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 .
LUM Emergency Shelter Focuses on Addiction
New Video Series for LUM Shelter Guests
Addiction and homelessness are directly correlated. At the LUM Emergency Shelter there has been a focus on addiction including a nightly support group for the guests. This month, LUM launched a new, creative video series program to enhance LUM's focus on addiction.

During check-in each afternoon, at dinner and at breakfast, a series of videos are played for the guests which focus on addiction in a wide array of different, inspiring, creative and often entertaining ways. John Schumann, a recent LUM intern, worked with Joe Micon, LUM executive director, and David Heckert, LUM Emergency Shelter director, on this important project. John coordinated the purchase of new equipment and researched and selected the videos for the program. So far the video program has been well received by the LUM shelter guests. LUM is committed to addressing addiction with our clients and shelter guests and is confident this new program will have a positive impact.

If you wish to invest in the LUM Emergency Shelter and this program, please make a donation online.
East End Grill SPECIAL Event Benefits LUM
Unique Dining Experience - Thursday, June 13
East End Grill in downtown Lafayette is hosting a very special, unique Food & Wine Experience , and all of the proceeds go to the LUM Good Samaritan Fund . The event details are as follows:

  • What: Four-course dinner experience with Wine pairings
  • Date & time: Thursday, June 13 at 6 p.m.
  • Location: East End Grill, 1016 Main Street, Lafayette, IN
  • Donation: $100 per person
  • Limited to the first 10 lucky individuals
Perfect for Father's Day or Date Night!
Scott Trzaskus, owner , and Ambarish Lulay, chef , are hosting the event and will give details on each course and the wine pairings. They shared that, “East End Grill would like the pleasure of hosting you for a four-course dinner experience with wine pairings. The dinner will feature local produce and meats from our purveyors to create an interactive dining experience whereby we introduce you to food and wine the way we enjoy sharing with our guests. The flavors will feature Spanish influences and include seafood and meat dishes that best convey our style of family dining and hospitality. We look forward to cooking for you.”

Make Your Reservation TODAY -- If you & your friends are interested, call, email or stop by the LUM Office (765-423-2691 | | 420 N 4th Street, Lafayette). First come, first served. Limited to ONLY 10 participants.
LUM is Hiring - Security Staff & Summer Teacher
Immediate Openings - $15 per hour
Shelter Security Staff - Part-time - Immediate Openings
The LUM   Emergency Shelter is seeking applications for the Security Staff. The positions are part-time, paid ($15 per hour). More details are as follows:
Hours  : Daily – 8 p.m. to midnight or midnight to 7 a.m.
Duties  :
  • Maintains safety of guests, volunteers and premises; a team environment modeling mutual respect; and a professional and safe environment
  • Ensures compliance with Shelter Rules
  • Monitors arrival, departure, activity within shelter, and activity outside within three blocks of the building
  • Disciplines guests who are noncompliant; refers guests to police when necessary
  • Submits written reports of daily activities and incidents
If interested—please Email, Mail or Drop-off a resume with cover letter to David Heckert, LUM Emergency Shelter Director (   | 420 N 4th Street, Lafayette, IN 47901).
Summer Childcare Teacher - Full-time - Starts May 28
The LUM   5th Quarter Summer Learning Program is seeking applications for a Teacher. The position is full-time, paid ($15 per hour). Teachers are needed from May 28 - August 2, Monday - Friday, daily 8-hour shifts (between 6 a.m. - 6 p.m.). Bachelor's degree in Education is required, and duties include supervising and teaching children, pre-Kindergarten through 6th Grade (enrollment is 40-60). Qualified candidates should Email, Mail or Drop-off a resume with cover letter including a teaching philosophy to the LUM Youth Programs director, Kristi Hogue (  | 420 N 4th Street, Lafayette, IN 47901).
THIS Saturday - Clothes Drive Benefits LUM
Donate Your Old Clothes - LUM Clients Benefit
The Unitarian Universalist Church of Tippecanoe County (333 Meridian St., West Lafayette) will hold their annual  Goodwill Clothing Drive THIS Saturday , May 25, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.  It's as easy as 1-2-3.

  1. Clean out your closets
  2. Bring your clothes to the Unitarian Universalist Church
  3. Support Local Families through LUM

The Unitarian Universalist Church will receive a $5 voucher from Goodwill for each bag of clothing donations. These vouchers will be passed along to LUM to assist our neediest families. Let your spring cleaning be a  Win-Win  and help local children & families.