This Week on the Peak

This Week on the Peak – Wednesday, October 23, 2019
This Week on the Peak
Mission Peak UU – Fremont, CA
The Home of Liberal Religion in the Tri-Cities and Beyond!
October 23, 2019

Hello from your Affiliated Community Minister!

I am in the fifteenth year of my mental-health focused community ministry as an affiliated community minister with Mission Peak. You can check out the things that I have done on my web pages on the MPUUC website at:
New activities for this year are:
  • Expanding the Sidewalk Talk activities in Fremont.  You can check out the latest status in the Social Justice section of this Week at the Peak notice.
  • Starting a Unitarian Universalist Mental Health Network, with members from all over the country.  It is now incorporated and we are applying for 501 c 3 tax exempt status from the IRS.  You can look at the latest on this organization and join if you would like to at :    

My affiliation with Mission Peak UU has been the bed-rock of my relationship with the UU movement; I am grateful for the opportunity to be a member as well as an affiliated community minister.  You are my people and I love you all.

If you have any questions about my ministry, please don’t hesitate to ask me!

In faith,
Barbara Meyers  
This Sunday’s Service:

Congregational Identity and You
Our theme this month involves taking a look at who we are.  This congregation is doing much work to determine that identity to secure the best fit for this congregation with their future minister.  How do you see yourselves?  What are your strengths and challenges?  We will explore some of the results of the work you did in Appreciative Inquiry last June.
Rev. Jo Green will lead the service and assisting will be Worship Associate Paul K. Davis. Peak Rocks will provide our music
Special Congregational Meeting October 27th
Because of positive response to recent educational events concerning how to support asylum seekers, the Board of Mission Peak UU Congregation is calling a special congregational meeting after the service on October 27 (11:30AM) in Cole Hall to consider taking collective action. Specifically, the Board is bringing before the congregation a motion to 
“Adopt as a Congregational project the support of and intended hosting and/or accompaniment of one or more persons seeking asylum in the United States; budget $1,000 from the Growth Fund as an addition to the Congregational budget for the 2019-20 fiscal year; authorize receipt of additional donations from members, including at a designated share-the-plate Sunday, to the budget line; and authorize the Board to provide for the organization of this effort by assigning specific responsibilities to existing committees or by chartering a new committee. The Board and committee(s) involved in this effort will report to the Congregation from time to time.”
Please take a moment to read the supplemental information provided here: would like very much for as many members of the Congregation as possible to attend, express their views, and vote on this motion.
— Paul K Davis, Allysson McDonald, Allie King (special project 
development team)
The Black & White Gala is in 10 DAYS!!!

Have you bought your tickets? Were you planning on donating something to the auction? Have you picked out your outfit? If not, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR??? Please contact Jen King ASAP with any and all donations, and buy your tickets after the service on Sunday. 

We need your help to keep our classrooms going!!! While we honored almost 24 children and youth religious education teachers last Sunday we still need your help!! There are 52 Sundays in a year and we would like to make sure everyone has an opportunity to worship. If you are interested in helping support the growth and development of our children and youth please fill out this form here or contact Shawn at . If you would like more information on our program and the role our teachers play please visit our resource page here or contact Shawn at
All the Best,
Interim Director of Religious Education
New to Unitarian Universalism Class – Sunday, November 3, 2019 from 11:45 am to 1:15 pm

Are you new to Unitarian Universalism or to Mission Peak UU? Are you seeking and questioning and want to learn more of our past, present, and future? We will have a New to UU class on Sunday, November 3, 2019 from 11:45 am to 1:15 pm. Reverend Jo Green, together with other congregation leaders, will lead this class. You will learn about the history of Unitarian Universalism, our Mission Peak Congregation, our congregational activities, and more. Everyone is welcome to attend. In particular, anyone who is considering becoming a member of Mission Peak typically takes the class.  
A signup sheet will be available at the Welcome Table on Sunday mornings or you can email to let us know you will be attending.  We will provide a light lunch. Childcare will be available if requested by October 23.
Request for Class Proposals – Adult Education – Winter 2020

The Adult Education Committee is seeking proposals for classes for the Winter quarter – January through March of 2020. This is an opportunity for you to share what you know with others.
Past topics have included Buddhist meditation, healthy eating, art and spirituality, the Enneagram, Poems, and celebration of the sacred feminine. Classes can vary from one-time events to meeting every week.
How can you submit a proposal? Contact Linda Messia at 510 792-1539 or email her with your course information.
Please submit your proposal no later than November 3.
Thank you!
Sexuality Education for 7th-9th Grade Youth

Our Whole Lives Sexuality Education Class for 7th-9th
Grade Youth is starting soon.
The last mandatory parent’s orientations is on:

Nov. 17th, 2019 3PM-6PM in San José
Parents must come to the orientation for their youth to participate. Youth classes are on 11 Sunday afternoons and 1 Saturday afternoon/evening, each covering multiple workshops, starting in January 2018.
For more information go to or download brochure  
Questions – Contact Steve Wallcave 
Mission Peak Wish List

New Computer for the office
Color Printer for the office
Wardrobe Stand
Video Camera 
Please contact Rev. Jo or Sandra if you can help with these items for the office.
Thank you. 

Save the Date – Mission Peak Holiday Potluck & Fun Fest – December 7

Please plan to join us on Saturday, December 7 @ 5:00 pm in Cole Hall for a Holiday Potluck.  In addition to eating, we will be decorating holiday cookies, decorating the Christmas tree, doing crafts, and singing Christmas Karaoke!
Start Practicing Now for the MPUUC Talent Showcase – Saturday, February 8

Do you tell jokes? Recite poems? Sing? Play and instrument? Dance? Do
magic? If so, start polishing your act now so you can be part of the
MPUUC Talent Showcase to be held in Cole Hall on Saturday, February 8
from 3:00-6:00 pm.  More details on how to sign up coming soon. 
Accompanists available upon request. Please contact Jen King for more

Sidewalk Talk 
“Sidewalk Talk is a non-profit organization with a local Fremont chapter led by Rev. Barbara Meyers, a community minister affiliated with MPUUC, whose ministry is focused on mental health issues.
We provide a welcoming listener for people who want to talk and be listened to in order to enable authentic human connection. 
There are two locations where listening is currently done in Fremont:
  1.  Outside the Fremont Public Library the 1st and 3rd Sunday of every month  from 1-3 pm 
  2.  At Tri-City Volunteers,  37350 Joseph Street, Wednesdays  from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm 
A third location at the Fremont mobile shower and laundry facilities is being investigated. 
The experience is very rewarding. Training is necessary.  You can find out more about Sidewalk Talk at: 
If you are interested in being a listener, please contact Rev. Barbara Meyers at
The Fellowship Committee Needs YOU!

Do you enjoy the social events we have at Mission Peak? Would you like to see more events? The Fellowship Committee needs more members. Many hands make light work, and we could use a few more hands. We meet around once a quarter and try to plan or support 2-3 events a quarter. Best of all we have a lot of fun together. If you’re interested in joining our ‘merry band’, please contact Jen King.

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!  
Join the Interfaith council as we stand together for the
Candlelight Vigil
New Date: Monday, November 18
7:00-8:00 p.m..
St. James’ Episcopal Church
37051 Cabrillo Terrace, Fremont
(Thornton Ave. at Cabrillo)   
Take a stand against the causes of homelessness. Please join us for an interfaith candlelight vigil to remember and reflect on the lives affected by homelessness. Bring your canned goods and other non-perishable items to donate. Please enjoy the refreshments that will be served.  Please click here for flyer. 
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
Pacific Central District
Fall Youth Retreat – November 1-3, 2019

Registration Now Open!

Come join us for a fun & transformative weekend that will include games, workshops, a midnight worship & more!
  • When: Fri, Nov 1st @ 7pm- Sun, Nov 3rd @ 9am
  • Where: UU Church in Livermore 1893 N Vasco Rd, Livermore, CA 94551
  • Cost: $40/person (includes programming, 4 meals & church lodging)
Registration Deadline, Sunday. October 27, 2019
Scholarships Available
Apply Now
Email Retreat Coordinator: 
Marena McGregor at

This is a wonderful opportunity, please consider registering.
Leadership Experience…There’s space for you!

Leadership Experience is a Retreat/Online learning experience for both new and experienced leaders in UU congregations.If you lead or influence folks in your congregation as a board member, a program leader, a staff member, a finance or other admin volunteer, you’ll be inspired and equipped by this experience to better serve your people and your faith. More information here!

The work starts November 7, so you’ll have the best experience if your register by November 1.
Public Hearing on
Compassionate California: An Interfaith Dialogue

Dear Friends of the Tri-City Interfaith Council,
As Chair for the Select Committee on Hate Crimes, Assemblymember Kansen Chu will be presenting a Compassionate California Resolution which would declare California to be the first Compassionate State in the United States of America. It would be an honor if you all can attend our upcoming Public Hearing.
Please see attached flyer for additional information and to RSVP. 
The details are as follows:
WHAT: Assembly Select Committee on Hate Crimes
               Compassionate California Interfaith Dialogue
WHEN: Thursday, October 24, 2019
WHERE: Milpitas Unified School District
                1331 East Calaveras Boulevard Milpitas, CA 95035
Simeone Chien
Field Representative
Office of Assemblymember Kansen Chu – 25th District
District Office: 408-262-2501|Capitol Office: 916-319-2025
First United Methodist Church Fall Craft Boutique – Saturday, October 26, 2019
10:00-2:00 p.m. Cole Hall

FUMC’s Craftinators invite you to their Fall Craft Boutique, with many handcrafted items suitable for fall/holiday entertaining and gifts. FREE Admission! 100% of the sales price will benefit, which is dedicated to helping survivors of human trafficking in Alameda County. 
Please see attached flyer by clicking here.
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