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!

October 3, 2018

Hello. I have been a member of MPUUC since 2008. In the past, I have served on the Pastoral Associates and Canvass committees and have taught R.E. I currently serve on the Adult Education, Leadership Development, and Worship Associates committees.
I am currently chairperson of the Worship Associates. I enjoy working with the minister, fellow worship associates, and musicians to create services that are meaningful and memorable. This fall, we have gotten off to a great start with our new interim minister, Reverend Jo Green. It has been a pleasure working with her. The worship associates are hard at work planning our fall services.
This month, we will be highlighting the work the Worship Associates do, so look for our table after the service and check out opportunities to join the committee. We will be scheduling a Worship Associates training session, possibly in January, for current and prospective new members. If you are interested in learning more about the work we do, just show up. Attending the session is not a commitment to join the committee, but we hope you will consider it.
You may also want to work with us from time to time not as a member but as a friend of the Worship Associates. You may have something you would like to share with the congregation – an experience, a lesson learned, a take on an issue that matters to you. We would like you to consider writing about it and sharing it with the congregation as the sermon or talk on Sundays when the minister is off. The worship associate will conduct the other parts of the service.
We look forward to working with you.
In fellowship,
Ilze Duarte
This Sunday’s Service:

A Time to Forgive
We have all experienced those moments when we passed up an opportunity to forgive someone and then it became too late.  When is it the best time to forgive?  Is there a best time?  This Sunday we will explore forgiving others before we may not have the chance.

Rev. Jo Green will lead the service and assisting will be Worship Associate Drew Wilson. Jay Steele will provide our music.


October 2018 Board Meeting

The Mission Peak UU
Board will meet Thursday evening, October 11 at Allysson McDonald’s home at
7:00 p.m.

Members of Mission Peak UU are welcome to attend. Congregation members who wish a copy of the agenda should contact President Paul K Davis by email at


Children & Youth Religious Education (CaYRE)

Our children have started exploring our neighboring faiths with a few close to home.  The RE classrooms are a great place for our children to explore and grow.  Our classrooms are only made possible by our awesome volunteers.  We are still in need of a few teachers this fall, especially the first week of October.  Please check out our teaching schedule
and if you have any questions please email


Save the Date:


Black & White Gala….Getting to Work
On Sunday, October 7 we will be having a fun crafting workshop starting at 1:00 @ Jen King’s home.  We will be making items to sell in the boutique.  We will provide instructions, tools, and all necessary supplies (including snacks and libations) – we just need energetic and eager workers (i.e. YOU!)  We will be making marble magnets, clothespin magnets, and several different items made out of buttons.  If you have magazines lying around – especially travel, gardening, or cooking magazines – please bring them.  If you know you are planning on joining us please RSVP to Jen.  If you decide last minute that you can attend, just show up!  We will have a second crafting workshop on Saturday, October 20 – more details later.


Black &
White Gala….More Information


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. 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 how you can participate in this fun event:
  • 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.  Please price them before you deliver them.  DeAnna Alm is heading up the Boutique team.
  • 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. Michealle Havenhill is leading the Basket Raffle team.
  • 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.


 Mission Peak Justice Corner – Allysson McDonald


Share the Plate
: On the second Sunday every month we donate our offering to a local non-profit. In October
(October 14) we will Share the Plate with the Parkland Voter Movement
(PVM). PVM was created to honor the youth of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and so many others whose voices have been silenced, informed and amplified.Youth are supported to (pre)register other teens (16-19) to vote, then encourage those to register others and finally for all to vote.  This grass-roots non-partisan effort is supported by adult volunteers and organizations such as the League of Women Voters.
  Bring cash or make a check out to Mission Peak UU Congregation with PVM in the memo line
Sign up after the service to volunteer.


In September we shared the plate with the Blue Goose Bus Fund. Thank you to everyone who donated. We’ve received a wonderful thank you:
Just want to send you a quick note, letting you know that we received the check from MPUUC for $597 for the Blue Goose Bus Fund donation. (We send out our donation acknowledgement letters at the beginning of the following month, so early October.) We are getting into our busy season with the field trips for the children, so it is very timely, and appreciated. The people in your congregation are so kind and thoughtful. It was quite a pleasure to meet and spend time with all of you. I hope things are going well with the new minister.


Would you be interested in helping
coordinate our monthly donations
? Please contact Allysson McDonald.


Other Opportunities to Volunteer:
  • We are still looking for
    representatives of the congregation
    for the RISE Coalition and Abode Services Home Warming.
  • Looking forward to the holiday season? Share the joy! Contact Michealle Havenhill if you can
    coordinate a holiday gift drive
    at Mission Peak.
  • On the third Sunday monthly the Sandwich Squad could use a hand – or actually 2 – join a friendly group in the kitchen by Cole Hall after the service and
    help make sandwiches
    for the homeless. Check with Don Ramie or Dan Hestor for more information on the Squad. Kids welcome with supervision.


Take Action:

We need no stronger reminder than the hearings this week to remember the stakes at hand.
The Midterm elections are just around the corner, and it is more important than ever to mobilize and fight for positive change within our communities and beyond. With so many groups organizing and fundraising, it can be difficult to decide how to get involved in a way that will have the most impact.

On October 7th, Women’s March San Francisco, League of Women Voters San Francisco, and The Women’s Building invite you to a gathering of local community and political organizations offering opportunities for involvement and mobilization leading up to the 2018 midterms and breakout sessions on effective organizing tactics.

At our Civic Engagement Fair, you will:
– Meet other grassroots activists organizing in the community for positive change.

– Connect with local organizations providing opportunities for broader community engagement.

– Become part of a movement of groups collaborating and communicating so that we can be most effective as volunteers and stay aligned before, during and after the midterm elections.

– Learn about upcoming events and actions hosted by the attending organizations and the various ways that you can get involved!

Understanding Ballot Initiatives: 2:30-3:15
Getting Involved on a Board/Commission: 3:30-4:15

Here’s what you need to know:
Who: Presented by Women’s March San Francisco, The Women’s Building and League of Women Voters San Francisco

What: Prepare for November: Civic Engagement Fair

When: Sunday, October 7, 2018 from 2 PM to 5 PM

Where: The Women’s Building, Auditorium [3543 18th St,  San Francisco]

Entry is Free! Please RSVP:

As a volunteer run organization, WMSF relies on donations from our community to help us create these free events to ensure they are accessible to everyone in our community.

Donations most welcomed and accepted at

In Solidarity,
The Women’s Building
Women’s March San Francisco
League of Women Voters San Francisco






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


Workshop on Centering Prayer Meditation in Oct. and Nov.

Our friend, Pastor Hee-Soo Kwon of the First United Methodist Church (adjoining MPUUC) is inviting everyone at Mission Peak to learn more about Centering Prayer Meditation at a workshop in Oct. and Nov.


Pastor Hee-Soon Kwon has practiced meditation for more than 20 years, is a spiritual director, and has a Ph.D in Transpersonal Psychology.


A “beginners” workshop will be offered at the FUMC on three evenings in October and repeated in three morning sessions in November.  The dates are:


Thurs. Evenings:  Oct. 4, 11, 18; 7:30pm to 9:00pm


Thurs. Mornings:  Oct. 25, Nov. 8, 15;  10am to 11:30am


The workshops include both instruction and group practice, and the meditation will be done sitting on chairs.  Dress comfortably. No preparatory reading is necessary.

Please click
here for flier.


If you need more information, contact Pastor Hee-Soon
by email at or by cell: 650-390-7036.

Calling All Committee Chairs!

Leadership Development Workshop

On behalf of the Leaders Development Committee (including Ilze Duarte and Jen King), we thank you for all the time you donate to head a committee. We hope you will be able to attend our first workshop to learn some nuts and bolts information about topics such as being an effective committee chair, communicating with the congregation and board, charters, as well as practical information such as how to schedule an event, how to publicize your event, and more. We will also

have time at the end to brainstorm ideas on what future workshop topics you are interested in. If you are not able to attend, please send someone on your committee to attend. We think you won’t regret it!

Date: Saturday, Oct. 20th

Time: 10:00 AM – noon

Where: Cole Hall

Other: Please bring a laptop if you can. If not, no worries.

Food: Light breakfast food will be provided. Please bring your own


Please email me at  to let me know if you will attend or who you are sending in your place. If childcare is needed, please let me know as soon as possible so we can arrange for it.

We are excited to offer the first LDC workshop…ever! We hope you are able to attend and that you find it helpful.



Chair, LDC

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.



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