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Welcome to St. Michael Unionville, PA


Welcome to St. Michael Lutheran online!

Whether you're browsing the Web or looking for a church home, we're thrilled that you've found us.

St. Michael is known locally as “the friendly church.” When you walk in, you'll sense a contagious spirit of welcome, which deepens into a faith community shining with the light of Christ’s love for all.

Worried you'll fit in here? Don't be! We are a place where authentic friendships grow. A place to find support and love. A growing place for growing people.

We hope you enjoy your Web visit and invite you to come and experience the Spirit at St. Michael for yourself.

Pastor Rick DeRasmo

P.S. Please feel free to e-mail or phone me anytime at (610) 347-1696 with your questions or comments.




In the midst of a sometimes confusing world full of mixed messages, St. Michael continues to celebrate with Word and music what God is doing through and among us. Please know that you are always welcome here.

Pastors
Senior Pastor: The Rev. Frederick J. Derasmo, Jr. ... 'Pastor Rick'
Associate Pastor:
The Rev. Bradley R. Burke ... 'Pastor Brad'
A full staff listing - with brief BIOs - is available under the STAFF button above.
Mission
Statement
As God’s people in this place we live out our mission by “Following Christ’s example, welcoming all, strengthening each other, and serving the community.”
Members &
Affiliation
We have 1095 members. Our average Sunday worship attendance is 250. We have plenty of room for more and would love to have you join us this Sunday. Our visitors and members are from all over the Southern Chester County region. We are part of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
Location
We are conveniently located on a 7-acre site in the Kennett Square area of Pennsylvania. We are a half-mile from Unionville High School and just minutes away from historic Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square. St. Michael draws from all over the Southern Chester County region.
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Worship
Worship is celebrated on Sunday morning at 8:00 and 10:30 a.m., September through May. During the summer months we offer one Sunday morning worship service at 9:30 a.m. The summer schedule begins with Memorial Day weekend and continues through Labor Day weekend. Holy Communion is celebrated on the first and third Sunday of the month and all festivals.
Child Care
Professional child care is provided for all services.
Sunday School Classes for all ages, 9:15 a.m., September through May.
Facilities
St. Michael has experienced significant growth over the past decade. A new sanctuary was built in 1997. Shortly thereafter, it became evident that adding a second pastor to the staff was needed.

In 2009, another expansion project was completed which included a 300-seat fellowship hall with a larger, state-of-the-art kitchen and administrative offices. We also remodeled the old fellowship hall into a 10 classroom educational wing; created a music ministry suite and expanded the narthex area housing The Archangel Café. (View the movie on our NEWS page for more on the cafe.)

All of our facilities are wheel chair accessible and our santuary is equipped with an audio induction loop assistive listening system. Those with a hearing aid only need to switch it to "T" to enjoy dramatically improved sound.

Programs There are many ways you can get involved in our growing faith community. We have activities to suit every preference and interest ... music programs, Christian education, youth ministries, senior groups, men's and women's groups, sports programs and more! We invite you to browse these opportunities under the MINISTRIES button above.
Let's Keep
in Touch
We publish two newsletters to help us stay in touch with our members and visitors. One is printed and distributed to all church members; the other is a daily online newsletter published on this website under the NEWS button above or at www.StMichaelPA.com/Daily.

The St. Michael Daily is a blend of church news & activities, stories about life & living, interesting national & world news, humor, entertainment, fun, and community information. It's updated daily and is always entertaining. Click the NEWS button above to read today's edition.

If you have questions about our church, please call us anytime. Our office number is (610) 347-1696. Inquiries can also be sent to our church secretary or you can e-mail any of our staff directly by clicking their e-mail links on our STAFF page, or clicking the CONTACT button above to e-mail us via this website.

St. Michael is a growing congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and a member of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod. We touch lives and share the promise of Jesus Christ through our ministries. We are a place for fellowship, celebration, reflection and worship. A place where you are always welcome.

If you are new to the area or visiting, we invite you to join us for worship. If you live in our community and do not have a church home, we invite you to come and let us get to know you better. You'll find heartfelt worship here, inspiring music, learning for all ages, genuine servanthood, and a deep sense of home. The individuals and families who join our congregation come from all walks of life, many faith traditions, and very often from no religious background. They come to find a lasting relationship in God, seeking how best to make a difference in the world.






Regular Worship Schedule
8:00 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday Services
Worship following traditional Lutheran liturgy. Hymns are taken from a variety of resources, including LBW, ELW, WOV, and Gather Comprehensive. All music is accompanied by organ or piano. Holy Communion is celebrated on the 1st and 3rd Sunday every month and on all church festivals.

9:15 a.m. Sunday School
Nursery care is provided for all services and Sunday School. Sunday School is in session September through May.

Summer Worship Schedule
9:30 a.m. Sunday Services
Worship with Child Care provided.
Memorial Day Weekend Thru Labor Day Weekend







“Let All Who Enter Here Be Received As Christ," a 6th-century Italian monk named Benedict first spoke that phrase. Fifteen centuries later, it serves as St. Michael Lutheran Church’s commitment to an open door spirit, inviting all people into the joy of Christian community.

The individuals and families who join our congregation come from all walks of life, practically every faith tradition, and at times from no religious background at all. They come to center their lives in God and to figure out how best to make a difference in the world.

We sometimes think of our identity as Christian first and Lutheran second – Lutheran being the adjective beside the more important noun that reminds us of our common life grounded in Jesus Christ. As a Lutheran Christian congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), St. Michael enjoys the fellowship and ministry connections with churches, colleges, and faith institutions across America, and through mission commitments around the world.


At St. Michael, we believe beauty is more than skin deep. Our people are our greatest treasure. You won’t find our lives untouched by sin or untarnished by suffering. But you will find people with the love of Christ deep in their hearts. We’re here because we want to be here, sharing the Savior’s love.

At St. Michael, we believe that God deserves to be the subject of every sentence involving our spiritual lives:

God has created all that exists, and the truth of God’s power and love is revealed in the Holy Bible; God intervenes in our broken lives, fractured relationships, and unjust world through a personal sire to bring peace and wholeness;

God entered human history in an intimate way through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ;

God loves, saves, and forgives us by grace alone;

God offers us a particular way of life through Jesus Christ that is a hope-filled alternative to the consumeristic and self-centered ways of the world;

God works through the church by the power of the Holy Spirit to create a world guided by generosity, hospitality, and forgiveness;

God offers the gifts of new life and forgiveness of sin through Christ’s sacraments of baptism and holy communion;

God changes lives through the Good News of Jesus Christ who calls on us to:

  • Live lives of faithful discipleship
  • Practice compassion and justice for a hurting world
  • Welcome others to explore this life with us, no matter where we are on the journey of faith

God strengthens us to meet the needs of our days through Word and Sacrament and Community;

God challenges us to be instruments of his love and mercy as we seek to serve our community in His Name;

God commissions us to share the GOOD NEWS of His forgiving love with those who do not know it or need to hear it.

We affirm with Martin Luther "the priesthood of all believers." Thus, every member is challenged and encouraged to utilize his or her gifts, time and resources in grateful, responsive service to God and His Love.

To learn more about our beliefs, please read the "What We Believe" section of the ELCA website.






From Route 1 in Kennett Square:
Follow Route 1 to Route 82 Exit. Follow Route 82 North, crossing Route 926 at the traffic light. Pass Unionville High School and Patton Middle School on the right. Turn right onto Doe Run Road where Route 82 makes a sharp bend to the left. St. Michael is on your left.

GPS Users Please Note: On the map below, the street address is 109 East Doe Run Road in Unionville but you must enter that address as being in Kennett Square, PA to get proper directions. We are listed on Internet maps as being in Unionville because our mailing address is a Unionville post office box. However, to get proper GPS directions, please enter ... 109 East Doe Run Road, Kennett Square, PA 19348.




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