Auburn Rescue Mission
With the partnership St. James has with the Auburn Rescue Mission, we have an opportunity to engage the tenants of the Merriman Circle neighborhood in Auburn. The tenants are in a situation where they have recently come out of homelessness and are living in the Merriman Circle neighborhood in an attempt to learn life skills and get a chance to start over.  Opportunities to interact with children include reading, game playing, or activity time for doing fun or creative hobbies or crafts.
On deck:
Summer-Lovin’ Activities at Auburn Rescue Mission
All Invited – Take your pick on fun ways to get to know our neighbors at Merriman Circle!
It’s Party Time!
Please spread the word… and come on over – only 15 minutes from St. James.
We can arrange a carpool. (let us know if you would like a ride)
A great way to just say hello and enjoy an 🍧ice cream!
First -Timers welcome!
End of the Summer Block Party!
Merriman Circle, Auburn
51 Merriman Street Extension
Tuesday, August 21st, 3-5 p.m.
We enjoyed a great bash last year with a large group of families~
Such a wonderful way to just enjoy time together 😎!
Plenty of help needed, or just swing by.
Please contact:
Cathy Buck 315-224-5555
or Carolyn Legg 315-559-5203
or Tina S-H,
Imagine playing with kids outside,
eating ice cream with a single mom or dad,
and seeing Jesus’ smile in their faces,

All summer- Friday mornings 10-12 Community Shuttle runs (need “riders”) 
For Details, Contact Carolyn Legg, or Cathy Buck 315-224-5555
Twenty “Merriman Circle” neighbors from the Auburn Rescue Mission and eight St. James volunteers took a
tour of a dairy farm on June 12th. For most it was a “first time on the farm”!
Mike Brown reading to kids at the Playscape in Auburn during a visit with Rescue Mission.
Upcoming Opportunities:
A new season opens new opportunities for us to to connect in real ways with our neighbors!
I wonder what God has in store for us.  
Cyndi Sharp (RM volunteer coordinator) has organized some wonderful Spring events. 
This is a great way to take a dip into something new.
Also we will need new back-up shuttle drivers. 
Contact Cyndi or Nancy if you would like to try something out.
Community shuttle days
Drivers and Assistants openings 1-2X/ month.
Contact Judy Reilly for details:
Special Events at Merriman Circle Community Center, 51 Merriman St. Ext.
Contact Cathy Buck for events below:
2-3 more helpers for any of the happenings below much appreciated.
Bi-monthly meal
Meal preparation 1:00-3:00, Parish Hall
Delivery 3:00-4:00, Merriman Circle
If you are able to help,
Contact: Nancy Graham,
NEW- Also if You feel led to explore the budding Mental Health Ministry
please contact Beckie Hidy,
NEW SIGN IN Policy:  All RM volunteers whether or not they are at the Merriman Circle neighborhood, driving, or volunteering at St. James need to communicate hours volunteered with the RM. If we are at the Community Center, you will be asked to sign in at the front desk. All others should communicate with Cyndi or Gary as to hours donated.
Rm staff indicated this is vital to their survival as they use the volunteer hour count as part of their funding and grant support.
Reminder- If you are volunteering please fill out an on-line application-
Feel free to ask me questions or contact folks above for logistical details. And we Hope you enjoy meeting our Merriman Circle neighbors.  We thank our RM staff partners and leaders in all of these efforts! and we thank all of you for joining together in prayer.
-Tina and Mission Team


 We are also able to spend time with the adults of the Merriman Circle neighborhood through cooking/nutrition classes, knitting classes or financial planning classes. Additionally, once a month we are able to help scoop and deliver a dinner meal to the neighborhood working from the Community Center.

The majority of these classes and interactions will take place in the new Community Center of the Auburn Rescue Mission

Several times a year there is an opportunity to be with the tenants outside the neighborhood such as a summer trip to Seabreeze, a Music and Message gathering where food, music and a spiritual message is shared.


Time required:
should plan on one hour of interaction time per gathering
Special skills needed: 
Just the desire to help others do the everyday tasks we take for granted
Summer Fun!
Every Tuesday this summer up to a dozen St. James’ volunteers (including teens,
college kids and all ages) have been joyfully showing up to play with the children in the new housing at Merriman Circle. Activities ranged from soccer, water balloons, “Happy Day” chalk drawing to creating fidget spinners, sharing nutritious snacks and cooling down with Popsicles.
A wonderful surprise was that when moms brought their children they chose to stay
during this time for one-on-one conversations. Also, many St. James’ folks showed up to drive residents to the food pantry, deliver meals, build picnic tables and knit-sit with parents.
More openings to volunteer will be coming this fall and plans are in the works possibly including after-school tutoring, budget one-on-one counseling and other new ways to connect by the Spirit’s leading.
We are swimming deeper in meaningful ministry by connecting with our neighbors. The Holy Spirit has opened this flowing River of ministry. We thank the Holy One.
Explore ways you can join in by talking with anyone on the mission team:
Tom Schneider, Chuck Stewart, Tina Stavenhagen-Helgren, Nancy Graham, Kip Coerper,
Becky Coerper, Ellen Kulik, Carolyn Legg, and John Helgren
 Contact Mission team for more info:
Tom Schneider
Tina Stavenhagen