In the Community

In October and May, St. James’ holds a Month of Community Service where St. James’ provides a list of opportunities to serve or donate to local charities and organizations.   This is also a great time to think about volunteering to serve as part of your walk with faith.  Please take time to review some of the ministries that serve our community.  If you find any of these outreach ministries interesting and would like to learn more, please contact Laura Posecznick at

Habitat for Humanity

Lots are happening in Auburn, New York!  If you are interested in being a part of the team who assists in building, need a home, or interested in working for the Habitat organization (Auburn location), please contact Kip Coerper at
Please feel free to visit their website: and stay tuned here for upcoming events!

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.
If you would like to volunteer or learn more about the Auburn Rescue Mission, please contact Cathy Buck ( or Christina Stagenhagen-Helgren (

Skaneateles Ecumenical Food Pantry

In 2001, seven local churches – First Presbyterian, Grace Chapel, Holy Trinity Lutheran, St. Andrews United Methodist, St. James’ Episcopal, St. Mary’s of the Lake Roman Catholic, and Skaneateles United Methodist – combined their food programs into one ecumenical food pantry to collect and distribute food to the needy of the Skaneateles area. The Pantry serves approximately 100 households each month, and provides special holiday distributions at Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter. The people of St. James’ provide weekly food donations, as well as volunteers who serve at the Pantry and on its board of directors.

Soup Kitchen at SS Peter and John in Auburn

This soup kitchen feeds as many as 150 of our hungry neighbors every Saturday, 52 weeks a year.  St. James’ sends volunteers on the last Saturday of the month.  Some work from 9:30 am to 11:30 am preparing food while others work from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm serving and cleaning up.  All you need to help is a willingness to work and smile!