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January 14, 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 some radical hospitality after the service!

January 17th, Sermon 

A Meditation on Martin Luther King. James believes Dr. King was the great American teacher of Mahatma Gandhi's path of soul force and peace as a way of being. Today in these times of violence, these lessons seem more important than ever.
Reverend James Ford

January 24th, Sermon

The act of listening is often unexamined. We will consider sound as an influence on spiritual formation through four experiences and reflect on how sound shapes us.

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.

Joys and Concerns will no longer officially be meeting in the library on Sundays.
I want to thank all of you who've stopped in to share your personal thoughts and given your support to others. It's been a wonderful opportunity for me to meet new friends I sincerely hope your New Year is full of joy. 

- Sandy

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 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
Trish Botsko

Welcome Table
Melissa Garcia
Greg Garcia

Top Chef
Naresh Deo

Elizabeth Drake

Seniors POW WOW
NEXT Thursday December 21
Third Thursday of each month
11:00 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. in the PUC Library

This on-going support group offering fellowship and friendship in hope that our meeting will develop close and helpful bonds among us. Come, participate, and get to know other seniors.


Transition Team--Next steps  

Most of you are aware that our Reverend James Ishmael Ford is serving as our Interim Minister. Many of you may be wondering: “What next?  How do we get our settled minister?” 
Here’s what’s ahead.  A Ministerial Search Committee (MSC) will be formed and tasked with the responsibility of finding the best individual available to serve as our settled minister.  The first step was to select a nominating committee to recommend, to the congregation, candidates to serve on the MSC. The trustees, with the strong support of James, have asked the members of the Transition Team to serve as the nominating committee. 
We are pleased to announce that each current member of the transition team: Clay Bosler, Judy Shaffer, Lee Ann Hart, and Joani Thompson, has enthusiastically accepted this important responsibility
Look for more information in next week’s View regarding the responsibilities, timeline and time commitments to serve on the MSC. We will also be explaining more at the Town Hall meeting on January 31st. The nominating committee will present a timeline for nominations to be received. Please wait until the MSC responsibilities have been more fully explained and instructions on how to nominate individuals have been published before making any recommendations to the nominating committee. 

Thank you.
Dear Friends of South Bay Chamber Music Society,
The next program in our current concert series will be presented at PUC on Sunday, January 17th at 3:00 pm. For directions to the concert venue or for other additional information about the South Bay Chamber Music Society, please consult our web site at:

The Food Ministry is looking for Sous Chefs and one Top Chef.
No experience or skills necessary.
Willing to teach and guide you.

Interested? Please contact Deb at
The Bruhnke family is going to Debenneville Winter Elementary Camp over President's Day weekend! We went 4 years ago and it is amazing! Well worth $145, all included! Who else is in? :)

Women Reading and Responding Book Club

Third Monday of Each Month
Monday January 18th
11:00 a.m. 
PUC Library

January: The Girl in the Swing by Richard Adams
February: Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown

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


PUC's calendar of events can be found here.
Your Dream Budget!
This Sunday the Finance Committee is kicking off the budget building process for the church operating budget for the 2016-2017 fiscal year. See a committee chair or staff member if you want to influence their budget input. Don’t know who’s on committees? Come to the January 31st Town Hall, or check in the office. The budget request forms are available in the church office in the Finance Committee mailbox and completed forms are due back by February 21st. Members of the Finance Committee will be available one half hour after the service Sunday, January 17 to answer any questions you might have.

Congregational Meetings & Town Halls

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

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.

To request being included in 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           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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