The View: PUC's weekly newsletter
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March 31, 2016
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by noon on Wednesday.
Sunday Service 10:30 a.m.
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Contents
April 3rd Sermon
HOW FREE IS FREE RELIGION?

Today James will explore the costs of being in a spiritual community. What are we being offered by belonging? And what it takes from us to make it happen. Might be fun.
April 10th Sermon
Mistakes Were Made:


A Meditation on the Ecological Crisis.
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Join us for Kickoff Sunday!

Join us this Sunday morning as we kickoff our three week pledge drive.  Every year each one of us makes known his or her financial commitment to share in the work of PUC.  The 2016/2017 fiscal year presents some especially unique challenges for all of us to take into account as we plan.  Please consult the pledge materials you received in the mail this week and bring your completed pledge card to church with you.  There will be additional pledge forms available on Sunday morning.  If you are unable to participate in pledging this year, please speak with Reverend James in confidence for a waiver to remain a member in good standing.  See you this Kickoff Sunday!

A Founder's Message: It's Up to Us

Fifty-nine years ago last March 17, a group of about 30 people with their children met in the community room at Walteria Park to discuss the possibility of forming a Unitarian fellowship in the South Bay. We were of various religious backgrounds, mostly vaguely Christian, some lifelong Unitarians from New England, some lapsed Catholics, some Jewish, and others as well, all dissatisfied  with the churches available locally.  Many had been to the Unitarian churches in Long Beach or Santa Monica  but those were too far away to achieve a sense of community.

Among the group was Harry Shuder, a retired Unitarian minister who offered to lead the effort without being paid.   We agreed to create the fellowship and got down to the business of organizing what became the Pacific Unitarian Church.   We all have to assume responsibility for carrying this legacy forward.

From the beginning, the church has been self-financed, built principally on its members’  financial support.   We ought to continue this financial support. I hope you will join Barbara and me in our long-time support of a Unitarian Universalist community in the South Bay.

George Gleghorn



Pledging Stock Can Double Your Tax Savings

It's far easier for me to give a healthy increase in my pledge amount when the IRS helps pay for it.  I'm planning to give stock with a value that is almost entirely capital gain, giving me a capital gains and income tax savings equal to over half my full pledge.  Allow me tell you how this works.

If you have stocks that are worth more than you paid for them, you can give any portion of that investment to PUC for a double tax reduction. One, because you are gifting, you do not pay capital gains tax on any growth you have on the donated portion of the investment. Two, you are allowed to deduct the full present value of the stock as a charitable donation (if you itemize your deductions and have held the investment more than a year).

 For example: If you are in the 25% marginal tax bracket and donate $1,000 of Microsoft shares that you bought for $500, you save the capital gains tax, $75, as well as have a charitable deduction of $1,000 that can reduce your federal taxes another $250. The result is that the $1,000 donation only reduced your household budget by $625. Or it's like selling one stock and being able to invest in another stock without paying the capital gains tax. The California tax savings probably decreases the impact on your budget even more. Now that’s a great deal for you and for PUC.

Tara Unverzagt
Certified Financial Planner
2016/2017 Pledge Committee Chair
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
&
Concerns
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Wendy and Heather Clancy, members of the church, are seeking your prayers and good thoughts. Heather, 12 years old, and had brain surgery for a germ cell tumor, a pure cell germinoma. Cards are very welcome. Their address is in the PUC directory. 
 
We are also putting together a meal system for the family. Wholesome, freezable meals are sought, to be augmented with fresh salads as we can. Kim will have information available on Sunday, please come by to learn how you can help the Clancy's get through this busy time.
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To have your joy or concern appear here, send it to
[email protected] 
or call the PUC office.  For information on how to do so, scroll down to the
end of The View.
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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 
[email protected]
 

Sunday Hospitality
Volunteers


It takes many hands to
make a Sunday.  Special thanks
to all of our volunteers!



Greeters
Marty Gorman
Clay Bosler

Welcoming Trustee
Mike Buttitta

Welcome Table
Lee Ann Heart
Pam Harris

Top Chef
Debi Robinson

Usher
Brad Shreve
 
 
News from the Transition Team
 
The Transition Team’s recommended slate for the Ministerial Search Committee will be voted on at the Congregational Meeting April 3rd.  We selected a team we felt would best represent PUC's diverse demographics and meets the guidelines for UUA's Ministerial Search Committees. Those individuals are Caitlin Masters, Darcy Carroll, Gary Hart, Janet Kissner, Maurice Chevalier, Naresh Deo, and Pam Harris.
 
The Transition Team is now concentrating on working with the Trustees, District, and the UUA Transition Ministry staff to identify a second interim Minister, to serve us from the time of James' departure (August or September of this year) through the arrival of our newly called Minister in August or September of 2017. We have submitted our application to the UUA and on May 9th or 10th will be given names of ministers who are interested in serving PUC as an interim for one year starting this fall.  We will be reviewing ministerial applications for the interim position during May and hope to be able to make a recommendation to the Board by late May. Please contact the Transition Team at [email protected] with any questions you might have.

 Clay Bosler, Lee Ann Hart, Joani Thompson, Judy Shaffer
Friends of the LA River “FOLAR” has been leading the charge to revitalize and reimagine the LA River for 30 years.  FOLAR was founded on the belief that “effective advocacy, education, collaboration and imagination can accomplish great things” (sounds like our kind of organization!)  For 27 years, FOLAR has been bringing together diverse communities affected by the river for the shared goal of cleaning up and beautifying this vital resource.  This year’s Great LA River Cleanup is even more urgent because EL Nino has swept trash accumulated over many years of drought into the channel. 
 
PUC will join with 9,000 other volunteers in this critical community event.  Join PUC on April 30, 2016 from 9 a.m. to noon as we volunteer to cleanup a portion of the LA River at Golden Shore Marine Reserve in Long Beach.  Families with children are welcome!  Sign up and sign a waiver at the Social Justice/Green Sanctuary Climate Justice table this Sunday! 
ALL BELOVED PETS ARE WELCOME!
SUNDAY   |   APRIL 24   |   10:30 AM


You know your animal and what would make them comfortable around many other species and people - maybe a leash or a carrier. You are also welcome to bring photos or a stuffed animal to represent your pet.
Mother's Day Announcement
 
May 8th Mother’s Day— Pacific Unitarian Church welcomes with pleasure the St. Petersburg Men’s Ensemble in concert at noon.  The deep, richly blended voices perform Russian sacred and folk music.  Kirill, Andrei, Sergey and Vadim fill the Hall with cathedral sound.  There will be a small charge.

Carolyn Waters
Upcoming Membership Sessions!

Sign up for one - April 10 or May 22...Held 12 - 2 PM.
Following these classes, we will host a New Member Ceremony:  SUNDAY, May 29 at 10:30 AM. Sign up, and you will receive the packet to read and to fill out before the session. Get information at the Welcome Table or email Kim Gosney at [email protected]  We so look forward to getting to know you better!
 
Religious Education Spring Calendar

 

April

April 3 RE Classes

April 10 RE Classes

April 17 RE Multigen Blessing of the Animals

April 24 RE Classes



May  

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
    

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.

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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: [email protected]

Suggested Donation: $15/class. 

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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 Kim Gosney.
 
 
CALENDAR
 
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

Congretional Meeting

Making PUC Work for You

-Vote on the Ministerial Search Committee slate

-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

[email protected]
This email is forwarded to the trustees, Lead Minister, Director of Congregational Advancement, Director of Religious Education, and Pacific Sage Preschool Director.

[email protected]
This email is forwarded to the trustees & Lead Minister (ex-officio.)

 

John Einhorn, President      [email protected]
Randy Ripley, Treasurer     [email protected]
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
 
[email protected]
 

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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Contact Us:

Office: (310) 378-9449    Fax: (310) 378-1508

[email protected]     www.pacificunitarian.org 

The March-April 2016 South Bay Unitarian Fellowship newsletter is available if you click on South Bay Unitarian Fellowship Newsletter
 
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