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!
March 14, 2018
This Sunday’s Service:
Letting In the Joy!
In our full humanity we let in the joy, not just the angst and trials! Join us for a celebration of our congregation and the beauty we bring together as a community!


Rev Benson will lead the service and assisting will be Worship Associate Paul K. Davis. Our DRE JeKaren Olaoya will lead the Time for All Ages and Peak Rocks will provide our music.






Effective April 3, 2018 the deadline for submitting both Week on Peak and OOS announcements will be Tuesday at 5 p.m.  Thank you in advance for your cooperation with the new time frame for announcements.
A few words from our minister in the interim…


We continue MPUUC’s tradition of expressing gratitude for the brave voices in the larger community responding to the call for justice.  In our
Sunday service March 4th, Arnav Gupta, high school senior and Youth Radio reporter, received the MPUUC Courageous Hero Award for 2018, for his radio segment heard on NPR,  “When Anonymity Hides Hate.” His younger brother and parents came with him to witness the moment. Before and after the service, members demonstrated the warmth of MPUUC, congratulating Arnav and his family. Pictured are Arnav, certificate in-hand, and yours truly.

-Rev Benson



A Message from Your DRE
Easter Egg Hunt 


April 1st, CAYRE will host an Easter egg hunt following the service. If you are interested in contributing egg fillers such as candy or stickers please contact a member of CaYRE or drop off contributions in the box in the office labeled “Easter Goodies”. Thank you!

Earth Day Family Movie Night
April 28th 6 pm

Movie:  Wall-e
Join us for another free family movie night! In honor of earth day, we will be showing Wall-e. For more information about the movie click here:

“Death of Sunday School” Webinar and Discussion
April 15th 11:30 Room 3/4
Join us as we take a look at the future of RE and what it means to have
Sunday School with the changing dynamics of congregations. This is a great opportunity for parents teachers, and anyone interested in sharing ideas and contributing to the future of Religious Education. Click the link below to read ahead:
Summer Camps
There will be two amazing camps for children this summer! Attend both or choose one! Both will offer experiences they will never forget!
UU Mosaic Peace Camp
First Unitarian Church of San Jose
June 18-22
Chalice Camp
First Unitarian Church of Oakland
August 6-10, 2018

(Our Whole Lives sexuality training)

UU San Francisco is hosting 4 Young Adult OWL Workshops, a tester to see if we might offer the full curriculum next year. Young adults interested, contact Joe Chapot, UUSF Young Adult Coordinator @

Right Now:

Social Justice Meeting:  
Members and friends of Mission Peak Congregation who are interested in furthering our social justice work are invited to the third in a series of discussions aimed at improving the organization of our efforts, this Sunday evening,
March 18th, 6:00 PM
in the Ockerman building.  For further information you may contact President-Elect Paul K Davis or Reverend JD Benson.




OUR Tri-City Interfaith Council MPUUC is now a member organization. Only individual members can vote and anyone from the congregation may join for a $25 dues, and attend whether a member or not. Rev. Benson is a member. Join in!






*Our friends at Temple Beth Torah will once again host the annual


Yom HaShoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day Service:
April 15th at 7:30 pm.  Interfaith participation is in the planning through our TCIC.



                *LGBT tobacco prevention project
:  Contact Tri-City Health Center,  Brian Davis, for more
information. HIV-infected individuals and Trans women on hormones have increased negative health consequences if they smoke. Help with this education project.






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

Amazon Smiles:
3x your impact!
From March 12-31, Amazon is tripling the donation rate on your first purchase! Go to and Amazon donates to Mission Peak Unitarian Universalist Congregation.




*BABY SHOWER TIME!:  We are holding a virtual baby shower for a family recently re-housed by Abode Services. Money we’ve raised will purchase a crib for the newborn!  And, we’re having a baby shower for them:  please bring donations of newborn onesies, diapers, sleepers, baby shampoo, etc. to Mission Peak UU between now and
Sunday, April 1.   If you don’t know what to get or don’t have time to shop, please feel free to donate a Target gift card. This family (mom, dad, and 8 year old daughter) was homeless recently. Whatever you can give will be appreciated!  -Allysson McDonald.





*Ask what committees can use new members or specific tasks done: contact Gayle Tupper, Membership or Jen King, Leadership Development


It’s your community. Be a part of it with a little time and talent, too!

Save the date:





Regional Assembly Delegates Needed


Regional Assembly for the Pacific Western Region is coming up in Portland,
April 27-29. Because of the added travel costs for attending, the Pacific Central District is providing funds to each congregation in the district to help offset some of the costs.
This year’s theme is
Stories of Hope, Courage, Resistance and Resilience. One of the featured speakers is Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray, the new president of the UUA. Complete information and schedule is available at
Mission Peak is entitled to 3 delegates (in addition to our ministers who are automatically delegates). If you think you might be interested in attending let Holly Ito or President Michealle Havenhill know.

Also, if you’re not already receiving the regional newsletter, you can go to this same website to signup.





Help Really, Really Needed for Sunday Services
We’ve lost several members who have been helping with
Sunday Services for a long time. We need your help.
We have
no one to greet/hand out the order of service on the first
Sunday of the month.
We have
no one to decorate the pulpit (Aesthetics) on the third
Sunday of the month.
Starting in July, we will have
no coffee on the third
Sunday of the month.
We often only have one person signed up for Take Down. Although we really appreciate members who help out just because they’re there, it’s a big job for just one person to be responsible for. We should have at least two members signed up for each take-down shift.
I need you all to click on this Google spreadsheet and sign up for at least one of the open slots (in yellow).  If you can commit to doing one
Sunday per month, that would be awesome, but if you can’t, please just sign up for one or two.
Thank you, Colleen Arnold  510-589-7481
Please Turn in Your Pledge Cards
We officially kicked off our annual Canvass pledge drive last Sunday with a special service led by Rev. Dr. John Buehrens, former president of the UUA.  We handed out pledge cards during the service and we are asking everyone to turn in their pledge cards, if you have not done so already, this Sunday in the offering plate.  If you were not at the service
on Sunday, your pledge card has been mailed to you.

As you consider how much to pledge to Mission Peak for our next church year, please dream big!  Think about your wish list for Mission Peak and how your pledge can help us accomplish some of those things!  Please don’t forget about the special matching funds for pledge increases that a member household has donated this year.  For example, if you pledged $1,000 last year and you pledge $1,200 this year, your $200 increase will be matched for a total of $400 going to Mission Peak.  They are matching pledge increases up to $8,000 total!

If you would like to talk through a good pledge amount for your situation, please contact Rev. Benson; she will be happy to discuss ways to determine a good pledge for you.
If you did not receive a pledge card in the service or in the mail please contact Melissa Holmes at 510-299-2822.
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