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July 28, 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!
July 31st Sermon
Self-Care is Our Primary Job on Earth!

Whereas we can never repay the Creation for the unspeakable gift of our existence, we can and must respond with every pore of our organism. Self-care furnishes the litmus test for being an awakened and responsible human being. Rev. Tom Owen-Towle will address the six zones of his self-care regimen: mind, body, spirit, heart, soul, and conscience. This sermon will be based upon Owen-Towle’s latest book entitled SELF: Caring for Our Best Gift. Copies will be available for purchase as well as others of his books.
August 7th Sermon
"It Could be Worse"
Well-received guest speaker and oncology chaplain, Michael Eselun will explore the different dimensions and implications of a coping strategy we all use-- the notion that, "It could be worse." What does it say about our view of our own suffering and the suffering of others?

Michael Esulen
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.
A-OK Team
The Pastoral Care Team has changed names. We're now known as the A-OK Team, the A-OK standing for Acts of Kindness. If you or someone you know could use a little kindness in the form of a card, call, visit, meal, or ride please let me know.
A memorial service for Peggy Boyd will be held on Friday, August 12 at 10am in the meditation garden. Peggy was an integral part of PUC for many years. Her family hopes you will join them at the service.
Ron Keyes is home from the hospital but still has a way to go to being well. Cards and calls are welcome. His information is in the directory.
Echo Davis has fallen and broken her hip again. This 94 year old woman has an undaunted spirit. Let's help keep her that way. Cards to the home, please. Her information is in the directory.​
Heather Clancy has finished her chemo! This 12 year old has had surgery for a brain tumor and is coming out the other side. A card of congratulations and encouragement would be lovely. Her information is in the directory.
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In this season of transitions, if you have a pastoral concern,
or know of someone in need, the following help is available:

In July and the first two weeks of August, contact Teri Masters at at (310) 634-7617.

From August 1st on, Reverend Stephen Furrer,
our new Interim Minister, will be here to help.

Sunday Hospitality

It takes many hands to
make a Sunday.  Special thanks
to all of our volunteers!

Marvel Burke

Welcome Table
Claire Moss

Top Chef
Naresh Deo

PUC artist Sue Cutler is again showing paintings in the hall. All are for sale. 20% of the salesprices will be donated to the church. Beautify your home at the same time you support your church and make Sue happy!

PUC is Shaking and Baking!

 Shake & Bake, one of this year's auction items, was a crash course belly dance and cake pop class. The dance class was taught in a little dance studio in the attic. Much fun was had making a mess baking the pop cakes!!
Rumor has it there will be one more Shake & Bake in August. Also other DIY (do it yourself) classes and a weekly belly dancing classes is being considered.
If you're interested in getting in on the action, inquire with Shannon Koelsch

We’ve started a PUC cycling group!
We’re taking a one week break to allow everyone to see Robert Egger’s presentation during brunch. But we’ll be back next week. On Aug 7th, bring your bike, shoes, and clothes to church.

Let us know if you and your family would be interested in cruising on the strand. If there’s interest, we’ll plan for a more difficult hill ride AND an easy flat ride. We have a ride for EVERYONE and everyone is welcome.
LA Kitchen founder, Robert Egger, will be speaking THIS Sunday, July 31st during brunch. Find out how Robert took a crazy idea to help seniors, people coming out of incarceration & foster care while utilizing wasted food to start LA Kitchen.

We have a follow up event prepping healthy meals at LA Kitchen. Sign up for our trip to LA Kitchen on Saturday Aug 20th. Space is limited, so sign up NOW.

The adventure to LA Kitchen not only helps people in need get a nutritious meal, but we plan to use ideas and knowledge we gain from LA Kitchen to expand our Food Ministry at PUC. If you are interested in helping with these project, don’t miss this two events!
Playing in the Sage…    
“In life, a person will come and go from many homes. We may leave a house, a town, a room, but that does not mean those places leave us. Once entered, we never entirely depart the homes we make for ourselves in the world. They follow us, like shadows, until we come upon them again, waiting for us in the mist.” 
                                                      ---Ari Berk, Death Watch

Pacific Sage Preschool has become home to children, families and so much flora and fauna. Each person (and thing) who comes and goes contributes to the “story of us.”

PUC member Yoko Kelly, who helped make Pacific Sage Preschool a reality, will be leaving home to start a new adventure in Nevada. We can never thank her enough for her hard work, limitless energy, unwavering trust, and occasional kick in the pants. As Roy Rogers would sing…”Happy trails to you, until we meet again.”

Joining us on our Council will be Deb Ripley. We are excited for the possibilities!
Welcome and please, make yourself at home!

Pacific Sage Preschool


Love, Compassion, Joy & Equanimity
TIBETAN BUDDHIST MEDITATION PRACTICE Tuesday evenings, 7:30-9:00 pm, at the Pacific Unitarian Church library, 5621 Montemalaga Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90274. Led by Dan Dempster, authorized by Lama Migmar Tseten, Buddhist chaplain at Harvard University and Director of the Sakya Institute for Buddhist Study, Cambridge.

You are invited to join us for authentic meditation instruction and practice in the Tibetan Buddhist wisdom tradition. Through developing our love and compassion for all beings, we can find joy and fulfillment in life. Newcomers welcome anytime, no experience required. All you need to bring is an open mind and a kind heart. We can even help you to find those! 

We do this by practicing Shamatha (calm-abiding), Blue Lotus (concentration), Tonglen (sending & receiving) and Green Tara (visualization and mantra) meditations. Our evening routine allows newcomers to learn while regulars deepen their practice. Group practice among friends helps to anchor and encourage one's daily home practice throughout the week.

While meditation instruction is always free, donations ($10-$20) to support our ongoing activity are gratefully accepted. 

Doors open at 7:00 pm. Please arrive early to greet your friends and quietly settle in - we start at 7:30 pm sharp. If you can't arrive by 7:30, come anyway, you are still welcome! Just enter, adjust yourself and join in. Chairs are available. For sitting practice (if able), please bring your own meditation cushion. After practice, you are welcome to stay to chat until we close the doors at 9:30 pm. 

Our study text is The Tibetan Book of Awakening by Lama Migmar, available from Amazon, Lulu and iTunes ($14.95).

   Raymond Waters
 Dorian Tippet
Rose Curtis
Victor Paieda
Ann Gilman
    Mike Bechtol

“It takes a long time to become young.”
Pablo Picasso

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. 

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

July: In the Company of Cheerful Ladies Alexander McCall Smith
August: The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende 

Contact Robin Arehart if you have any questions.

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

                    Mike Buttitta -President 
                    Dee Masters -Vice President
                    Trish Botsko -Treasurer
                    Ben Cowan -Secretary

              John Einhorn
              Randy Ripley
              Tara Unverzagt 

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.)


Mike Buttitta, President
Trish Botsko, 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 Gaberiel Gaynair

We are located at
5621 Montemalaga Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275


Office Hours

Sunday             9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.                             
Monday            8:00 a.m - 2:00 p.m.
Tuesday           8:00 a.m - 2:00 p.m.   

Wednesday      8:00 a.m - 2:00 p.m.
Thursday          8:00 a.m - 2:00 p.m.
Friday               Closed   
Saturday           Closed


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