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!
April 11, 2018
Bursting into Bloom
please bring in a flower or two for our annual celebration!

This Sunday’s Service:

The Seeds We Sow

What do we grow with the seeds of kindness? Of greed? Of generosity? Of hate?

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


Helping them FLY
Last Sunday’s Share the Plate offering garnered over $1,200 for Fresh Lifelines for Youth (FLY)! Here’s a thank you from their representative:

On behalf of everyone at FLY, thank you again for allowing me to speak and accept the offering yesterday. Your congregation is friendly, caring, and very generous. It was a great experience all the way ’round.
If you or anyone else at MPUUC would like to stay up-to-date on our work, they can sign up for our email list on any page of our website (at the top on a desktop and at the bottom on mobile) – I’m also happy to answer questions any time. My work cell is 669-238-1078.
Have a great week!
Claire Wagner
Director of Communications
Wow!   So far we have received about 40 responses to the Transition Survey.  Thank you for the energy and thought you have put into your responses!
This survey is one opportunity to provide input to the Interim Search process, as well as to begin articulating where we see us going as a congregation over the next few years.    If you have not yet participated, you still can…for a limited time…this week.
Here’s the
link to the survey form.    Please either:
   a) (PREFERRED) scan and email your survey to Terri King (you can find my address in the congregational directory), or
   b) bring your hardcopy to services this Sunday, and give it to any Transition Team member.
April 15 is the absolute deadline, but sooner is better, so that we can tally and synthesize the data.
YOUR feedback matters.  We plan to share highlights with leadership and the Interim Search team very soon.  We will also communicate back to the congregation at large, so that this snapshot of our collective thoughts and feelings can be part of our continuing conversation about who we are and who we are becoming.
If you have questions or comments, please contact Terri, Beckett, or any member of the Transition Team.
Transition Team Lay Members:   Beckett Gladney, Terri King, Mark Rahman, Tiffany Longfield, Shaun Klopfenstein




A few words from our minister in the interim…


Greetings, Good People,
          After deep discernment I decided not to return to Mission Peak next year. I didn’t know whether or not I would be offered a second year contract but after reflection, discussion with mentors and colleagues, and my spouse, I realized I didn’t feel it would be the best thing. Not that I couldn’t see what skills I could bring to the table in service to you or what work I could be helpful with, but that I hadn’t experienced the kind of support from congregational leadership-those elected and those who de facto have big influence, rightly or wrongly-that any minister would want and certainly that I felt necessary to get more accomplished and feel good about staying.
          I have no doubt you can find a good match for your next interim, someone who will work with you effectively and perhaps not face the interpersonal obstacles-mostly focused on personality rather than principles-that I have experienced. No need to point fingers. It just hasn’t felt to me that my skills and experience, my leadership and consultative services have been welcomed sufficiently for me to feel fully of use.
          From the first time I led a service here, some years ago, I felt you are a warm and loving community. But there are issues that need to be worked on: communications, conflict avoidance, roles and responsibilities, focus on the congregation’s mission rather than what each person wants. Any congregation can exist, can get by, but to function well as a religious institution and not just a club of friendly folk, it takes commitment to the “we” as expressed in your mission, your reason for being, more than personal preferences alone or the “me” things. And it takes good communication skills and healthy approaches to hurt feelings and conflict resolution.
          I did not resign, by the way. For some reason that’s what some of you have said to one another. And I’m in good health; there is no medical reason behind my decision. I’m here working, serving out my one-year contract, fully engaged.
          I will be physically present through almost all of May and almost all of June, on study leave and therefore on call for pastoral emergencies through most of July, and then will finish my contract taking vacation time through August 19.
          If you would like to talk with me about this decision or anything else related to congregational life, MPUUC’s present or it’s future, feel free to email or call 510-972-3890 and make a time to meet.
          While this is a time of mixed emotion for me and some of you, it should also be seen as a time of great opportunity. Take hold of it and engage!

                                                           -Rev Benson


A Message from Your DRE
This Week Teaching:                           Next Week Teaching:
All ages in service                                K-4: Lisa Newstrom, Patrick Myers
DRE: JeKaren Olaoya

5-8:  Open

Youth Group:  Summer Lander,

                                                                                         Alexa Sarten
DRE: JeKaren Olaoya

“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




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!

Turning Love Into Justice:


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.








Stay Strong, California! Join UUs and others from throughout the state on May 14 in Sacramento: Immigrant Lobby Day. Come to the Capitol & speak to your legislators to advance and strengthen this work.  Policy agenda, developed by
California Immigrant Policy Center, includes: Access to Health Care & Public Benefits; Fighting Mass Detentions & Deportations; Immigrant Integration & Inclusion



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




Save the date:





Make it a full and most wonderful day April 22!


Before you go to our benefit with Will Durst, head over to join us at the LEAF event in the afternoon! It’s to be held at the Leaf Center
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 information booth at the event.
 Admission FREE.  Please click here for flyer. 


MPUUC 2018 Summer Camp Out – June 15-17

Spring has sprung and Summer is right around the corner.  This year’s Congregational Camp Out will be
June 15-17 at Del Valle Regional Park.  We have room for up to 20 people.  Tents only.  Please contact Jen King for more information and to reserve your spot. Check in is anytime after
2:00 on Friday, and check-out is by
noon on Sunday (and yes, Sunday is Father’s Day). Cost is sliding scale not to exceed $25 per family.

Del Valle Regional Park, part of the East Bay Regional Park District, is located in a valley framed by oak-covered hills. The centerpiece of the park is a five-mile long lake, with all kinds of water-oriented recreation, surrounded by 4,316 acres of beautiful land for hiking, horseback riding, and nature study. Del Valle is also the eastern gateway to the Ohlone Wilderness Trail, 28 miles of scenic back country trail. The Livermore valley and its MANY wineries are also nearby.




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