Togo Update

The Social Justice Committee sent out a message earlier in the month about sponsoring education for students in need in Togo, Africa. Based on feedback we’ve gotten, we want to clarify the process for sponsoring a student this year. If you’ve never sponsored before but are interested, please call me at (715) 456-2492, or send an email to I’ll explain the process and give you the opportunity to choose a student to sponsor.

If you aren’t interested in sponsoring a student, but would like to make a gift of any amount, please send a check to St. James with ‘Togo’ in the memo line. Please make sure to write in the memo line, so your money can be sorted into the correct fund.

St. James Christmas Giving Tree and Anapra Heating Oil

Our annual giving tree will look a little different this year, but the basics are the same. We will be partnering again with Bishop Sullivan Center to provide gifts for children in need in the KCMO area this Christmas. We have 24 children this year, boys and girls, who are in need of someone to buy gifts for them. We’ll collect gifts on the 6th and 13th of December this year, so that we can distribute them to Bishop Sullivan Center in time for families to pick them up for Christmas. Our list of children is attached to this email if you’d like to check before getting in touch with me. To keep everyone safe, when you choose a child this year I will also make an appointment with you to drop off your child’s gifts at St. James. This is to ensure that we keep traffic through the building to a minimum and protect the health of all those buying gifts. Appointments will be on Sundays. If interested, please call (715) 456-2492 or email

We will also be partnering with Manos Amigas to make gifts of heating oil to Anapra, Mexico over the holiday season. Anapra is an exurban community in the area of Juarez. Winter there can be challenging, as many residents live in poverty and have a hard time getting oil to heat their homes during the colder months.

Suggested donations are $50, but any amount is appreciated. Please make checks out to St. James, and please write ‘Anapra Heating Oil’ in the memo line.

God bless you all and keep you safe this Advent season,
-Marcus Liddell, on behalf of the St. James Social Justice Committee