Social Ministry

Saint Michael Lutheran Church supports those in need in our community and worldwide.  The social ministry committee reviews and recommends charities which fit the mission of our church.  In addition to financial support, our members volunteer their time and talents to provide support and services to these social ministry projects. 

Social Ministry Calendar of Events  2024-2025

Lenten Fundraiser February 14 – March 28

KACS Empty Bowls February 23

Luther House Work Day April 13

KACS stuff the Truck June

Meal Packing for Stop Hunger Now September 29

Work Day Habitat or Good Neighbors Fall TBD

Thanksgiving Baskets  KACS November

Christmas for Migrants November/December

Thanksgiving Bag Food Drive - 200 Bags for KACS

The Thanksgiving bags project for KACS was a huge success.  We reached our goal and donated 200 bags of food to KACS .  The pictures tell the story.  Thanks to all for their generosity and enthusiasm. 

See the photos HERE

Rise Against Hunger - We DID IT! - We packed 15,000 Meals!!

On behalf of the Social Ministry Team, I would like to congratulate the people of St. Michael for the amazing results of our meal packing event for Rise Against Hunger.  On October 8, we packed over 15,000 meals which will go directly to feed those in need in food depleted areas of the world.  Those who assisted with meal packing enjoyed the experience and camaraderie of working together as a team to pack all the meals in about 2 hours. In addition to our St. Micheal volunteers, we were helped by members of Community of Love and Church of the Advent.  We also learned that we have packed 100,000 meals since beginning our work with Rise Against Hunger 7 years ago.  This success has inspired us to consider another meal packing event next year.

-- Rick Huneke

See meal packing photos on our Gallery Page

Stuff the Truck Food Drive a Huge Success

Saint Michael once again rose to the occasion with our Stuff the Truck drive on September 24. We collected a whopping 946 pounds of non-perishable food to help our neighbors through the Kennett Area Community Services Food Cupboard. KACS has been connecting our neighbors in need with food, for more than 60 years. KACS feeds over 1,000 people per month and is one of the largest food cupboards in Chester County. KACS also provides over 2500 pounds of monthly food deliveries to Luther House supporting over 110 individuals.

Thanks to everyone helped raise donations for the Stuff the Truck drive. If you missed the drive, you can submit an online donation on the St. Michael web site or you can drop off food donations every Monday from 9am-4pm at the Kennett Food Cupboard 136 W. Cedar Street, Kennett Square, PA 19348.

Support for Chester County Missions:

Good Neighbors provides home repair, financial guidance, and assistance to those who do not have the physical or financial means to make repairs to their residences.

Kennett Area Community Services

Kennett Area Community Services is a non-profit charity that provides essential life-sustaining services to our neighbors in need.

LCH Health and Community Services

LCH Health and Community Services (previously known as La Comunidad Hispana) offers specialized & primary care to Kennett Square, West Grove, Oxford, and the surrounding communities of southern Chester County. We pride ourselves on being a diverse, dynamic care team that is dedicated to addressing the medical needs of our community and helping adults, teens, and children to stay healthy.

The Garage Youth Center is an after school and Youth Development program serving Middle and High School Students in Kennett Square and Avondale.

Kennett Area Senior Center

Kennett Area Senior Center helps adults 50 and better live healthy, active and independent lifestyles.

After-The-Bell provides a safe, enriching, after-school program of recreational, social, and academic skill-developing activities for Kennett Middle School students.

Community of Love Lutheran Church is a small ELCA congregation in Oxford serving our neighbors in the southwestern corner of Chester County.

Oxford Neighborhood Services Center

Oxford Neighborhood Services Center provides a centralized location where residents of the southwestern corner of Chester County can access health and social services and find help to meet their basic needs. The Neighborhood Services Center’s staff works to empower all people to achieve health, wholeness, and stability in their lives.

Family Promise of Southern Chester County helps families with children experiencing homelessness achieve sustainable housing and stability.

Under the direction of Lorraine Armstrong Martinez. CCMM works with the year-round population of people who harvest mushrooms in Kennett Square, the mushroom capitol of the nation. CCMM offers warm clothing for these workers, who often arrive in this country ill-prepared for northern winters. Other services offered through CCMM include, Bible study (which also help immigrants learn English), citizenship classes, transportation to Philadelphia for immigrant matters, translation services with doctors, etc.  CCMM helps at least 200 persons with the citizenship process annually.

Young Moms works with pregnant and parenting young women who enter the program between ages 13 and 21 and who live in Southern Chester County, PA.  Many of our participants face huge challenges: incomplete education, poverty, single parenthood, depression, and a general lack of options and opportunities.  Participants remain in the program between two and four years, allowing us to assist them in overcoming obstacles which might normally derail their progress in achieving goals.

Good Samaritan Services

Responding with compassion to the challenges of poverty-related needs across Lancaster and Chester Counties, Good Samaritan Services takes a customized approach to helping men, women, and children overcome homelessness and hardships. Good Sam serves up to 200 people a day; providing a flexible spectrum of services ranging from emergency shelter to permanent housing, along with personal development and financial stability resources to help people get back on their feet in a sustainable way. These resources include parenting education and support, job training, microloans, matched savings opportunities, and much, much more!  A residential men’s shelter will be opening in Kennett Square soon.

Habitat for Humanity of Chester County

Mandy Johnson-Ramos, Director of Community Engagement, Good Samaritan Services.

March 5, 2023

Leah Reynolds, Kennett Area Community Services Executive Director.

February 26, 2023

Southeastern PA Synod – ELCA

The Southeastern Synod is made up of 160 congregations and new starts across Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, and Tennessee.  The Synod’s  ministry is funded through mission support (also referred to as benevolence).  Mission support is received in the synod office from our congregations.  As a partner in the ELCA, we share 43% of mission support receipts with the ELCA to fund ministries that we could never do alone.  Learn more about mission support here.  

Support for International Missions:

Lutheran World Relief

Founded by Lutherans in the United States at the end of World War II, grounded in Lutheran theology and building on decades of experience, Lutheran World Relief tackles global poverty by helping people adapt to the challenges that threaten their livelihoods and well-being. We work with people based on need, regardless of race, religion or nationality and we do not evangelize. We provide aid in emergencies and help families restore their lives. We partner with communities to build and grow rural economies. We break the cycle of poverty, so families and communities can thrive. Our goal is to help people build self‐sufficiency and create new community‐owned approaches to problem‐solving that will last long after our projects end.

The work of the ELCA through Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service includes responding to people caught in conflict and facing persecution, advocating for their needs and interests, helping people access resources for basic human needs, working with foster care programs for minors, legal assistance, developing new and innovative service programs and partnerships, and much more.