This Week on the Peak

This Week on the Peak – Wednesday, October 4, 2017

This Week on the Peak
Mission Peak UU – Fremont, CA
The Home of Liberal Religion in the Tri-Cities and Beyond!
October 4, 2017


Minister’s Notes:
You and I need to keep fresh in our hearts and minds the beauty in the world and the good we each and together can do. So many tragic events, natural and human-made, come into our consciousness almost daily. It would be too easy to roll over and say there’s nothing I can do to change the big picture, so I’ll do nothing but we must resist that impulse.
            As Unitarian Universalists we are called to do our parts, one by one and together to bring a little bit of heaven here on Earth. We are called to be in right relationship with people, with our work and with something bigger than ourselves. Allowing ourselves the luxury of giving up on making a real difference for the better, even in one person’s life, doesn’t cut it, my friends.
            I ask myself more than once a day, what in the world could all this hardship, unkindness and downright evil, mean? And the response comes: 1) do what you can here and now; 2) you may not know the answer to that question but you may know a way to make the next person’s load lighter; and 3) hope (what?) is not idle.
                                                -(what?) Hope is not idle, good people!
                                                                                                -Rev Benson


This Sunday’s Service:
What? Wait! I’m Ready Now
Cultivating patience is an art and a spiritual practice. In a hurry? Developing greater patience just might help us to make better choices.
Leading the service will be Rev. Benson and Worship Associate Drew Wilson.  Music will be provided by Eric Niessner.



Right Now:
There’s a hearing Wednesday on the bill to
, healthcare for children. Call your senators now & tell them your thoughts. Do you support the government continuing this successful, helpful if imperfect funding for children’s health or not? (202) 224-3121. Tell Feinstein and Harris to do everything they can!
This Week:


Stone Garden, October 7, 9-12
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, Guy Duran
***Please bring sunhats, sunblock, snacks for yourself and plenty of water**
Sign up at:
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.



October Second Sunday Donations to Support Stone Garden
Sunday, October 8th, our Second Sunday Share the Plate donations will go to Local Ecology and Agriculture Fremont, (LEAF) in support of Stone Garden.  In 2014, in partnership with us,
LEAF installed a permaculture garden near Mowry and Mission. That first year, 1,200 pounds of food were grown and donated to the Tri-City Volunteers Food Bank.  Since then over a ton of food is grown and donated annually!  Checks made out to LEAF (please write Mission Peak UU on the memo line) and cash put in our offering on October 8 will help them continue this great work in our community. We will also be taking sign ups for working in the garden.
Teacher’s needed for Game Day
Hi Everyone!
Our kids are loving RE, Harry and UU as well as Principled Music is a great hit. Thank you all for being willing to take a chance on something new!
This Sunday we will have Shyno as sub-DRE. As of today we only have one adult for game day. This is the one day of the month when kids relax, play games and sharpen their social skills. It’s also an opportunity for the adults to get to know the children. Please consider signing up for this class if you want to participate in RE for a lesson plan-free experience.
To sign up, click the link below and follow the kids out of the service
on Sunday.
Thank you, and I will see you on the 15th for the All Ages Children’s Sabbath Service.
Dumbledore’s Army Fights the Illiteracy Horcrux
Donate new and gently used books for all ages to our book drive for the Friends of the Library Little Library Program. Books must be donated by Sunday October 8th. To donate books bring them on Sunday and look for the donation box or ask the DRE where they go.


The K-4th grade and the 5-8th grade Religious education classes are using the “Harry and UU” curriculum which uses the symbol of overcoming a Horcrux as reason for the children to engage in a social action project. See for more information on the curriculum.
Black & White Gala – We Need Your Help!!
Jen King will be at her usual spot after church every
Sunday in October so you can sign-up to help, make donations, and buy tickets.  However, there are a few very specific requests that we have right now:


Do you have a “Square” reader?  Would you be willing to put the app on your phone and help us after the auction on the night of the event?  We need people to help with check-out and we need those people to be able to accept credit/debit cards.  Please let us know if you are willing and able to help with this.


We need someone to
Organize Childcare – You don’t have to hire the childcare workers – we’ve got that covered.  We just need someone to: purchase snacks for the kids in childcare (you will be reimbursed), plan a few activities for the kids who will be attending childcare during the Gala, open up Cole Hall and get things set up for childcare, and then clean up afterwards and lock up.  This could be done by one person or 2 or 3.


We need someone to be in charge of the
Basket Raffle on the day of the Gala.  You don’t need to organize or collect the baskets – we’ll take care of that.  We just need someone to: set up the baskets at the Gala, organize and train the Raffle ticket sellers, and be in charge of the actual Basket Raffle after the Auction.


We need more items for the boutique!  Hand crafted items are best.  Items that have specific meaning for UU’s, items that would make great holiday teacher gifts, items that are good for stocking stuffers, … You don’t have to have multiple dozens of each item, 3 or more of something is fine.


Please contact Jen King ASAP if you are willing to help with any of these specific needs or have any questions.


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!


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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