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 31, 2018




Hello.  My name is Jen King. My wife and I have been members of Mission Peak since 2006.  Over the last 12 years I have participated in many aspects of Mission Peak.  Currently I’m the chair of the Black & White Gala, Chair of the Fellowship Committee, Co-Chair of the Sunday Services Team, a member of the Leadership Development Committee, a member of the Justice Council, and a Worship Associate.

Today I am writing to you as the Chair of the Fellowship Committee to talk to you (gasp) about something other than our fabulous Black & White Gala (you’ll find more information on that later on in the newsletter :-).  The Fellowship Committee is a new committee at Mission Peak.  Our Charter was approved by the Board in August.  Our role at Mission Peak is to plan and carry out fun events that bring us into closer fellowship with one another, with other UU’s, and with the larger community of which Mission Peak is a part.  The Fellowship Committee also acts as a resource for other committees and groups within our congregation when they want to plan an event.

Did you know that in 2019 Mission Peak Unitarian Universalist Congregation will celebrate its 25th Anniversary? Well, we will and we think that 25 years of fellowship, community, and social justice is something that should be celebrated.  I have been asked to put together a group to plan multiple events to celebrate this milestone.  We will be honoring our history,  celebrating joyfully in the present, and eagerly looking forward to and planning for the next 25 years.  All of this, of course, will take a bit of planning and coordination, but even that can be fun.  If you would like to be on the 25th Anniversary Celebration planning committee, please let me know (in person or via email) by November 25. Please also feel free to contact me with any questions or ideas that you may have about the celebrations. This is going to be FUN!!

This Sunday’s Service:

Little Bits of Gratitude
What are the little things that pass us by on a daily basis that make such grateful gifts? How can these little bits of gratitude actually make our lives so much more meaningful if we would pay attention to them and give them meaning? Come this Sunday to learn the secret everyone knows of how to be grateful!


Rev. Jo Green will lead the service and assisting will be Worship Associate Allysson McDonald. Peak Performers will provide our music.
***This coming Sunday we have no greeters and no one to make coffee for after the service.  If you can help out with either of these tasks please contact Jen King ASAP.  Thanks!
Volunteer Needed:
We need a volunteer on Sunday mornings during services to “click” the slides forward as we
proceed through the service.  There is no age limit for this volunteer opportunity!  Anyone from 13 – 100 can volunteer!  Please contact Rev Jo if this is something you may be interested in!  Training will be provided.  You will be giving a tremendous service, as this part of the Sunday service is driving the minister crazy!  Thank you!


See below for letter written to Pittsburgh synagogue from Rev. Jo
Dearest Tree of Life Congregation and Rabbi Myers,
Our congregation of Unitarian Universalists mourns with you in this tender time of shiva after the tragic loss you have suffered.  This past Sunday we prayed for you and lit a candle in your honor.  Please accept our condolences and know that we will work towards peace on this earth to ensure this will never happen again.  We stand with you in peace and love.
Reverend Jo Green and congregation.


It’s time to Fall back!  Don’t forget to set  your clocks back one hour this Saturday, November 3.

Greetings from the Music side of the services

November is Music Focus Month and we want to remind you that there is always room at the table for more music and more musicians.
At Mission Peak we have four parts to our music, Congregational Hymn singing, Choral singing on the first Sunday of most months, Peak Rocks on the third Sunday, and piano special music and accompaniment. Our services would be rather sterile without the joyful, somber, thoughtful, reverent and serene music we provide each Sunday.
You too can join in the fun while providing a valuable adjunct to the services. If you like to sing, even if you have no training, consider joining the choir. We spend time each month on singing techniques as well as learning our Anthems. Drew, Shauna or any other member of the choir would be happy to talk to you.
Or maybe you play the piano, or some other instrument, then Jay Steele would love to talk to you. Wouldn’t the interludes sound even better if they were piano duets or trios with string, brass or woodwinds? And, depending on the instrument, Peak Rocks might be interested as well.
Come by the music table after church and learn how you can join us in making beautiful music each Sunday morning.
Veterans Day Share the Plate


Since 1993, Operation Dignity has been on the front lines of fighting homelessness in Alameda County, with a special focus on Veterans. They provide shelter, housing, street outreach, and supportive services to people experiencing homelessness. Last year they served more than 800 people, including some of the most vulnerable individuals experiencing homelessness in Alameda County. On Sunday, November 11, we will observe Veterans Day by donating the proceeds of our offering to this organization. Please bring cash or a check. Checks should be made out to Mission Peak UU Congregation. We will be making one donation from the Congregation after the offering is counted. If you are planning to pay on your MPUUC pledge, please make a note to that effect on the memo line – all other money will go to Operation Dignity, Inc. More information about them is available at

Save the Date:



Mission Peak Black & White Gala

November 3, 2018 – 6:00-10:00 pm

Dominican Center – 43326 Mission Blvd, Fremont, CA 94539

This year’s Black & White Gala will be held at the Dominican Center located on the campus of the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose 43326 Mission Blvd, Fremont.


  • From Mission Blvd turn East onto Mission Tierra Place.
  • Take a left onto Dominican Terrace and follow the balloons and signs around to the right and up the hill to the Dominican Center.

There is a drive through drop-off area right in front of the building with parking nearby. If you are physically able, please park in the Main Parking area and enjoy the walk up to the event.

Please click
here for map




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 and Interfaith Choir 

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

Please see attached flyer for joining Interfaith Choir and Thanksgiving Service by clicking here
Niles Discovery Church Film Series


Saturday November 10 at 1:30pm – “Waking 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





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!

November Board Meeting

The next meeting of the Mission Peak UU Board will be Thursday evening, November 8th, at 7:00 PM.  For more information contact President Paul K Davis at

Request for Class Proposals – Adult Education – Winter 2019

The Adult Education Committee is seeking proposals for classes for the Winter quarter – January through March of 2019. This is an opportunity for you to share what you know with others.
Past topics have included Buddhist meditation, healthy eating, art and spirituality, the Enneagram, Poems, communication skills, and celebration of the sacred feminine. Classes can vary from one-time events to meeting every week.
How can you submit a proposal? Email Ilze Duarte at with your course information.
Please submit your proposal no later than Nov 10th.  Thank you!
Wednesday, November 7

6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
The day after the election right now is an unknown.  Rev Jo will be in her office during this time to either celebrate with everyone or to console those who may be disappointed.  This is a crucial election so I know that some have been affected greatly by its campaigns and results.  Feel free to join us this evening.

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