Mission Peak Unitarian Universalist Congregation
Fremont, California       A spiritual community of open minds,
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This Sunday's Service
Daylight Savings Time
Black & White Gala
Stone Garden
Article Headline
Board Meeting
New to UU Class
UU Thanksgiving Camp
Adult Education
Sunday Services Volunteers
Community Office Hours
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October 29, 2014




My name is Drew Wilson, and besides serving as a worship associate and on the Nominating Committee, I also sing in the choir and am chairing the choir preservation task force. Singing in the choir is one of my favorite activities at Mission Peak, because it gives me opportunities to sing, has nurtured some great friendships, and is an important element of worship. We continue to improve, and seem to be very appreciated by the congregation.


With Pat's departure and the tight budget this year, we were faced with the prospect of having to select a professional replacement choir director and to raise funds to pay the selected director, or not have any choir at all this year. Fortunately, members of the choir stepped up to the challenge, forming the choir task force this summer to find ways to continue the choir. We spent the summer developing a plan, and fine-tuning our job description.


Even more fortuitously, Shauna Pickett-Gordon appeared on the scene and used her extensive experience as a choral conductor, pianist and co-leader of the Peninsula Scottish Fiddlers to help us with planning and fundraising, as well as temporarily directing the choir until we select a replacement. We raised $1,750 at the Fiddlers' concert, and have plans for several more fundraisers. The next steps include submitting the formal plan to the Board, beginning the search process for a choir director and planning future fundraisers. Of course, having a strong Canvass this Spring will help too. In any event, we will do what we can to insure that Mission Peak continues to enjoy a superlative choir.


Drew Wilson 

This Sunday's Service - November 2, 2014

Celebrating Samhain
The days grow shorter, the harvest is done, and we hear the patter of little feet coming up our walkway... "Trick or treat!"  Small ghouls, princesses, ninjas, and dragons delight in our surprised reactions and gleefully demand sweets.  Our friends to the south bring marigolds, sugar skulls, and delicious meals to the cemetery, where they celebrate el Dia de los Muertos and warm memories among the resting places of their dearly departed.  All of this is related to Samhain (pronounced "SOW-en"), the great Celtic feast that marks the New Year.  At this time, according to ancient Celts and modern Neo-Pagans, the veil between the worlds is at its thinnest; that means we can easily invoke and visit with our Beloved Dead.

Samhain is the major holiday of eight based on the four seasons -- the quarters
-- and dates that lie halfway between them -- the cross-quarters.  It's when we remember those who have gone before, and celebrate the never-ending cycle of life, death, and rebirth or renewal.  In this celebration, death isn't a frightening figure; it's merely a boundary.  On Sunday , we will lovingly name those whom we have lost, place mementoes on a special altar to them, and take a symbolic journey, via guided meditation, to visit with them on the Isle of Apples, that idyllic place across the Sunless Sea where the Celts believed that their Beloved Dead stayed.   
And, of course, we will come back.  At the end of our service, we will welcome those who have been born into our circle since last Samhain.  The circle of life continues! 

This Sunday, we invite you to bring a small picture or memento of your Beloved Dead (and they don't have to be human) to lend to the central altar.  Feel free, also, to bring a small object to lend to one of the four directional altars:  East (light, air, spring, morning, new beginnings, clarity of mind, childhood and youth, birds), South (fire, summer, noon, the will, desire, motivation, maturity, reptiles), West (water, autumn, sunset, deep emotions, the Shadow part of us that we don't know well, age, fish), or North (earth, winter, midnight, the body, stability, wealth, food, age, four-leggeds).  There will be wonderful music and sound to welcome in the spirits of each direction, and we'll all raise some energy to carry our intentions into the New Year.  

See you at our Samhain celebration! 


Leading the service will be Shauna Pickett-Gordon and Worship Associate Rev. Jeremy D. Nickel.  Music will be provided by Peak Performers Choir, Percussionists, and Soloists.
Daylight Savings Time

Black & White Gala
Black & White Gala - November 15th 6:00-10:00 p.m.
2 Weeks Away!
Get your tickets on Sunday!

We need your help to make the Black & White Gala a success!





·       Are you a baker? We need amazing goodies to provide energy and strength for furious bidding.

·       Are you a crafter? We need homemade items to sell in our wonderful Bazaar.

·       Do you enjoy hosting events at your house with really amazing people? Offer a dinner for the auction.

·       Are you musical, like to bird watch, are an artist, or photographer? Offer an auction item sharing your passion.

·       Do you provide professional services or skills that people at Mission Peak need/want? Offer it at the auction and see how high the bidding will go.

·       Do you want help out with a fun event that's VERY important to the continued financial health of MPUUC? Sign up.  We have many, many volunteer opportunities for all skills.


Tickets are on sale for $20 presale this Sunday at MPUUC.


Contact Deanna Kosaraju at dkosaraju@yahoo.comwith any questions.
Stone Garden
Stone Garden

 Location: Stone Garden, 55 Mowry Avenue (on the corner of Mission and Mowry behind the Mission Valley Veterinary Clinic)


We have delivered 956 pounds of produce to the Tri-Valley Food Pantry! Help us plant fall crops with the Girl Scouts this Saturday:


Saturday, November 1st


Continue planting winter crop - rototille as available. Continue laying down cardboard and cover with mulch as needed. Create huglekulture base. Cover logs immediately with smaller wood, add layers of mulch, compost, grass clippings and dirt. Work on gates and electrical.


For more information and to RSVP: http://groupspaces.com/StoneGardenVolunteersFremont/item/741096


We hope to see you out at the Stone Garden this weekend!


Join our Group Spaces Volunteer List http://groupspaces.com/StoneGardenVolunteersFremont/


Questions? Contact Deanna Kosaraju at dkosaraju@yahoo.com or 650-346-8601
Book Discussion
Book Discussion - Reclaiming Prophetic Witness

Please join the Social Justice Committee for a book discussion about the UUA Common Read: Reclaiming Prophetic Witness: Liberal Religion In the Public Square by Paul Rasor.  The discussion will take place on November 2 after the service from 11:30 - 1:30 p.m. in Cole Hall.  Childcare is available if you schedule it ahead of time, please contact Melissa Holmes at 510-299-2822 if you need it.  We encourage you to read the book but please join us even if you haven't!

We'd like to know if you'll be joining us, but you're welcome either way!  Please contact Allysson McDonald at Allyssonmcdonald@gmail.com to RSVP.

*We will not be serving refreshments, bring a bag lunch if you'd like.
Board Meeting
Mission Peak UU November Monthly Board Meeting

The Mission Peak UU Board will meet Thursday evening, November 13 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.


New to UU Class
New to UU Class - November 1 (10 am to noon)

Join Reverend Jeremy and other congregation leaders to learn more about the history of Unitarian Universalism, our Mission Peak Congregation, opportunities for involvement and more by attending the coming New to UU class on November 1. Everyone is welcome to attend and you are especially invited if:


  • You are relatively new to Mission Peak
  • You have been attending for a while but have not yet become a member
  • You are seeking and questioning and want to learn more

A signup sheet will be available at the Welcome Table on Sunday mornings or you can email Holly Ito at membership@mpuuc.org  or call the office at 510-252-1477 and let us know you will be attending. Childcare will be available with at least 1-week notice and refreshments will be provided.

UU Thanksgiving Camp
UU Thanksgiving Camp at Mendocino Woodlands  
Nov. 26-30 Camp Two of the Mendocino Woodlands

Consider spending Thanksgiving with your NCUUCC Family in the beautiful Mendocino Woodlands! Whether you gather friends, mushrooms, creativity, or just plain good times, this will be an excellent chance to gather and share. Read on for more information about this delightful, family oriented, and extremely affordable camp. For more information, go to the NCUUCC website, or contact the Dean, Amanda Payne (650-678-1301).
Adult Education
Request for Class Proposals - Adult Education - Winter 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 Winter quarter - January through March 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, joy of movement, art and spirituality, grief support, and celebration of the sacred feminine. Classes can vary from one-time events to meeting every week.


How can I submit a proposal? Go to the Mission Peak web site: mpuuc.org. Click on <activities>, then <adult education>. There you have two choices. First, you can download a PDF that can be printed, filled in by hand, and returned. Or, if you prefer, open the "word doc," click "enable editing", fill it out and save it to your computer. In either case, send the proposal to Linda Messia. If you'd like to discuss ideas, call Linda.


Please try to send in your proposal no later than November 1.

Sunday Services Volunteers
Sunday Services Committee

We are in need of a goodies provider on the 3rd Sunday of the month.  Ron Qian had to resign from this job.  We also still need people for the aesthetics team.  Please contact  Ursel Bloxsom, Sunday Services Team Coordinator, dsbloxsom@aol.com.


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, November 6
11 AM -1 PM
7324 Thornton Ave

Tuesday, November 18
4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Mission Coffee
151 Washington Blvd

Thursday, December 4
11 AM - 1 PM
Suju's (new location)
4949 Stevenson Blvd
Mission Peak UU
Calendar of Upcoming Events


The Mystery of Aging 7-9 pm


Stone Garden Work Party 1:00-4:00 pm 

Buddhist Meditation/Dharma Study 7-9 pm
New to UU Class 10-noon

Stone Garden Work Party 1-4 pm
Reclaiming Prophetic Witness Discussion 11:30-1:30 pm
Building Your Own Theology 7-9 pm
Budhist Meditation/Dharma Study 7-9 pm

Coffee 11-1 pm

The Mystery of Aging 7-9 pm
Board Meeting 7 pm
Budhist Meditation/Dharma Study 7-9 pm
Black & White Gala 6-10 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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