In Memoriam: Nick Wilcox

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee student Nick Wilcox was found in the Milwaukee River on March 28th, a short distance from where he disappeared on January 1st. As a church and congregation with a connection to the Wilcox family, our thoughts and prayers are with them all. Condolences can be expressed on the official Help Find Nick […]

Computer Labs

On Saturday, May 3rd, Summerfield UMC will launch two new computer labs. The first will be in support of our Meal Outreach. This technology will allow the needy of Milwaukee to utilize resources that they normally have limited access to, such as job searches, connecting with family via eMail, and exploring educational opportunities. The second […]

Got Ashes? 2013

Join us for a special service at 7:00pm on February 13th. 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. […]

Listen To Lent

Letters From Lent Audio Edition is a wonderful collection of inspirational Christian messages. Written by Reverend Jennifer Emert, from Summerfield United Methodist Church in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, each of the 40 essays was written over the Lent 2012 season. The topics range in variety, but each focuses on a different aspect of being a Christian and […]

Fundraiser For Hope

Nick Wilcox Fundraiser For Hope A charity event will be held in support of the ongoing search efforts for finding Nick Wilcox, who has been missing since January 1, 2013. Details of his media coverage are indexed at This official Facebook Page is for anyone that has ANY information about Nick Wilcox’s whereabouts or […]

MSOE Lent Event

The MSOE InterVarsity Christian Fellowship will be hosting an author reading and signing for Rev. Jennifer Emert and her faith-inspiring book, Letters From Lent. The event is open to MSOE students, InterVarsity members, and the general public. There is no charge to attend, and a FREE lunch will be provided. Meet the author and share […]


The Summerfield UMC Sancutary renovation was documented in panoramic photographs that recorded the weekly progress. That project captured the “big picture” and overall condition of the work, but not the smaller moments that were worth remembering. This collection showcases the details of the renovation process. Because no record of the original construction process was kept, […]

Lent For Lunch

The traditional purpose of Lent is the preparation of the believer for the commemoration of Holy Week, marking the death and resurrection of Jesus, which recalls the events of the Passion of Christ on Good Friday. It culminates in the celebration on Easter Sunday of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. During Lent, many of the […]

In Memoriam: Rev. John Bissett

Rev. John G. Bissett, who served a number of churches in Wisconsin from 1958-1969, including Summerfield UMC from 1967-1969, died on Saturday, January 5, 2013. Memorials can be made to Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary or the Cedar Crest Foundation. Condolences may be sent to Shirley Bissett at 1700 S River Rd #175, Janesville WI 53546. September […]


Follow the progress of Summerfield’s 9-week Sanctuary renovation. Removing century-old lime mortar (reinforced with horsehair) is no small task because it is basically two inches of solid concrete. As long as conditions allow, panoramic photos will be posted here to watch the project from a dust-free vantage. A selective collection of images can be found […]

Study Series JAN

Summerfield we will begin a six week Bible Sudy series with an emphasis on prayer, following Matthew 6:5-24, from January 2nd to February 6th. We will have discussions on Wednesday evenings at 7pm. There are no books that are required and no homework is involved. Similiar themes will be utilized in our weekly Sunday worship services. Make January the […]


Beginning after Christmas, Summerfield UMC will give its Sanctuary a much needed facelift. The nine week project will replace all the dry wall on the ceilings and walls, and then the entire interior will be repainted. It is a major undertaking for our century-plus building (circa 1904). The work will be done in stages, but […]

Music Program

Internship (Vocal / Instrumental) Summerfield United Methodist Church is looking to expand its music program. We have a 160 year congregational history, with an amazing facility and location to hold our worship services. We are looking for college students with a passion for music to supplement our main service at 10:30am on Sunday. This […]

Christmas 2012

Christmas is regarded as the festival which memorializes the birth of Jesus Christ. It is the divine event where love, mercy, caring spread through out the world. Christmas is treated as the period when Christians express joy of the birth of Jesus Christ, who bestowed a new and a sacred turn to the lives of […]

Lent App

NEW iOS App Edition now available for this inspirational book. Letters From Lent is a wonderful collection of inspirational Christian messages. Written by Reverend Jennifer Emert, from Summerfield United Methodist Church in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, each of the 40 essays was written over the Lent 2012 season. The topics range in variety, but each focuses […]

Anniversary Memories

On December 2, 2012 the members of Summerfield UMC celebrated their 160th year as a congregation, with the praise and expectation of many more decades of community service yet ahead. A commemorative photograph set was taken at the end of the historic service to share with members, former members, and the Milwaukee public. These images […]

Advent Decorations

The historical anniversary of Summerfield also coincided with the start of Advent. Congregational members spent Saturday, December 1st decorating the Sanctuary. Many of the hand-sewn banners and hand-crafted ornaments date back to the early 1970s, made by the wife of Pastor William Parrish. Collage | Panorama Summerfield is also the only church in Milwaukee with […]

Open Invitation

An experience begins with an invitation. Summerfield invites you to join us. As people who acknowledge that we are filled with God’s love, we are called to invitational evangelism. This is the easy part of our personal ministry. We need not memorize scripture, need not witness our Christian experience, need not testify to why we […]

Invite RSVP

Summerfield Methodist Church invites you to join us for our 160th year celebration of having continuous congregational service in Milwaukee.   SATURDAY Special Meal & Gift Program 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. – Christmas chookies, the spirit of the holidays, new or gently used hats, gloves, and scarves will be greatly appreciated SUNDAY Worship Service 10:30 […]


Summerfield Church celebrates the 160th anniversary of our congregation by bringing God experiences to the people of Milwaukee with a new worship service with the 2013 New Year. This service will premiere on Saturday, January 5th and be held every Saturday evening at 6:11. 6:11 is a reference to 2 Corinthians 6:11 “We speak freely […]

New Worship Time

We understand that members of our community have different work schedules, and Sunday services can be limiting. Therefore, beginning January 5, 2013, Summerfield UMC will offer an additional worship time. 6:11 pm Saturday We are excited to begin this new ministry led by Pastor Jennifer Emert, which follows immediately after the SUMC Meal Outreach. All […]

Santa In Japan

Everyone loves Santa during Christmas. But what about the rest of the year? Does he really live in Japan? This pictorial follows Santa on his mission to remind people who the holiday was named after. John Stemmons is the senior Pastor of Amazing Grace Bible Church in Fujisawa, Japan. The photos for this book were […]

A Look Back And Ahead

A Historical Summary Visit the Kindle Store on to get a copy of the early foundation of Summerfield and formation of its 160 year old congregation. This short pamphlet covers a century of first-person memories from the congregation as an oral record of events, not a definitive collection of research.

Beyond All Expectation

Think Greater! Live, Give, Love… Beyond All Expectation Our Church-Wide Stewardship Campaign “Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these, because I am going to the Father.” (John 14:12) How does our faith result in […]

Think Greater

Each year at Summerfield, we reflect on the experiences, ministries and programs we can offer to our community, and to our world that help people know the love of God and the power of God’s Holy Spirit through a relationship with Jesus Christ. We believe that God doesn’t call us to simply live “good” lives, […]

50 Years

The Biddle Street location served the Summerfield congregation for roughly 50 years, or one-third of its 160 year history. Map View | Photographic Survey Summerfield Church was established in 1852 as the Spring Street Church, around Jackson and State streets. In 1854 it was destroyed by fire. The new church was built in 1855 (finished […]

Doors Open 2012

Summerfield will again participate in the second Doors Open historic celebration. “With Doors Open, Milwaukee extends an invitation to visit, explore and enjoy our city’s built environment. Milwaukee is packed with great buildings that reveal aspects of our history, economy, and culture. Doors Open presents an opportunity to peek inside and satisfy your curiosity about […]

World Hunger

Thursday, August 9 – Sunday, August 12 Immanuel Church will be hosting a food packing event next month in cooperation with Worldwide Hunger Relief, a non-profit organization in the Milwaukee area. WORLDWIDE HUNGER RELIEF FOOD PACKING EVENT AT IMMANUEL CHURCH This is a wonderful opportunity for people of all ages to participate in a hands-on […]

Summer BBQ Returns

The local community is welcome to join with members of Summerfield UMC for our monthly Summer BBQ. The event will be held on the second Sunday of the month, for August (12th), September (9th), and October (14th) if weather permits at 11:30am. Bring your own meat to grill and a dish to share, good food […]

Faith Immersion

Summerfield UMC will hold a Baptism Renewal Service on Sunday, August 12th. The 9:00am Cappuccino service will be held at McKinley Beat, 1750 N. Lincoln Memorial Drive. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and wear appropriate clothes to get wet if you plan to renew your baptismal vows through immersion or be baptized for the […]