This Week on the Peak

This Week on the Peak – Wednesday, February 13, 2019
This Week on the Peak
Mission Peak UU – Fremont, CA
The Home of Liberal Religion in the Tri-Cities and Beyond!
February 13, 2019

The Justice Council now has an official charter! Click here to read it and get to know what we are all about. We are also excited to announce that Ana Bicakci has volunteered to represent Mission Peak UU at the Abode Services Home Warming meetings and will be a part of the Justice Council going forward.

One of the responsibilities of the the Justice Council is our Share the Plate Offerings, and another is our annual Courageous Love Hero Awards. Last Sunday we presented our award to Carl Bullard and Michelle Wallace who are teachers who stepped up to support the GLBTQQ+ students at their schools. We collected $610 dollars to be split between the two school’s GSA clubs! Thank you so much for your generosity and support of the youth in our community.

Currently the Justice Council has representatives of the Sandwich Squad, the Listening Post, Home Warming, Share the Plate, Political Engagement, and other projects. The next meeting of the Council is this Sunday, Feb. 17, following the service. Join us if you are interested in finding a way to promote justice in the congregation, our community, and the world at large.
Allysson McDonald  
This Sunday’s Service:

Who is the Prisoner?              

We all agree that our prison system is failing society. We all agree that it is injurious to so many and yet we continue to support this system, wittingly or unwittingly. In this month of Justice and Black History Month, how can we begin to change this system of systemic violence that not only damages the prisoner but also injures the captor?      
Leading the service will be Rev. Jo Green and assisting will be Worship Associate Kathy Wallcave.  Peak Rocks will provide our music.   
***To all Members: Because we value and need your input for the creation of a Settled Ministerial Search Team we are sending an email asking for your input on 2/13. If you do not see the email by Thursday morning please contact Steve Wallcave. ***
Wanted for Office

Sandra and I have realized the great need these days for a small conference table in our office.  Sandra especially needs space to fold the Orders of Service and to work on brochures etc, where we really don’t have any counter space for her.  I have realized that when I hold meetings in my office, I and the attendees also are in need of a writing surface. 
So before we research purchasing one, I wanted to check with the congregation and see if anyone has one to donate.  We would need a 4 – 5 foot diameter, preferably round table to accommodate our needs.
If anyone has this valuable piece of furniture, please let me or Sandra know!

Thanks and blessings,

Rev Jo and Sandra

Potluck & Movie Night – February 23 – 6:00-9:00 pm

Please join us on Saturday, February 23rd for a potluck and movie night in Cole Hall.  We will be sharing food, munching on popcorn, and watching The Shawshank Redemption (which was released 25 years ago in 1994!).  Please feel free to bring friends.  You may also want to bring pillows and blankets if you want to lounge on the floor.  Don’t forget to bring something yummy to share for the potluck.  Hope to see you there!
General Assembly is coming to Spokane, Washington, June 19-23

General Assembly (GA) is the annual meeting of our Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). Attendees worship, witness, learn, connect, and make policy for the Association through democratic process. It is an unforgettable experience for the thousands of Unitarian Universalists that attend.

This year’s theme is about collective power, “The Power of We.” I n a time of great challenge and heartbreak in our world, what does our faith demand from us? This year’s General Assembly will explore the power, possibility, purpose, struggle and joy of finding the path forward together as Unitarian Universalists. Attendees will leave inspired, with the tools needed to carry on the work into their own congregations and communities.  
If you’ve ever thought about attending the UUA’s General Assembly, consider attending this year since it is relatively close with direct flights and other transportation options. GA registration and housing reservations open on March 1. . Registration cost stays the same until May 1, but housing typically fills up quickly. Information is on the UUA website at
Faith, Food & Farms Conference

Join faith-based & secular leaders advancing food security & sustainability!

  • Learn about successful models from diverse faith leaders in food justice!
  • Bring home resources to grow your congregation’s work for healthy food for all!
  • Be inspired by projects communities of faith are advancing nationally and locally!
  • Prepare to influence federal and local policy!
The Interfaith Sustainable Food Collaborative’s 7th annual Faith, Food & Farms Conference is designed for lay leaders and clergy active or interested in food projects to connect with each other as well as secular leaders of the sustainable agriculture movement. The Faith, Food & Farms Conference emphasizes participation and problem-solving to empower congregational leaders in their own communities.
Workshop topics include: CSA (community supported agriculture), food policy advocacy, produce stands and mobile farmers’ markets, food waste reduction, and faithlands. 

Who should attend? Leaders engaged or interested in food projects with their faith community and farmers seeking to develop relationships with faith-based groups.
Cost: $45 by March 1st, $55 after March 1st  Click here to register 
Questions? Contact or call us at 707-634-4672
Celebrating Mission Peak’s 25th Anniversary – Save These Dates!!

2019 marks 25 years of MPUUC’s existence as a congregation and we think that’s a milestone worth celebrating.  We will have many different celebrations throughout the year.  Please reserve the following dates on your calendar now.  You won’t want to miss them!

February 23 – 6:00-9:00 pm
– Potluck and movie night.  We’ll be sharing food, munching on popcorn, and watching The Shawshank Redemption (which was released 25 years ago in 1994!)

March 16 – Canvas Kick-Off Dinner
– Location and details TBA – Watch this space for more information about this exciting event!

May 5 – Charter Sunday
– Come celebrate the Charter that started it all with a special service and a Potluck BBQ afterwards.

June 28-30 – MPUUC’s annual Campout!
  This year we’ll be back at Puma Point at Anthony Chabot Regional Park so that we are close enough for those of you who are not so excited about camping to join us during the day on Saturday, June 29.  We will have many fun activities planned and will end the day with a potluck BBQ and campfire.

September 8 – 25th Anniversary Picnic Celebration
– After the annual Water Ceremony at Cole Hall we will gather at one of the reserved picnic areas at Lake Elizabeth for a Picnic/BBQ celebration.  We will have games for the kids, a jam session & sing-a-long, and other fun activities.  Come join us and enjoy hanging out with friends & family and celebrating MPUUC.

[More details regarding these events will follow closer to the dates.  If you have questions or suggestions for additional events or you want to help with an event, please contact Jen King].
Volunteers Needed in Our Classrooms

We are in need of Teachers and Assistants in February.  The K-5th class will be continuing on their Passport to Spirituality.  Our 6-8th graders will continue to explore our neighboring faiths, which includes a trip to a Buddhist temple in February.  If you have any questions please email

You can sign up using our new online sign up form by clicking on the link here
You can also sign up using our sign up poster at the back of Cole Hall this Sunday.
Second Saturday Documentaries at Niles Discovery Church

March Documentary:  Come see “The Bail Trap” on Saturday, March 9, 1:30 p.m., at Niles
Discovery Church, 36600 Niles Blvd., Fremont. The free screening will be followed by a discussion. Money bail is one of the main feeders of America’s mass incarceration system – and yet something most Americans know very little about. This movie is an opportunity to change that. Learn more at
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. Jo Green, 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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