This Week on the Peak

This Week on the Peak – Wednesday, December 11, 2019
This Week on the Peak
Mission Peak UU – Fremont, CA
The Home of Liberal Religion in the Tri-Cities and Beyond!
December 11, 2019


I’m Kathi Bayne.  I joined Mission Peak Unitarian Universalist Congregation one year ago, with the support of my husband Omar. We are deeply appreciative of the opportunity to meet and enjoy so many new people as well as participate in congregation activities. Working with the Justice Council has been especially rewarding for me. One of our Council’s goals is helping with the UU directive to “UU the Vote” and encourage a large increase in participation in the 2020 election. 

Last year, some of us joined the Youth Voter Movement (YVM – previously Parkland Voter Movement) to  register high school students in the Fremont Tri-City area. Together we registered over 3000 local high school students to vote!  Our  Congregation shared our plate with YVM and helped the organization obtain a UU grant.

YVM is asking for our help and support again. Registration efforts will start in Fremont and Tri-Cities in late January and early February 2020.

You can sign up with your name and email address, after Sunday service if you are interested in volunteering for two hour high school registration shifts. The organization will get in touch with you regarding availability. These events were the most fun and most gratifying experience I have had registering people to vote! 

YVM would like to help others to register high school and possibly college students. We would really like to hear from you if you are aware of any UU congregations or other groups that might like to participate in this highly successful undertaking. You and your ideas would be greatly appreciated at our Civic Engagement Committee. 

This Sunday’s Service:

A UU Nativity  
It’s that time of year again where our children and youth will share their talents with us in a holiday pageant. Please come celebrate with our incredible young people as they present their version of the Nativity Story.
MPUUC Children and Youth will lead the service and assisting will be Rev. Jo Green. Mark Kahn will provide our music.
Calendar of Kindness

This Calendar of Kindness was posted in a group I am in and I wanted to share it with you.

The Advent of Kindness – what a wonderful way to celebrate this month.

Rev Jo

Parent’s Night Out

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 MPUUC kids! That being said we do not turn away anyone for lack of funds! Contact Shawn at to discuss!
Please follow this link registration form
to register your kiddo! We will take registration forms until noon on December 12th!  Click here for flyer.  
Alumni Holiday Party
December 24th 3pm-5pm in Ockerman Room 1 
We love seeing our young adults and adults back for the holiday season! We will be hosting a cookies and hot chocolate gathering before the Christmas Eve Service on Dec. 24th at 3pm. I and a few of our wonderful teachers will be gathered to celebrate the holidays with our RE alumni! We have a small gift for all of our alumni and will be taking a picture before the service.  Please click here for flyer. 
Shawn Snavley
Adult Education
The Adult Education Committee will be offering the following
classes for the 2020 Winter Quarter. Please see the brochure
for more information.

1. Meditation & Dharma (Eric Dittmar)

Thursdays 7 – 9 pm

Jan 9 & 16; Feb 13 & 27; Mar 12 & 26


2. Poems (John & Jackie Porter)

Mondays 7 – 9 pm
Jan 13 & 27; Feb 10 & 24; Mar 9 & 23

3. Enneagram: Defense Mechanisms (Linda Messia)

Tuesdays 7 – 9 pm
Jan 14 & 28; Feb 11 & 25; Mar 10 & 24

4. Spiritual Literacy (John & Jackie Porter)

Sundays 6 – 8 pm
Jan 5 & 19; Feb 2 & 16; Mar 1 & 15

5. Sing-a-long (Jackie Porter & Jo Ann Schriner)

Sunday 7 – 9 pm
Jan 12

6. “Just Mercy” Discussion (Allysson McDonald)

Sunday 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Upcoming Events

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 T alent 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.
Board Briefs
Megan McMillan has had to step down from the Ministerial Search Committee. The board selected Annette Breingan to take her place. Annette was also on our first Ministerial Search Committee which picked Rev. Chris Schriner as our candidate. The congregation then voted him to be our called minister. We are happy Annette agreed to join the search committee.

Our next board meeting is on Dec 19th at 7:15PM at Allysson’s house. 
For complete board minutes of previous meeting go to the members only section of our web site at

For more details or questions email
Youth Voter Movement (YVM), with the participation of some MPUU Members, registered over 3000 local high school students to vote in 2018/2019. Last year we shared our plate with them and helped the organization obtain a UU grant. They are again asking for our help and support. YVM registration efforts will start in Fremont and Tri-cities in late January and early February 2020. Please sign up with your name and email address, after Sunday services, if you are interested in volunteering for two hour HS registration shifts.  Training is not  mandatory Last 
year’s experience was that participation was easy, fun, and very rewarding!  
Registrar of Voters Training- to become certified as a voter registrar
At:  Irvington High School 41800 Blacow Road, Fremont, 94538.
Monday, December 16, from 3:20 to ~4:00 in room 214
PLEASE RSVP with Elaine Yan at and YVM Facebook page by clicking here.    
Sandwich Squad Reminder:  
You are invited to join Don Ramie and the Sandwich Squad to make sandwiches for Second Chance Addiction Recovery and Safe Alternatives for Violent Environments.
Location: Cole Hall Kitchen      
Time: after the worship service  this Sunday at about 11:30 a.m . (usually the 3rd Sunday of every month).
It’s interactive, fun and rewarding. Please join us!    
Guest At Your Table

We introduced the Guest at Your Table program that UUSC does every year. If you didn’t receive a box at Sunday service, we have some in the office and you can contact Rev. Jo to get one for your table. GAYT is UUSC’s annual intergenerational program to raise support for and awareness about various issues and this year they are focusing on helping advance women-led human rights initiatives around the world.
Guest at Your Table gifts of $125 or more are eligible to be matched dollar for dollar by the UU Congregation at Shelter Rock. Take advantage of this special matching gift today!
You can learn more about Guest at Your Table at
Rev Jo Green  
Put a Smile on a Child’s Face!

In conjunction with our share the plate offering in December, we will also be collecting new toys for the TriCity Volunteers’ Toy Party. See the attached flier for the  wish list and bring a new unwrapped toy to the service on either December 8 or December 15.
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. 

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
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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