LUM Receives Federal Grant & Corporate Gift
LUM Awarded $17,000 Federal EFSP Grant
Lafayette Urban Ministry has been recently awarded $17,250 in Phase 34 Emergency Food and Shelter Program funding. EFSP is a program of the federal government designed to quickly provide emergency relief to those in our nation with critical food and shelter needs.

This award will have a tremendous positive impact on LUM’s ability to assist families with critical food needs through the LUM Good Samaritan Fund and to offer emergency housing to individuals in transition at the LUM Emergency Shelter.
Centier Bank Donates $750 to LUM & Hunger Hike
This week, Joe Howarth, Centier Bank Lafayette Market President, presented Joe Micon, LUM Executive Director with a check for $750 .

Earlier this summer, Centier Bank partnered with Lafayette Urban Ministry to support LUM’s programs & services as a part of its  Community Days celebration at their new Lafayette East banking center. Community Days raised $250 for LUM Programs and Services. Centier Bank is donating the additional $500 to Hunger Hike .

Thanks to Centier Bank for their continued support of the mission of LUM.
Countdown to Hunger Hike = 24 Days
Start Fundraising Today —
Hunger Hike is only 4 weeks away. Now would be a perfect time to create a Team for your church or organization — and begin raising money for Hunger Hike. This year is our 25th anniversary, so we hope you'll want to be a part of it. Go to for more information.

Thanks in advance for your support of Hunger Hike. If you have any questions or need any assistance, please email  or call  765-423-2691 . Join us in the Fight Against Hunger locally, regionally & globally.

| Hunger Hike | Sunday, September 17 | Riehle Plaza | 2 p.m. |
Pumpkin Patch Benefits Hunger Hike
Volunteer & Raise Money for Hunger Hike
Congress Street United Methodist Church has selected HUNGER HIKE as one of the benefactors of their annual Great Pumpkin Patch. This partnership includes Hunger Hike providing volunteers (3 hour shifts) to work at the 14th annual  Great Pumpkin Patch -- as well as bake and ice cookies (2 - 2.5 hour shifts). If you’re willing to either help with the Pumpkin Patch (Oct. 6 - 31) or with the Cookies (NOW thru Oct. 20) — here’s what you do:
  1. Sign up -- Pumpkin Patch, click HERE; Cookie Baking, click HERE; Cookie Icing, click HERE
  2. Enter “Hunger Hike” in the Comments section
  3. SUBMIT, Volunteer & have fun

Please sign up online TODAY — and volunteer, have fun, sell pumpkins, bake cookies, ice cookies and help Hunger Hike achieve its goal of $115,000.
Preparing for the Fall Season at LUM
Save the Dates - Upcoming LUM Programs
Before you get too busy with the start of the new school year — please add these important LUM programs to your calendar. 

Hunger Hike (September 16-17)
Saturday, September 16 is the 5th Annual HH5K Run. Sunday (September 17) is the 25th annual Hunger Hike 3K Walk. Proceeds benefit LUM Food Programs, Food Finders Food Bank Inc., & St. Thomas Aquinas’ Haiti Ministry. Mark your calendars, get your team together and start raising funds TODAY. Go to ALSO - Dine for Hunger Hike events: Texas Roadhouse - Lafayette (9/21, 4-10 p.m.), HuHot Mongolian Grill - Lafayette (9/28, 4-7 p.m.) & Chipotle Mexican Grill - West Lafayette (10/4, 4-8 p.m.).

Port of Hope (November 9)
Port of Hope is a fundraising event for the LUM Immigration Clinic on Thursday, November 9 at Lafayette Brewing Co. from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Live entertainment, hors d’oeuvres & cash bar. Go to

The LUM Community Thanksgiving Celebration is on Thanksgiving Day from noon to 2 p.m. at Central Presbyterian Church (Lafayette). More than 800 people will be served dinner & dessert. Go to

Turkey Trot 5K Walk/Run (November 23)
The Turkey Trot 5K is a fundraising event supporting LUM on Thanksgiving morning at 8 a.m. at McAllister Park, Lafayette. It is open to runners of all ages and abilities and welcomes runners, walkers, dogs, strollers, wagons, turkey hats and more. Go to

Jubilee Christmas (December 9)
LUM Jubilee Christmas serves over 600 families and 1,800 children. Parents visit one of dozens of churches and shop for their children. In addition to the toys and clothes, each family receives a ham and homemade cookies to make Christmas dinner special. Jubilee Christmas Coordinators Meetings are scheduled for October 5 & November 7. Go to
Central Presbyterian - Theological Reflection
Film & Discussion about Reinhold Niebuhr
During their Weekend of Theological Reflection, Central Presbyterian Church (Lafayette) is hosting An Afternoon with Reinhold Niebuhr. The event will include a viewing of the PBS film, An American Conscience - The Reinhold Niebuhr Story, as well as an introduction and a discussion led by Dr. Jeremy Sabella, the author of the film's study guide.

Event details are as follows:
  • Date: Saturday, September 16
  • Time: 2 - 5 p.m.
  • Place: Central Presbyterian Church, 7th St. at Columbia St., Lafayette
  • Schedule: 2 p.m. - Introduction; 2:20 p.m. - Film screening: 3:20 p.m. - Q&A with Dr. Sabella; 4 p.m. - Round table discussion; 5 p.m. - Closing prayer & dismissal
  • Admission: FREE, Open to Public & larger Faith Community

Dr Jeremy Sabella will also be offering a sermon at Sunday Worship (September 17) at 10 a.m. followed by an optional Q&A with Dr. Sabella in the Fitch Parlor. For more information, please email or call Don Nead ( | 765-491-7267).