This Week on the Peak

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


This Sunday’s Service:
Each Child a New Redeemer (10 am service)

Our UU tradition teaches us that each child born can be a part of our redemption, doing the good our ancestors and we dream.

Leading the service will be Rev. Benson and assisting in the service today is DRE JeKaren Olaoya   Music will be provided by Jay Steele, Jessica Steele and Peak Performers..
Joy to the World! (5 pm service)
A service of carols and the traditional Christmas story.


Leading the service will be Rev. Benson.   Assisting will be JeKaren Olaoya, DRE and Drew Wilson, Worship Associate.  Music will be provided by Jay and Jessica Steele.


* Please note: Jan 7 we will have a Tolling of the Bells service. Please bring a photo or other memento of someone in your family or friendship circle who died in 2017. We will make an altar and acknowledge their deaths.
From Your Interim Minister
Joy and woe are indeed woven fine.
I am sad to report that dear
Merrill Ito has died. Death came so quickly. Holly and the family have been gathering for the holiday and so some family members were with him in his last hours. Information about a Celebration of Life will be forthcoming. Merrill will be missed. He is missed.
I was privileged to visit with him, to listen, to talk, to cry, pray and sing with him on Sunday. Holly and I spoke for a while too. We can never know what will come or when, despite the best information or the experience of medical and nursing staff. Death comes on its own timetable. It can be such a shock, so unexpected, so untimely (is there ever such a thing as “timely” when we lose a loved one?). And when people do love one another, and a relationship has been good, even many, many years aren’t enough.
As the year comes toward a close, may you love fiercely all whom you love.
May you welcome forgiveness and grant it, whole-heartedly. May you let in all the beauty that finds its way to you or that you seek out and discover. May you not be so disheartened by life events that you give up on creating goodness wherever you can. May you know the peace and the promise that comes when you and I, we follow our better angels.
                                                                                      -Rev Benson
A Message from Your DRE
Hi Everyone!
We are continuing our food drive through the month of December. Deadline has been extended to December 24th. For more information:
We are also collecting games for our game day. This is a well loved time for socializing. These are the games we would love:
Youth group: Codenames; Superfight; Catchphrase; The Meta Game; Exploding Kittens
Middle school: Carcassonne; Set; Exploding Kittens
K-4: Friends and Neighbors; Rory’s Story Cubes; Guess Who?
For more information click


Right Now:
Call your Elected Officials!  



Call your representatives in House and Senate. Let them know how you feel about the tax bill (benefits largely to corporations and wealthiest Americans),  net neutrality (repealing this will allow providers to limit what you will see) and healthcare ( are you for ACA repeal or Medicare for All or something else?)
Congressperson Eric Swalwell 510-247-1388 or go to
Ro Khanna  (202) 225-2631
Senator Kamila Harris
(202) 224 – 3553
Senator Diane Feinstein
(202) 224-3841
UU Class Conversation Workshop
Saturday, February 10, 2018
10:00-4:30 p.m.
UU Church of Berkeley, 1 Lawson St., Kensington CA
Refreshments and registration open at 9:30 a.m.
Workshop includes lunch (vegan and gluten-free options provided)
Childcare available if requested in advance
Tickets sliding scale $20-50
(No one turned away for lack of funds)


Save the date:




  • UUA Pacific Western Region Conference
    is coming on April 27 to 29 in Portland Oregon Follow  this link for details!


  • We Have 5 Love Hero Nominees for 2018!

    *One Child: provides clothing and school supplies to children in need.
    OneChild began in Fremont, California and now serves families throughout the Bay Area. Their goal is to promote self-esteem in underprivileged children, so they may appreciate their individual worth.


  • *RISE Fremont Coalition (
    Residents Insisting on Social Equity).

    Members of RISE come from a diverse group of cultural, religious, and ethnic backgrounds. They are united and resolved to make sure all residents are valued, especially those most in need. Their platform includes equitable development, greater affordable housing, improved local jobs and job training, and dignity for all people. (READ MORE HERE)



Adult Education
The Adult Education Committee is now taking sign-ups for the Winter Quarter. Please sign up after Sunday service or email Linda Messia at
John & Jackie Porter at Porter’s home       6 places
6 Mondays  7-9 pm;     Jan 8 & 22;  Feb 12 & 26;  Mar 12 & 26
Paul Davis  – 20 places   Ockerman 7/8
Sunday evenings  7 pm;   Jan 14 & 28; Feb 11 & 25; Mar 11 & 25 
Jo Ann  Schriner & Jackie Porter  at Schriner’s home;    12 places
Sunday evening;   7 – 9 pm;   February 11
Unitarian Universalism in the United States
Rev JD Benson
Sunday, March 4 12-2: Rev Benson: An Overview  (12 places; Ockerman 3/4)

Sunday March 11 12-2: Rev John Buehrens : The Transcendentalists

(in First Methodist’s Sanctuary: open)


Eric Dittmar ;   7 – 9 pm at private home
2nd & 4th Thursday evenings each month   
Rev JD Bensom –  12 places    Cole Hall
Sunday;   noon – 2 pm;   February 4 & 11
Linda Messia    – 8 places   Jan 9 through Mar 27
Tuesday evenings;    7 – 9 pm at Linda’s home
Allysson McDonald ;   Ockerman 3/4
Sunday   January 28     11:45 – 12:45 pm
Mission Peak UU | 2950 Washington Blvd Fremont CA | 510.252.1477 |