The View: PUC's weekly newsletter
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July 8, 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!

UUA President Reverent Peter Morales'
Message of Heartache

The Rev. Peter Morales, president of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), issued this statement following the news of police officers murdered in Dallas, Texas:

"On Thursday evening during a peaceful protest for Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, police officers were targeted, gunned down, and murdered in the streets of Dallas, Texas. These police officers were doing their job and keeping people safe. No one who opposes systemic racism in America can condone or excuse acts of violence like these murders of police officers. My heart aches for their families and loved ones.

This past week we have been shocked by news of interracial killings. In another violent time in our nation, Dr. Martin Luther King reminded us that, ‘Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.’ We must come together in mutual compassion and respect. We are all in this together.

As we come together, we must also recommit ourselves to addressing the deep divisions and injustices in our world that give rise to violence. Hatred and violence spring from fear, pain and anger. Let us first come together in peace to stop the killings. That, however, is just the beginning. We must build a world where violence and hatred cannot take root. Only love can guide us on that journey.”


July 10th Sermon


Water in Our Solar System

A presentation by our youth based on this summer’s Water Program in Religious Education.  Come and enjoy.

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, age 12, continues cancer treatment. 
Cards are very welcome.  Meal donations are appreciated 
in this busy and unpredictable time.
 Please place your donations in the PUC freezer
and they will be passed on to the Clancy family.  Thank you.
Questions about meal donations should go to Terri Masters,
who leads our Pastoral Care Team.
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.

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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.

Is Pastoral Care Your Ministry?

The Pastoral Care Team will provide a caring presence, careful listening, and spiritual and emotional support to Pacific Unitarian Church members and friends who are facing life's challenges and/or who are alone. The Pastoral Care Team members work together to create an atmosphere of hope for those in the PUC community who are experiencing times of challenge, transition,
or crisis.

There are many levels of participation in the Pastoral Care Team. You might want to make calls or visits to those in need at home, or in the hospital or a nursing facility. Maybe you could make a post surgery meal for a member. You could write a note of encouragement to someone who is ill or is facing a challenge, or provide a ride to a doctor’s appointment.

There will be a training session on Sunday, July 10 from noon to 2:00 p.m. in the PUC Library. Join us after lunch or bring your lunch in with you. 

 If you are interested in spreading the love, please call Pastoral Care Team leader Teri Masters at (310) 634-7617 or email to

Sunday Hospitality

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

Peggy Tigerman
Jean Tordella

Welcome Table
Kris Williamson 
Kimberly Pratto- Storr

Top Chef
Naresh Deo

Brad Shreve
Amin Damji

We’re expanding The Food Ministry!

Join us on adventure to LA Kitchen in east LA is planned for Aug 20th. We’d like to invite anyone who is interested in future PUC food related social justice projects to come for a day of fun together, learning about food issues in LA and how LA Kitchen is helping. We will also see what they do, by volunteering in their kitchen for the morning.

Volunteers work alongside a team of L.A. Kitchen chefs, kitchen staff, and alumni or students from our Empower Program (a culinary job training program for young men and women aging out of foster care and older men and women transitioning out of incarceration) to prepare reclaimed fruits and vegetables that will be transformed into nutritious meals and snacks for charitable partners that serve Los Angeles’ aging, low-income, and homeless populations. Activities include cleaning, cutting, peeling, zesting, etc. a variety of donated produce from local farmers and wholesale companies. Volunteers learn and practice valuable knife skills and kitchen safety protocols under the direction of trained L.A. Kitchen culinary team members. No prior kitchen prep experience is necessary.

To find out more about LA Kitchen check out founder Robert Egger’s Venice TEDx Talk.

Sunset Social
6:00 p.m. to Sunset
Redondo Beach at Avenue G

Join the Religious Education Committee for fun and fellowship every Friday evening this summer on the beach at Avenue G in Redondo Beach.  You will find plenty of metered parking. Bring a blanket and some dinner and come enjoy the evening sun and sand while hanging out with church members, their friends, and families. This is a great way to get to know fellow PUC members and friends of PUC in an informal, relaxed environment.  Greg Garcia and his family will be on the beach by 6:00 p.m. You can find them located near the water across from the newly renovated restrooms. All ages and stages are welcome!

Just a few blocks away in the Riviera Village the farmers market has come to an end, but there are relaxed restaurants along Catalina Avenue, and a Trader Joe's and a Yogurtland on Avenue I, where you can grab a bite. 

"With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come."

- William Shakespeare

Today is my birthday and I think if you’re going to celebrate getting older or as I like to say “evolving”…do it with children, or in a pinch, some children disguised as adults! They are unrestrained in their expression of laughter and mirth at your good fortune. Birthdays are still magical and deserving of awe, some delicious watermelon and sticky hugs and kisses.

It’s going to be a great new year spinning (occasionally out of control) around the sun here at Pacific Sage. Thanks to my friends, young and “evolved”, that choose to come along for the ride! Ok, now cue the music for the ‘dance of joy’ and pass the pie!

Pacific Sage Preschool

The DRAFT of our updated directory gets improved almost every day.  A team is now calling members to make sure information is up to date. Calls will continue for a number of months.  Families with two last names may find their listing under one name for a short while.

If you want to expedite the process you can look at your entry in the copy being kept in the PUC office, or go to the Members section at, password available from the PUC office. Phone number and hours of the office are at the end of The View. 

Update Your Picture
You may send a recent digital photo to Many people use selfies. Alternatively, you may see Gaby in the office on Sunday morning before or after the service. Finally, if you already had one in the old directory that you like, let us know via the same email address, or call the office.

Connor Drake
Ofelia Lachtman
Elizabeth Read
Jesse Robles
Erin Smelser
Paypal Kadakia
Cairo Smith
Betty Faas
Mia Monnier
Matt English
Alex Hernandez

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

Reading and Responding Book Club

On  the third Monday of the month, about 11:00 in the morning, a stream of voices can be heard from the library at church.  It is the Reading and Responding Book Club going over the monthly book selection, and it is a good example of a Unitarian "talk it out" activity. The book is always one selected by the group. Past picks have included All the Light We Cannot See  by Anthony Doerr and  A Tale for the Time Being by  Ruth Ozeki. We like to talk about the author, as well as other writers and other books, especially those we've loved in the past.  What did this book do, or not do, for us.

There's usually about eight or nine of us.  Possibly among our number we might see Jane Parmenter, Alice Slavich, Betsy Walters.  The group was started by  Robin  Arehart, and though  she's now very busy elsewhere, we see her sometimes.

If you enjoy books and like to talk about them, please come and join us. For this month, it's something a little different, In the Company of Cheerful Ladies set in Africa, and written by Alexander Smith. If you can't get it, come anyway.


"It's hard enough to write a good drama,
it’s much harder to write a good comedy,
and it's hardest of all to write a good drama with comedy,
which is what life is.” 

Jack Lemmon, actor

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.

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 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.

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.

Our UU Neighbor

Did you know that there is a small UU community next door in Redondo Beach?  You might enjoy checking out the South Bay Unitarian Fellowship’s latest newsletter.

The PUC Board of Trustees

                     John Einhorn -President 
                     Bruce Lewis -Vice President
                     Randy Ripley -Treasurer
                     Trish Botsko -Secretary

              Mike Buttitta
              Ben Cowan
              Dee Masters
             Tara Unverzagt - Member Elect

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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