The View: PUC's weekly newsletter
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April 21, 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 24th Sermon

Blessing of the Animals

Kim Gosney

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.
May 1st Sermon

Today James will explore the questions of diversity. He believes it is critical for us as a nation to be as open as possible, and he believes it is equally important for us as a congregation.

Reverend James Ford
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.

Heather Clancy, 12 years old, is diagnosed with a pure cell germinoma and is undergoing chemotherapy. It has been a challenging couple of weeks for the family.
Cards are very welcome.
Kim Gosney, Minister of Congregational Life, has information available, please learn how you can help the Clancys get through this busy time.
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!

Barbara Marriot

Welcoming Trustee
Trish Botsko

Welcome Table
Teri Masters
Wendy Clancy

Top Chef
Congregation Potluck

Dee Masters
William Koelsch

We would like to recognize the following members and friends, each of whom agreed to have his or her name shared, who have contributed to the drive to fund the upcoming year.  Many thanks to each one of you.  You are rising to this year’s challenge, increasing your pledging as a group by just under 15%.

Allison, Louise

Arehart, Robin

Barone, Marlene

Bethune, Michele

Blender, Tracy

Block-Miller, Joyce 

Botsko/Bechtol, Trisha & Mike  

Buttitta Sandra, Micheal

Childers/Einhorn, Lora & John   

Coke/ Light, Ollie & Lillian

Fields, Amy

Garcia, Greg & Melissa

Gleghorn, George & Barbara

Hanner, Betty

Hart, Gary & Lee Ann

Kissner, Janet & Andy

Knipps, Bill

Koelsch, William

Lardiere, Rocco

Lewis, Tracy & Bruce

Marriott, Barbara

Masters, Teri & Dee

Matson-DeKay, Karl & Andrea

McKenzie, Jill

McNeil, Sandy

Meikle, Margo

Moss, Claire

Nitzschner, Connie & Ray     

Osborne, Dale

Owen, Susan

Rickey, Kathy

Ripley, Deb & Randy

Saunders, Betty

Shaffer, Judy

Tordella, Jean

Unverzagt, Tara

Wilson, Jeanne

Each one of you is helping to ensure that the good work of PUC can continue.  If you are late getting your pledge in this year, there is still time.  Register it online using the pledge form or stop by the pledge table this Sunday.

Your 2016-2017 Pledge Team

Why Is PUC Important?
The Mountains Are Calling!
The Mountains Are Calling us.... calling us to come together for a party Sat May 14 at 5pm Calling us to bid on dinners and outings with fellow PUCers; calling us to bid on services or items.  Calling us to be a part of the grand annual PUC Auction! This year, a portion of the proceeds will go to the Craig Block Scholarship Fund at Camp de Benneville. The rest of the proceeds go directly to the operating fund of our beloved church.

A lovely meal will be provided by our Food Ministry and there will be a no-host beer and wine bar. Free childcare will also be available. Please RSVP by May 10 at the welcome table if you are interested in childcare that night.

The whispering winds are also calling you to: donate 
beer or wine, volunteer to bartend the night of the event, help during the live auction portion of the evening, sell raffle tickets and/or submit your event or offering up for auction!

Contact Jen Hocutt, Missy Rogers, Marlene Barone or Barbara Paulson to let us know how you will help or to ask any questions you may have.  We look forward to spending the evening with you.
Why Is PUC Important?
How To Pledge

It’s easy, and there is no need to pay until the new church year.  If you don’t register your pledge now, it can’t be used to plan 2016-2017, and the planning on the final budget starts next week.  Stand up and be counted now.

You can go to the pledge page of the PUC website.
Visit the PUC office, pick up and complete a pledge form.

Call Tara Unvezagt, Jean Tordella, or Lora Childers and one of us
will complete the form for you over the phone.

If you have questions about donating stock, contact Randy Ripley or Tara Unverzagt

All contact information is in the PUC directory, which you will find in the Members section of  Tara’s contact information has recently been added at the very end of the directory.

Why Is PUC Important?

Upcoming Membership Sessions!
Sign up for 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!
Why Is PUC Important?

Potluck, Pledge & Pet Event
Sunday, April 24 During and After the Service

Get ready for  one of the most fun Sundays of the year!  
PUC we all pitch in because that’s just the kind of people we are. And we’ve figured out it’s fun! Bring your potluck item and your pet this Sunday, and take this opportunity to get your very last minute pledge in. (We’ll hold the leash for you.)

Do you make a fantastic crock pot of chili, soup, or something else yummy? Are you known for your delicious side dishes or scrumptious desserts? Vegetarian and vegan options are always popular.   Food Ministry will round it all out to make sure there is something for everyone! Drop your potluck contribution off in the kitchen when you arrive, and bring your well behaved pet to the service. Be sure to email Margo ahead of time at with your potluck contribution – and avoid 15 Mac & Cheese dinners! 

Why Is PUC Important?
There still is time to sign up and join PUC as we partner with Friends of the LA River and over 9,000 volunteers from throughout the Los Angeles area to clean up the LA River!  PUC volunteers will be posted right in our own back yard, at the Golden Shore Marine Reserve in Long Beach.  Families/kids are welcome!  Join us for the fabulous community event!  You must sign up in advance — so stop by the Social Justice table on Sunday or contact Missy Rogers or Cindy Byrne.  
Why Is PUC Important?
Start a Conversation About PUC

Make a statement with a PUC t-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.  Here are directions for your pc: screen locations will be slightly different on your portable device. Once you have searched for “Pacific Unitarian Church”, select the “Love Beyond Belief! Women's Tee Shirt” which is located near the end of the options. 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.” This will bring you the men’s selection. 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. 

Women’s sizes run one to two sizes small.  For women’s sizes above XL, ordering from the men’s options is the better choice. Men’s t-shirts run true to size.

Why Is PUC Important?
de Benneville Memories

PUC has an annual retreat to Camp de Benneville Pines each spring. This year the PUC annual retreat is on June 10, 11 & 12.  In the weeks leading up to camp, The View will be sharing some de Benneville memories from years past. If you have any special memories you would like to share, please to send them to The View at They will be edited for length, and there is no need to worry about presentation; simply write your memory or memories.

This week’s memory is from the Saturday night "Untalent" Show a few years back.  It was choreographed by David Kane and features Brad Shreve, Randy Ripley, John Einhorn and Dean Curliss, with a special appearance by the inimitable Craig Block.

Click on the picture for a video that is sure to make you crack a grin.
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!
Why Is PUC Important?
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.  $20 suggested donation.
Great Mother's Day gift ideas are also in support of Pacific Unitarian Church. Amazon will donate to Pacific Unitarian Church. Use the link below:
Make Mom Smile on Mother's Day

AmazonSmile Mother's Day Link:
Thank you!
Why Is PUC Important?
Playing in the Sage…

                                  “Home wasn't a set house, or a single town on a map. It was wherever the people who loved you were, whenever you were together. Not a place, but a moment, and then another, building on each other like bricks to create a solid shelter that you take with you for your entire life, wherever you may go.”
---Sarah Dessen, What Happened to Goodbye

I believe you can (and should) have many homes in your life. Pacific Sage Preschool is more than a place for friends, a place to grow and a place for wonder…it is a place a child can call home. Pacific Sage Preschool will open the doors of our “home” to family and friends on Saturday April 30, from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. Join us and spread the word!
Sylvia, Director, Pacific Sage Preschool
Religious Education Spring Calendar



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

May: A Tale for the Time Being - Ruth Ozeki
June: 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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