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January 28, 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!

January 24th Sermon 

Today James will talk about one of the most significant figures in 19th Century Unitarianism, the abolitionist, Transcendentalist and feminist, Theodore Parker & what he has to say to us today.

Reverend James Ford

January 31st Sermon

"The Creative Universe's Workshop" - Witness one creative play about our planet's birth, wherein humans are given the precious gift of freedom. Kim is our director, Severin is our music conductor, Vicki is our
stage manager and you are among the stars!

Kim Gosney
Who's That?

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We would like to announce a new memorial scholarship fund to allow youth and others who might not otherwise be able to go to Camp de Benneville Pines in honor of Craig Block. If you would like to honor Craig's life by contributing, please send your donation to: 

The Craig Block Memorial Scholarship Fund for Camp de Benneville Pines,
 41750 Jenks Lake Road West,
 Angeles Oaks, CA 92305

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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!

Marvel Burke

Welcoming Trustee
  Mike Buttitta

Welcome Table
Val Richards

Top Chef
Margo Meikle



How busy are we all? We seem to cram so much busyness into the days, weeks, months and years! The concept of a “year,” is roughly one journey of our planet round the sun. As the great wheel has been turning once more, what did you leave behind as the revolution starts again? What did you begin again over the last 28 days? What dream, what conviction, what love travels forward into 2016 with you?
We begin the second month of 2016. Now is a great time to take a measurement of how you are starting this new year. How do we make decisions about the precious time that we have? I am borrowing here from an article about the top regrets of the dying - see if any of these ring true for you...
1. I wish I'd had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.
2. I wish I hadn't worked so hard.
3. I wish I'd had the courage to express my feelings.
4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.
5. I wish that I had let myself be happier.
As February opens, Pacific Unitarian Church has a lot of great things for you to experience beyond our amazing Sunday morning service and brunch. If we view love as something larger than romantic partner love, we have LOTS of LOVING things in store for you! Join us—connect with PUC people, your friends who have never been to PUC, connect with children… IN THE NAME OF LOVE!
The Black and White Concert is Saturday, Feb. 13th at 7:30 pm.  and the RE Committee is providing “Parents Night Out” on the same night!  
Secret Pals will also be running until Valentine's Day! Forge new friendships as you are paired with a big or little person through the exchange of weekly letters and a lunch together at the end.
To open our hearts even deeper, we also have meditation groups - every Tuesday night and a new First Thursday Zen Meditation and Talk Thursday evening the 4th of February, facilitated by interim minister James Ford.
As the musical RENT measures it - 525,600 minutes -  are but an eye-blink, really, but within a year there’s more than ample time for love. So, STOP IN THE NAME OF LOVE with us!



    Are you interested in helping PUC choose our next settled Minister ? 
       Would you like to nominate a potential committee member ?
           Come to Sunday's Town Hall meeting to learn more.
    Send your nominations to:
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  
Why Zen? First Thursday Zen Meditation and a Talk
At 7 p.m. Thursday evening the 4th of February we will begin a monthly program of silent meditation and a talk on Buddhism. At seven there will be a very brief introduction to silent meditation in the Zen style, followed by a twenty-minute meditation period. It will be followed by a talk by our interim minister James Ford, who in addition to being a UU minister has been authorized as a teacher in two Zen lineages. This first gathering James will address the question, “Why Zen?” There is no charge. And all are welcome.

RE News

Thanks to the parents who picked their children up from classes right after church.  It is so much nicer for our teachers when they get to eat lunch on the patio with their friends!

Thanks to those who have signed up for Secret Pals.  We would like 100% participation from RE, so please help your children sign up.  See Missy on the patio for details or grab me.  We will need a lot more adults to sign up so that our kids get to know a bit more about our church members.  This is fun, takes only a little time, and is as easy as sharing a few things about yourself with a child.

There are still places for your 5-12-year-old in RE's “Parent Night Out”.  Support our program, leave your child in capable hands, and enjoy a night out on February 13th, See Michele Bethune to sign up on Sunday.  (We are limiting this to the first 25 children.)

Finally, we need teachers.  Please consider whether you could give the treasure of your time for our youth.  See me for details.


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…
“From the beginning of time, a certain rock on the Mountain of Fruit and Flowers had been soaking up the goodness of nature and QI energy.  One day this pregnant rock released a stone egg, and from it hatched a Stone Ape, who solemnly bowed to the Four Corners of the Earth — then jumped off to have fun”…Thus begin the adventures of Sun Wukong, the Chinese Monkey King. His (mis-)adventures can be found in Journey to The West (Xiyou Ji) written by Wu Cheng’en in the sixteenth century. (It’s one of China’s Four Great Novels.) Monkey enjoys a trickster role in several world cultures and along with rabbit, coyote, raven and spider, he finds himself falling in and out of wisdom and foolishness. (Sounds like me)
But…it would be a wise thing to join us for some “monkey business” on Saturday – January 30th, from 10 – 11:30am. Pacific Sage Preschool will be celebrating the “Year of the Monkey” with stories, art and snack. This is a free family event and open to the PUC Community and the community at large. It is a great way to get to know the school and its philosophy.
Spread the story!
Director, Pacific Sage Preschool

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 Darcy Carrol.
PUC's calendar of events can be found here.
Your Dream Budget!
At this Sunday’s Town Hall, the Finance Committee will have copies of the Budget Request Form to be used by committees for the upcoming church operating budget starting July 1st. 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 - completed forms are due back by February 21st. Contact a member of the Finance Committee if you have any questions:  Randy Ripley, Trish Botsko, Missy Rogers, Judy Shaffer, Ann Bailey or Claire Moss.

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.

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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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