This Week on the Peak

This Week on the Peak – Wednesday, December 18, 2019
This Week on the Peak
Mission Peak UU – Fremont, CA
The Home of Liberal Religion in the Tri-Cities and Beyond!
December 18, 2019

Happiest of Holidays Mission Peak Family and Friends!

For those of you who might not know me, my name is Shawn Snavley and I have been serving as your interim Director of Religious Education since September. I am so blessed to be back working with the children and youth at Mission Peak. I first want to give a big shout out to our children and youth, as well as their wonderful adult volunteers, for an absolutely amazing holiday pageant this past Sunday. It was truly wonderful to see such a joyful interaction between our adults and the young people of our congregation! We have been working very hard to get our religious education program back into a consistent rhythm. I am so happy to say that we have not canceled a single class this fall semester and we have been fully covered in teachers since the end of October. We hosted two parent’s night out events, collaborated on the transgender day of remembrance service, and we are gearing up for our spring semester! This Sunday will be our last RE class of the fall semester. We will have two classrooms available; K-7th grade and youth group. We will also be hosting an alumni party on Christmas Eve and we have an upcoming intergenerational service on Dec. 29th. We will also start sign ups for spring teachers this Sunday so please consider signing up to spend some time working with our incredible children and youth! As always if you have any questions please feel free to contact me!

All the Best,

Shawn Snavley
Interim Director of Religious Education
Mission Peak Unitarian Universalist Congregation 
(510) 397-8758
This Sunday’s Service:

The Celebration of Winter Solstice   
In times of old, pagans and other cultures rejoiced at the coming of Winter Solstice and celebrated the Goddess Moon energy. It was an appreciation of the shortest day of the year and the recognition and celebration that the days would once again lengthen. During this Yule service, we will learn about the mystery and sacredness of the return of the Sun during these long winter months.
Rev. Jo Green will lead the service and assisting will be Drew Wilson. Jay Steele will provide our music.
Please note:  
Rev. Jo will be on vacation Christmas through New Year’s day. 
A reminder on submitting articles for Week on the Peak and OOS

If you plan to submit an article for the Week on the Peak, please send by Tuesday at 5 p.m. to  Articles received after 5 p.m. on Tuesday, will go in the following Wednesday Week on the Peak.

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Thank you for your cooperation.
Sandra Lange
Office Administrator.
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

Beloved Congregation

During the course of my Interim work here with the Mission Peak UU Congregation, there has been some fun work we’ve done and some challenging work we have done.  I am asking for one more challenge that I would love to see every congregational member participate in.  

The book White Fragility was highlighted at our last General Assembly and I even was privileged to speak with her and have her sign my copy of her book.  I would like to have the congregation read this book and have a discussion on it on January 25, 2020 at 1PM.  I can provide you the book if you cannot afford it, and also I can order them in bulk for those who would like me to.  You can also order it on your own.

Please contact me if you would like me to order you a copy and we have over a month now to read it.  I would appreciate your participation as I believe this is vital territory that we need to explore here in our congregation.  

It takes courage to do this work.  I believe you all are up to the task.  
Thank you for your courage.


Rev Jo
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 Event

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.
Jen King 
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 7:15 p.m. 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 MPUUC 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!  
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  
Spiritual Practices for Courageous and Compassionate Living
Tuesdays at 7 PM
 First Unitarian Church of Oakland
January 21 through March 24, 2020

Co-Facilitated by Reverend Mary Foran, Affiliated Community Minister and Spiritual Director, together with Patricia St. Onge, Spiritual Director and Coach, Seven Generations Consulting and Assistant Adjunct Professor at Mills College, Department of Race, Gender and Sexuality Studies.
A Spiritual Direction Group for seekers who want more spiritually grounded lives. With liberation for all in mind, our aim is a diverse group of 10 to 12 participants, who are willing to experiment, reflect and support each other’s search for inner wisdom. Click here for more information. 

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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