Mission Peak Unitarian Universalist Congregation
Fremont, California       A spiritual community of open minds,
                                  nurturing growth and healing in ourselves and all people.
Welcome! If you are looking for a liberal church or fellowship southeast of San Francisco, we are Mission Peak Unitarian Universalist Congregation, in Fremont, California

We are looking for a half-time Director of Religious Education to guide our children's and youth programs starting in August.

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Mission Peak UU - Fremont, CA

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In This Issue
This Sunday's Service
Backpack Drive
Dawn Fortune
Adult Education
Monthly Board Meeting
New to UU Class
Community Office Hours
Mission Peak UU Calendar
Abod Quick Links
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July 9, 2014
I have returned from the east coast fully saturated in the amazing power of gathered community.  My first week was spent basking in the energy of over four thousand UU's from around the globe.  The second week I bounced from old friend to family member, recounting old stories and making a few new ones too.

For the next two weeks I will be back with all of you at Mission Peak UU, and have two exciting services to lead before I disappear to the northwest until the end of August.

We have a very exciting group of Minister and aspiring Ministers set to fill in for me while I am gone, and I am honestly jealous of the amazing array of voices you will hear in my absence!

I hope to see you soon.



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 - July 13, 2014

Embracing Paradox

A paradox hurts our brain when we first encounter it because it appears to be unresolvable. Can an all-powerful being create a door that they could not open? All exits towards a solution appear to be blocked and our brain has no idea how to relate to something that can't be solved. But spiritual seekers from every tradition have found that embracing this tension can lead to incredible insight. So, come embrace paradox with us! 


Leading the service will be Rev. Jeremy D. Nickel and Worship Associate Drew Wilson.  Music will be provided by Eric Niessner.
Backpack Drive

Please Participate in Mission Peak UU School Backpack Drive!

July 13th- August 24th


Do you remember the joy of the first day of school? New backpack, new pencils, new notebooks and markers? Most of us think back to those first days of school with fondness. But for many children in Alameda County, the first day of school will have none of those fond memories. Mission Peak UU would like to change that.


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 nataliehcampbell@yahoo.com  

Dawn Fortune
Safe Arrival - More Help Needed

Our 2014-15 intern, Dawn Fortune, arrived this week after a long drive with truck and trailer from Boston! Thanks so much to Shyno, Drew and Jen for helping them unload. What a great way to begin our welcome! Now Dawn is looking for assistance taking boxes upstairs on Saturday, July 12, at 10am. If you are available to help at that time, please contact allyssonmcdonald@yahoo.com


The Intern Committee, comprised of Michealle Havenhill (chair), David Lefkort, Holly Ito, Paul Davis, and Allysson McDonald have begun meeting to plan our official welcome for Dawn as well as goals and supervision for the coming year. If you have any questions or comments about the internship/intern, please contact any of us. We welcome your input.

Connections Brainstorming

On July 13 please meet briefly with Connections' Mission Peak board members after the worship service. Brainstorm with us about people with whom we need to be in collaboration in nonprofits, in businesses and in government who might affirm our values honoring spirituality, culture, and diversity. Brainstorm with us about organizations and businesses that might financially support Connections through gifts or grants and generate names of people within these organizations who might be helpful for Connections to contact. Although we will seek foundation grants, it's often a year long process and we only received our tax-exempt status in June. Business or corporation grants, however, are often significantly quicker ... particularly if initiated by an employee.  


Thank you.


Wayne Lowe

Adult Education - Fall 2014

Request for Class Proposals - Adult Education - Fall 2014

Share your knowledge. It is a way to achieve immortality.

- Dalai Lama


No one learns as much about a subject as one who is forced to teach it.

 - Peter F. Drucker

The Adult Education Committee is seeking proposals for classes for the fall quarter - September through November of 2014. This is an opportunity for you to share what you know with others.


Past topics have included meditation, Jesus, healthy eating, compassionate communication, drumming, building your own theology, art and spirituality, grief support, joy of movement, and celebration of the sacred feminine. Classes can vary from one-time events to meeting every week.


How can you submit a proposal? Go to the Mission Peak web site: mpuuc.org. Click on <activities>, then <adult education>. There you have two choices. First, you can download a PDF version that can be printed, filled in by hand, and returned. Or, if you prefer, open the "word doc," click "enable editing", fill it out and save it to your computer.  


In either case, send the proposal to Linda Messia. If you'd like to discuss ideas, call Linda.

Please submit your proposal no later than July 13.

Monthly Board Meeting
Mission Peak UU July Monthly Board Meeting

The Mission Peak UU Board will meet Thursday evening, July 10 at Mark Kahn'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 president@mpuuc.org.


New to UU Class
New to UU Class - July 12 (Saturday) from 10 am-12 noon.

Join Rev. Jeremy and various congregational leaders to learn more about the history of Unitarian Universalism, our Mission Peak
congregation, opportunities for involvement, and more by attending the next New to UU class on July 12. Everyone is welcome to attend and you are especially invited to attend if:
  • you are relatively new to Mission Peak
  • you have been attending for a while but have not yet become a member
  • you are seeking and questioning and want to learn more
A signup sheet is available at the Welcome Table on Sunday morning or
you may contact Marylin Wakefield at 510-364-6031 or
marylinwakefield@gmail.com to let us know you will be attending.
Childcare and coffee will be provided!
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.

Coffee Hours to resume in the Fall
Mission Peak UU
Calendar of Upcoming Events

June 29
July 1

Monthly Board Meeting
7 pm
New to UU class 10-12 pm
11:30 a.m.
Connections Brainstorming

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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