The View: PUC's weekly newsletter
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May 12, 2016
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Upcoming Sermons

Joys and Concerns
Sunday Hospitality Volunteers

This Weekend 2016 Auction: The Mountains are Calling!
Upcoming Membership Sessions

Next Thursday Senior Pow Wow: Support Group
News from the Transition Team
Environmental Priorities Network
Save the Date- Long Beach Pride
Memorial Day Weenie Roast & Potluck
Camp de Benneville Pines Retreat
PUC's Food Ministry at PSWD Assembly
Social Justice and Green Sanctuary Committee: Climate Justice Month
Playing in the Sage
RE Special Remembering Circle
Religious Education Calendar
 Women Reading and Responding Book Club
Gentle Yoga Class for All
Sunday's Flowers
PUC Calendar
 Schedule of Town Halls & Congregational Meetings
Trustees: Names & Contact Information
PUC Address, Office Hours, Directions
Stop Receiving The View

May 15th Sermon
Soar with the Hawks
Did you know that our atmosphere, the incredible thing that we breathe, is estimated to weigh five quadrillion tons? We will explore a meditation on the amazing element of air, that which takes us from our first gasp to our last breath - the very breath of life itself.

Kim Gosney
May 22nd Sermon

UUSC President-Elect Tom Andrews, former Member of Congress from Maine and activist extraordinaire, will talk about how religious communities may be key to major social change in the years ahead and what Unitarian Unuiversalists in particular can do to make that so.
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!

Betsy Walters
Ray Waters

Welcoming Trustee
John Einhorn

Welcome Table
Amy Fields

Top Chef
Andy Kissner

Elizabeth Drake
Melissa Tyrel

PUC’s Annual Auction
Saturday, May 14
5:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Herniksen Hall

The  auction committe and food ministry are preparing a wonderful evening for you Sat. May 14 at 5pm. Copies of the auction booklet will be available on Sunday and it will also be posted on the PUC website. You won't want to miss a thing!  We are still in need of artificial pine trees ( with no lights if possible) to borrow for the evening. Please email if you have one we can use.

You have three Auction to dos:

  1. Your RSVP is important.  Please let us know you are coming through the EventBrite online invitation.
  2. Artificial trees are needed.

Pointers for bidding in the silent auction
Barbara Paulsen will give pointers on the tips and tricks of silent auction bidding. 

Your Auction Committee
Missy Rogers
Barbara Paulson
Jennifer Hocutt
Marlene Barone
The committee needs artificial trees without lights.  If you have one we can use, please email Missy ( or contact another member of the committee to let us know.

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!
Dedication of Tiles on the Memorial Wall
The annual tile dedication will be held Sunday, May 29th after the service.  The following people will be honored:
           Craig Block, Joyce Coutoumanos, Chuck Howey, Gerry Howey,  Marty Rasdall Knipps, J. Robert Shull, and Lou Sutherland.

Seniors POW WOW
NEXT Thursday May 19
Third Thursday of each month
11:00 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. in the PUC Library

This on-going support group offering fellowship and friendship in hope that our meeting will develop close and helpful bonds among us. Come, participate, and get to know other seniors.

News from the Transition Team

    Your Transition Team has been hard at work participating in the UUA's process of Interim Minister selection.
    This week we have received names of the ministers who are interested in serving PUC for the coming year.
    We will be exchanging information with them and arranging interviews. We are excited by the qualifications and experience of those who have responded. We will keep you posted as we proceed with this process.
       Environmental Priorities Network          


The Environmental Priorities Network is sponsoring its eleventh annual Solar Homes Tour in Torrance and the Beach Cities on Saturday, June 11th, from 9 AM to 4 PM. Using the sun to produce electricity is the best thing that can be done to reduce the dangers of the climate crisis. Of course it will save you money as well. A flyer listing the names and addresses of each home owner as well as the time when each home is open to visitors is available. These homes have many other environmental features like solar hot water heating, low voltage lighting, drought –tolerant planting, and electric cars nearby.
To receive the flyer or to obtain more information about this June 11th event, contact Lillian Light at  or 310 – 545 1384 or Diane Wallace  at  or 310 – 266 1241. There is no charge for the flyer or for visiting these homes, but contributions are welcome.  

Save The Date – Long Beach Pride

 The Long Beach Pride Parade is almost here and we have a great group of youth and adults who will be there to represent PUC, but we need more. Come join the fun Sunday, May 22, 2016.  The parade starts at 10:30, but you'll need to arrive 30 - 60 minutes before the parade begins. We are renting a truck again, so those with mobility issues can join in the fun.
To come along and have some fun, please call either Brad Shreve or Maurice Chevalier.  You can also email us at  Our phone numbers are in the church directory.

RE presents PUC's

Memorial Day
Weenie Roast & Potluck

Get ready for some family fun!

PUC kicks off the summer on

Memorial Day

Monday, May  30th 

from noon to 5:00 pm


Bouncy House

Fun Games

Hotdogs - beaf, turkey, and tofu



Link to RSVP and sign up
for your pot luck item available soon.

See you at the Weenie Roast!

Come Join PUC Friends and Family
at Camp de Benneville Pines

Friday, Saturday & Sunday
June 10, 11 & 12
Angulus Oaks, CA

PUC's annual Camp de Benneville Pines weekend is only a month away, June 10, 11 & 12. Many activities are planned including games, arts and crafts, archery, hiking, scavenger hunts, wine tasting, and of course, Saturday evening's UNTalent Show! 

Even more fun than the activities and the memory making is spending time with those we share them with.  Come join the following folks for a FUUN weekend:

Kissners, Garcias, Ripleys, Matson-deKays, Lewises, Einhorn-Childers, Longwinters, Storrs, Dempsters, and Fields.

Couples and Singles
Jennifer & John Hocutt, Clay & Nuna Bosler, Maurice Chevalier & Brad Shreve, Judy Shaffer, Tara Unverzagt, Payal Kadakia, Steve Urmini

That’s just the start. Our list keeps growing as more people register! 

If you or your family members or friends would like to join, please contact co-deans Andy Kissner at or Janet Kissner at to register or with your questions.  And "May the Forest be With YUU."  


de Benneville Memories

Says member Pam Harris, “Everybody needs to go to de Benneville at least once.”  When she went she hadn’t been a member for long.  She shared a ride up to the mountain with another new member and chose well - they had a great time getting to know one another.  One of the highlights for her was joining another new friend late one night and walking to a quiet spot among the trees to stare up at the stars.  “You don’t see skies like that in LA.”  It was magical.  Another highlight was the Wine and Chocolate Tasting session she joined on Saturday afternoon. “Who wouldn’t like that?! It was very well done, taken seriously, and was lots of fun.”   Pam sums it up this way, “Those to me are unique experiences you don’t get if you don’t go to de Benneville.”

PUC's Food Ministry Team Presents at April 30th PSWD Assembly

On Saturday, April 30th in beautiful Santa Barbara, CA, three of our PUC Food Ministry Team members presented at the annual Pacific Southwest District Assembly. The presentation was led by Andy Kissner with Margo Meikle and Naresh Deo. The team shared how over the past three years, PUC's after-church food spread has grown from a simple potluck to a scrumptious buffet lunch! Naresh even cooked a delicious rice dish to share so the participants could experience it themselves. The presentation was well attended and the team has been asked to visit other UU congregations to advise how to start a food ministry program.The conference included sessions, best practice sharing, beautiful music, and district reports. Gary and Lee Ann Hart also attended and we saw Rev Tamara Casanova Suzuki who is the Minister of the Live Oak Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Goleta. Congratulations to the PUC Food Ministry on a job well done!
PUC is a Friend of the LA River!
On Saturday, April 30, PUC members joined thousands of other volunteers for the annual Friends of the LA River (FOLAR) Great LA River Cleanup: La Gran Limpieza.   On Saturday, the last of three weekend events, 1,500 volunteers  picked up an estimated 12 tons of trash!  Over the entire month-long event, 9,000 volunteers came out and proved that Angelenos love their River, collecting 70 tons of trash. This is the largest urban river clean up in America.
Not only was this an important community environmental and cultural event, but a great time was had by all!  Lora Childers says it was a “REALLY fun way to spend a morning … and such a family friendly activity.”  Thanks to everyone who made PUC’s participation possible!  

Playing in the Sage…      

The children of Pacific Sage Preschool were excited to be asked to contribute a piece of art for the “Mountains are Calling Auction” on Saturday – May 14th.  Hope to see you there. This is their Artist’s Statement:

Artist’s Statement
“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.”
                 ----Pablo Picasso
From the moment we are born, it is in human nature to try to understand who we are in the world. To a child, it expresses itself as the need to know…                  
                       “What happens when I do this?”

Pacific Sage Preschool Philosophy encourages a collaborative learning process. Working together, the children created this mixed media piece using first resist and watercolor inks and then collage with Joss and Mulberry papers.
The artists are 2-5 years old.
Pacific Sage Preschool

RE Holds a Special Remembering Circle
Memorial Day Weekend
Sunday, May 29
After the Children Are Sung Out of the Service
RE Classrooms

The Sunday of this Memorial Day weekend, all the children in RE will be together for a Remembering Circle led by member and former parent-child educator Tracy Blender.  They will talk about people who have passed, including PUC’s recent administrator, Craig Block, who was known to many of the children and who passed in December. The focus of the holiday, those who die in service to their community and country, will be discussed. Together they will talk about why this happens and what it might mean. If your child thinks he or she might like to talk about the passing of special people, he or she is invited to bring a photograph.  All the children will have an opportunity to talk about their own now-gone people, if they choose. Parents & grandparents are invited to attend. Of course, children who may be very sensitive about this topic are always welcome in child care during the activity.  Please let RE chair Michele Bethune know that morning and she will explain how.

Religious Education Spring Calendar


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

This week's flower's are donated by the Auction Committee.
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. 

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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