LUM Annual Staff Retreat - Productive Day
Focus on Diversity, Racism & Inclusion
Recently, the Lafayette Urban Ministry staff members participated in a daylong “retreat” at Hanging Rock Christian Assembly Camp, West Lebanon.

The main focus of this year's retreat was diversity, racism & inclusion. Joe Micon, LUM executive director, led the retreat using " White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism " by Robin DiAngelo for the retreat curriculum (with permission from C-Span). The LUM staff members watched DiAngelo's recent presentation on C-Span Books — and related it to their work at LUM. It was a powerful retreat — everyone was open-minded, eager to learn and excited to grow. The staff also had an opportunity to learn more about each other — creating a stronger team. Everyone is now refreshed and motivated to improve their work with clients, guests, volunteers, children/students & families.
Meet the LUM Interns - Spring 2019
Evie Griffin 
Evie is a naturalized US citizen from Estonia, grew up in Marion County and now lives in Cutler, Indiana with her husband, Timothy, and their 20-month old son. After high school, Evie enlisted in the US Marine Corp and served for five years in various locations including southeast Asia. She earned a bachelor’s degree in social work from IUPUI and is currently enrolled in the Master of Social Work program at the Indiana University School of Social Work (Indianapolis).

At LUM, Evie is working as an intern with the  LUM Tax Assistance Program .
Robert Krasa 
Rob is from Toledo, Ohio and now lives in Lafayette with his wife, Jessie, who also grew up in Toledo. He earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Toledo and and is currently enrolled in the Master of Social Work program at the Indiana University School of Social Work (Indianapolis). Rob also worked for nine years in community mental health counseling and group program development.

At LUM, Rob is an intern with the  Campaign for Hoosier Families  and the  LUM Dream Team Fund.
John Schumann 
John is from Lafayette and now lives in West Lafayette with his wife, Karen. They have four grown children. He earned a bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture from Purdue University and is currently enrolled in the Master of Social Work program at the Indiana University School of Social Work (Indianapolis). John is also the owner of Schumann Custom Building & Landscaping .

At LUM, John is an intern with the  LU M Emergency Shelter and Winter Warming Station.
Angela Weaver
Angela grew up in Wheatfield, Indiana and now lives in West Lafayette with her husband, Kyle, and their beagle, Bailey. Angela & Kyle grew up together and are both students at Purdue University. She will complete her degree in three years this May with a bachelor’s in Law & Society.

At LUM, Angela is the LUM Klinker-Alting Family Advocacy Intern working with the Campaign for Hoosier Families .
Purdue Crew's Row-A-Thon Benefits LUM
All-Day Rowing Spectacular in the Mall
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. The co-ed team members row a marathon of 26 miles in three hours on indoor rowing machines while raising funds for LUM. The details for Row-A-Thon 2019 are as follows:
  • Saturday, February 16 | 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Tippecanoe Mall, 2415 Sagamore Pkwy S, Lafayette

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.
Community Events - Festival, Music & More
Music Ministry Festival - Benefits LUM
First United Methodist Church  presents the 7th Annual Music Ministries Benefit Festival in support of the programs & services of Lafayette Urban Ministry. The details are as follows:
  • Music Ministries Benefit Festival
  • Sunday, February 24
  • 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
  • First United Methodist Church, 1700 State Rd 26 W, West Lafayette
  • FREE - No tickets required

The Festival will feature the  Chancel Choir and Ladies Ensemble, Children's Chime Choir, Youth and Adult Handbell Choirs, His In Song, Organ and Piano Duo, and Wind Quintet. Refreshments will be available. A free-will offering will be requested which benefits both Lafayette Urban Ministry and another local agency. For more information call 765.743.1285 or email .
High School Chamber Music Showcase
LUM member church, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church (1005 North 21st Street, Lafayette), is hosting the annual Tippecanoe Chamber Music Society High School Showcase THIS Tuesday , February 12, at 7 p.m. It's FREE , open to the public and will feature local student chamber music groups who have earned a Gold Medal at the Indiana State School Music Association District Contest and have been invited to perform for judges at State ISSMA Solo & Ensemble contest.
Interfaith Discussion Speaker - Rescheduled
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church rescheduled Dr. Robertson, a speaker in the Interfaith Discussion Speaker Series. Details are as follows:
  • Dr. Stuart D. Robertson, lecturer, Biblical Hebrew, Purdue University 
  • Saturday, March 16, 6 p.m.
  • Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1005 N 21st Street, Lafayette
  • FREE and open to the public

For more information, call 765-447-4205 or go to .