The View: PUC's weekly newsletter
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April 7, 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!
April 10th Sermon
Mistakes Were Made:

A Meditation on the Ecological Crisis.

Reverend James Ford
April 17th Sermon

This sermon examines Franz Schubert’s life, music and poetry to pique our interest in his beliefs.

Kim Gosney

Monkey Mind
I was asked what I thought about interim ministers, and what they are supposed to do for a congregation. And, I realized I’m actually a pretty good person to answer that question. Partially, of course, because I am doing it, practicing on you all in case you haven’t noticed. But, also, I have some informed views about us as a congregation here at PUC and about what interims can do for a church, and this church in particular.
Interim ministers come in several flavors, but two are significant for our purposes. I belong to the group that are recent retirees. We bring a range of experience, and are near completely unshockable. While we’re good for the unexpected, we are best for churches that are not dealing with big issues but are simply moving from the service of one minister to the next. We can provide stability and a sense of the bigger picture. And I think that’s a good thing.
And, that brings us to the other principal flavor, the professional interim. Here you get someone who has specialized in the issues of transition, who are familiar with the traps and possibilities within this liminal time between what was and what is to be. A particularly talented interim minister should be able to assist the leadership in identifying the issues the congregation is dealing with both in the short term and long term, holding up the realities of the situation and suggesting adjustments to priorities, and most of all to the budget.
This can be very important, and is a skill. As one of the recent retirees I certainly can do much of this, but I’m also aware that like anything one does it best by doing it often, and the interim, a good interim, has sharpened these particular skills relevant to immediate change. And you just can’t beat the right experienced, professional, interim.
And, of course, for us there is that one other thing. I am here less than full time. We’ve been able to do all that we do because we also have had Kim Gosney with us. With she and I gone next year, it is very important if we can do it, to have a full time minister. First, as the interim for next year, and as the lead in for the next settled minister.
So, one more word about our annual operational pledge drive. We’re off to an amazing start. But, we need to take it all the way through. So, if you’ve made your pledge, thank you, thank you! And, if you haven’t yet, please think about the church, what it has meant for you, what you think it can do for others, and make the most generous pledge you can at this time.
Did I say thank you? Thank you! 

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.
Lou Sutherland
Reminder: a memorial for Lou Sutherland is scheduled at Pacific Unitarian Church on Saturday, April 16, 2016 at noon and we hope you can attend.
Please keep the family in your thoughts and prayers.

Wendy and Heather Clancy, members of the church, are seeking your prayers and good thoughts. Heather, 12 years old, is diagnosed with a pure cell germinoma.
Chemotherapy begins on Monday, April 11.
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 Gosney, Minister of Congregational Life, has 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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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
Mike Buttitta

Welcome Table
Kim Pratto Storr 
Kris Willimason

Top Chef
Andy Kissner

Kevin Gallagher
Amin Damji

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  We so look forward to getting to know you better!

SAVE THE DATE - Sat May 14

WHY? Because it is auction time!
What to do between now and then?  Start thinking what you can create/imagine/share as an auction item.  This is such a great community building event.  The evening itself is filled with fun and friendship, but there will be numerous opportunities to bid on other adventures with your church community.

And Justice Our Foundation

Some of us are spiritual.  Some humanist.  Some Jewish, Buddhist, Christian, atheist, agnostic, exploring.  As diverse as our journeys are, we have each agreed to come together under seven principles.   More than anything else we could do, PUC’s social justice work shows how these principles anchor our church and guide our actions in the world.   Social justice work is also the most welcoming invitation to others to join PUC in an effort to heal ourselves and the world.     

In 2015/2016 PUC donated food, blankets, and more to help fill the critical needs of the working poor and homeless of San Pedro.  We also adopted two families for Christmas.  In 2016/2017 we hope to expand our Social Justice visibility and our efforts.  We recognize the critical role of voting in bringing greater justice to our world and will work on this issue throughout this election. We will raise awareness of the issue of human trafficking in our community.

The Social Justice budget request includes two modest proposals.  First, there is the annual UU Social Justice summer camp.  Our goal is to provide two scholarships, one to a committed teen, to attend this camp and bring back enthusiasm and concrete ideas for how to grow our existing Social Justice program.  Second, our Social Justice committee would like to bring in one to two speakers to inform our congregation about social justice issues and actions.  Well-publicized presentations by highly regarded speakers are an invitation to those outside of PUC, thus raising PUC’s visibility and social justice leadership in the community. 

In the year ahead we will each be given opportunities to put our UU principles into practice through Social Justice work based largely on volunteer hours.  If you would like to learn more about Social Justice at PUC speak with Cindy Byrne or Phyllis “Missy” Rogers.  



Trustee Election 
To coin an expression from the Pledge Drive, “It’s up to US!.”  Your Board of Trustees will be adding three new members for the church year 2016/2017.  The Board currently has seven members, the By-Laws require nine.  One member will be rolling off in June and we will be voting on three new members to serve the customary three year term.  We are in a very exciting time at PUC and this is an excellent opportunity to give of your time and talent to this wonderful church.  If you would like to serve as a Trustee or you would like to nominate someone, please contact one of the current Board members and make that known.  
Together we can do this—-after all——IT’S UP TO US!  
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! 

Pledging: Basic Addition and Subtraction

Three years ago we launched the Growth & Reinvestment Campaign (GRC) and made some much needed improvements.  For those three years we were contributing to two separate things - one pledge to the GRC and one pledge to the general fund.  Those of us who contributed did one of three things: 

  1. found a one time source of money that is now spent
  2. stretched even farther than we typically would have
  3. simply split what we would have made as an annual pledge between the GRC and our pledge to the the general fund

We know a lot of people went with the last option because total pledges to the general fund dropped by about the total amount contributed to the GRC.  If you are one of the individuals or families who did this, please, at a minimum, give strong consideration to returning to the full amount of your pre-GRC level of pledging.  If we are going to afford a full time minister we must start by returning to our pre-GRC level of giving.  Please don’t let this limit your donation if you planned to give more.

Camp DeBenneville Pines - June 10-12, 2016
Come join with family and friends at PUC's annual retreat at Camp DeBenneville Pines from June 10-12, 2016. This year's theme is "May the Forest Be With YUU" and there will be fun events and  activities that speak to the theme. Camp Co-Deans Andy & Janet Kissner will be on the patio most Sundays to answer questions and provide registration information. Please email Andy at or Janet at with any questions. We hope to see YUU there!
2016 District Assembly- April 29-30, 2016 in Santa Barbara, CA
This year's 2016 District Assembly - Pacific Southwest District of the UUA is April 29-30, 2016 in Santa Barbara. The theme is "Draw the Circle Wider: The Prophethood of All Believers." There will be hundreds of Unitarian Universalists coming together for the event which includes worship, workshops, and inspiration. Come for the weekend or drive up for the day on Saturday. Information is available at the PSWD website at  
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
Playing in the Sage…

------African Proverb
"If you want to go far, go with others.
If you want to go fast, go alone."
Nothing is more exciting than the friends working together on some project.
Our numbers are increasing so emotions can run extra high in those initial fragile bubbles of intense focus, collaboration and negotiations.  Each time, as the children become more skilled in the process, the bubble strengthens and solidifies. Becoming a sphere easily constructed that can carry them to wonderfully creative and sometimes hilarious places.
And it’s a lucky day when you are invited to come along for the ride…but remember to bring snacks!
Pacific Sage Preschool                                                                                            
Religious Education Spring Calendar



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

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
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. 

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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