The View: PUC's weekly newsletter
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April 14, 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 17th Sermon

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

Kim Gosney
April 24th Sermon

Blessing of the Animals

Kim Gosney
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 began 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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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!

Betsy Walters
Ray Waters

Welcoming Trustee
John Einhorn

Welcome Table
Amy Fields
Melissa Garcia

Top Chef
Margo Meikle

Elizabeth Drake
Melissa Tyrell

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.

That's What I'm Talkin' About

We have each been given an opportunity to share our answer to the question: Why is PUC important?  If you haven’t yet, stop by the table on the patio this Sunday, make your own flag, and hang it for all to see.  Stroll along our lengthening banners and see what members of your community are saying. 

Your 2016/2017 Pledge Team

“PUC is a second home, a place where I can 
believe and love without fear of judgement.  
It’s the safest, most fun community I’ve ever 
had the chance to be a part of.”

“A community of support.”

“PUC is important to me because no matter
what religion you are,
you are accepted and
cared for.”

“The UU church is important to me because 
it has
respect for reason & strives to create 
a better world.”

“PUC is an amazing community and I feel 
fortunate to be a part of it!”

“Gathering of good peopleExchange of 
different ideas.  Peaceful surroundings.”

“PUC is important to me because it is a 
place of
sanctuary for all ideas!”

“We love the community feel.”

PUC Food Ministry
“It’s a part of who the congregation is.”

Some times things go so right.  Every Sunday our PUC community comes together for worship followed by fellowship on the patio over brunch.  It’s a reason to stay and enjoy time with our fellow Unitarian Universalists. This breaking bread together has become our weekly communion. Come, sit down to brunch, or simply have a cup of coffee, and meet someone new.

Next Sunday We’re All in the Food Ministry!

Join the fun and bring an offering for next week's brunch buffet potluck. Do you make a fantastic crock pot of chili, soup, or something else yummy? Are you known for your delicious side dishes or scrumptious deserts? Next week is the Sunday to show them off. Vegetarian and vegan options are always popular.   Food Ministry will round it all out to make sure there is something for everyone!

Be sure to email Margo at with your contribution – and avoid 15 Mac & Cheese dinners!  

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! 

Wondering what to wear at Camp de Benneville this spring?

Make a statement with a PUC tee shirt or sweatshirt.  You can make your custom top from a variety of style and color options.  Pictured above are just four possibilities of many.  Design your own shirt and more by going to and searching for "Pacific Unitarian Church."  

To find your clothing options be ready to make a few clicks.   Select the “Love Beyond Belief! Women's Tee Shirt.”  Scroll down to look at the bottom right hand side of the screen for your various shirt options.  To see your color choices, click on the style you like.   For men’s options you will also start with the “Love Beyond Belief! Women's Tee Shirt.”   Look at the bottom right hand side of the screen and select “Men’s Basic Dark T-shirt.”  Again, look on the bottom right hand side of that screen for all the men’s options.  Click on a style to see your color options. 

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…

“Well I hit the rowdy road
And many kinds I met there
And many stories told me of the way to get there
So on and on I go, the seconds tick the time out
So much left to know, and I'm on the road to find out…”
                                                         ---Cat Stevens
The children and I would like to thank whoever left a red plasma-car in front of the door to the preschool. We hope it was for us, but then possession is 9/10th of the law. (We say just try and get it back!)
It was so popular the first couple of days that one of the children brought hers so “turns can be longer.” These cars have created an incredible amount of learning opportunities for the friends. We have a clipboard posted so everyone can sign up for a turn. This puts learning to write your name into a more meaningful context.  But more importantly, is all the social skills, language and imagination that happens, as they race around, wheels click-clacking, calling out to each other “Come on. Let’s go!”
…Because who isn’t on the road to find out?!
Pacific Sage Preschool
Religious Education Spring Calendar



April 17 RE Classes

April 24 RE Multigen Blessing of the Animals



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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