at the church for a candlelight vigil followed by a march to the Tippecanoe County Courthouse. A lantern was launched at the vigil, and there was an emotional reading of the names of each of the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando by the Rev. Clarinda Crawford — who is also the Good Samaritan Program director at LUM. Find more about the vigil — NEWS story | VIDEO of the reading of the names | more PHOTOS.


LUM staff attended the events and encourage you to keep the victims, survivors and their families in your prayers — and take action to make our world a more loving and caring place.