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This Week on the Peak - December 7, 2016
This Week on the Peak
Mission Peak UU - Fremont, CA
The Home of Liberal Religion in the Tri-Cities and Beyond!
December 7, 2016



Greetings,

About three years ago, my family and I moved to the area from the East Coast.  We found Mission Peak UU and it has become a valuable part of our life here. As I started participating in events I got to know many of the members.

I have enjoyed the annual summer camping trip, Oakland A's games, Black & White Gala and many other social gatherings.

 

There are many ways for new members to get to know our congregation.Visit our website for upcoming events, volunteers are always appreciated.   If you enjoy spending time with children, consider teaching in our children religious education program. Contact Shawn at dre@mpuuc.org

If you have a green thumb or wish you did, join me at the Stone Garden.The Stone Garden is a community garden in Fremont managed by LEAF( http://fremontleaf.org/). The garden was started in 2014 as community outreach project with Mission Peak UU. The garden provides over 2000 lbs. of vegetables annually to the Tri-City Food Bank.

If you are interested in volunteering, please see me.  This year I am serving as Co-Treasurer along with Holly Ito. If you have any treasurer or financial questions and aren't sure who to contact, just email treasurer@mpuuc.org and you'll be contacting both Holly and me.

 


Shyno Chacko Pandeya
This Sunday's Service



Winter RE Pageant 


It's time for our annual holiday pageant. This year, in accordance with our Judeo-Christian curriculum year, our pageant will be focused on the birth of Jesus. Please come join us and see our wonderful children and youth as they lead us in this inter-generational service. 
 


Leading the service will be  MPUUC Children and Youth and Worship Associate Shawn Snavley.  Music will be provided by Jay Steele. 


 

 
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ARMS AROUND FREMONT   Saturday, December 10th 2:00 p.m.

Fremont takes great pride in being one of the most diverse cities in America. While diversity is our city's greatest strength, some members of our community have recently expressed feelings of vulnerability.

Come celebrate the diversity that makes our city great by joining the City of Fremont Human Relations Commission and the Fremont Unified School District Instructional Services Department along with your friends and neighbors, at Lake Elizabeth to support all of our diverse communities and take a stand against division, violence and hatred.

Festivities and speakers will start at the Pavilion, followed by a walk around Lake Elizabeth and a joining of hands to show our commitment to a secure and safe community for all Fremont community members.


 

 
We Can Do It - Social Justice Visioning at Mission Peak

Many of us were stunned and left feeling hopeless after the 2016 election. But 19th century Unitarian minister and author, Edward Everett Hale, said "I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do."   The best antidote to hopelessness is action, and our work for justice is needed now more than ever! The  Sunday  after the election at Mission Peak UU we asked MPUUC members to tell us what actions they were interested in taking.  We've already started on our "Take Action Sundays" plan and our goal is to have a social justice activity every  Sunday  in December and January and then evaluate how we want to move forward. Social Justice is the heart of who we are as UU's and our Social Justice Committee needs you.  We need leaders and planners, but most of all we just need people willing to jump in and participate.  Mission Peak UU can reach out to make a real difference in our immediate community and work together with other UU's to make a difference in the larger world, but we need YOU and your ideas and your energy.  

Please join us after the service on  December 18  for a brief all congregation Social Justice meeting.  Bring your ideas and  your energy.  Tell us what social justice issues are important to you and what your dreams/visions are for how Mission Peak UU can more fully realize the Social Justice mission of Unitarian Universalism.  If you can't make the meeting, please forward your ideas to Allysson McDonald  allyssonmcdonald@gmail.com  

Holiday Potluck & Sing-a-Long  Saturday, December 10  @  6:00 pm


Come join us  Saturday, December 10 at 6:00 pm  in Cole Hall for a holiday Potluck and Sing-a-long.  Wear something festive, bring a dish to share (see below for suggestions), and join in the sing-a-long after the meal (feel free to bring a game or two to play if you'd like as well).  We will also be collecting items for the Fremont Warming Center (more details elsewhere in this newsletter).  We hope you will join us for some Holiday Cheer!

Potluck Suggestions (this only for those who need help deciding what to bring.  If you don't know what to bring, and none of this appeals to you - stop off and get a pizza :-):

If your Last Name starts with:

A-J - Bring a main dish

K-Q - Bring a salad

R-Z - Bring dessert

Mission Peak is Collecting Items for the Fremont Warming Center

Fremont Warming Center for the Homeless, in partnership with CityServe's Compassion Network and with support from Abode Services, was created in 2013 to be a warm, safe environment for the homeless by giving them an option to "come in" from freezing or wet weather. The center, housed in Wing A of Fremont Senior Center, is not open on a daily basis - it opens when heavy rains are predicted or when temperatures fall below 40 degrees. This weekend at the potluck on Saturday evening and the service  on Sunday  morning we will be collecting items that they need to help stock the Warming Center. Items that they need are: Hot Chocolate mix! Warm socks (mens & womens), Underwear (mens & womens), Sweatpants & Sweatshirts (M, L, XL), U-shaped bike locks, Bike lights. This is a way that we can make a positive impact right now in our community.  Please give generously.
 

 
Introduction to Showing Up for Racial Justice
 
SURJ (Showing Up for Racial Justice), Bay Area chapter, is part of a national network of groups and individuals organizing white people for racial justice. There are over 150 chapters and affiliates nationwide. Through community organizing, mobilizing, and education, SURJ moves white people to act as part of a multi-racial majority for  justice with passion and accountability.  For more info, go to www.surjbayarea.org
 
There will be an introduction to the Bay Area chapter of SURJ on January 11, 2017, 7 pm - 9 pm, with a location in Oakland TBD.  These meetings have been sold out due to the high level of interest in getting involved.  We'd like to send a team from MPUUC.  If you are interested in joining us, please contact Natalie Campbell or Rev. Barbara Meyers. 
 
 
 
Rev. Barbara F. Meyers
Community Minister

Adult Education Classes

The Adult Education Committee is pleased to 
announce our classes for the Winter Quarter 2017.  
Signups and brochures are now available after the 
Sunday service. Or Contact Linda Messia at 
510 792-1539 to sign up for a class. Family 
members and friends are welcome.

 


1. Public Speaking Workshop - Ilze Duarte
4 Saturdays January 7, 14, 21, 28
Ockerman 7/8 6 places

2. Cancer 101 - Sharon Davis
3 Thursdays Feb 23; Mar 9 & 23
7:15 - 8:45 pm Private home 9 places

3. Poems - Jackie & John Porter
6 Mondays Jan 9 & 23; Feb 13 & 27; Mar 13 & 27
7 - 9 pm Private home 6 places

4. Soup & Soul - Book Study: A New Earth - Jackie & John Porter
6 Sundays Jan. 8 & 22, Feb. 12 & 26, Mar. 12 & 26
5 - 7 pm Private home 6 places

5. The Enneagram - Movement Growth/Stress - Linda Messia
4 Tuesdays Jan 10, 17, 24, 31
7 - 9 pm Private home 8-10 places

6. Singalong with Jackie and Joann - Jackie Porter & Joann Schriner
Sunday February 19 7:00 pm Private home 12 places

7. UU How to write UU Elevator Speech - Allysson McDonald
Sunday January 22, 2017 11:45- 1:15 10 places
Ockerman 3/4

Ministry Council Update
 
On October 13, 2016 the Ministry Council met to discuss the following agenda:
 



Agenda:
  • What do we do when MPUUC is represented at an event?
  • What events or type of are available for MPUUC to attend?
  • What event should MPUUC attend and when.
 
To review the meeting minutes click on the link below:
 
The Ministry Council is asking the congregation to submit possible suggestions for events that MPUUC can attend. The Council wants to have an event by the Spring of 2017.  Send suggestions to Michealle Havenhill at mhavenhill@comcast.net
 
The next Ministry Council meeting is December 11, 2016 after the service.

 

 
NAMI Alameda County
Holiday Gift Drive

Wrapping Party

CHANGE OF DATE

Thursday, December 15th
6 to 9 pm at John George Hospital

This year again, NAMI Alameda County will provide holiday gifts for the patients at John George Hospital and 2 Telecare facilities, Gladman and Morton Bakar. NAMI members and others donate the gifts and we will devote our December 8th meeting to wrapping them.

Similar gift items are needed for men and women: sweatshirts, sweatpants, t-shirts and socks - unisex colors and styles are preferred. All items must be new or unused and unwrapped - no drawstrings on sweatshirts or pants. Sized items should be large, x-large or larger (too big is better than too small). Items may be dropped off at the MHAAC office by 12 noon on Wednesday, December 14th or brought to the meeting. If you don't have the time to shop, a donation for gifts is always appreciated. (Email recipients may mail donations to NAMI A.C. 954 60th St. #10 Oakland, CA 94608)

Our thanks, in advance, to all who donate this year as these may be the only holiday gifts some patients will receive.
 
 
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. 


 






 
Mission Peak UU 
Calendar of Upcoming Events 


SUN MON
TUE
WED
THU
FRI
SAT
Dec. 4
SGM Leaders
 Training / Cole Hall 11:30-1 pm

Fundraising
Meeting / Ockerman 3/4 11:45-12:45 pm
5
6
7
8
9
10
Youth Activity / Cole Hall 1:30-5 pm

Holiday Potluck & Sing-a-Long
/ Cole Hall
6:00 pm

11
Ministry Council Meeting / Ockerman 3/4 11:45 am
12
13
14
15
16
17
Coming of Age Christmas 
Get Together / Cole Hall 1:30-5 pm
18
All Congregation
 Social Justice Meeting 11:30 am

Worship Meeting / Cole Hall 11:30 am
19
20
21
22
23
24
Christmas Eve Service 5 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.