Summerfield Church


Spring Community Rummage Sale! We want to help you clean out your attic, garage, or basement. SUMMERFIELD RUMMAGE SALE SEEKS DONORS Circle Saturday, May 19 on your calendar for the 2012 Spring Rummage Sale in the Summerfield Church Fellowship Hall. Bring your treasures for resale at this one large church event. The 2010 event was […]

Fight Blindness

Jack Emert-McKeown, son of of Pastor Jennifer Emert of Summerfield UMC, is the Youth Chair for the 4th Annual Wisconsin VisionWalk. Join the Foundation Fighting Blindness and make the world a brighter place for millions of Americans with blinding diseases. May 20, 2012 – 9:00am, Veteran’s Park, Milwaukee, WI – Map of location and […]

Member Voice: Robert

Summerfield has helped my faith in ways too numerous to list. I have been attending Summerfield for ten years and have been a member for nine years. Prior to my arrival at SUMC, I was navigating the seas of spirituality alone, and because of a severe depression, my faith was shaken. The very first time […]

Easter Memories

On April 8, 2012 the members of Summerfield UMC took a congregational photograph at the end of the Easter Sunday Service. This was in commemoration of the 160 year anniversary of when the Church was founded in Milwaukee, and in honor of the 1907 photo taken at the permanent church location on Juneau Avenue built […]

Happy Easter!

April 7, 2012 I just watched an Easter movie with my kids.  It was not an Easter film in any traditional sense, but it certainly dealt with the theme of resurrection.  It is called “Soul Surfer” and is the true story of a girl who competitively  surfs named Bethany Hamilton who has her arm eaten […]

Good Friday

April 6, 2012 The most common question associated with Good Friday is “why is it called GOOD Friday?”  The motivation for that question of course is that we associate the pain, suffering, torture, abuse, chastisement, ridiculous trial, and misunderstanding of Jesus as being BAD.  Those are of course all bad things, but the thing that […]

Maundy Thursday

April 5, 2012 Jesus is the Good Shepherd.  He teaches us to love our enemies, love God, love our neighbor, love one another.  He compels us to search our hearts and search our souls.  He is confident that when we really search we will find God inside of us.  Every sacrifice that Jesus made during […]

Your Joy may be Full

April 4, 2012 Do you remember Eliza Doolittle singing “I could have danced all night, I could have danced all night, and still have asked for more.  I could have spread my wings and done a thousand things, I’ve never done before,” in My Fair Lady?  She is celebrating an extraordinary coming out and those […]

Jesus is Bigger than all my Problems

April 3, 2012 Election Day.  Elections tend to make us hopeful for the future while at the same time heightening our awareness of our perceived problems.  However, no matter how large our problems may seem, political or otherwise, we can be assured that Jesus is bigger than our problems.  At the time that Jesus was […]

A Real Hero

April 2, 2012 Would you die, for the one you love?  Would you save my soul tonight?  These are lyrics from the Enrique Iglesias song “Hero”.  As we are in the beginning of Holy Week, getting closer and closer to the tragic, mysterious, amazing Good Friday, it seems these are pertinent questions for people of […]

Palm Sunday

April 1, 2012 Today is Palm Sunday, the day we celebrate Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover.  There is a lot of play-acting in the liturgical year.  The point of this is to meditate on various aspects of God’s miraculous interaction with humanity.  It is sort of like celebrating our dog’s birthday […]

You Can't Stop the Beat

March 31, 2012 The closing song in “Hairspray” says, “you can’t stop an avalanche …the motion of the ocean… you can’t stop the beat”.  It is referring to social change and that once momentum has built up that change is inevitable.  In the musical it is specifically speaking of racial integration but has much wider […]


March 30, 2012 I confess.  I did not actually write this on March 30.  I chaperoned an event at my oldest son’s school last night which lasted until ten o’clock and completely forgot when I got home.  So now it is Saturday and I have to post to keep up with my Lenten commitment.  Confession, […]

Fail a Little More

March 29, 2012 It is okay to fail.  In fact most of us should be failing more.  Failure proves that we are trying new things.  If we are waiting for the situation to be perfect before we embark on a new journey, occupation, or trial we will wait forever.  Think of the young couple waiting […]

Ministry Classes

Summerfield will be hosting ministry training classes for Lay Servants. This is an important ministry within the Methodist organization, and these leadership positions are rooted in the Church’s history. Download the announcement flyer. Anyone interested to learn more or join the course, please contact Karen Magestro. Day 1 Class: May 11 (Friday) 6:00 pm – […]

Gospel of Forgiveness

March 28, 2012 According to William Blake, the ministry of Jesus Christ is one of forgiveness of sins.  For many Christians the emphasis they find in forgiveness that they themselves are forgiven, and feel emancipated as a result.  They find that they are no longer captive to their former lifestyle, choices, addictions, or general naughtiness.  […]


Dennis Hawk presents a form of devotional chanting whose roots go back over 500 years. Join us at Summerfield UMC, Sunday, April 15th, 2012 10:30 – 11:45 AM One of the oldest sacred sound traditions of the world, Kirtan call-and-response chanting, involves Satsang, a Sanskrit term meaning where people gather together as a community to […]

Taking the Plunge

March 27, 2012 What keeps us from taking the plunge?  Why is it so intimidating to even imagine something different?  I’ve had jobs I’ve stayed too long at, opportunities I haven’t taken advantage of, a marriage I was terrified to see end, and lots of other transitions that I built up in my head as […]


March 26, 2012 Dancing is such a wonderful way to express praise to God.  I remember the first time I saw “Chorus Line” and heard the song, “Everything Was Beautiful at the Ballet”.  The song talks about how reality can sometimes be ugly and confused, but the ballet was beautiful and fluid and pure.  I […]

The still small voice

March 25, 2012 A still small voice cries out to me.  I can’t tell you what it says to me.  All I can say is that I can hear it.  Do you hear it?  If you do, what is it saying to you?  If you don’t hear it, you must listen more closely, it is […]

Blossoming Community

March 24, 2012 I saw a wonderful thing today.  It was community blossoming.  Just as the trees and the bulbs are bursting forth in this wonderfully blessed spring we are experiencing, community was popping out all around me.  My oldest son is the youth chairperson for the Wisconsin Vision Walk this year, so we attended […]

Speaking the truth in love

March 23, 2012 One of the emotional burdens of being a pastor is that you know everything that everyone is struggling with.  This information comes of course in confidence.  Then what is really frustrating is to hear people spreading gossip that you know to be false.  It happens more than might be suspected.  Of course […]

Surrendering Fear

March 22, 2012 Surrendering our fears is hard.  If love is an undulating raft that we float upon, sometimes it feels like that raft is an ice burg, melting out from under us.  We are afraid: that love will not last, that we are not enough, that we do not have enough.  How do we […]


March 21, 2012 What’s your lifeboat?  Faith in many ways is a lifeboat, that thing which keeps us from sinking when everything else has failed.  The problem many of us have is believing that ours is the only lifeboat.  Because what we have is keeping us afloat, we think that no one else could stay […]

Spring is here!

March 20, 2012 Spring has sprung!  This is my tenth first day of spring in Wisconsin and I sure don’t remember one like this.  I’ve been saying over and over this winter, “thank God for global warming”.  That is of course a little tongue in cheek, but I am glad that we were blessed with […]

Playing the blame game?

March 19, 2012 It’s all my fault.  Have you ever felt that way?  How about, it is all YOUR fault.  Maybe you are more accustomed to that.  Some of us are more inclined to bear the burdens of the world on our own shoulders, and others to place blame elsewhere.  When we see a system […]

Whose job is it?

March 18, 2012   Have you ever given everything you could to somebody and had it not be enough?  They either weren’t able to accept what you had or you weren’t able to give what they needed, but either way, you were heartbroken and dissatisfied with the outcome.  I have been in that situation several […]

St. Patrick's Breastplate

March 17, 2012 Christ be with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me, Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ on my right, Christ on my left, Christ where I lie, Christ where I sit, Christ where I arise, Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me, Christ in every […]


Members of Summerfield (group photo collage) joined with thousands of others across the country on Saturday, March 17th to participate in the 2012 Fight for Air Climb. The vertical race started at the ground level of the US Bank tower and ended 47 floors or 1034 steps later. Thank you Midnight Milers supporters, and donors […]

Give and Receive

March 16, 2012 Accompaniment, walking together, being in relationship: this is the new model for Christian mission.  We are learning that the best way to help people is to be in partnership.  Even in Christian mission relationships across different continents, in which the balance of material resources is way out of whack, the church is […]