This Week on the Peak

This Week on the Peak – Wednesday, September 6, 2017

This Week on the Peak
Mission Peak UU – Fremont, CA
The Home of Liberal Religion in the Tri-Cities and Beyond!
September 6, 2017


Welcome, and I hope in time you will find Mission Peak to be the right place for you to join in community!
          Our community includes many spiritual seekers. What is a spiritual seeker? It’s someone who longs for their own transformation through meaningful worship and other activities in community. These include service and witness within and beyond our walls. It’s about progress, not perfection! It’s about practicing, really, how to love one another and accept love and kindness too, so we can make a practice of it in all aspects of our lives.
          To help us build what Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. called “beloved community” we grow our hearts and our understanding. We serve and we act. The lessons for our lives come from various traditions, religions, and cultures, from personal experience and more. We see ourselves as lifelong in our development; the “book” of meaning, of our very lives, remains open to possibility.
          No, it’s not “anything goes”. The foundation for our faith resides in our ethical principles-noted in our hymnals-and a complex understanding of love and the power our expressions of love have in changing worlds, including our own.
          I’m sure you’ve heard people talk about their lives as a journey. Sometimes I think of life and the deep search for truth and meaning like climbing a great mountain (no, not a mountain climber, literally, am I!) The climber goes up but not in a straight line, getting a foothold here and there, and climbs and climbs and climbs. When they find a right place to stop, rest, reflect, -a spot on a smooth rock or even a little bit of a jagged one-they stay for a time.
          There they have a chance to observe the great vista, the big picture, and that in and of itself can be transformative, as is the climb when taken consciously. And you don’t have to do the climb, nor experience transformation, alone. It may not even be possible; we depend upon one another.
          Welcome all people of good will to our circle of celebration and care!
                                                                             -Rev Benson

This Sunday’s Service:
Keepers of the Flame: Whose Shall We Be?
Welcome! In this Water Communion service we welcome the start of the church year sharing just a drop of water–actual or virtual–from our homes or summer travels. This sacred ritual makes visible in yet another way the connection members feel as part of Mission Peak. Our new Interim Minister, Rev. Benson, will lead us in looking ahead. What is this interim ministry all about and what can we expect from one another? Join us!
Leading the service will be Rev. Benson and Worship Associate Ilze Duarte.  Music will be provided by Eric Niessner.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone Movie Night
Sept 9th 6 p.m. @Cole Hall

We will be kicking off our RE year with a movie night of Harry Potter & the Sorcerer’s Stone(PG). This event is open to all our Mission Peak families, friends and those we don’t know yet, so please invite other families to come too!  We will have information about our RE and church programs available. Bring a blanket and a pillow to be comfy. Concessions will be for sale.

Please contact with any questions or if you would like to help with the event.

Adult Education Fall Quarter

The Adult Education Committee is now taking sign-ups for the fall quarter:

John & Jackie Porter at Porter’s home      6 places
6 Mondays 7-9 pm;     Sept 11 & 25; Oct 9 & 23; Nov 13 & 27
Holly Ito at Mission Peak – 20 places
After Sunday service;   60-90 minutes; October 8;
Jo Ann Schriner & Jackie Porter at Schriner’s home   10 places
Sunday evening;   7 pm;     October 29
Eric Dittmar   – 10 places     Ockerman Bldg   7/8
3 Thursday evenings;   Sept 21; Oct 5 & 19;   7 – 9 pm  
Eric Dittmar  
2nd & 4th Thursday evenings each month;   7 – 9 pm at private home
Linda Messia    Ockerman Bldg 7/8
3 Monday evenings;   October 9, 16, 23;   7 – 8:30 pm   20 places
Linda Messia   – 8 places   Sept 19 through Dec 12
Tuesday evenings;   7 – 9 pm at Linda’s home
Allysson McDonald   – 8 places   Cole Hall

  • Sept 13; Oct 11; Nov 8     7:30 – 9:00 pm

CanYou Dig it? Wednesday, September 13, 8:30 – 10 a.m.  

Coffee, Conversation and Weeds (that’s weeds with an “s”)
Please join our minister, Rev. Benson, and MPUUC Board Member and Garden Volunteer Shyno Chacko, at the Stone Community Garden for conversation, good coffee and treats. 
Our new minister wants to meet with and hear from you! And the Stone community garden (of which we are a partner) needs YOU to help weed and pull plants as the garden is readied for its quiet time. This excellent organic garden provides carloads of tomatoes, squash, and other fresh veggies to our local food bank. These are foods not readily available to their customers otherwise. What a great way to assist those in need and to grow our hearts! If you haven’t been there before the garden is located at 55 Mowry Avenue (off Mission. Drive into the parking lot of Mission Valley Veterinary Clinic. Once in the lot, turn left).
(***Look soon for a column about the land Fremont has now made available to the garden–more than doubling its size!)

Karaoke Potluck – September 16 

Join us for a Karaoke Potluck & Game Night on Saturday, September 16 starting at 6:00pm.  Bring something to share (homemade or store bought it doesn’t matter) and come have a fun evening with your friends at Mission Peak.  After dinner we’ll break out the games and the karaoke machine and raise the roof. Paper plates and utensils will be provided, but attendees are encouraged to bring their own re-usable items to reduce the amount of waste generated.  If you have any questions, please contact Jen King.

Black & White Gala – November 4 – Save The Date!

This year’s fabulous fundraiser will be
Saturday, November 4 from 6:00-10:00 pm
.  Please feel free to invite family and friends. More details will be coming out soon and tickets will go on sale in October. If you’re interested in helping plan this fun event, please contact Jen King ASAP.


Fremont Street Eats

MPUUC will have a table at Fremont Street Eats
this Friday 9/8. Come join us, and enjoy great food and music.  The address is 3410 Capitol Avenue
4:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Fremont Street Eats is a program of the Fremont Chamber of Commerce.  We will be sharing information about our new RE curriculum, general Mission Peak UU information and our social justice activities.

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