Summerfield Church

Death before Resurrection

March 4, 2012 I just got home from an evening out with my husbands:  ex and current.  My ex-husband is here for a week from Maine because our sons are in the midst of a four-day weekend.  He always stays with us when he is in town because it is better for the kids:  they […]

Experiencing God

March 3, 2012 There is a person at Summerfield who says that music is God’s purest language because words don’t get in the way.  Music does have amazing power to manipulate our mood and thoughts, to take us to a different place, and to make our spirits soar.  I’m not entirely certain it is the […]

God of Wonders

March 2, 2012 I just drove home from West Allis in the snow.  It is absolutely gorgeous outside.  The snow is heavy on the trees, thick and wet.  I was coming home from a “work” outing with my husband.  I was so anxious as we were on our way there.  We were going out for […]

Jazz Concert

Summerfield will host another musical performance on Sunday, March 25th. The concert begins at 4p.m. Admission for this concert is only $10.00. Tickets can be purchased from Pastor Jennifer or Robert Blahut in from the church office, or call Mark Thierfelder, SUMC Director of Music, at 262.271.0702. The two groups performing at concert will be […]

Human and Mortal

March 1, 2012 I knew the kid.  My husband just said that to me, as he had found out that his ex-wife’s cousin died of an overdose.  I knew the kid.  Making a statement like that almost always makes us feel old and consider our own mortality all at once.  The past tense makes it […]

Tower Climb

Join Team Summerfield for the 2012 Fight for Air Climb at the U.S. Bank Center, at 11:30am on Saturday, March 17th. In support of the American Lung Association in Wisconsin we will scale 47 floors, all 1034 steps. Join us and thousands for this annual climb at 877 East Wisconsin Avenue. Fight for Air Climbs are […]

Leap Out!

February 29, 2012 Leap day – leap out.  Just so you know, in my head “leap out” was sung to the tune of “Freak Out”.  So, let’s do it again together – “leap out!”  That’s better.  What is freaking you out in your life right now?  Is it a revelation you have had about yourself?  […]

Share Your Truth

February 28, 2012 What do we gain by keeping secrets?  It seems sometimes in human interactions we communicate with each other in an intricate dance that is designed specifically to reveal as little truth as possible.  We can’t speak the truth, we can’t ask the truth.  Why is it so hard to be real with […]

Feeling insecure?

February 27, 2012 Insecurity is a terrible waste of resources.  It causes us to struggle against other people and with ourselves instead of stepping out boldly in faith and claiming the person that God created us to be.  When we find ourselves criticizing others or instigating arguments, insecurity is often the case.  Because we feel […]

God get's it

February 26, 2012 Someone at church today compared God to a fisherman.  Not in the sense that Jesus talked about when he invited his disciples to be “fishers of men”.  He talked about God being like a person on a boat out in the ocean, enjoying the beautiful day, with his line in the water.  […]

What makes a life valuable?

February 25, 2012 What makes a life valuable?  We human beings often find ourselves trying to decide if our lives will have meant something in the end.  Sometimes it is a loved one’s death, a big birthday, or a loss that spurs us to consider what we have done with all of the time that […]

It's generational

February 24, 2012 I don’t think I have ever been at a stage in my life in which I have been so acutely aware of the differences between generations and also so aware that my peer group has moved into a new phase of life.  It surprises me to notice that there is a whole […]

Kitchen passes inspection!

February 23, 2012 If you asked me this morning, I would never have guessed what was going to happen today. As one way of making the best use of our resources possible, we are in the processes of applying to Feeding America for the opportunity to purchase food for nineteen cents per pound for the […]

Taking up blogging for Lent

February 22, 2012 Having never blogged before, I am intimidated by the recent call of the Holy Spirit to do so as my Lenten discipline this year.  I have found lately that I am struggling to be the cool pastor that I want to be, especially with the limitations of time which prevent me from […]

2012 Mission Trip

A mission trip to El Salvador is being planned for approximately May 30 – June 7, 2012. Summerfield Church has a growing relationship with the Methodist Church in El Salvador. Pastor Jennifer has traveled to El Salvador on two occasions in 2005 and 2007, and our own District Superintendent is from El Salvador. Salvadoran Mission […]

Study Series Lent

Join us for our Wednesday evening Bible study during the Lenten season which begins this week, on February 29th. The Lent Bible Study series will run for five weeks, ending on March 28th. We will meet every Wednesday at 6:00 pm for study and conversation on the topic of World Religions. A light soup supper […]

Fundraising Gifts

Looking for that perfect Summerfield UMC gift? is now hosting our official online church shop, complete with framed photo prints, t-shirts, and coffee mugs. $5 of each item sold goes to Summerfield UMC to help support its Community Mission work, which includes feeding the homeless. NOTE: Because the United Methodist Logo is a registered […]

Got Ashes? 2012

Join us for a special service at 6:30pm on February 22nd. Ash Wednesday emphasizes a dual encounter:  we confront our own mortality and confess our brokenness before God within the community of faith in the light of God’s redeeming love.  Our community of faith desires to reach out to the community that surrounds us today. […]

Guest Speaker

The Sunday, February 12th service will feature a message from NAMI, the Wisconsin chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. For more information, visit their website at:

Info: Wikipedia

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A 12-step support group for those recovering from drug addictions. One of the oldest groups in Milwaukee, held at the Street Level of Summerfield United Methodist Church [Map]. Confidential and open to all. Narcotics Anonymous and Heroin Anonymous are global, community-based organizations with a multi-lingual and multicultural membership. NA was founded in 1953, and our […]

District Conference

The Metro Districts Vision Team invites pastors, church leaders and all others who want to see their church grow and flourish to attend the Metro District Conference Saturday, February 11th, from 3:45 – 5 p.m. The event will take place at the United Methodist Church of Whitefish Bay, located at 819 E. Silver Spring Drive […]

Northcott House

Northcott Neighbors is a group of concerned laity and clergy persons seeking to rebuild and create new partnerships between congregations and the vital ministries of Northcott Neighborhood House that benefit children, youth and adults in low-income urban families. Summerfield UMC and its members have a long tradition of financial and volunteer support for the Northcott […]

Worship Service

10:30 a.m. Sunday Traditional service in the sanctuary that blends different styles and traditions. Includes music, sermon, and periodically communion. Our opportunity to celebrate God’s work in our lives. View the other faith services at Summerfield UMC.

Cappuccino Service

9:00 a.m. Sunday [Hand-Out] A very casual worship service focusing on conversation, scripture and prayer. Sit at a table and drink coffee, and get to know people. No music, no sermon, no communion. Great for those new to church or not comfortable with traditional worship. Also makes a great Adult Sunday School Class for folks […]

Food Donation

Whole Foods donated several hundred pounds of produce and provisions on December 31st to help the Summerfield Meal Outreach program. We are grateful for this support and are excited about this relationship moving forward into the New Year of 2012. Summerfield members can use the SCRIP program to show their patronage to Whole Foods and […]


Getting Married? Summerfield UMC as a 160 year history of joining happy couples in this sacred celebration. We are proud to honor this continued tradition, by offering the use of our Sanctuary and church facilities to anyone in our community. Wedding Guidelines – review an online version here. This document explains all of the policies […]

An App For That

Summerfield Church is in the process of developing an app for Apple iOS devices, that focuses on connecting with the local community. Until this launches, mobile users are encouraged to try the Official Mobile App of The United Methodist Church. View in iTunes

Christmas Services

Children’s Christmas Program December 18 at 10:30am Join us in the retelling of the Christmas story through the perspective of the Little Drummer Boy, featuring Summerfield’s children (infant through 6th Grade). The congregation will be invited to participate through traditional Christmas music. Christmas Church Services December 24, 6:30pm – Christmas Eve We invite you to […]

Piano Recital

Margarita’s students will be performing on December 11th at 1:00 pm. All are welcome to attend and show support for these young musicians.