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September 1, 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!

Water Communion
Members are invited to bring a vial of water, symbolic of their summer journeys, geographical, and psychological.

Reverend Dr. Stephen Furrer
Four Components of a Healthy Church -

This Sunday we will discuss Worship in the celebration of life: Caring Community, Religious Education (all ages), Moral Reflection, and Ethical Action.

Reverend Dr. Stephen Furrer

 Hope Foye
Bryce Yockey
Michele Buchanan
Sheila O'Brien

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!

Marty Gorman
 Clay Bosler

Welcome Table
 Pam Harris
Lee Ann Hart

Top Chef
Naresh Deo

Dee Masters
Kevin Gallagher
Ministerial Search Cottage Parties and Survey Underway in September!

As shared in the email blast, the ministerial search survey and cottage parties are underway in September. The survey will launch the week of September 12. Cottage parties are available on September 11, 13, 18 and 20. Results will be shared at an October 16 Town Hall meeting.
Cottage parties are available on Sunday, September 11 and 18 from 12:00pm-1:30pm after service at PUC. Two evening cottage parties are scheduled for Tuesday, September 13 and 20 from 7:00pm-8:30pm at homes within a mile from PUC. To sign-up for a cottage party, please email Darcy Carroll at MSC@pacificunitarian.org or call Darcy at (310) 922-4866. A sign-up table is also available on Sunday, September 4 and 11 on the patio.
The Ministerial Search process will be underway for the next year at PUC. The Ministerial Search Committee (MSC) is committed to keeping everyone informed throughout the process. An easy- to-follow Ministerial Search Committee Process flow chart has been created along with a MSC Team bio. Both documents will be posted on the bulletin board, Facebook, and the PUC website by the end of this week and the MSC will continue to keep you updated. In the meantime, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact the committee at msc@pacificunitarian.org.

Dinners With UUs
Our kick-off dinner in the garden at Rachel Bruhnke’s was a grand success.  Seventeen PUCers - long time as well as new members - joined Rachel’s family for the pot luck dinner. A highlight was enjoying fresh bananas from her tree dipped in chocolate.  Watch for news of our next dinner scheduled for October.  And thank you Rachel!
Girl Scout Gold Award, “Path of Enlightenment” at PUC

This summer, Marina Kissner who is in YRUU, is working on her Girl Scout Gold Award at PUC. Marina has been a Girl Scout since the first grade and will be a senior at South High School in Torrance. The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest award that Girl Scout Ambassadors can earn and consists of a minimum 80-hour project that helps a community.

For Marina’s project, she is creating a “Path of Enlightenment” along the hiking trail at PUC. Along the trail, she is labeling the religious figures and wildlife. She is creating a brochure and making an app available for those who hike the trail. She is creating a video that will link to the PUC website for those unable to walk it so they can enjoy the trail virtually.
Marina’s goal is to help people learn about different religions and wildlife as they walk the trail. She is hopeful that after acquiring the knowledge, people will realize that all religions are very similar and that the earth needs to be taken care of.  Marina will present to the PUC congregation when her project is complete.
New Documentary of UU Minister Airing on PBS
Defying the Nazis: The Sharps' War a new documentary directed by Ken Burns and Artemis Joukowsky, will premiere on PBS, on Sept 20, at 9 PM.  The film tells the story of Martha and Waitstill Sharp, a UU minister and social worker wife, two of UUSC's founders. During the 1930s and into World War II, at the request of the UUA, the Sharps undertook vital missions in Nazi-occupied Europe to rescue Jews, dissidents, and refugee children at great personal risk. Islamophobia and the worldwide refugee crisis are modern day parallels to the bigotry the Sharps fought against. UUSC stands against hate speech and fear mongering and calls on our supporters to join us in taking action to advance justice and tolerance. You can find more info on the UUA website

Seniors POW WOW
NEXT Thursday September 8th
Third Thursday of each month
11:00 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. in the PUC Library

This on-going support group offering fellowship and friendship in hope that our meeting will develop close and helpful bonds among us. Come, participate, and get to know other seniors.

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.
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…  
“So enjoy, endure, survive each moment as it comes to you in its proper sequence---a surprise.”
                          ---Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration
The traditional school year has started here at Pacific Sage Preschool. New Friends, families and a new teacher have joined us.
We are looking forward to the surprises that are waiting in our adventures together playing in the sage.
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 (use this as a hyperlink: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf_fH-IeBJUsUji3qfUSmlRQEjCn2RSbqHppy3OJEqQ2orohQ/viewform). Register before 9/11/16 and receive a raffle ticket for 4 movie tickets!
September ThemeHome
October Theme: Community and Ancestors


Sunday September 4th - Intergenerational Water Communion (under 5 in childcare, 6 and above in service)
Sunday 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. 
Sunday September 18th - Regular Classes
Saturday September 24th - 4pm Movie Night and Potluck
Sunday September 25th - Children’s Chapel 

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

September: Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín 
October: The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende
November: The Road to Character by David Brooks

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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Monday            Closed
Tuesday           8:00 a.m - 2:00 p.m.   

Wednesday      9:00 a.m - 3:00 p.m.
Thursday          8:00 a.m - 2:00 p.m.
Friday               Closed   
Saturday           Closed


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