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August 18, 2016
Sunday Service 10:30 a.m.
Child care is available starting at 10:00 a.m.
Join us for our delicious brunch after the service.
We welcome guests!

From the Interim Minister:
Moving. That’s what I’m in the midst of—physically moving out of Fullerton and into Rancho Palos Verdes. Some interim ministers commute to the churches they serve, but I have never done it that way. As I understand it, parish ministry, whether settled or of shorter duration, involves an on-site kind of attention. One expects a shepherd or goatherd to attend directly to the animals under her or his watch and not by remote control. In much the same way that it helps the shepherd to understand the topography of his or her workplace, so it helps me. For if, indeed, “we are the earth, upright and proud” (in the words of humanist U.U. minister and hymnist Kenneth Patton, #303, SLT) then where we are has a lot to do with whom. So it is that I always move into the places I’ve been asked to serve. What that means on a practical level is that I am currently in an increasingly liminal world as things go into boxes and containers and who knows where and for who knows how long until…eventually…things are unloaded and unpacked, rearranged, organized and hung up…usually two or three different ways until: Ta-dah! And everything settles down again.
Likewise our country, in the midst of a presidential election and rapidly changing international economic and political situation, finds itself in an increasingly liminal world. Having become proficient, over the years, at moving helps keep me from getting too freaked out when everything feels so unsettled and up-for-grabs. It will all settle down after awhile. And by sticking with the unpacking, rearranging, and organizing, day by day, it all seems to happen quicker.
Yours in faith,    Stephen

Reverend Furrer sharing some of his background and his outlook. Where is our new interim minister coming from? Attend this morning’s service and find out.
The Gift of Compassionate Listening
Rayna Hamre recently took a pivotal, two-part journey in her life. She served as a Chaplain Intern at one of the largest hospitals in Orange County, and at the end of the training was diagnosed with an aggressive type of cancer. She will revisit that journey, and reflect on our Unitarian Universalist First Principle for insights and inspiration during tough times. She will also talk about coping with serious illness, and how we can all participate in, and benefit from, The Gift of Compassionate Listening.

 Virginia McCulloch-Ramos
Ali Oberoi
Eric Nicol
Zoe Siftar
Todd Frazier
Patricia Hart
Bettina Oster
Grace Rehaut
Jean Tordella
Lily Damji
Linnea Eades


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.
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You will always be directed to the right person if you email pastoralcare@pacificunitarian.org.

In this season of transitions, if you have a pastoral concern,
or know of someone in need, the following help is available:

Sunday Hospitality

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

Betsy Walters
 Ray Waters

Welcome Table
 Melissa Garcia 
Greg Garcia

Top Chef
Debi Robinson

Elizabeth Drake
Melissa Tyrell
Religious Education
Our school supply fundraiser for Toberman House raised over $300 - more than any other year! Thank you for taking part in this important RE social justice-in-action initiative.
Enroll for Fall RE by clicking on this link. Or come by my office on Sunday and I'll walk through it with you! 
September Theme: Home
October Theme: Community and Ancestors

August 21st - Water and the Interdependent Web of Existence
August 28th - Rain stick project
September 4th - Intergenerational Water Communion (under 5 in childcare, 6 and above in service)
September 11th - RE Fall Kickoff! 9:30am Welcome Breakfast on the Gazebo for families and teachers. Children and youth start their fall classes on the theme of Home. 
Who are you and what does the Director of Religious Education do? 
My name is Claire Moss and I'm the new Director of Religious Education as of August 1st. Many of you have seen me around PUC during the last three years, with my daughter Althea (now 2 1/2). 
As a young adult, I was a youth leader for middle-schoolers and have volunteered and worked in Education and Special Education.
I hold a B.A. from UCLA in Political Science and History, and a Master's in Public Administration, with a certificate in Conflict Resolution from Syracuse University. 
I'm very excited to be the Director of Religious Education at PUC, where my responsibilities include: coordinating volunteers, maintaining the RE space, preparing materials, working with the awesome and amazing RE Committee, choosing and preparing curriculum, communicating with families and managing RE special events. 
Looking for Childcare Workers

Our wonderful childcare workers, Sianna and Zoe, are going to college. Join in me in thanking them for their care of our youngest members. 
We're looking for childcare workers who have CPR certification and are over 16 years old to work 2 Sunday's per month. 

Contact me via: dre@pacificunitarian.org
                Last Sunday the Rev. Stephen Furrer began his stay as interim minister to our PUC Congregation. An important milestone in the life of our 59-year-old congregation, and I looked forward to it. But, the last vestiges of a bad cold, a coughing fit, descended upon me and I had to leave the hall. 
                All was not lost, however. The loudspeakers on the patio carried the service out to me as I sat in the shade at the picnic table next to the office, cough drop alleviating those tickling sensations in my throat, and the patio loudspeakers carried the service out to me. That was a joy.
                But even better, I had a clear line of sight into the kitchen where the weekly Sunday after-service brunch/lunch was being prepared. And I was astounded! How did those three people in the kitchen, PUC volunteers all, manage to produce a meal for all the people who would be emerging in a half hour or so to enjoy the food? I watched them frying, chopping, cooking, baking, bringing out desserts and juice, all the while talking among themselves, never getting in each other’s way.
                And this happens every week. Our volunteer top chefs are Margo Meikle, Andy Kissner, Naresh Deo, Debi Robinson, and Vivien Hao, some of whom are in the PUC kitchen every Sunday, before, during, and after the service, often with a few helpers, putting together these wonderful repasts. Not to forget those other volunteers not in evidence but who work earlier in pre-preparation.
                When you see these fabulous people who work to prepare and serve lunch each Sunday, give ‘em a thumbs-up and kudos. 

Dinners With UUs
  Saturday,  August 27th
Our first pot luck dinner will be hosted by Rachel Bruhnke, on Saturday, August 27th at 6 PM.  She has a lovely vegetable garden (which we can enjoy) and lots of space so 20 members including kids are welcome.  The  sign-up sheet is available at the Welcome Table on the patio. However, there are only 7 spaces left and this Sunday is your last opportunity to get in on the fun!  Look for Judy Shaffer, Joyce Block Miller or Betty Saunders if you have any questions.
Playing in the Sage…  
 “Life is not made up of minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, or years, but of moments. You must experience each one before you can appreciate it.”
                              ----Sarah Ban Breathnach

Children can be like hummingbirds. Brightly colored, noisy blurs moving through the environment and the day’s activities. It takes practice to learn to slow ourselves down to reflect and understand what we are experiencing and to appreciate the moment.
Sometimes we need a master teacher practiced in the reflective arts to work with us. Such a master has joined our community at Pacific Sage Preschool.
I’d like to introduce Seth, who is a 62-year-old desert tortoise.
Unlike the Ninja Turtles, Seth is peace and serenity walking.
The children join him as he strolls the yards, and then try to understand why he is stopping to enjoy the moment.
Namaste J
Pacific Sage Preschool

The PUC Bike Club is HIKING this week!
It’s been requested that we occasionally go for a hike in addition to bike rides. THIS Sunday, Aug 21th, anyone who is interested in hiking can meet us at Del Cerro Park at 1pm.
The weather is supposed to be BEAUTIFUL this Sunday, a perfect day for a hike. Any age can join us. Pets are also welcome on a leash. If you’re planning to go, let me know, so I can make sure we wait for you.

Tara Unverzagt
BUDDHIST MEDITATION GROUP meets at PUC Library Tuesday evenings, 7:30-9:00 pm.
Learn meditation and the purpose of meditation in the Buddhist wisdom tradition. Developing our love and compassion for all beings, we can find joy and meaning in life. Newcomers welcome anytime, no experience required. Just bring an open mind and a kind heart - we can even help you find those! While meditation instruction is free, donations ($10-$20) to support our activity are gratefully accepted. 
Dan Dempster has been authorized by Khenpo Migmar Tseten (Buddhist chaplain at Harvard University and Director of the Sakya Institute for Buddhist Study, Cambridge) and is a certified meditation instructor.

Women Reading & Responding Book Club
Third Monday of Each Month
11:00 a.m. 
PUC Library

July: In the Company of Cheerful Ladies by 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.

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Mike Buttitta, President      mikebuttitta@gmail.com
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Phone numbers and individual email addresses for all other Trustees can be found in the Member Directory.

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