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!

November 7, 2018




Ministerial Musings
What a week it has been! We had an amazing weekend kicking off the Black and White Gala and making it such a success! The early totals are in and we’ve raised $16,385.00 so far towards our budget! Kudos to the team headed by Jen King for such a beautiful evening! Everything seemed to flow so seamlessly, and it was such a welcome respite from the stress and tension the outside world has been throwing our way. I loved seeing all the tuxedos and sparkly attire that our congregants and friends effortlessly wore that evening. It’s so nice to see how our congregation got so excited and had so much fun together. That’s what it’s all about, creating community and a sense of purpose together.
Our elections for the midterm were held yesterday and for some they feel victorious and for others, not so much. I’m excited that from some of the returns I’ve seen come in, we have new blood and new purpose to work towards those American ideals we all hold dear. I am hoping that there will be a new energy to work towards that $15.00/hr minimum wage nationwide, universal healthcare for all, maybe even repair of our roads and bridges (which I must say scares me a bit if some of these aren’t fixed soon.) I hope we have a new fervor in our country to do good for each other, to be kind to one another, and to work together with renewed purpose.
Let us pray for that!
Blessings to you all,
Rev Jo
Please feel free to contact me!
To reach me:
By phone: 510-972-3890


This Sunday’s Service:

Looking For the Good
The results are in from the election and some are feeling grateful and others are feeling loss.  Let’s look for the good in our elected officials and see what the future holds.  On this Veteran’s Day, we also will honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for others.  Come this Sunday to rejoice in all that we have to be grateful.


Rev. Jo Green will lead the service and assisting will be Worship Associate Mark Rahman. Mark Kahn will provide our music.
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!


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



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 


NEWS – Interfaith Thanksgiving Service focuses on “Celebrating our Unity.”
The 57th Annual Tri-City Interfaith Thanksgiving Service will be held on Monday, November 19, 7:30 p.m., at St Joseph Catholic Church, 43148 Mission Blvd, Fremont. The program is sponsored by the Tri-City Interfaith Council (TCIC).  This year’s theme, “Celebrating our Unity,” focuses on gratitude for the gifts we share in common:  life, family and friends, and freedom of religion.
 TCIC President Sister Elaine Sanchez, a member of the Sisters of the Holy Family, will share a reflection during the service.
The liturgical fabric of the service is rich in readings from sacred Scripture, prayers, songs, as well as beautiful traditional costumes, dancers, and musicians. The importance of passing the sacred tradition to the next generation is highlighted at the conclusion of the service when young members of many of the Tri-City’s faith communities receive a symbol of their tradition from an older member.
Attendees are invited to bring refreshments for a time of fellowship after the service. A financial offering will be received for Tri-City Volunteers. Participants are also asked to bring non-perishable food for the Tri-City Volunteers foodbank.
Parents are encouraged to bring children and youth for this inspiring and educational program. The Thanksgiving service provides a unique opportunity to become acquainted with the varied cultural and religious traditions that are such an important part of our community. A reception follows the service.
Since 1962 when three Protestant Christian churches gathered for Thanksgiving worship, this holiday service has evolved to reflect dramatic historical changes and diversity in the Bay Area. Vatican II encouraged interfaith dialogue between Catholics, Protestants, and the Jewish community. Then in the late 1980s representatives from other faith traditions joined in the celebration. Now, it is common to have people representing the Hindu, Muslim, Ohlone Indian, Unitarian Universalist, Sikh, Baha’i, Jain, and Buddhist communities share in the Thanksgiving Service.


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





Black & White Gala Success!!

Thank you! Thank You! Thank You! To everyone who donated, purchased, and volunteered to make the Black & White Gala a success once again!
The following items remain after our auction.  If you would like to purchase one of these items, please contact Jen King.  First come…first win!
#10 – Five Wishes Workshop
Start the year out right!   Begin getting your affairs in order, and check that off your New Year’s resolutions.   Terri King will lead a discussion about the Five Wishes document, which is a legal alternative to an Advance Care Directive.   You’ll get your own copy of the form, we’ll talk about our wishes, and perhaps you’ll even complete the document before the afternoon is over.  We’ll have plenty of chocolate to help us through!  And what a priceless gift you’ll be giving your family, by letting them know what you want in case you can’t speak for yourself.
 Date:  January 27, 2019  @ 3:00-5:00 pm – 1 spot left at $25
#13 Zig, Zag, Zorg
If you’ve ever considered playing around with improv comedy, this is your chance. John Shaefer is offering a fun workshop, let by instructors from Fremont’s own Made Up Theater.  You will learn how to play improv games similar to those on the TV show “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” and will discover important lessons that extend well beyond improv.  This is open to kids and adults from 10-100.  Pizza & soft drinks will be served.
Date: Probably Feb/March – 5 spots left at $25 each
#25 – Geocaching Adventure & Picnic Lunch
Join Melissa Holmes for a Geocaching adventure and then relax with a yummy picnic lunch created by Jen King.  Families welcome.  Location TBD, but it will be local [most likely Lake Elizabeth, Coyote Hills, or Garin Park]
Date: Saturday, June 22, 2019 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
– 2 spots left at $15
#45 – Kids Cook Dinner
 How would you like to have your kids fix and serve you a multi-course dinner the weekend before Mother’s Day? This is your chance! Drop the kids off at Gayle Tupper and Eric Dittmar’s home, have some time for yourselves, then come back for a yummy meal that they have helped prepare. The bids are per family (assumed to be 2 adults, 2 children, we can possibly adapt as necessary).
A family is Parents + children/grandchildren/children of choice.  or grandchildren or children of choice.
Date: Saturday, May 4, 2019 – 2 spots (2 families) left at $75
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!

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