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.
Upcoming Opportunities:
Merriman Circle (Rescue Mission) kids and St. James volunteers enjoyed a Thanksgiving decorating fun bash last Thursday!
Thanks to all of you that jumped in.
Check out this week’s slate of activities and feel free to join in, and pray for families… There are new families moving in and out of Merriman circle.
Tuesday, Nov 14 , 4-5 p.m. Tutoring Session with kids
If you are interested let Marie or Amy know. A few more tutors are welcome.
St. J contact: Marie Hughes
RM Conatct: Amy Popovich, 315-282-7195
Tuesday, Nov 14- 6-8:30 Shuttle Youth from RM Community Center to and from Nazarene Church
for Youth group. Carol is out of town so we need someone for the next few Tuesdays.
Contact Janet for details.
RM Contacts: Janet Young (Chaplin) (315) 730-4517 , (let her know if you plan to go)
Amy Popovich, 315-282-7195 (to submit Driver’s form at least two days in advance)
Food Pantry Shuttle – Wed and Friday mornings, for a couple hours
You can shadow a driver (Judy or Carolyn) to learn the ropes.
St. James Contact: Carolyn Legg, 315-559-5203
RM Contact: Amy Popovich (RM volunteer coordinator), 315-558-2185
Looking Ahead:
Budget 1:1 is in the development stage.
St. James Contact: Debra Rose Brillati
RM Contact: Amy Popovich (RM volunteer coordinator), 315-558-2185
Thanksgiving Morning Meal Delivery
St. James Contact: Nancy Graham 315-317-0138
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