Mission Peak UU – Fremont, CA
The Home of Liberal Religion in the Tri-Cities and Beyond!
November 13, 2019
I officiated the Celebration of Life for Ed Green on Monday, the husband of one of our congregants, Donna. It was such a lovely way to salute this man who has left our mortal lives. I feel I was privileged to know him the short time that I did. This service was filled with proclamations of his good works, his generosity, his kindness and love. And at the end of the service, after so many had commented on the wonderful hugs that he gave throughout his life, we each were presented with an ornament holding a ribbon the length of his hugs. I acquired one for myself and also one for the congregational holiday tree we will be putting up next month. It is a memory for those who knew him and experienced his hugs in the past.
Death can be a reminder and an impetus on how we live our lives in the moment. Do you know that friend that you think about often but really never visit or call because we always feel we have more time? Do you have something on your bucket list that you want to do but haven’t really gotten around to it yet? Have you told your family you love them lately?
What are you waiting for? Sometimes we just need a reminder of the fleeting, transitory moment of life that we live. Sometimes it takes something like a tragic loss to spur ourselves into movement. But should it? Is there a way to incorporate into our lives a routine of staying in touch with those who mean so much to us. Ed did do that. He stayed in touch so that by the very end, he had met with friends and family members and gotten to spend some quality time with them. I was one of those lucky people in that in this last month, I was privileged to know him. We were able to have meaningful conversations and were able to connect as fellow human beings. Which is why we are all here on this planet, isn’t it?
So what are you waiting for? What could possibly be more important than telling your loved ones you love them, looking at that bucket list and choosing one thing to accomplish that will make you happy? Take some time this week. Discover what is meaningful to you. Spread goodness and kindness around. And throw in some special hugs for those who need it.
Blessings to you all,
Please feel free to contact me
By phone: 510-972-3890
Your Mission if You Choose to Accept It
Our theme this month is mission, the mission of this congregation, of Mission Peak Unitarian Universalist Congregation. What is our mission? And do we choose to accept it? Do you still belong if you don’t? This Sunday we will explore what the mission of this community is and we will also rejoice in those new members officially joining us this morning in our Ingathering Service.
Rev. Jo Green will lead the service and assisting will be Worship Associate Allysson McDonald. Peak Rocks will provide our music
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.
Board Meeting – November 14, 2019
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.
Thanksgiving Service 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
Mission Peak’s choir will be joining with choirs of other congregations to provide the music
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
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
November 20th Call to Faith Leaders Join in Solidarity with AZ Humanitarian Aid Worker on Trial
The national sanctuary movement is asking for presence and solidarity for the trial of Dr. Scott Warren -No More Deaths aid volunteer in Tucson. Please click
for more details.
If you are interested in going with others from the Bay Area, please contact Julie Litwin:
Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity (IM4HumanIntegrity)
Poor People’s Campaign
Join the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival in San Francisco for its California stop of the national We Must Do M.O.R.E. tour. Be part of this faith-rooted, intersectionality-minded movement for collective liberation as we mobilize, organize, register, and educate.
Be a part of the UU contingent with UUJMCA and California UUs
by signing up on the UUJMCA event
or emailing us at
. Find out more information about the M.O.R.E. tour from the Poor People’s Campaign by visiting their
UUJMCA will also be holding a webinar before the December 11 event
to connect folks who’d like to know more about the Poor People’s Campaign and how to stay engaged. Sign up for our event on Facebook or email us to get the details when they are finalized!
Reverend Jo Green
Mission Peak UU | 2950 Washington Blvd Fremont CA | 510.252.1477 | missionpeakuu.org