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
Board Meeting
Baseball Sunday
Leaf Stone Garden
Take Me Out To The Ballgame!
Adult Education
Sunday Services Volunteers
Community Office Hours
Mission Peak UU Calendar
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June 24, 2015


Happy summer to all Mission Peak UU members and friends! I am DeAnna Alm, and I am happy to be serving another year as president of your Board of Trustees. The first year flew by much faster than I had imagined possible. I truly enjoyed working with each member of the Board, as well as with Rev. Jeremy Nickel, Rev. Barbara Meyers and our former intern, Dawn Fortune. If I learned one thing from this past year as president, it is the value of seeking out challenges. I was a little nervous about taking on this job, but luckily found that many aspects were easier than I expected, and not too many were harder.


As you know, we are having little turnover this year, with the only change being Brooke Bruguier taking over Mark Kahn's position as Treasurer. We intend to keep things moving smoothly during the coming year as we welcome Rev. Sonia Sukalski, who will be in the pulpit for Rev. Jeremy Nickel while he is on sabbatical from November through April. If you have any questions or concerns about Jeremy's upcoming sabbatical, please do reach out to a member of the Sabbatical Task Force (Colleen Arnold, Paul Davis, Annette Breingan and Alan Davis) or to a member of the Board.


Enjoy your summer - and don't forget your sunscreen! 

DeAnna Alm
This Sunday's Service -  June  28, 2015

Statistical Mortality  



Scientists are confident global warming is occurring, yet some places have recently experienced their coldest winters in many years. Tobacco is poisonous, causing lung cancer, yet George Burns lived to 100 puffiing away on cigars. These are just examples of the many problems of understanding statistics. Statistics can be very powerful, telling us which medicines are truly effective, despite what seems to be true from the anecdotes we hear. Statistics can also be very frustrating - with statistics we can prove discrimination, including differential treatment of Black suspects by police, but statistics do not prove any specific case. This sermon will offer some basic principles of understanding statistics and using them in connection with moral issues. Individual stories provide depth of understanding, but statistics provide breadth of understanding. Both are important.

Leading the service will be Paul K. Davis and Worship Associate Ilze Duartel.  Music will be provided by Eric Niessner.   
Board Meeting
Mission Peak UU July Monthly Board Meeting

The Mission Peak UU Board will meet on the first Thursday of the month in July instead of the second Thursday.  The meeting will take place Thursday evening, July 2 at Vinnie Bacon's home at 7:00 p.m.   


Members of Mission Peak UU are welcome to attend.  For a copy of the agenda, please contact President DeAnna Alm at president@mpuuc.org

Baseball Sunday
This Year Baseball Sunday is July 19 - Get Your A's Tickets Now!

After the service on Baseball Sunday, July 19, those who are interested will head up to the Oakland Coliseum to attend the 1:00 Oakland A's vs the Minnesota Twins game.  This is a fun MPUUC tradition and a great family event.  Tickets are $18 each.  Reserve your tickets now!!  Please call or email Jen King (or sign up after the Sunday service) if you would like tickets.  She will arrange to get the tickets to you and collect payment.
Leaf Stone Garden
Leaf Stone Garden Update

There were lots of folks working at Stone last Sunday. High schoolers, Parker, Kayla and Meghana continued building trellises and pulled weeds. Vanessa had the enviable task of feeding the plants "fish fertilizer". New volunteers, Marcos and Rosie worked on hugel mounds 2 and 3. Bruce and Marcos strung a soaker hose on hugel mound #1. Now it is ready for planting. When not keeping everyone on task, Mellicent pulled weeds. Mellicent also met with Eagle-scout candidate, Eric, and his dad, for instructions on his eagle scout project. A great day at Stone!
Take Me Out To The Ballgame!
Take Me Out To The Ballgame!

Spending a day or evening at a ballgame is a tradition many of us think of fondly, especially during the summer. Yet, many of the people Abode serves don't have the means to participate in this tradition.


You can help change that! If you have tickets to an upcoming game (A's or Giants) and can't make it, please donate them to someone we serve.


Contact Carol Arata, Director of Development, at 510-657-7409 ext. 203 or carata@abodeservices.org for more information.
Adult Education - Fall 2015

Request for Class Proposals - Adult Education - Fall 2015

Share your knowledge. It is a way to achieve immortality.

- Dalai Lama


No one learns as much about a subject as one who is forced to teach it.

 - Peter F. Drucker


The Adult Education Committee is seeking proposals for classes for the fall quarter - September through November of 2015. This is an opportunity for you to share what you know with others.


Past topics have included meditation, Jesus, healthy eating, compassionate communication, drumming, building your own theology, art and spirituality, the Enneagram, joy of movement, and celebration of the sacred feminine. Classes can vary from one-time events to meeting every week.


How can you submit a proposal? Contact Linda Messia at 510 792-1539 or lmessia@yahoo.com with your course information.


Please submit your proposal no later than July 6th.
Sunday Services Volunteers
Sunday Services Committee

We are in need of a volunteer on the 4th Sunday of the month for the position listed below.  Please contact  Yvonne Hughes, Sunday Services Team Coordinator @ yvonnehughes47@comcast.net if you can help.

1. Someone to bring Goodies to replace Jeff Goby
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, July 2   
2 - 4 PM 
7324 Thornton Ave 

Thursday, July 16   
11 AM - 1 PM
Mission Coffee  
151 Washington Blvd 

Thursday, August 27
11 AM - 1 PM 
Mission Coffee 
151 Washington Blvd 
Mission Peak UU
Calendar of Upcoming Events

June 21
Worship Meeting 11:30-1 pm

Leaf Stone Garden Work Party 1-3 pm
Buddhist Meditation and Study Group 7-9 pm
Leaf Stone Garden Work Party 1-3 pm
July 1
Jeremy's Coffee Hours 2-4 pm

Board Meeting 7-9 pm
Men's Breakfast 8-9 am


New to UU Class 10-1 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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