Mission Peak Unitarian Universalist Congregation
Fremont, California       A spiritual community of open minds,
                                  nurturing growth and healing in ourselves and all people.
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This Sunday's Service
Mental Health Ministry
Black & White Gala
Tree of Life
Art Project
Love Heroes Wanted
Sunday Services Volunteers
Community Office Hours
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November 19, 2014


Greetings and welcome to this week's Week on the Peak!


The weeks leading up to Thanksgiving is typically the season for us to practice mindfulness and gratitude. This week we introduced this year's Guest At Your Table theme: sustainable food for all.


The Guest At Your Table campaign is an annual program of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC), which is the major social justice organization affiliated with the Unitarian Universalist Association. Headquartered in Cambridge, Mass., the UUSC organizes resources and people to help those in need. You can learn more about them here: http://www.uusc.org/about-uusc .


The UUSC is raising money through this year's Guest At Your Table program to create programs to provide sustainable food for people living in places where they do not have enough to eat. Instead of simply dropping off a truckload of rice and beans, the UUSC works with the people in affected communities to learn what they need most in order to provide for themselves, and then coordinates resources to provide those things.


There is an old saying "Give a person a fish and you feed them for a day. Teach someone to fish, and you feed them for a lifetime." This program is much like that. Instead of simply dropping off the food we think people might need, the UUSC researches what the actual needs are, and then works to create sustainable systems that allow people to provide for themselves.


Please pick up your Guest At Your Table envelope (no boxes this year) and keep it at the table where you eat, to remind you to contribute to the good works of the UUSC and then bring your filled envelopes to the January 11 worship service.


Dawn Fortune
Intern Minister
This Sunday's Service - November 23, 2014

The Time We Have 
What gives your life purpose? Come and hear a few strange questions that can help you zero in on the best way you could spend the time you have.     


Leading the service will be Rev. Jeremy D. Nickel and Worship Associate Drew Wilson.  Music will be provided by Eric Niessner.
Mental Health Ministry
Mental Health Ministry: Mental Health Matters TV show on Compassion Fatigue

Caring for someone--whether you're a counselor, caretaker, parent, health professional, etc. can come with a physical and mental toll. How do you manage your own health and wellness, when you're in charge of another's care?  Guests Beverly Kyer, founder and CEO of The Kyer Group and David Rages II, senior case manager of Edgewood Center for Children and Families explain.



Rev. Barbara F. Meyers
Community Minister
Black & White Gala

Black & White Gala "Arabian Nights"  


Thank you to the volunteers, donors, bakers, crafters, winners and attendees of the 2014 Black & White Gala! We had 97 attendees, a beautiful Bazaar, specialty drinks, amazing desserts, chocolate tasting, a funny photo booth complete with camel, Tarot readings and a delightful Basket Raffle. We also met our fundraising goal and everyone had a great time!


A special thank you to:

Logan Burnet: Food & Beverage Chair

Yvonne Hughes: Décor and Tarot Readings

DeAnna Alm and Corby Dale: Basket Raffle Co-Chairs

Colleen Arnold: Auction Chair

Maggie Mulcahy, Karen McVey & Beckett Gladney: Bazaar Co-Chairs

Anjali Lathi: Chocolate Tasting

Dawn Fortune and Jen King: Auctioneers

Elijah and Leanne Stevens: Photo Booth

Sandra Lange and Deanna Kosaraju: Event Co-Chairs

Jen King and Colleen Arnold: Mentors and Advisors


We still have a few auction items available. Please check out the Post Auction Catalog (here), list of Auction donors (here) and list of Auction Winners (here). If you won an auction item, make sure you mark your calendar for your upcoming events. A thank you letter will be going out to donors and winners with details on how to connect for your event.


If you have any items (or are looking for your items) from the Black and White that need to find their owner, please bring them this Sunday to MPUUC where we will have a table to claim those items.


Any questions? Please contact Sandra Lange at office@mpuuc.org.
Tree of Life
Sharing our Joys and Sorrows

As Mission Peak UU continues to grow in size we will experiment with new ways to stay connected to each other.  The Tree of Life is one strategy growing congregations use to keep aware of the events that mark our lives.  Please email any submissions to the weekly Tree of Life to Sandra by clicking here. Submissions may be edited for clarity, appropriateness and space.

This week, the hearts and minds of Mission Peak UU hold these people and communities in our collected love:

- Thich Nhat Hanh as he struggles with a massive brain hemorrhage.

- All who approach the holiday season with dread.

Peace and blessings be upon us all - Rev. Jeremy D Nickel
From Broken to Art
We need your broken junk!

In March we will be making a giant community art project together.  To do this, we will be piecing together the broken fragmented bits of plastic, glass, ceramic and porcelain that we collect over the next few months into a beautiful piece of art to hang behind the pulpit.

And we need to start collecting our materials now.  So over the next few months, when you break a dish or mug, or your child smashes apart an old toy, or your favorite earrings break - this is an opportunity to help out.  Save those broken bits and bring them in with you on Sunday to add to our "Broken Bits Bin" that will sit near the entrance to Cole Hall.

Thank you in advance!
Love Heroes Wanted
Courageous Love Heroes Wanted!

Mission Peak UU's  Courageous Love Award nomination period opens this week. Does someone in Tri-Cities area (Fremont, Union City, Newark) who comes 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?

If you know someone who fits that description, please send me some info. about them to AllyssonMcDonald@gmail.com. The deadline for nominations is January 4, 2015, and the award will be presented at our service the morning of February 15, 2015, in conjunction with Standing on the Side of Love Month.  


The message "Standing on the Side of Love," has become a rallying cry for people of various faith traditions in situations in which people are being marginalized and oppressed because of who they are.  The goal is to harness 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 awarded Pat Skillen, a president of  the local PFLAG chapter; Sister Ramona Bascom  who is a founder of InterFaith Women of Peace; and Moina Shaik who was a member of the Alameda Human Relations Commission and a founder of the Muslim Support Network as well as the Muslim Spiritual Care Network for Kaiser Permanente. We have always had an article in the local press for these awards.


The Social Justice Committee looks forward to your suggestions for this year's amazing Love Hero!!
Sunday Services Volunteers
Sunday Services Committee

We are in need of a greeter on the 1st Sunday of the month to replace Robert Jensen.  We also still need people for the aesthetics team.  Please contact  Ursel Bloxsom, Sunday Services Team Coordinator, dsbloxsom@aol.com.


Community Office Hours
Rev. Nickel's upcoming dates

I am always interested in suggestions for new places, times and ways that this could work better for you, so if you have an idea, please drop me a line, it is as easy as clicking right here.  And of course I am also always available by personal appointment all days except Monday.

Thursday, December 4
10 AM - 12 PM
Suju's (new location)
4949 Stevenson Blvd

Wednesday, December 17
12 PM - 2 PM
Mission Coffee
151 Washington Blvd

Mission Peak UU
Calendar of Upcoming Events

November 16
Jeremy's Coffee Hours 4:30-6:30 pm

Building Your Own Theology 7-9 pm
Budhist Meditation/Dharma Study 7-9 pm

The Mystery of Aging 7-9 pm


December 1
Jeremy's Coffee Hours 11-1 pm

Budhist Meditation/Dharma Study 7-9 pm


Who We Are

Mission Peak Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fremont was founded in 1993. We are a member congregation of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts.


Mission Peak members determine its policies, choose its minister, and support it financially.


We affirm and promote these UUA Principles and Purposes:

  • The inherent worth and dignity of every person
  • Justice, equity and compassion in human relations
  • Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations
  • A free and responsible search for truth and meaning
  • The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in our society at large
  • The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all
  • Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part

We invite you to join us and add your commitment to ours. Mission Peak is a living and changing congregation, responsive to the spiritual needs of its members. With the leadership of our minister, we search for ways to fulfill ourselves as individuals and as a community. Joining us is a commitment to this process. 


Our mailing address is:

P.O. Box 545 Fremont, CA 94537-0545

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