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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This Sunday's Service
Compassion for Yourself
Stone Garden
New Personnel
Choir Benefit Concert
Adult Education Classes
Community Office Hours
Mission Peak UU Calendar
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August 27, 2014
Welcome back everyone!
I hope you all had a relaxing and/or invigorating summer! The Mission Peak UU Board has been meeting over the summer and we're all ready to jump back into fall.
Last year I held the position of Secretary in the Board, and this year I've been asked to fill the Vice President position that was held by Melissa Holmes last year. I'm excited to work with our President this year, DeAnna Alm, and so far this looks like it's going to be a great year. 
We've reviewed the amazing work that's been done on the Stone Garden, and looking at what's worked and revising what hasn't. We've hired a brand new RE Director, Elijah Stephens, and will be introducing a new curriculum, so that's pretty exciting too. 
Back in 2012, after attending Mission Peak UU for about three years, I was looking for more opportunities to volunteer. I'd been teaching RE and really enjoyed it, but I wanted something that would let me meet more members, especially since I could only come to services every other week. The opportunity came in the fall with the Black and White Gala. I've been organizing the auction portion of the Gala for three years now, and it's been a springboard to more involvement and more connection with our community. 
We're going to soon be looking for volunteers for this year's Black and White Gala, which will be held on November 15 at Macau Hall. This is our biggest fundraiser of the year and our biggest social function. It takes a lot of people to make it a success, and there are lots of ways you can help, from calling members for donations to helping set up, to serving desserts and selling raffle tickets. And, of course, we're going to start looking for donations. Please start thinking now about what you can offer to your fellow members. The parties and themed dinners are always a highlight and one of the things we do best. 
Looking forward to a great year, 
Colleen Arnold
This Sunday's Service - August 31, 2014

In Praise of Laziness 

Fresh off of his summer sabbath leave, Rev. Jeremy is back in the pulpit, but his mind is still on the beach.  So as summer winds down, come celebrate one last chance to relax, hang out, and feel the healing power of laziness.  
Leading the service will be Rev. Jeremy D. Nickel and Worship Associate Holly Ito.  Music will be provided by Eric Niessner.
Greetings from the new DRE!

I want to thank everyone for such a warm welcome! You have truly made me feel at home. I am very excited to begin this new journey with you and would like to take a moment to update you on some of the upcoming events for the fall semester. First, Sunday school classes will begin September 14th.  Second, there will be a short training for all those signed up as lead teachers, teaching assistants and back up teachers on September 7th after the pitch-in/ barbecue. Third if you are signed up and can't make the short training please get in contact with me as soon as possible. Finally we are still in need of lead teachers, teaching assistants, and back up teachers, if you are interested in volunteering please contact me or anyone on the CAYRE committee.  


All the Best,

Elijah Stephens




Compassion for Yourself
Compassion for Yourself:  A One Day Workshop in Self Empathy

As we strive to live compassionately and courageously while working for a nonviolent, just and sustainable world....maybe we could start with compassion for ourselves.

LaShelle Lowe-Charde is returning to Mission Peak to lead a class called "Compassion for Yourself:  A One Day Workshop in Self Empathy."   What a great opportunity for congregational leadership development and your own personal growth!  If you've been to any of LaShelle's past workshops, you know this will be well worth your while.  

Date:  Saturday, September 6
Time:  10:30 am - 5:30 pm
Place:  Cole Hall, Mission Peak UU
Cost:   By donation (suggested donation of $60/person)
Misc.:  Bring a sack lunch!

Advance registration is encouraged, so that LaShelle can prepare appropriately for the number of participants.  To register, or for more details, see http://www.wiseheartpdx.org/event/92 .

Please join us and please invite your friends!   See you there!
Stone Garden Yard Sale
New Personnel
New Personnel - Let's Party!

Stay for a while after the September 7 service - it doesn't take much of an excuse for Mission Peak UU to party, but we have some great excuses now!  In years past we often had a picnic or potluck the first Sunday after Labor Day Weekend, so that's one excuse.  But this year we will take the opportunity to welcome our new staff members to Mission Peak UU - our intern, Dawn Fortune, and our DRE, Eli Stephens.  Two more great excuses to party!

This will be a potluck affair with an opportunity to BBQ.  Further details about who brings what will come out closer to the date.  For now we are looking for donations - briquettes, money for purchasing drinks, condiments and possibly meat.  If you are willing and able to make a donation, please contact Michealle Havenhill (510)384-4354 or mhavenhill@comcast.net

Choir Benefit Concert!
Adult Education Classes

Adult Education Classes

Fall Quarter 2014 


The Adult Education Committee is very pleased to offer a these classes for the fall quarter, beginning in September. You may sign up for classes using the signup sheets on Sunday mornings beginning August 10, or by calling Linda Messia at 510.792.1539.



Building Your Own Theology

Rev. Jeremy Nickel

Tuesday 7-9 p.m., Oct. 7 & 21; Nov. 4 & 18; 12 spaces


Introduction to the Enneagram

Linda Messia

Tuesdays, 7-9 p.m.; Sept. 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30; Oct 14; 12 spaces


Buddhist Mediation and Dharma Study

Eric Dittmar

Thursday 7-9 p.m.; Weekly, Sept. 4 - Dec. 18 (No class Nov. 27); 20 spaces


Your Life's Journey or A Goal Laid Out Using Collage

Joanne Landers

Two possible series: Thursday 7-9 p.m.; Oct. 2, 9, 16, & 23


Friday 10-noon; Oct. 3, 10, 17 & 24; 12 spaces


The Mystery of Aging

Jackie and John Porter

Sundays 7-9 p.m.: Sept. 14 & 28, Oct. 12 & 26, Nov. 9 & 23; 8 spaces


Good Grief Support Group

Karen Sandstrom McVey

Thursday 7-8:30 p.m.; Sept. 4 & 18; Oct. 2 & 16; Nov 6 & 20; Dec 4 & 18

Monthly Board Meeting
Mission Peak UU September Monthly Board Meeting

The Mission Peak UU Board will meet Thursday evening, September 11 at Colleen Arnold'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.


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

August 24

September 1
Compassion for Yourself Workshop 10:30-5:30 p.m.

Potluck at Mission Peak UU 11:15-3 p.m.

 Board Mtg  7 p.m.

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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