Sammi Bickerdt's Sermon - June 19th - Finding freedom and humility

Children’s Time: How many of you have seen Harry Potter?

Do you remember who Harry’s friends are?

The part of the movie we are gonna watch is from the last book, The Deathly Hollows. In the scene, Harry, Hermione, and Ron are out looking for pieces of Voldemort, called horcruxes, and he is an evil wizard who is trying to kill Harry. They are trying to find horcruxes because they will stop Voldemort from hurting Harry. But Voldemort has made sure they aren’t easy to find and guarded them with all sorts of dark magic. Harry, Hermione, and Ron are running away from Voldemort and trying to find the horcruxes in secret but it is really hard and dangerous to find them. While camping, they are getting tired and frustrated because they can’t seem to find one of the pieces. Hermione and Harry are excited because they think they have a lead but Ron is fed up.

(Watch movie)

Ron get really upset in this part of the movie because he thought finding the horcruxes would be easier than it was turning out to be. He is upset because it is really dangerous and it scares him.

What are some things that you think are scary?

Part of why Ron is so upset and scared is because he doesn’t know what is going to happen and he can’t see what will happen next. Because he didn’t know what would happen he ran away.

Part of what makes things scary is because we don’t understand them or know what they are. And this makes s want to run away.

Ron is pretty cool though so eventually he comes back to find Harry and Hermione. He eventually decides to face his fears. Ron decides in the end to be brave for his friends. Ron’s bravery is because of his friends.

What makes you brave?


We all experience the power of God’s grace through the witness of Jesus Christ. And this power allows us to act as a light. As we leave this place remember that you are a light in the world and shed it in all the spaces you enter. Amen.



The Investigator, that is the name given to type 5 of the enneagram. The investigator is described as independent, inventive, and innovative. They are also described by their preoccupation with thoughts and imagination. Investigators are generally highly cerebral or thinking types. They love to learn and gather knowledge. When they discover a niche interest, they often try to master it or learn everything possible about it. The investigator gathers knowledge for a couple of reasons: one reason is motivated by the desire to be helpful or useful. By being competent in a subject, they are more likely to be useful in relation to that subject. The second reason investigators like to learn is connected to their shadow side or direction of stress. They also love to learn as a way of distracting or disconnecting from the problems they may be facing. In other words, when investigators are healthy, they want to share their buckets of knowledge, when they are stressed, they want to hold onto it and live in it as a way to distract or disconnect from the issues plaguing them.

Thomas, like Ron, shows symptoms of a stressed out investigator in John 20. The first thing we learn from these verses is Thomas’ absence when Jesus appeared the first couple times in this chapter. Verses 19-23, describe Jesus’ first appearance to the disciples on the first day of the week. This story describes the disciples huddled up in a dark room hiding from Jewish authorities. Then all of a sudden Jesus shows up, ironically, shows the disciples his wounds, and sends them out to do his ministry before leaving them to their hiding once again. It makes you wander, where was Thomas that first day? The Jewish authorities were after him and all his friends and they were hiding out in a house. Why wasn’t Thomas with them? Did he have an important meeting to attend to? Maybe. Though we don’t have evidence of his whereabouts, we can imagine he was probably off trying to makes sense of the things he witnessed that week prior. His whole world, all that he had come to know and understand about the his savior was turned on its head. If we think of him as an investigator, he was probably trying to hold onto what he knew. Or at least, trying to figure out what pieces of his knowledge were left. We can imagine Thomas felt pretty helpless when Jesus died. He put all his efforts into following, learning, and practicing the life of his savior, a guy he thought would lead them to victory. A guy who was supposed to free his people from the oppression of the empire. He put all his resources on the hopes that Jesus would change things. And now, he has watched his king die.

When he finally gets back with the other disciples, they have probably been aware of the anxiety Thomas had around Jesus’ death and they were pretty excited to tell him about their little run in with Jesus. Thomas, after witnessing Jesus’ death, and living in his anger and sadness for several days, responds in such a way that many of us can probably relate to. He wants proof! He had so many ideas about how following Jesus would turn out and none of them probably ended with a miraculous return from death. He probably didn’t even think death would be in the picture! Or if it was, it would have been the other guys. Thomas wanted proof before he could accept what they were telling him.

Descriptions of investigators describe their ability to become very fixated on their subject of interest. When an investigator becomes fixated on something, they tend to lose a sense of perspective. Their reality becomes colored by the subject of their focus. Thomas has become so fixated on his understanding of who Jesus was supposed to be to him, he is unwilling to recognize what the disciples are telling him. Not only that, he is probably scared of what their suggesting. If we consider Thomas’ perspective, he probably is already thinking that Jesus has let him down according to his understanding of who Jesus was supposed to be. Thomas’ belief in Jesus is tied to his image of him and it is scary to consider that Jesus may be back and may let him down again.

Investigators often have a hard time trusting people. When they begin to trust it can be very damaging to have that trust to shaken. Thomas felt his trust was broken in these moments and he probably couldn’t make sense of what the disciples were telling him because he was scared that Jesus would betray his trust again. Thomas was scared to act on what the disciples were saying but instead wanted to see it for himself.

Investigators love to observe the world. They love to watch and discover the way things work. When investigators get too involved in observation, they often overlook the value of participation. When they are healthy, investigators are able to take the things they observed to participate in the world in unique and creative ways.

A week later, Thomas and the other disciples are hanging out again, and Jesus returns again. This time, he wants to talk to Thomas. Without hesitation, Jesus looks at him and tells him to touch his wounds. Thomas in amazement at the sight of Jesus simply says, “My Lord and My God!” In the end, it doesn’t say Thomas ever ends up touching Jesus’ wounds. His big talk of needing to put his hand on the marks on his hands and chest were only a distraction from what Thomas’ real issue was, his lack of faith. His fixation on the man he thought Jesus was and the wounds Jesus carried were simply a distraction from his real fear in his unwillingness to believe.

Expectations and reality do not often exactly line up. Generally, reality is not far removed from our expectations, especially if we know what we are doing, have done it before, or have learned about it. Reality becomes scary when our expectations are so far removed that we can’t seem to get a grasp on reality. When we have a hard time comprehending something, we become fearful of what it means or represents. Both Thomas and Ron Weasley are scared because their expectations and the reality of their situations are so far removed from each other that they can’t make sense of what is next.

In response, they make the choice to retreat. They no longer wish to participate in the events they are a part of. Fear has a way of keeping us safe but it also has a way of hindering us from action. When we can’t seem to make sense of something our bravery is hidden in the shadow of our uncertainty. Paralyzed by the fogginess of our reality we retreat into our minds to try and gather the pieces of our knowledge that help us to understand the reality that our world has been broken.

In the end of the scripture, Jesus says, “Happy are those who don’t see and yet believe.” Jesus is not saying that it is a bad thing to desire to see what is next or have clarity on where we’re going. He is simply stating that our ability to have faith that Jesus is present, even when we can’t seem to see it in front of us will sustain our happiness.

A couple days ago, I had a conversation with one of the many brilliant children at Summit about our fears. During this conversation we talked about being afraid of the dark. During this conversation, he told me that when it is light, his fears of the dark are so small, they are the size of a little pea. But when it is dark the fear grows so big it fills the entire church! As someone who grew up being afraid of the dark, I understand that feeling. Then we talked about how even a little light, like a night light or book light, helps to take the monstrous fear and shrink it back down.

In the movie version of Prisoner of Azkaban, Dumbledore says to Harry at one point, “Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” Fear of the dark is something we all know. It is fear of unknowing, it is fear of uncertainty; it is fear of a lack of guidance. Dumbledore’s wise words are speaking to our ability to have faith. When we remember that the source of our happiness is not tied solely to what we can see but also to our ability to have faith in the Holy Spirit’s guidance, we are able to shed light on the fear of the unknown.

Like a night light helps to dissipate the darkness, our faith helps to dissipate our fears and uncertainty. Maybe not fully, but enough to sustain us and keep us moving forward. So I may want to change up Dumbledore’s words a little; “Faith can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” When we remember that our faith is capable of fueling our bravery, we are able to act in ways that may seem beyond our understanding or known limits. When we remember that faith is powerful and sustaining, we are able to not only observe the world around us, we are able to fully participate and shed light into the darkness.


Pastor April's Sermon - June 12th - Need To Succeed


The movie is about a little girl named Riley and the emotions that live in her head.

Let’s meet them.



Intro to Emotions



Memories and Personalities




Riley’s life is relatively happy until her family moves from Minnesota to San Francisco and Riley seems to have a hard time adjusting.


What emotions do you think you might be feeling if you had to move to a brand new place far away from all of your friends?


So, one of the things that we can sometimes have a problem with is being able to show our feelings.  So, I want you during this service to help me by choosing a couple of the emotions.  It might be disgust or fear or joy.


And put the sticker on the page of whatever emotion you have chosen and then draw us a picture of something that makes you feel that emotion.


We’ll show those at the end.




So, let’s return to our story of the Emotions inside Riley’s head.


Most of the time, Joy is in control and tries really hard to keep Riley Happy –


Let’s see what happens on the first day of school for Riley.



First Day of School 


(I think the first one let’s stop around 1:38 – where Joy says, it’ll turn into a good day, a good week, a good year, and a good life)


(Then the next one would be about the 3:00 to the 5:00 mark until they get sucked into the tube)



More than anything, Joy really wants Riley to have a good first day of school.

So, she tried to keep sadness in the circle – she tried to keep Riley happy by keeping the sadness away.


Does it work?


We can’t become happy by pretending that we aren’t sad about something.


So in the movie – Joy and Sadness go through a long journey to finally find a way back to headquarters – just in time to help Riley realize how she is feeling so she can go home to her parents and tell them how she’s really feeling.

Which is sad –



Owning the Feelings 


– starting about 38 seconds in where she starts to cry and is honest about missing Minnesota


In the end, Joy learns that she has to be honest about how Riley is really feeling.  It won’t always be happy.  In fact, sometimes the sadness and the happiness go together.


What begins with deception as a means to accomplish her goal ends with the invitation to be honest.


Our series this summer is based in part on the Enneagram – a set of 9 different typologies and personality types that encompass the whole of our needs as humans.


This week we focus on type 3 – the Achiever.

Which – this will come as a shock to those of you who know me – is the type that I am.


For 3’s it is really important to achieve our goals.  And whether our goals are worthy or self-serving – we are often willing to deceive, cover up, and smooth over the truth in order to experience success.


Threes have a hard time facing defeat and an even harder time learning to be honest with themselves about the truth of how they are feeling.  We are really good at putting on a brave face and convincing others that we’ve got it all together.   And we are known for Taking control of a situation so that it works out the way we want it to.


When I saw this movie the first time, I really identified with JOY – since I behave like her an awful lot.  Good intentions – but willing to cover over the reality of the situation so that things will happen the way I want to.


And our biblical hero today struggled with the same thing.

Genesis 25: 21-34

So, our biblical character today is Jacob.  Now, Jacob is a twin.  When he was born, his brother Esau was born first and the bible tells us that when Esau came out, Jacob was grasping onto his heel.


Esau was a hunter, he was big and hairy and spent his time out in the wilderness hunting for game.

Jacob preferred to stay closer to camp and spend time with his mother.


The name Jacob means – deceiver.  And it turns out that early on Jacob lives up to this name.


There is one day where Esau comes back and Jacob has been cooking a stew and Esau is hungry so he comes up to his brother and says – hey, can I have some of your stew?  Seems like a reasonable question.

And Jacob says – Uh, sure, but first you need to give me your birthright.


A birthright for a bowl of lentil stew.


Give me your inheritance and your rights as the first born.


And I’ll give you a bowl of lentil stew.


It’s a terrible deal, but Jacob the deceiver knows something about his brother.  That he is impulsive and prone to make poor choices particularly when he is starving.


And so Esau agrees to give him his birthright and enjoys the stew.


Some time later, the deception continues – Jacob’s mother is involved and knowing that their father  Isaac is aging and senile and is ready to share the blessing of the firstborn with Esau,

Jacob covers himself in animal hair and disguises his voice and prepares some supper while Esau is still out hunting, and he comes before his father Isaac and pretends to be Esau and receives the blessing.


When Esau returns to the camp and goes before his father and asks for the blessing – it is too late.


Esau and Isaac are both furious and Jacob the deceiver decides that he must get out of town.


So he flees the area and stops for the night to rest.  He is alone and he is afraid – and this is where our story picks up.


Jacob wants more than anything to have been the firstborn.  He wants all the things that come with it – and when he doesn’t have what he really wants – he takes control of the situation.  He sees an opportunity to get what he wants and he goes for it.


He’s an achiever.  And he will put on whatever face or costume or hairy fur – in order to get what he is wanting.


But I imagine that night that the pain and the stress of  all that had happened was more than Jacob could bear and once again – one of our heroes finds themselves in a place of vulnerability – a place of opening where God can work.




(Tracy shares some thoughts)


In this moment of vulnerability – where Jacob the deceiver has achieved his goals but is feeling the cost and the isolation that comes with it – God meets him right where he is – helping him to see that even in this place of deception, God can see him.  God sees him and knows him and even so – is able to walk with him.


And I wonder in some ways if this is the first time that Jacob is really able to begin being honest about how HE is feeling.


And to realize that the road back to wholeness and healing and home again – will be a journey he must take by being honest with himself.


Jacob and Joy and Tracy and myself – we have all had to learn the hard way – that if we can be honest with ourselves – particularly in our moments of failure and vulnerability and weakness –

If we can take off the masks and be honest about where we are – how we are feeling.


And allow God’s voice to say to us – I’ll be with you ANYWAY –


I love you and none of those things ever mattered anyway.


It was never about how much you achieved.  That was just your ego talking.


My greatest hope and goal for you is that you would know that you are loved just as you are.


And maybe as you start to have the courage to be honest about this reality and rest in me -


An Advent Journey of Healing

Join us for our Advent Series, "Walk in the Light: An Advent Journey of Healing," Sundays at 10:30am.

NOVEMBER 29 1st Sunday of Advent Isaiah 40:1-11 The Healing Journey Home

DECEMBER 6 2nd Sunday of Advent  Ezra 1:1-4, 3:14, 10-13 God’s Work of Rebuilding & Healing Special Prayer for World AIDS Day

DECEMBER 13 3rd Sunday of Advent Christmas Cantata– Birth of the Light

DECEMBER 20 4th Sunday of Advent Luke 1:5-13, 57-80 The Healing Power of Forgiveness


THURSDAY, DECEMBER 24 CHRISTMAS EVE Luke 2:1-20 The Healing of our Hearts - 6:30pm (Potluck - 5:30pm)

Imagine No Malaria

Special Offering on Sunday, May 24

Unlike many other diseases that are awaiting a cure, malaria was eliminated in the U.S. in the 1950s. However, in Sub-Saharan Africa, malaria continues to kill a person every 60 seconds. But there is hope! Imagine No Malaria is part of a global partnership and together with our partners, our generation can beat malaria once and for all. $10 provides two full rounds of malaria medication. 

Mark your calendars and plan on making a donation for this good cause.

This January & February - EPIPHANY - How the radical, evolving story of the Bible changed EVERYTHING

Join us at Summit on 16th this January and February as we explore the season of EPIPHANY. The word Epiphany means "new insight or revelation."  It is an "A-Ha" Moment when things become clear and make sense in a way that they never have before.

From the beginning to the end, the Bible is filled with a witness of a people who had remarkable EPIPHANIES around their understanding of God, and who chose to write them down and share them with their community.

Time, distance, changes in culture, and familiarity with Biblical Stories has sometimes meant that we have lost sight of the remarkable power and radical nature of these stories.  The Bible and its stories have changed things in our human history in ways that are hard to fully understand.  And they have introduced key ideas about God that should still be changing our lives today.

So, this Epiphany season (which begins on January 4th with the story of the Magi who followed the star to Bethlehem) - we are going to immerse ourselves in these stories and we are going to listen for the fresh insights, revelations, and epiphanies that God is still speaking to us.


During February, we will have a special emphasis on BLACK HISTORY MONTH - and look at the stories in Scripture particularly interested in speaking epiphanies in the area of injustice and oppression.

This is a great season to invite your friends.

JANUARY 4 - The Magi

JANUARY 11- The New Story of Creation

JANUARY 18 - Floods, Rainbows, & Second Chances

JANUARY 25 - Abraham's Sacrifice & God's Mercy


FEBRUARY 1 - Towers that Topple: The Roots of Oppression

FEBRUARY 8 - Tribes, Violence, and a New Way of Living

FEBRUARY 15 - The Exodus

ASH WEDNESDAY - FEBRUARY 18 - Dust is SOMETHING - Taking up our role this Lenten Season

FEBRUARY 22 - Peter, Cornelius, & the call to Personal Transformation

GROW. Growing in our Relationship with God. Week 1 - 8/3 - Pastor April's Sermon

I want to begin our time together with one of my son's children's books - Pete the Cat & his Magic Sunglasses - by Kimberly and James Dean.

This month we are continuing our discipleship journey – thinking about how we can grow in our faith – and this month – we are talking about how we can grow in our relationship with God.


All of Scripture is important in your relationship with God – and as your pastor – I am certainly supposed to encourage you to read Scripture –– but if I’m honest – I have a very soft spot for the Psalms. Because when it comes to learning about what it means to pray – to really seek God in our lives. I haven’t found anything in Scripture that has helped me to see what this looks like more than this particular book.


One of the things that's so beautiful about the Psalms is their ability to speak about the human experience exactly as it's happening in the moment.

The Psalms themselves are poetry, but they are also prayers. They are songs that speak of praise and joy but they are also often raw poems of sadness and lament and devastation and fear.

This psalm in particular is one that speaks of sorrow and depression of the ups and downs of life of the places of great despair, wondering where is God in the midst of this?


The psalmist, who was likely King David, is having an experience that many of us have had before. He finds himself feeling terribly sad, distressed, and lonely. And he knows that he shouldn’t be feeling this way. He remembers all the good moments in the past when he felt joyful. When he knew God was there. And yet – he feels far from God in that moment. The poetic metaphor of the deep calling to the deep – as the waves crash over him… brings to mind the kind of violent and successive showers of rain – one coming after the other – and the kind of moments where we feel we are just being beaten and beaten – one thing after the other – and we don’t know what to do.


This is the place where his prayer emerges – from this place of a drooping spirit – longing more than anything – for God to move and for joy and hope to return again.


We’ve all been there.


And I don’t know about you – but for many of us – for me particularly –


This is where I really learned to pray.

In the place of desperation and despair – where I realized how very much I needed God.

In the depths of experiences of failure and loneliness – I cried out to God.

Where are you? Will this go on forever? Please – help me to find hope again. And what I wanted in those moments was a quick answer. I wanted a solution to the problem I was facing. I wanted God to fix the thing that was hurting so deeply inside me. I wanted it to go away.


I wanted the magic blue sunglasses.

Where all of sudden – things could look different.


It took me a long time to learn that prayer and a rich relationship with God was

less about changing my external circumstances and much, much more about transforming my internal spirit.


It took me a long time to move beyond my prayers of desperation and panic

And begin to

listen and learn, find wisdom and clarity – and to unfortunately to discover that I did not have it all figured out – and that the very things I so desperately wanted – were not the things that I actually needed.

It has taken time and is still taking time to

allow my own heart to be changed so that I could begin to see the world the way God does – and walk differently because of it.


What I love about Pete’s lesson in this story is that he recognizes that in his place of sadness, he doesn’t need a pair of magic blue sunglasses – it’s not his external circumstances that need to change - it’s him who must be different. And the change of his heart and the change of his perspective - means that he can see the world differently – and because he can see the world differently. He can WALK in the world differently as well.


So this is the place where it starts to get kind of personal.


And when I say personal – I mean for me as well – but let’s be honest -


What does your relationship with God actually look like? Is there much of one? Is there an occasional desperate prayer to God for help when you are in a moment of need? Are there ongoing conversations? How much time do you spend talking? And how much time do you spend listening?

Is your prayer time just a time to try and make yourself feel better about things? Or are you ACTUALLY interested in being a totally different person? About learning to see the world the way God does?


If we are indeed GROWING in our Relationship with God – then it ought to mean that it is US that is changing.




So, I don’t know what your prayer life currently looks like – but I want to issue you a challenge this month…

To set aside a moment for prayer EVERY DAY.

Now if this is something new to you – decide on an amount of time – and a place.

It might be 5 minutes – it might be 30 minutes.

And I invite you to speak to God – as the psalmist speaks to God. Say what is on your heart. Maybe it’s thanks – maybe its frustration – maybe its anger – or calm.

If you aren’t sure how to start. Just start with this Psalm 42. And read it outloud.

AS if the words are coming from you.

Maybe you are a writer and you might write your own psalm. Or an artist and you might draw out what you are feeling. Or maybe you will just speak it outloud.


And then - I invite you to LISTEN. Not just in the still moment of the time you’ve set aside. But all the rest of the day.

For how God will speak to you. Perhaps in moments you didn’t expect.


And my prayer for all of you – is that you would find – not magic – but that you would find yourself being changed. That you would find yourself able to see more clearly through that frustrating situation or that you would find yourself experiencing Gods presence in your loneliness.


This month, may we be a people who are speaking honestly with God about what is really going on – in hopes that as we walk more closely with God – we would be able to SEE the ways that God’s grace is already at work in our lives – and when we do – that we could more faithfully follow.

Civil Rights History and Service Tour (Over OSU's Spring Break)

We will travel through both the big name towns and the local communities that were part of the momentum of the civil rights movement. We will visit the place where King was shot and the National Civil Rights Museum, and we will visit houses and places of people who never received such fame for their work, CC Bryant, Medgar Evers, and the Little Rock 9. The movement was about all of these people who came together to make change! We'll begin and end our week together examining how these issues are still alive in our world today as we hear from Michelle Alexander here in Columbus, and her book the The New Jim Crow, and we'll end with current efforts to rebuild and organize down in New Orleans.

There is limited space, so sign up today! Deadline: February 25th, 2014.

Travel Dates: March 8th - 15th

Estimated cost: $100-150

Email Pastor Lucy to sign up!

lucy [at]

OCTOBER is National Coming Out Month!

In honor of National Coming Out Month, Summit will have 2 exciting ways to get involved.  All meetings and events will be held at Summit on 16th!

National Coming Out Month Film Series

Join us for a film series on Wednesday evenings from 6-8pm all month long.  The first one on October 2nd at 6pm was well attended here at Summit. The focus will be on the African American experience of coming out.  Topics will include self-acceptance, public displays of affection, relationships, religion, health, and more.  Check out the FACEBOOK event for more info.  Email Monty for more info:

Come Out Come Out, Whoever You Are!

Friday, October 25th - 6:30pm

Join us for Summit's annual celebration of National Coming Out month. This year we'll have live performers, prayer stations and more.  Jason & deMarco will begin the night with a concert.  For those of you still energized -- stay to praise, shout and dance with members of HiT'M ENT, as they round out the evening.  Event is free and open to the public!

Following the Radical Jesus - A Journey through the Sermon on the Mount



We will be taking an exciting journey together as a community as we seek to encounter the RADICAL JESUS and discover the things he taught that challenge us to live differently in the world!

Beginning on Sunday, July 21st, we will be spending 3 months in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7)

You won't want to miss the special performance on Sunday, July 21st of a variety of folks performing the entire sermon!

Then, in the following weeks... We will walk through it piece by piece, bit by bit, one section at a time.  Taking it in.  And allowing ourselves to be changed.

Intrigued?  Interested?

There are lots of ways you can step into this study, in addition to coming on Sunday mornings!

TUESDAYS @ 5:30pm - Pastor April's Bible Study - study the Sermon on the Mount Scriptures weeks before we do them on Sunday morning.  Starting June 4, we will be studying these passages in depth!

MONDAYS @ 6:30pm - Every week through October 21, join us for an interactive way of studying the Sermon on the Mount.  Think Drama Club meets Bible Study.  There will be time for study and time for improv and performance and reaction to the text.  Not only will this group be a blast, but you may also choose to take some of the things that you create in this space and use them on Sunday morning.  Older Elementary Age children and older are welcome!

Interested in learning more?  Contact Pastor April.


July 28 – The Beatitudes

Aug 4–ALL CHURCH RETREAT @ MTSO (offsite) – Salt & Light

Aug 11 – Anger

Aug 18 – Adultery & Divorce

Aug 25 – Oaths & Promises

Sept 1 – Love for Enemies

Sept 8 – Generosity

Sept 15 –Prayer & Fasting

Sept 22 – Treasures in Heaven

Sept 29 – ALUMNI SUNDAY – Do Not Worry

Oct 6 – Judging Others

Oct 13 – Narrow Gate / Good Fruit

Oct 20 – Laity Sunday

Oct 27 – Building a STRONG foundation - THE BIG WRAP UP!

Positive Discipline Workshop, May 19th, 1-5 PM

Positive Discipline Workshop, May 19th, 1-5 PM
Join us for a workshop based on the bestselling guide, Positive Discipline in the Classroom, researched and written by acclaimed psychologists and educators. Learn how to develop an environment of mutual respect, cooperation, and self-discipline.

Learn practical skills to:

  • Create a climate that enhances learning and engagement
  • Overcome common communication barriers
  • Use encouragement rather than punishment and rewards
  • Understand the motivation behind childrens’ behaviors

$25 registration fee (all proceeds go to children's programming at Summit UMC) REGISTER BY MAY 10th

Click here to register

For information, contact Mark Reed, Summit on 16th UMC


Pride Blessing Sunday - June 3rd





Sunday, June 3rd @ 10:30am, Summit on 16th will host the official Stonewall Pride Blessing Sunday Worship Service - an Inter-faith gathering to celebrate and kick off the month of Pride!  The worship service will be followed by a potluck lunch.

This inter-faith gathering will have representatives from faith groups across the city - Christians, Muslim, Jew, Agnostic, and more and is open to all people!  The service will be a witness to the love of God for all people.

If you are interested in learning more or participating in the leadership of this service, e-mail April Blaine, Lead Pastor of Summit on 16th

SING A NEW SONG - The Easter Season at Summit!

 The Season of Easter @

SUMMIT on 16th


A Celebration of the Ways that Music and Movement bring Scripture to life and challenge us to live as changed people!

The Easter Season is not just about one day of the year.  The good news of the resurrection extends into the weeks following Easter and leading up to Pentecost Sunday, the birthday of the church.  Join us this Easter season as we explore a different kind of music each Sunday.  The music will infuse the sounds, speech, and message of the entire service each day, continuing to shape us into a joyful people who can, in fact, sing a new song in our communities!




Preacher: Dee Stickley-Miner

Stay afterward for lunch and our Campus Bakery Auction!


Special Guest: Meghan Western, dancer

Preacher: Our Student Intern: Charlie Prior makes his preaching debut!  Don't miss a great service and an opportunity to sing some of your favorite hymns.


Preacher: Grayson Atha

We love GOSPEL at Summit on 16th!  Don't miss this lively Sunday!


Preacher: April Blaine

Classical music is alive and well at Summit on 16th - come be inspired and uplifted!

We will also take up a special Miracle Offering this Sunday to benefit Wing of the Morning, an important ministry in the Congo.


Preacher: Daniel Waechter Webb

Don't miss this Mother's Day service where the ebb and flow of jazz music takes us on an exciting journey!

May 20 – CELEBRATING MOVEMENT – Blessing of the Bikes

Preacher: Lucy Waechter Webb

A Joint Service between Summit UMC and Yay Bikes!  Ride your bike to church and keep riding it all the way into the centrum!

May 27 – CELEBRATING PRAISE & WORSHIP – Pentecost Sunday

Preacher: Grayson Atha

Don't forget to wear red on this Pentecost Sunday - as we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit with praise music!

Buckeye Preview! A 24hour Lock-In

Are you going to OSU next year?
Would you like to know some friendly faces before you hit campus in the fall?
Connect with Summit's Campus Ministry now so when Welcome Week rolls around you'll already know a few folks on campus!
Join us for our Buckeye Preview: A 24-hour Lock-In with current OSU students involved in Summit's campus ministry. We'll give you a taste of what we do here at Summit, and tell you about all those fun places on campus you'll want to be sure to hit up when you get here.
April 14th - 15th
Noon to Noon
@ Summit Church
RSVP to Pastor Lucy Today: or 614-291-3324

Now Hiring Desk Worker Coordinator

Summit United Methodist Church, 82 East 16th., Columbus, OH 43201


The Desk Worker Coordinator for Summit UMC shall be a person who coordinates the overall operation of the welcome desk, supervises desk worker employees and volunteers, and works the welcome desk two days a week.

We are looking for a person who is outgoing, organized, flexible, reliable, and great with people.  The successful applicant will help ensure a culture of welcome and hospitality at the church through their own presence and through their training of other desk workers.


Essential Qualifications: Basic Computer Skills, Comfort with using Excel.  Comfort working in a reconciling congregation.  Strong Verbal and Communication Skills.  Must pass a background screening.


Staff: The Desk Worker Coordinator is a part-time, year-round member of the staff at Summit and shall be included in staff events.


Purpose: The primary tasks of the Desk Worker Coordinator will be:

  • To work the welcome desk two nights a week
  • To work with welcome desk staff and volunteers to ensure that all workers are adequately trained, and doing their job effectively
  • To address any worker related issues or building safety related issues as they come up and to maintain appropriate communication with other staff at the church
  • To create and maintain the schedule for desk workers to ensure that there is adequate coverage as needed.
  • To work within a set budget to ensure that costs are kept under control


Supervision: The Welcome Desk Coordinator will be supervised directly by the Office Administrator, with additional support from the Lead Pastor.


Hours & Pay: The Welcome Desk Coordinator will work 10 hours a week and will receive an annual stipend of $6,200.

Interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume (with references) to:

Deb Napier, SPRC Chair – by February 9, 2012

The search will remain open until the position is filled.

Community Seminars on Sexuality - OPEN TO ALL!

In conjunction with our theme for January on Sexuality and Spirituality, we'll be hosting 3 Community Seminars on


beginning January 12th.

These seminars are intended to promote thoughtful conversation about pressing topics in the area of sexuality and spirituality.  Here are the topics for each evening:


It’s not just about LGBT issues.  Come explore what sexuality means for all people and how it connects to all parts of life.  OSU Professor Lisa Cravens-Brown will facilitate this meaningful conversation.


For centuries, the church has had a pervasive influence on our understanding of sexual ethics.  Is it time to re-examine these teachings in light of the world we live in today?  MTSO Professor Yvonne Zimmerman will lead us in this meaningful dialogue.


Every day our bodies (race, ethnicity, physical qualities) impact the way we interact as sexual beings.  Join us for meaningful conversation led by Sile Singleton about how this impacts us and how we can respond.

For more info, contact Sile Singleton, Office Administrator at or call the church at 291-3324.


DECEMBER'S THEME - Moving from Darkness to Light!

Here’s what you can look forward to this month: SUNDAY MORNING WORSHIP (10:30am)

The Season of Advent is a season of preparation for the coming of the Light of Christ.  Each Sunday in Advent, the worship service and the theme song “Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burning” will move us closer to the light of Christ on Christmas morning!

November 27 - 1st Sunday in Advent - a quiet but meaningful start to the Advent season.

December 4 – 2nd Sunday in Advent – Communion – this quieter service will continue to prepare us for the coming of the light of Christ in this season.  Fair Trade gifts will be available for purchase before and after the worship service.

AFTER THE SERVICE: Hanging of the Greens (the pizza is on us!),

Church Conference – 2:30pm at Broad Street UMC

December 11 – 3rd Sunday in Advent - Summit Choir Cantata – this music-filled worship service will continue to celebrate our movement toward the light of Christ!

December 18 – 4th Sunday in Advent - Celebrating the Light! – this upbeat service will make you want to sing and dance.  A special Children’s Choir will sing for us, Meghan Western will lead us in dancing and we will celebrate the closeness of the light of Christ!

CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE – Saturday, December 24 – Bringing in the light!

5:30 – Potluck                    6:30 – Candlelight Worship Service

December 25 – CHRISTMAS MORNING!  - The light has come.  Come dressed casually (you are welcome to come in your pajamas!) for this 45-minute celebration of the birth of Christ!!


Thursday, December 22 – WINTER SOLSTICE CELEBRATION – 7:30pm

Join us for this inter-faith celebration of the coming of the light.  A variety of spiritual traditions will be woven together through singing, prayer, dance, and drumming.  The Summit Choir will lead our music.  Don’t miss it!


JANUARY – Sexuality and Spirituality

(Look forward to honest and frank conversations about the intersections of sexuality and spirituality, special guest speakers, and a workshop on movement and meditation)

FEBRUARY – Freedom and Liberation

(Look forward to a celebratory month of music and spoken word, the return of the Steel Pan Ensemble, a guest preacher, and much more!)