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.
Valentines After-School Craft Activity
Monday, February 10th
Merriman Circle Community Center
Point Person: Cathy Buck
Cathy will be sending you more details and you can let her know if you can join us.
Look for monthly activities to come!

Sneak Preview of Potential events “in the works”:
2/10 Valentines ❤ After-school Craft party- 4:30 at Merriman Circle community center (up to 6 volunteers :-)) Point Person: Cathy Buck
2/17: Ice skating at Casey Park 1-3pm ( Cyndi would like about 3 volunteers and maybe a driver)
2/18: Snow Tubing at Greek Peak (Cyndi would like 1 volunteer as we also have staff going)
2/19: Parent Respite! Cyndi is taking the kids to the Fingerlakes Mall to the kids play gym from 10-12pm and feeding them pizza
2/21: Annual Bowling Party! 12-2pm (if we can get 1-2 volunteers that should be plenty as RM staff is going, maybe a driver)
March – Food/Craft time
April – Easter Egg Hunt
May – Scavenger Hunt
June –End of School Party, perhaps with St. James’ band music
We will also continue to prepare and deliver meals every other month.
IF you are a first time volunteer, please fill out the volunteer form
and mention in comment box that you are from St. James. 
St. James’ Meal Prep
Every other month, St. James kitchen will come alive with conversation, sharing and last but not least food as we prepare our bimonthly meal to share with our Rescue Mission neighbors. Not into cooking? That’s okay, come join us for some community and caring just the same. Hope to see you there!”
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”!

Easter crafts at Merriman Circle.

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/Summer events. 
This is a great way to take a dip into something new.
Contact Cyndi or Nancy if you would like to try something out.
NEW- Also if You feel led to explore the budding Mental Health Ministry
please contact Beckie Hidy,
Summer Fun!
Every Tuesday last 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