Mission Peak UU - Fremont, CA
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As the holidays approach, stress levels increase -- sometimes from an abundance of joyful events, and sometimes from less happy sources -- family dysfunction, loneliness, health concerns, or isolation. While many people have a wealth of reasons to be filled with good cheer at this time of the year, the holidays can be real emotional minefields for others. Carols playing on department store sound systems can trigger painful or sad memories, traditions that are beloved in one family can be sources of grief or loss in others.
Holidays are stressful no matter what. Let's spend some time this month, and in the first weeks of the New Year, checking in with those around us to see how they are faring for the holidays. If possible, open your hearts and/or homes to those who might otherwise be feeling lonely.
In some cultures, there is a tradition of setting an extra place at the table during the holidays. I invite you to consider inviting someone into your home for some part of this season's celebrations. I also invite you to respect the boundaries of those who choose to spend some time alone for the holidays.
In short: let's be gentle with each other and with ourselves during the holidays. If people say "No, thank you," respect their boundaries. If you're lonely, reach out, if you can, and find a way to get some company in these weeks.
These are the days of holidays and holy days. Let us care for one another.
| Christmas Eve Service|
| Be With Us on Christmas Eve|
As always Mission Peak UU will hold a special candle light Christmas Eve service at 5 PM in Cole Hall on December 24.
It will include beautiful music by some of our own as well as our incredible pianist Eric, and plenty of classic Christmas hymns to sing-a-long to as well. And when the night grows dark and the message and spirit have been shared, we will once again share the gift of candle light as we bring the evening to a close.
Everyone is encouraged to bring friends and out of town guests, we will always make room for more.
Reunion Eve Gathering for former RE Students
And also in keeping with our tradition, all returning graduates of the Mission Peak UU Religious Education program that are home visiting for the holidays are encouraged to come early to the Christmas Eve service to re-connect. We will provide cookies and cider, so please spread the word, here are the details:When: 4 PM on Christmas EveWhere: Cole HallWhat: Cookies, Cider, and conversationWho: Anyone who wants to reconnect with old friends from Mission Peak UU RE program.
| This Sunday's Service - December 21, 2014|
Jolly old St. Nicolas has gone through a marketing relaunch over the years that would make even the most savvy Madison Ave PR exec jealous. Come learn the true origin story of this modren super hero and what it has to do with the history of Unitarian Universalism. People are encouraged to bring images of Santa they have to help adorn our altar.
Leading the service will be Rev. Jeremy D. Nickel and Worship Associate Dawn Fortune Music will be provided by Peak Rocks.
| Holiday Fun |
| Congregational Photo-A-Day Challenge|
Join your fellow Mission Peak UU community in a holiday themed photo-a-day challenge. Think of it as a shared advent calendar for our eyes. Simply use the prompts below to inspire you to take a picture each day leading up to Christmas and post it to our congregational facebook page. If you would like to participate and are not on facebook, you can email your image each day to email@example.com and I will post it for you. You can play along every day, or just whenever you feel moved. I can't wait to see the holiday season through all of your eyes!
Here is the list of prompts:
December 16 - Green
December 17 - Red
December 18 - Gift
December 19 - Joy
December 20 - Receiving
December 21- Giving
December 22- Love
December 23 - Anticipation
December 24 - Candles
December 25 - Tradition
Rev. Jeremy D. Nickel
|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:
- Those witnessing and showing solidarity at #blacklivesmatter protests across the country and here in the bay area.
- Everyone who helped make the Connections Counseling Center a possibility!
Peace and blessings be upon us all - Rev. Jeremy D Nickel
| Mental Health Ministry|
Mental Health Ministry - Winter Holiday Resources
Some find the Holiday season to be difficult in many ways. If this season gets to you, here are some resources that may be helpful to you.
Rev. Barbara F. Meyers
| Stone Garden|
Stone Garden Update
Make 2015 the year you spend time in the Stone Garden. The schedule for January is now posted:
Saturday, January 10th 1-4pm
Sunday, January 18th 12:30-3:30pm
Saturday, January 24th 1-4pm
Sunday, February 1st 12:30-3:30pm
Learn about hugelkultur, help construct a green house or a lathe house, help sort through and organize recyclable materials. Something for all ages and abilities.
Questions? Deanna Kosaraju firstname.lastname@example.org or (650) 346-8601
| Adult Education|
Adult Education Classes
Winter Quarter, 2015
The Adult Education Committee is very pleased to offer these classes for the winter quarter, beginning in January. You may sign up for them using the signup sheets on Sunday mornings beginning December 7, or by calling Linda Messia at 510.792.1539.
Buddhist Meditation and Study Group
Weekly on Thursdays; Jan. 8,15,22,29. Feb. 5,12,19,26. Mar. 5,12,19,26.
Improve your Improv!
Sarah Baskin & Allysson McDonald
Saturday, January 31, 1:30-3:00 p.m.
Reasoning From Principles Workshop
Mondays: Feb. 2 & 16, March 2, 16 & 30; 7:30 - 9 p.m. 20 places.
Jesus - The Puzzle
3 Mondays, 7 - 9 p.m.; Jan. 19 & 26, and Feb. 9; 7 - 9 p.m.; 20 places.
50 Shades of Grey: Sex, Love & Relationships in the
3 Tuesdays; January 13 and 27, and February 10, 7-9 p.m.; 20 places.
Healthy, Raw, Vegan, Delicious Chocolate Desserts
One session, Sat., Feb. 28, 2:30 - 4:30; 8 places.
The Enneagram: Further Explorations
5 Tuesdays: March 3, 10, 17, 24, & 31. 7 - 9 p.m.
Health & Nutrition 101 - New Year Wellness
One session: Saturday, Jan 24, 11 to 1. 20 places.
| Board Meeting (postponed)|
Mission Peak UU December Monthly Board MeetingThe Mission Peak UU Board meeting has been rescheduled for December 18 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 DeAnna Alm at email@example.com.
|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!
| This Week on the Peak|
This Week on the Peak - December 31, 2014Special Request:
Please send any announcements that you would like for This Week on the Peak December 31 edition by 8 pm December 30.
Thank you in advance.
| 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, firstname.lastname@example.org
|Community Office Hours |
Rev. Nickel's upcoming datesI 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, January 8
4 PM - 6 PMMission Coffee151 Washington Blvd
Wednesday, January 21
12 PM - 2 PM
32340 Alvarado Blvd
|Mission Peak UU |
Calendar of Upcoming Events
Jeremy's Coffee Hours 12-2 pm
Buddhist Meditation/Dharma Study 7-9 pm
Worship Meeting 11:30-1 pm
Christmas Eve Service 5 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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