Mission Peak UU - Fremont, CA
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Greetings to all the members and friends of Mission Peak Unitarian Universalist Congregation! My name is DeAnna Alm, and I am excited to have been elected MPUUC's Board President for the 2014-2015 term. Our past Boards have done a tremendous job in assisting MPUUC to grow in numbers and vibrancy, and I look forward to having a role as we move into the future. MPUUC has many great opportunities for leaders, from the smallest of one-time projects to long-term planning and development, and one of the Board's goals this year is to inspire more of us to step into those leadership roles.
I first started attending MPUUC about 16 years ago. I had heard some interesting things about Unitarian Universalism, and on a free Sunday, looked in the phone book and found this congregation. I will always remember the feeling that swept over me as I attended that first service. I had found the spiritual home that I hadn't even been aware I was searching for! Coming from a non-religious background, it took me quite some time (3 years!) to be ready to actually sign the membership book, but I attended regularly from that first day. I served on several committees, including Membership and Worship Associates, and served on a previous board as a Trustee at Large. As time went on, my children, Katherine and Markus, were welcomed at an MPUUC dedication service, and they have attended Sunday School classes for many years. My husband, Erik, and I truly value the excellent worship services and opportunities for spiritual growth that MPUUC offers our whole family.
| Important Update|
| Children at Mission Peak UU|
Do you feel like our congregation's youth are the future of our church? Have you always wondered what exactly it is that we are teaching our children in our Religious Education classes? Do you want to make a huge difference in the lives of our kids and families at MPUUC?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, then becoming a Religious Education teacher is for you! We are in real need of wonderful people just like you to help teach our children about our Unitarian Universalist values. The more people who sign up, the less Sundays each person has to teach! We are trying to make it so that no one has to teach more than six Sundays between September and the end of January. That is only about one Sunday a month....
There are two teachers per class and class size ranges from 4-10 kids each Sunday. We are breaking the classes down into three groups. There are the youngest, who are kindergarten - 2nd grade, then the next age group is 3rd- 5th grade, and finally we have the 6th - 8th grade group. Each class is made up of bright, curious kids who are really fun to teach.
We will also have a class for high schoolers, but it will follow a different format, and will require less teachers.
This year we are teaching about Unitarian Universalist principles.
We will be using curriculum from the UUA which can be viewed online. To find out more, go to http://www.uua.org/re/tapestry/children/index.shtml
We will be teaching the curricula "Wonderful Welcome", "Sing the Power" and "Amazing Grace".
You can look at each one online and see which one resonates with you.
Over the next few weeks, we will have sign up sheets after the service for people to sign up. The children's RE committee will also be calling people in the congregation, so please don't be surprised to hear from us!
Together, we can all make a difference.
If you have any questions, or would like to find out more, please e-mail email@example.com
| This Sunday's Service - August 3, 2014|
Telling Our Story: Towards a Multicultural Unitarian Universalist Future
"In building the Beloved Community: What can we do so that our churches better reflect the diverse communities and neighborhoods we find ourselves in? How do we ground ourselves in theologies that are anti-racist and anti-oppressive? How do we ensure that our desire for diverse congregations is authentic, deeply rooted and transformative?"
Leading the service will be Kevin Mann and Worship Associate Paul K. Davis. Music will be provided by Jay Steele.
Mission Peak Unitarian Universalist Congregation participates in the Escrip program (www.escrip.com), which provides a percent of your purchase amount directly to the non-profit(s) of your choice when you use registered credit cards at certain businesses and/or shop at Safeway using a registered frequent shopper card (their "Red" card). Enrollment in this program does not cost you any money or make your purchase prices higher. If you are already signed up to benefit MPUUC with Escrip -- thank you -- the coordinator will automatically renew your contributions from Safeway non-credit-card purchases at the end of August. If you would like to sign up to benefit MPUUC, go to www.escrip.com or contact Corby (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more details.
| Stone Garden|
Update on the Stone Garden
Location: Stone Garden (on the corner of Mission and Mowry behind the Mission Valley Veterinary Clinic)
We have delivered over 136 pounds of fresh fruits and veggies to the food pantry at Tri-Cities! This is just the beginning; come out and join the fun!
Next Work Party:
Saturday, August 2nd 8:00-10:00am
Looking for 6 volunteers to help laydown cardboard, organize and prepare containers for fall/winter planting. We have jobs for everyone and every skill set.
We need your help!
- Grass Clippings (bring in black trash bags)
- Small twigs
- Green waste - compostable waste - raw veggie scraps (bring in trash bags)
Please bring any donations to the garden site at Mission Peak and we will take them over to the Stone Garden.
Join the Stone Garden Volunteer Email List:
**We are looking for volunteers to help fertilize and harvest during the week. Hours/times are flexible. **
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 email@example.com or 650-346-8601.
| Interfaith Harmony Picnic|
Interfaith Harmony Picnic
The Tri-City Interfaith Council is hosting an "Interfaith Harmony Picnic" on Saturday, August 2, 2:00-4:00 p.m., at Meyer Park, 38225 Glenmoor Dr., Fremont. Co-sponsored with the Alameda County Human Relations Commission, Interfaith Women of Peace, and Pax Christi, the organizers hope people from many faith traditions will come to share snacks and informal conversation and games.
People are encouraged to bring chairs, umbrellas, toys for kids, and some finger foods to share. Drinks and paper products will be provided. "Let's enjoy the summer with family and friends while learning about each other," Moina Shaiq encouraged as she announced the event.
Download the interfaith picnic flyer here.
| Backpack Drive|
Please Participate in Mission Peak UU School Backpack Drive!
July 13th- August 24th
We are partnering with Abode Services in Fremont to help get backpacks and supplies into the hands of the kids who need them most. Abode helps many families throughout the Bay Area. Over three hundred of their clients are children. These children's families have a hard time paying rent, paying utilities, and putting food on the table - much less paying for school supplies for their kids.
Won't you please help us make a difference? We will be collecting backpacks over the next month. If you are interested, please take a tag. Each tag has a school supply list on it. There will be assorted supply lists for different grades. Take the tag with you, buy a backpack (you can decide if it is for a boy or a girl or neutral) and fill it with the required supplies. Then return the bag to us no later than Sunday, August 24th.
If you are not able to purchase supplies yourself, but would like to participate, you can make out a check to Missiib Peak UU, and put it in the envelope next to the backpack tags. Please make a note in the memo line "backpack drive" so we can keep track of the funds.
If you have any questions, please contact Natalie Campbell at firstname.lastname@example.org
| Black and White Gala|
The Black and White Gala is Coming!
November may seem a long way off but the Black and White Gala will be here before you know it! We are looking for volunteers to start working on the Black and White Gala now so that we have a great event again this year. We need people to organize the auction, put together the basket raffle, run the boutique, as well as sell tickets after church, help set up on the day of, provide desserts, and help with many more tasks - there's a way for everyone to get involved. Mostly importantly, after many years of running the Black and White, Jen King is stepping down and we are looking for someone to fill her shoes as the Head Planner and overall leader of the Black and White Gala. If you would like to volunteer for this or any other position please contact DeAnna Alm at email@example.com or Melissa Holmes at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have questions about volunteering to help organize the Black and White Gala please contact Jen King email@example.com.
| Monthly Board Meeting|
Mission Peak UU August Monthly Board MeetingThe Mission Peak UU Board will meet Thursday evening, August 7 at Lisa Newstrom'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 DeAnna Alm at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Community Office Hours |
Rev. Nickel's upcoming scheduleI 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.
Coffee Hours to resume in the Fall
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Calendar of Upcoming Events
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Stone Garden Work Party 8-10 a.m.
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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