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!

May 23, 2018

This Sunday’s Service:

Volunteer Appreciation Sunday

Join us in a celebration of all the people who volunteer their time and energy to keep our congregation going. Let us take this time also to reflect on how we want to continue giving of our time and talent to contribute to the health of the congregation and to our own personal growth



Ilze Duarte will lead the service and assisting will be Worship Associate Allysson McDonald. Mark Kahn will provide our music.


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May Share the Plate

On Sunday, May 27, our Share the Plate collection will be in support of Community Solutions. Suggested by Lisa Newstrom, Community Solutions is an organization with
programs that provide services and support to help children, families and individuals overcome the challenges posed by mental health issues, substance abuse, trauma, severe family dysfunction, sexual and domestic violence, and human trafficking.

believe every person deserves the opportunity to not just survive in the world, but to be the best version of him/herself.  This fits perfectly with our first principle – “The inherent worth and dignity of all people.” More information is available at their website
http:// us/history.html 

Please be sure to make checks out to MISSION PEAK UU CONGREGATION  – and make a note in the memo line that your donation is for Community Solutions. All cash and checks will be combined into one check from MPUUC for Community Solutions. If you are paying your pledge that day, do so with a separate check, with “pledge fulfillment” written in the memo line. Last month we raised over $1,000 for FLY! Your generosity is life saving – Thank You!


Rev. Jo Green will be joining us in August!

The Interim Minister Search team is pleased to announce that Mission Peak UU has signed a contract with Rev. Jo Green to be our next interim minister.
She is excited to begin her work with us, and the Interim Minister Search team has very high hopes about our upcoming time together.
Rev. Jo has a BA in Art History, an MS in Counseling Education, and received her M.Div from Starr King School for the Ministry in 2014.
Rev. Jo will be sending the congregation a video greeting later this summer, and we will also plan some “meet and greet” events once she has moved to the area. In the meantime, if you have questions, please feel free to contact a member of the Interim Minister Search Team – DeAnna Alm, Ilze Duarte, Valerie Stewart and Drew Wilson.

Pastoral Care in May and June

In May, please contact Rev Benson,  or 510-972-3890 for pastoral care.
In June,please contact Alan Davis,


Don’t hesitate to reach out and thank you!


Children & Youth Religious Education (CaYRE)

This Week Teaching:                                               Next Week Teaching:
K-4: Lisa Newstrom                                                  K-4: Open

5-8:  DeAnna Alm                                                       5-8:  Open

Youth Group:  Summer Lander, Alexa Sarten      Youth Group: In Service

DRE: JeKaren Olaoya                                              DRE:  (substitute) Lisa Newstrom


Goldmine Youth Leadership School
Goldmine Youth Leadership School is a week-long community building and training space for high school youth interested in leadership, activism, and spiritual growth. Goldmine 2018 will be at Edmonds UU Church, just north of Seattle, WA from July 7-12. For more information please visit:

The theme this year is “Help Heal the World!” The model is one of intentional community building created and nurtured by paying attention to and bringing forth what makes spiritually and socially conscious communities work.

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


Sidewalk Talk

Sidewalk Talk is an international program. Its mission is to nurture human connection by teaching and practicing heart-centered listening
in public spaces. By engaging a diverse and inclusive community of volunteers, our culture, relationships and world are transformed.
Rev. Barbara Meyers has, since last October, as part of her mental health community ministry, been a Sidewalk Talk volunteer every Thursday afternoon in the Tenderloin district of San Francisco, where there is a high density of people from the streets hanging out or coming through to try to get services or respite.
Rev. Meyers will establish a branch of this program program in Fremont to nurture human connection and transform our community.
The home base will be Mission Peak Unitarian Universalist Congregation, which will cover volunteers to the program under its volunteer liability insurance.
Our focus is on marginalized populations who are often
ignored, shunned, hurried along, turned away, and feared.

There are few times that these people are heard and accepted just as they are – and even more rarely that what they say is valued.  We will be responsive, however, to whoever wishes to be heard.

Our proposed schedule is:
– Mid May: Invitations to gather the names of interested people
– Early to Mid June: A meeting or meetings to explain the effort and explore the possibilities
– June – July: Make connections. Get support from city leaders. Decide on location(s), times.
– July – August: Training and practice listening meetings.
– September: Begin Regular Listening.  After listening there will be debriefing and feedback.
This is an invitation to you to learn about and consider volunteering for this project.  If possibly interested, please


This first meeting is for more information, not necessarily for a commitment to participate.


Let me know if you have any questions about this project.
Barbara Meyers


Down by the Bay: Climate, Faith, & Justice Workshop

This full-day workshop, especially inviting young adults but open to all, will contemplate and embody the intersections of race, class, climate, city planning, culture, and sustainability, with a focus on grounding in our relationships to place, community, and our full spiritual selves. Registration includes meals, as well as admission to the Climate & Environmental Justice film festival that evening (no need to RSVP separately).

When: May 26th, 2018, 9 am – 6:00 pm

Where: Starr King School for the Ministry, 2441 Le Conte Ave, Berkeley, CA

Cost (including meals): $30-150, sliding scale (actual cost is $100 per person)

For more information including the list of presenters please visit:

Registration required for the workshop (priority deadline: May 18th)

The workshop will be followed by a mini Climate & Environmental Justice Film Festival, from 7-10 pm, for night owls. RSVP not required but also available at

This workshop and film festival are being sponsored by UU Young Adults for Climate Justice, UU Ministry for Earth, & Starr King School for the Ministry.



Get Involved: Opportunities for Service




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!








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:




Volunteer Appreciation Potluck


Join us on May 27th as we honor our volunteers who keep this congregation going. Whether it has been a one-time contribution or every other Sunday, the time commitment to making this community vibrant matters. After the service we will host a potluck to honor all of these volunteers, so please bring a food or drink that you make (or buy!) with love and gratitude to share. A build-your-own sandwich bar will be provided. For more details contact JeKaren at

New Members!  New Friends!  Save the Date:  June 3


Are you new to Mission Peak?  If you feel new, then you are new.  Please join us for a newcomers’ lunch on June 3 after our Sunday services.  Lunch will be at Eric Dittmar and Gayle Tupper’s home in Fremont.  You’ll have time to connect with other new members and friends, and to chat with some of our congregation’s leaders about the variety of opportunities and activities available through Mission Peak.  Please RSVP by May 28 so we can make final lunch plans.  Contact Gayle at to RSVP or for more information.

P.S. We’ll be done in time to attend the Sunday Salon at Cole Hall after our lunch gathering.



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.




Minister Emeritus’ Travels

Our Minister Emeritus, Rev. Chris Schriner, will be absent several Sundays due to speaking commitments and travel. May 27 he will preach at The Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Santa Rosa. He will fly to Denver June 8, speak at First Universalist Church of Denver June 10, and a Science Discussion Group June 12. Then on to General Assembly in Kansas City where he will take part in the new Poster Presentation program. Chris’ poster is titled, Ask yourself – Why Should Anyone Join Your Congregation? (And why should they stay?) He will return to Fremont around June 25.


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