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This Week on the Peak - August 17, 2016

Mission Peak UU - Fremont, CA

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In This Issue
This Sunday's Service
Niles Rummage Sale
Camping Trip Pictures
Racists Anonymous 12-Step Program
Adult Education
Mission Peak RE Craft Supplies and Toy Donations
Fall Children and Youth RE Teachers Needed
Mission Peak UU Calendar
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August 17, 2016


My name is Cara Madden-Watson and I have been newly elected to the Board for this year. My family and I have been members of MPUUC for about 7 years now and I am excited to contribute in this way for the first time. Prior to serving on the Board, I worked on the More Peaks Committee that researched congregational growth strategies and played drums in Peak Rocks.

I have been married to my husband, Rob, for almost 14 years and we have two boys: Aidan, 14 and Donovan, 11. We love to spend our free time hiking or playing at the beach. I am also a drummer and singer in a local band.

I stepped back a few years ago from most of my volunteer work at Mission Peak UU and elsewhere because of health problems. It was a hard choice for me to make but it gave me the space to figure out what was really important and to learn how to better listen to what my body is telling me. Of course, finding balance is a process and one I still haven't even come close to perfecting! One of my favorite parts of working on a new skill like this is being able to share it with my children. I find that, they too, feel anxiety and stress throughout the year, especially at this time, when a new school year is starting. We started doing mindfulness meditations earlier this year and have found that it brings calm for us amidst the chaos of life. One book we really enjoy is Master of Mindfulness: How to Be Your Own Superhero in Times of Stress. The book was written in part by a 5th grade class from Oakland! I highly recommend it!

Since it has been a while since I did any volunteer work for Mission Peak UU, I am so excited to put my renewed energy and enthusiasm to good use! I would like to work on ways to increase our membership and reach out into the community as much as possible. This congregation has been so important to my family and me and I would love to find more ways to share our much needed messages of love and tolerance with as many people as possible.

If you have any feedback or ideas for the Board, feel free to grab me after a service or send me an email at maddenwatson@gmail.com. I look forward to serving this congregation as a Board member!


This Sunday's Service - August 21, 2016

Can Anger be Righteous?
While anger is a completely normal human emotion, anger can become destructive to ourselves, loved ones, and the larger community.  Religious leaders see anger as an emotion that needs to be overcome.  However, it seems both morally correct and justifiable to be angry about problems in the world. In fact, we may need anger to spur us to positive action.  How can we distinguish destructive anger from righteous anger?  Martin Luther King's words provide a clue.

Leading the service will be Sharon Davis and Worship Associate Drew Wilson.  Music will be provided by Jay Steele.  
Niles Rummage Sale
Niles Rummage Sale-Saturday, August 27th!

We are still collecting donations and volunteers for our stall at the Niles town-wide rummage sale next Saturday, August 27th. This is a chance to raise some funds, but also to get out in the community and meet new friends!
  • Donations: We are still accepting donations of furniture, household items, quality clothing, sports and camping equipment, vintage treasures, kids' items, and more. Please make sure any items you want to donate are in good, clean, usable condition. You can bring items to Mission Peak this Sunday, August 21, for collection after service, or you can contact Lisa Newstrom to arrange drop-off at her home.
  • Volunteers: We are still seeking a few more volunteers for pre-set-up Friday evening before the sale (approx. 6:30-7:30 p.m.) or to help at the sale itself on Saturday (any time between 6:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.).
  • Still needed: We are still looking to borrow a few more folding tables, garment/clothing racks, and clean tarps. We will label them and make sure they find their way back to you!
Please contact Lisa Newstrom, LMNewstrom@gmail.com, as soon as possible if you can help with any of the above.
Camping Trip Pictures

Camping Trip Pictures

Here are some pictures to enjoy from the Mission Peak camp out.


NAMI Walk will be held on Saturday, September 17 at the Arena Green in San Jose. This is the major yearly fund raiser for the local affiliates of the National Alliance on Mental Illness.  It is a 5K walk, and a lot of fun!  MPUUC has a team called the Peak Survivors.  You can register for the walk at http://www.namiwalks.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=donordrive.event&eventID=568.  When you register, search for the Peak Survivors team and sign up to join us!  Registration starts at 9 am, and the walk starts at 11 am.  If you have any questions, ask Kathryn Lum, Barbara Meyers or Peggy Rahman.
Rev. Barbara F. Meyers
Racists Anonymous 12-Step Program

Racists Anonymous 12-Step Program Starting at Niles Discovery Church

A Racists Anonymous 12 Step program will begin at Niles Discovery Church in September.  Rev. Barbara Meyers will be attending and members of MPUUC are invited to join the group.  The originator, United Church of Christ Pastor Ron Buford, in Sunnyvale CA, believes we are all a bit racist and we are helpless to eradicate racism without the help of others and a higher power. He's invited 20 churches to launch weekly RA 12 Step programs for a 3 month period.
This is a nonconfrontational model that aims at self transformation. Each individual will work on changing the racism within self through listening to what others are working on without passing judgement and without trying to fix others. The hope is that within a few generations, racism will be eradicated through this work combined with the more confrontative work being done to change systemic racism.
If you would like to join in this transformative work, please let Rev. Barbara Meyers know.  They are in the process of deciding date and time for the weekly meetings. If interested please specify conflicting and/or preferential timing for joining our Racist Anonymous meeting.
Rev. Barbara F. Meyers
Adult Education Classes

Adult Education Classes

The Adult Education Committee is pleased to offer the following classes for the Fall 2016 Quarter. Brochures will be available Aug 14th, and sign-ups will begin after the Sunday service.


Members, their families and friends are eligible to take these classes.



1. A Long Strange Trip

Eric Dittmar

Tuesdays,  Sept 27;  October 11, 25;  Nov 1, 15, 29

7 - 9 pm    Ockerman Bldg 3/4


 2. Build Your Own Theology

Rev. Jeremy Nickel

Thursdays,    Oct 6 & 20;  Nov 3 & 17

7 - 9 pm        Ockerman Bldg 7/8      20 places


3. Poems

Jackie & John Porter

Mondays,    Sept 12 & 26;  Oct 10 & 24;  Nov 7 & 21

7 - 9 pm      Private home,   6 places


4.The Ethics of Abortion - A Discussion

Lucienne Bouvier

Monday,   Sept 19      

7 - 9 pm     Lucienne's Home    9 places


5.The Enneagram - Defense Mechanisms

Linda Messia & Jackie Porter

Tuesdays,   Sept 20;  Oct 4 & 18

7 - 9 pm,   Linda's Home     10 places


6.Sing-a-long With Jo Ann and Jackie

Jo Ann Schriner & Jackie Porter

Sunday,    October 16

7 - 9   Jo-Ann's Home,   12 places


7.  Compassion Meditation Training

Patt Saso   (Full)

Mission Peak RE Craft Supplies and Toy Donations
Mission Peak RE Craft Supplies and Toy Donations

The RE program needs your help! The Board has offered the Children and Youth Religious Education program the month of August to collect toy and craft supply donations. You may have noticed our outdoor toys for after service are not in the best shape and our craft supplies are in a similar state. Please help out if you can! Below is a preliminary list of things we could use for the upcoming year. There will be a box for donations at the RE table starting this coming Sunday. If have any questions please feel free to contact the DRE.

Shawn Stephens
Outdoor Supplies:
Kick Balls
Foam Footballs
Hula hoops
Jump ropes
Lawn Games (such as ladder ball or bean bag toss)
Craft Supplies:
Glue Sticks
Markers/ Lil pips for the smaller kids and regular markers for the older kids
Colored Pencils
Construction Paper
Pencil Boxes
Printer Paper
Composition Notebooks
Pens/ Pencils
Name Tags


Can you believe it is that time of year again? Our children and youth are on their way back to school and the Children and Youth Religious Education Program is gearing up for our fall semester. We will begin teacher sign ups this coming Sunday so please bring your schedules with you. If you have any questions about our program or what volunteering entails please contact the DRE.

Shawn Stephens

Mission Peak UU

Calendar of Upcoming Events

August 14

Membership Meeting 11:30 am














Niles Rummage

 Sale 8:00-4:00 pm





September 1





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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