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This Week on the Peak - August 24, 2016

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This Sunday's Service
Save The Date!!
Niles Rummage Sale
Connections Counseling Center
New to UU Class
Congregational Potluck
What Do Your Dreams Mean?
Adult Education
Mission Peak UU Calendar
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August 24, 2016

Greetings!Rev. Jeremy D. Nickel  

Hello dear friends and members of Mission Peak UU!  It is so great to be back here in the bay, refreshed and ready for another year on our holy little hill in Fremont.  

I spent much of my sabbath time up north in Washington State with extended family, just hanging out, playing, and telling stories.

And when we got home from our trip, we decided that we were ready to get a dog, and adopted this sweet little boy who we have named Bodhi Nickel, who is very much a puppy.
And to top it all off, this week my daughter Eliza began Kindergarten and is now a Puma at Ida Jew, just a few blocks from our house in San Jose.

So it has been an eventful time apart.  And now I am ready to check in with my people, and hear how things have been for you.  So I hope to see many of you this Sunday, when I will be back in the pulpit and talking about food justice, or perhaps next week at my community office hours, which will be at Mission Coffee on Tuesday, August 30th from 11 AM - 1 PM. Wherever or whenever it is, I look forward to re-connecting soon!


Rev. Jeremy D. Nickel

Minister of Mission Peak UU Congregation

Fremont, CA.


Cell: 510.936.1632

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

Available by appt all days except Monday

This Sunday's Service - August 28, 2016

Resistance is Fertile
Did you ever imagine that it could be a revolutionary act to eat an heirloom tomato? Welcome to the 21st century, where the very food you eat is a major political, environmental, and theological statement. Come hear Rev. Jeremy's annual sermon about how we can save the planet, and ourselves, by eating.

Leading the service will be Rev. Jeremy D. Nickel and Worship Associate Allysson McDonald.  Music will be provided by Eric Niessner.  
Save The Date!!

Save The Date!!

This year's Black & White Gala will be November 5, 2016 at the brand new Dominican Center at Mission San Jose.

Auction / Boutique / Basket Raffle / Dessert Buffet / Beer & Wine

More details coming soon!

Niles Rummage Sale
Niles Rummage Sale-This Saturday, August 27th!

Thanks to everyone's generosity, we have all the donations we can handle! We are still looking for a few more volunteers to help with set-up Friday evening (6:30-8:00) and for all times on Saturday (Roughly 6:30-10:00, 10:00-1:30, and 1:30-4:30).
  • Sale details: Our sale itself will be 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Location is at the old L.E.A.F. Garden in Niles, 37417 Niles Blvd. (Thanks to Lorna and Bruce!) Stop by and say hi, or look for some new treasures!
Please contact Lisa Newstrom,  LMNewstrom@gmail.com, as soon as possible if you can help volunteer for set-up or sale.
Connections Counseling Center
Connections Counseling Center to Close September 30

Dear Members of Mission Peak Unitarian Universalist Congregation,
This month the current Board of the Connections Counseling Center voted to close down the center. It was a difficult and sad decision to come to and was not taken lightly. We realize that after trying to keep the organization going for the past almost 2 years we simply did not have the financial and personnel resources needed to sustain the organization in a viable way.  Our last day of operations will be September 30th, 2016.
We are writing you all to thank you. Connections could have never become what it became without your efforts, time, prayers and passion. Over the past 6 years many of you have had a part in touching and growing Connections and we thank you for that.  In particular, the members of Mission Peak have contributed in many substantial ways to the center - financially, volunteering, giving legal and other advice, helping to set up the office, designing a logo, making a video, referring clients, and cheering us on.  Your good will and hard work has been invaluable.
I believe we have all learned something important about manifesting dreams, knowing ourselves better and running a business through this process. Some of the lessons were hard and painful and others were beautiful and enlightening.
There are many things we can be proud of.  During our time open as a center:
  • We served many clients with over 1500 first-class faith-based counseling hours.
  • We were credentialed by a number of different insurance companies.
  • We had a truly interfaith effort, with people from Muslim, Christian, Hindu, Jewish and UU backgrounds as clients, clinicians and board members.  And in the process we met many wonderful people from many backgrounds that left us spiritually richer.
  • We created a beautiful center with art and books from various religious traditions. 
  • We trained a number of therapists in spiritually integrated psychotherapy, skills they will take with them to clients they see in the future. 
  • Some of the groups from our wellness and education center will continue on in other venues.
Of course we are sad at not being able to continue, but we do not regret any of the time and money we personally put into the effort.  We should all be proud of our part in providing this valuable service to the community.
The board also discussed the possibility of reopening Connections sometime in the future when we have a more sustainable plan and are in a better position to make Connections 2.0 a stronger and more viable reality. If you are praying people, please pray that whatever is best manifests in due time.
Thank you again for everything,
Wayne Lowe and Barbara Meyers
New to UU Class

New to UU Class - Saturday, Sept 10 from 10 AM to 12 noon

Are you new to Unitarian Universalism or to Mission Peak UU?
Are you seeking and questioning and want to learn more?
Join Reverend Jeremy and other congregation leaders to learn about the history of Unitarian Universalism, our Mission Peak Congregation, congregational activities and more by attending the New to UU class on Sept 10 at the church. Everyone is welcome to attend.A signup sheet will be available at the Welcome Table on Sunday mornings or you can email  membership@mpuuc.org or call the office at 510-252-1477 and let us know you will be attending. Light refreshments will be provided.Childcare will be available with at least one week notice.

Congregational Potluck

Congregational Potluck

Please join us for a congregational potluck after the Water Ceremony Service on Sunday, September 11Catch up with MPUUC friends and share stories of summer and, if you have kids, the new school year.

For the potluck if your last name begins with:

  Bring a main dish
I-Q  Bring a side dish
R-Z  Bring drinks (no alcohol please)
(Dessert will be provided)
If you have any questions please contact Mark Henriques:
 markhenriques@comcast.net, or 510-573-1262.

We hope to see you at the potluck!
What Do Your Dreams Mean?  
Dream-work Workshop with Rev. Dr. Jeremy Taylor

Working with dreams on your own, or in a group.  All dreams come for our health and wholeness and only the dreamer knows for sure what his/her dream means. The Workshop will be a combination of lecture and experiential dream work.  Bring a dream to "put in the hat," if you like.  Open to all, no experience needed.

World-renowned dream-worker Rev. Dr. Jeremy Taylor has been deciphering dreams for 40 years and has written several books and taught seminary courses on the subject.  We are very fortunate to have him leading a workshop at Cole Hall to teach working with dreams.   He says: "Working with dreams means remembering and exploring the dreams from sleep with an eye to their deeper meanings.  Each one of us is uniquely blind to the deeper meanings of our own dreams, and dream work helps us see what amazing gifts are there, just below the surface of 'manifest content' and obvious appearance."

Come explore how to understand the meanings of your own dreams and gain some insight into the creativity that lies within.

Friday, September 30, 7-9 pm, Saturday, October 1, 9 am - 5 pm in Cole Hall

Cost: Sliding scale $50 - $100.  No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Bring your lunch on Saturday.

Contact:  Rev. Barbara F. Meyers at: com_minister@mpuuc.org or 510-796-5722 for reservations.

Rev. Dr. Taylor and Rev. Barbara Meyers will also lead worship at MPUUC on Sunday, October 2 on the subject of Dream-Work.
Rev. Barbara F. Meyers

Community Minister

On Saturday, September 17, Mission Peak's team (the Peak Survivors) will be participating in a 5K walk in Santa Clara to raise funds for NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness.  NAMI, a nation-wide grassroots non-profit organization, provides vital services for people struggling with mental health challenges (at no cost to them!)  These services include two brand new peer support groups in Alameda County and two yearly 10-week classes teaching all about mental illness and how to cope with it.  Family members also have a local support group available in Union City to help them cope with a loved one's illness. For more information, contact Kathryn Lum at (408) 422-3831.
NAMI's main website (www.nami.org) also provides a wealth of information about mental illness in general.
Because all of NAMI's services are free to those they serve, NAMI relies solely upon donations to exist and function.  Please consider making a donation (or join and come walk with us!)  You can accomplish both online at the website www.namiwalks.org/team/peakers2016 , or give a check payable to NAMIWalk Silicon Valley to either Barbara Meyers or Kathryn Lum.
All donations are tax-deductible, and very much appreciated!
Kathryn Lum
Peer-to-Peer Coordinator
NAMI Alameda County

Adult Education Classes

Adult Education Classes

The Adult Education Committee is pleased to offer the following classes for the Fall 2016 Quarter. Brochures will be available Aug 14th, and sign-ups will begin after the Sunday service.


Members, their families and friends are eligible to take these classes.



1. A Long Strange Trip

Eric Dittmar

Tuesdays,  Sept 27;  October 11, 25;  Nov 1, 15, 29

7 - 9 pm    Ockerman Bldg 3/4


 2. Build Your Own Theology

Rev. Jeremy Nickel

Thursdays,    Oct 6 & 20;  Nov 3 & 17

7 - 9 pm        Ockerman Bldg 7/8      20 places


3. Poems

Jackie & John Porter

Mondays,    Sept 12 & 26;  Oct 10 & 24;  Nov 7 & 21

7 - 9 pm      Private home,   6 places


4.The Ethics of Abortion - A Discussion

Lucienne Bouvier

Monday,   Sept 19      

7 - 9 pm     Lucienne's Home    9 places


5.The Enneagram - Defense Mechanisms

Linda Messia & Jackie Porter

Tuesdays,   Sept 20;  Oct 4 & 18

7 - 9 pm,   Linda's Home     10 places


6.Sing-a-long With Jo Ann and Jackie

Jo Ann Schriner & Jackie Porter

Sunday,    October 16

7 - 9   Jo-Ann's Home,   12 places


7.  Compassion Meditation Training

Patt Saso   (Full)

Mission Peak UU

Calendar of Upcoming Events

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Niles Rummage

 Sale 8:00-4:00 pm





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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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