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May 19, 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!
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.
May 29th Sermon
Cloud of Witnesses: Memorial Day Sunday
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!

Linda Jenson
Barbara Marriott

Welcoming Trustee
Dee Masters

Welcome Table
Teri Masters
Missy Rogers

Top Chef
Debi Robinson

Dee masters
William Koelsch

Smiles All Around for a Successful PUC Auction

Committee: Phyllis “Missy” Rogers, Barbara Paulson, Darcy Caroll & Jennifer Hoccut

The committee extends a tremendous thank you to everyone who came out for the auction last Saturday evening.  We had a great time enjoying one another’s company while we raised money for the church and for Camp de Benneville Pines.  We are still tabulating and are still selling some items, so the final numbers won't be available to share until next week.  But what we do have to share is our gratitude for the volunteers, for the fabulous meal provided by Margo Meikle and the Food Ministry, for the people who donated items and the people who bid on items.

There is still time to be a part of the auction. These items will be available before and after the service on Sunday.  For details go to the auction page of the PUC website by clicking HERE.

205         CURB APPEAL:  1 hour of Marie Hoffman’s expert realtor advise how you can improve the appearance of the exterior of your home and yard. 

207         SHAKING AND BAKING WITH SHANNON:  Fun Saturday afternoon crash course in belly dancing and making cake pops. For adults and children.  

210         30 MINUTE SCALP, FOOT OR HAND MASSAGE by Chelsea Sites

211         PERSONAL FINANCIAL PLAN:  $2,000 value.  Meet with a Tara Unverzagt, Certified Financial Planner, to have a plan designed & tailored for you. Includes: budget analysis; investment analysis; insurance review; estate plan review.

302         DOCENT TOUR OF OUR PUC CAMPUS:  Guided tour with master gardener Brian Masterson.  Tour our garden and composting projects, the canyon, and the bees. Light picnic follows.  Families welcome.  Children free.

303         TEE FOR TWO AND LUNCH TOO: Peggy Tigerman invites you to play 9 holes of golf, followed by a light lunch.

304         CAMP DE BENNEVILLE PINES IS CALLING: Enjoy a weekend retreat.  The camp has several offerings to choose from for adults and youth.  $100 certificate per winner. Use before June 2017.

306         MAKE YOUR OWN BEADED BADGE HOLDER: Erika Sweet invites you to her home in San Pedro to make a beautiful beaded lanyard for your PUC name tag or other badge ID. Family-friendly event!

308         PARTY AT PUC:  Buy a table for 8, invite your friends, and host your mini party at PUC. There will be a DJ, Food and non-alcoholic beverages provided.  BYOB if you like.   Sat June 25, evening, 

309         BALANCHINE BIOGRAPHY MOVIE & CONVERSATION:  Joyce Block-Miller hosts a Saturday afternoon showing of a DVD bio of Balanchine with selections from several ballets.  Desserts, beverages, and conversation to follow.

312         5th ANNUAL SINGLE MALT SCOTCH TASTING:  Lora Childers & John Einhorn invite you to taste and compare a variety of Single Malt Scotches with enhancing pairings.  Attendees must be 21 or older.

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.
 Members of the congregation bring a flower to the Sunday service and during the service all the blooms are gathered into a shared vase. The flowers are blessed by the congregation and then, the end of the service, each person brings home a flower different from the one they brought. The Flower communion service was originally created in 1923 by Unitarian minister Norbert Capek, who founded the Unitarian Church in Czechoslovakia. “The significance of the flower communion is that as no two flowers are alike, so no two people are alike, yet each has a contribution to make. Together the different flowers form a beautiful bouquet. Our common bouquet would not be the same without the unique addition of each individual flower, and thus it is with our church community: it would not be the same without each and every one of us. Thus this service is a statement of our community.”  – Reginald Zottoli
       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


RSVP here and let us know what you will be bringing to the potluck.

See you at the Weenie Roast!

Come Join PUC Friends and Family
at Camp de Benneville Pines

Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
June 10, 11, & 12
Angelus 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.”

Los Angeles Harbor College Music Department
Presents a Recital by
Anita Chang and Rodney Oakes
Friday, May, 27, 206
8:00 PM

Anita Chang and Rodney Oakes will present a concert of music for piano, sackbut, trombone, and the electroacoustic music medium on Friday, May 27, at 8:00 PM in the Los Angeles Harbor College Music Department Recital Hall. Works by Brahms, Schubert, Schumann, Mendelssohn, plus new works for sackbut, trombone, and electronics by Oakes will be presented.  Admission is free. For more information, call (310) 233 – 4429.
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.

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 22 RE Sunday

May 29 Memorial Sunday (TBA)

Women Reading & Responding Book Club
Third Monday of Each Month
11:00 a.m. 
PUC Library

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 Sandra McNeil.
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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