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Central Catholic Students Collect for LUM

Central Catholic Students Donate $1,231 to LUM Shelter

Robert Storey delivering care packages.

On behalf of Central Catholic Jr-Sr High School students, Robert Storey, the director of campus ministry, presented LUM with a check for $1,231.43 in support of Homeless Services at Lafayette Urban Ministry.

As a part of Catholic Schools Week, the students raised the funds during the “Change Drive,” where they collected change for LUM. 

In addition to the Change Drive, the students collected items and created “care packages.” They also invited Briton Weise, LUM Emergency Shelter director, to speak via Zoom to the students about homelessness.

LUM is blessed to have such active Catholic schools in Lafayette with students and staff committed to supporting the good work of Lafayette Urban Ministry.

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Central Catholic Students Focus on Homelessness

LUM Presentation, Change Drive & Care Packages

As a part of Catholic Schools Week 2021, Briton Weise, LUM Emergency Shelter director, was invited to speak via Zoom to the students at Central Catholic Jr-Sr High School about homelessness and homeless services at LUM. Robert Storey, the director of campus ministry at Central Catholic, and the campus ministry staff coordinated two events benefitting the LUM Emergency Shelter.

The entire student body collected items and created “care packages” and also participated in a “change drive.” The care packages contain a variety of items including gloves, hats, scarves, socks, hand & toe warmers, and prayer cards. The change drive is on track to raise more than $1,000 for the shelter as well. The care packages are available to all of the shelter guests each night and LUM clients. They are also available on a “clothes line” hanging outside the LUM Office (pictured).

LUM is blessed to have such active Catholic schools in Lafayette with students and staff committed to supporting the good work of Lafayette Urban Ministry

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Bells Rang for Jubilee Christmas 2020


BELLS RANG this past Saturday (December 12) from churches across the county in celebration of the 40th annual Lafayette Urban Ministry Jubilee Christmas program. Thirty churches and numerous individuals, businesses and clubs provided gifts of new toys, books, food, and clothing, to parents from 525 local households impacting 1,499 local children.

Jubilee Christmas is designed to let mom and dad be the heroes, rather than providing gifts directly to the children or having volunteers deliver toys to the home. Jubilee Christmas strengthens families by supporting the important role of parents at Christmas time.

On Jubilee Christmas Saturday, each family received toys, clothing and stocking stuffers for their children plus a food card, gift wrap, homemade Christmas cookies and a restaurant gift card. A program of this size is a real benefit to our local retail economy. Gifts and food for Jubilee Christmas are purchased locally, and gift cards are redeemed locally. As a result of this program, LUM will see fewer requests for emergency rent and utility assistance in January and February.

If you participated or made a donation this year, THANK YOU! And, Merry Christmas!


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VERY SPECIAL THANKS to all of our Host-Sites who, during a pandemic, hosted all of our families, and whose members donated an incredible number of toys, clothes, cookies, blankets, food cards and more. Jubilee Christmas could not happen without their support over the past 40 years.

  • Bethany Presbyterian Church
  • Central Presbyterian Church
  • Chapel of the Good Shepherd Episcopal Campus Ministry
  • The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
  • Christ United Methodist Church
  • Church of the Blessed Sacrament
  • Congress Street United Methodist Church
  • Dayton Memorial Presbyterian Church
  • Elston Presbyterian Church
  • Faith Presbyterian Church
  • Federated Church
  • First Baptist Lafayette
  • First Christian Church
  • First United Methodist Church
  • Grace United Methodist Church
  • Heartland Community Church
  • Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
  • Immanuel United Church of Christ
  • Lafayette Christian Reformed Church
  • Lafayette Church of the Brethren
  • Lafayette Friends Meeting
  • Our Saviour Lutheran Church
  • Riverside Covenant Church
  • St. Andrew United Methodist Church
  • St. John’s Episcopal Church
  • St. Lawrence Catholic Church
  • Cathedral of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception
  • St. Thomas Aquinas Center
  • Trinity United Methodist Church
  • Unitarian Universalist Church of Tippecanoe County

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Central Catholic Junior High Students Support LUM

The Central Catholic Junior High Student Council sponsored a “Spirit Day” fundraiser (students pay to not wear their uniforms) and chose LUM & Jubilee Christmas as the recipient.

They raised $638.76, which will be used to assist the Jubilee Christmas events at the Catholic churches — the Church of the Blessed Sacrament, St. Lawrence, St. Mary Cathedral, and St. Thomas Aquinas.

The student council members are also baking cookies for the Jubilee Christmas families at St. Thomas Aquinas. 

Please join us in thanking these junior high school student leaders for their generosity and commitment to helping others.


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Couple Donates $10,000 to Feed Local Families

Jubilee Christmas Families Receive Restaurant Gift Card

A local couple, who wish to remain anonymous, made a donation to LUM of $10,000 to feed local families who are struggling. They met with Wes Tillett, LUM executive director, to make sure that their donation would be distributed soon, go to local families in need and direct these families to a place in town to eat. The donor shared that, 

“It’s Christmas time, the happiest time of the year 
— and we wanted help in some way.” 

As a result, this Saturday each of the 525 families registered for Jubilee Christmas will be receiving, in addition to toys for their children, a $15-$20 gift certificate to this couple’s favorite restaurant — Lafayette Brewing Co. Their gift will not only feed 525 families with 1,500 children but will also support a family-owned & operated, downtown business. During their visit with Wes, the couple kept coming back to the passage, 

“When did we see you hungry?” 

(Matthew 25:31-46).

Such a powerful, generous, thoughtful gift from an amazingly supportive local couple. Join us in thanking them. 

{Please note: the LBC gift certificates may be used for carry-out or dine-in, for food & nonalcoholic beverages only, and are redeemable for up to one year. Plus, kids eat free on Sundays.}

Bells will Ring for Jubilee Christmas 2020


This Saturday, you will hear BELLS RINGING from churches across the county in celebration of LUM Jubilee Christmas. When you hear them ringing you will know that close to 1,500 local children have just been given the gift of CHRISTMAS.

Thirty local churches will host 25 separate events serving 525 local families impacting close to 1,500 local children. This year due to COVID-19, most Jubilee Christmas sites are curbside events, following strict protocols approved by the Tippecanoe County Health Department.

For more information on LUM Jubilee Christmas, click HERE. If you are participating or made a donation this year, THANK YOU! And, Merry Christmas!


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Lafayette, IN — Tomorrow (Saturday, December 12), you will hear BELLS RINGING from churches all around the county in celebration of the 40th annual Jubilee Christmas sponsored by Lafayette Urban Ministry. When you hear the bells ringing you will know that close to 1,500 local children have just been given the gift of CHRISTMAS. See the Bell Ringing details below.

Thirty local churches will host 25 separate events serving 525 local families impacting close to 1,500 local childrenJubilee Christmas is designed to let mom and dad be the heroes. Jubilee Christmas strengthens families by supporting the important role of parents at Christmas time. This year due to COVID-19, all Jubilee Christmas sites are either curbside or walkthrough events, following strict protocols approved by the Tippecanoe County Health Department. All gifts will be pre-packaged and ready for pick up at a pre-assigned time. Each family also receives a holiday ham, food gift card, gift certificate for dinner at Lafayette Brewing Company, and homemade Christmas cookies.

The LUM Jubilee Christmas program has a real benefit to our local retail economy. All the gifts and food for Jubilee Christmas are purchased locally; and the gift cards and food cards will be spent locally. Each year as a result of this program, LUM staff see fewer requests for emergency rent and utility assistance in January and February. More than $250,000 worth of toys, clothes and food will be distributed; and Jubilee Christmas takes more than 1,200 individual volunteers to make it a success, year after year. Donations are still welcome at lumserve.org/donate.

Please visit Jubilee Christmas sites for photo and interview opportunities with LUM staff, pastors, volunteers and family guests. The list of host sites and times are below.

Contact:
Wes Tillett
Executive Director
Lafayette Urban Ministry
765-423-2691
wtillett@lumserve.org

Bell Ringing
– Details – Church, Time & Address

  • Central Presbyterian Church, 11:00 AM, 31 N. 7th Street, Lafayette
  • Church of the Blessed Sacrament, 1 to 3 PM (on the half hour), 2224 Sacramento Drive, West Lafayette
  • Congress Street United Methodist Church, 1:00 PM, 2010 Congress Street, Lafayette
  • Elston Presbyterian Church, Noon, 375 Elston Road, Lafayette
  • Federated Church, 9-11 AM, 2400 Sycamore Lane, West Lafayette
  • First Baptist Church, 10:00 AM, 411 N. 7th Street, Lafayette
  • First Christian Church, 10 AM to 4 PM (on the half hour), 329 N. 6th Street, Lafayette
  • Immanuel United Church of Christ, 9 to 11 AM, 1526 S. 18th Street, Lafayette
  • St. John’s Episcopal Church, 10 AM to 2 PM (on the half hour), 600 Ferry Street, Lafayette
  • St. Mary Cathedral, Noon, 218 South 4th Street, Lafayette
  • St. Thomas Aquinas Center, 11 AM to noon (on the half hour), 535 W State Street, West Lafayette

If you are participating in Jubilee Christmas this year, THANK YOU! If not, venture outside on the 12th and listen carefully, because BELLS will be RINGING across the community for the promise of a joyful Christmas for each family served by Jubilee Christmas 2020.

Countdown to Jubilee Christmas


Curbside & Walkthrough Events Only


LUM Jubilee Christmas is only nine days away. This year due to COVID-19, all Jubilee Christmas sites are either curbside or walkthrough events. There will be no “shopping rooms,” gift wrapping tables or socializing. All gifts will be pre-packaged and ready for pick up at a pre-assigned time. But Jubilee Christmas is still happening, at a time when it is needed most.

On Saturday, December 12, 30 local churches will host 25 separate events serving 525 local families impacting close to 1,500 local children. If you are participating this year, THANK YOU! If not, venture outside on the 12th and listen carefully, because BELLS will be RINGING across the community for the promise of a joyful Christmas for each family served by Jubilee Christmas 2020.


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For more information on LUM Jubilee Christmas, click HERE. Thanks…and Merry Christmas!


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Saw Mill Run Homeowners Support LUM

SMRHA Donates $700 to LUM Jubilee Christmas

The Saw Mill Run Homeowners Association canceled their fall & winter events and decide to pay it forward by donating the budgeted amounts for these programs to Lafayette Urban Ministry and two other local nonprofits.

Gayle Koning, SMRHA treasurer, & Scott McCormick, SMRHA president, recently presented Wes Tillett, LUM executive director with a check for $700, which they designated to support LUM Jubilee Christmas.

LUM is fortunate to have such loving and supportive neighbors as the Saw Mill Run Homeowners Association members. 

If you or your homeowners association, organization or business wishes to support LUM, including the Jubilee Christmas program, in a similar way, please email or call us (lum@lumserve.org | 765-423-2691).

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PORT of HOPE – LUM Immigration Clinic Fundraising Events

Port of Hope offers three fun experiences this year.

  • PoH Scavenger Hunt (Saturday, October 17). Grab your friends and/or family and enjoy a socially distanced outdoor escapade learning how our community has been enriched by immigrants over the years.
  • Port of Hope Virtual Experience (Thursday, November 5). The Virtual Experience is an opportunity to sit back at home and enjoy music and interviews while learning about the Immigration Clinic and its impact on our community.
  • Who’s That Masked Donor? (now through Thursday, November 5). It’s a social media campaign & fundraiser.

Event Info | Scavenger Hunt | Virtual Experience | Donate $ | Sponsor


COMMUNITY THANKSGIVING FEAST – Thursday, November 26

Due to COVID-19, the Community Thanksgiving Feast will be a carry-out only event. The director is still planning to serve more than 800 meals.

Make a difference this Thanksgiving holiday — donate your time cooking, serving, entertaining, hosting, greeting, setting up, cleaning up, and more. Lots of food and supplies are needed too — donate food or make a cash donation to make this special community event possible. Online sign ups are open NOW.

Event Info | Donate Food | Donate $ | Volunteer | Sponsor


TURKEY TROT 5K RUN – Thursday, November 26

Participants will be able to chose between being a “Live Runner” or a “Virtual Runner.”

  • The Live Runners will each have a “staggered” check-in and start-time to maintain social distancing on the scenic Cattail Trail Loop in the Celery Bog Nature Center in West Lafayette on Thanksgiving morning.
  • Virtual Runners will be able to run on Thanksgiving or at a time and location of their choice.

Everyone gets a Turkey Trot 5K Run T-shirt and the fastest get a trophy.

Event Info | Virtual Runner | Live Runner | Volunteer Sponsor


JUBILEE CHRISTMAS – Saturday, December 12

Jubilee Christmas serves over 600 families impacting more than 1,800 children. Parents visit one of dozens of churches and receive gifts for their children. In addition to the toys and clothes, each family also receives a food gift card to make Christmas dinner special too.

This year due to COVID-19, all Jubilee Christmas events will be curb-side or walk-through programs, and all registration forms are being submitted online.

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The Legacy of Santa & Mrs. Claus Lives On

Local Family Donates Toys to Jubilee Christmas

A local family recently donated a trailer full of toys, dolls, books, and stuffed animals to the LUM Jubilee Christmas program. The gift was from the family of the late Jerry & Lee Mallory. Some of you may know Jerry & Lee Mallory, who were members of Bethany Presbyterian Church. Each Christmas, they would transform themselves into Santa & Mrs. Claus and for many years they visited many different events, including Jubilee Christmas at Bethany, giving toys to local children. The family members are thrilled that Jerry & Lee Mallory’s joy of Christmas will live on through this year’s Jubilee Christmas. LUM is grateful for Jerry & Lee Mallory’s years of service to the children of our community and to their family for this generous gift.

In 2019, 30 churches at 26 events provided new toys, books, food, and clothing, to parents from 639 local households impacting 1,828 local children. This year’s Jubilee Christmas is scheduled for Saturday, December 12, and there have already been discussions about how to re-invent the event to keep parents, volunteers and staff safe, while continuing to support local families in make Christmas happen for their children. More information will be available by the end of September. If you wish to get engaged or invest in Jubilee Christmas 2020, please email jubilee@lumserve.org or go to lumserve.org/jubilee.


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