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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Board Meeting
Clean-up Day
Garden Work Party
Movie Night
Home Furnishings
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PCD Nominations
District/General Assembly
Adult Education
Social Justice Committee
LEAF Stone Garden
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March 25, 2015
Greetings!Rev. Jeremy D. Nickel  


They say a minister is not supposed to have favorites, but come on, we are only human.  And I must admit that although I love every Sunday we spend together, this last one was especially beautiful!


After having collected broken material from our lives over the last three months, we finally reframed them into beautiful mosaic art!  A special thank you is due to our artist leaders in this project: Don Ramie who made the heart frames and Patricia Osage who prepared the material and led the project on Sunday.


Also, you can listen to the accompanying sermon message entitled Broken and Reframed by clicking here.  I have to say, I know I am biased, but these hearts are looking quite amazing!  See for yourself:





And of course this Sunday will be yet another special service at Mission Peak UU, so don't miss it!  All the info can be found below, as well as lots of other details on all the amazing things going on in the life of our vibrant community!  


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
This Sunday's Service -  March  29 2015

This Service Brought To You By...              

Mission Peak UU feels like the last place in the universe that isn't bought and paid for. Every sporting event, building, politician, t-shirt and song seems to be sponsored by an advertiser these days. Lets explore what our money is and is not doing to support our values in the world, and think about how we might get these in better alignment.

Leading the service will be Rev. Jeremy D. Nickel and Worship associate Drew Wilson. Music will be provided by Jay Steele.   
Board Meeting
Mission Peak UU April Monthly Board Meeting

The Mission Peak UU Board will meet Thursday evening, April 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


Clean-Up Day
Clean-Up Day at FUMC/Mission Peak

A clean-up day is scheduled for March 28 from 9 to noon.  Food will be provided by FUMC after the clean-up.  If you can help, please rsvp to Sandra @ office@mpuuc.org by March 22 so we have enough food.  Listed below are things we will be working on as well as needs for equipment.  If you have any of the equipment items, please also inform Sandra.

Ockerman Building:

1. Room 5 door sticks & unpainted - sand, free-up & paint door edge.

(need belt sander, white enamel, brush) - Same for FUMC office door

2. Rooms 7&8 - paint inside window trim (need white enamel & brush)

3. Secure bathroom signs to doors


Cole Hall Building

1.FUMC office door sticks & needs paint on door edge (see #1 above)

2.Flower garden area in front of Cole Hall needs work



1.Move river rocks from driveway where they were dumped initially to the garden drainage area where they belong

2.Weeds - Weeds - Weeds everywhere - Bring hoes, weed-wackers & gloves


Shed & Storage Area

1.Clean out shed - use dumpster for unwanted items

2.Dump large , flat barbecue (bottom rusted out)

3.Clean up & dump unwanted items around MPUUC garden area

Garden Work Party
Garden Work Party for Cole Hall Garden

Calling all Mission Peakers- March 29 2015 will be the Spring GARDEN WORK PARTY for the Cole Hall Garden.  The major project for the Garden is to replace our 5 year old soaker hoses, so we can have a healthy garden in spite of what looks to be on-going drought. 

We'll be planting the summer vegetables with your help.  Please join us at the Garden after the Service. 
If you have garden tools you are welcome to bring them.

Best regards,

The Garden Folks
Valerie, Mark, Susanne, Michael

Movie Night
Social Justice Movie Night - "The Fisher King"  
starring Robin Williams and Jeff Bridges
Saturday, April 11
7 pm to 9:30 pm in Ockerman 3/4
Robin Williams is Parry, a homeless history professor who, since the trauma of witnessing his wife's murder, lives in a fantasy world full of castles, Red Knights and damsels in distress.  Jeff Bridges co-stars as Jack, New York's #1 shock deejay, whose off-hand arrogance triggers a tragedy which ruins his career.  Penniless and without prospects, Jack finds himself plucked from disaster by the the most improbable of saviors... Parry.  This is a story about PTSD, the modern quest for redemption, and the Holy Grail, filled with humor, heartbreak and romance.  It is rated with 4 out of 5 stars on IMDb.  We will have a discussion after the movie.  The sermon the following day, Sunday April 12, will focus on PTSD.


There will be childcare if you let us know 2 weeks in advance.  Contact Allysson McDonald or Barbara Meyers for questions.
Home Furnishings
Home Furnishings Needed

Can you help Mission Peak UU's pianist Eric.  He just moved into a new home and his family is in need of the following home furnishings.  Please be in touch with Rev Jeremy if you have anything that could help.  Thanks!:

a.Washer and Dryer
b.any round center coffee table (our little guy plays hard and we are worried about sharp edges)
c. Dresser
d. Vacuum cleaner
e. any organizers for clothes or even kitchen utensils
f. Side tables to put lamps on in our room.



Safety Policy
Revised Safety Policy

The Children and Youth Religious Education Committee (CaYRE) has worked hard to revise the safety policy for children and youth. This policy covers all Mission Peak events that involve children and youth.


Please take a moment to go to the website http://www.mpuuc.org/aboutmpuuc/boardpolicies.html and review the revised policy. The safety policy is number 8.0 in the list of board policies. The current policy is also posted on the website so you are able to compare the two. If you have any questions or concerns please contact me by 5pm on April 1st, 2015.


All the best,

Eli Stephens


510-353-3694 call or text


PCD Nominations
Call for Nominations for PCD Awards!

It takes a village to support shared ministry.  Some people are exemplars and inspirations to others, sometimes they work behind the scenes; however, without them the shared ministries could not happen.   This is the time to lift those people, up high, to be celebrated and thanked.  Please see specifications for the Awards below.

1)   All nominations must be received no later than April 3, 2015. Please send Nominations to:
2)     Nominations can be made by anyone familiar with the work of the nominee. Ideally the nominator should be a member of a District congregation. Nominations should include specific details of the accomplishments and characteristics which merit an award. The length of the nomination proposal should be limited to about 750 words, and absolutely no more than 1000 words. Nominations may be as short as desired as long as an adequate case is presented to justify the exemplary work of the nominee or congregation.

3)   Please be sure to include:
The name of the Award
The Recipient's name, Congregation or Community and Contact Information (email and phone)
The Nominator's name, Congregation or Community,  and Contact Information (email and phone)

Patti Lawrence Distinguished Service 
For an individual Unitarian Universalist who has provided exceptional leadership at the District level, not only by valued contributions to  our religious movement but also by exemplifying our common values through his/her very life.

Junella Hanson Memorial Award for Excellence in Religious Education 
For a Unitarian Universalist who has demonstrated true excellence in teaching and faith development in the PCD.

Moral Beacon Award 
For a Unitarian Universalist or a congregation that has demonstrated excellent work for social justice or community service in the PCD.

Youth Programming Award 
For a Unitarian Universalist or congregation that has made a significant contribution to youth ministry.

Youth Justice Award 
For a Unitarian Universalist youth who has demonstrated commitment to the work of unlearning racism, dismantling racial oppression, or building multicultural community.

Best Website 
For the congregation in the Pacific Central District with the most attractive and user-friendly Website.

Dynamic RE Award 
For a congregation with innovative programs in either youth or adult religious exploration.

Community Service Award 
For an individual who has provided exceptional leadership in his/her congregation, not only by valued contributions to the congregation but also by exemplifying our common values through his/her very life. Contributions to the wider community-beyond simply their congregation-are expected.

Culture of Financial Generosity Award 
For a congregation that has shown special creativity and innovation in building a culture of financial generosity.

Norma Cordell Award for Prophetic Voice 
Awared to an individual, for telling the truth with love, demonstrating a commitment to addressing difficult issues within our congregations or district  structure with sensitivity, wisdom, and courage.

Small Congregation Award for Community Presence 
For a congregation of less than 150 members that has made a difference in their community.

District/General Assembly
Registration is now open

If you've been thinking about attending District Assembly or General Assembly now is the time to register.


Pacific Central District (PCD) annual District Assembly is coming up on Saturday, April 25th at the UU Society of San Francisco. The Theme is: "Walking a Faithful Path."  This year it is a one day event. For more information and to register go to the PCD website at http://www.pcd-uua.org/ 


General Assembly (GA) is being held in Portland, Oregon from June 24th to 28th. This is closest it will be for the next several years. Registration and lodging reservations can be done on the UUA website at http://www.uua.org/ga/index.shtml


Adult Education
Spring Classes

1. Retirement planning basics (401k, IRAs, index funds, bonds and stocks)

Tony Bruguier

Saturday May 2       1:00 - 3:30 pm

Ockerman 3/4     max: 20



2. Exploring Mortality

Tom Nickel

3 Sundays     April 12, 19;   May 17        11:30 - 1:00 pm

Ockerman 3/4   max: 20



3. Handling & Resolving Workplace Conflict

Nicole Mason

Sunday     May 31       11:30 - 1:00 pm

Ockerman   3/4   max: 20

Material Fee: $20      


4. Your Mysterious Mind: New Insights Into Baffling Enigmas

Dr. Chris Schriner

Mondays   May 4, 11      7:00 - 9:00 pm

Ockerman 3/4    max: 20


5. Buddhist Meditation & Study Group

Eric Dittmar

Thursdays    7 - 9 pm         Max 20

Ockerman 7/8     April 2

Ockerman   3/4       April 9, 16, 23, 30;   May 7, 14, 21, 28; June 4, 11, 18, 25

Social Justice Committee
Gathering Ideas

The Social Justice Committee is gathering ideas for the next all-church Justice project and we want your input.  We'll be discussing project ideas after every Sunday service in March.  Please come by and give us your perspective on the topics we should be considering.  We are also looking for volunteers to work on the next Justice project.  If you have a cause you are passionate about talk with the Social Justice Committee on Sunday and let's see if it's something all of Mission Peak can get involved in.  If you have questions or want more information please contact Melissa Holmes at 510-299-2822.
Leaf Stone Garden
Leaf Stone Garden Update

The next two work party's for the LEAF Stone Garden are listed below: 
Sunday Services Volunteers
Sunday Services Committee

We are in need of a greeter on the 4th Sunday of the month to replace Ursel Bloxsom.  We would like to thank Ursel for her many years in volunteering for this position.  Please contact  Yvonne Hughes,  yvonnehughes47@comcast.net  if you are interested. 


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, April 9
11 AM - 1 PM 
Sujus (new location) 
4949 Stevenson Blvd 

Wednesday, April 22
11 AM - 1 PM 
Mission Coffee 
151 Washington Blvd  

Thursday, May 7  
2 - 4 PM 
7324 Thornton Ave 

Mission Peak UU
Calendar of Upcoming Events

March 22
The Enneagram: Further Explorations 7-9 pm
Buddhist Meditation and Study Group 7-9 pm
FUMC/Mission Peak Clean-Up Day 9-noon

Garden Work Party 11:30-1:30 pm a.m. (Cole Hall Garden)

Leaf Stone Garden Work Party 1-4 pm
The Enneagram: Further Explorations 7-9 pm
April 1
Buddhist Meditation and Study Group 7-9 pm

Board Meeting 7-9 pm


Jeremy's Coffee Hours Suju's (new location) 11-1 pm

Buddhist Meditation and Study Group 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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