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!

June 13, 2018

By Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum. Image Serial Number: A1030-17a., Public Domain,
This Sunday’s Service:

“Looking Outward”

“Democracy Is Not Easy”

(a two-part sermon series for MPUUC)

I hold democracy sacred. It is our fifth Unitarian Universalist principle. But what is democracy, and how do we accomplish it? It is not static, but, as our principle says, it is a process. We use it in our congregation, and also in other voluntary organizations. We use it in our civil government. Thousands of years of experience indicates it is neither perfect nor easy, but we still don’t know of anything better. In a two-part series I will draw from my experience and reading to discuss the process of democracy, both in voluntary organizations (looking inward, on June 10) and in our government (looking outward, on June 17). I will emphasize the need for procedure and compromise, the emptiness of democracy without positive values and goals, and the occasionall need for civil disobedience.



Paul K. Davis will lead the service and assisting will be Worship Associate Kathy Wallcave. Peak Rocks will provide our music.
2017-2018 Pledges

Just a reminder that June 30th is the fiscal year end for Mission Peak UU. If you haven’t completed your pledge for 2017-2018 please bring a check to the next service or mail a check to PO Box 545, Fremont, CA 94537. If you are unable to fulfill your pledge or need to pay a different amount please let one of us know so that our records can be adjusted accordingly.
Also, if you have any reimbursement requests for the current year please get those to us by June 24th so that they can be included in this year’s expenses.
Holly Ito and Drew Wilson, co-treasurers


Pastoral Care Beginning in June

Starting in June, please contact Alan Davis at for any pastoral care needs you may have.


Don’t hesitate to reach out and thank you!


Children & Youth Religious Education (CaYRE)

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



Get Involved: Opportunities for Service






Sunday Services NEEDS your help.  Recently several of our regular volunteers have had to bow out.  Some for a bit and some permanently.  We NEED your help with the following tasks:

Aesthetics (decorating Cole Hall for
Sunday Services) – 3rd
Sunday of each month is currently vacant.

Coffee Set-Up & Take Down (we will provide training and detailed instructions) – The 1st
Sunday of each month is currently vacant.

Goodies (they don’t need to be homemade…they just need to exist) – The 2nd & 3rd
Sunday of each month need additional volunteers.

Set-Up (setting out chairs, hymnals, etc. for
Sunday services – we will provide training and instructions) – The 2nd
Sunday of each month is currently vacant.

Take-Down (putting away the chairs, hymnals, etc. after services – we will provide training and instructions) – The 1st & 2nd
Sunday of each month need additional volunteers.
You can sign up on an ongoing basis for the
Sunday’s indicated above by contacting Jen King, or you can sign up (especially over the summer) on an ad hoc basis by following this link:




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:




MPUUC Camping Trip – There’s Still Space! We still have space for more campers this weekend on our MPUUC camping trip.  Wouldn’t a camp-out be the perfect way to celebrate dad?  We’re going to Del Valle regional park. We have sites reserved from
Friday to
Sunday, but if you can only come for one night or even just for the day you’re welcome.  Please feel free to call with any questions.  Please let Jen King know if you are planning on joining us.

Hope to see you there!





Request for Class Proposals – Adult Education – Fall 2018

The Adult Education Committee is seeking class proposals for the 2018 Fall quarter – September through November. This is an opportunity for you to share what you know with others. We especially welcome our new members to consider teaching a class as it provides a unique opportunity to get to know others in a different setting.
Past topics have included meditation, healthy eating, art and spirituality, the Enneagram, poems, and a singalong. Classes can vary from one-time events to meeting every week. They can be held at Mission Peak or at your home. If you have an idea but not sure if it would work, check it out with one of our committee members on Sunday morning. Committee members are Eric Dittmar, Ilze Duarte, Patt Saso, Len Tiemann and Linda Messia. (Len and Linda will be on travel throughout June)
How can you submit a proposal? Email Linda Messia at
with your course information.   Please submit your proposal no later than July 6th.  Thank you!
New Worship Associates Needed!

The Worship Associates are starting a series of lay-led services this summer. From mid-June to mid-August all our services will be led and assisted by Worship Associates. We have all our worship leaders lined up but need more people to assist. Please consider joining our group. We are looking for individuals with a passion for high quality worship services, a willingness to learn, and a growing comfort with public speaking; who are reliable, will respond to communications in a timely manner, and will join and participate with a collaborative spirit. We extend this invitation to the youth as well. All new Worship Associates will receive training and will be welcome to remain in the group beyond the summer.
If you are interested, please attend the next Worship Associates meeting on June 3 at noon in the MPUUC office to find out more about what is involved in the work we do and how we work together. Attending this meeting is not a commitment to join the group. Hope to see you there.
Ilze Duarte, Worship Associates Committee Chair



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