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March 3, 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!
March 6th Sermon
A Lawyer Asked Jesus, Who Is My Neighbor?
James has always been interested in the parables attributed to the good rabbi Jesus. And few have caught him more than the "parable of the good Samaritan." Come and see if you agree.
Reverend James Ford 
March 13th Sermon
Unintended Consequences

Is there a Law of Unintended Consequences? Like the law of gravity or cause and effect? We will have fun with the unintended, the unanticipated, and the sometimes unwanted this morning and see where it moves us in our quest for meaning. Will you be unintentionally late - because of daylight savings?
Set your clock and join us!

Kim Gosney
Monkey Mind
I mentioned on Sunday how I was invited to continue to serve as interim next year, the second interim year before the church calls its next settled minister. And, I said that I declined. There were two reasons. The first is that I feel it is time for me to move to full retirement. And, the second is that it is my strong feeling the congregation needs a full time interim next year, which, well, as I said in my first reason, I want to retire not go to full time. Now, I’ve been so grateful for the opportunity to serve among you, and for your gracious way of allowing me to ease toward retirement with this time among you. But, it is time for me to begin this next and exciting step in my life. I want to make it crystal clear that I have enjoyed my time thus far at PUC. I have enjoyed working alongside PUC’s extraordinary volunteer leaders and have enjoyed our spiritual journey together.
That said, I want to turn to that point about needing a full time interim minister next year. We are at a very exciting moment in the history of Pacific Unitarian Church. How we approach it will determine how things go here for a number of years to come. It is that important.
This past year we’ve operated on a bare bones budget. What I am proud of is how the leadership has allocated its resources so responsibly. But, in order to do that also meant the minister position was only budgeted for three-quarters time. This was great for me, but, honestly, only good for you because we had money from the Growth & Reinvestment Campaign to pay for a director of ministerial services, which was budgeted through December, and then with private contributions funded through the balance of this church year. Next year to meet the level of services this congregation is used to, and, honestly, needs, we need to budget for a full time interim, which will also have the benefit of creating a line item to pay for a full time called minister next year.
What prompted my remarks on Sunday was the incredible experience I had at the inaugural meeting for this year’s pledge drive committee. They are excited and skillful and ready to go. When they present you with the opportunity, I hope you will look at what is happening here, see where we might go, and be willing to step up and support it as best you can.
It’s up to you. And, my, I know you’re up to it!
See you in church,
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.
Joyce Loranger, one of the founding members at PUC, passed away yesterday. She was 89 years old. She is survived by her 3 children and 5 grandchildren. She was greatly loved and fondly remembered. 
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.
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!

Bill Karg
Clay Bosler

Welcoming Trustee
 Dee Masters

Welcome Table
Melissa Garcia 
Lee Ann Hart

Top Chef
Andy Kissner

Carlos Angeles 
Brad Shreve
Endowment Committee
Looking for bright people interested in learning about the PUC Endowment Committee. Members of the Endowment Committee wants new members from varied backgrounds who are committed to building and sustaining the endowment fund of PUC. You don’t need a background in finance or accounting but if you have, that’s great!

The Fund makes an important contribution every year to the general fund of PUC. If you don’t know what an endowment fund is, are curious about how it gets funded and grows, contact a current member of the Endowment Committee for more information.

Discover the joys of growing our investments and think about joining us. Even if you aren't interested in serving on the committee, we'd love to have you come to a meeting to find out more. Endowment Committee Members: Ann Bailey, George Gleghorn, Bob Monzingo, Judy Shaffer, Paul Slavich, and Tara Unverzagt


Why Zen? First Thursday Zen Meditation and a Talk

At 7 p.m. Thursday evening the 3rd of March we will continue 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.
De Benneville Pines
Make sure you register when registration opens to ensure your spot! 
Here are some upcoming camps:
Elementary camp - July 10 – 16
Jr. High camp - July 17 – 23
Sr. High camp - July 24 – 30
Family camp - July 31 – August 6
Camp “Summer Break”:  A Walk in the Woods with John Muir, A Retreat Designed for Adults -- August 13 - August 17
Singing in the Pines! -- Saturday, August 13 – Wednesday, August 16, 2016
Multi-Cultural Renaissance Module (PSWD LREDA) -- March 29 -  March 31. 
Women's Retreat 2016 featuring Emma's Revolution -- May 13 – 15
Lots of options - check out the De Benneville Pines website and calendar! OR

RE News

This is the last week for parents to let me know if they and their 10th to 12th grader are interested in attending a 10-12th grade OWL class this spring.  Owl is our nationally recognized sex education course which is designed to be developmentally appropriate, give accurate and complete information, and address sexuality in the context of relationships and from a standpoint of empowerment and responsibility.  The current version was designed by collaborators from the UUA (Unitarian Universalist Association) and the UUC (United Church of Christ).  Parents as well as the student must attend sessions regularly.  Parents will be going over the curriculum that their children will be learning ahead of the students' class session.  Church email is being updated, so I ask any interested parties to let me know at my personal email address, which is  If you have emailed me at another address and I have not responded, I did not get your email.

We have decided to offer OWL to 6th and 7th graders next fall, and to 8th and 9th graders in the Spring of 2017.  I already have several names interested in each of these groups, but if you have not contacted me, please email me at the above address.  If we have spoken but you know that I can lose information that isn't written down, so you email me to be sure, that would be great!  If I have an email from you, rest assured that you are on my list.  As with the 10-12 OWL, parents will also be expected to attend regularly.  As you become aware of commitments that must be kept, please communicate them so we can try to schedule around when possible.  We generally meet on Sunday afternoons, but will also have overnights.  If you have a choice, it is not a great time to start a new activity that requires missing Sundays, because that will be hard for us to schedule around, and may mean your child won't be able to participate.  The course is very comprehensive, and it is hard for people who miss some of it to come back into the class, so we want as close to 100% attendance as possible.

Our kinder though 5th graders are working on a special tablecloth which, when completed, will have their names and other patches they make added.  Be there this week to get your name on the cloth!  Our Voyagers are continuing to enjoy their “Amazing Grace” class in Ethics, and our high schoolers are busy conceiving and planning an Interfaith Event.  Stay tuned to find out when and where and what.

As always, I cannot say often enough how grateful I am for the teachers who work with our children.  Their dedication and commitment to PUC and our future is a treasure.  I also would like to draw special attention to our childcare providers, Zoe Zupon and Sianna Bethune, for doing an amazing and professional job.  They show up, they work hard, and they are quite skilled in dealing with everything from separation anxieties to hurt feelings to temper tantrums, which are rare, because they are so skilled.  Tell them thanks when you get a chance.  We couldn't ever pay them what they are worth!

We know there are many things that compete for your attention on Sunday mornings, and are always happy to see your child and spend time with her/him at PUC.  Our children are busy building community with each other; one of the most important underpinnings of spiritual strength.  They are so happy to see each other again on Sundays, and their joy in that is a great reminder of how lucky we all are to have each other. 

Love and Wonder,


Religious Education Fall Calendar


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)

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 donated by Olga Slavich.
Kathryn D. Loseff
October 19, 1958  —  January 13, 2016

Please join us to celebrate the life of Kathryn D. Loseff
on Saturday, March 5, 2016 at 2 p.m.,  
5147 Elkmont Drive Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA 90275
(310) 375-5045
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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