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June 2, 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!
June 5th Sermon
This is Where We are Called to Be.

Flower Communion - Last Sunday of the Church year.
Reverend James I. Ford & Kim Gosney
June 12th Sermon

Suprised by Joy

Exploring Joy with CS Lewis and others

Missy Rogers
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.

Update: Heather Clancy had an MRI and we got the results. Her tumor has shrunk significantly. Both her pituitary gland and stalk are almost normal size. She starts her third round of chemo this week. Keep Heather and her family in your thoughts and prayers.
Kim Gosney, Minister of Congregational Life, has information available, please learn how you can help the Clancys get through this busy time.
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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!

Marty Gorman
Clay Bosler 

Welcoming Trustee
Bruce Lewis

Welcome Table
Lee Ann Hart
 Kris Williamson 

Top Chef
Debi Robinson

Brad Shreev
 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

Board Of Trustees Candidate:
Tara Unverzagt Biography

I grew up as a UU north of Chicago. I first came to PUC with a baby, a toddler, and a Pixie. That would have been around 1998. Two of those children are now in college and the third just graduated last week, May, 2016. My children grew up at PUC and have lifelong friends, as do I.
When I joined the church, Rev Jane and Rev Bob were in the pulpit, but I didn’t see them much. I was back in RE with the kids. I taught in one or two of my kids’ classes, rotating which kid each year. Before my oldest became a Voyager, I taught that class for a year or two, knowing that middle schoolers don’t want their mom around. As the kids went to high school and got involved in sports, they came to church less.
By the time my kids were in middle school, I had joined the Endowment Committee and then became the Treasurer which meant I was in the Finance Committee and Exec Board and went to the monthly Board meetings. I was in this position as we searched for a new settled minister and during Rev John’s first few years at PUC.
I started riding bicycles with my son in 2005 and shortly after started racing. My Sunday mornings became filled with traveling to bike races around SoCal and I wandered from PUC for a while. My son and I traveled the world racing bicycles until he went off to college (I continued after he left). I continue to ride, race a little, and coordinate the volunteers for local, national, and international races at the Carson Velo Sport’s Center. I also started an organization to promote women track racing in SoCal. Cycling keeps me busy when I’m not with the family, at work, or at church.
With the last of my children about to go off to college in January of 2015, I returned to PUC. Unlike previously, I was able to enjoy Sunday Service. My solo adult PUC experience is completely different than I had as a mom with kids in RE. I’ve enjoyed both experiences and can’t say that one is better than the other.
I am married to a former Catholic who loves to come to PUC events that include food. He also has fond de Benneville weekend memories. I suspect he’ll join me as a PUC member… one day.
I have a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Purdue University and an MBA from Pepperdine University. I switched careers when I decided to have kids almost 25 years ago. I’m a Certified Financial Planner, a Registered Investment Advisor, and Registered Tax Return Preparer with the IRS and State of California.
I currently work as a Personal Financial Planner that integrates financial planning, investment advice, and tax preparation for my clients. I’m a financial coach that assists people achieve the most they can with the money they earn and save.
I’m thrilled to be on the Board during this very exciting transition in our history! I have great visions of where PUC is headed and I’m looking forward to the ride getting there.
       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.  
Playing in the Sage…      
 “Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.”
                                                                                     -Anaïs Nin

Pacific Sage Preschool is excited to introduce to the PUC Community our first full-time teacher who started with us June 1st…Ms. Perla Gonzalez
Ms. Perla has a BA in Early Childhood and has worked with young children since 2005. Her most recent experience has been with a Montessori program in the South Bay.
Ms. Perla says “La educacion es el traje de gala para la fiesta de vida” which roughly translates to “education gives us fancy clothes to wear to the party of life!”
The children and I are looking forward to all the new adventures!
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 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.

“As the drop joins 
the brook, 
the stream, 
the river, 
and becomes a mighty sea, 
so do each of us gather 
with others 
and become a group strong enough 
to care for and change the world.”

~ Summer water chalice prelude

Religious Education News

While the hunt for our new Director of Religious Education begins, the RE committee has been hard at work planning a fun summer program.  There will be lots to do and learn while your children enjoy their RE friends.

This Sunday
Member Brian Masterson gives our kids a naturalist's tour of our entire campus, from our permaculture garden to the canyon trail and beehive.  
Be sure to wear shoes appropriate for a hike.

Next Sunday
Many of our families will be away at Camp de Benneville Pines.  For families attending church, there will be child care for children age 7 and younger.  Older children may attend the service.

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 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

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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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