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Urban Ministry
420 N. 4th Street
Lafayette, IN

(765) 423-2691


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Welcome to the Lafayette Urban Ministry

The Lafayette Urban Ministry (LUM) is an organization of 42 Christian 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.

We invite you to learn about LUM and keep up to date with the latest LUM news and developments.


******Hunger Hike 2014 Returns to Riehle Plaza!

· Saturday, September 20—HH5K Run, Cumberland Park, West Lafayette
· Sunday, September 21—Hunger Hike—Kick-off Event & 3K Walk, Riehle Plaza, Lafayette (NOT Levee Plaza, West Lafayette) The Hunger Hike Kick-Off event is on Sunday, September 21 at Riehle Plaza, Lafayette. The Hunger Hike schedule is as follows:

· Noon to 1:45 p.m.—Check-in and turn in your donations. Enjoy DJ Shadow, Clowns, Face painting, Massages and more.

· Voter registration available.

· 1:15 p.m.—Zumba warm-up with Emily from Parkwest Fitness

· 1:45 p.m.—Kick-Off ceremony with Coach Sharon Versyp, Coach Dave Kucik, Mayor Tony Roswarski, Mayor John Dennis, State Representative
Sheila Klinker — and Shamus from K105 Radio!

·  2 p.m.—Hunger Hike begins, led by Purdue Pete, the Purdue Women’s Basketball team and Purdue Crew Team. To view the route map, click HERE.

·After the Hunger Hike — snacks, drinks and more Hunger Hike 2014 is one of the most well respected and longest running fundraising events in our community. What’s special about this event is the simple focus on Fighting Hunger & Feeding Families.

Raise $$—Make a Big Donation—Celebrate at Hunger Hike

The Hunger Hike event is truly a family event — where families show up with wagons, strollers, scooters, roller skates, puppies on leashes, and more. This year to make it even more fun — there will be face painting, Zumba, massages, and music — and you’ll be able to meet Purdue Pete, the Mayors, the Purdue Women’s Basketball Team and at least two Purdue coaches.


Sign up TODAY for the HH5K Run THIS Saturday — and Join in this Race to Feed Families — locally, regionally & globally.

It’s a fun course — a professionally timed race — and a great cause.
The HH5K Run starts at 9 a.m. on Saturday, September 20th in Cumberland Park, West Lafayette (to view the HH5K Run race map, click HERE).

Check-in begins at 8 a.m.—and on-site registrations are welcome. Your registration fee will have a tremendous positive impact on Fighting Hunger. Race snacks, water bottles, and water will be provided. To register, click HEREor go to www.hungerhike.org.

Countdown to Christmas (Jubilee, that is)

There’s only 104 days until Christmas — so the countdown to Jubilee Christmas has begun.
LUM Jubilee Christmas is Saturday, December 13. The important dates for Jubilee Christmas planning are as follows:

* Coordinators 1st Meeting— Thursday, October 9 (7:00 p.m.) LUM Board Room, 525 N 4th Street, Lafayette
Phone Registration Volunteer Training— Thursday, October 16
Phone Registration— Monday-Friday, October 20-24 (4:30 - 7:30 p.m.)
* Coordinators Meeting— Thursday, November 13 (7:00 p.m.) LUM Board Room, 525 N 4th Street, Lafayette
Donations Accepted— Thursday, November 20 – Tuesday, December 9 (1 - 5 p.m.) weekdays except Thanksgiving Thursday and Friday -
Host sites Pick-Up— Thursday, December 11 (9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.)
Jubilee Christmas Day— Saturday, December 13 (times vary by host)

On Jubilee Christmas Day, parents of 1,800 local children will select new toys and clothing that they will share with their kids on Christmas morning. Each family will also receive a ham, home-baked Christmas cookies, and a food certificate.

To make a monetary donation to Jubilee Christmas now, click HERE.

First Baptist welcomes University Church

On September 14, 2014 — University Church will officially join First Baptist Church in downtown Lafayette. The two churches will keep their existing managing structures and leaders and will conduct separate services. Social events, religious education and community engagement activities will be combined though.

This partnership was necessitated by the selling of University Church’s building to the Purdue Research Foundation—leaving the University Church congregation without a home. LUM wishes First Baptist Church and University Church well as they enter into this new collaboration.


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