Board President Responds to Announcement
Joe Micon Retiring Effective March 31
Dear Friend of LUM,
Let me be the first of what I expect will be a great many people in our community and beyond to congratulate Joe Micon on his well-deserved upcoming retirement. It is hard to think of anyone else, who over the course of his career, has had such a major impact for good on the children and families in our community and state. LUM will recognize Joe’s 41 years of service with a special “ LUM Retirement Follies ” on Friday, March 6 , 2020, allowing each of us the opportunity to celebrate Joe’s service and to say thanks. (Event details will be coming soon.)  

I am especially grateful to Joe for providing the LUM Board of Directors ample time and opportunity to plan and conduct a smooth transition to a new executive director. An in-depth assessment of LUM was conducted in 2019, and a national search for a new LUM executive director is nearing its successful conclusion. The LUM board will publicly introduce its new executive director in mid March. She or he will assume responsibilities on April 1, 2020 . Until then, LUM will remain focused on fulfilling its mission of providing quality services to the children and families who come seeking help.

In his I Have a Dream speech the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke of the “ fierce urgency of now ,” reminding us that we need one another and that we are stronger when we march forward together. In my years of working closely with Joe, I have deeply appreciated his fierce urgency of now, the passion and clarity with which he has moved LUM forward on behalf of those we serve. Looking back over Joe’s 41 years of influence and impact, I see how incredibly blessed we have been by his faithful, and faith-filled leadership.


Joan Foord Low
Board of Directors
Lafayette Urban Ministry
Other Important Events & Announcements
Celebration of Life - Professor Tom Hull - Saturday
Celebration of Life  in honor of Thomas (Tom) Franklin Hull , 92, of West Lafayette passed away Monday, December 30, 2019 with his daughters by his side, will be held at Hippensteel Funeral Home on  Saturday, January 11 .   The family will be welcoming visitors starting at  1:00 p.m.  with an informal tribute to follow. He was one of the founders of  Lafayette Urban Ministry and served as President of the Board of Directors in 1976, 1978, and 1987. Tom was one of the members of the LUM “Dream Team” – the group of four leaders who worked to get LUM incorporated and collaborated on a  scholarly report  that still serves as the model for LUM. In 2015, the Dream Team established a  fund to financially support research projects  relative to urban ministries.
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity - Monday
Please join area Christian churches as we celebrate the 2020 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity .

The seventh annual Prayer Service will be held at St. Thomas Aquinas Center (535 W State St., West Lafayette) on Monday, January 13 at 7 p.m. There will be a reception immediately following the service. All are welcome.

For more information please click HERE or email or call Deacon Jim Rush at or 765-586-3922.