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November 19, 2015
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Change in View Submissions Deadline
Articles and announcements schedule…
For the week of


  • Thanksgiving – due at noon November 24
  • Christmas – due at noon Tuesday December 22
  • New Year – due at noon Tuesday December 29

Thank you for turning in your announcements early!



This Week's Sermon

Tales of Thanksgiving

In recent decades our American Thanksgiving has taken a bit of a beating. Native Americans quite rightly see ironies and abuses reflected in that Pilgrim story. However, a celebration of thanksgiving, of harvest, is as old as humankind. And today James will acknowledge our particular difficulties, and also dig into that deeper reality.

Reverend James Ford


Next Week's Sermon
Reaching for Clothes of New Colors

Kim explores the life and words of poet Rainer Maria Rilke as a luminous lantern for our December days.

Kim Gosney
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.
Important Message
The Views’ volunteer editor Lora Childers is taking some much needed time off. We thank her for her generous gift of time and for going the extra mile week after week. Going forward please direct any articles or flyers to Gaberiel Gaynair the church office administrator at

Craig Block is at City of Hope for his long-awaited stem cell transplant. Back in spring, he had donated his own stem cells, so he's good to go. He's expected to require a three-to six-week stay for the process.

Cards would be appreciated, addressed to him @ City of Hope, 1500 E. Duarte Road, Duarte, CA 91010 - 3000.

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!

Linda Jenson

Welcoming Trustee
Dee Masters

Welcome Table

Top Chef
Andy Kissner

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! 

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 in Action
PUC volunteers will head to 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
The Social Justice Committee will meet Wednesday, November 4 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. to work out further details for our upcoming holiday efforts and to 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.


Our colorful Guest at Your Table boxes are on their way. The boxes and Stories of Hope are key components to our annual fund raiser. The boxes are kept at your dinner table or other gathering space throughout the program.  While the box is there to to collect your loose change and bills, it also serves as an important physical reminder of the work UUSC and our partners are doing to defend human rights around the world.

Stories of Hope is a booklet where you will find inspiring stories about UUSC's partners and their amazing work. Keep a copy near your box.  Each time you gather near the box (for dinner, as an example) you might read through one of the stories, discuss it, and consider the profound ways a Guest at Your Table gift will help advance human rights.

Holiday cards have arrived! Check them out this Sunday on the patio.

Sandy McNeil, UUSC Ministry


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 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

“We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we
stop playing.”              

- George Bernard Shaw

We just enrolled a little boy at Pacific Sage Preschool who (with his family) recently moved here from France. It has been amazing to watch him move through the differences in language and culture to engage with the other children. This social persistence is driven by a basic human need to connect with others and be included.
It’s not to say that there have not been moments of misunderstanding, frustration or sadness among the friends but we regroup, recover and try again to see, make and accept those invitations to play…
Thank technology for “Google Translate” and his determination (and bravery) for helping us all make it through each day. Language is fluid and there will come a moment when he starts speaking English and the other friends will start speaking French. I can’t wait J
So as we move though this beautiful fall season, the friends remind us not to ignore opportunities and invitations to play...or piles of crunchy leaves!
Pacific Sage Preschool


As always, the concert is free of admission charges and all church members
as well as the general public are invited to attend.
New Member Ceremony
Sunday, November 22
10:30 a.m., during Sunday morning's service

Women Reading and Responding Book Club
Third Monday of Each Month
Next: December 21
11:00 a.m.

PUC Library

Hi Ladies -

Looking forward to your joining us to discuss the following books with you on the third Monday at 11 am in PUC library. Please remember to bring or forward your book suggestions so we can plan ahead for the coming months. Paperback titles please!
    December: The Shipping News by E. Annie Proulx
    January: The Girl in the Swing by Richard Adams

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



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's flowers are contributed by
Vicki Gavel.


PUC's calendar of events can be found here.

Congregational Meetings & Town Halls


Announcements & additional details on the specific topics
will be distributed prior to the meetings. 

December 6, 2015
Congregational Meeting
Fall Financial Review

January 31, 2016
Town Hall
Making PUC Work for You – Who’s Who in the Zoo – PUC’s Committees

April 3, 2016
Town Hall
Making PUC Work for You – PUC’s Organizational  Structure & Governance Part III

May 1, 2016
Town Hall
Annual Business Meeting Preview & Dialogue


June 5, 2016
Congregational Meeting
Annual Business Meeting

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.)


John Einhorn, President

Randy Ripley, Treasurer

Phone numbers and individual email addresses for all other Trustees 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

                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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