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February 18, 2016
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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 a delicious brunch after the service!
February 21st Sermon 
"Acceptance Without Bookkeeping"

A modernized version of "The Prodigal Son," which would be better titled, "the Loving Father." The sermon will focus on "You Are Accepted" the famous Tillich quote.
Reverend Jim Grant
February 28th Sermon
When in Doubt, Tell the Truth

Some lessons on Living from Mark Twain.

Reverend James Ford
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.
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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 Kim Gosney, our Minister of Congregational Life at (310)504-4919 or email

Sunday Hospitality

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

Betsy Waters
Ray Waters

Welcoming Trustee
 John Einhorn

Welcome Table
Pam Harris

Top Chef
Margo Meikle

Elizabeth Drake
Your Dream Budget!
It is that time of the fiscal year when your Finance Committee begins work on the operating budget for next fiscal year (July1, 2016 to June 30, 2017).  See a committee chair or staff member if you want to influence their budget input. Don’t know who’s on committees?  Check in the office or contact the Finance Committee at finance@pacificunitarian.orgCommittee chairs - the budget request forms have been emailed to each of you and are available in the church office in the Finance Committee mailbox - completed forms are due back by February 21st. Contact a member of the Finance Committee if you have any questions: Randy Ripley, Trish Botsko, Ben Cowan, Ann Bailey, Claire Moss, Missy Rogers or Judy Shaffer.

RE News 02-18-16
The RE Committee, myself, and the attendees of our Feb. 13th Parent Night Out wish to thank the wonderful teens that showed up to help us out.  We know your Saturday evenings are precious, and appreciate your presence.  Thanks also to our capable adults, RE committee members Michele Bethune and Kimberly Storr.  We all had fun here together, and we hope parents got a needed break from routine.
Religious Education classes will be held the rest of the month.  Please remember to pick up your child after church, unless they are going to youth choir with Severin, in which case you should get them a plate of food to have when they are finished rehearsing.
We are making plans to start Our Whole Lives (OWL), a comprehensive sexuality education program developed by the UUA and the UCC (United Church of Christ) which is nationally recognized as the gold standard for sex ed.  We will be offering the 7-9th grade program.  If your youngster has not yet participated in OWL and you are interested in enrolling them in this program, please contact me so we can plan to meet your needs.  Classes will be meeting every other week starting in March.
It is important that kids and adults alike are reminded from time to time that we try to make PUC the safest and inclusive community possible.  Please check in with your family and PUC friends from time to time to see how they are feeling about their inclusion in church activities.  Do they feel welcomed, respected, and encouraged to participate equally?  Please remember that people of color and people who identify with cultures and or genders which have had less privilege in our society can be hurt by the insensitivity of those who have not walked in their shoes.  We are asked by our religion to listen respectfully to different ideas.  We are asked to share our own ideas with courage, and yet humility.  We are asked to stand up against sexual harassment, stereotyping, and intolerance.  I know as a woman, many men seem to think I should not mind jokes about parts of my body or my “lesser abilities”, but I do mind, because I experience this as exclusion.  I know that I have to be constantly vigilant in my own thinking not to stereotype groups of people as somehow different from me.  I consider PUC and our community together to be holy, not because we are divine, but because we WORK to be just, even though it isn't always easy.  So, talk amongst yourselves.  Ask the hard questions.  Keep our community growing forward.

Love and Wonder to you all,
Vicki, Director of Religious Education

Religious Education Fall Calendar


Feb. 21 RE Classes

Feb. 28 RE Classes


March 6   RE Classes

March 13 RE Classes

March 21 RE Classes

March 28 Multigen Easter Service




April 3 RE Classes

April 10 RE Classes

April 17 RE Multigen Blessing of the Animals

April 24 RE Classes


May 1 Solve It Sunday (Kimberly and Co.)

May 8   Mother's Day (Kim and Vicki)

May 15 RE Classes

May 22 RE Sunday

May 29 Memorial Sunday (TBA)

Playing in the Sage…
“You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.”
                                                             Jane Goodall
In the philosophy of Pacific Sage Preschool, the environment is an equal part of the learning triangle that includes the children and the adults (parents and staff collaborators) that work with them.  As we thoughtfully planned for and constructed our learning environment, we kept in mind PUC’s commitment to environmental responsibility.  We chose Kohburg, which is a “green” company, for our beautiful (and cost effective) furniture. They are also the ‘IKEA’- of children’s furniture, which meant when it finally arrived on that slow boat from China, we had to put everything together ourselves! Thanks again to all who stared down tables, shelves and 57 little chairs without blinking (much moaning but no blinking). Kohburg creates “Classroom Galleries,” a mini-catalog to highlight schools and programs that use their furniture. They have chosen schools on universities and Reggio inspired programs on the West Side. These are distributed far and wide. Pacific Sage Preschool was asked to be their 6th issue. Of course, it was a beautiful day on the hill and they loved the site. They brought some pieces we didn’t have (budget) and gifted some of them to the school. Our copies just came and we are beautiful! Go Green!
Pacific Sage Preschool

Women Reading & Responding Book Club

Third Monday of Each Month
11:00 a.m. 
PUC Library

March: All the Light We Cannot See - Anthony Doerr
April: A Tale for the Time Being - Ruth Ozeki
May: The Jane Austen Bookclub - Karen Joy Fowler

Contact Robin Arehart if you have any questions.


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:

Suggested Donation: $15/class. 


This Sunday's Flowers 
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 Marcelo Koelsch.
PUC's calendar of events can be found here.

Congregational Meetings & Town Halls

Additional details on the specific topics will be distributed prior to the meetings. 

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.

To request a Sunday morning announcement 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           Closed   

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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