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 10, 2018

Ministerial Musings
Greetings to you! I am finding my place in the world and it has been a wonderful adventure to settle here. I feel I am getting to know this community and hopefully you to know me. I’ve been able to meet with you, preach and have services with you, and talk with you, sometimes intimately, sometimes business-like. It is such a pleasure to be with this congregation!
In September we celebrated the theme of Covenant and Rev Barbara Meyers and I covenanted together in your presence before we also covenanted all together in the service on September 30th. I feel we learned about covenant, all of us. Rev Chris Shriner and I are working on a covenant and Rev Andrew Mertz the same. We all want to be in covenant together; that is the Unitarian Universalist way in its perfect model.
So, this month of October, when the leaves turn and fall, we will celebrate the act of forgiveness. And yes in many ways it is a celebration. Forgiveness in some ways has become a lost art. As we watch those who are supposed to be our role models on television and in the media, there is little forgiveness going on. Let us be the role models. Let us become courageous and speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves. Let us become the brave ones to stand up for the values and the principles that we hold dear as Unitarian Universalists.
We can do this! We are UU!
So, in this Autumn time breathe in the cooler air, open your eyes to the beauty of this wonderful season! It truly can be a beautiful world if we make it so.
Blessings to you!
Rev. Jo
To reach me:
By phone: 510-972-3890


P.S. Reverend Jo Green will be at a UU Ministers Retreat and then take her Sunday weekend off from October 16 – 22 and will return on October 23.

This Sunday’s Service:

A World of Forgiveness
In a world that seems to be turned upside down, where the news angers us, and we feel the need to strike out, how do we forgive those that have hurt us or we feel are hurting others? Is there a way to see their side and forgive them for what we feel is unforgivable? Let us explore right relations in the context of our world.


Rev. Jo Green will lead the service and assisting will be Worship Associate Ilze Duarte. 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


Would You Like to Learn More?

Are you on a committee? Are you thinking of joining a committee? Would you like to learn some leadership skills that go beyond Mission Peak UU Congregation? The Leadership Development Committee is excited to present its first workshop, so mark your calendars for Saturday, October 20th. This first workshop will address how to have effective committees and how to improve communication both within the committee and within the congregation (or work, or any other volunteer organization you may serve on). A light breakfast will be provided, but please bring your own beverage. Please come learn while eating food! This workshop is not just for committee chairs.


Date: Saturday, Oct. 20th

Time: 10:00 AM – noon

Where: Cole Hall

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


If you would like to attend or if you have any questions, please email Kathy Wallcave at


Coffee Hour is back!


Reverend Jo Green will begin having a Coffee Hour series once a month beginning November 1st.  The November Coffee Hour will be held at Mission Coffee Roasting Company, 151 Mission Blvd, in Fremont from 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm on Thursday November 1st.  All are welcome to come and chat and have a discussion. This first session will be a participant choice.  Come one, come all, there’s plenty of room!


Save the Date:


Black & White Gala….Getting to Work
On Sunday, October 20 we will be having a fun crafting workshop from 3:00-6:00 @ 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!


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.


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.



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!

Interfaith Council Thanksgiving Service


Monday, November 19, at 7:30 p.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 43148 Mission Blvd., Fremont. 


Niles Discovery Church Film Series
Saturday October 13
at 1:30 pm – “Happening: A Clean Energy Revolution”  Journey into the dawn of the clean energy era that is creating jobs, turning profits, and making communities stronger.  Explores issues of human resilience, social justice, embracing the future, and finding hope for our survival.


Saturday November 10 at 1:30pm – “Walking in Oak Creek”  In Wisconsin, a community rocked by hate is awakened and transformed.  It finds inspiration in a Skih tradition after a white supremacist kills six worshippers.




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


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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