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.

LATEST NEWS

Every Wednesday evening you can read the latest news on Week on the Peak:

This Week on the Peak - September 21, 2016
This Week on the Peak
Mission Peak UU - Fremont, CA
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My name is Jen King. I am a member here at Mission Peak and I am currently heading up the wonderful group of volunteers who are planning this year's fabulous Black & White Gala. What is the Black & White Gala? We're so glad you asked! It is a fun social event that serves as our largest FUNdraising event of the fiscal year. It provides fun and fellowship for MPUUC members and their friends while also providing much needed funds to keep MPUUC going strong. The evening consists of a live auction, a boutique, a basket raffle, and yummy refreshments (a dessert buffet, beer & wine, and non-alcoholic beverages). Attendees are encouraged to wear black and white - as formal or casual or crazy as you'd like. This year's event will be held on Saturday, November 5 at the brand new, LEED certified, Dominican Center located just up the hill from Cole Hall at the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose Motherhouse. The event will start at 6:00 pm and run until about 9:30 pm. Childcare will be provided for a nominal fee at our very own Cole Hall. Tickets for the event will be $25 each or you can sponsor a table (5 seats) for $100. While this event is not open to the general public we STRONGLY encourage you to invite family and friends who are not MPUUC members.

So now that you know what the Black & White Gala is, I'm sure you're wondering how you can participate. Here are just a few ways you can participate in t
he Black & White Gala:
 
  1. Buy Tickets
  2. Sponsor a Table
  3. Donate Items for the Auction
  4. Donate $$ for a Raffle Basket
  5. Donate Items for the Boutique
  6. Invite Friends
  7. Donate Beer
  8. Donate Wine
  9. Volunteer to Shop for Items for a Raffle Basket
  10. Volunteer to Set Up
  11. Volunteer to Clean Up
  12. Volunteer to Serve Dessert
  13. Purchase a Ticket for Someone Who Can't Afford One
  14. Volunteer to Work in the Boutique
  15. Attend a Work Group to Create Boutique Items
  16. Volunteer to Sell Raffle Tickets
  17. Buy Raffle Tickets
  18. Volunteer to Bake Desserts
  19. Encourage Other Members to Participate
  20. Bid, Bid, Bid!!
 
Tables will be set up after the service starting this coming Sunday, September 25 and every Sunday through the end of October where you can purchase tickets, and sign up for donations and volunteer opportunities.

One last note - Our auction is a service auction which means that we are looking for people to donate 'services' such as theme dinners, game nights, and rides to the airport as opposed to pieces of artwork or antiques or furniture. The best idea is to offer to donate something you enjoy doing! If you drive, offer transportation. If you have a green thumb, offer to beautify someone's yard or help them plan and plant a garden. If you like to bake, offer to deliver baked goods or put on a tea. If you like to cook, offer to cook a meal, deliver a meal, or share a meal. If you like picnics, offer to gather all the fixings for a dream picnic for 2. If you are good with hammer and nails, offer to help build something or repair something. If you like to knit, offer to create a custom creation. If you love kids, offer to babysit and give parents a much needed night out. If you have an eye for organizing, offer to help organize closets. If you own a truck, offer to haul stuff. If you love animals, offer to pet sit. If you have a talent, offer to share it. If you have a skill, offer to teach it.
 
I hope that reading this has gotten you excited about this fun event. We can't do it without you. See you at the Black & White Gala!!
This Sunday's Service



Teacher Commissioning

In this very special service we will honor our children and youth religious educators. Without the help of these amazing volunteers our religious education program would not thrive. Join us as we dedicate our volunteers and our service to the importnat work of religious education!

Leading the service will be Shawn Stephens and Worship Associate Ilze Duarte.  Music will be provided by Eric Niessner 

 
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Please help Shawn finish college, go to https://www.gofundme.com/ijrkf8

Our Director of Religious Education of 3 years Shawn Stephens is about to enter his last semester of grad school to receive his MA in Sociology of Religion. The knowledge he is gaining to earn his degree doubles as professional development for the DRE position because his research is focused on the development of identity and the influences of religious institutions. It would be nice if Mission Peak could offer educational benefits to him to help cover part of his college cost but that is not in our budget. We are providing a link to a site he has set up to help him
Please help Shawn finish his degree.

Sincerely,
Mission Peak UU Congregation Children and Youth Religious Education Committee (CaYRE)
With approval from the Mission Peak Board of Trustees
Questions? Contact Steve Wallcave

Ken Burn's new film about us!

As we have been eagerly anticipating for months, Ken Burns new film about Unitarian's Martha and Waitstill Sharp is here.  While you can catch it on PBS, you can also join us at Mission Peak UU, here are the details:

When: 
Saturday evening, October 8
Doors open at 5 PM
Movie begins at 5:30 PM

Where: Cole Hall

We will provide the pizza, popcorn and drinks! 

Suggested donation is $5/person but no one will be turned away

Bring friends to this fun event!
Unitarian Universalism Classes

Our two UU Adult Ed Classes are starting very shortly. It is not too late to sign up. Email Linda at lmessia@yahoo.com if interested.
 

1. A Long Strange Trip :   Eric Dittmar

Tuesdays, Sept 27; October 11, 25; Nov 1, 15, 29
 
A Long Strange Trip is a six-part video series that explores the history of Unitarian and Universalist thought and practice from the early, liberal strands in faith at the beginning of the Christian era to what we know today as Unitarian Universalism.  A video will be shown each week (approximately 1 hour in length) followed by a 1 hour discussion.
 
 

2. Build Your Own Theology : Rev, Jeremy Nickel

Thursdays,  Oct 6 & 20; Nov 3 & 17
Often times people come to Unitarian Universalism having rejected a historical faith tradition and quite sure of what they do not believe. While it is important to be clear on what we don't believe, it is just as important to work towards articulating our own beliefs as well. This four-session class seeks to help you articulate what you do indeed believe, whatever that may be. At the end of the class each participant will share a personal 'credo' or belief statement, similar to what our youth deliver at the end of our Coming of Age program.
 

New to UU Class - Saturday, Oct 8 from 10 AM to 12 noon 
Are you new to Unitarian Universalism or to Mission Peak UU?   Are you seeking and questioning and want to learn more?
 
Join Reverend Jeremy and other congregation leaders to learn about the history of Unitarian Universalism, our Mission Peak Congregation, congregational activities and more by attending the New to UU class on Oct 8 at the church. Everyone is welcome to attend. A signup sheet will be available at the Welcome Table on Sunday mornings or you can email   membership@mpuuc.org or call the office at 510-252-1477 and let us know you will be attending. Light refreshments will be provided.Childcare will be available with at least one week notice.

Highlights from the September Board meeting:

  • The Methodists are investigating the possibility of building an Event Center on the FUMC campus.  Andrew Dean was invited to participate on their workgroup that looked at options to utilize open space on the campus and his input helped the Methodists come up with a plan that would consider Mission Peak's needs as well.  Their Congregation will vote on October 9, 2016, on whether or not to pursue building the Event Center.  If they vote "yes" they have offered to give Mission Peak an overview of the project and answer questions from our Congregation.  Stay tuned for more information.
  • We discussed the new Council structure that was approved at the Annual Meeting.  The first step in implementing this structure took place at the Program Council meeting this past Saturday.
  • Jeremy and a small group of people who have been working on the website were tasked with evaluating a UUA website template to see if it would work better for Mission Peak and be more attractive to newcomers who are looking for more information about Mission Peak.  The group reported to the Board that they recommend using the UUA template and they will begin working on a plan to move to this new format, which is also easy for members to update.
  • We discussed room usage this year.  We get a specific number of room rentals included in our lease with the Methodists in addition to Cole Hall on Sundays.  However, this year we are projected to use more than that number and we will have to pay for any overages.  Stay tuned for more information about how we can manage this and keep our usage down to what we really need.
     

Mission Peak NVC Training
Worship Associate Training

Do you like to act, tell stories, or lead group experiences?  Are you creative, and have ideas about our Sunday services?  While you may never have thought you'd be good at planning or leading our worship experience, you may be exactly who we are looking for. Come to this no-obligation, no-strings-attached training lead by Rev. Jeremy on Saturday, November 5 from 10 AM - 12 PM in Cole Hall and find out!

Dream-work Workshop with Rev. Dr. Jeremy Taylor

Working with dreams on your own, or in a group.  All dreams come for our health and wholeness and only the dreamer knows for sure what his/her dream means. The Workshop will be a combination of lecture and experiential dream work.  Bring a dream to "put in the hat," if you like.  Open to all, no experience needed.

World-renowned dream-worker Rev. Dr. Jeremy Taylor has been deciphering dreams for 40 years and has written several books and taught seminary courses on the subject.  We are very fortunate to have him leading a workshop at Cole Hall to teach working with dreams.    He says: " Working with dreams means remembering and exploring the dreams from sleep with an eye to their deeper meanings.  Each one of us is uniquely blind to the deeper meanings of our own dreams, and dream work helps us see what amazing gifts are there, just below the surface of 'manifest content' and obvious appearance. "

Come explore how to understand the meanings of your own dreams and gain some insight into the creativity that lies within.

Friday, September 30, 7-9 pm, Saturday, October 1, 9 am - 5 pm in Cole Hall

Cost: Sliding scale $50 - $100.  No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Bring your lunch on Saturday.

Contact:  Rev. Barbara F. Meyers at: com_minister@mpuuc.org  or 510-796-5722 for reservations.

Rev. Dr. Taylor and Rev. Barbara Meyers will also lead worship at MPUUC on Sunday, October 2 on the subject of Dream-Work.
 
Rev. Barbara F. Meyers
Community Minister
 

Community Office Hours
Rev. Jeremy's upcoming dates

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.   And of course I am also always available by personal appointment all days except Monday. 



Thursday, September 22
1 PM - 3 PM
Mission Coffee
151 Washington Blvd
Fremont


Wednesday, October 5
12 PM - 2 PM
Slap Face Coffee
37324 Fremont Blvd.
Fremont


Wednesday, October 19
4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Mission Coffee
151 Washington Blvd
Fremont

 
Mission Peak UU 
Calendar of Upcoming Events 


SUN MON
TUE
WED
THU
FRI
SAT
Sept. 18
Worship Meeting / Cole Hall 11:30am
19
The Ethics of Abortion - A Discussion/ Lucienne's home 7-9 pm
20
The Enneagram - Defense Mechanisms / Linda's Home 7-9 pm
21
22
Jeremy's Coffee Hours 1-3 pm
Mission Coffee
23
24
25
26
Poems / private home 7-9 pm 
27
A Long Strange Trip / Ockerman 3/4  7-9 pm 
28
29
30
Dream Work
Work
shop
7-9 pm 
Oct. 1
Dream Work Workshop 9-5 pm 

2
3
4
The Enneagram - Defense Mechanisms / Linda's Home 7-9 pm
5
Jeremy's Coffee
 Hours 12-2 pm
Slap Face Coffee
6
Build
Your Own Theology Ockerman 7/8  7-9 pm
7
8
New to UU / Cole Hall 10-12 pm

Defying the Nazis: The Sharps'
 War / Cole Hall 5-9 pm

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
or  click here to contact us directly  


 
Mission Peak UU
2950 Washington Blvd in Fremont, CA.