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June 16, 2016
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Pacific Unitarian Church

Stands On The Side Of Love
June 19th Sermon
Letting Go 
Coleman Barks says in a magnificent poem about being a father, "For I have loved them so much, they have left me." Come explore with Clay Bosler why letting go maybe the central tenet in fatherhood, and in life.
June 26th Sermon

Power of Struggle
Personal struggle is never sought, but can reveal our inherent gifts and strengths. Let's explore!
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 Teri Masters, the leader of the Pastoral Care Team at (310) 634-7617 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

Welcome Table
Amy Fields
Kim Pratto-Storr

Top Chef
Margo Meikle

Elizabeth Drake
Melissa Tyrell
On Monday May 9, 2016 the Pacific Unitarian Church Board of Trustees voted to accept the following Mission and Vision Statements as developed by the Strategic Planning Committee. 
We gather as a welcoming, progressive congregation where all are free to seek truth and meaning. We put our UU principles into practice by nurturing the spirit, creating community and working for justice in the world.
We envision PUC as a recognized leading spiritual community seeking to grow, connect, transform, and heal.
Specific Goal Areas to be further developed are:
  1. Self-sufficiency
  2. Lifespan Learning
  3. Social Justice
  4. Outward Focus
  5. Leadership/Ministry
Strategic Planning Committee
  • Kim Crawford
  • Gary Hart
  • Lee Ann Hart
  • William Koelsch
  • Cindy Byrne

Sneak Peak: New PUC Directory Is Underway

Rather than wait until it is perfect, a DRAFT copy is now available in the Members section at, password available from the PUC office. This version includes all the updates known to its makers. Please note that double entries for families that have people with different last names are "in the works” and not everyone has been uploaded yet. 

Members and friends will be called in the coming weeks and months to verify and update information. A copy of this draft directory will be in the office soon. If you would like to expedite corrections to your entry, feel free to stop by and let our Administrator, Gaby know.

Louise Allison

Trish Botsko

Rebecca Dyer

Linda Shahian

Rich Colbery

Ed Slizewski

"How old would you be
if you didn't know how old you are?"
Satchel Paige
Making More de Benneville Memories

Last weekend, June 10-12, 80+ PUC friends and family came together for fun, relaxation and companionship at beautiful Camp deBenneville Pines for "May the Forest Be With YUU".

Some highlights included roasting s'mores at the camp fire, a long hike for the adults and a creek-bed hike for the kids, a guided labyrinth walk, a Vegan cooking demo, blind wine tasting, painting rocks and sticks, and of course, swimming and archery! In the evening, we enjoyed singing and joke-telling at the annual "Un-talent" show. There was a hike that shared details of last summer's camp fire and some folks assisted with a service project of moving rocks at the brand new Pavillion. The weekend ended with a "Star Wars" Sunday service led by PUC's teens.


In addition to making new friends and memories, we honored one of Camp deBenneville Pines' and PUC's most treasured individuals - Craig Block - by scattering his ashes on a mountain hike, at a special area at camp where Craig had spent time mentoring teens, and at Jenks Lake.

Thank you again to everyone who attended and a very special thank-you to those who volunteered to lead activities/workshops, MC the talent show, lead our PUC Sunday service, and much more!

Save the date for next year's camp -- June 9-11,  2017!!!

Playing in the Sage…      
“A life without love is like a year without summer.”
-----Swedish Proverb
The Summer Season is upon us and “Stories in the Sage” is back!
We look forward to seeing all our old and some new friends for a morning of stories, art, and general frivolity...and of course a yummy summer time snack.
This is a free family friendly event!
Spread the word…
Pacific Sage Preschool

Years ago, people told each other stories about where the Earth came from and how people, animals, and plants came to be. Some of these beautiful stories help us connect with the mysteries of the universe. For the first few weeks we delve into this story from the Navajo Nation about how Snail Girl brought fresh water to the world. 

June 19: Snail Girl Session One 
Our kids are introduced to the myth.  We’ll talk together about many things that make fresh water important to us and to the world.

June 26:  Snail Girl Session Two
Our kids create a group mural of a river scene.  We talk about stewardship of the Earth's water and about people coming together in community.

July 3:  Fun With Water
We have a great time with water, playing with it and having fun without wasting too much of it.  Get ready to be wet!

July 10:  Intergenerational Service: Performing Snail Girl Myth
Our kids will join us for the whole service and perform the myth for the congregation.

July 17:  Water Science 
A fun morning soaking up water knowledge!  Science teacher and RE parent Robert Bethune does cool experiments and gives us a new respect for water.

July 24:  Water Music 
Our kids spend a magical morning in the gazebo, as the Peninsula String Trio performs music inspired by water.  

July 31: Dirty Water/Clean Water
Our teens help teach about water scarcity and human needs.  

August 7: Water for Wild Things
Revisiting our water mural, the kids talk about how animals use wild water, and how we keep our rivers clean and safe for animals and people.

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 Sunday's flowers are donated by Ann Bailey in honor of her daughter Allison and Family.

PUC's calendar of events can be found here.
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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