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September 15, 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:
More than anything else, ministry is a practice. I studied many things in seminary. I learned a lot from my teachers and Intern Supervisor. However, I learned the most from the particular lay members I’ve served, and from the practice of ministry out in the field. No amount of “book learning’” can even compare.
But ministry is also an art. How to remain upbeat in the face of life’s harsh injustices? Optimistic in the company of cynics? How to generate hope and confidence when so many would choose hopelessness? I will address these questions this Sunday and offer solace—even comfort—for those in need of a sanguine view.

See you in church!                    Stephen
The Art and Practice of Ministry

Reverend Furrer preaching on what ministers do (or are trying to do at any rate) in the administration of their multi-facetted duties.

The Magnificent Seventh UU Principle

PUC member John Hocutt will lead us to contemplate the choices we make in our lives through the lens of our being part of the interconnected web of existence.

Religious Education
Enroll for Fall RE by clicking on this link


Sunday September 18th - Regular Classes
Saturday September 24th - 4pm Movie Night and Potluck
Sunday September 25th - Children’s Chapel 

Jean McDaniel
Elizabeth Drake
Jean English

Introducing Mackenzie Monnier

Most of us know Mac. He helps keep the church running smoothly by taking care of the physical problems: setting up chairs, moving platforms, making sure the mic is turned on, putting out and taking down what we need. He is a long time member of the church. Mac is a quiet guy and a very active Unitarian Universalist. Mackenzie Monnier was born in Peoria, Illinois, where he lived until he was five then his family moved to Torrance. He went back to the Peoria area for two years of high school and is now attending Cal State Long Beach, where he is majoring in history. Mac's interest are varied and unique for example, he is particularly interested in the CIA and extremist groups in the US, but he is also a serious hiker and would like to hike the Pacific Crest Trail.He has been influenced by the writings of Emerson and Thoreau. His music tastes are heavy metal and punk and he manages to get to live concerts around the LA area. He enjoys Japanese, French, and Korean movies and still finds time to work out at the Y gym. Looking to the future, he would like to be a part of Teach America.

Been coming to PUC for a while and interested in becoming a member? Or maybe you're new and want to find out more. We have a two sessions schedule to find out more about UU, PUC, the people that hang out here, and introduce yourself to us.
October 2nd at 12:15pm New to UU1 in Classroom 1
October 9th at 12:15pm New to UU2 in Classroom 1
November 13th during the Sunday Service, New Member Ingathering

Sunday Hospitality

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

Betsy Walters
Ray waters

Welcome Table
Marlene Barone
Kim Pratto-Storr

Top Chef
Margo Meikle

Greg Garcia
Melissa Tyrrell
Aloha Sunday

Don't forget this Sunday is Aloha Sunday, saying Aloha to the Summer and Aloha to the new church year. Wear a Hawaiian shirt, a lei, or a straw hat--anything Hawaiian-ish. See you on Sunday. Aloha!

We know you have been wishing for somewhere to put your excess!
We know you have been waiting for PUC’s Rummage Sale!
So it’s time to gather:  Clothes, Toys, Sports Equipment, Tools, Lamps,
                                         Purses, Jewelry, Kitchen Equipment, Bikes,
                                          Small Furniture, Plants and other Treasures
Don’t Bring:  Paint, old TVs, old computers, glasses with logos, broken stuff, appliances
         Volunteers are needed to sort, sell, promote and clean up.
Let us know if you can help by loaning Clothing Racks or a Truck to transport items.
linda.jenson@yahoo.com or  310-375-7693
As PUC approaches its 60 year anniversary, we are considering a new look that represents who we have become and where we are going in the next 60 years. The first step is considering a new logo. We’d like your help in deciding.

The following are three designs to get the creative juices flowing. Please to tell us how you feel about the following logos being considered. We’re not asking you to vote, but rather what you think/feel about these and possible suggestions of what you’d like to see in the logo. We want to have a logo that integrates the whole congregation’s energy.

Also, if you’d like to submit a drawing of a logo to be consider, we’d LOVE to hear from you! You can submit a design to the PUC office OR send an email to stewardship@pacificunitarian.org.
Get Engaged with PUC’s Ministerial Search!
Please join in the many upcoming activities at PUC regarding the search for our new minister.

Attend a Cottage Party (Focus Group) on Sept 18, 20 or 22
Join a cottage party (focus group) to share what is important to you as we begin the ministerial search. Room is still available as follows:  1) Sun, Sept 18, 12:00pm-1:30pm after service at PUC, 2) Tues, Sept 20, 7:00pm-8:30pm at Gary Hart’s home (Torrance) or 3) Thurs, Sept 22 from 7:00pm-8:30pm at Janet Kissner’s home (Torrance). To sign-up for a cottage party, please email Darcy Carroll at MSC@pacificunitarian.org or call Darcy at (310) 922-4866.  
Complete the Survey that Launches This Week
The survey is launching this week and provides an opportunity for you to share your thoughts regarding your church membership and involvement, spiritual and theological beliefs, worship preferences, church goals and growth, and professional ministry. Please make time to complete it!
Attend the Sat, October 8th Beyond Categorical Thinking Workshop
In finding the person who would be the best match for our minister, we could potentially overlook or even let biases keep us from knowing that a particular person would be the best match for us. Our congregation will host the highly recommended Beyond Categorical Thinking workshop on Sat, October 8th, 9:00am-12:00pm. Everyone is encouraged to attend (child care provided if requested) this UU led workshop to help us hone the search for the best minister to meet the needs of PUC.
Attend the Sun, October 16th Town Hall Meeting
At the Town Hall meeting after church on Sun, Oct 16th, the survey results will be shared along with the next steps in the ministerial search process.
Please visit the Ministerial Search Committee Corner on PUC’s Bulletin Board for up-to-date information including a timeline of the process. In the meantime, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact the committee at msc@pacificunitarian.org.

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

Hi, everyone,
The women’s reading and responding book club meets every third Monday of the month and discusses a work of literature that has been chosen by the group.  We are an eclectic gathering of individuals who love to read and share our thoughts, opinions, and musings.  Everyone is welcome and we especially want to reach out to literature lovers everywhere.  We read fiction and non-fiction in many genres and have a lot of laughs and great discussions.  I am always learning something new from the books and the members.  So come join us every third Monday of the month in the PUC library at 11:00 am.  We would love to see you there.

September 19th: Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín 
October 17thThe House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende
November 21stThe Road to Character by David Brooks

Come and check out a discussion even if you haven’t  read or finished the book.

Contact Robin Arehart if you have any questions.

Playing in the Sage…  
“It's being here now that's important. There's no past and there's no future. Time is a very misleading thing. All there is ever, is the now. We can gain experience from the past, but we can't relive it; and we can hope for the future, but we don't know if there is one.” ---George Harrison

Looking at our past…Pacific Sage Preschool first opened our doors on October 1, 20015. Four families joined us at the start of our amazing journey and we learned so much. Presently, we now have 25 families enrolled and our future twinkles with more children starting through the fall.
How time flies when you are having fun. :) 
Please save the date: Saturday October 1st from 10:30am – 12:00pm.
We will be celebrating our one-year anniversary and honoring past PUC member Lenore Snodey’s generosity with a plaque. Her gift made this beautiful early learning center possible, so plan on joining us for cake, tasty bites and something bubbly!
Pacific Sage Preschool

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.
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 end of The View.

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

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.

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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