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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This Sunday's Service
Message from DRE
Stone Garden
Program Council
Black & White Gala
Board Meeting
Sunday Services Volunteers
Community Office Hours
Mission Peak UU Calendar
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September 24, 2014

I am serving my third year on the Board, this year as Trustee at Large.  This year has already been busy for the Board, with one of our first tasks to hire a new DRE in time for fall RE.  As you know, the Search Committee gave us a great recommendation with Eli Stephens!

I'm looking forward to our Board retreat on October 11, which is a chance for the Board to have a longer conversation about what we'd like to accomplish this Board year.  It's also a really good way for the Board members to get to know each other a little better.  This will be my third retreat and I really appreciate the other Board members making the time to do this.

At our last Board meeting on September 18 we discussed our fiscal responsibility to Mission Peak.  We all agreed to bring an increased level of fiscal scrutiny to the decisions we make as a Board.  This means more work for our fantastic Treasurer, Mark Kahn, and that it will take longer for us to make fiscal decisions but we believe this is a necessity given our budget this year.

On a personal note, I was at the People's Climate March in New York City this past weekend.  It was a great experience and it was unbelievable how many people came together to show the world that we need to fix our planet now.  I met up with Karin Lin, a former member of Mission Peak, and marched with members of her current Cambridge congregation.

In fellowship,

Melissa Holmes
Trustee at Large

This Sunday's Service - September 28, 2014

Repeat After You

I was given my first mantra almost two decades ago, and it has silently and privately served me very well ever since. The practice of chanting a sacred set of words or sounds, either out loud or silently, is an ancient spiritual technology. Come explore this practice and leave with your very own mantra!

Leading the service will be Rev. Jeremy D. Nickel, Ministerial Intern Dawn Fortune and Worship Associate Sharon Davis.  A chalice testimonial will be offered by Eric Dittmar and music will be provided by Eric Niessner.
Message from DRE
A few announcements from the DRE

This Sunday is a big day for RE at Mission Peak. Our Youth group will have their first session this Sunday. They will be discussing their schedule and expectations they have with this year's high school teachers. There will also be a meeting for mentors, youth, and parents of the Coming of Age program after service this Sunday. We will have an orientation to the program and to each participant's role. Lunch will be provided. If you have questions feel free to contact me.  


All the Best,


Elijah Stephens




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 673 pounds of fresh fruits and veggies to the food pantry at Tri-Cities! The Stone Garden has hit our goal of 500 pounds and there is more to come!    








Stone Garden: Filming Video - Need people to act as volunteers in the Garden

 Friday, September 26th, 2014

9am - 12pm


Please RSVP to Deanna Kosaraju (dkosaraju@yahoo.com)


LEAF will be shooting a video out at the Stone Garden and we are looking for people to act as volunteers working in various roles.People are needed to come out and populate the garden. Everything will be staged to look like they are working in the garden; harvesting, cleaning up, working on the gate/trench, painting the container, etc. A member of the TriCity Volunteers Food Bank will also be on site for this effort.



* do not wear white clothing. 

* let us know you plan to be there so we can make certain we have enough people 

* carpool, if possible


Next Work Party:

Sunday, September 28th 12:00-3:00pm

Organizing reusable materials. Organizing back fence and cover with mulch. Prep for fall garden. Painting the shipping container using white paint.

Number of volunteers needed: 6

All skill levels! Bring clothes for painting!




Sunday, October 12th 11:30-1:30

Harvest Celebration at the Stone Garden

More details coming soon!


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

The next Program Council meeting is Saturday,October 4 from 9-12 p.m. in Ockerman 3/4 Please contact Colleen Arnold at colleenag@sbcglobal.net if you have any questions.



Black & White Gala

Black & White Gala - Tickets Go on Sale Sunday!


Come by the Black & White table on Sunday and purchase your tickets for the Gala scheduled for Saturday November 15th 6:00-10:00pm. Food, drink and fun! Source your holiday gifts at our boutique and auction provided by the creative and generous people here in the congregation while raising money for Mission Peak UU! Presale tickets are $20. At the door tickets will be $25. Contact Deanna Kosaraju at dkosaraju@yahoo.comwith any questions.

Housing for Dawn

Mission Peak UU Congregation intern is looking for housing closer to Fremont. They require a studio or one-bedroom place, no housemates, and has a budget of $1000 per month. An in-law apartment would be perfect. They will be in the area at least through next summer. Please send all leads to: intern@mpuuc.org


Board Meeting
Mission Peak UU October Monthly Board Meeting

The Mission Peak UU Board will meet Thursday evening, October 2 at Melissa Holmes 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.
Sunday Services Volunteers
Sunday Services Committee

We are in need of a goodies provider on the 3rd Sunday of the month.  Ron Qian had to resign from this job.  We also still need people for the aesthetics team.  Please contact  Ursel Bloxsom, Sunday Services Team Coordinator, dsbloxsom@aol.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, October 9
11 AM - 1 PM
Suju's (new location)
4949 Stevenson Blvd
Tuesday, October 21 - special commuter hours!
4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Mission Coffee
151 Washington Blvd

Mission Peak UU
Calendar of Upcoming Events

September 21
23 Introduction to the Enneagram 7-9 pm
Buddhist Meditation/Dharma Study 7-9 pm
COM Training 8-4 pm
Worship Qtr. Mtg 11:30-1:30 pm

The Mystery of Aging 7-9 pm
Introduction to the Enneagram 7-9 pm
Oct. 1
Board Mtg. 7-9 pm
Buddhist Meditation/Dharma Study 7-9 pm

Program Council Meeting 9-12 pm
Building Your Own Theology 7-9 pm
Coffee 11-1 pm
Buddhist Meditation/Dharma Study 7-9 pm
SAVE vigil 5:30-7 pm
Board Retreat
Stone Garden Harvest Celebration
11:30-12:30 pm
The Mystery of Aging 7-9 pm
Introduction to the Enneagram 7-9 pm
Buddhist Meditation/Dharma Study 7-9 pm

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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