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January 7, 2016
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Upcoming Sermons

Sunday Hospitality Volunteers
 This Weekend Game Night
New Member: Meet Claire Warner

Guest at Your Table
Family Religious Education News
Playing in the Sage
Chefs Needed
 Women Reading and Responding Book Club

January 10th, Sermon 
How To Grow A Soul

James doesn't think we are born with souls, but rather we grow them with our lives. Come and see what you think.

Reverend James Ford

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
Who's That?

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Sadly, Craig Block is now on Hospice. He and his doctors tried their utmost, but his foe was too much for them. Thank you for your cards, letters and videos of love and support. He's still "hanging in" with palliative care around the clock. Keep the family in your thoughts and prayers.

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!

Jean Tordella
Peggy Tigerman

Welcoming Trustee

Welcome Table
Kris Williamson

Top Chef
Margo Meikle

Kevin Gallagher
Melissa Tyrel

PUC Game Night    
Saturday, January 9
6:00 p.m. in Classroom One

Join us for an evening of Board Games, fun talk, new and known friends and brain exercise. Bring a snack or a drink to share and your favorite games. All ages, political and religious denominations are welcomed. Hope to see you there!


New Member: Meet Claire Damecour
I stumbled into UU church when one of my regular Friday night 12 step group meetings was held at a UU church in Glendale, Arizona as our regular venue was closed that evening.  I was intrigued by the decorations on the wall, suggesting they accepted all religions, and even none, I have been an atheist since age 17, after 12 + years of Catholic Schooling.  I was interested, I had been looking for a spiritual community to join, and started attending on Sundays.  At the time I was also visiting a Buddhist temple and doing Vipassna meditation. When I moved out West I wanted to continue to attend UU church, so I looked for the nearest UU church on line.  I went to the fellowship in Redondo beach once, but was not happy with that, so came up to PUC.
I have many knacks. writing, singing, sculpture, music, but I am most passionate about helping others, and have dedicated my life to that, as a physician and volunteer.  I spend my Saturday afternoons with my "Little Sister" Maria (with BBBS), my Tuesday nights teaching ESL for free with South Bay Literacy Council, my Wednesdays in San Pedro volunteering at Harbor Interfaith childcare and Toberman house after school homework help and guitar lessons. On Mondays I take song writing lessons, Fridays is ceramic sculpture, I also participate in Omnilore classes on alternate Wednesdays, I love to attend the South Bay Chamber Music society concerts at PUC on Sunday afternoons, but I also go to a Spanish Speaking meet-up group to keep up my fluency. Saturday mornings you will find me twice a month up at PUC practicing my French. And Wednesday evening is choir practice.  I love to sing!

I enjoy meeting people and learning from them and PUC is a great place to meet intelligent, kind people with fascinating life histories.

I grew up in the province of Quebec, mostly in the Montreal area, and I left due to political, career and economic reasons. I was not willing to support the separation of Quebec from Canada, not with my vote, my tax dollars nor with my medical skills.

I am twice divorced, single and my two children are grown and in university out of state. I am semi-retired and I have an active 3-year-old dog that forces me to go walking. I still don't know what I want to be when I grow up and "I still haven't found what I'm looking for."

Thank you to those who supported Guest At Your Table. Please drop checks off in the office or contribute on line at
HEADS UP..........UU anti-white supremacy activist, Chris Crass will be in UU Long Beach's pulpit this coming Sunday Jan. 10. Amazing delivery and messages he always brings...puts so many UUs into action! Services are 9 and 11, details on their homepage Http:// I'll be going for the 11:00 service, If you would like a ride, call me, I'm in the directory.  Sandy McNeil SJ/UUSC Ministry 

RE News

RE continues to search for people willing to help out in the classrooms.  We would love to be able to hold classes three weeks out of four, rather than two of four, so that our kids have a more consistent RE experience.  This also makes us more appealing to visitors with children.  However, we need extra teachers for our younger children from age 4 to 5th grade in order to hold class more often.  Please contact me if you can give one or two Sundays a month.

We will be holding a parent meeting for YRUU parents in the library after the service Sunday. We want your feedback about our programming for your high schooler.  Go through the line and get your lunch, then come eat with us while we explain our new curriculum, and get your ideas.


Love and Wonder,



Playing in the Sage… 
“The potential of the average person is like a huge ocean un-sailed, a
new continent unexplored, a world of possibilities waiting to be
released and channeled toward some great good.”
   --Brian Tracy 
Our first day back from winter break, the friends and I made beautiful turquoise blue play dough that smelled like roses. 
Watching the friends squish, smash, roll (and try to eat) the dough, I was amazed by their stories about their work. They were all using the same material but no one was making the same thing. A snake-like shape could easily be an alligator, worm, or spaghetti (or simply a snake-like shape).  And new play dough is the best…it has so much sensual creative potential waiting in its warm and cooperative blobby-ness. If I had to choose what kind of a toy I’d want to be, I’d be play dough…purple and smell like lavender. There would be no limit to what I could become!
Really, who wouldn’t want their lives in the new year to be filled with that kind of creative opportunity?
As we begin a new year, Pacific Sage Preschool wishes everyone a… “Happy Play Dough New Year”!
Pacific Sage Preschool
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

Women Reading and Responding Book Club

Third Monday of Each Month
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.

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
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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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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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