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Lafayette Urban Ministry unveils new photo gallery

To celebrate its 40th anniversary, Lafayette Urban Ministry is displaying pictures of each of its 42 member churches, taken by local photographer Cary Rush.

Executive Director Joe Micon says the photographs are a good way to honor 40 years of service to the community.

"The gallery really generates a really good sense of the churches and their members that all work together as partners in the mission of the Lafayette Urban Ministry, which is serving our community's poor and disadvantaged."

Micon says the images will help create a positive atmosphere during board meetings.

"When we are there doing the business of serving, it really is a powerful message to each of us about why it is we're there and where it is we come from. We're an extension of the local church community."

The pictures are being installed in the Lafayette Urban Ministry board room on North Fourth Street in Lafayette, where a reception is being held Friday night. It starts at 6:30 and is open to the public.