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 28, 2018
This Sunday’s Service:
Emptying the Tomb

Are any of us the same person that we were at this time last year? Is the world the same place that it was a year ago? Our old selves pass away, never to be seen again except in memory. Sometimes this passing is painful; sometimes it is a relief. Deciding what to hold on to is a matter of discerning what we want the future to look like.

Michelle Ma is a Unitarian Universalist Candidate for Ministry. She received her M.Div from the Pacific School of Religion in 2017 and has accepted an internship at West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church in Rocky River, OH (in the Cleveland area). She will miss California, where she has lived her entire life, and especially the Bay Area–but not the high cost of living.



Michelle Ma will lead the service and assisting will be Worship Associate Mark Rahman. Our DRE JeKaren Olaoya will lead the Time for All Ages and Peak Performers  will provide our music. 
Congregational Meeting – April 8, 2018
As most of you know, Rev. Benson will not be returning to Mission Peak for our next church year. As the Board discussed how to move forward with a minister for next year, we carefully considered the benefits and drawbacks of whether we want one more year of interim ministry (the second year that we originally planned on) or if we want to have two more years interim ministry (for a total of three years of interim ministry). The Board is recommending that we have two additional years of interim ministry, for a total of three years of interim ministry. Per our By-Laws, the length of time of our interim ministry shall be decided by Congregational vote.
There will be a Congregational meeting on Sunday, April 8, right after the service, to vote on the length of our remaining interim ministry period. Jan Christian, our liaison in the Pacific Western Region, will be joining our Congregational meeting on April 8th to answer any questions about the options for moving forward through our interim period.
Absentee ballots are available using this link. Please return your absentee ballot to Sandra Lange, our Office Administrator, at
, hand it to a Board member or drop it off before the meeting starts. Your absentee ballot must be turned in prior to the start of the Congregational meeting.
Please plan to attend this meeting and help determine how we move forward with our ministerial choices.  







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…


Dear ones,
Here we go again, you and me, too! Ch-ch-ch-ch-ch-change…!
Change. Even the prospect of change can be unnerving. But, friends, as much as that may be how you feel right now at MPUUC, a bit unnerved, as a congregation you are not in a bad position at all.
This is not chaos. This is not turmoil. This moment holds great potential for especially good things to emerge. The interim process you have begun this year will continue, if you so choose. It’s not a do-over situation. There are things you have learned or will learn coming out of what progress has been made and what hasn’t progressed so far in the interim. Take this opportunity to heart, be involved, speak your truth **with kindness** and ask your questions, with respect and care.
There’s some deep work possible for you now, work that may not have been possible or likely earlier. Truly. It’s your choice, whether to engage in that deep work or to carry forward without doing a lick of introspection, without taking your own inventory, and not welcoming personal or congregational transformation. Up to you. You!
Time for a culture change: and that’s a great work to have before you. Celebrate that!


                                                           -Rev Benson

***for the coming days, through the weekend, bring urgent pastoral matters to the attention of Rev. Barbara Meyers. Rev Benson will be away till mid-week next week.


A Message from Your DRE


This Week Teaching:                                      Next Week Teaching: 
K- 4: Lisa Newstrom, Julie Ganzlin
K- 4: Open

5- 8: Patricia Osage,Colleen Arnold                  5-8   Kellie Spielmann

Dre: JeKaren  Olaoya
Dre: JeKaren  Olaoya


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!

“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 of that day to make the most of the opportunity:
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:


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 @


Get Involved: Opportunities for Service




An Abode Family:  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.

Volunteer Bakers Needed for Will Durst Event
To help raise money for Mission Peak, we will be selling refreshments during intermission at the Will Durst Event on
April 22. We need your baking talents to make sure we have enough goodies to sell. We are expecting 175 people at the event, so we will need a lot of baked goods and several bakers to make them. Please email Ilze Duarte ( as soon as possible to let her know if you can contribute baked goods to the event.

Once a Month, Be Part of Something Special: the
Service team!


Our services are held in a space that is transformed each
Sunday.  There are a number of opportunities for you to get involved with making our space welcoming and worshipful.

With your involvement, chairs will be set up or put away; hymnals will be set on chairs or put back in the cabinet; people arriving will be greeted and handed an order of service; there will be coffee afterwards.  So, what do you say? This is our shared religious home and we aim to do Sundays well!

Sign up for a monthly assignment or find a friend to share with and each of you serve every other month! Sign up



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!

Right Now:


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.





Save the date:





Join Mission Peak at LEAF Earth Day 2018
LEAF Earth Day 2018 is Sunday, April 22 from 10 am to 3 pm at LEAF Center 36501 Niles Blvd at Nursery Ave California Nursery Historical Park. LEAF’s mission is to promote and teach sustainable agriculture and environmental issues and Earth Day is the perfect day to do this. LEAF will be 
sharing ideas and information
about growing healthy food and environmental sustainability 
with our friends, our partners and our community
. LEAF will be selling plants grown in their nursery and honey from their bees, have informative booths with games and/or giveaways,
 live music to sing your heart away and good food to satisfy those hunger pangs. MPUUC will have an informative booth at the event.
 Admission FREE.  Please click here for flyer. 


Regional Assembly Delegates Needed


If you’ve never attended one, consider taking the opportunity to be with hundreds of other UUs from around the region at the Pacific Western Regional Assembly.  Nothing like getting the feel of our larger UU community, how we’re part of something bigger than just MPUUC!


This exciting gathering is coming up in Portland, Oregon
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.





Please Turn in Your Pledge Cards 


Our annual Canvass pledge drive is coming to an end and we are trying to get as many pledge cards turned in as possible (so that we don’t have to call you).  If you haven’t turned in your pledge card yet you can still double your pledge increase.  I’m very happy to announce that we just received another matching donation from another household in the Congregation of up to $5,000!
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!  Keep in mind that two households in the Congregation have made special matching donations for pledge increases 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. These generous donors are matching pledge increases up to $13,000 total!
Please turn in your pledge cards, if you have not done so already, this Sunday in the offering plate.  If you will not be at service on Sunday you can contact either of our treasurers, Holly Ito or Drew Wilson, at, or Melissa Holmes at 510-299-2822 to provide your pledge information.

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.
Thank you for your financial support of Mission Peak!
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