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Rev. Rodney Lynch Spoke at Pizza & Perspectives

Theological Reflections on the “Urban Ministry”

As a part of the on-going training of the LUM Board of Directors, each quarter their meeting features a program called “Pizza & Perspectives.” At last week’s board meeting, the Pizza & Perspectives program featured remarks from the Rev. Rodney Lynch, pastor & director of the Baptist Student Foundation at Purdue University.

The evening began with a wonderful meal at Jane’s Gourmet Catering followed by the Rev. Lynch who shared his Theological Reflections on the Urban Ministry. His presentation was lively, informative and inspiring. The Rev. Lynch gave an overview of the importance of “urban ministries” incorporating Bible verses as well as personal stories to highlight his message. The event was well attended, and the participants were engaged and appreciative of the timely information.

The Rev. Rodney Lynch earned a BA in Social Science from The College of New Rochelle, as well as a Master of Divinity & Master of Sacred Theology from Drew University (Madison, New Jersey). He is married to Felicia M. (Myles) Lynch, and they have three children: Jeremiah, David & Michael. A special thank you to the Rev. Rodney Lynch for taking the time to share his thoughts and expertise with the friends, board members and staff of Lafayette Urban Ministry.

To view more PHOTOS from the LUM Pizza & Perspectives program, click HERE.

Thanks & Congrats to the LUM Spring Interns

LUM Staff Host Reception for LUM Spring Interns

Special THANK YOU to all of the LUM Interns for their valuable contributions this past Spring semester. Best wishes to all of our interns, especially Evie Griffin, Rob Krasa Angela Weaver, who are graduating. Evie & Rob will receive their MSW from IU, and Angela, her BA from Purdue, at ceremonies this weekend. John Schumann will continue his studies toward his MSW.

Interns allow LUM to serve our youth, clients and guests with increased efficiency and innovation. Thanks also to Purdue University, Ivy Tech Community College and the IU School of Social Work for trusting LUM with the education and supervision of their talented intern students.

{Pictured above L to R , are John Schumann, Evie Griffin, Rob Krasa, and Joe Micon, LUM executive director.}

All Hail to Our Old Gold & Black – HAIL Purdue

Go Purdue Men’s Basketball Team – Boiler Up!

Good luck to the Purdue Men’s Basketballteam tonight and Saturday. The Boilermakers are in the NCAA Sweet 16 for the third straight year!

The Boilermakers are at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville tonight to face the Volunteers of the University of Tennessee. Tonight’s game tips off at 7:27 p.m. EST on TBS.

If you are traveling, cheer loudly. If you’re watching in town or at home, cheer even louder. The Boilermakers are going to go far in the tournament — but no matter what, they are already superstars to us now!

Boiler Up! Hail Purdue!

Purdue Crew’s Row-A-Thon — Benefits LUM


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Purdue Rowing Team presents “Row-A-Thon 2019” in support of the LUM Good Samaritan Fund. Purdue Crew’s donation to LUM from Row-A-Thon is one of the largest gifts each year. Row-A-Thon takes place all day in the Tippecanoe Mall (Lafayette). The co-ed team members row a marathon of 26 miles in three hours on indoor rowing machines while raising funds for LUM. Stop by the Mall and check it out. Purdue Row-A-Thon 2019 is scheduled for:

  • Saturday, February 16
  • 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Tippecanoe Mall, 2415 Sagamore Pkwy S, Lafayette, IN

You may make a donation in person at Row-A-Thon or by mail. Please make checks payable to Purdue Crew Club and mail your checks to:

Purdue Crew—Row-A-Thon
500 Brown Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907

You may make a donation online, in person at Row-A-Thon or by mail. Please make checks payable to Purdue Crew Club and send your checks to: Purdue Crew—Row-A-Thon, 355 N. Martin Jischke Drive, West Lafayette, IN 47907. Thanks to Purdue Crew president, Brendan Doherty; Head Coach David Kucik; and the entire rowing team and coaching staff for their continued support of Lafayette Urban Ministry.

The LUM Good Samaritan Fund is an emergency financial assistance program which provides our community’s neediest families and children with a strong and reliable safety net. Help is offered for utility bills, rent, and prescription medications. In 2018, financial assistance was provided 1,780 times, and $109,784 was shared.


PHOTOS — Check out the photos from last year’s Row-A-Thon, click HERE.


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

David Kucik
Head Coach
Purdue Crew
dwk@purdue.edu

Purdue Crew’s Row-A-Thon — Benefits LUM


Purdue Rowing Team presents “Row-A-Thon 2019” in support of the LUM Good Samaritan Fund. Row-A-Thon is one of the largest donations each year.


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Purdue Row-A-Thon 2019 is scheduled for:

  • Saturday, February 16
  • 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Tippecanoe Mall, 2415 Sagamore Pkwy S, Lafayette, IN

Each year, the Purdue Rowing Team sponsors “Row-A-Thon” in support of the LUM Good Samaritan Fund. Row-A-Thon takes place all day  in the Tippecanoe Mall (Lafayette). The co-ed team members row a marathon of 26 miles in three hours on indoor rowing machines while raising funds for LUM. Stop by the Mall on Saturday, February 16 and check it out.

You may make a donation in person at Row-A-Thon or by mail. Please make checks payable to Purdue Crew Club and mail your checks to:

Purdue Crew—Row-A-Thon
500 Brown Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907

Thanks to Purdue Crew president, Brendan Doherty, Head Coach David Kucik, and the entire rowing team and coaching staff for their continued support of Lafayette Urban Ministry.

Please note: the funds raised from Row-a-thon will be split 50/50 between LUM and Purdue Crew Team.


PHOTOS — Check out the photos from last year’s Row-A-Thon, click HERE.


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

David Kucik
Head Coach
Purdue Crew
dwk@purdue.edu


More information:
The LUM Good Samaritan Fund is an emergency financial assistance program which provides our community’s neediest families and children with a strong and reliable safety net. Help is offered for utility bills, rent, and prescription medications. In 2017, the Good Samaritan Fund provided assistance 2,032 times and $115,314 was shared. (GSP 2018 stats coming soon.)

Purdue Room Dedicated to Jim & Anna Davidson


Friends, Family & Colleagues Gather to Celebrate

Recently the Purdue University Department of Sociology hosted the grand opening of the conference room named in honor of Professor Emeritus Jim Davidson, PhD and his wife, Anna.

In addition to their family, friends and colleagues, many LUM friends attended including Joe Micon, LUM executive director. It was a grand celebration of two wonderful community leaders and educators. {Pictured L to R are professor of Sociology & department head, Linda Renzulli, PhD; Jim Davidson; and Ellen Elly, wife of the first LUM executive director, the Rev. Ron Elly.}

Professor Emeritus Jim Davidson, PhD has been active with LUM since the early 1970s. In 1976, Dr. Davidson published The Lafayette Urban Ministry: A Model for Urban Ministries and an Evaluation of LUM. His research, which was summarized in this report, used LUM as a model for urban ministries that engage local churches in social concerns and action, particularly of low income families. It included the model for urban ministries that was developed and proposed by the LUM Board of Directors in 1976. The Green Book, as it came to be known, has become legendary within Lafayette Urban Ministry and is still relevant and worth reading today.

Room Dedication for Jim & Anna Davidson

You are invited to attend the Grand Opening of the Jim & Anna Davidson Conference Room. The Department of Sociology at Purdue University has named a conference room in honor of Professor Emeritus Jim Davidson, PhD and his wife, Anna. Grand Opening details are as follows:
  • Date – Friday, September 28
  • Time – 2:30 p.m. Greetings & Remarks;
    3 p.m. Grand Opening
  • Place – Room 303, Stone Hall, Purdue University
    – 700 W State Street, West Lafayette
  • RSVP by emailing sociology@purdue.edu
  • For more information, please email sociology@purdue.edu.
Professor Emeritus Jim Davidson, PhD has been active with LUM since the early 1970s. In 1976, Dr. Davidson published The Lafayette Urban Ministry: A Model for Urban Ministries and an Evaluation of LUM. His research, which was summarized in this report, used LUM as a model for urban ministries that engage local churches in social concerns and action, particularly of low income families. It included the model for urban ministries that was developed and proposed by the LUM Board of Directors in 1976. The Green Book, as it came to be known, has become legendary within Lafayette Urban Ministry and is still relevant and worth reading today.

Hunger Hike 2018 – Beautiful Weekend for a Hike


Fighting Hunger with Our Hearts & Soles!


Hunger Hike participants gathered this past Sunday to to raise awareness and funds for food programs locally, regionally & globally — through the good work of Lafayette Urban Ministry, Food Finders Food Bank, Inc. and the Haiti Ministry at St. Thomas Aquinas.

The weather was perfect — and the “hike” along the Wabash River was pleasant and picturesque. The Kick-off event was highlighted by an inspiring keynote from Race Johnson, Purdue Football alumnus as well as remarks from our two Honorary Co-chairsDave Kucik, Purdue Crew & Rowing coach, and Nadine Morgan (for Sharon Versyp), Purdue Women’s Basketball coach. Remarks were also offered by Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski, West Lafayette City Council President Peter Bunder, Tippecanoe County Council President Tom Murtaugh and by Joe Micon, Lafayette Urban Ministry; Fr. Patrick Baikauskas OP, St. Thomas Aquinas Center; and Katy Bunder, Food Finders Food Bank, Inc. — our sponsoring organizations.

It began with the crowd cheering with the Purdue Cheerleaders & Purdue Pete and participating in Zumba with Miss Brooke & Kasie from Studio b Dance & Fitness. The US National Anthem was then sung by Jay Alan, Harrison High School senior and YouTube sensation. Throughout the entire event, there was live music by DJ Powder of Rat Pak Mobile DJsface-painting & balloon animals from the Unlimited Smiles Clown Ministry, massages by Lee Anne Akers of Essential Touch Massage, and Voter Registration.

After a blessing from Fr. Patrick Baikauskas OP, the “hikers” were led by Purdue Pete, Purdue Cheerleaders, Purdue Crew Team and Purdue Women’s Basketball Team up the John T. Myers Pedestrian Bridge and along the Wabash Heritage Trail. Hunger Hike concluded with a Celebration Picnic with hot dogs, chips & bottled water (courtesy of Texas Roadhouse, Sam’s Club & Aqua Systems).

Hunger Hike for the 26th straight year was successful in bringing much needed attention & funds to the battle against malnutrition, food insecurity & hunger — locally, regionally & globally.

Thanks to all who participated, raised funds, volunteered and donated.


Hunger Hike 2018 – QUICK LINKS:

  • Photos – Hunger Hike 5K Run
  • Photos – HH5K Run – Runners
  • Photos – Hunger Hike Kick-off event & 3K Walk
  • Results – HH5K Run by Category
  • Results – HH5K Run Overall

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Hunger Hike

LUM Citizenship Classes – Preparation Has Begun


Fall Session Starts Tuesday, September 4


The LUM Immigration Clinic in collaboration with Lafayette Adult Resource Academy will offer free Citizenship Classes for persons interested in learning more about US history and government. Fall session classes begin on September 4, and are held twice a week until October 4. LUM Citizenship Classes are coordinated by Karen Countryman with assistance from Scott Frankenberger.

Karen & Scott met with the volunteer teachers for the LUM Citizenship Classes this week to prepare the curriculum. The James F. Ackerman Center for Democratic Citizenship at Purdue University donated textbooks, maps & teacher’s manual and also assists with developing the framework for the lesson plans. This program could not be offered without these talented volunteer teachers. Volunteers are needed to teach and bring refreshments. Spanish speaking volunteers are especially needed.

LUM is grateful for the partnership with LARA and the Ackerman Center. For more information about how to volunteer, click HERE.


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Immigration Clinic


Pictured above L to R
Standing: Kris Tiffany; Phil VanFossen, Director, Ackerman Center for Democratic Citizenship; Anne Murphy-Kline, Assistant Director, Ackerman Center for Democratic Citizenship; Jim Beaver; Sarah MacLeod; Margaret Hass; Eileen Arthur & Karen Countryman, Citizenship Classes Coordinator.
Seated: Charlene Watson, Beata Ribeiro, Jim Altepeter & Scott Frankenberger
Not Pictured: Michael Brouillette, Pat Garrott, Ted Springer & Susan Brouillette, LUM Immigration Clinic director


Local Children Donate to LUM Emergency Shelter


Thanks, Purdue Early Care & Education Center

This summer the children enrolled at the Purdue University Early Care & Education Center created a “business” selling coffee & lemonade. The children raised over $140 at their coffee shop & lemonade stand — and decided to donate it all to the LUM Emergency Shelter.

Recently Lisa Walter, child care director, and Miss Jelly, lead teacher, invited LUM to their center to accept this thoughtful donation from the children. Eileen Weiss, LUM business manager, visited with the children, graciously accepted their donation, and explained the many ways that LUM is important is to the community. It was a special day for LUM and the children.