This Week on the Peak

This Week on the Peak – Wednesday, March 29, 2017

This Week on the Peak
Mission Peak UU – Fremont, CA
The Home of Liberal Religion in the Tri-Cities and Beyond!
March 29, 2017


What up Mission Peak, I’m Summer Lander.  You’ll often find me with the Youth Group (save the date for the Coming of Age service May 21st and the Youth service June 11th – see what they’ve been up to all year!)  One of my favorite things I get to do with both the youth group and other adults is participate in Small Group Ministry (SGM).

The reason I find SGM to be important is that it allows for a conversation about life’s issue with reciprocal sharing and listening.  SGM focus on a topic of discussion each time they meet, the topic are wide ranging and can cover the spiritual, family life, beliefs, and our current political culture.  When the groups meet a chalice is lit signaling the member of the group are in covenant with each other.  Being in SGM has allowed for me to deeply connect with others and allows me to have the conversations I need but don’t always get to have on Sunday morning or in my everyday.

Mission Peak has several SGM you can join, some have a theme such as the men’s group or the seniors group, others are open to anyone.  You don’t even have to be a member to enjoy our SGM. Mission Peak’s small groups  promise always to have open chair for anyone who wants to visit and/or join.  Several of the small group currently have multiple chairs they would like to see filled.

Check out the Small Group Ministry page on our website to see when and where the groups meet.  Then think about using that open chair.

In Peace,

This Sunday’s Service:
The Music of Bad Ideas

Think you know why some things become popular and others don’t? Come find out the surprising lessons behind the science of popularity and what we can learn from it to help our beloved congregation grow.


Leading the service will be Rev. Jeremy D. Nickel and Worship Associate Ilze Duarte.  Music will be
provided Jo Ann Schriner, Shauna Pickett-Gordon and Peak Performers.  

You are cordially invited to the
Mission Peak UU Congregational Dinner


When: Saturday, April 1st   
6:00 – 9:30pm
Where: Cole Hall
Enjoy catered food, live music and dancing 
and AMAZING desserts 
in the company of your fellow 
Mission Peakers.
An evite has already been sent out to your email address. 
If you have not gotten the invitation, or would just like to connect in the old fashioned way… please RSVP to
DeAnna Alm now by calling 510-388-0772  
Or email her at

Child care will be available.
(please let us know if you need childcare)


A Beacon of Hope. A Sanctuary in the Storm

Canvass Season is drawing to a close. Thank you to everyone who has already turned in your pledge card!  If you have not yet met with your Canvass Ambassador, please make sure to do so by April 9th. We would like to have our budget figured out as we head into the next fiscal year.
Canvass Season isn’t all just money talk…we will also have a great big congregational dinner to celebrate our Mission Peak Community! The dinner celebration will be happening at Cole Hall this Saturday, April 1st from 6-9:30 PM.  We will have a catered meal, live music and dancing, and a huge buffet of desserts provided by some of Mission Peak’s best bakers! If you bring kids, they are certainly invited to attend, but we will also have babysitting provided.

Please come and join in the festivities. The RSVPs are in, and it looks like it will be a full house! We’ll see you there. – Natalie Campbell and DeAnna Alm (Canvass co-chairs)

Worship Associate Training

Are you a good story teller? Do you enjoy speaking in front of people? Have you ever considered that you may have something to add to the worship at Mission Peak UU? If so, please also consider joining Rev. Jeremy and some of our veteran Worship Associates after the service on
Sunday, April 30 to learn what the role entails.  There is no commitment necessary to come to this event, just check it out and see what you think. If you are interested please RSVP to before
Sunday, April 23.
Carpenter Needed
Our beloved Candle Table has a boo-boo and need
s the help of a skilled carpenter.  If that is you, please contact Rev. Jeremy by
clicking here
Apologies for the tiny printed numbers in the brochure!

It was a valuable lesson to find out that something that is readable on my computer may not be readable when printed on paper. I have reprinted the giving guide section of the brochure and “pulled out” those numbers into a text box next to each chart. So sorry for the confusion – and the eye strain!  (click here for giving guide)

DeAnna Alm, Canvass Co-Chair

Mission Peak UU April Monthly Board Meeting

The Mission Peak UU Board will meet Tuesday evening, April 11 at Michealle Havenhill’s home at 
7:00 p.m. 

Members of Mission Peak UU are welcome to attend.  For a copy of the agenda, please contact President Melissa Holmes at

Baseball Sunday Fundraiser

This year our annual Baseball
Sunday celebration will be
Sunday, June 18 which is also Father’s Day.  What better way to celebrate than an afternoon at a baseball game?  We will be heading south this year to see the San Jose Giants play the Visalia Rawhide at
1:00 pm. And it’s not just a fun baseball afternoon, it’s also a chance to support Mission Peak!! We’re making this event a fundraiser and for each $12 ticket we sell we get to keep $5. What could be easier? So invite all your friends and family for a fun, family friendly afternoon at the ballpark and support Mission Peak at the same time.  We have an initial lot of 75 tickets, but can get more if we sell out.  Jen King will have tickets available most Sundays, but is also willing to mail out tickets.  Please make all checks out to MPUUC.  If you have any questions or want to order tickets, please contact Jen King at 510-299-2825.
Trans Day of Visibility, South Bay

You are invited to a celebration of the transgender community through workshops, the arts, and entertainment. This event is open to all: cisgender friends, family, community, and those who identify as trans, intersex,nonbinary, genderqueer, 

Saturday 4/1/2017, 1PM-11PM
Location: Billy DeFrank LGBTQ Community Center, 938 The Alameda, San Jose. 

For more info.

March for Science

The March for Science is an international movement, led by organizers distributed around the globe. This movement is taking place because of the simultaneous realization by thousands of  people who value science in their lives that staying silent is no longer an option. There are marches being planned across the United States and internationally. In the Bay Area there marches will take place in San Francisco, Livermore, and San Jose on
Saturday, April 22. If you are interested in joining other Mission Peak members and friends, Meredith Miller is the coordinator for Mission Peak members and friends who want to go to Science March in San Jose together.  Meredith can be reached at (510) 301-6382.  For more info.

Congregational Justice Action Meeting

Shortly after the election we sat down together and brainstormed simple things we could do to make a difference over the winter months. Look what we’ve accomplished! Join us after the service on
Sunday, April 2, for another brainstorming session for actions we can take throughout the spring!

Climate Action March

Climate activists have announced a major “
People’s Climate March
” on 
April 29th
 in Washington, D.C. and throughout the country to fight back against President Trump’s proposals to reverse climate action and dismantle the EPA. Sister marches will be taking place locally at 
10am in San Jose and 12pm in Oakland.  Please contact Allysson McDonald if you would like to coordinate a group to travel together to one of the local marches.

Opportunity to Serve!

Nominations for Ministerial Search Committee – The Board is now accepting nominations for MPUUC members who would like to be on the search committee to identify our next minister. If you are interested in being on the search committee you can ask someone to nominate you or you can nominate yourself. If you think someone would be a good fit for the search committee then please nominate them. All nominations are due by April 21. Once the nominations are closed the Board will hold informational meetings to let the nominees know what exactly is involved in being on the Search committee and nominees can indicate if they are still willing to be considered for the committee. The Board will then select the Ministerial Search Committee from those nominees willing to serve. Nominations should be sent via email to Jen King by April 21. If you have any questions please feel free to contact: Jen King, Melissa Holmes, or Michealle Havenhill

You are welcome to a special exhibit!

The Welcome Home Project at the John O’ Lague Galleria in Hayward City Hall. 

May 26-July 28th, 2017. Opening night will be June 9th from 5:30-7:30 PM. A panel will feature several of the participants in the Welcome Home Project. Refreshments will be served.  

The Welcome Home Project exhibit is a powerful and compelling collection of  photographs and stories of formerly incarcerated Alameda County residents that have turned their lives around after many years of involvement with the criminal justice system. The photographer, Ruth Morgan, is a nationally acclaimed local photographer and her work was in the The Sentence Unseen show on Alcatraz. The 
Project Coordinator, 
Micky Duxbury,
is an 
author and  the interviewer/editor of the stories. The Welcome Home Project humanizes the formerly incarcerated while adding a deeper understanding of the challenges of reentry. 
These stories are testimony to the power of resilience, hope, and determination in the face of the barriers that most formerly incarcerated individuals face.
Save the Dates for this year’s Denominational coming events

The 2017 Pacific Central District Assembly will be held May 5-6 at
Mt. Diablo Unitarian Universalist Church
, 55 Eckley Lane in Walnut Creek, CA.
Advance registration
is open through April 22: $65 for adults, $25 for youth/children. Minors must be registered by April 22. After advance registration closes, adult registration will be available on site for $75. Walk-in registration will be open Friday evening and early Saturday morning.

District Assembly Program:
Friday evening offers an informal chance to gather, watch a film, and participate in a discussion afterwards.

A highlight of Saturday’s activities is the
UUA Presidential Candidates’
Forum. All three candidates will be present:
Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray
, Rev. Alison Miller, and Rev. Jeanne Pupke. Come meet the candidates and bring your questions.

Delegate details and links to business meeting materials will be sent to congregations in early April. As materials become available, they will be posted on the  
District Assembly website
. Also, look for the workshop options to be posted to the site soon.
Friday, May 5 – Staff Development Day:
Staff Development Day
is designed to connect both role cohorts and staff teams around common blessings and challenges and boost your ability to work as a team with a covenantal network of support. Ministers, DREs, DLLs, music directors, membership directors, administrators, and other staff members are encouraged to attend. Plan to bring your full staff team for this day-long event on Friday, May 5. Registration for Staff Development Day
is separate from District Assembly registration.
District Assembly Lodging:

Lodging is available nearby and a
Google Map of hotels and motels
is posted on the District Assembly website for your convenience.

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.

Tuesday, April 11
11 AM – 1 PM
Slap Face Coffee and Tea
37324 Fremont Blvd
Thursday, April 27
4:30 – 6:30PM
Mission Coffee
151 Washington Blvd

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