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The View: PUC's weekly newsletter
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August 27, 2015
Please send View submissions  to [email protected] 
by noon on Wednesday.


Sunday Service10:30 a.m.
Child care is available starting at 10:00 a.m.
Join us for some radical hospitality after the service!
Our Theme This Month Is
Harmony
Our Theme Next Month is
Reverence
Contents
This Week's Sermon

"Take Me to Church"
What is it about "church" that keeps us coming back? Why are you here?  
How does this institution survive? 
We'll explore these questions and more.
Missy Rogers,
PUC Member
Next Week's Sermon
"Taking the Beautiful Approach"
Kim shares three questions to consider:
"What is the place of reverence in my life?”  
“Am I living in exile to my own sense of reverence?” 
“Are we, as a community, prepared to help understand, process, and honor one another’s experiences of reverence?”
Kim Gosney,
Minister of Congregational Life

Harmony in Diversity


This coming Sunday, we will benefit from the time & talent of PUC member Missy Rogers when she  delivers her second PUC sermon and asks us “What it is about ‘church’ that keeps us coming back?” and “Why are you here?” I’ve been thinking about my own answers since I read about her topic in The View last week.  The diversity found in my answers are, I think, a reflection of the diversity of PUC.     

Last weekend I participated in the Pacific Sage Preschool (PSP) open house, and I was struck by the diversity of the attendees unified with a similarity of purpose - finding a good child/preschool match. Our attendees included prospective families & students, PSP Council members, PUC congregation members including Family RE children & youth, as well as neighbors, preschool faculty & staff from the surrounding area, early education leaders, many of our trustees, PUC’s Preschool Director, a performing musician and a city manager.   We had diversity of age, ethnicity, socioeconomic situation, religious background, political affiliation, as well as wide ranging digital fluency, just to name a few.  I mention digital fluency because it is becoming important to so many of the ways we function.  I will share one example in a moment.  At the same time, we need to always remember that our congregants interact with and are comfortable in the digital world at many different levels, from not at all to very advanced.  All are welcome and valued.

We know we have change and challenges before us at PUC.  To make the most of the opportunities that come with these, we need to be able to work together to harvest the promise of our diversity.  We each need to be able to listen to one another, listen to diverse opinions that are different from our own, make open and honest value judgements, and be willing to accept that just because someone or a group does not agree with a recommendation does not mean that the recommendation wasn’t given fair and sincere consideration.  Hillary Clinton once said that “What we have to do….is to find a way to celebrate our diversity and debate our difference without fracturing our communities.”  As we take full advantage of the opportunities offered by such things as our settled minister search and adjustments of our professional staff’s responsibilities and job titles to reflect current & future challenges, let’s do so in the spirit of Secretary Clinton’s words.  

I promised you a positive PUC example of the speed and power with which digital tools may be put to use, specifically social media.  During Saturday’s PSP open house, a couple showed up that explained to us that having very recently relocated to Southern California from another state, on Friday they talked about possibly enrolling their daughter in preschool. Shortly thereafter an ad for our preschool appeared on their Facebook feed. (How’s that for targeted marketing?)   And the next day they joined us at our open house.  After that short visit they now plan to send their daughter to PUC’s Pacific Sage Preschool. At the very same time they were explaining this to me I could see a member of our congregation who doesn’t use email.  Neither of their digital fluency is right or wrong, they are just different.   The latter has had, and continues to have, an enormous positive impact on PUC; the former is just beginning.  

It is the richness of our experiences at PUC, experiences frequently based on diversity, that keep me coming. No matter how you respond to Missy’s sermon on Sunday, I encourage you to do so in a way that gives you the time for a thoughtful, rich & diverse response.

John Einhorn
Trustee President
[email protected]


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Who's That?

To contact people named in The View please see the PUC Directory which is available in the Members Section of the PUC website.  If you need the password for the Members Section, or if you do not have access to a computer, contact the PUC Office for help accessing it.  The phone number and office hours are listed each week at the very bottom of The View.

Joys
&
Concerns

From Besty Walters: A friend in Washington State has asked for our prayers. The smoke from all the fires is becoming dangerous for her family. There are now over 250 serious fires burning in the Western States.

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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.  
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To have your joy or concern appear here, send it to
[email protected] 
or call the PUC office.  For information on how to do so, scroll down to the
end of The View.
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If you have a pastoral concern, or know of someone in need, please contact our Minister of Congregational Life Kim Gosney at (310)504-4919 or email 
[email protected]
 
A Message Arrives from 
Community Church Unitarian Universalist 
in New Orleans

To:  Our Partner Churches
From:  Suzy Mague, Partner Church Liaison
Re:  10 year anniversary of Katrina

On Saturday, August 29th, we will observe the 10th anniversary of the hurricane and subsequent canal wall failures that flooded 80% of the City of New Orleans, including Community Church….We want to take this opportunity to express once again our heartfelt gratitude for all that your support meant to us during the years of our recovery, and we will certainly express it loud and long at (our commemorative) lunch on Saturday.  It is also expressed in a new article on our web site,  which you might enjoy – www.communitychurchuu.org.   Your financial support, your moral support when everything looked SO bleak, and your frequent physical presence here, helping CCUU and New Orleans recover, were all invaluable.

I also want to tell you that your investment in us has been justified.  Joel and I returned home Friday, August 21st, after two months in cooler climes, so Sunday the 23rd was my first time back to church in several weeks.  I was stunned and thrilled – the sanctuary (solar, as I’m sure you recall) was at least ¾ full, and there was a gaggle of children (kids DO come in gaggles, don’t they?).   For a congregation who lost all of our young families after the storm, this is indeed a UU miracle….Thank you all for making it possible for us.

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Playing in the Sage
“Happiness often sneaks in through a door you didn't know you left open.”
                                                       
                                                                                     ~ John Barrymore

We were taking no chances and threw open all the doors (and windows) last Saturday for Pacific Sage Preschool’s “Grand Unveiling”.  Happiness walked in boldly with families, friends and Early Childhood colleagues.  It was a beautiful day to show off everyone’s hard work and dedication.  A day filled with music, food and fun!  
Watching children playing in the rooms and in our sand pit, listening to parents introduce themselves to each other and share stories about their children and talking to Early Childhood educators about the philosophy, theory and practice of Pacific Sage Preschool (and sending their students as interns) was a wonderful preview of our journey and adventure to come. 

Thank you to all the PUC members who joined us and put a beautiful, warm and inclusive face on the Pacific Unitarian Church for the outside community. I am amazed at what has been accomplished in 5 months and grateful for your trust and support.  Pacific Sage Preschool really is a place for friends…a place to grow…and a place for wonder.

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Sunday Hospitality
Volunteers


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


Greeter
Jean Tordella

Welcome Table
William Koelsch

Ushers
Carrie Pobre

Top Chef

Margo Meikle, ably assisted by
Jennifer & John Hocutt 
who are stepping in to shop and schlep for the injured Margo.  As Margo says, "Without them, the spread would be Stouffers!"  Thanks Jennifer and John.


Office Volunteer
A. Mystery
who accomplishes a remarkable amount for such an enigmatic soul.
Help Wanted/Item Wanted

A Chair

Our new interim minister James needs a new or gently used computer chair on wheels that swivels.   If you have one to donate please email a photo to Kim.

Do You Have What It Takes to Ush?
Looking to meet new people while being of service to PUC?  There are a couple of usher positions available.  It’s an excellent volunteer opportunity that asks you to serve only once a month and allows you to watch the sermon at the same time.
Please contact Brad Shreve.  His phone number and email are listed in the PUC directory.
 
Family
Religious
Education

Thank You, Volunteers!

Many thanks to all the wonderful volunteers who have taught using the Dr. Seuss and Dr. Who curricula this summer. We are grateful for each contribution. I think I have all your names here, but if I miss anyone, please speak up so you can be acknowledged in the future.

We thank Victor Paieda, who has been faithfully with the Dr. Who group each Sunday (other than his scheduled backpack adventure) and has volunteered to stay on with the teens in the fall. We thank Wendy Clancy, Kimberly Storr, Dale Osborn, and Michele Bethune, who have all been with the Dr. Who group each time they could and were needed, often filling in without warning. Michele and Dale have also taught our younger Dr. Seuss group, as have Melissa Garcia, Phyllis (Missy) Rogers, Lora Childers, Alana Rodriguez, and Jen Hocutt.  We have only two more Sundays of Summer With the Doctors before beginning our fall program. 

We are actively looking for applicants for a child care provider position, but feel terribly fortunate to have Zoe Zupon and Sianna Bethune regularly working in this challenging position. Their dedication, dependability, and talent with youth is amazing each and every week. They will be helping with an arts and crafts workshop each Sunday in October from 12:00 to 1:00. All youth are encouraged to drop in and make something to be sold later (more news next time). We will supply ideas, directions, and materials, (although, of course, you can create your own thing, too). Come every Sunday in October for new ideas and fun! We'll be doing this with our childcare program.

Others out there, what are your Ideas? Talents to share? Will you teach with us? See Vicki (DRE), or email at [email protected]

Love and Wonder,

Vicki

RE Teacher Training & Orientation
September 12
10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  

PUC Campus


RE teachers, please plan to attend this very important training and orientation.  You should have your invitation, and I need your RSVP to plan childcare and your lunch. Please let me know if you did not get the invite, and please RSVP.  

[email protected]

 

Could You Be a Pixie Teacher?

We need a special someone with a bit of experience with preschoolers, (teaching, volunteering, parenting, you remember when you were that age...) to step up to work with our Pixies in the fall.  If you think you might be that person, please let me know.  I promise to make it simple and fun; the kids will make it rewarding and meaningful.  Come be part of making the his and herstories of tomorrow with our small but mighty interesting UU's.  Contact Director of Religious Education Vicki Gavel, [email protected],  should you be interested.

Women Reading and Responding Book Club
Third Monday of Each Month
11:00 a.m.

PUC Library

Looking forward to having you join us! Contact Robin Arehart if you have any questions.

September: To Play the Fool by Laurie King
October:   If You're Lucky, Your Heart Will Break: Field Notes from a Zen Life by James Ford, our new interim minister
November:  Paris by Edward Rutherfurd, a novel about Hemingway
December: The Shipping News by E. Annie Proulx

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Endowment Committee Recommendation

As part of the Endowment Committee’s relationship with Harris Financial managers, PUC members are eligible to attend monthly seminars.  The next one will be held Saturday, September 12 from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.  at Torrance Memorial’s Hoffman Conference Center. Some of the topics to be discussed by a panel of experts include Advance Healthcare Directives, palliative care, and the “human dimension”.  

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Bring snacks to share if you wish.   Only Coffee, Tea, and water provided.
For directions to PUC click here.


Gentle Yoga Class for All

Wednesdays
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 and increase your mental and physical flexibility while releasing stress and enhancing body awareness.  Poses and exercises build strength, relieve pain and stress, and improve balance.  Questions: [email protected]

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

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This Sunday's Flowers 
Consider expanding your horizons.  What is growing in your garden this summer?  Show off your botanical bounty.  Let us all enjoy your creative fruit and/or veg display.

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:

August 30 & September 6

CALENDAR
 
PUC's calendar of events can be found here.

For Sunday morning announcements contact Kim Gosney at [email protected]
 

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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Office: (310) 378-9449    Fax: (310) 378-1508

[email protected]     www.pacificunitarian.org 

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