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We Heart PUC

The heart has its reasons
of which reason knows nothing.

~ Blaise Pascal ~

Hands with heart
Thanks to Dee Masters love is in the air at PUC.  Come see our new holiday decor.  
Here's to a sweetheart of a guy!
Mmmm    Mmmm    Mmmm
The Botsko Bechtol family
Thank You Botsko Bechtol Family
Thank you Mike, Chris, and Trish (pictured above) for throwing a fantastic Mardi Gras luncheon last Sunday.
Happy Sunday lunchers
In This Issue
  • Joys & Concerns: How to
  • Attention Committees: Budget time
  • Save the Dates: Two up-coming events
  • IRS Letters: When and how to expect them
  • Coming of Age: First meeting approaches; mentors needed
  • Have You Got a Sermon in You?: How to help conduct worship at PUC
  • Earn Money for PUC: How your grocery trips can help PUC
  • UU Singles Lunch:  Fellowship for those "of a certain age"
  • Seniors Pow Wow:  A support group for life's changes
  • Poetry Tea:  RSVP for Friday afternoon
  • Women's Reading & Responding Book Club: Third Mondays
  • Writing as a Spiritual Activity: Second & forth Mondays
Create Meaning Classes:
  • The Problem of Evil: Rev. John
  • Journey to Membership Class: This Sunday
  • Gentle Yoga Class for All: Wednesdays
To spread the word about the joys and concerns of PUC members and friends it does take a village - at least a congregation.  If you have news about a PUCer who would like to share information about a health issue, a joy, or a sorrow, or if you have one yourself, please contact Betty Paieda who now edits our weekly Joys & Concerns column.  She can be reached at her email address,, or by telephone which can be found in the PUC directory.  Together we can help PUC become an even more caring community.

As always, if you are in need of pastoral care, or know of someone in need, please contact Rev. John or email pastoralcare@

Attention all Committees  

Where are your Budget Request Forms?Due This Sunday

Please return your completed request forms to the Finance Committee mailbox in the PUC office by this Sunday, February 15 at the latest. Don’t miss your opportunity to have a say in your budget or others may have to make the decisions without your input.

The form is available in the Finance Committee mailbox and on line under Financial Information on the members’ page of the PUC website.  Contact the office if you need the password or Judy Shaffer if you have questions.

Thank you, 
The Finance Committee


All-Church Pledge Drive Kick-Off Dinner 
at Pointe Vicente Interpretive Center

Thursday Evening, March 19

Hearts for the Harbor 
A Gala Benefiting Pacific Unitarian Church and Harbor Interfaith Services
Saturday Evening, May 9

Long-time PUCers might recognize this as the anniversary party and auction.  We will have some new things to announce with this event.

Render Unto Caesar

Year-End IRS Letters
These were emailed to all PUC donors by January 29 and mailed to those without emails on January 30. Kindly check your email (as well as your spam folder) or mail for this year-end letter. Spouses and partners may be receiving separate letters, so check both parties’ email and mail to ensure that you have all your financial information. You may request in writing a itemized statement for you (and your spouse/partner) should you need one.  To obtain this write to or turn in a written request to mailbox 12 in the church office. Thank you for your ongoing support of our mission and vision.

Coming of Age 2015 
Information Session
Sunday, February 22

12:30 p.m.
PUC Library

It's been a few years, and we are very excited to offer the Coming of Age program in 2015.  The program starts with a sleep over on March 6 and ends with the Pride Parade on May 17.  Classes are held on Sundays from 12:30 p.m. until 3:00 p.m.  We are looking for youth in 8th, 9th & 10th grades to participate.  Come to the information session or contact Claire Moss at or 424-634-9843. 

Looking for Mentors
An important part of the Coming of Age program is each youth's relationship with his or her mentor.  Mentors are chosen from PUC congregants and we are looking for mentors!  Mentors will come to two to three of the sessions and work one-on-one with participants in creating a personal credo. Please contact Claire if you are interested. 
Have You Got a Sermon in You?

Worship Associate Training
Sundays, February 15 & 22

9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Classroom 1

Have you ever thought you might like to be a part of worship on Sunday?  Have you got a sermon in you that you might want to share? Join Rev. John and explore being a part of our worship associate ministry. Rev. John will explore the theory of worship and preaching, as well as take sign ups to help out with worship services this Spring. Each session will also explore the art of preaching and invite you to work on a sermon throughout the Spring that might be delivered this Summer.

Where Do I Fit In at PUC?

A Terrific Place to Start
Volunteering is a great way to get to know people.  Consider volunteering to be a Sunday morning Greeter!   Spend 30 minutes once a month greeting the lovely people who pour into our church from the parking lot.  It doesn’t matter if you don’t know a soul (you soon will).  Just bring your friendly smile.  

Jean Tordella,
Greeter Coordinator

Earn $$$ for PUC,
But You Must Sign Up

eScrip Program & the Ralphs Community Contribution Program

There are two different programs and many ways to contribute to PUC.

eScrip:  Click on this eScrip link to find out more.  This link is also available on the PUC Members Section of the PUC website.

The eScrip site includes grocery stores (Vons, Vons Pavilion, Bristol Farms, Fresh & Easy, etc.) as well as online shopping, and a list of participating restaurants.  Check it out!

 Ralphs Community Contribution Program:  Go to and register choosing Pacific Unitarian Church as your non-profit community organization.

 Both of the above programs have an annual registration starting September 1st, so if you haven't registered since then, you are not currently earning $$$ for PUC when you shop.

 See Judy Shaffer and Pam Harris on the patio after church this Sunday for more information.


UU Singles Lunch
Saturday February 28th

1:00 p.m.
Elephant Bar & Grill, Torrance

On the fourth Saturday of the month, those of "a certain age" meet for lunch at a local restaurant.   No agenda or special projects.  Just get to know other PUC people and talk about whatever is interests us.  Bring a friend…or not.  This month’s gathering, at Elephant Bar & Grill, is in restaurant row, at the intersection of Hawthorne Blvd & Torrance Blvd.  

For information about future UU Singles Lunches send Betty Saunders your e-mail address.   

Betty Saunders


The Seniors Pow Wow
Next Meeting February 19
3rd Thursdays
11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
PUC Library

The Seniors Pow Wow is a support group for dealing with life's challenges, changes and meanings.  It usually begins with a "check in" -  that's where each person can share how he or she is doing and and how the week has been.  Sometimes there is a presentation, for instance a video on changing roles of men and women, or Death with Dignity, followed by a discussion.  Other times it could be an article or topic which is shared and discussed.  Other times we discuss a topic like  "What gives your life meaning?" or a variety of topics pertinent to the lives of seniors.  PUC member Ben Cowan, M.D. comes on a regular basis and helps with a discussion of medical and health concerns.  Anyone can suggest a topic or concern.  It's a valuable, interesting, and wonderful group, and you are invited to come to the next meeting in the church library. 

Beverly Fridley

Come to a Poetry Tea 
Friday, February 13

1:00 p.m. 

PUC Poetry Lovers!  Bring poems you are writing or poems you are reading. We will share and reflect over a cup of tea. Space is limited.  RSVP ASAP to Robin Arehart at 310-371-2494 or for location and directions. 

Robin Arehart 

The Women's Reading and Responding Book Club 
Next Meeting February 16
3rd Mondays
11:00 a.m.
PUC Library

             Feb: Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley
             March: Breathing Lessons by Anne Tyler
             April: Water is Wide by Pat Conroy

Please read and join us!

Robin Arehart

Writing as a Spiritual Activity 
Next Meeting February 19
2nd & 4th Mondays
6:30 pm. to 8:00 p.m.
PUC Library

Drop in and share writing time.   We write for 30 minutes on whatever is on our mind or in our hearts, followed by the opportunity to share our writing and allow others to respond.  Some food for thought will be available to get our pens moving.   Drop-in.   $2 donations accepted.
 Bring paper or journal and a pen!

Janet Steinberg

The Problem of Evil
12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Classroom 1

How do we reconcile evil in our lives? Join us to explore the various philosophical understandings of evil and the solutions to this deep problem. Reverend John T. Morehouse lecturing.

Journey to Membership Class
12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m
PUC Library

Start the year off right! Attend one of our upcoming Journey to Membership Classes!  Attend this Sunday's session and join the following Sunday.  NEXT DATE FOR 2015:  FEBRUARY 15 - joining ceremony February 22nd.

Gentle Yoga Class for All
11:30 a.m to 12:30 p.m.
Henriksen Hall

A Class designed for all levels, shapes, and ages.  We will focus on a gentle practice through movement:

To help unblock your flow of energy Increase your mental and physical flexibility while releasing stress and enhancing body awareness

Poses and exercises to build strength, relieve pain and stress, and improve balance

Suggested Donation: $15/class.  Taught by Debi Robinson



February 12, 2015

Our Theme This Month Is

Sunday Service
10:30 a.m.

Child care is available starting at 10:00 a.m.

Join us for some radical hospitality after the service!


February 15

"Once Upon a Time...
Through the Lens of Love"

Rev. John T. Morehouse, Lead Minister & 
Krista Weber, Intern Minister and Acting Director of Religious Education

February 22

"Facing Our Demons"

Rev. John T. Morehouse, Lead Minister
Next Month
Our Theme Will Be



Jean McDaniel was hospitalized, not Elizabeth Reed, as was reported last week.


Wilber and Gloria Nussbaum wish to thank all those who have sent cards and good wishes their way following Wil's recent hospitalization.  Wil is now recovering at home.



Charles Lawrance, a Charter Member of PUC, died peacefully in November, 2014, just weeks short of his 94th birthday. Chuck and his late wife, Janie Hungerford, were among the leaders in PUC during its formative years. Chuck served as Board President 1960-61, Janie edited the PUC newsletter during the 1960s. They moved to Santa Barbara nearly forty years ago, but kept ties with PUC friends over the years.


Come join friends in the PUC Library on Sunday morning from 9:30 to 10:30 and join the Joys and Sorrows Circle.  The Circle gives a compassionate space for sharing and listening.  Organized by Sandy McNeil.


To have your Joy or Concern appear here you may complete one of the Joys and Concerns slips in the back of the Hall and place it in the box, or send it directly to


If you have a pastoral concern or know of someone in need please contact Rev. John or email pastoralcare@

PUC's calendar of events can be found here.

It takes many hands to make a Sunday.  Special thanks to all of our volunteers!

Jean Tordella &
Michele Bethune

Welcoming Trustee:


Welcome Table:
Naresh Deo

Elizabeth Drake &
Brittany Manning

Top Chef:

Margo Meikle

Office Volunteer:
Brad Shreve
Another great Sunday lunch at PUC.

This Sunday's Flowers 

are brought to you by 

Penny Good

Flowers in our sanctuary

  • can bring joy,
  • can be a way to share your celebration or memorial,
  • can be a focal point of meditation,
  • can be a point of relief from a long week. 
Please sign up for your turn to bring Sunday's Flowers on the Flower Calendar inside the door of the PUC Office.

Next Open Dates:

March 15 & 22


Both Town Hall and Congregational Meetings are held in Henrickson Hall about half an hour after the end of the Sunday morning worship service.  Members are encouraged to attend.  Friends of the congregation as well as visitors are welcome to attend.

Sunday, October 5, 2014 
Town Hall Meeting
Improving our Covenantal Democratic Process at PUC

Sunday, November 9, 2014
Town Hall Meeting

Making PUC Work for You - PUC’s Organizational Structure and Governance  

Sunday, December 7, 2014
Congregational Meeting
Report to the membership of where we stand financially

Sunday, January 4, 2015
Town Hall Meeting:
PUC's Purpose and Vision

Sunday, February 1, 2015
Town Hall Meeting:
Member Roles, Rights and Responsibilities

Sunday, March 15, 2015
Congregational Meeting
Spring Stewardship Campaign 

Sunday, April 5, 2015
Town Hall Meeting
Topic to be determined; your thoughts?

Sunday, May 3, 2015
Town Hall Meeting:
Budget preview and discussion

Sunday, June 7, 2015 
Annual Congregational Meeting & Elections

The Seven Principles


This is what binds us together

  1. The inherent worth & dignity of every person
  2. Justice, equity & compassion in human relations
  3. Acceptance of one another & encouragement  to spiritual growth in our congregation
  4. A free and responsible search for truth & meaning
  5. The right of conscience & the use of the democratic process within our congregation & in society at large
  6. The goal of world community  with peace, liberty, & justice for all
  7. Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part

Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m.

For Sunday morning announcements contact Clay Bosler at

5621 Montemalaga Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

Office Hours

                Sunday            9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. 
                                        The office is closed during the service from 10:30-11:30.

                Monday           Closed

                Tuesday         10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.           

                Wednesday    10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

                Thursday        10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

                Friday             10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

               Saturday         Closed

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