This Week on the Peak

This Week on the Peak – Wednesday, September 20, 2017

This Week on the Peak
Mission Peak UU – Fremont, CA
The Home of Liberal Religion in the Tri-Cities and Beyond!
September 20, 2017


Notes from Our Minister


We’re winding down our month focused on the theme,  “How Do We Know What We Know”. There is book knowledge, experience, tradition, intuition, inspiration; so many spokes on the bicycle wheel, many different ways of knowing and all, presumably,  leading to the hub. Some of us lead with head knowledge/ information in the book or scientific sense. Others lead with intuition, their “gut” sense. There’s overlap (thank goodness!) but we vary in emphasis, shall we say.  Not so clean, cut and dried to be sure but any way you slice it, what and how we know leads us to making meaning.


We humans look for meaning. We look for meaning in events natural, person-made and both.  We look for meaning in our personal, community, national and world histories.  We look for meaning in a glance, a smile, an embrace. It’s our default.


Sometimes we skip a few gears though, prematurely. This Sunday the service focuses on knowing our own hearts and minds, our values, keeping them in focus and matching up our values with our actions, what aids us in doing this and what deters us.  We’ll get into patience—avoiding the premature judgments, decisions, commitments and more–in October when we move to a worship theme, “What is Our Calling”?  It takes patience, attentiveness, intention, listening beyond the chatter of everyday life, and more to sort that one out!


You’re invited! Our service at 10 is followed with a social hour and on the 3rd
Sunday, the Sandwich Squad makes sandwiches for our local shelters. Join us! Ours is a warm community of thoughtful, heart-driven people. All people of good will are welcome here!
-Rev Benson



This Sunday’s Service:
To Know Our Minds and Hearts, To Guide Our Hands
We hope our hearts and minds are in sync with our actions but how much are they? What is required of us to get and stay in tune?
Leading the service will be Rev. Benson and Worship Associate Mark Rahman.  Music will be provided by Eric Niessner.

International Day of Peace,

Thursday, September 21, 5 pm Peace Walk, 6 pm Peace Prayer. Meet at the Peace Pole, Lake Elizabeth (Central) Park. Sponsored by Tri-City Interfaith Council & Pax Christi & Compassionate Fremont Human Relations Commission.


save the date for:
we are one
Vigil / Rally
We gather to stand in solidarity with one another
and to celebrate our diversity, as well as our unity.
We believe in equality, liberty, and justice for all.
Thursday, September 28
5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
 Paseo Padre & Walnut, Fremont
You are welcome be bring signs that reflect your concerns.
We request that signs be peaceful, compassionate & non-partisan.



Save the date: Stone Garden,

October 7, 9-12 p.m.


Join us in maintaining the Stone Garden which provides over 2000lbs of fresh organic produce to the Tri-City Food Bank every year.


 9:00 to Noon, Volunteer Weed Party
10:00 to 11:00 LEAF Meet Up, chat with LEAF President and other members
11:00 to Noon, Workshop: Winter Veggies and Cover Crops with Guy Duran
***Please bring sunhats, sunblock, snacks for yourself and plenty of water**
Save the Date: Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving,
Monday November 20, 7:30 pm, St Joseph Catholic Church, 43148 Mission Blvd., Fremont. Sponsored by Tri-City Interfaith Council.



New to UU Class – Sunday, October 1, 2017 from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm
Are you new to Unitarian Universalism or to Mission Peak UU?
Are you seeking and questioning and want to learn more of our past, present, and future?

Join Reverend Benson and other congregation leaders to learn about the history of Unitarian Universalism, our Mission Peak Congregation, congregational activities and more by attending the New to UU class on Sunday October 1 from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm at Cole Hall. Everyone is welcome to attend. A signup sheet will be available at the Welcome Table on Sunday morning or you can email
or call the office at 510-252-1477 to let us know you will be attending. A light lunch will be provided. Childcare will be available with at least one week notice.

Interfaith choir to sing at Thanksgiving Service
The Tri-City Interfaith Council is organizing an interfaith choir to sing at the Tri-City Interfaith Council’s annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service. Rehearsals will be on Thursdays,
November 9 and 16,
7:30-8:30, at Niles Discovery Church,
36600 Niles Blvd, Fremont. The interfaith choir will sing two anthems at the service on
Monday, November 20. You do not need to register to join the Interfaith Choir; just show up for the first rehearsal.



Affordable Housing Forum 2017
October 22 12:45 PM 
Cole Hall


Black & White Gala – Saturday, November 4, 6:00-9:30 pm

The Black & White Gala, Mission Peak’s social (and fundraising) event of the year, is November 4th – Which is closer than you think.  The evening consists of a live auction, a boutique, a basket raffle, and yummy refreshments (a dessert buffet, beer & wine, and non-alcoholic beverages).  Attendees are encouraged to wear black and white – as formal or casual or crazy as you’d like.  This year’s theme will be “Puttin’ On the Ritz” and the event will be held at the Dominican Center located just up Washington Blvd from Cole Hall at the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose Motherhouse.  The event will start at 6:00 pm and run until about 9:30 pm. Tickets are $25 each or you can purchase a table of 5 for $100.  We encourage you to invite friends (but only if they bring their checkbook!). Childcare will be provided at our very own Cole Hall for $5 per child.  A table where you can purchase tickets and sign up for donations and volunteer opportunities, will be set up outside Cole Hall during coffee hour every Sunday through the end of October. Please stop by and buy your tickets and find out how you can participate in the fun, frolic, and fundraising that is the Black & White Gala.  We can’t do it without YOU!!.
Join the Mission Peak Build Team on November 18!
About Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley
We believe that everyone deserves a decent place to live.  We create opportunities for families to transform their lives, gaining the strength, stability, and self-reliance they need to build a better future.  Working together as a community, we build homes with affordable mortgages, repair and rehabilitate existing homes, counsel first-time homebuyers, and revitalize neighborhoods in Alameda, Contra Costa, and Santa Clara counties.  Today, Habitat, new homeowners, and community members are teaming up to build 30 new condominium homes in central Fremont.
About volunteering

Join a multi-faith crew of volunteers in the East Bay to build affordable homes with Habitat locally. First-timers and experienced builders welcome, ages 16 and up, on Saturday, Nov. 18th. All materials, supplies, and instruction will be provided.  Please plan to bring a water bottle, lunch, and team spirit.  We build together to end generational poverty, put our values into action, and build friendships with our neighbors of all walks of life.  Register at:
.  Or contact Allysson McDonald at or Tori Bommarito at
with questions.

Writers wanted!
The social media and marketing group is looking for a few good writers. We need people to contribute content for various media.  If you enjoy writing contact Shyno or
Mari-Lyn at
Mountain Mike’s Fundraiser
Please join us for pizza at Mountain Mike’s on
Thursday October 12.  Anytime from
11am – 9pm.


When you bring in our Fundraising
Flyer, Mountain Mike’s will donate 20% of your check to Mission Peak UU.


Enjoy some great pizza and bring your friends.


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