Mission Peak UU – Fremont, CA
The Home of Liberal Religion in the Tri-Cities and Beyond!
November 6, 2019
Hello from your Ministerial Search Team
As you probably know, Rev. Jo Green’s tenure as our Interim Minister will end in August of next year. Our search for a new settled minister has been in full swing for the past few months. Here is a brief update.
Thank you to all who participated in the survey and discussions! We have analyzed the results of the survey and are now gathering the results of the discussion meetings. In the next couple of weeks, we will be ready to share a report of these results with the congregation. The report will also be included in a detailed information packet we will be filing with the UUA Transitions website by the end of November to be viewed by ministers in search.
If you have any questions about the ministerial search process and the work we have accomplished so far, please talk to any of the members of the Ministerial Search Team. Here are short biographies of our team members.
DeAnna Alm has attended MPUUC since 1997. She has been a board member and President of the Board for two terms, as well as serving on interim search, transition, canvass, membership and worship associates committees. She loves reading, cooking, and making color-coded spreadsheets.
Ilze Duarte has been a member of MPUUC since 2008. She has served on the Pastoral Associates and Worship Associates committees, among others. She teaches technology to older adults and writes and translates fiction. Her husband, Jay Steele, is an MPUUC member, and their daughters have participated in the congregation’s Religious Education program.
Lance Holliday has lived in Germany and all over the Midwest. He moved to California in 1981 and started working in the high tech industry in 1984, ending up at Cisco Systems, where he worked for nearly 20 years. He came to Unitarian Universalism when his wife was looking for a liberal, accepting, non-authoritarian church. He has found MPUUC a great spiritual home.
Stephen Longfield has attended MPUUC since 2017. He plays music with Peak Rocks, is active in Sandwich Squad, and has helped with the church garden in previous years. He’s been in the Bay Area for four years, and was on the east coast before that. In his free time, he likes making music and reading.
Tiffany Longfield has attended MPUUC since May 2017, and a member for a little over a year. She enjoys being a part of Mission Peak because of its strong sense of community. She recently started a job at Sandia National Labs as a scientist, where she studies polymeric aging behavior. In her spare time, she enjoys hanging out with her husband (Stephen), cats, and dog.
Megan McMillen has been a member of MPUUC since 2016. She is a member of Worship Associates. She and her husband, Shaun, have three daughters who all attend the R.E. program at MPUUC. She is a special education preschool teacher in Newark with a classroom full of the most adorable, quirky, brilliant three-to-four-year-olds you could ever meet. She loves cats, books, Thai food, and butchering classic rock songs while doing dishes.
Don Ramie has lived in Fremont since 1985. He is the father of three daughters, now in their late twenties. Don has been a commercial artist since graduating from college in 1973. He has been a member of MPUUC since 2014 and currently serves on the Justice Council, Membership Committee, and Ministerial Search Committee, and leads the Sandwich Squad
When I Do For Others, Who Am I Really Helping?
“Many of us give back to the community, often the ones that appear to have little spare time or tether to hang on to. What makes us spend scarce resources outside the family on complete strangers who will often not be able to pay us back? And how do we choose what to do? We are driven to help others at no gain to ourselves. Altruism is not peculiar to humans but we seem to make a habit of it.”
Mark Rahman will lead the service and assisting will be Worship Associate Paul K. Davis. Jo Ann Schriner will provide our music
Share the Plate
THE UNDOCUFUND FOR FIRE RELIEF IN SONOMA COUNTY, IS RAISING FUNDS TO ASSIST VICTIMS OF THE KINCADE FIRE
For families affected by the recent fire in Sonoma County, the impact is real: Nearly 200,000 were evacuated- some lost homes or jobs, all had their lives disrupted. An estimated 38,500 undocumented immigrants live in Sonoma County but unlike other victims, undocumented immigrants do not qualify for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Our offering on Sunday, November 10, will go to this fund set up to help members of that community. If you plan to pay on your pledge please note that in the memo line of the check or place it in an envelope available at the welcome table. All other donations to Mission Peak UU on the 10th will be put towards our gift to Undocufund. This organization has a connection with our UU sister congregation in Santa Rosa so we will hear a few words about them from Rev. Chris Bell on Sunday. More information is available at undocufund.org.
Thank You!! Thank You!! THANK YOU!!
Thanks to all of the volunteers and donors and bidders and buyers this year’s Black & White Gala was a huge success. We raised over $18,000 for Mission Peak. We couldn’t have done it without each and every one of you, but special thanks go out to the following people:
Yvonne Hughes who put together the fabulous decorations.
Gayle Tupper who was in charge of the food.
Julie Ganzlin who was in charge of the bar (and helped with the decorations).
Michealle Havenhill who was in charge of the basket raffle & silent auction.
DeAnna Alm who was in charge of the boutique.
Colleen Arnold who put together the event playlist and the PowerPoint presentation for the auction. And who also organized the runners.
Corby Dale, Michealle Havenhill, & Mark Rahman who recorded everything for the auction.
Raymond Holmes-King, Armando Holmes-King, Amy Schaefer, Ben Arnold-Galati, and Mallory Michmerhuizen who were our intrepid runners.
And last, but DEFINITELY not least,
Melissa Holmes who put up with me during the weeks leading up to the event and helped out in many small, but important ways.
Thank you everyone!
Our Congregation is Having Its Picture Taken!
Please stay after the service on Sunday, November 17. We will all gather in front of Cole Hall and Beckett will get on a ladder to take a beautiful group portrait.
Congregation Meeting and Board update
At a special congregational meeting on October 27 we passed a motion to help interested Mission Peak UU members support asylum seekers. See the motion in last weeks Week on the Peak or view the full meeting minutes at the members only section of the Mission Peak UU web site for more details.
Our next board meeting is on Nov. 14th, 2019 at 7:00 PM at Allysson’s house. Please email
if you want an agenda.
All the Best,
Interim Director of Religious Education
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.
Questions – Contact Steve Wallcave
JOIN US IN HONORING THE TRANSGENDER LIVES LOST THIS PAST YEAR.
Wednesday, November 20, 2019 @ 7:00 p.m. in Cole Hall
MISSION PEAK UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CONGREGATION
2950 Washington Blvd, Fremont, CA 94539
Coffee Hour with Rev. Jo
This month Rev Jo will meet for coffee and lunch (if you so choose) to chat about the mission of Mission Peak, what you would like to see this congregation accomplish and how we might do that. Let’s meet at Suju’s Coffee, 3602 Thornton Ave, Fremont, CA 94536 on Thursday afternoon Nov. 21st at 2 p.m. I’d love to hear your views about what our community can do or any other topic that is important to you. Let’s chat over coffee!
Mission Peak Wish List
New Computer for the office
Color Printer for the office
Please contact Rev. Jo or Sandra if you can help with these items for the office.
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 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
A third location at the Fremont mobile shower and laundry facilities is being investigated.
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 (tcicouncil.weebly.com) 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
New Date: Monday, November 18
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.
Growing in Unity
Monday, November 25, 2019 @ 7:30pm
The 58th Annual Tri-City Interfaith Thanksgiving Service will be held on Monday, November 25, 7:30 p.m., at St Joseph Catholic Church, 43148 Mission Blvd, Fremont. The program is sponsored by the Tri-City Interfaith Council (TCIC). This year’s theme, “Growing In Unity,” focuses on hurdles we face as a society to being truly united and the ways we can overcome those hurdles. Please see attached flyer by clicking
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
Senator Kamala Harris
(202) 224 – 3553
Senator Diane Feinstein (202) 224-3841
Free Movie: Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
Saturday, November 9, 1:30 p.m. Niles Discovery Church, 36600 Niles Blvd, Fremont A discussion will follow the screening,
Please see attached flyer by clicking
World Without Walls
Attached is a
for our November 10th World Without Walls event, and the
page provides further details.
Hope you can join us!
You’re Invited! Complete Count Committee Meeting #3
When: Monday, November 18
Where: CA State Building 1515 Clay St. Oakland, CA, 94612
ccessible by 12 St BART and self- paid street/garage parking
In this meeting, we will:
- Share Census 2020 updates
- Present the County’s Outreach Implementation Plan
- Provide highlights from our Census Outreach Grantees and Census Ambassador Program
- Preview upcoming trainings, outreach materials, and shared calendar
Alameda County Census Team
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