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 October 13, 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:
 
Perhaps the name-calling and finger pointing in our national elections would begin to disappear if we returned to a more classical education. According to Plato, education should be about drawing out of students their own individually nuanced, as-yet-unrecognized, unfolding inner path. For Plato (as for our RE and Pacific Sage Preschool programs) the true teacher was kind of a midwife: teaching is not about laying a corpus of data on people, no matter how brilliantly conceived. The best teaching is always about recognizing and nurturing the seeds, planted deep within each student’s soul (or psyche), of that individual’s future growth.
 
Plato’s philosophical adversaries, the sophists, came at things from an entirely different perspective. They didn’t see how the soul had anything to do with it; teaching was all a commercial enterprise to them. They sold their skills as teachers to wealthy Athenians so that their sons might learn music, literature, dance, the natural sciences, as well as debate and rhetoric:  arguing by use of reason and deception to persuade others to agree with a certain point of view. For the sophists, teaching was kind of a contest. If they persuaded people more effectively, that made them better teachers—who deserved more money. Truth had nothing to do with it.
 
Truth? What is truth? What’s its place in modern elections? I hope to engage this question on Oct. 30 and Nov. 6, from first a mythic perspective and then the more familiar UU philosophical and political point of view.
 
See you in church!       Stephen
Ministerial Search Results to be Shared at
October 16th Sermon

 
Since September, the Ministerial Search Committee has received over 100 responses to the cottage party and survey questions. Come join us at Sunday's sermon where we will present the findings and the next steps in the search process. There will also be a Q&A afterward from 12:00-12:30 p.m. in the Hall. Hope to see you there!

Report from the Search Committee
 
Gary Hart

Jazz Service

 
A special service featuring music of Jazz Greats, with special guest Linda Alverez, Michael Saucier, Abraham Cervantez and PUC Choir.
 
Religious Education
 
Upcoming Calendar
October 16th: RE Classes
October 23rd: Children’s Chapel 
October 30th: Special Program 
November 5th: Harvest Festival at PUC, 1pm-5pm
 
Supplies and Library
We have an Amazon Wishlist! Help us add to our library and make our space more welcoming to young children. We’re looking for:
  • A pack and play or circle gate
  • Toys for children ages 0-2
Help with Special Programs
We are looking for fill-in assistants and people to help with special programs, such as Day of the Dead (October 30th) and Children’s Chapel (monthly on the 4th Sunday, this month it’s October 23rd). Contact Claire Moss, Director of Religious Education, [email protected].
 
See the bulletin board for updates and information! RE has the left third of the board. 
 
Enroll for Fall RE by clicking on this link


 

    
Yvonne Godfrey
    Andy Kissner


Sunday Hospitality
Volunteers


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




Greeters
Betsy Walters
Ray Waters

Welcome Table
Melissa Garcia
Greg Garcia

Top Chef
Naresh Deo

Usher 
Melissa Tyrrell
Playing in the Sage…  
 
“Who in the world am I? Ah, that's the great puzzle.”
---Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland


 The Board would like the PUC members to know a little bit about the “woman who runs with preschoolers” at Pacific Sage.
 
I usually have thoughts and ideas about many things, and everyone is certainly welcome to them, but that “tell me about yourself” question makes me uncomfortable. Of all the Catholic practices I was exposed to growing up, not talking nice about oneself is the only thing that took.
 
My first response was to suggest they could make something up. Short of overthrowing a foreign government…anything is possible. I have lived more than half a dozen decades, which is certainly enough time to get into some mischief.
 
So…I was born and raised in East LA (hub of the western world and cultural Mecca of the Americas) the second oldest of nine children but my house was where all the children in the neighborhood ended up. My life’s work, as the Mother of All Things, may have been fate. I consider myself a storyteller, magic maker and early childhood collaborator. It recently occurred to me that the first children I worked with are now in their mid-40’s (none too worse for the experience I hope).
 
I have a BA in Human Development from Pacific Oaks College in Pasadena, and I am currently trying to write a story about “story” to convince them to let me have my Masters Degree. Anything more specific and we’ll just have to talk.
 
I am thankful to everyone to be in a place of wonder and amazement.
 

Warmly,
Sylvia
Director
Pacific Sage Preschool
 

STATUS REPORT OF THE GROWTH AND REINVESTMENT CAMPAIGN - CALL FOR COMPLETING YOUR PLEDGES
 
 Several years ago, we conducted a Growth and Reinvestment Campaign in order to raise money for several projects and needed repairs. Nearly $300,000 ($288,543 to be exact) was pledged at that time, which could be paid over a three years. It was agreed then that a project or repair would be undertaken only when sufficient pledges were fulfilled (i.e. the money was actually "in the bank") to pay for the project or repair in full. Since that time, $234,508 has been collected, which enabled the parking lot to be resurfaced, the piano to be refurbished, and, dovetailed with monies received from the Spirit Grant, improvements to be made to the grounds and classrooms. 
 
Three years is upon us, and it’s time to begin collecting on the outstanding pledges. We are now at the point where we want to start renovating the bathrooms, and to get to work on upgrading our audio-visual system. We currently have around $27,000 in our GRC bank account. Just imagine what kind and quality of bathroom and audio visual upgrades we'll be able to accomplish if we can collect on the remaining $54,035 in outstanding pledges.
    
There were 95 members and friends who pledged back then. Fifty-three of us (or 56%) have completely fulfilled our original pledges.  Another 25 (or 26%) have partially fulfilled our pledges, and 17 of us (18%) have yet to contribute anything. We acknowledge that some of these people have passed on or moved away, but if you are still with us and among the 44% who have yet to complete your pledge to the Growth and Reinvestment Campaign, please consider doing so now. 
 
You can pay in all the usual ways: check, cash, pay-pal, Chase direct pay, stock transfer, etc.  Be sure to indicate that the payment is for GRC so we can be sure to give you proper credit and to make sure the money stays earmarked for the bathroom and AV projects. If you unsure whether, or what, you owe on your GRC pledge, please feel free to contact me at [email protected]
 
Thank you so much for all you do for PUC!
 
~Trish

Seniors POW WOW
NEXT Thursday October 20th

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.

Sat, Oct 22nd CLIMATE CHANGE IMPACTS ON WILDLIFE, a public forum at PUC, 9 am to 1 pm.  Dave Weeshoff, conservation chair for San Fernando Audubon will speak at 10 am, followed by Tracy Drake, manager of Madrona Marsh Nature Center.  Booths by local environmental groups line the walls of the hall at 9 am; there will be snacks, too.  The public forum is an annual event of the Environmental Priorities Network (EPN) and this year is co-sponsored by the Palos Verdes South Bay Audubon Society.  Admission is free; donations welcome.  Contact PUC member Lillian Light at 310-545-1384 or [email protected].
 

 
Be a Part of a PUC Tradition
 
It’s time for the 2016 Los Angeles AIDS Walk and there are 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.



Long time members, Sue Cutler & Olga Slavich, are currently participating in an art show at Malaga Cove Library. The reception is Saturday Oct. 15 from 1:00-4:00 pm with music, food and all the artists in attendance to talk with you. But if you cannot make it that day, come anyway on another day. The library is open daily except Sundays. There will always be someone in attendance to speak with you. Olga will be there Thursday 10/13 &20 from 1:30-4:00 pm; Sue will be there Tuesday 10/18 from 1:30-4:00 and Saturday 10/22 from 10:00-1:30. It would be wonderful to have you all stop by to take a look. Here’s your chance to expose yourselves to fine art!
 

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

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 Lisa Sites if you have any questions.

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.
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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


 
 
CALENDAR
 
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

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Mike Buttitta, President      [email protected]
Trish Botsko, Treasurer     [email protected]
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We are located at
5621 Montemalaga Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275


 

Office Hours

Sunday            9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.                             
Monday           9:00 a.m - 3:00 p.m.   
Tuesday           9:00 a.m - 3:00 p.m.   

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

 

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