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!

September 19, 2018

Welcome from the Interim Minister
Welcome! I’ve had some time to settle in and am finding my footing in the East Bay. I am thrilled to be here at this congregation and have felt very welcomed and kindly held.
I’ve had the pleasure to meet with some of you already and it has been very gratifying to speak with you and to listen. I am available to everyone in the congregation and beyond if you would like to make an appointment with me. I look forward to getting to know you and to become a part of this congregation.
It has been a stressful time with a lot of change coming to this congregation and to our nation. We need a stable place to sit, a calm and steady home to feel comfortable in. A spiritual community should feel that way, at least most of the time. My hope is to bring calm and stability and nurturing and growth to this community. And let’s not forget fun!! We need a lot of fun in our lives and joy in our lives these days! We have this amazing Black and White Gala coming up in November that I’m learning about and I’m looking forward to experiencing it! And we have the Rev. Cat Cox giving a workshop on communication where we can delve more deeply in learning best practices in communicating and keeping right relations with one another. That is the UU way; it just may not happen all the time. I urge all of us if at all possible to attend. I know I am really looking forward to hearing what she has to give us. We can experience fun and joy and deep meaning both within our congregation. What opportunities we have to explore.
So welcome to you all! And thank you for the welcome you have given me! I am grateful to be with you all and back in California once again.
Rev. Jo
To reach me:
By phone: 510-972-3890
This Sunday’s Service:

The Practice of Covenant
When we create a covenant with one another, what does that mean? Are we aware of the implications of covenant?  What happens when we break them?  Join us this Sunday as we explore covenants in our personal lives and how they impact our relationships and our lives.
Rev. Jo Green will lead the service and assisting will be Worship Associate Ilze Duarte. Jay Steele will provide our music.


Children & Youth Religious Education (CaYRE)

Teacher Training
September 23, 2018 11:30 am Ockerman 3/4
Join CAYRE at our teacher training   We are excited to be exploring other faiths with our children this year and have a lot of exciting activities coming up this year.  We invited both returning teachers and those new to our RE program.
We will be addressing:
  • What happens Sunday mornings
  • This years curriculum
  • MPUUC safety policies
  • Teacher/RE Expectations
  • Classroom management
RE Program 2018/2019
Check out what’s going on in RE this year.
K-5 Passport To Spirituality
Our elementary age classroom will be exploring the world and different religions.  In their passport to spirituality, the children are going to imagine that they are all traveling the world. At each country they visit, the children will receive a passport sticker, learn about a different religion, engage in a spiritual practice utilized by that religion, and pick up a souvenir.
6-8 Our Neighboring Faiths
Our middle group classroom will be exploring Neighboring Faiths to increase religious literacy, by introducing young people to the actual  rituals and practices of different worshiping communities. The curriculum teach religious tolerance, by visiting faith communities with values  that differ from our own, and maintaining a respectful demeanor during those visits and to make good world citizens, by raising the awareness of the religious  diversity of the U.S. (and the world) in young people.
9-12 High School Youth Group
Our youth group meets twice a month on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month.  On the 2nd Sunday, the youth participate in a social game day, allowing for connection in a relaxed setting.  On the 4th Sunday, the youth group dive into a discussion topic in a small group ministry style, allowing the youth to explore spirituality and UU traditions.




Save the Date:


Black & White Gala – 
Our annual Black & White Gala will be Saturday, November 3 from 6:00-10:00pm.  This is our biggest fundraiser of the year. It’s a great opportunity for you to dress up (if you’d like) and support Mission Peak by participating in our service auction, buying unique and handmade items at our boutique, and testing your luck by participating in our basket raffle.  All while enjoying yummy sweet and savory snacks and alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.  Please put the Black & White Gala on your calendar, invite friends, plan your outfit (our theme this year is Mardi Gras), and start thinking of items you can donate to the auction and make for the boutique. It will be a great event and a TON of fun, but we can’t do it without you!! Tickets are now on sale.  Tickets are $25 each or you can reserve a table of eight for $200.
It’s also time to start figuring out what you can donate for the event.  We need:
  • Auction Items: Services only – no physical items.  If you want to donate something, but don’t know what…ask Jen King and she’ll help you brainstorm ideas. The best idea is to offer to share what you enjoy doing!  If you drive, offer transportation. If you garden, offer to beautify someone’s garden. If you like to bake, bake goodies for auction day or for a future date. If you like to cook, offer to cook a meal, deliver a meal, or share a meal. If you like picnics, offer to gather all the fixings for a dream picnic for 2. If you are good with hammer and nails, offer to help build or repair something. If you like to do a craft, offer to teach it to someone else or create a unique personalized item for someone.  If you love kids, offer to babysit and give parents a much needed night out. If you have an eye for organizing, offer to help organize closets. If you own a truck, offer to haul stuff. If you love animals, offer to pet sit. If you have a talent, offer to share it. If you have a skill, offer to teach it.
  • Items for the Boutique:- Homemade items – jewelry, knitted items, pottery, art, baked goods, bookmarks, stained glass, cross stitch, etc.  We will be having two workshops – one on Sunday, October 7 @ 1:00 and one on Saturday, October 20 @ 3:00.  We will provide instructions, tools, and all necessary supplies (including snacks and libations) – we just need energetic and eager workers.  Please put those dates on your calendar and join us!
  • Themed Baskets:   You can shop and put together a themed basket or donate $$ for someone else to put together a basket.  We also need volunteers to sell raffle tickets the night of the event.
  • Sweet & Savory Snacks – We need both sweet and savory goodies donated for the buffet for the event. Items do not need to be homemade.  Please sign-up to donate if you can.
  • Beverages – We need donations of beer, wine, champagne, Martinellis, soda, etc. to serve at the event.
  • Volunteers – We need lots and lots of volunteers for the day of the event.  Sign-ups will be available every Sunday after services.
  • Bidders & Buyers – Please plan to attend this fun event which provides not only finances for our congregation, but fellowship opportunities for the whole year.  Please invite friends and family who you’d like to introduce to Mission Peak UU or who you believe would support our mission of inclusiveness and social justice.  The more the merrier.






Turning Love Into Justice:



The Tri-City Interfaith Council (  is a grass-roots organization bringing together people of diverse religious beliefs from Fremont, Newark, and Union City (California). Rev. Barbara Meyers and Paul K. Davis are members.  Join in!

Vision Statement
To promote respect, understanding, cooperation, and appreciation for the many spiritual paths and faith traditions within our community which inspire and teach us to love and support one another more fully.

Mission Statement
We are people from various spiritual backgrounds and experiences who envision an inclusive society in which people of all faiths and traditions respect and appreciate one another.









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




Plan to Attend the Communication Workshop

The Rev. Cat Cox will be coming to Mission Peak on Saturday, September 29th to facilitate a workshop on building a nurturing, joyous and loving community through Compassionate, Non-violent Communication and living in right relationship with one another. In short, tools that allow us to become the best people we can be, so Mission Peak can become the best Congregation it can be.
Mission Peak already has many wonderful qualities, but this workshop will help us make it an even better place to worship, grow, learn and thrive. The day will start with coffee and light refreshments at 9:30 am, with the workshop starting promptly at 10:00 am. There will be a time set aside to eat a brown bag lunch that you bring from home, and the workshop will end at 4 pm. During the workshop there will be small and large group practice sessions that use what we are learning.
And, thanks to the generous donations from members of the congregation and a matching grant, we are able to offer this workshop for free. But there will be a donation box where we will be collecting money for future community building and leadership workshops. If you are inspired by this workshop, please consider making a donation.
I will have a sign up sheet at the next couple of coffee hours, so Rev. Cat can bring enough materials for us. Or you can email me at if you plan to attend.
Leadership Development Workshop

Calling all committee chairs! The Leadership Development Committee is excited to present its first workshop, so mark your calendars for Saturday, October 20th. It will be held from 10:00 AM-Noon. This first workshop will address how to make your committee more effective and how to improve communication both within the committee and within the congregation. A light breakfast will be provided, but please bring your own beverage. More information to follow. Save the date! If you are not able to attend, please plan to have a member of your committee attend. If you have any questions, please email Kathy Wallcave at
Common Read Discussion Group

Dates: October 14, 21, and 28
Time: following the service (11:30 am- 12:30)
Place: Cole Hall
Members, friends, and the public are invited to join a discussion of the UUA 2018-19 Common Read:
Justice on Earth: People of Faith Working at the Intersections of Race, Class, and Environment
, edited by Manish Mishra-Marzetti and Jennifer Nordstrom (Skinner House Books, 2018).
At a time when racial justice, environmental justice, and economic justice are seen as issues competing for time, attention, and resources,
Justice on Earth
explores the ways in which the three are intertwined. Those on the margins are invariably those most affected by climate disaster and environmental toxins. The book asks us to recognize that our faith calls us to long-haul work for justice for our human kin, for the Earth and for all life. It invites us to look at our current challenges through a variety of different perspectives, offers tools to equip us for sustained engagement, and proposes multiple pathways for follow-up action.
Books will be ordered at a discounted price for those who register by Sept. 16.
Childcare provided if requested by October 1. Please contact Allysson McDonald.



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