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August 4, 2016
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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!
By Charles S Stephan, Jr
I wish for you a troubled heart at times
As woes of world and friend come close beside
And keep you sleepless.
I wish for you the thrill of knowing
Who you are,
Where you stand,
And why.
Especially why.
Not prosperity, but dreams I wish for you;
Not riches, but a sense of your own worth I wish
For you.
Not even long life, however proud we'd be to have it so.
But life that is crammed with living,
Hour by hour.
And love I wish for you;
May you give it frequently.
I wish for you solitude in the midst of company,
And a mind full of company within your quiet times.
Full todays I wish for you, and full tomorrows.

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
August 14th Sermon
“Five Foci”

Reverend Stephen Furrer, preaching on the Five Focus Points of Interim Ministry: heritage, mission, leadership, network, and vision. An outline of what Stephen hopes to help us accomplish over the coming year.

Kai Ayers
Nashua Koelsch
Gayle Kalvert
Henry Wieneke
Duke DeLeo
Gary Hart
Ernest Jacobs
    Sean Lewis
Bernadette Noel Garren
    Danny Wynne
Linnea Eades
    Margaret Ellis
Kat Meredith
Patrick Matson-deKay

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

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.
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.
It was so great to see Ron Keyes at church last Sunday. Keep going, Ron! We're cheering for you.
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.
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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!

Marty Gorman
Clay Bosler

Welcome Table
 Pam Harris
Lee Ann Hart

Top Chef
Margo Meikle

Dee Masters
William Koelsch
Do you want to be part of something BIG?!
LA Kitchen founder, Robert Egger, gave a motivational presentation on July 31st. The ideas of possible future PUC projects are swirling!
We’ll be visiting to make meals for an organization supported by LA Kitchen, which include: Ronald McDonald House, Homeless Healthcare, Salvation Army, HealthRight 360, Las Familias, Downtown Women's Center, St. Vincent's Meals on Wheels.
Sign up for our trip to LA Kitchen on Saturday Aug 20th. Space is limited, so sign up NOW.
Playing in the Sage…  

“I am grateful to those who are keepers of the groove. The babies and the grandmas who hang on to it and help us remember when we forget that any kind of dancing is better than no dancing at all.”
         -----Lynda Barry, One Hundred Demons

Children show us life is full of music and moments appropriate for spontaneous  “Dance Breaks.”Someone once wrote, “You should dance like no one is watching,”but the friends at Pacific Sage think it’s better to dance like everyone is watching!
Pacific Sage Preschool

Is there a beekeeper in our midst
Green Sanctuary urgently needs the volunteer services of a knowledgeable beekeeper.  Equipment and resources provided.  Our current PUC beekeeper, Bryan Masterson, is off on a hike of indefinite length.  Please contact me at or by phone via member directory.
Carolyn Waters
Green Sanctuary’s next meeting is Sunday, Aug 14th at the Gazebo after lunch .
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.

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. 

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 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
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

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