This Week on the Peak

This Week on the Peak – Wednesday, November 20, 2019
This Week on the Peak
Mission Peak UU – Fremont, CA
The Home of Liberal Religion in the Tri-Cities and Beyond!
November 20, 2019

Hello again from MPUUC’s resident Fun Fairy!

The Black & White Gala was once again a huge success.  Thank you so much to everyone who volunteered, donated, or attended we couldn’t do it without you. If you have comments, suggestions, recommendations pertaining to the Black & White Gala and when/where/how we do the next one, please feel free to email me. Input is VERY helpful.
The holiday season is upon us and we have some fun upcoming events.  The first is our Holiday Potluck & Fun Fest to be held in Cole Hall on Saturday, December 7 at 6:00 p.m.  Please come and bring food to share. It doesn’t have to be homemade. However, if you are looking for ideas for what to bring why not bring a family holiday favorite.  At the Holiday Potluck & Fun Fest we will have leftovers from the Black & White boutique for your holiday shopping pleasure.  It’s a great way to let your kids do some shopping for teachers, grandparents, etc.  We will also be decorating a Christmas tree, doing crafts, decorating gingerbread houses, and singing Christmas Karaoke. Come along, bring friends, and celebrate whatever holiday makes your spirit sparkle. 
After the holidays we all need something to look forward to and the revival of Mission Peak’s Talent Showcase (a.k.a. Sunday Salon) is just the thing.  The Talent Showcase will be held in Cole Hall on Saturday, February 8 from 3:00-6:00 p.m. Do you tell jokes? Recite poems? Sing? Act? Play an instrument? Perform magic? If so, we want you to sign up to share your talent with us.  Kids are welcome and encouraged to participate. Sign-ups will start Sunday, December 1 after the service.  Accompanists are available upon request and Knuti Van Hoven is available as a stage/voice coach (for a small donation to MPUUC). This is a great chance to share what you love with the rest of Mission Peak.  We will even have space set aside to display physical artwork such as paintings, drawings, pottery, knitting, mosaics, etc. We hope that many of you will choose to participate.
If you have any questions or comments about these events or suggestions for future events or, even better, you’d like to join the Fellowship Committee, please contact the Fun Fairy (Jen King) or any member of the Fellowship Committee (Julie Ganzlin, Yvonne Hughes, or Michealle Havenhill). 
Jen King  
This Sunday’s Service:

Giving Thanks Isn’t Always Easy
In this holiday service we will examine gratitude, how we feel when we have it, how we feel when we don’t. Can gratitude really bring us joy in times of sorrow or pain and is there a difference when we have gratitude with how we live our lives? In this service before Thanksgiving, may we all join together to share our gratitude and search for ways to bless the world with our gratefulness and sense of peace and harmony.
Rev. Jo Green will lead the service and assisting will be Worship Associate Drew Wilson. Bekah Dhand and Paul K. Davis will provide our music
Pastoral Care

Lance Holliday is in the Rehab Facility in Pleasanton and would love to have visitors or a card sent in the next few days.  He is anticipating that he will be released next Wednesday.  I visited with him and Tina today and Tina will be going out of town tomorrow.  I know he will miss her.  It would be wonderful if any friends or members could visit or send a card.  He would greatly appreciate that.

The address of the facility is:
Pleasanton Rehabilitation & Nursing 
Room 220B
300 Neal St
Pleasanton, CA. 94566

Thank you all for your consideration and friendship towards Lance.


Rev Jo Green
New MPUUC Members

We welcomed our new members this past Sunday at our Ingathering ceremony in the Sunday Service!  We also got to celebrate afterwards with this lovely cake.

Welcome to:
Ingrid O’Brien Avery
Rebecca, aka Bekah Dhand
Debbie Livingstone
Melody Yamaguchi
We are blessed to have you!

Reverend Jo Green

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!
Parent’s Night Out with a Movie!!
At Mission Peak UU Friday November 22nd, 2019 from 6pm- 10pm  in Cole Hall
Want a night away from your kids? Haven’t been on a date in decades? Need to run errands without interruption? Come leave your children with Rev. Jo, myself, and some incredible volunteers! We will be providing food, a movie, and some other activities to occupy your children while you do whatever you need to do! We will be charging a small fee of $25 a kid with a discounted rate of $20 for MPUU kids! That being said we do not turn away anyone for lack of funds! Contact Shawn or Rev. Jo to discuss!                                                                                                        
Please follow this link to register your kiddo! We will take registration forms until Nov. 20th! Feel free to share widely!!
Pageant Practice Begins Nov. 24th!!
Actual pageant will be December 15th, 2019 at 10am in Cole Hall 
Our annual children  and youth pageant will begin rehearsals during Sunday RE time on November 24th, 2019. This year’s pageant will correlate with our Judeo-Christian education cycle and will be directed by the wonderfully talented Lisa Newstrom. We will have three rehearsals November 24th, December 1st, and December 8th. We ask that your child (ren) and/or youth be present for at least one rehearsal. If your child(ren) or youth(s) would like to be involved in the pageant please speak with me on Sunday November 17th or send me an email!  
Pizza with the Pastor
At Mission Peak UU November 24th, 2019 following Sunday Service
Rev. Jo would like to invite all of the MPUU children and youth to join her for a pizza party after service on November 24th. In one of our RE discussions the children and youth voiced a desire to have time for the pastor to get to know them and we 100% agreed. Don’t worry about being left out my dear adults! All parents, guardians, teachers, and committee members are invited to join me for pizza and processing about the future of the program! Please rsvp by emailing me so we know how much food we need to provide!
All the Best,
Interim Director of Religious Education
Put a Smile on a Child’s Face!

The Tri-City Volunteers need our help spreading holiday cheer for their clients’ kids. Once again we are hosting a TVC Toy Barrel In Cole Hall (November 24-December 15). Choose a toy, game, or activity from this wish list for $20, and bring it unwrapped to one of our services. Your actions DO make a difference in someone’s life! Contact Allysson McDonald if you have questions. Happy Holidays!
Board Briefs

The Mission Peak UU board met on Nov. 14th.
The board voted to:
*    Appoint Allie King be the chair of the Asylum Seeker support project.
*    Approve a draft settled minister contract for the search committee to use
*    Agreed on the final wording of our board covenant

We also announced the following
*    The executive team Week on the Peak editorial policy is posted at
*    Justice Council meeting: Dec 8th 11:30AM in office
*    Ministry Council meeting:  Dec. 3, 7:30PM in office
*    Operations/Personnel Council meeting: Dec. 10, 7:30PM, Steve’s house

For complete board minutes of previous meeting go to the members only section of our web site at

Our next board meeting is on Dec 19th at 7:15PM at Allysson’s house.

For more details or questions email
Mission Peak Wish List

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

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
Annual Interfaith
 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 hereMission 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 
Ro Khanna  (202) 225-2631 
Senator Kamala Harris   (202) 224 – 3553
Senator Diane Feinstein (202) 224-3841
ABC Town Forum

Our own Tri-City Interfaith Council was represented on Monday at the ABC Town Forum featuring Fremont.  Chair Pastor Jeff Spencer and Moina  Shaiq Siddiq spoke on two different panels.  Please note all this week Fremont is being highlighted on various news shows on our local ABC Station.
Go Fremont!
Reverend Jo Green

What is Shifting in You: From “Fear” to “Faith”

By Rev. Sarah Gibb Millspaugh

What would Unitarian Universalism be like if we lived from our faith  more than we lived from our fears ? And when I say “we,” I mean each of us, and each of our UU institutions. What would we be like if our minds, our hearts, our spirits shifted from fear  to faith ?

This is an open question that we on Pacific Western Region staff are asking of ourselves and our congregations. It’s one of the seven shifts that we are fostering in Unitarian Universalism. ( click here for rest of article.)

Reverend Jo Green
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  event pageUUJMCA 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
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