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August 25, 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!

This weekend while most of you are attempting worship, I will be completing my move as I merge all of my stuff with that of my sweetheart Carol into our house together in East RPV. At night we will enjoy a nice view of the LA and San Pedro harbors. During the day the beautiful and serene view from PUC. I think I'm going to like it here!
In faith, Stephen
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.
Water Communion
Members are invited to bring a vial of water, symbolic of their summer journeys, geographical and psychological.

Reverend Dr. Stephen Furrer

 Scott Garrabrant

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.
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.

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

Sunday Hospitality

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

Linda Jenson
Marvel Burke

Welcome Table
Teri Masters
Amy Fields

Top Chef
Andy Kissner

William Koelsch
PUC’s Ministerial Search Committee’s Work Begins!

In April 2016, seven PUC members were approved as the Ministerial Search Committee by the PUC Congregation. The seven-member committee is Darcy Carroll, Maurice Chevalier, Naresh Deo, Pam Harris, Gary Hart, Janet Kissner, and Caitlin Masters.
Although the team was anxious to start working this summer, the UUA advises waiting until the team attends a retreat. The retreat was facilitated by Nancy Edmunson of the UUA and took place last Friday evening in Naresh’s home and on Saturday at a local high school. The retreat’s focus was getting to know each other and how we’ll work together, assigning roles and responsibilities, and beginning to schedule the upcoming search work. Gary Hart will be the Committee Chair and other members have been assigned numerous tasks. The team enjoyed the retreat and is looking forward to the work ahead!
The work will get underway immediately and will first include the important step of understanding what the congregation is looking for in our new minister. In September, both an individual survey and cottage parties will be provided so all members can share their thoughts and concerns and results will be shared at an October Town Hall meeting. From there, the information will be compiled to begin the search.
Keep an eye out for the View where the survey and cottage party dates will be announced soon. In the meantime, please feel free to contact the committee with any questions at msc@pacificunitarian.org.


PUC Ministerial Search Committee (left to right): Naresh Deo, Janet Kissner, Pam Harris, Maurice Chevalier, Gary Hart, Caitlin Masters, Darcy Carroll and UUA facilitator, Nancy Edmunson.

Be a Part of a PUC Tradition
It’s time for the 2016 Los Angeles AIDS Walk and there’s two ways you can help. You can help raise funds and join us walking on Sunday, October 23rd , or you can donate money to this important cause. Why not do both? Our special web address is https://la.aidswalk.net/PUC That link will take you to a page where you can make a donation. If you’d like to join us, all you have to do is click on the red “Join Our Team” button.
If you have questions, please contact Brad Shreve or Maurice Chevalier. Emails and phone numbers are in the church directory.

Can You be of Service to PUC for only  90 Minutes a Month?
We’re looking for one smiling face to join our Usher Team.  It will take only 90 minutes of your time each month and you won’t miss a single service. It’s especially a great way to meet other congregants.  
If you’re interested, please contact Brad Shreve. His email is in the church directory.
LA Kitchen Outing
About ten PUCers headed to LA Kitchen and had a great time mingling with other volunteers interested in feeding people who have hardships. Some of us sliced and diced while other’s packed food and still others did something with meat (being a vegetarian, I didn’t even pay attention).

The PUC crew went to lunch after at Everytable (look them up, they have an amazing mission also).

If you’re sad that you missed out on the fun, don’t worry! We’re already planning on our next trip in a few months. Look for future announcements!

Last week to sign up, so sign up NOW.

Check out LA Kitchen on CBS LA Local
Continuing our founders’ legacy of moral courage: How can we support refugees today

Please join UUSC on Tuesday, September 13, at 4:00 p.m. ET for a special “sneak peek” webinar to help you and your congregation make the most of the upcoming PBS documentary, Defying the Nazis: The Sharps’ War. Hear remarks from UUSC President & CEO Tom Andrews about the current situation. Learn about the national “Defy Hate” preach-in, along with advocacy and supportive actions you can take to support to Syrian and Central American refugees. Participate in a Q&A session with UUSC’s experts.

Register now for "Continuing our founders' legacy of moral courage: How can we support refugees today?"
The PUC Bike Club is HIKING this week!
We had a great hike last week and will be back on the bike this week. If you love to hike, don’t worry we’ll be hiking again soon (my husband likes to join the hikes, so there’s pressure from home).
THIS week, bring your bike, biking clothes, and shoes and we will head for the hills! We’ll be leaving about 12:30am (maybe a little later) from the parking lot. If you want us to pick you up at home in the PUC neighborhood, let us know.
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.
Playing in the Sage…  

“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness?”
                         ----John Steinbeck, Travels with Charley: In Search of America

We still have a season to go before winter comes to the hill, but we can feel summer slipping through our fingers like sand.  Cold crisp watermelon is a delicious memory. The mornings are becoming chilly and fog is lingering in the canyon.
With this last week of summer, we start to prepare to welcome the new friends that will be joining us at Pacific Sage Preschool the first of September and will be introducing another new teacher to our learning community!
We will also sadly say goodbye to the friends that are leaving for new “bigger” school adventures. 
Happy trails until we meet again!
Pacific Sage Preschool
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. 

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.

This email is forwarded to the trustees & Lead Minister (ex-officio.)


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

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