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May 5, 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 8th Sermon

Today is Mother’s Day, a complicated holiday, invoking pain as well as joy, and deserving of much more attention than a Hallmark Card can provide. James will try.

Reverend James Ford
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.
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!

Jean Tordella
Peggy Tigerman

Welcoming Trustee
Dee Masters

Welcome Table
Kris Williamson
Kim Pratto-Star

Top Chef
Margo Meikle

Kevin Gallagher
Amin Damji

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. Look for her on the patio after the service this week.

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!
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.

So Close We Can Taste It!

The final pledges are still rolling in. As of this writing, our three week campaign raised just over $229,000, or 95.5% of the way toward our goal. This includes the anonymous gift from a very generous member for $25,000. The Trustees and the Pledge Team would like to acknowledge all the pledges and thank you for the degree to which you stretched your giving.  The funds will make a difference.

The difference between our current total and our goal of $240,000 comes to just $100 per member.  Given this difference, Pledge Team Chair Tara Unverzagt added an additional $1000 to her pledge and invites those of you who envision fully funded programs, maintenance, and support staff to join her.  Please consider following Tara’s lead and pledging an additional a few percentage points more for the new fiscal year. Simply fill out a second pledge card in the office or go to the pledge page on the PUC website.

Thank you all again for your enthusiasm and generosity throughout this campaign.  Serving as your pledge team has been our honor.

With gratitude,

Your 2016/2017 Pledge Team
Tara Unverzagt, Chair
Jean Tordella
Lora Childer

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.


Camp de Benneville Pines Retreat
June 10, 11, 12
Angelus Oaks, CA

Come join with friends and family at PUC's annual retreat at Camp DeBenneville Pines from June 10, 11 & 12. This year our theme is May the Forest Be With YUU and features themed events and activities that will be lots of fun! Camp Co-Deans Andy & Janet Kissner will be on the PUC patio most Sundays between now and camp to answer questions and provide registration information. Please email Andy at or Janet at with any questions. We hope to see YUU there!

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!  


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 8   Mother's Day 

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 Kim Gosney
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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