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LUM 50th Anniversary – Favorite LUM Memories


LUM 50th Anniversary Celebration Continues

This is the LUM 50th Anniversary Celebration year! Throughout the LUM 50th Anniversary year, friends, volunteers & staff members have been sharing theirFavorite LUM Memories.” Please read and enjoy these LUM memories.





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LUM 50th Anniversary – Favorite LUM Memories


LUM 50th Anniversary Celebration Continues

This is the LUM 50th Anniversary Celebration year! Throughout the LUM 50th Anniversary year, friends, volunteers & staff members have been sharing theirFavorite LUM Memories.” Please read and enjoy these LUM memories.



LUM would love to know your favorite memory of working with, supporting or being served by LUM. If you are willing to share your “Favorite LUM Memory,” click the button below.

Thanks to the LUM THANKSGIVING Sponsors


LUM would like to thank the businesses & churches that made significant donations to the LUM Community Thanksgiving Feast.

  • Event Sponsors: Industrial Federal Credit Union, Cathy Russell Team Real Estate, Kalan Homes, and Lafayette Heating & Cooling
  • Food donations: Central Presbyterian Church, Chick-fil-A, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, First Christian Church, Great Harvest Bread Co., Lafayette Brewing Co., La Scala, Jane’s Gourmet Deli, McAllister’s Deli, Oliverio’s Southland Restaurant, Phoenix Paramedics Solutions, Purdue Federal Credit Union, Smitty Bread, St. John’s Episcopal Church, St. Thomas Aquinas Center, and Sweet Revolution Bake Shop
  • Decoration donations: 21 Petals Designs, West Lafayette Elementary School art students, LUM After School Program, St. Mary Cathedral Elementary School students 
  •  Entertainment: Lee Anna Atwell, West Lafayette High School Orchestra students

Community Thanksgiving Feast – Recap 2021

800 Meals – 82 Turkeys – 112 Pies – 100 Volunteers

This was the 35th consecutive year that LUM has hosted the Community Thanksgiving Feast in downtown Lafayette, IN. It was an especially important event this year because food prices are high and many of our neighbors are struggling and need food. Even though it was mostly a “walk-through” event it still brought together the entire community and was a lively event. The meals included roasted & smoked turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, yams, cranberry sauce, stuffing (AKA dressing), bread, bottled water or milk, and a slice of pie. More than 800 meals were distributed — including 82 turkeys and 112 homemade pies

Community Thanksgiving Feast takes over two months of planning, engages more than 100 volunteers and requires approximately $10,000 in donations to make it happen. LUM is grateful to Central Presbyterian Church for use of their facilities, and to Lee Anna Atwell and West Lafayette High School students for providing live music. It was also special to have several local officials mingling with our guests, including Indiana State Representative Sheila Klinker, Mayor Tony Roswarski, Mayor John Dennis, and County Commissioner Tracy Brown. A special thanks also to all who donated food and gave financial support. It was a magical community event and a wonderful community Thanksgiving holiday celebration for all. Thanks to Allie Parker, who directed the event; and Ian Kennedy, who headed up the kitchen crew. Please consider a donation to the event.

On Black Friday, both of the LUM Food Pantries were open and well stocked with turkeys and many other food staples for families in need this holiday weekend.

To view the list of all of our Event Sponsors, including monetary donations and donations of needed supplies and food, click HERE.

To view more PHOTOS, click HERE.

Recap – LUM Community Thanksgiving Feast


800 Meals – 82 Turkeys – 112 Pies – 100 Volunteers

This was the 35th consecutive year that LUM has hosted the Community Thanksgiving Feast in downtown Lafayette, IN. It was an especially important event this year because food prices are high and many of our neighbors are struggling and need food. Even though it was mostly a “walk-through” event it still brought together the entire community and was a lively event. The meals included roasted & smoked turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, yams, cranberry sauce, stuffing (AKA dressing), bread, bottled water or milk, and a slice of pie. More than 800 meals were distributed — including 82 turkeys and 112 homemade piesCommunity Thanksgiving Feast takes over two months of planning, engages more than 100 volunteers and requires approximately $10,000 in donations to make it happen. LUM is grateful to Central Presbyterian Church for use of their facilities, and to Lee Anna Atwell and West Lafayette High School students for providing live music. It was also special to have several local officials mingling with our guests, including Indiana State Representative Sheila Klinker, Mayor Tony Roswarski, Mayor John Dennis, and County Commissioner Tracy Brown. A special thanks also to all who donated food and gave financial support. It was a magical community event and a wonderful community Thanksgiving holiday celebration for all. Thanks to Allie Parker, who directed the event; and Ian Kennedy, who headed up the kitchen crew. Please consider a donation to the event.

On Black Friday, both of the LUM Food Pantries were open and well stocked with turkeys and many other food staples for families in need this holiday weekend.

To view the list of all of our Event Sponsors, including monetary donations and donations of needed supplies and food, click HERE.

To view more PHOTOS, click HERE.

Hunger Hike Announces 2021 Co-Chair


Coach Nathan Walker – Honorary Co-Chair

At a recent event, Hunger Hike announced the 2021 Honorary Co-chair — Nathan Walker, Purdue Rowing & Crew Team head coach.

Coach Walker was named head coach in July. He is a Purdue alumnus and before returning to Purdue most recently led the rowing program at Culver Academies. {Pictured L to R: Duane Sellers, St. Thomas Aquinas Haiti Ministry; Coach Nathan Walker; Katy Bunder, CEO/president, Food Finders Food Bank, Inc.; and Wes Tillett, LUM executive director.}

Coach Walker shared that he is excited about Hunger Hike for three reason. First, the event raises money for vital food and nutrition programs and support. Second, as a Purdue student he participated in Hunger Hike and is honored to return in this new role. And lastly, he is proud to continue the tradition of engaging the Purdue rowing athletes in Hunger Hike, started by his former coach and predecessor, Coach Dave Kucik. Wes Tillett, LUM executive director, is thrilled that Coach Walker supports Hunger Hike, and the Purdue student athletes will continue to play an important role in the kick-off event on Riehle Plaza on Sunday, September 19.

Recap – LUM Community Thanksgiving Feast


750 Meals – 75 Turkeys – 112 Pies – 100 Volunteers

Despite COVID-19, the LUM Annual Community Thanksgiving Feast persisted and was a success. Many of our neighbors are struggling and need food. It is for this reason that LUM decided to re-imagine the event and make it curbside with meals packaged to go. Rather than open our doors and welcome our neighbors for a community event, LUM volunteers and staff safely greeted our guests outside and provided as many meals as they needed. Even though it was a curbside event it still brought together the entire community. 

The to-go meals included roasted turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, yams, cranberry sauce, stuffing (AKA dressing), bread, bottled water or milk, and a slice of pie. More than 750 meals were distributed — including 78 turkeys and 112 homemade piesCommunity Thanksgiving Feast takes over two months of planning, engages more than 100 volunteers and requires approximately $10,000 in donations to make it happen.

Thanks to Jess Avila, who directed the event; and Phil Butera, who headed up the kitchen crew. LUM is especially grateful to Central Presbyterian Church for use of their facilities as well as Indiana State Representative Sheila Klinker for mingling with our guests. A special thanks also to all who donated food and gave financial support. It was a magical community event and a wonderful community Thanksgiving holiday celebration for all.

To view the list of all of our Event Sponsors, including monetary donations and donations of needed supplies and food, click HERE.

To view more PHOTOS, click HERE.

Pictured L to R: Sheila Klinker, Jess Avila, Phil Butera & Wes Tillett, LUM executive director.

Meet LUM Volunteer – Jim Frantz

Jim Frantz is the new LUM Maintenance Volunteer with responsibilities for kitchen upkeep, routine maintenance, minor repairs, andJimFrantz handy-work.

Jim lives in Lafayette with his wife, Marilyn. Jim & Marilyn are members of the Lafayette Christian Reform Church and have three grown sons — all like their father, have served in the military — Navy, Air Force & Army. Their middle son, Matthew, was killed in action in January 2006 while serving in the US Army in Al Huwijah, Iraq.

Jim is retired from his work at the power plant at Purdue and his service with the Navy and the Army National Guard.

Please join us in welcoming Jim to LUM.

TONIGHT – Ray Ewry Presentation Scheduled


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Ray Ewry (first row, second from left) and his fellow US Olympic athletes


Join us for…

Strong Hand Forever: Ray Ewry & the 1908 Olympics
with
Cindy Eberts — Retired Purdue Professor

  • Date: TONIGHT – Wednesday, February 18th
  • Time: 6:30 p.m.
  • Place: LUM Ray Ewry Youth Center, 525 N 4th Street, Lafayette
  • FREE to the Public

Rather than jump for the Ivy League, Anglo-Saxon-only athletic club in the 1908 Olympic Games, Ray Ewry (Lafayette Native & Purdue Alumnus), with his international reputation as a record breaking athlete, chose to join the New York City Irish-American Athletic Club. The NYC IAAC allowed anyone to join including American Indians, African-Americans, Jews, and Irish. As a member of the IAAC, Ewry was present when the ethnically diverse US Olympic team ran circles around the British Empire and broke the US athletic color barrier. The athletes from the IAAC outperformed everyone in the 1908 Olympics leaving us with an unmistakable message of personal courage, racial inclusion, and faith.

Come hear Professor Eberts share the stories behind this vintage photo of Ray Ewry (first row, second from left) and his fellow athletes — as well as stories about Ray Ewry’s 1908 Olympic experience.

{Learn more about Ray Ewry, HERE.}

Music Ministries Concert Benefits LUM


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First United Methodist Church of West Lafayette is sponsoring a live Music Ministries Concert on Sunday, February 22, 2015  with a free-will offering, half of which benefits Lafayette Urban Ministry.


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The Music Ministries of First United Methodist Church Concert will feature 11 church ensembles with children, youth, adults, choral, instrumental, and handbell —  including:

  • Aldersgate Handbell Choir
  • Celebration Chimes (children’s choir)
  • Chancel Choir
  • Collision Youth Band
  • First Church 4 (men’s barbershop quartet)
  • H.I.S. – (women’s trio)
  • Jubilation Bells (handbell quartet)
  • King’s Choir (children’s choir)
  • MorningStar (women’s ensemble)
  • Sonshine Kids (children’s choir)
  • WIRED Band

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The Concert details are as follows:

  • Music Ministries Concert
  • Sunday, February 22
  • 1:30 p.m.
  • First United Methodist Church, 1700 State Rd 26 W, West Lafayette

Refreshments will be available after the concert. Free-will offering will be requested which benefits both Lafayette Urban Ministry and Habitat for Humanity.  It will be a wonderful afternoon of music and worship — all for a great cause.

For more information call 765.74.1285 or email ewilson@fumcwl.org.


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Join the LUM Conversational Spanish Tables

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  • Dates: Wednesdays from February 11 – April  22, 2015
  • Time: 12:15 – 1:15 p.m.
  • Place: LUM Ray Ewry Youth Center, 525 N  4th Street, Lafayette
  • Cost: FREE
  • Sponsors:  LUM & Ayuda Y Aprende at Purdue

The LUM Immigration Clinic and Ayuda Y Aprende, the Spanish Language Service Learning Program at Purdue, have teamed up to offer weekly Spanish Conversation Tables. The program is free and open to the public — with the hope that staff, volunteers and congregants from member churches will take advantage of these sessions. Each conversation table will focus on a different topic such as shopping, communicating with a doctor, dining out, obtaining directions, etc.

The LUM Conversational Spanish Tables will start on Wednesday, February 11, 2015 and will meet each Wednesday in the LUM Ray Ewry Youth Center from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. The series lasts 11 weeks, concluding on Wednesday, April 22, 2015.

These sessions offer a wonderful opportunity for individuals wishing to connect with their Spanish speaking neighbors. Participants do NOT need to have any Spanish language skills.  It is ideal for both beginners as well as those wanting to refresh their knowledge in a relaxed, casual atmosphere. You may attend all of the sessions or just one. Participants are welcome to bring along a friend and a brown bag lunch.


For more information, email or call Susan Brouillette (sbrouillette@lumserve.org | 765.423.2691). Please note — this opportunity is limited to 30 people.

Esperamos verle allí.


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Gracias.