This Week on the Peak

This Week on the Peak – Wednesday, September 27, 2017

This Week on the Peak
Mission Peak UU – Fremont, CA
The Home of Liberal Religion in the Tri-Cities and Beyond!
September 27, 2017


Hello Everyone!  It’s me again! Guess what? THE BLACK & WHITE GALA IS ONLY 5 WEEKS AWAY!!!! Are you looking forward to it? I am and I hope you are too.  This is our biggest social event of the year and it is a ton of fun. This event is for everyone at Mission Peak (well, all of the adults at least – childcare is available at Cole Hall for $5 per kid).
Have you bought your tickets? Tickets are $25 each or you can buy a table of 5 for $100.  That’s the same price as last year!! You can’t beat it for an evening of food, fun, and cutthroat bidding!
Have you invited friends? This event isn’t open to the general public, but you are welcome and encouraged to invite friends.  Just make sure that they know it’s a fundraiser and come ready to support Mission Peak with their bids and purchases.
Have you figured out what you’re going to donate for the auction? We have many ‘tried and true’ auction items, but we’re always looking for new and innovative offerings.  If you want to offer something, but don’t have any ideas, come find me at the Black & White Gala table every Sunday after the service and I’ll help you come up with some ideas.  Also, if you have something you wish someone else would offer so you could bid on it, please let me know and I’ll see what I can do.
Have you volunteered to help with the event itself?  We need everything from boutique workers to bakers to bartenders.  It’s all fun and we can’t put this on without all of the volunteers. Sign-up sheets are available at the Black & White Gala table every Sunday after the service.
Have you donated items?  In addition to auction items we need theme baskets, hand made items, beer & wine, baked goods, and more.

Are you EXCITED? I hope so!  This is a great event that offers everyone an opportunity to support Mission Peak in one way or another. It is a wonderful showcase for the amazing array of talented folks who are associated with Mission Peak, and bidding on items is a great way to fill your social calendar for the upcoming year.  We hope you’ll join us Saturday, November 4 from 6:00-10:00 at the Dominican Center at Mission San Jose. See you there!!

Jen King


This Sunday’s Service:
What is Our Calling?
Today is Yom Kippur, the most holy day in the Jewish calendar and we wish our Jewish friends, G’mar Tov! In the spirit of at-one-ment (atonement) we contemplate Micah 6:8. What is asked of us?
Leading the service will be Rev. Benson and Worship Associate Ilze Duarte.  Music will be provided by Peak Performers.


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.



Personnel Council meeting 9/19/17
The Personnel Council met on Tuesday, 9/19.  Some of the main discussion topics were:
  • Membership reported that they hope to have 6 new members at the next Ingathering.
  • Assigning a “buddy” from the Congregation to new members and active friends to help the new member/active friend find meaningful ways to engage in Congregational activities.
  • Finding new and/or different ways to engage new members/active friends in the Congregation.  Some suggestions were a small group ministry for newer folks or inviting people to work at the Stone Garden.


Please follow the link below for the full text of the minutes.



Please contact Melissa Holmes, 510-299-2822, with any questions.
Adult Education Classes
There is still time to sign-up for Holly Ito’s “What Everyone Needs to Know About Medicare” workshop on Sunday, October 8th starting at
11:30 in Cole Hall.


This 1-hour workshop is intended for those that are not currently on Medicare but may be helping a family member or friend with their healthcare decisions, or may want to get a head start on information for their own financial and retirement planning.

Holly is a registered counselor and community educator with HICAP (Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program) which provides objective information about Medicare and related health insurance plans. To ensure sufficient handouts please email  before Wednesday, October 4th.

October Common Read Rescheduled
Our discussion of the book Centering: Navigating Race, Authenticity, and Power in Ministry, edited by Mitra Rahnem has been rescheduled to Sunday, January 21, following the service. This book centers the stories, analysis, and insights of a number of Unitarian Universalist religious leaders of color as they explore how racial identity is made both visible and invisible in Unitarian Universalist communities. If you are interested in reading and discussing this book, please sign up with Allysson McDonald or the Adult RE committee. Allysson will be organizing a group order with a discount, so sign up before the end of October to get your book!

Canopy of Hope!
Frances Moore Lappé and Adam Eichen write about the “canopy of hope” in their new book, coming out this week.
Daring Democracy: Igniting Power, Meaning, and Connection for the America We Want
(Beacon Press, September 2017) lifts up the importance of democracy itself. It examines the anti-democracy movement that led to the Trump presidency, then offers a vision and call to action to save the democracy we thought we had and to take our civic life to a place it has never been.  Join us to read this optomistic book in October and meet to discuss it on Wednesday,
November 8, 7:30-9:00pm, in Cole Hall. Contact Allysson McDonald or someone from the Adult RE committee to sign up and order your copy!


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.




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!!.
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.
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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