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LUM Community Thanksgiving Celebration

Community Thanksgiving Dinner – All Are Welcome

The LUM Greater Lafayette Interfaith Community Thanksgiving Celebration is a true community event, where everyone is welcome but LUM relies on donations of money, food & supplies, and time from the community as well. More than 800 people will be served. You may attend, donate money, volunteer and donate food and other needed items.

Community Thanksgiving Celebration details are as follows:

  • Date: Thursday, November 28
  • Time: Noon – 2 p.m.
  • Place: Central Presbyterian Church, 31 N 7th St., Lafayette
  • Admission: FREE – All are welcome
  • Donate: to make cash donation or donate food & needed items, click HERE
  • Volunteer: to sign up to volunteer, click HERE
  • More information: go to lumserve.org/thanksgiving

If your business or group would like to become an event sponsor, call or email us (765-423-2691 | thanks@lumserve.org).


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Has HUNGER HIKE Reached Its Goal? NOT Yet!

The Need is Great – So, Fundraising Continues
So far, more than 92% of the Hunger Hike goal has been reached. Won’t you please make a donation allowing LUM, Food Finders & St. Thomas Aquinas to continue to offer important food & nutrition programs?
 
Here are 4 ways you can still help Hunger Hike reach the goal:
 
  1. Make a Donation NOW, click HERE
  2. Support a Hiker or Team, click HERE — then click the TEAM tab
  3. If you are fundraising and have a First Giving page or team — send out another appeal to your friends, click HERE
  4. Purchase Hunger Hike T-shirts – (1 for $10 | 2/$15 | 6/$30) – To get yours, email hungerhike@lumserve.org. While supplies last.
 
Special THANKS to every donor, fundraiser, church, team, and event sponsor for your support. Let’s work together to reach $100,000 this year. And thanks.
 
If you run and/or own a business — you also may become a  Hunger Hike Event Sponsor. If interested, email  hungerhike@lumserve.org  for more information.

LUM’s Impact – So Far This Year – 2019

Each year, when we return from a successful Hunger Hike event, we realize that it’s October and time to focus on our fall & winter programs. The LUM staff members are already focused on Jubilee ChristmasPort of Hope, the Community Thanksgiving Celebration and the Turkey Trot 5K Run!

It is also a time to reflect on the positive impact that LUM has had on the families, children and individuals in our community. So far this year, 3,160 different low-income households have been served by Lafayette Urban Ministry. LUM has nurtured and educated children, sheltered families, fed the hungry, helped the homeless become self-sufficient, supported the legal immigrant — by giving HOPE & HELP to the often faceless and voiceless.

Here is a better snapshot of LUM’s impact to date:

All of this is due to the faithful work carried on every day and night by Lafayette Urban Ministry.

Thanks to your friendship and generous support, LUM continues to make our community a better place for all of its citizens. Please remember LUM through the remainder of 2019 by participating in one of our upcoming events, volunteering, or by giving a financial gift! God bless you for all you do that allows LUM to make a difference with the families in our community.


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LUM Executive Director Spoke to Optimist Club

Joe Micon, LUM executive director, spoke yesterday at the weekly meeting of the local Lafayette Noon Optimist Club of Optimist International service organization.
The Lafayette Noon Optimists have supported LUM Camp by sponsoring campers each year for several consecutive years. LUM Camp matches the Optimists International’s goals of sponsoring programs that “educate youth, develop character through projects and encourage good sportsmanship and citizenship.”

Joe had a great visit with the members and was given an opportunity to share the good work of Lafayette Urban Ministry. LUM is grateful to the members of the local club for their continued support of LUM and LUM Camp.

{Pictured with Joe Micon is Tom Ganz, past president of the Lafayette Noon Optimist Club.}


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Seasonal Flavor #4 – Jubilee Christmas

Jubilee Christmas – Making Parents the Heroes

LUM Jubilee Christmas is a special program for families with children ages 12 and under, serving more than 600 families & 1,800 children. In addition to the toys and clothes, each family also receives a ham and homemade cookies to make Christmas dinner special too.
Jubilee Christmas details are as follows:

  • DatesJubilee Christmas Day – Saturday, December 14
  • Times: Part 1 – Noon – 2 p.m.; Part 2 – 2:30 p.m.; Part 3 – 5:30 p.m.
  • Other Dates/Times
    Open Registration – Monday, October 21, 4:30 p.m. (volunteers need) 
    Donation Center Open – December 2-10, 1-5 p.m. (volunteers need)
  • Donate: to make cash donation or donate toys & needed items, click HERE
  • Volunteer: to sign up to volunteer, click HERE
  • Host Sites: if your church or group would like to become a “host site,” click HERE for more information
  • Family Registration information: if you wish to refer a family to participate, click HERE
  • For More information: go to lumserve.org/jubilee-christmas

VOLUNTEERS are need on Monday, October 21 to assist with Open Registration of local families, from December 2-10 to staff the Donation Center, and from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Jubilee Christmas Day. If your business or group would like to become an event sponsor, call or email us (765-423-2691 | jubilee@lumserve.org).


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Seasonal Flavor #2 – Community Thanksgiving

Community Thanksgiving Dinner – All Are Welcome

The LUM Greater Lafayette Interfaith Community Thanksgiving Celebration is a true community event, where everyone is welcome but LUM relies on donations of money, food & supplies, and time from the community as well. More than 800 people will be served. You may attend, donate money, volunteer and donate food and other needed items.
Community Thanksgiving Celebration details are as follows:

  • Date: Thursday, November 28
  • Time: Noon – 2 p.m.
  • Place: Central Presbyterian Church, 31 N 7th St., Lafayette
  • Admission: FREE – All are welcome
  • Donate: to make cash donation or donate food & needed items, click HERE
  • Volunteer: to sign up to volunteer, click HERE
  • More information: go to lumserve.org/thanksgiving

If your business or group would like to become an event sponsor, call or email us (765-423-2691 | thanks@lumserve.org).


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Seasonal Flavor #1 – Port of Hope

Immigration Clinic Fundraiser – November 7

Port of Hope is an exciting fundraising event in support of the LUM Immigration Clinic. The program includes hors d’oeuvres from local restaurants, live music, a Market Place with unique experiences, and a cash bar.
Port of Hope details are as follows:

  • Date: Thursday, November 7
  • Time: 5:30 – 8 p.m.
  • Place: Lafayette Brewing Co., 622 Main St., Lafayette
  • Tickets: $50 per person – to purchase tickets, click HERE
  • Volunteer – to sign up to volunteer, click HERE
  • More information: go to lumserve.org/port-of-hope

If you are not able to attend you may make a donation directly to the LUM Immigration Clinic. If your business or group would like to become an event sponsor, call or email us (765-423-2691 | immigration@lumserve.org).


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Seasonal Flavors

November & December Events at LUM

The Fall & Winter season is always exciting and busy at LUM. There is one community event, two fundraisers and a Christmas assistance program for local families. Please attend and support these programs if you are able. Donations and volunteers are most welcome. For information on the Fall & Winter events at LUM, click on the name of the event below.

For information on all LUM events, click HERE.


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Become a Host Site – Jubilee Christmas

Dear Friend of LUM:

Planning for Jubilee Christmas has begun – and we hope that your Church or group will consider participating this year! Jubilee Christmas (Saturday, December 14, 2019) relies on the commitment from local churches to make it a success.

We would encourage you to get involved as a “host site,” which increasing the number of local children and families served by Jubilee Christmas this year. The goal of Jubilee Christmas is to make the parents the hero. If you decide to become a host site, your volunteers would work with parents/guardians assigned to your site to “shop” for their children. They will select toys, clothes, sports equipment, games, etc. for each child; and wrap these gifts at your host site. Each family will also receive a ham and home-baked Christmas cookies to make their family celebration even more special. As a “host site” you would be responsible for providing the following:

  • New gifts – Toys, clothes, games, books, crafts, sports equipment, bicycles and more.
  • Payment for one Ham for each family (approximately $10 each)
  • Food cards – Family of up to five – $35 per family; Families of six or more – $45
  • Gift cards for teenagers – $30 per child

The estimated overall cost for serving as a host site is approximately $70-100 per family plus any supplies or “special” gifts you choose to have available. LUM coordinates the following:

  • Invite, register and assign families to each site
  • Purchasing the Hams – one per family
  • Purchasing Food Cards
  • Toy Drop Off – Extra toys, clothes, blankets, etc. – typically one more gift for each child assigned to your host site

You may also become a “partner” with another church that agrees to be the host site. As a partner, you would provide as much as you are able in toys, funds, and volunteers. It is typically an equal partnership (50/50) but you may also negotiate other terms with your host site. Another option is to sign up volunteers from your church to assist at Jubilee Christmas, parts 2 & 3.

If you decide to get involved in Jubilee Christmas this year, the process is as follows:

  • First Step – review the Host Covenant and submit it online at lumserve.org/jubilee-christmas-covenant
  • Second Step – find a volunteer Jubilee Christmas Coordinator(s) and share this information with her/him

Jubilee Christmas is a tremendously rewarding experience – but it is also a lot of hard work. By the end of the Jubilee Christmas Day, we will have hosted close to 800 local families, and more than 1,800 local children will have a happy Christmas morning. I would welcome a meeting to assist your coordinator in developing a plan and timeline for a success event at your church. The other Jubilee Christmas coordinator and I would support you throughout the planning. It is a Blessing to be a part of Jubilee Christmas, and LUM would be thrilled if you could make it a part of your church’s Christmas celebration this year.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call or email me.

With Christmas Joy,

Pablo Malavenda
Director, LUM Jubilee Christmas
jubilee@lumserve.org | (765) 423-2691

LUM Students Explore the Arts in the City


The LUM After School Program students recently took a trip to First Baptist Church, Lafayette, to participate in the 12th annual Sidewalk Chalk Festival.

The students spent the afternoon drawing masterpieces in chalk on the city’s sidewalks and enjoying the artwork created by local artists.

Thanks to First Baptist Church for inviting our students each year. They learned a lot and had a blast.

To view more PHOTOS from the Sidewalk Chalk Festival, click HERE.

If you would like to sponsor a study trip for the LUM students, email or call Kristi Hogue, LUM Youth Programs director (khogue@lumserve.org | 765-423-2691)


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