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Retirement Celebration – Rev. Peter Bunder

Celebrating 34 Years of Ministry at Good Shepherd

Last Sunday, the Rev. Peter Bunder presided over his final Sunday service as the chaplain & vicar at the Chapel of the Good Shepherd — The Episcopal Church at Purdue University, West Lafayette. Joe Micon, LUM executive director, attended the service and celebration to honor the Rev. Bunder’s 34 years of ministry to our community through Good Shepherd.

The Rev. Peter Bunder has been a strong and steadfast supporter of the programs at Lafayette Urban Ministry, and the Chapel of the Good Shepherd is one of the more active member-churches of LUM. On behalf of the LUM staff and board of directors, congratulations, thank you, and best wishes to our friend, the Rev. Peter Bunder.

{Pictured above L to R: the Rev. Peter Bunder, Katy O’Malley-Bunder & Joe Micon.}


To view, the Rev. Peter Bunder’s final sermon, click HERE.

Honorary Co-chairs Kick Off Hunger Hike


This year’s Honorary Co-chairs kicked off the 25 annual Hunger Hike at a special event last week. This year’s co-chairs are Purdue coaches Sharon Versyp (women’s basketball) & Dave Kucik (rowing & crew). They both spoke passionately about the 25th annual Hunger Hike and how important it is to come together as a community to Fight Hunger.
They also put out a challenge to the entire community to start fundraising now and to beat last year’s Hunger Hike total of $114,000. Representatives from the three sponsoring organizations— Lafayette Urban Ministry, Food Finders Food Bank, Inc. & St. Thomas Aquinas Center—also offered remarks and shared how important this fundraiser is to addressing the needs in our community and abroad.
At the end of the event, the Diamond & Gold Level Event Sponsors were thanked and acknowledged. The Diamond Level event sponsor is the Lafayette Life Foundation; and the Gold Level sponsors are Cook Medical, The Kroger Co. ( Pay Less Super Market) & Walmart/Sam’s Club. Please join us in thanking all of our corporate donors and support them if you have the opportunity. To see a list of our 2017 Hunger Hike Sponsors (so far), click HERE.
For more information on how you can begin fundraising for Hunger Hike see below or go to our website — www.hungerhike.org.

 


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Hunger Hike Co-chairs Kick Off Fundraising


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Recently there was a special Hunger Hike kick-off event and this year’s Honorary Co-chairs were introduced.

They are Purdue coaches Sharon Versyp (women’s basketball), Dave Shondell (women’s volleyball) & Dave Kucik (rowing & crew). Coach Sharon Versyp & Coach Dave Kucik attended and spoke passionately about Hunger Hike and how important it is to come together as a community to Fight Hunger.

They put out a challenge to the entire community to start fundraising now and to beat last year’s Hunger Hike total of $101,000.

Representatives from the three sponsoring organizations—Lafayette Urban Ministry, Food Finders Food Bank, Inc. & St. Thomas Aquinas Center—also offered remarks. At the end of the event, the Diamond & Gold Level event sponsors were thanked and acknowledged. The Diamond Level event sponsor is Walmart/Sam’s Club; and the Gold Level sponsors are Alcoa, Inc., Bison Financial Group, Cook Medical, and The Kroger Co. (Pay Less Super Market). Please join us in thanking all of our corporate donors and support them if you have the opportunity. To see a list of our 2016 Hunger Hike Sponsors (so far), click HERE.

See below for more information on how you can begin fundraising for Hunger Hike 2016 or go to our website — www.hungerhike.org. To give to Hunger Hike, click HERE.


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{Pictured above L to R: Rob Pahl, St. Thomas Aquinas; Katy Bunder, Food Finders Food Bank, Inc.; Coach Sharon Versyp; Coach Dave Kucik; and Joe Micon, Lafayette Urban Ministry}


 

10 Facts about Hunger in Haiti


HUNGER HIKE – Did you know?


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Here are ten facts about hunger in Haiti, the poorest country in the northern hemisphere.

  1. Two and a half million Haitians live in extreme poverty. Haiti is the poorest country in the northern hemisphere.
  2. Two out of three Haitians live on less than US$2 per day.
  3. Ten percent of the richest Haitians possess 70 percent of the country’s total income.
  4. Fifty percent of urban Haitians are unemployed.
  5. Shocks induced by climate change threaten over 500,000 Haitians every year.
  6. Although agriculture is an important sector of Haiti’s economy, the country fails to produce enough food, and imports more than 50 percent for its population’s needs. It imports 80 percent of its main staple: rice.
  7. Ninety percent of farmers depend on rain for their harvest as only ten percent of the crops are irrigated.
  8. One-hundred thousand children under five years of age suffer from acute malnutrition, while one in three children is stunted, or irreversibly short for their age.
  9. Less than 50 percent of households have access to safe water and only 25 percent benefit from adequate sanitation.
  10. One-third of Haitian women and children are anemic.

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Hunger Hike is an annual Fall community fundraising weekend which includes the traditional 3K Walk on Sunday as well as a 5K run on Saturday. This year Hunger Hike is Saturday, September 19 & Sunday, September 20, 2015.

All Hunger Hike proceeds directly support the Lafayette Urban Ministry food assistance programs including the St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry, Food Finders Food Bank Inc., and St. Thomas Aquinas’ Haiti Ministry including the Haiti Water Purification Project.

Hunger Hike 2015 gives companies, organizations, families & individuals many ways to be a part of a community event with a tremendous positive impact on “Fighting Hunger.”


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hungerhike@lumserve.org
www.hungerhike.org
765.423.2691


This list was prepared and originally posted on January 12, 2015 by The World Food Programme (WFP). Please share these facts to raise awareness.

Meet Father Charles – Pastor from Haiti


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Hunger Hike 2015 – Haiti Pastor visits Hunger Hike team


HH logoWest Lafayette, IN – Hunger Hike 2015 supports the fight against hunger locally through LUM, regionally through Food Finders, and globally through the Haiti Ministry at St. Thomas Aquinas.

On Monday, August 24th, the pastor of the parish in Baudin, Haiti is making a rare visit to the Lafayette area and will be meeting with the Hunger Hike team to update us on their current situation and issues as well as the impact Hunger Hike has on the people of Haiti. Father Charles, the pastor at St. Francis Xavier Church in the Diocese of Jacmel, Haiti, will be available for question/answer and individual interviews. Fr. Charles will be joined by the St. Tom’s Haiti Committee members who will share their plans for upcoming visits to Haiti. Representatives from the three sponsoring organizations (Lafayette Urban Ministry, Food Finders Food Bank, Inc. & St. Thomas Aquinas Center) will also be in attendance.


Details are as follows:

  • Date: Monday, August 24
  • Time: 10:30 a.m.
  • Place: Newman Hall, St. Thomas Aquinas Center, 535 W State Street, West Lafayette
  • FREE & Open to the Public

Hunger Hike is an annual Fall community fundraising weekend which includes the

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Baudin, Haiti

traditional 3K Walk on Sunday as well as a 5K run on Saturday. This year Hunger Hike is Saturday, September 19 & Sunday, September 20, 2015.

All Hunger Hike proceeds directly support the Lafayette Urban Ministry food assistance programs including the St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry, Food Finders Food Bank Inc., and St. Thomas Aquinas’ Haitian Ministry including the Haiti Water Purification Project.

Hunger Hike 2015 gives companies, organizations, families & individuals many ways to be a part of a community event with a tremendous positive impact on “Fighting Hunger.”


More Information: 10 Facts about Hunger in Haiti.


Contacts:
Fr. Patrick Baikauskas, OP
Pastor, Director of Campus Ministry
St. Thomas Aquinas Center
765.743.4652
fatherpatrick@boilercatholics.org

Joe Micon
Executive Director
Lafayette Urban Ministry
765.423.2691
jmicon@lumserve.org

Katy Bunder
Executive Director
Food Finders Food Bank, Inc.
765.471.0062
kbunder@food-finders.org

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hungerhike@lumserve.org
www.hungerhike.org
765.423.2691

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LUM Distributes 2014 Hunger Hike Proceeds, Thanks Community for Their Generosity


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Hunger Hike 2014 raised over $95,000 — Setting a New Record!


On Sunday, September 21, 2014, hundreds of Hunger Hike participants helped raise over $95,000 to meet the needs of hungry families in the Lafayette-West Lafayette area and overseas. Hunger Hike supports the Lafayette Urban Ministry’s food programs, Food Finders Food Bank and St. Thomas Aquinas’ Haiti Ministry.

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Last week, LUM Executive Director, Joe Micon, distributed the checks to the benefactors. On hand to accept for Food Finder Food Bank, Inc. was Katy Bunder, Executive Director; and for St. Thomas Aquinas Center, Fr. Patrick Baikauskas, Pastor and Director of Campus Ministry. Hunger Hike 2014 had over 1000 organizations, businesses and individuals involved in fundraising and making donations; over 900 hikers, walkers, and runners; and over 200 volunteers engaged before, during and after the event.

Joe Micon stated that LUM will use the money to support the St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry which provides emergency food for over 2200 individuals each and every month and recently expanded its hours to include Saturdays.

Katie Bunder stated that Food Finder Food Bank will use the money to support and expand existing programs like the Mobile Food Pantry and the Back Pack Program.

St. Thomas Aquinas will use the money to support their mission work in Haiti. Several times a year St. Thomas Aquinas provides opportunities for individuals including Purdue students to travel to Haiti and to provide needed work especially efforts to purify water for drinking and introduce more efficient farming techniques. St. Thomas had the largest group of Hikers and raised the most from donations to Hikers again this year.

Joe Micon gave special recognition to the Hunger Hike Honorary Chair, Sharon Versyp, coach of the Purdue Women’s Basketball and the team for role in promoting and for their support the day of Hunger Hike. Micon also thanked David Kucik, coach of the Purdue Crew and the teams for their support and for leading Hunger Hike each year. Micon acknowledged the behind the scenes work of the the entire LUM staff.

Hunger Hike was a great success and will have a tremendous positive impact on our community and the world. LUM announced that the tradition will continue in 2015 with the next Hunger Hike on Sunday, September 20 with the HH5K Run taking place on Saturday, September 19th.

The Lafayette Urban Ministry (LUM) is an organization of churches that serves as a social safety net for Lafayette’s needy children and families. For over 40 years, LUM has worked to give back the hope, the future, and the self-respect to low-income people in the Greater Lafayette area. We take an active role in trying to change social injustices and improve the quality of life for the poor of Indiana.


Contacts:

Joe Micon
Executive Director
Lafayette Urban Ministry
765.423.2691
jmicon@lumserve.org

Katy Bunder
Executive Director
Food Finders Food Bank, Inc.
765.471.0062
kbunder@food-finders.org

Fr. Patrick Baikauskas, OP
Pastor, Director of Campus Ministry
St. Thomas Aquinas – the Catholic Center at Purdue
765.743.4652
fatherpatrick@boilercatholics.org

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To view the Video of the Hunger Hike Check Distribution Ceremony presentation, please click below:




To view Hunger Hike 2014 PHOTOS, click HERE.

To give to Hunger Hike 2015, click HERE.



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The LINE – Film Screening & Discussion

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United Methodist Churches in the Greater Lafayette area are focusing on hunger and poverty throughout 2013.


2013-01-27 The Line 011 (2)As a part of this initiative, there was a screening of the short Sojourner’s documentary The Line. The 30-minute film uncovers the emerging and entrenched faces of poverty in our country.

Following the screening of the movie, there was a open discussion concerning poverty and hunger in the Tippecanoe County area featuring panelists (our very own) Joe Micon, Executive Director of Lafayette Urban Ministry, and Kier Crites, Director of Community Relations, Food Finders Food Bank, Inc. The discussion was moderated by Tim Burchill, Senior Pastor, St. Andrew United Methodist Church; and participants included among others Cathy Potter, LUM Board of Directors’ President; Trisha Sembroski, LUM Board of Directors’ Treasurer; Clarinda Crawford, Pastor, Congress Street United Methodist Church; Linda Dolby, LUM Board of Directors’ member; and Susan Brouillette, LUM Director of Healthy Families and Sustainable Communities.


Thank you to the United Methodist Churches of Greater Lafayette for sponsoring such an important program and for including LUM in the conversation. Special thanks to St. Andrew United Methodist Church for being such gracious hosts.


To view more Photos from The Line program, click HERE.


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