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This Week on the Peak - November 30, 2016
This Week on the Peak
Mission Peak UU - Fremont, CA
The Home of Liberal Religion in the Tri-Cities and Beyond!
November 30, 2016

Rev. Jeremy D. Nickel

Greetings Mission Peak UU family and friends.  As 2016 begins to draw to a close I am finding myself more anxious than in recent years.  Anxiety is always a hard thing for me to put my arms around, but I know it has to do with my fear of the unknown.  It feels like so much I don't like is happening so fast, and it is hard to even know where to plant my feet some days.

And that is why I am so grateful for the gift of our spiritual home.  For a place where I know I will once again meet like minded people who also feel unsettled and discomforted.  Because what I need right now more than anything is to get busy and I need to do it with others. So, along with some awesome Social Justice collaborators like Jen King, Allysson McDonald and Valerie Stewart we will begin offering, every Sunday after the service, some tangible piece of action we can take together.  

As I said a few weeks ago, what we stand for matters more today than it did a month ago.  But only if we turn our anxiety, fear and discomfort into coordinated and thoughtful action.  

As always, I look forward to seeing you this Sunday!

Rev. Jeremy D. Nickel
Minister of Mission Peak UU Congregation
Fremont, CA.
Cell: 510.936.1632

Preferred appointment times: Tue-Thur  11am-6pm

My preferred pronouns are "He" "Him" and "His" please feel welcome to share yours with me.

Available by appt all days except Monday
Rev. Jeremy Nickel
 Sunday, November 23, 2016
The Great White Lie
Rev. Nickel's sermon Sunday, November 23, 2016: The Great White Lie

 
This Sunday's Service



Where Angels Fear to Tread 


This Sunday we will once again be graced with the amazing presence and energy of the Faithful Fools. For the uninitiated the Fools are a unique street ministry that accompanies the homeless in San Francisco's Tenderloin Neighborhood. Come hear their poetry and a homily from Rev. Jeremy about what their work has to teach us about where we are called right now.
 


Leading the service will be Rev. Jeremy D. Nickel and music will be provided by Eric Niessner. 

* Please plan to stay after the service for at least 30 minutes this  coming Sunday  to stand with other UU's and take concrete actions to support the water protectors at Standing Rock. 
 

 
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Holiday Potluck & Sing-a-Long  Saturday, December 10  @  6:00 pm


The congregation voted and the results are in! Our Holiday social gathering will be a Potluck and Sing-a-long in Cole Hall on Saturday, December 10 starting at  6:00 pm .  Wear something festive, bring a dish to share (see below for suggestions), and join in the sing-a-long after the meal (and feel free to bring a game or two to play if you'd like).  We will also be collecting canned goods, warm socks, gloves/mittens, and knit caps for local charities.  We hope you will join us for some Holiday Cheer!

Potluck Suggestions (this only for those who need help deciding what to bring.  If you don't know what to bring, and none of this appeals to you - stop off and get a pizza :-):

If your Last Name starts with:

A-J - Bring a main dish

K-Q - Bring a salad

R-Z - Bring dessert

Share the Plate for December

This Sunday, December 4th, is our Share the Plate Sunday (we are holding it one week early, so as not to disrupt the children's pageant)  This month we will be welcoming  Sr. Carmen Barsody of   the Faithful Fools Street Ministry. This organization is located in the Tenderloin District of San Francisco. Faithful Fools was founded by UU Rev. Dr. Kay Jorgensen and Sr. Carmen Barsody, OSF. The Fools encourage and engage people from all walks of life in questioning assumptions and shattering myths about homelessness, poverty and the boundaries of separation we all protect. They provide resources, internships, practicum, workshops and artistic and cultural events for ministers, parishioners, seminarians and anyone interested in their vital justice-making community as it challenges both oppression and privilege. They seek to bear witness on the streets and in daily accompaniment and advocacy. 

The Faithful Fools are also instrumental in the youth's Coming of Age program. Volunteers assist the youth as they take part in street ministry in the Tenderloin in San Francisco.  This retreat will take place in January, and it is always a very meaningful experience.  If you would like to learn more about this local non profit, visit their website at Faithful Fools Street Ministry.

To donate to the cause, please come ready to give! All cash put in the offering plate will go directly to the orgainzation. Checks need to be made out to "the Faithful Fools". If you are turning in your Mission Peak pledge, please make a note of it on your check. 

Last month's Share the Plate visitor, Project Dignity was so grateful for Mission Peak's generous donation of $722. Thanks also to all those people who brought physical donations for the veterans, as well.

If there is a local non profit that you would like highlighted in one of our monthly Share the Plate Sundays, please contact Natalie Campbell at  nataliehcampbell@yahoo.com

 
Fundraiser Meeting

We all fell back with with our clocks after the auction, but we also need to look forward...to planning our next fundraiser.  As successful and exciting as our Black and White Gala was, we will need to do more in order to make up for our budget deficit. The hope is that we can come up with an event that will appeal to people outside our congregation, and that may go beyond raising funds to also possibly bringing in new members.
        
DeAnna Alm will be holding a meeting at MPUUC on Sunday, December 4th in Ockerman 3/4 from 11:45-12:45 p.m. where we can brainstorm ideas.  Sharing your idea does not mean that you are automatically volunteering to run the entire thing!  Please mark your calendars for December 4th and come prepared to share your ideas and your enthusiasm for Mission Peak UU.


NAMI Alameda County
Holiday Gift Drive

Wrapping Party

CHANGE OF DATE

Thursday, December 15th
6 to 9 pm at John George Hospital

This year again, NAMI Alameda County will provide holiday gifts for the patients at John George Hospital and 2 Telecare facilities, Gladman and Morton Bakar. NAMI members and others donate the gifts and we will devote our December 8th meeting to wrapping them.

Similar gift items are needed for men and women: sweatshirts, sweatpants, t-shirts and socks - unisex colors and styles are preferred. All items must be new or unused and unwrapped - no drawstrings on sweatshirts or pants. Sized items should be large, x-large or larger (too big is better than too small). Items may be dropped off at the MHAAC office by 12 noon on Wednesday, December 14th or brought to the meeting. If you don't have the time to shop, a donation for gifts is always appreciated. (Email recipients may mail donations to NAMI A.C. 954 60th St. #10 Oakland, CA 94608)

Our thanks, in advance, to all who donate this year as these may be the only holiday gifts some patients will receive.
 
 
Rev. Barbara F. Meyers
Community Minister

Ministry Council Update
 
On October 13, 2016 the Ministry Council met to discuss the following agenda:
 



Agenda:
  • What do we do when MPUUC is represented at an event?
  • What events or type of are available for MPUUC to attend?
  • What event should MPUUC attend and when.
 
To review the meeting minutes click on the link below:
 
The Ministry Council is asking the congregation to submit possible suggestions for events that MPUUC can attend. The Council wants to have an event by the Spring of 2017.  Send suggestions to Michealle Havenhill at mhavenhill@comcast.net
 
The next Ministry Council meeting is December 11, 2016 after the service.

 

 
Community Office Hours
Rev. Jeremy'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. 


 






 
Mission Peak UU 
Calendar of Upcoming Events 


SUN MON
TUE
WED
THU
FRI
SAT
Nov. 27
28
29
A Long Strange Trip / Eric's Home  7-9 pm  

Board Meeting 7-9 pm
30
Dec. 1
2
3
4
SGM Leaders
 Training / Cole Hall 11:30-1 pm

Fundraising
Meeting / Ockerman 3/4 11:45-12:45 pm
5
6
7
8
9
10
Holiday Potluck & Sing-a-Long
/ Cole Hall
6:00 pm

11
Ministry Council Meeting / Ockerman 3/4 11:45 am
12
13
14
15
16
17

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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Mission Peak UU
2950 Washington Blvd in Fremont, CA.