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!

July 11, 2018

This Sunday’s Service:
Riding the Lightning: My Life With Epilepsy, Living With and Without Seizures
There are more of us than you think. Most of us hide in plain sight, happy to pass unnoticed. That works until suddenly it doesn’t, and then no one knows what to do. Shaun Klopfenstein explores how a life with epilepsy has inspired advocacy and activism both pre- and post- brain surgery.



Shaun Klopfenstein will lead the service and assisting will be Worship Associate Megan McMillen.  Jay Steele will provide our music.


Pastoral Care for July and August

Starting in July/August, please contact Barbara Meyers at 
510-796-5722 for any pastoral care needs you may have.


For the weeks of July 6-12 and July 29-August 3, please contact Jo Ann Schriner at


Don’t hesitate to reach out and thank you!


Friendly Visitor Teams
Mission Peak is starting a new undertaking, called Friendly Visitor Teams, beneath the umbrella of Pastoral Associates. The first team is Team Irene.
Do you remember Irene Tejeda?  She used to come regularly to Mission Peak and sit in the front row. Her voice was a strong soprano in the choir, and her sense of humor sometimes added to the service. She is unable to come to church now, but still lives in Fremont.
Currently three of us are keeping weekly phone contact with Irene. She enjoys the calls even if she sometimes doesn’t remember them, her daughter tells us. She misses the congregation, and her family asks that we send prayers and good thoughts her way. Cards for Irene sent to her daughter Emily would be appreciated as well.

Please call Jo Ann Schriner 510-648-8963 for information about Team Irene or to suggest another team that might be needed. We could use additional people on the Teams.


Greetings MPUUC from your Transition Team

The new Transition Team has begun its work, hoping to facilitate Rev Jo Green’s interim ministry at MPUUC.  We have met with the previous team and have studied the results of their congregational survey.  We have examined UUA documents about interim periods.  We have been helping with Rev Jo’s search for housing in the Fremont area and will assist in her move here in any way we can.  She will be making that move during August.  Her first service will be September 9. Part of our task is to communicate with Rev Jo those things that make us who we are, as well as who we want to be.  To this end we will be setting up one-to-one meetings for her with as many congregational leaders as we can, during September and October. There will also be larger social gatherings at which every member can get to know her and she can meet us. The UUA loosely defines the functions of a Transition Team, and those functions will change over the course of an interim ministry.  We see ourselves as starting out as a support team for Rev Jo, then evolving into a liaison between her and the congregation.  Later on we may help her develop, implement and evaluate changes to MPUUC’s services and organization.  Finally, we will help her prepare the congregation for the next settled minister.

Transition Team is DeAnna Alm (chair), Annette Breingan, Alan Davis, Holly Ito and Valerie Stewart. Talk to any of us if you have questions.


Children & Youth Religious Education (CaYRE)

It’s summertime in the RE program.  All children and youth will be enjoying a variety of activities during class.  They may find a member sharing their passion, a fun craft to make or an exciting game to play.  It will be a fun summer filled with social time.  We still need a few teachers for August, if you would like to volunteer this summer, please contact CaYRE at

Joys and Concerns

Several of you have talked to the Worship Associates about your concern that the flames from our candles of joys and concerns were too close to the fabric decorating the pulpit.
Some of use on the Worship Associates Committee share this concern and also wonder about using candles and discarding the stubs every week. So, we consulted with Paul Davis,


President of the Board, and he agreed that we should try a different ritual for our Joys and Concerns. We will do so on a trial basis. In about three months we will ask you what you think and will make a final decision.
We will try this: we will invite you to form two lines, as usual, and take turns, one person
from the front of each line at a time. You will take one or more stones from a bowl and place
it/them on the sand. We will be creating a sand garden-or a stone garden, if you will-with
tokens of our joys and concerns. The musician will be playing some music, as usual. Please
share your reactions to the new ritual by writing them in the worship diary or contacting the
worship leader after the service.
Ilze Duarte
Worship Associates Committee Chair


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 someone from the Membership Committee, there is at least one representative from the committee at every service
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





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