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.

Auburn Rescue Mission Upcoming Activities

3rd- Thursday in November – 11/18: Circle of Love. 

Join The Circle of Love at Merriman Circle this coming Thursday, November 18th at 4:30pm. Please join a St. James’ team showing love and support to the Merriman families. Bread will be provided for each volunteer to give each family. Sign up on the poster located in the rear of the church, call the Parish Office or simply meet us there at 51 Merriman Circle.
There is a group meeting at St. James’ Church at 4:00pm to drive in a caravan if you would like to go as a group.
People will meet all volunteers at the Merriman with bread and simple instructions. This special event should take only 30 minutes. No money required. No special talents required. Only your presence with God’s love and Holy Spirit shining in your smile. Wouldn’t it be amazing to have over 100 people in this circle? Be the Church! Any questions, please contact Nancy Graham at

December Advent Calendar – Paper Chain Advent Calendar (prior to 11/30)

  • Making paper chains to hang on a Christmas tree or around a window, or other places in their homes. The paper chains will be made of strips of paper, and something will be printed on each strip to read. Children each day will add to the paper chain to create a paper chain advent calendar/chain. Provided kits will include strips of colorful precut paper with a verse, and stickers to decorate the strips.There will be a training/prep session in the parish hall prior to assemble the advent calendar kits & create the idea
  • Need a St. James’ volunteer to deliver advent calendar chain kits on 11/30**

3rd – Thursday in December – 12/16: Gingerbread House Christmas Craft

  • Making individual gingerbread houses on a 1 cup milk container. Include directions, carton of milk, Graham crackers, frosting, and candies to decorate. Each child will make their own gingerbread house. If possible, St. James’ will include a votive as a candle in the window or where the family(s) display the houses. There will be a session in the St. James’ parish hall prior to create the kits.
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