Mission Peak Unitarian Universalist Congregation
Fremont, California       A spiritual community of open minds,
                                  nurturing growth and healing in ourselves and all people.
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April 23, 2014


Last Sunday we planted our hopes and dreams, along with seeds for cucumbers, tomatoes, squash, beans, sunflower and basil.  After meditating on the seeds of hope that lie within each of us, we actually scooped dirt into pots, and pushed seeds deep within the earth.  The germinating seeds now live at the homes of all who participated, and will be returned to Mission Peak UU over the weekend of May 18, to be moved to their more permanent location at our new Stone Garden project at the conner of Mission and Mowry.


It was truly magical to watch people's faces light up as they reconnected with the earth and planted something they would take home to care for.  


And now you have the opportunity to take another step towards getting involved in our community garden project and celebrating Earth Day. This Sunday, April 27, we will be celebrating Earth Day in worship, and then we will have an opportunity to go and work on the garden! Lots of progress is being made, so come and check it out, learn a little about xero-scaping and why we have designed the garden the way we have, and have some fun!  




And the garden work party is just one of the three remaining field trips I am leading between now and early June to the edge of the environment, so please check out the information on the remaining opportunities below.


Sunday, April 27 from 12 PM - 2 PM:

Mission Peak UU Stone Garden

Corner of Mission and Mowry Ave in Fremont, CA

Led by: Rev. Jeremy Nickel and Deanna Kosaraju


Saturday, May, 17  from 10 AM - 12 PM:

Water Treatment Plant

Led by: Michael Auer, Union Sanitary District Environmental Outreach Coordinator


Saturday, June 7 from 9 - 11 AM:

Altamont Landfill

10840 Altamont Pass Road, Livermore, CA 94551

Led by: Tianna Nourot, Environmental Protection Manager and Rev. Jeremy Nickel


And finally, if you are in the area tomorrow (Thursday, April 24) I will be holding community office hours at the new Suju's location at 4949 Stevenson Blvd from 11 AM - 1 PM, I hope to see you there!




Rev. Jeremy D. Nickel

Minister of Mission Peak UU Congregation

Fremont, CA.


Cell: 510.936.1632 


Preferred appointment times: Tue-Thur 11am-6pm


Available by appointment all days except Monday
This Sunday's Service - April 27, 2014

Don't Take a Shorter Shower

Conventional wisdom says it is drought in California, and so you should be doing everything you can to conserve water, including taking a shorter shower.  On this Earth Day Sunday we will try and go a little deeper and explore why we are where we are, and what steps we can take to truly take good care of the earth.


Leading the service will be Rev. Jeremy D. Nickel and Worship Associate Drew Wilson.  Music will be provided by Peak Rocks.

Mission Peak UU
Calendar of Upcoming Events


April 1




12-2 p.m.
Plant a seedling at Stone Garden
282930May 12
6 p.m.
Pizza Potluck Party

9-1 p.m. Work party at Stone Garden
1-4:30 p.m.
BBQ & Peak Rocks concert at Stone Garden

12-2 p.m. Plant a seedling at Stone Garden
1-3 p.m.
Plant a seedling at Stone Garden

10th Annual NAMIWALK

NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is hosting its 10th annual fundraising 5K walk in Golden Gate Park on Saturday, May 31.  NAMI is a nationwide grassroots organization that advocates for those with mental health challenges and provides crucial educational information for them and their families.  Oftentimes people who come to NAMI have found no other place to turn.  NAMI also provides support groups for consumers and their families, all at no charge. Everything is paid for by the funds from this annual event.



Our team name from MPUUC is the Peak Survivors.  Anyone who would like to sign up to walk with us or donate to a walker online can go to our website at http://namiwalks.nami.org/mpuuc.  Checks can also be written out to NAMIWalk SF Bay Area and given to Kathryn Lum (the team captain) or any other walker. 


A shorter walking route is available for any participant who cannot complete the 5 kilometer route.


Thank you very much for all who decide to donate or participate.  In the past we have raised over $1000 each year!
 Religious Education

What Do You See For Our Religious Education?


We would like for everyone to take a few minutes to answer a few questions about the children's religious education program at Mission Peak UU. https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2GK3YVR 

The survey will be open until April 30th.  Your answers will help us as we are re-envisioning and reshaping the religious education experience at Mission Peak UU. Bonus!  There is a chance to win 1 of 4 gift card prizes as a thank you for answering the survey.  If you have any questions about the survey, please contact Laine Young at dre@mpuuc.org 

 Mission Peak UU Time Capsule

Help fill our time capsule!


We are creating a time capsule for Mission Peak UU's 20th birthday!  If you have any items you would like to contribute to this project, please bring them to church.  We will be collecting items until the 20th Anniversary Sunday (May 4th).  If you have any questions, please contact Laine Young at dre@mpuuc.org.  Thank you!
Annie Musical
Annie Musical:  Cast Needed

There will be a musical service on Sunday, August 17th that is based off the popular musical Annie.  However, we need some theatrically and musically inclined people to join our cast!  If you are interested, please contact Laine Young (dre@mpuuc.org) for more information about this service.
Mission Peak UU Events

Mission Peak UU Is Having A Birthday!!

Mission Peak is turning 20 and we are planning a big celebration weekend!  Please join us for the following events:


Friday, May 2 - 6:00 pm - Cole Hall - Pizza Potluck Party!  We will provide the pizza and the ice cream.  You provide the salads, sides, beverages, etc.  This will also be a game night and acoustic jam session so bring your games, instruments, voices, etc. and come hang out and enjoy some fun with your MPUUC friends & family. [Note: To help reduce waste, please bring your own washable/re-usable plates, cups, and utensils.  Thanks!] 

Saturday, May 3 - 9:00-1:00 - Work Party at the Stone Garden.  We will have jobs/activities for all ages and skill/activity levels.  Parking is extremely limited at the Stone Garden so shuttles will be provided from nearby parking. 

Saturday, May 3 - 1:00-4:30 - BBQ & Peak Rocks Concert at the Stone Garden.  After working in the garden in the morning, join MPUUC friends & family for a fun afternoon of food, live music, and fun.  Parking is extremely limited at the Stone Garden so shuttles will be provided from nearby parking.  [Note: To help reduce waste, please bring your own washable/re-usable plates, cups, and utensils.  Thanks!]

Sunday, May 4 - 10:00 - Join us for a birthday themed service and celebration complete with cake and ice cream. 

Help Wanted: If you would be willing to help out with these special MPUUC Birthday events (set-up, take down, shopping, cooking, driving a shuttle, etc. PLEASE contact Jen King.  Sign up sheets will be available after the service on April 27.  Thanks!!


Mission Peak UU's Annual Sunday Salon Needs You!!
Mission Peak's annual Sunday Salon will be held at Cole Hall on Sunday, May 18 from 2:00-4:00.  The Sunday Salon is a chance for Mission Peak members and friends to showcase their talents. Do you sing? Play an instrument? Dance? Read poetry? Tell jokes? Paint? Take photographs? Weave? Whatever you do to feed your inner artist, if you want to share it with us, we want to experience it. This is an excellent opportunity for all artists/entertainers no matter your age or experience level.  We also need lots of enthusiastic audience members.  If you are interested in participating in the Sunday Salon as a performer or exhibitor, please contact Jay Steele.


Mission Peak UU Baseball Sunday - Reserve Your Tickets Now!!
This year's MPUUC Baseball Sunday will be June 22!!  After a fun 'baseball themed' service a group of us will be heading out to see the Oakland A's play the Boston Red Sox.  Tickets are $18 each.  If you would like to attend the game, please send your RSVP and a check to Jen King.  [Note: If you think you'd like to attend, but you are hesitant about making a commitment this far in advance...do it!  If you can't make it at the last minute we will have no trouble selling your tickets for you.  This game will be sold out.]


Mission Peak UU Camping Trip - RSVP Now!!
Our annual MPUUC camping trip is a fabulous community building event with lots of fun, games, great company & conversation, and all the s'mores you can eat.  This year's campout will be held June 27-29 at the Chabot Campground in Oakland (the Poma Point Group Site to be exact).  The cost is $8 per person.  Check-in is anytime after 2:00 on Friday and check-out is noon on Sunday.  Everyone brings their own food.  Saturday night dinner will be a potluck.  Please RSVP to Jen King. [Note: If you want to join us, but don't have camping gear, let Jen know and she may be able to help you borrow the gear you need.]
Stone Garden

Update on the Stone Garden

We sowed over 65 seeds at the Flower Ceremony on Sunday! We thank you for taking care of them while we prepare the Stone Garden for planting! 

Mark your calendars for these upcoming events!

Location: Stone Garden (on the corner of Mission and Mowry behind the Mission Valley Veterinary Clinic)


Work Party

Sunday, April 27th, 12:00-2:00pm

Getting ready for the Birthday celebration and Plant a Seedling activities.


Mission Peak UU Birthday Celebration Work Party

Saturday, May 3rd, 9:00-1:00 p.m.

We will have jobs/activities for all ages and skill/activity levels.  Parking is extremely limited at the Stone Garden so shuttles will be provided from nearby parking.


BBQ & Concert at the Stone Garden

Saturday, May 3rd, 1:00-4:30 p.m.

After working in the garden in the morning, join Mission Peak UU friends & family for a fun afternoon of food, live music, and fun.  Parking is extremely limited at the Stone Garden so shuttles will be provided from nearby parking.

Plant a Seeding


Work Party

Sunday, May 10th, 12:00-2:00pm

Getting ready for Plant a Seedling event.


Plant a Seedling (2 Dates)

Saturday, May 17th, 1:00-3:00 pm or

Sunday, May 18th, 12:00-2:00 pm

Plant your seedlings at the Stone Garden and celebrate the results of our Sow a Seed event!


Want to volunteer without getting dirty? We have that! Get details and the latest information by subscribing to the garden volunteer list (sent once a week):





Questions? Contact Deanna Kosaraju at dkosaraju@yahoo.com or 650-346-8601


First planting of cucumbers, tomatoes and squash courtesy of Michael Joss 
Monthly Board Meeting
Mission Peak UU May Monthly Board Meeting

The Mission Peak UU Board will meet Thursday evening, May 8 at Kathy Wallcave's home at 7:00 p.m.

Members of Mission Peak UU are welcome to attend.  For a copy of the agenda, please contact President Kathy Wallcave at kwallcave@gmail.com
Community Office Hours
Rev. Nickel's upcoming schedule

I am always interested in suggestions for new places, times and ways that this could work better for you, so if you have an idea, please drop me a line, it is as easy as clicking right here.

Thursday, April 24
11 AM - 1 PM
Suju's (New Location)
4949 Stevenson Blvd

Wednesday, May 7
11 AM - 1 PM
7324 Thornton Ave

Thursday, May 22
11 AM - 1 PM
Mission Coffee
151 Washington Blvd
Sunday Services Team

The Sunday Services Team needs help

We need one or preferably two volunteers to make coffee on the fourth Sunday of the month to replace Jen King.  Jen has been making coffee for quite some time and is now overwhelmed with other obligations.  Thank you Jen for all you do!
This job consists of preparing coffee and cleaning up after the coffee hour.  The job description is posted on the cabinet door and there will be someone who will train the new volunteer. If you are willing, please contact Ursel Bloxsom at dsbloxsom@aol.com or 510-656-3501.

We are also in dire need of aesthetics volunteers.  Our team found out that an inspection was made by the Fire Marshall who said we need to treat all decorative material with fire retardant if we keep the decorations up past the end of the service.  Since this would entail quite an amount of money and more volunteers, we decided to do aesthetics every week as we have always done it before. WE THEREFORE NEED 5 MORE VOLUNTEERS TO DO AESTHETICS. IT WOULD BE EASIER IF TWO PEOPLE WOULD WORK TOGETHER.  THIS IS A JOB FOR WHICH YOU CAN USE YOUR IMAGINATION AND CREATIVITY.  So far we have 4 people for this job but not all can commit to do it once a month on a regular basis.  The materials and the job description are in one of the cabinets and, of course, we would help you at first.  

Who We Are

Mission Peak Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fremont was founded in 1993. We are a member congregation of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts.


Mission Peak members determine its policies, choose its minister, and support it financially.


We affirm and promote these UUA Principles and Purposes:

  • The inherent worth and dignity of every person
  • Justice, equity and compassion in human relations
  • Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations
  • A free and responsible search for truth and meaning
  • The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in our society at large
  • The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all
  • Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part

We invite you to join us and add your commitment to ours. Mission Peak is a living and changing congregation, responsive to the spiritual needs of its members. With the leadership of our minister, we search for ways to fulfill ourselves as individuals and as a community. Joining us is a commitment to this process. 


Our mailing address is:

P.O. Box 545 Fremont, CA 94537-0545

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