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 17, 2018




My name is Holly Ito. I have been a member of Mission Peak since it chartered in 1994. During thi
me I have been involved in many aspects of the congregation including serving on the Board as President and Treasurer, being on the Membership Committee, Worship Associates, and the prior Ministerial Search Committee. I just completed my term as a member of the Pacific Central District Board. I have 3 adult sons and 2 grandsons. Since retiring two years ago, in addition to other volunteer activities I enjoy walking/hiking, bridge and music.
I am currently serving on the Transition team which has been meeting regularly with Rev. Jo. Initially we were helping her get settled in the community and at Mission Peak. Now we are working together on a timeline for events and activities for the next two years.

We’ve finalized our Mission statement as follows: The Transition Team works with and advises the interim minister with the aim of a smooth and productive transition period. It collaborates with the interim minister in building relationships with Congregation members, aids in understanding the history and current status of the Congregation, and assists the interim minister in planning and executing activities designed to prepare the congregation for its future minister. The Transition Team members are representatives of the congregation, and thus provide a diverse sounding board for the interim minister’s questions and ideas.

If you have any questions or any feedback (good or bad) about how the transition period is going, please talk to or email the transition team: DeAnna Alm (chair), Annette Breingan, Alan Davis, Holly Ito, and Valerie Stewart.

This Sunday’s Service:

Who Am I Really?
Who am I is a common enough question.  But deep down who am I really?  What does it mean that I am in the world?  Am I in fact the person that I think I am, or more accurately, that I feel that I am?  Or was for that matter, am I the same person I was as a child?  Lots of questions, few answers.


Mark Rahman will lead the service and assisting will be Worship Associate Megan McMillen. Peak Rocks will provide our music.


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


Save the Date:


Black & White Gala Crafting Workshop – Come Be Crafty With Us!!

Our last crafting workshop will be this coming Saturday, October 20 from 3:00-6:00 pm at Jen King’s home.  We will be making button key chains and marble magnets.  We will provide all the materials and instructions.  No artistic talent is necessary (but you might need your reading glasses :-).  We do need magazines to cut up – vacation, art, nature, cooking.  Please drop them off or bring them with you if you can.  Hope you can join us for fun and craftiness on Saturday (if you know ahead of time that you can come, please let Jen know.)

17 Days Until The MPUUC Event of the Year!!

Yes, you read that right!  Only 17 more days until the Black & White Gala!! Are you Excited?? The Auction Catalog is well underway, but we still need more items.  It’s time to stop procrastinating and put on your thinking caps and send in your donations.  If you aren’t sure what you’d like to offer or how to word it PLEASE contact Jen King and she will help you. In addition to donations we need Bidders and Buyers!  Tickets are $25 each* and will be available at the door.  However, it would really help us out if you could purchase the tickets before the event.  Tickets are available after services every Sunday.  We accept Cash, Checks, and Credit/Debit Cards.  PLEASE invite friends and family who you think would enjoy the event and who share our penchant for social justice and geeky game nights :-).
NEW!  This year we will be offering formal (and fun) portraits at the Black & White Gala.  We will have a professional photographer on site and a portrait area set up.  Photos will be taken, touched up, and uploaded to a website where you can order them and a portion of the proceeds will go to MPUUC.  So make sure you and your sweetie don’t clash and come dressed to impress!
*If the $25 ticket price is prohibitive for you please contact Jen King.  No MPUUC members will be turned away.
 Mission Peak Justice Corner – Allysson McDonald


Share the Plate Update:
Last Sunday
(October 14) we donated over $600 to the Parkland Voter Movement
(PVM) to support voter registration for local teens! A few volunteers also signed up to help. PVM was created to honor the youth of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. For more information, or to volunteer, please go to their website
Thank you once again for your generosity.




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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