This Week on the Peak

This Week on the Peak – Wednesday, January 2, 2019
This Week on the Peak
Mission Peak UU – Fremont, CA
The Home of Liberal Religion in the Tri-Cities and Beyond!
January 2, 2019

Ministerial Musings
A glorious Happy New Year to all! As many times as I’ve experienced the ending of a year to begin another anew, I never fail to be surprised that another year has come and gone. Here we are again, facing a fresh new year, compiling those resolutions and goals we intend to reach yet again, maybe some that seem to continually be on our list that we never seem to accomplish, and others that we want so badly to happen and have never tried before. A new year presents an opportunity to begin again; as humans we indeed do see it that way.
I would like to suggest however that yes, it is a brand new year filled with possibility, but not an opportunity to burden ourselves with those goals or promises to ourselves (or others) that may be impossible to keep. A fresh new year is not the time to pressure ourselves to do those things we may wish to do, but don’t have the resolve to accomplish. I see a fresh new year as a time to reflect on what is most important. I intend to exercise more this year and eat more healthy food. I am not committing to lose weight (as I seem to do these last few years) but to make small changes in my routine and to concentrate on how I am treating my human body. As we get older I’ve noticed others commenting also: we don’t feel the strength in our bodies that we were used to, we don’t feel that energy we once had. So we need to alter those patterns that we’ve been accustomed to following all these years. That is my intention and I thought to myself, it is time to make it known to others so that I may follow it myself. A commitment to myself is just as important as a commitment to others. It seems to be common among us that it’s easier to complete that commitment we make to another than it is to honor the commitment we make to ourselves. When we drop commitments to ourselves, we dishonor ourselves. And yet we do this all the time. It is human, but not necessarily healthy. I have done it over the years and then derided myself for the failure to complete whatever it was I decided to complete. I know I’m not alone. May we take a moment this month, this new fresh year that’s beginning, and commit to only that which we wish to complete. This may cause us to have to say no, to reschedule ourselves, or to dig in and really complete those goals we wish to finish. That’s what it takes. That’s what we need to be whole and give ourselves the self-care we need and want.
May you all experience a joyful year in this fresh new month just beginning. May you all enjoy those moments of reflection and calm that you justly deserve. And may you commit to only that which you wish to commit! Have a glorious joyful Happy New Year!!!
Blessings to you all,

Rev Jo
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This Sunday’s Service:
The “G” Word           

 As we say on our Mission Peak website, we are grateful for the religious pluralism which enriches and ennobles our faith. In the spirit of our UU third principle of acceptance of one another, our own Eric Dittmar will offer his reflections on the word “God.” Eric hopes his homily can start a discussion that will help deepen our understandings and expand our vision.  
Eric Dittmar will lead the service and assisting will be Worship Associate Ilze Duarte. Peak Performers will provide our music
January Board Meeting

The MPUUC Board will meet at 7:00 PM Thursday evening January 10th.  For further information, including a copy of the agenda, please email President Paul K Davis at

Volunteers needed for the county-wide homeless count  

The biennial county-wide homeless count will take place on Wednesday, January 30, 2019 from 6 am to 10 am. Once again, the City will lead the coordination effort in the South County and is looking for volunteers to participate in this important event. Volunteers will work alongside formerly or currently homeless guides to count the number of homeless individuals in the South County.
Please click here for more information and to volunteer.
Help Choose our Courageous Love Hero!

On Sunday, January 6, following the service, we will meet to decide on our 2018 Courageous Love Hero.  
We have at least 3 nominations to consider. If you can stay for a few minutes after the service please join Allysson and provide input into who will be our awardee. If you have a nominee, be sure to send the information to Allysson by Sunday.
Centering Prayer Meditation

First United Methodist Church has invited us to attend their weekly prayer meditation.  Please see attached document for more information by clicking here
Black & White Gala Photos

I know that many of you have been waiting anxiously for the photos from the Black & White Gala.  I apologize for the delay.  We’ve had issues trying to set up a website.  So, for the time being here’s the plan. If  you would like to see your photos from the Gala, please email Jen King and she will send them to you.  If you decide to use them and have photos printed (via Shutterfly, Walgreens, Costco, etc.) we ask that you make a small donation to MPUUC as a sort of ‘studio fee’.  Many thanks to Don Ramie’s brother, Jerry, for sharing his wonderful photography skills with us.
Mark your Calendars: January 13 is Bring a Friend Sunday and Potluck

What do your friends know about Unitarian Universalism? About Mission Peak Unitarian Universalist Congregation? If the answer is “not much”, we have the perfect opportunity to change that: invite your friends to our Bring a Friend service to be held on January 13. And of course, invite your relatives too. The more the merrier. Let’s spread the word about our Unitarian Universalist values and extend our hospitality to the people we care about. After the service, we will have the opportunity to spend time with new and long-time friends as we kick off our celebration of MPUUC’s 25th Anniversary year with a potluck lunch. Please bring a dish to share. Drinks and dessert will be provided.
Turning Love Into Justice:
The Tri-City Interfaith Council ( is a grass-roots organization bringing together people of diverse religious beliefs from Fremont, Newark, and Union City (California). Rev. Barbara Meyers and Paul K. Davis are members.  Join in!

Call your Elected Officials!  
Calls can make a difference! Contact your representatives to alert them to your views!

Congressperson Eric Swalwell 510-247-1388 or go to 
Ro Khanna  (202) 225-2631 
Senator Kamala Harris   (202) 224 – 3553
Senator Diane Feinstein (202) 224-3841
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