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June 9, 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 12th Sermon

Suprised by Joy

Exploring Joy with CS Lewis and others

Missy Rogers
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.
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 last 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.
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
Mike Buttitta

Welcome Table
Lee Ann Hart
Pam Harris

Top Chef
Naresh Deo

Kevin Gallagher
Amin Damji

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.

Connie Nitzschner
Betty Hanner
Kathy Rickey
Suzanne Spears
Kathy Brooks

"How old would you be
if you didn't know how old you are?"
Satchel Paige
       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.  

Seniors POW WOW
NEXT Thursday June 16
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.

Playing in the Sage…      
“The school year is over and that makes us sad,
But summer is here and now we are glad!”
---Ms. Sylvia

May I present the 16 members of the Pacific Sage Preschool Class of 2016.
Time has flown since we first opened the doors last October. The door has closed on the school year but we just pushed it open again for the summer. With any excuse for a party, we celebrated Wednesday with bubbles, cookies, and family.
These children are an amazing and diverse group of young humans. Starting with a core group of 5, they relentlessly ran down and scooped up each new member who joined us and enfolded them into our learning community. They made them welcome and included, comfortable and home…and an indispensable part of the mayhem and mischief that was our life.
Some of these friends will be continuing their learning journey at the “big school” and we will miss them dearly but new friends are waiting in the wings. A tone and process has been established and I am sure the new friends will have no trouble joining the family.
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.

“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

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

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

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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