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October 29, 2015
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by noon on Wednesday.
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!

Daylight Savings ends on Sunday morning at 2:00 a.m.  
Set your clocks back and get an extra hour of sleep.  

This Week's Sermon

Dia de los Muertos
Today we join religious and secular cultures around the world celebrating the Days of the Dead. Being in Southern California close to the Mexican border we give a serious tip of the hat to the people who do it best, but we will be exploring many facets of this strange and powerful time. If you or any kids you know have Halloween costumes, there will be a procession of ghosts and ghouls...
James Ford

Next Week's Sermon

Those Silent Stars

James says the preaching project is about finding hope. Today he will be talking about the ecological crisis. We will see how he squares that circle.

James Ford


"Black Muddy River"

~The Grateful Dead

When the last rose of summer pricks my finger,

And the hot sun chills me to the bone,

When I can't hear the song for the singer,

And I can't tell my pillow from a stone,

I will walk alone by the black muddy river,

And sing me a song of my own,

I will walk alone by the black muddy river,

And sing me a song of my own.


When it seems like the night will last forever,

And there's nothing left to do but count the years,

When the strings of my heart begin to sever,

And stones fall from my eyes instead of tears,

I will walk alone, by the black muddy river,

And dream me a dream of my own,

I will walk alone, by the black muddy river,

And sing me a song of my own, sing me a song of my own.


Enjoy "Black Muddy River" here.


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.
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, send it to 
or call the PUC office.  For information on how to do so, scroll down to the
end of The View.
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

Sunday Hospitality

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

Bill Karg

Welcoming Trustee
John Einhorn

Welcome Table
Lee Ann Hart
Janet Steinberg

Carlos Angeles
Brad Shreve

Top Chef
Andy Kissner


Fair Trade Boutique Returns
Sunday, December 13
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (excluding during the service)

Enjoy guilt free holiday shopping with a conscience.  Support artisans and farmers from around the world at Holiday Fair Trade and give wonderful and unique gifts to your friends, family, and colleagues.  

PUC's Season of Service is heading into the heart of the holiday season.  With these social justice actions we hope to highlight the holidays as a time for serving, rather than consuming.  Join us in any way you can! 

Service is a Warm Blanket

More than 40 clients of Harbor Interfaith Services may rest a little easier this winter, wrapped in the warmth of the blankets donated by PUC in the month of October!

PUC Takes the Cake!

Beginning this Sunday, November 1st, we will focus our donation efforts on CAKE!  Yes, HIS has requested that we provide cake mixes and pre-made frosting to stock 350 Thanksgiving food baskets.  We will collect cake fixin’s November 1, 8 and 15.  

Service in Action

Volunteers are needed at Harbor Interfaith in San Pedro to help assemble Thanksgiving food baskets on Monday, November 23 and distribute those baskets on Tuesday, November 24.  This is a great opportunity for PUC to provide hands-on service to those in need and a family-friendly activity for kids who may have the week off of school!  Plan on joining us if you can!

Keep the Service Coming

Social Justice Committee Meeting
Wednesday, November 4
6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
PUC Library 

We'll work out further details for our upcoming holiday efforts and consider additional social justice actions for the 2016 calendar.  Join us and share your great ideas for extending our social justice momentum into the coming year.


Guest at Your Table's annual fund raiser will begin November 22 and continue through January 3. Here's a bit of history surrounding this event - 

Guest at Your Table has evolved from a charitable drive to a multigenerational human rights awareness and action program. Other similar efforts have occurred in the United States since the depression era.  UUSC's made its debut in 1975, following former UUSC staff member Warren Salinger's trip to the Netherlands. While there, he was inspired by a similar organization's program, entitled "Gast ann Tafel" to educate its supporters about its work, and to raise vital funds, through the use of colorful boxes the whole family enjoyed.

Watch for PUC's colorful Guest at Your Table boxes!!!

Sandy McNeil, UUSC Ministry



All youth are encouraged to attend Sunday Service which will be multigenerational and revolve around Dias de los Muertos. Children of all ages are invited to wear costumes.

Don't forget to take your UNICEF boxes with you when you go “Trick­-or­-Treating”. Bring them back to church on Sunday, November 1. 

Examples of crafts that kids can make for our craft sale will be on display before the service. Please bring your cild to craft class from 12:15 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. so we will have plenty of items to sell to raise money for our RE Service projects this holiday season; Christmas gifts for Tobernan Neighborhood Center and for our homebound members.

Join the choir, youth that is. Well, adults too. We are fortunate to have a gifted choir director who knows how to have fun while working hard to create beautiful music. You will be serving your church, while receiving invaluable inspiration and camaraderie. Food Ministry is now holding special food back for all youth choir participants, so you need not worry about missing good food.

I'll see everyone in church on Sunday!

Love and Wonder to Each of You,
Vicki Gavel
Director of Religious Education


Sign up your children up for our Youth Choir. It is a great way for children to give something to the church, and provides our community such joy and fun! 
See Severin on Sunday to learn more.

Religious Education Fall Calendar*  


Our post-service craft sessions continue through mid November.  
This activity is staffed by your DRE and Child Care Providers and will meet from noon until 1:00 p.m.  Children must be signed in. Parents and others welcomed to participate.

November 1: Multi­generational Service for Day of the Dead
November 8: RE Classes
November 15: Class with Vicki Gavel, DRE
November 22: RE Classes
November 29: Assembling gift baskets for PUC members who are unable to attend church.

December 6: “Solve It Sunday” led by Michele Bethune
December 13: RE Classes
December 20: Solstice Celebration with Vicki

*Adjustments are always a possibility.

Playing In the Sage

Trick ‘o’ Treat and Happy Diá de Los Muertos!

"The Wheel of the Year is turning.  It’s a good time to be thankful where we’ve been…happy where we are…and excited about where we might be going!"

Pacific Sage Preschool continues to tour new families and we are looking forward an energetic flock of newly turned 3 year olds. Working with 3’s has often been described as trying to “herd cats” (but I’ve also heard that said in a PUC Trustee meeting).

As we fill spaces, we want the PUC families to know that as the church’s Early Learning Center, church families get 10% off their monthly fees for children (and grandchildren).

We are also always on the lookout for interesting materials such as magazines (for collage) and newspapers (for the guinea pigs) that might be headed for the recycling bins.

Please, mark your calendars because Pacific Sage will be hosting a “Story and Art Time” here at the school for the community on Saturday November 14th from 10:00am – 11:30am. We hope to make this a monthly event.

And there will also be a “Breakfast and Stories with Father Christmas” on Monday December 21st, which is actually the first day of winter. We want to  help Santa with the extra pancake carbs before his race around the world on Christmas Eve.

Pacific Sage Preschool

Welcome to the Fields family!

Amy Fields and her family moved from Houston in May, although she and her husband are originally from Rhode Island. 

Amy attended Northeastern University in Boston majoring in Environmental Studies.  She moved to Florida to be with my boyfriend who later became my husband while he finished school at Florida Tech.  They then moved to Texas for him to work for NASA at Johnson Space Center. 

The Field’s attended the Bay Area Unitarian Universalist Church in Houston for 8 years. Amy loves singing and was a member of the BAUUC choir for 6 years.  Their son Gavin just started Kindergarten at Towers Elementary and he loves superheroes.

As always, the concert is free of admission charges and all church members
as well as the general public are invited to attend.

Autumn Journey to Membership Session
Sunday, November 8
12:15 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. 
PUC Library

Prospective members may attend either.  Following these classes we will host a
New Member Ceremony:  Sunday, November 15 at 10:30 a.m.
Sign up, and you will receive the packet to read and to fill out before the session. Get information at the Welcome Table or email Kim Gosney at  We so look forward to getting to know you better!

Women Reading and Responding Book Club
Third Monday of Each Month
Next: November 16
11:00 a.m.

PUC Library

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

Paris by Edward Rutherfurd, a novel about Hemingway

The Shipping News by E. Annie Proulx


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 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:

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


This Sunday's Flowers 

Deep in their roots,
all flowers keep the light.

~Theodore Roethke 

Please sign up for your turn to bring Sunday's Flowers on the Flower Calendar inside the door of the PUC Office.

This week Carlos Angeles will be donating the Day of the dead Ofrenda.

PUC's calendar of events can be found here.
The PUC Board of Trustees

                     John Einhorn – President 
                     Bruce Lewis – Vice President
                     Randy Ripley – Treasurer
                     Trish Botsko - Secretary

              Mike Buttitta
              Ben Cowan
              Dee Masters
             James Ford – ex officio

Ways to Contact Your Trustees
This email is forwarded to the trustees, Lead Minister, Director of Congregational Advancement, Director of Religious Education, and Pacific Sage Preschool Director.
This email is forwarded to the trustees & Lead Minister (ex-officio.)

Phone numbers and individual email addresses can be found in the Member Directory.

For Sunday morning announcements contact Kim Gosney

We are located at
5621 Montemalaga Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275


Office Hours

The office hours will shift as Gaby, our new administrator, continues her training.

In the near term the office will be open:

                Sunday            8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.                       

                Monday           Closed

                Tuesday           Phone messages are checked during the day.      
                Wednesday     10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

                Thursday        12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

                Friday              Phone messages are checked during the day.    

                Saturday          Closed


Hours for Reverend James Ford, Interim Minister
Appointments are always recommended.

               Tuesday         11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

               Wednesday    11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

               Thursday        11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.


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Unitarian Universalism in Our Area
Pacific Southwest District UUA
The Pacific Southwest District of the Unitarian
Universalist Association consists of 50 Congregations in Arizona, Southern California and Southern Nevada. The PSWD is also part of the Pacific Western Region of the UUA.

Camp de Benneville Pines
Affiliated with the Pacific Southwest District of the Unitarian-Universalist Association and welcoming people of all faiths for programming compatible with the UU philosophy of respect for the interconnected web of life and for the worth and dignity of all human beings.

Unitarian Universalist Church in Anaheim
511 S. Harbor Blvd.
Anaheim, CA 92805

First Unitarian Church of Los Angeles 
(213) 401-1191
2936 West 8th Street
Los Angeles, CA   90005
UU Church of Long Beach 
(562) 597-8445
5450 East Atherton Street
Long Beach, CA   90815

Neighborhood Church 
(626) 449-3470
301 N Orange Grove Blvd
Pasadena, CA   91103

South Bay Unitarian Fellowship 
(310) 374-1451
2603 Matthews Avenue
Redondo Beach, CA   90278

UU Community Church of Santa Monica 
(310) 829-5436
1260 18th Street
Santa Monica, CA  90404

Unitarian Universalist Church of Ventura
(805) 644-3898
5654 Ralston St
Ventura, CA 93003

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