Mission Peak Unitarian Universalist Congregation
Fremont, California       A spiritual community of open minds,
                                  nurturing growth and healing in ourselves and all people.
Welcome! If you are looking for a liberal church or fellowship southeast of San Francisco, we are Mission Peak Unitarian Universalist Congregation, in Fremont, California

We are looking for a half-time Director of Religious Education to guide our children's and youth programs starting in August.

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Mission Peak UU - Fremont, CA

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In This Issue
Children at Mission Peak UU
This Sunday's Service
Backpack Drive
Black and White Gala
Monthly Board Meeting
Choir Benefit Concert
Community Office Hours
Mission Peak UU Calendar
Abod Quick Links
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July 23, 2014
As I disappear for my summer sabbath time, I cant help reflecting one last time on what an incredible year we had together at Mission Peak UU.

We took a huge leap of faith together; starting a community garden, experimenting with new ideas in worship and childrens RE.  We took big steps towards helping get Connections, an interfaith counseling center, started and so much more!

What will this next congregational year hold?  I know we will have a strong focus on leadership development and do some important internal searching as we continue to grow.  We need to think about what we are excited to bring with us into the future, and what we can leave behind with our amazing past.  Lots to discuss and dream about, and I can't wait!

See you all at the end of August.  In the meantime, enjoy the awesome line-up of services I have scheduled for my absence.  Some of the most creative and challenging voices of our movement will be coming through Cole Hall.


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 Update
Children at Mission Peak UU

Do you feel like our congregation's youth are the future of our church? Have you always wondered what exactly it is that we are teaching our children in our Religious Education classes? Do you want to make a huge difference in the lives of our kids and families at MPUUC?


If you answered yes to any of these questions, then becoming a Religious Education teacher is for you! We are in real need of wonderful people just like you to help teach our children about our Unitarian Universalist values.  The more people who sign up, the less Sundays each person has to teach! We are trying to make it so that no one has to teach more than six Sundays between September and the end of January.  That is only about one Sunday a month....


There are two teachers per class and class size ranges from 4-10 kids each Sunday.  We are breaking the classes down into three groups.  There are the youngest, who are kindergarten - 2nd grade, then the next age group is 3rd- 5th grade, and finally we have the 6th - 8th grade group.   Each class is made up of bright, curious kids who are really fun to teach.


We will also have a class for high schoolers, but it will follow a different format, and will require less teachers.


This year we are teaching about Unitarian Universalist principles.  We will be using curriculum from the UUA which can be viewed online. To find out more, go to http://www.uua.org/re/tapestry/children/index.shtml  We will be teaching the curricula "Wonderful Welcome", "Sing the Power" and "Amazing Grace".  You can look at each one online and see which one resonates with you.


Over the next few weeks, we will have sign up sheets after the service for people to sign up. The children's RE committee will also be calling people in the congregation, so please don't be surprised to hear from us!  Together, we can all make a difference.  If you have any questions, or would like to find out more, please e-mail nataliehcampbell@yahoo.com  


This Sunday's Service - July 27, 2014

When the B is Silent

"Did you know that the first LGBTQ pride parade commemorating the Stonewall riots was organized by a bisexual? Or that bi people constitute the largest population within the LGBTQ community? Yet those who love beyond gender are frequently demonized or made invisible, often with devastating consequences. Join us to learn more about the challenges and gifts of this group hidden in plain sight."


Leading the service will be Lindasusan Ulrich and Worship Associate DeAnna Alm.  Music will be provided by Eric Niessner.
Update on Stone Garden



Update on the Stone Garden


Location: Stone Garden (on the corner of Mission and Mowry behind the Mission Valley Veterinary Clinic)


We have delivered over 53 pounds of fresh fruits and veggies to the food pantry at Tri-Cities! This is just the beginning; come out and join the fun!



Next Work Party:

Sunday, July 27th 12:00-2:00pm

Looking for 6 volunteers to help fill an irrigation trench with dirt, distribute wood chips and harvest veggies!


We need your help!


Looking for:

  • Cardboard
  • Grass Clippings (bring in black trash bags)
  • Newspaper/Paper
  • Small twigs
  • Green waste - compostable waste - raw veggie scraps (bring in trash bags)


Please bring any donations to the garden site at Mission Peak and we will take them over to the Stone Garden.




Join the Stone Garden Volunteer Email List:


**We are looking for volunteers to help fertilize and harvest during the week. Hours/times are flexible. **


Want to volunteer without getting dirty? We have that! 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


Backpack Drive

Please Participate in Mission Peak UU School Backpack Drive!

July 13th- August 24th


We are partnering with Abode Services in Fremont to help get backpacks and supplies into the hands of the kids who need them most. Abode helps many families throughout the Bay Area. Over three hundred of their clients are children. These children's families have a hard time paying rent, paying utilities, and putting food on the table - much less paying for school supplies for their kids.


Won't you please help us make a difference? We will be collecting backpacks over the next month. If you are interested, please take a tag. Each tag has a school supply list on it. There will be assorted supply lists for different grades. Take the tag with you, buy a backpack (you can decide if it is for a boy or a girl or neutral) and fill it with the required supplies. Then return the bag to us no later than Sunday, August 24th.


If you are not able to purchase supplies yourself, but would like to participate, you can make out a check to Missiib Peak UU, and put it in the envelope next to the backpack tags. Please make a note in the memo line "backpack drive" so we can keep track of the funds.


If you have any questions, please contact Natalie Campbell at nataliehcampbell@yahoo.com  

Black and White Gala
The Black and White Gala is Coming!  
November may seem a long way off but the Black and White Gala will be here before you know it!  We are looking for volunteers to start working on the Black and White Gala now so that we have a great event again this year.  We need people to organize the auction, put together the basket raffle, run the boutique, as well as sell tickets after church, help set up on the day of, provide desserts, and help with many more tasks - there's a way for everyone to get involved.  Mostly importantly, after many years of running the Black and White, Jen King is stepping down and we are looking for someone to fill her shoes as the Head Planner and overall leader of the Black and White Gala.  If you would like to volunteer for this or any other position please contact DeAnna Alm at president@mpuuc.org or Melissa Holmes at melissaholmes123@yahoo.com.  If you have questions about volunteering to help organize the Black and White Gala please contact Jen King atjenking@alumnae.mtholyoke.edu.

Thank you!
Monthly Board Meeting
Mission Peak UU August Monthly Board Meeting

The Mission Peak UU Board will meet Thursday evening, August 7 at Lisa Newstrom'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.

Choir Benefit Concert!
Mark Your Calendars

The Peninsula Scottish Fiddlers will be coming to Mission Peak UU on Saturday, September 13 right here at Cole Hall! This is a fund raiser for the choir, whose beloved director, Pat Rodgers, moved to the Pacific Northwest this Summer. We plan to hold as near a normal choir schedule as possible this fall with some volunteer conducting and as much paid conducting as the funds raised at this concert will allow.

The program, which will start at 7:00 pm, will include fantastic traditional Scottish tunes, a festive intermission with desserts, then Scottish country dance demonstrations and instruction. The evening will close with dancing open to all. The choir will also join the fiddlers for at least one tune. Other details are being worked out, so stay tuned.

The Fiddlers performed for a service some months ago and were a big hit. You'll want to come and invite all your friends!


Border Crisis Help
Dear Friends,
People have been asking how they can help out with the refugees coming into the states in our District and Region.  Our congregations from San Diego County to Ventura County have been collecting needed items and connecting with refugees in the locations our government has placed them. We are also working with a number of local groups.  
We have set up a Refugee Fund at the Pacific SouthWest District  <http://www.pswduua.org>  for those that want to contribute money to help with the work with the refugees. Checks can be sent to the PSWD with Refugee Fund in the notes.  They can be sent to:
2052 Norma Street
Oxnard, CA 93036-2711
These funds will be shared with the groups we are working with who are working directly with the refugees. 
Rev. Ken Brown, District Executive
Pacific SouthWest District - UUA


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.

Coffee Hours to resume in the Fall
Mission Peak UU
Calendar of Upcoming Events

July 20

August 1


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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