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!

December 12, 2018


This Sunday’s Service:

A Winter Solstice Story
Join us as the children of our congregation spin a tale about the spinning of the earth, the celebrations of the season, and how our U.U. values are wrapped up in and reflected in it all.



Members of the CAYRE committee will lead the service and assisting will be Rev. Jo Green. Peak Rocks will provide our music


Children & Youth Religious Education (CaYRE)

This Sunday: 2018 Holiday Pageant

The 2018 Holiday
Pageant, A Winter Solstice Story, will take place during
service this
 Sunday, Dec. 16. Our theme this year is winter solstice, and we are performing an original script by Mission Peak’s very own Jay Steele. Peak Rocks will be providing music, and children from all ages of our CaYRE program will be participating.


Parents, if your child is participating, in the pageant, please remember that our final dress rehearsal will be at Cole Hall at 8:30 Sunday morning, before service. Juice and donuts will be provided for our actors and stagehands. Please contact Lisa Newstrom with any questions.


Put a Smile on a Local Child’s Face!
In conjunction with our share the plate offering in December, we are also collecting new toys for the TriCity Volunteers’ Toy Party. See the attached flier for the
wish list
, and bring a new unwrapped toy to the service this Sunday, December 16. Sign up to volunteer at the Dec. 21 Toy Party after the service on Dec. 9 too!


Peak Performers Sing for Las Posadas on the 19th

Our Peak Performers choir and our musician Alison Kline will be performing for the Fremont Las Posadas Festival Wednesday evening, December 19th. The event starts at 6:00 PM with a procession from Mission San Jose (at Washington Blvd and Mission Blvd). That evening the procession will lead to Sisters of the Holy Family convent (off Bryant Terrace from Washington Blvd), where the choir and Alison, plus storyteller Jeff Hanson, will entertain the participants, followed by refreshments.
There are two ways to participate: meet at the Mission by 6:00 PM and join the procession, singing Christmas carols along the way, or go directly to the destination and wait with the performers for the procession to arrive.
In addition, MPUUC members Paul Davis and Knuti VanHoven belong to other singing groups which are providing entertainment on other evenings of the festival. On the 20th the destination is Icy Blue (on Mission Blvd), with both Paul and Knuti in the Centerstage Singers. On the 21st the destination is Museum of Local History (at Anza and Ellsworth), with Knuti in Santa’s Tallest Elves. On the 22nd Knuti is at Tavaras Hall (on Washington Blvd).
The Fremont Las Posadas Festival is an annual cooperative project of Mission San Jose and the Fremont Cultural Arts Council. It begins Dec. 15th and concludes Dec. 23rd. Each evening the efforts of Mary and Joseph to find lodging for the night is reenacted, but with a twist from the Bible story, eventually the innkeeper invites them in and provides entertainment plus refreshments.
For further information you may contact Paul at or 510-676-5477.

Who are the Heroes in our Community?

Every day we hear news about oppression and violence. As Mr. Rogers so famously said, “look for the helpers.”  We not only want to look for them, but to honor them!  Mission Peak UU Congregation presents an award each February to a member or group in our area who has been courageously showing up to challenge oppression and violence. Our nomination period is open now!  Contact Allysson McDonald by Jan. 6 with your suggestions and a few words about your nominee and why you are nominating them. We will have a brief meeting after the Service on Jan. 6 to consider the nominations. This year’s award will be paired with our February Share the Plate, so will come with a monetary prize.
Does someone or a group in the Tri-Cities area (Fremont, Union City, Newark) or Milpitas come to mind? Is there someone who has inspired a local movement for love? Is there an organization or individual who has faced oppression, discrimination, and prejudice with grace and inspired determination? The goal is to recognize love’s power to challenge exclusion, oppression and violence based on sexual orientation, gender identity, immigration status, race, religion, or any other identity.
In the past we’ve honored folks such as Samina Sundas (American Muslim Voice), Arnav Gupta (Youth Radio), Sister Ramona (Interfaith Sisters of Peace), Pat Skillen (Fremont/East Bay PFLAG), and others. For some ideas for people or organizations you might consider nominating this year, click here.

Black & White Gala Photos

I know that many of you have been waiting anxiously for the photos from the Black & White Gala.  I apologize for the delay.  We’ve had issues trying to set up a website.  So, for the time being here’s the plan. If  you would like to see your photos from the Gala, please email Jen King and she will send them to you.  If you decide to use them and have photos printed (via Shutterfly, Walgreens, Costco, etc.) we ask that you make a small donation to MPUUC as a sort of ‘studio fee’.  Many thanks to Don Ramie’s brother, Jerry, for sharing his wonderful photography skills with us.

Mark your Calendars: January 13 is Bring a Friend Sunday and Potluck


What do your friends know about Unitarian Universalism? About Mission Peak Unitarian Universalist Congregation? If the answer is “not much”, we have the perfect opportunity to change that: invite your friends to our Bring a Friend service to be held on January 13. And of course, invite your relatives too. The more the merrier. Let’s spread the word about our Unitarian Universalist values and extend our hospitality to the people we care about. After the service, we will have the opportunity to spend time with new and long-time friends as we kick off our celebration of MPUUC’s 25th Anniversary year with a potluck lunch. Please bring a dish to share. Drinks and dessert will be provided.




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!






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






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