This Week on the Peak

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

Hello from the CaYRE committee!  In our RE classes we have been exploring our neighboring faiths.  The world religions curriculum hopes to deepen children’s understanding of the dynamic, fascinating, and varied world in which they live. It seeks to broaden their knowledge of humanity and embolden their spiritual search. Also, the youth group will be giving their second service of the year on March 31st.  Come hear what they have to say about Abundance.
We are in desperate need of adults to work with our children.  It is a rewarding experience which helps to foster intergenerational relationships.  You might also learn a new fact from the world religion curriculum or experience a new game (have you tried exploding kittens?)  Being an assistant is a great way to get started if you haven’t taught before. 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.
If you haven’t had a chance to do so we would still love to have you fill out our survey about RE at Mission Peak.  You don’t have to have kids currently in the program to fill it out! Your responses will be anonymous unless you choose to provide your email address at the end of the survey. Please fill out the survey here
If you any questions, please do not hesitate to contact CaYRE .
In Peace,
This Sunday’s Service:

What Does Our Future Hold?                 

This Stewardship Sunday let us gain inspiration from our history celebrating 25 years and with our vision of what we want to become and how we see ourselves. How do we see ourselves? What is our vision? Do they match? Do we have the answers to those questions? This Sunday let’s explore our identity and our goals and what we want Mission Peak’s future to look likes.       
Leading the service will be Rev. Jo Green and assisting will be Worship Associate Allysson McDonald.  Peak Rocks will provide our music.    
Tips for Talking About the UU World Article

“This week the UU World published an article that was harmful to trans people people in the Unitarian Universalist movement. Many cisgender (non-trans) UUs are wondering how to best understand and support non-binary folks, trans men and women, intersex people, and others most affected by the article when they talk about it with other cis people. Here are some tips.” 
If others want to have further discussion regarding this article, we can make that happen.  Please contact Rev Jo at to organize or participate in a discussion. 
March Share the Plate

Our March Share the Plate takes place this Sunday, March 17. We will donate our offering (unless otherwise marked as pledge fulfillment) to LIFE ElderCare, whose mission is to empower the aging to live with independence AND interdependence by nourishing mind, body and spirit. They offer free, simple and important services for older adults who prefer to remain living at home, including Meals on Wheels, Friendly Visitors, VIP Rides, and Fall Prevention programs. LIFE Eldercare will be introduced by MIssion Peak UU member Patricia Osage, who is the Executive Director of the organization. More information, including a wish list, can be found here:

“What Will Our Legacy Be? Celebrating silver and going for gold.”

This year’s Canvas is underway!  The Fellowship Dinner is 6 pm this Saturday at the Mission San Jose Dominican Sisters Auditorium. We hope to see you all there. If anyone hasn’t RSVP’d for the Fellowship Dinner, please let Jen King know what meal you want ASAP by calling her at 510-299-2825. It is not a night to be missed.
Also, look for dessert party sign-ups this Sunday. We are asking everyone to sign up to attend a Canvas dessert party. These parties will give us a chance to gather in small groups to discuss pledges and our collective vision for MPUUC. There will be several dates and times to choose from. Pledge cards will be handed out at the dessert parties, please plan to turn pledge cards in at the dessert party or in the offering plate at church the Sunday after your dessert party.
A quick glance at the budget (included in the brochure everyone received in the mail) shows that our income is less than our expenses.  This shortfall makes canvas especially important. To help reverse this trend some members have pledged $6000 in matching grants for anyone who increases their pledge this year. So any pledge increase will go twice as far this year!
Thank you for giving to Mission  Peak!
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!

March 16 – Canvas Kick-Off Dinner
– Mission San Jose Dominican Sisters – Auditorium – Kick-off dinner will begin at 6 p.m.  An email invitation with RSVP information will be coming out shortly.  Eric and Angelina Neissner will provide special entertainment.

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].
Adult Education Spring Offerings

On March 10, 17, and 24 come see us at the Adult Ed table after the service and sign up for one or more of our spring offerings. We will have our popular recurring sessions and two exciting new courses: The Preacher In You, led by Rev. Jo Green, and Communicating With “Difficult” People- Some Strategies, led by Mark Rahman.

Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart
Friday, March 15 @ 6:30 p.m.

Sensible Cinema
Sponsored by the UUSF Social Justice Council
In celebration of Women’s History Month
Unitarian Universalist Center, 1187 Franklin Street @ Geary Blvd., San Francisco, CA

This month’s film features Loraine Hansberry, the first African-American dramatist, playwright of Raisin in the Sun, lesbian and civil rights activist in the 1950s-60s. The film  Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart celebrates her short time on Earth (she died at the age of 34). 

Artist, activist, rebel and visionary are the forgotten traits of playwright Lorraine Hansberry brought to light in the documentary  Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart by filmmaker, Tracy Heather Strain.

Using Hansberry’s personal papers and archives, including home movies and rare photos, the film explores the influence that shaped Hansberry’s childhood, future art, and activism. Viewers are also given an in depth look into the making of her most notable work Raisin In The Sun.

In  Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart the filmmaker resurrects the Lorraine Hansberry we have forgotten or never knew.

Free Admission (donations appreciated).

As usual, popcorn and other refreshments will also be available.

For more information please contact:
Melvin Starks ( or Larry Danos (415-722-6480)
March Board Meeting

The next Mission Peak U U  Board meeting will be Thursday, March 14, at 7:00 PM.  For further information you may contact President Paul K Davis at 

Fresh Audio and Video Recordings

There is Room for Abundance – Rev. Jo Green

Who cares for the activist? – Rev. Jo Green

Who is the Prisoner? – Rev. Jo Green

Where are Our Heroes? – Rev. Jo Green

Community Ministry Today – Service – Rev. Barbara Meyers

The “G” Word – Eric Dittmar

A Winter Solstice Story – CaYRE Committee and Children of MPUUC

Healing in Our Congregation – Rev. Jo Green

Healing with Light – Rev. Jo Green

Fellowship Dinner Donations

We want the Fellowship diner to be a fun and festive occasion, but we’re also doing our best to be cost effective.  To that end we are asking for donations of wine and beer to be served at the dinner.  Please contact Jen King if you are willing to make a donation. Monetary or In-Kind donations will be accepted.
All Church Work Day

FUMC is planning an All Church Work-day on
Saturday, April 13 from 9 AM to 2 PM. If you are available, please join members from FUMC.  FUMC is planning a light lunch about 12 noon in rooms 7 and 8.
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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