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February 4, 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 7th Sermon 
Intergen Service! 

"The Creative Universe's Workshop" - A creative play about our planet's birth, wherein humans are given the precious gift of freedom. Kim is our director, Vicki is our prop master and talent director and Severin is our music conductor. Y
ou are among the stars!

Kim Gosney
February 14th Sermon

James wants to explore some aspects of love, a most powerful and dangerous thing.

Reverend James Ford
Who's That?

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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!

Bill Karg
Clay Bosler

Welcoming Trustee
 John Einhorn

Welcome Table

Top Chef
Mike Bechtol
 Trish Botsko

Alana Garrigues
Brad Sherve
The BLACK AND WHITE CONCERT is coming up soon – Saturday, Feb. 13th at 7:30 pm. This is a fun annual benefit event that features piano music by our own members and special guests. Everyone is encouraged to dress in black and white formal attire. Dig out that tux or sequin-studded black dress that hasn’t seen the light of day for years gone by. Extravagant headgear is also encouraged. After the concert we treat ourselves to a potluck of exclusively black and white finger food. Remember to bring finger food – nothing that needs a fork or other utensil. Tickets are reasonably priced at $20 in advance and $25 at the door, but you can always give more.
Keep Singing, Severin  
Nominations are Open!
At Sunday’s Town Hall meeting, nearly 60 of you hearty souls braved the fierce southern California winter weather to hear about volunteer opportunities at PUC. One of the presentations was by Clay Bosler, on behalf of the Ministerial Search Committee Nominating Committee, aka Transition Team (phew!) During his presentation, Clay announced that they are seeking nominations (or volunteers) who will be willing to serve on the seven member committee that will be charged with leading the church in its search for a new, called minister. Members of this committee must be members in good standing at PUC, willing and able to serve on this vitally important committee for approximately 18 months, beginning in April or May. The team will ideally have seven dedicated, hard-working folks who represent our congregation demographically, theologically, and functionally (Social Justice, RE, Music, Worship, Food Ministry). Computer skills would be most welcome, but the ability to maintain confidentiality, and to work effectively as a member of the team are paramount. While the work will be demanding, especially between January and June of 2017, it is both vitally important and ultimately rewarding work. So, won’t you please consider whether you, or someone you know here at PUC, should be considered for this team? If so, please submit their names to the nominating committee at:
We’re looking to have nominations in by Saint Valentine’s Day, so please consider making this very special offering to our beloved PUC by February 14th. The nominating committee will then be working with this list to ensure we have a solid, well-balanced team, and will be presenting a slate of seven candidates for the congregation to vote on at an April 3rd congregational meeting. The nominating committee consists of Clay Bosler, Lee Ann Hart, Judy Shaffer and Joani Thompson; any of whom will be willing and able to address any questions you may have. Much more information on this process is also available in the UUA Settlement Handbook* on the UUA website.
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

There are still places available for your 5-12-year-old at Parents' Night Out on Saturday, February 13.  We will be available from 5p.m. To 9:45 p.m. To make sure your child (children) have a great time with PUC friends while you get some time to enjoy a night off.  This is a fund raiser for us and an opportunity for you, so sign up this Sunday at the Welcome table.  If you want to attend the Black and White Concert, (and who does not want to enjoy this popular musical event at PUC?), we are your most convenient option.  Want to bring friends to the Black and White Concert?  They too, are welcomed to use Parents' Night Out for childcare needs.

If you might be interested in teaching one Sunday a month or more in our RE program, please get in touch with me.  This would require about 30 mins ahead of the class to familiarize yourself with the lesson, and leaving Sunday service with the children and teaching until about 11:30, when the service lets out.  What could be more rewarding than building relationships with the future of our church?

Thanks to Missy Rogers for capably organizing Secret Pals again this year.  Thanks also to all participants.  This fun and easy way to make friends across generations will culminate on February 14th, when identities are revealed and Pals have lunch together on the patio.


Love and Wonder,


Religious Education Fall Calendar


Feb.  7 Multigen Service

Feb. 14 RE Classes

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…
“I think trees should bloom earlier in the spring. They act like they are on a schedule. It’s not like they have anywhere to go.” 
                                           ― Jarod Kintz, This Book is Not FOR SALE 
It is hardly the first week of February. 
And spring is more than a month away but when the sun shines and the air is the tiniest bit warm, the friends easily forget the wind, rain or the chilling cold from the night before. It doesn’t help that the beautiful ornamental pear tree outside the Voyager’s room is teasing us with buds and flowers and the hills around us are already emerald green. 
Young children need to experience their learning with their whole bodies, so when they start acting like “kids” (baby goats), all one can do is open the doors, shoo them outside and start looking for seeds and Dixie cups.
Has spring really sprung?! 
I don’t look forward to telling the winter veggies, they better hurry up.
Director, Pacific Sage Preschool
Practice Your Spanish

A Spanish language conversation group will be forming soon. We will meet in the Library on the 1st and 3rd Satrurdays at 10:00 a.m. (alternating with the French group which is on the 2nd and 4th). 

For Further Information contact Kimiko Miwa or Barbara Paulsen.

Women Reading and Responding Book Club

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

February: The Boys in the Boat -Daniel James Brown
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 Penny Good.
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.

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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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