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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Important Reminder
This Sunday's Service
Share the Plate
Mental Health Ministry
Annual Pledge Drive
Monthly Board Meeting
Home Warming Program
Communications Team
Behind the Kitchen Door
Stone Garden Work Party
Easter Egg Hunt
Mission Peak Events
Community Office Hours
Sunday Services Team
Abod Quick Links
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April 9, 2014


Last Saturday I led a group of a dozen members and friends of Mission Peak UU on a fascinating field trip to TriCED Community Recycling in Union City.


We learned the inspirational history of this community project, which was originally intended to help find jobs for kids in the area who needed a second chance, and has evolved into an incredible community resource.


And after hearing their story, we dove into the garbage. We saw mountains of aluminum cans, mixed paper, old electronics and the machines that helps sort and redistribute all the goods.


If you were not able to join us, fear not!  There are three more opportunities to go to the edge of our relationship with the environment, and here is the schedule of the remaining classes:



Sunday, April 27 from 12 PM - 2 PM:

Mission Peak UU Stone Garden

Learn how to xero-scape your garden AND get your hands dirty in ours!

Corner of Mission and Mowry Ave in Fremont, CA

Led by: Rev. Jeremy Nickel and Deanna Kosaraju


Saturday, May, 17  from 10 AM - 12 PM:

Water Treatment Plant

Come find out what happens to our water after it goes down the drain!

Led by: Michael Auer, Union Sanitary District Environmental Outreach Coordinator and Rev. Jeremy Nickel.


Saturday, June 7 from 9 - 11 AM:

Altamont Landfill

10840 Altamont Pass Road, Livermore, CA 94551

Led by: Tianna Nourot, Environmental Protection Manager and Rev. Jeremy Nickel


You may sign up for this or any other Mission Peak UU Adult RE class using the signup sheets on Sunday mornings or by calling Linda Messia at 510.792.1539.

And finally, I will be holding community office hours tomorrow (or depending on when you read this, today or later), Thursday, April 10 from 11 AM - 1 PM at Mission Coffee at 151 Washington Blvd, just up the street from our congregation.  If you are in the area I hope you can drop by.

That is all for now, see you soon!



Rev. Jeremy D. Nickel

Minister of Mission Peak UU Congregation

Fremont, CA.


Cell: 510.936.1632 


Preferred appointment times: Tue-Thur 11am-6pm


Available by appointment all days except Monday
Important Reminder
Pledge Cards due this Sunday

This Sunday, April 13, please join your fellow members and friends of Mission Peak UU in returning your pledge card to the congregation.  Time will be set aside within the service to deliver your pledge. If you have not had a chance to consider your pledge yet this year, now is the time.  You can find more resources and some inspirational videos in another article below.

Thank you for all you do to keep our community alive and thriving!
This Sunday's Service - April 13, 2014
Growing Up

Harvard University tracked people for 75 years, regularly checking in with them throughout their lives. This study has just concluded and the early results are tantalizing. Come hear what they tell us about how we should spend however many years we have left!

Leading the service will be Rev. Jeremy D. Nickel, DRE Laine Young and Worship Associate DeAnna Alm.  Music will be provided by Peak Performers.
Share the Plate
Share the Plate April

This Sunday, April 13th, we will be welcoming Tony Dutra from the local organization One Child in Fremont.  One Child is a non-profit dedicated to providing disadvantaged children with new clothing and school supplies. OneChild began in Fremont, California and now serves families throughout the Bay Area.
Their goal is to promote self-esteem in underprivileged children, so they may appreciate their individual worth. To find out more about what this organization does, please watch this video or go to their website at http://onechildca.org
If you would like to contribute to One Child, please come ready to donate during our offering. If you would like to write a check, please make it out to "One Child". Any cash donations will go directly to this organization as well. If you are bringing in your MPUUC pledge, please make a note of it on the check or envelope of cash. 
We would like to thank everyone who contributed to last month's share the plate organization - Abode Services.  Thanks to the congregation's generosity, we were able to raise an amazing  $1008 for Abode! 
If you have any local non profits whom you would like to see highlighted in our monthly Share the Plate offering, please contact Natalie Campbell at nataliehcampbell@yahoo.com.
Mental Health Ministry
Mental Health Ministry: New TV Show: Poverty

The link between poverty and mental illness is real, although not always acknowledged. Host Shannon Eliot interviews Donita Diamata, Project Coordinator for Financial Self-Sufficiency at Mental Health America of Oregon. Learn how a lack of resources can lead to mental health challenges, which in turn can contribute to unemployment, lower quality treatment options, and a chronic dependence on SSDI. While the picture may seem bleak, Donita shares why anyone in such a situation should have hope and how anyone can beat the odds and take action to improve their situation.



Annual Pledge Drive
Twenty Years and Growing: Canvass 2014 Progress

Thank you to everyone who has already turned in their pledge cards! The Stewardship Committee officially kicked off the 2014 Canvass on March 29, and we will be wrapping up the collection of pledge cards this Sunday, April 13.  Pledge cards can be turned in by mail in the envelope provided, or by placing them in this Sunday's collection plate. 

We have so many exciting things happening at Mission Peak now and over the coming months, from the Stone Garden Project, to support for congregational music and RE, to our first Ministerial Intern.  Knowing your financial commitment for the next year when we make our budget helps our congregation plan boldly yet conscientiously. We are confident this year's Canvass will show a strong commitment to nurturing Mission Peak with your time and treasure.

So far, we've received pledge cards from approximately 25% of membership. If you are among the 75% of people still waiting to submit your 2014-2015 pledge, please take the time to review the brochure and letter you received earlier this spring from the Stewardship Committee. For those seeking a little guidance in how to decide on a pledge that's right for you, we have included a copy of the UUA Fair Share Giving Guide this year, which many people have found helpful.

Finally, if you want a little inspiration, here are a couple of videos you might enjoy.

Courtesy Rev. Barbara Meyers: True Confessions of a Stewardship Chairperson 
Courtesy Rodgers, Hammerstein, and the satire exception to American copyright law: People Will Say We're UU

Lisa Newstrom, Stewardship Committee
Monthly Board Meeting
Mission Peak UU April Monthly Board Meeting

The Mission Peak UU Board will meet Thursday evening, April 10 at Mark Kahn'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 Kathy Wallcave at

Home Warming Program

Home Warming Program

Hello friends, thanks to your generosity, our cup overfloweth with household items destined for Janie and "Little Boy Tony".


The outstanding issue at this point is there is no place to move in to, yet!  So Abode has placed us in a holding pattern, and therefore I request your cooperation in holding on to the items you have earmarked for donation until I get the green light to pre-stage these same items at a point that will await transport to the new home.


Keep in mind we will not need all of the items offered up for donation, because in some instances we have two and three of each.  So I'll contact each of you separately to discuss.  Note: I will try my best to "place" all offered items by contacting the network of churches supporting Abode to see if they can use the donations for their own families they are sponsoring.


Thank you, Andrew, andrewdean9@gmail.com - Social Justice Committee  

Communications Team

Communications Team


With all the various ways we have to communicate, it can be confusing to figure out which communication venue is used for what! If this is an investigation that sounds interesting to you, we are forming a team to take a look at how Mission Peak UU communicates, how can we improve, and are there things that should be consolidated. Please let Kathy Wallcave know if you would like to be part of this ad-hoc, short-term team. Kwallcave@gmail.com   

Behind the Kitchen Door
Dinner and Discussion - Important update! 

Join  Andrew Dean & Marsha Parker for dinner (or dessert).  They  still plan to lead a discussion about the book "Behind the Kitchen Door" on April 29 & May 13 (2 classes -Tuesdays 7 p.m.), however the second class will take place at a restaurant to be decided. Better sign up soon - we may need to make reservations.  Scholarships will be available to those who cannot afford eat out. If you care to join us for this dining adventure, be sure to register for the class with the Adult RE committee or speak to one of the facilitators, and then attend the first class at which the venue for the second class will be revealed!  Of course it will help to have read (or at least skimmed) the book so acquire one asap! 

"Behind the Kitchen Door,"  by Saru Jayaraman and Eric Schlosser, list restaurants with better labor practices and provide criteria for making better choices after describing how restaurant workers live on some of the lowest wages in America and how poor working conditions - discriminatory labor practices, exploitation, and unsanitary kitchens - affect the meals that arrive at our restaurant tables. The authors explore the political, economic, and moral implications of eating out. What's at stake when we choose a restaurant is not only our own health or "foodie" experience but also the health and well-being of the 10 million people -many immigrants and many people of color - who bring passion, tenacity, and insight into the American dining experience.

Eating out can be fun AND ethical!  So read the book and join us for dinner and discussion.
Stone Garden Work Party

Build Community, get back to nature, and help the planet by volunteering at the Stone Garden 

Sunday, April 13th 2014

Stone Garden Work Party

Location: Mowry Avenue at Mission Boulevard (behind the Mission Valley Veterinary Clinic)

Hours: 12-2pm

We'll prepare the site for planting by using permaculture methods: laying down cardboard, and shoveling a soil mix on top.


Activity level: Physically moderate to heavy


Number of volunteers needed: 12


Get details and the latest information by subscribing to the garden volunteer list (sent once a week):



Questions? Contact Deanna Kosaraju at dkosaraju@yahoo.com or 650-346-8601 

Easter Egg Hunt
Easter Egg Hunt - Donations Needed

Easter is right around the corner!  We will be collecting plastic Easter eggs as well as goodies to put inside (stickers, candy, etc.) until Sunday, April 13th.  Please bring some Easter goodies for the egg hunt we will be having after service on Sunday, April 20th.  You can leave your donations at Laine Young's desk in the Mission Peak office or in the Easter basket in Cole Hall.  Thank you!
Mission Peak Events

Mission Peak Is Having A Birthday!!

Mission Peak is turning 20 and we are planning a big celebration weekend!  More details will be communicated in the coming weeks, but for now, PLEASE put the following dates/times on your calendar:

Friday, May 2 - 6:00 pm - Cole Hall - Pizza Potluck Party!  We will provide the pizza and the ice cream.  You provide the salads, sides, beverages, etc.  This will also be a game night and accoustic jam session so bring your games, instruments, voices, etc. and come hang out and enjoy some fun with your MPUUC friends & family.

Saturday, May 3 - 9:00-1:00 p.m. - Work Party at the Stone Garden.  We will have jobs/activities for all ages and skill/activity levels.  Parking is extremely limited at the Stone Garden so shuttles will be provided from nearby parking. 

Saturday, May 3 - 1:00-4:30 p.m. - BBQ & Concert at the Stone Garden.  After working in the garden in the morning, join MPUUC friends & family for a fun afternoon of food, live music, and fun.  Parking is extremely limited at the Stone Garden so shuttles will be provided from nearby parking. 

Sunday, May 4 - 10:00 a.m. - Join us for a birthday themed service and celebration complete with cake and ice cream.


Mission Peak's Annual Sunday Salon Needs You!!

Mission Peak's annual Sunday Salon will be held at Cole Hall on Sunday, May 18 from 2:00-4:00.  The Sunday Salon is a chance for Mission Peak members and friends to showcase their talents. Do you sing? Play an instrument? Dance? Read poetry? Tell jokes? Paint? Take photographs? Weave? Whatever you do to feed your inner artist, if you want to share it with us, we want to experience it. This is an excellent opportunity for all artists/entertainers no matter your age or experience level.  We also need lots of enthusiastic audience members.  If you are interested in participating in the Sunday Salon as a performer or exhibitor, please contact Jay Steele.


MPUUC Baseball Sunday - Save The Date!!
Opening day of the 2014 major league baseball season was Monday and what better time to announce that this year's MPUUC Baseball Sunday will be June 22!!  After a fun 'baseball themed' service a group of us will be BARTing up to see the Oakland A's play the Boston Red Sox.  More information will be coming out soon about how you can purchase tickets, but for now, make sure you save the date!  If you have any questions, please contact Jen King.


MPUUC Camping Trip - Save The Date!!
Our annual MPUUC camping trip is a fabulous community building event with lots of fun, games, great company & conversation, and all the s'mores you can eat.  This year's campout will be held June 27-29 at the Chabot Campground in Oakland (the Poma Point Group Site to be exact).  The cost is $8 per person.  Check-in is anytime after 2:00 on Friday and check-out is noon on Sunday.  Everyone brings their own food.  Saturday night dinner will be a potluck.  If you have any questions, please contact Jen King.
Community Office Hours
Rev. Nickel's upcoming schedule

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.

Thursday, April 10
11 AM - 1 PM
Mission Coffee
151 Washington Blvd

Thursday, April 24
11 AM - 1 PM
Suju's (New Location)
4949 Stevenson Blvd

Wednesday, May 7
11 AM - 1 PM
7324 Thornton Ave

Thursday, May 22
11 AM - 1 PM
Mission Coffee
151 Washington Blvd
Sunday Services Team
The Sunday Services Team needs help

We need one or preferably two volunteers to make coffee on the fourth Sunday of the month to replace Jen King.  Jen has been making coffee for quite some time and is now overwhelmed with other obligations.  Thank you Jen for all you do!
This job consists of preparing coffee and cleaning up after the coffee hour.  The job description is posted on the cabinet door and there will be someone who will train the new volunteer. If you are willing, please contact Ursel Bloxsom at dsbloxsom@aol.com or 510-656-3501.

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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