Mission Peak UU - Fremont, CA
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It's almost time to sign up for Adult Education classes for the winter quarter that begins in January.
So take your mind away from Christmas for a moment and take a look at the information later in this issue about the new classes on offer.
As always, here at Mission Peak UU we have talented and dedicated teachers who are willing to share what they know. They engage our minds, challenge our bodies and touch our hearts.
Many thanks to each of them.
Signups will begin on Sunday morning's beginning on December 15. Look for the signup table right after church.
The Adult Ed committee has a new chair, Linda Messia. Linda, thanks for volunteering! The rest of the committee remains the same: Len Tiemann, Steve and Patt Saso, and John Porter. When you see these folks please thank them for their work.
We are grateful for the leadership of all the presenters from the fall quarter: Jeremy Nickel (Building Your Own Theology), Karen McVey (Good Grief Support Group), Joanne Landers (Art and Spirituality), Linda Messia (Introduction to the Enneagram), Len Tiemann (Jesus the Puzzle), Patt Saso (Happy Hikers and Compassion Training), Jen Vincent (Compassionate Communication Practice), Marilyn Wakefield (Food for Life), and Jo Ann Schriner (Drumming Circle). I know a lot of hard work went into these classes. Thank you all!
Jackie Porter, Chair of Adult Education
This Sunday's Service - December 8, 2013
By Many Hands
Many of us have heard Mission Peak UU's genesis story: Parents meeting around a sandbox at a park in Fremont and sharing their dream of a local UU congregation.
But there are countless other tales, no less important, connecting that moment to this one. Come celebrate the many hands that have gotten us to where we are today as we dream about where we are going and how we will get there!
Leading the service will be Rev. Jeremy D. Nickel and Worship Associate Paul K. Davis.
Music will be provided by Peak Performers.
| Congregational Meeting - December 8|
| Notice: Congregational Meeting, Sunday, December 8th, after the Sunday Service. |
Please mark your calendars!
The Board of Trustees voted to call a congregational meeting on Sunday December 8th, after the Sunday Service. On the agenda will be 2 motions asking for congregational authorization to appropriate money from the Special Fund to enable the congregation to engage in a congregation-wide outreach project. You should have received information via email.
Note: If you are unable to attend, please contact Board Secretary Colleen Arnold at firstname.lastname@example.org for an absentee ballot. We must receive your absentee ballot prior to the start of the meeting.
President, Mission Peak UU Congregation Board of Trustees
| Share the Plate|
| Share the Plate December|
This coming Sunday's Share the Plate visitor will be Cheryl Chin representing Freedom House. This Bay Area nonprofit has a mission to bring hope, restoration, and a new life to survivors of human-trafficking by providing a safe home and long-term aftercare. Around 17,500 people are trafficked into the U.S. each year. The San Francisco Bay Area, our own backyard, is a major hub for human trafficking. It's occurring in restaurants, hotels, strip clubs, massage parlors, people's homes, the streets, and other locales. Most U.S. communities do not have dedicated safe houses to address the needs particular to survivors of human trafficking. Many shelters only offer short term housing and have few spaces available. Unfortunately some survivors return to their former lives of bondage because they feel like they don't have anywhere else to turn. Freedom House is the only safe house of its kind in Northern California. The organization pioneers a model of empowerment and aftercare for survivors that are breaking the chains of slavery. In August 2010, Freedom House launched The Monarch, the first safe house in Northern California for adult female survivors of human trafficking. The Nest, a residential shelter for minors, is set to open later this year. Freedom House works closely with law enforcement and community partners to identify survivors of human trafficking, and to provide them with the care and services they need to rebuild their lives. Through their innovative aftercare model, Freedom House is breaking the cycle of exploitation and creating new futures for survivors. To find out more about Freedom House's program and services, please go to http://www.freedomhousesf.org
Thank you to everyone who so generously donated to November's Share the Plate Visitors: The Viola Blythe Community Center of Newark. Together, the Mission Peak Congregation was able to collect $749 for this wonderful local nonprofit. If you have a local nonprofit who you would like to see highlighted on one of our Share the Plate Sundays, please contact Natalie Campbell at email@example.com.
| Adult RE|
Adult Education Classes - Winter Quarter 2014
The Adult Ed Committee is very pleased to offer a variety of classes for the winter quarter. For complete information please go to http://www.mpuuc.org/activities/adultre.html.
You may sign up for classes using the signup sheets on Sunday mornings beginning December 15, or by calling Jackie Porter at 510.744.1587.
An open group for giving and receiving support
Good Grief Support Group
while living with grief
Buddhism? What's In It For Me?
Jackie and John Porter
The Enneagram - Instinctual Drives
Sustainability and Community
The Beginnings of Science
Paul K. Davis
| Mental Health Ministry|
Mental Health Ministry: Annual Gift Wrap at John George Psychiatric Pavilion
Mission Peak is collecting gifts of new clothing again this year for the patients at John George Pavilion in San Lorenzo. Barbara Meyers and/or Kathryn Lum will be collecting donations after the service on Sundays December 1st and 8th.. New articles of clothing may include sweatpants, sweatshirts, turtlenecks, T-shirts, slippers, socks, hats, etc. Drawstrings and straps must be removed. Sizes may range from small to x-large, but larger sizes are preferred -- better too large than too small! The gift-wrapping party itself will be at John George on Thursday, December 12th from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.; all are invited to participate! Contact Barbara at 510-796-5722 for carpooling information.
Rev. Barbara F. Meyers
| Holiday Food Collection|
Holiday Food Collection for Viola BlytheWe are collecting food to help the Viola Blythe Center brighten the holiday season for those it serves. Our goal is to collect 500 pounds of food by January 1. So far we have collected 75 pounds of food. Please bring non-perishable food items to Cole Hall and put them in the containers provided or contact Jen King to coordinate drop off of your donation.
| Post-Auction Catalog|
2013 Black & White Gala Post-Auction Catalog
The Post-Auction Catalog has been updated and is posted on Mission Peak UU website. You can also click here
for the catalog.
This catalog contains those items that were left over after the Live Auction at the 2013 Black & White Gala. If you would like to purchase any of these items, please contact Jen King at 510-299-2825
. We can take cash, check, or credit card for the items.
The Winners and Donors from the Black & White Gala can be found in the members only section of Mission Peak UU website.
| Monthly Board Meeting|
Mission Peak UU Monthly December Board MeetingThe Mission Peak UU Board will meet Thursday evening, December 12 at Kathy Wallcave's home at 7:00p.m.
Members of Mission Peak UU are welcome to attend. For a copy of the agenda, please contact President Kathy Wallcave at
| Volunteer Needed |
From the Sunday Services Committee:
We need a volunteer for the 4th Sunday to assist with take down.
Please contact Ursel Bloxsom if you are interested:firstname.lastname@example.org
|Community Office Hours |
Rev. Nickel's upcoming scheduleI 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.
Wednesday, December 11
11 AM -1 PMStarbucks
7324 Thornton Ave
Thursday, December 19
11 AM - 1 PMMission Coffee
151 Washington Blvd
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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