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November 17, 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!

 

Change in View Deadline

Normally submissions for inclusion in The View are due on noon Wednesday.

On Thanksgiving week submissions will be due Tuesday, November 22. The View will be published on Wednesday afternoon, November 24.



The Legacy of Thanksgiving

Reverend Dr. Stephen H. Furrer and Director of Religious Education, Claire Moss.
Why Gratitude?


The road to feeling gratitude and thankful can be rough.  Let's explore!

Dale Osborne
Sermons are available on the website and are updated every Thursday morning, please visit our website at pacificunitarian.org.
 
A BIG THANK YOU
 
On behalf of the Board of Trustees I would like to extend a Thank You and a Job Well Done to the volunteers named below for going above and beyond the call of duty during last week’s Rummage Sale.  The Sale was coordinated and efficiently run by Linda Jensen and her band of merry volunteers (and by the end of three days, very tired volunteers!).  PUC cannot run without the constant help of the many volunteers who perform a variety of tasks throughout the year.  During this time of transition, it is ever more important that volunteers step forward and help the church grow.  The Rummage Sale raised nearly $3,000.00. 
 
Linda Jensen                                        Andy Kissner
Lee Ann Hart                                        Joani Thompson         
Darcy Carroll                                        Betty Saunders
Pam Harris                                           Valieda Richards
Gary Hart                                              Robin Paterson
Judith Shaffer                                        Vivien Hao
William Koelsch                                     Barara Marriot
Yvonne Godfrey                                    Penny Good
Janet Steinberg                                     Denise Shiozawa
Judi Carter                                            Barbara Paulsen
Linn Jackson
 
Thank you also to the many PUC members and friends that donated items to the sale.  Thanks to Bruce Lewis, Facilities Chair, for coming to the rescue one late afternoon to fix a broken Hall door.  As well as Dee Masters for removing some large left over items to the Salvation Army. 
 
Thank you all again, your efforts do not go unnoticed. 
 
 
Mike Buttitta
President Board of Trustees
 
Child Dedication Service
Would you like your child to join the Child Dedication Service planned for a Sunday in  January?  We already have two families who have signed up and would be happy to have your child join them.  Contact Claire Moss at [email protected] if you are interested!

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
 Marlene Barone
Greg Garcia

Top Chef
Andy Kissner

Usher 
Greg Garcia 
Melissa Tyrrell
HOLIDAY FAIR TRADE
 
Sunday, Nov 20th after church, enjoy PUC’s Holiday Fair Trade event. Find the work of artisans and farmers from around the world.  Represented will be Ten Thousand Villages, Vida Verde, Tribu (Equador), Samantha (Mexico), Bali Rose silver, Canaan Fair Trade, Seastra, Baobob Collectives, as well as our own UUSC. 
 
Fair Trade is an organized social movement that promotes standards for international labor, environmentalism ,and social policy as related to consumer products.
 
Our compassionate consumption is a way UUs are part of the "interconnected web of all existence."
 


Sunday on the Patio: Your Holiday Purchase Can Support Fair Trade with Palestine

 Canaan Fair Trade is committed to sustainable farming practices, working directly with rural communities in Palestine to bring their traditional products to the international community. Canaan guarantees a fair price to farmers even when markets are low, and buys all their production, in good years and bad. A fair price or "living wage" allows producers to cover the cost of harvest and tree maintenance and plan for their future: planting crops and providing food, shelter, education, and medical care for their families. Canaan bottles and finishes all products in Palestine, thus spreading these benefits to their fair trade factory workers. 

Judy Shaffer

Consider olive oil and tapenades for your
holiday entertaining and gift giving

MEDIA EXPERT SOUGHT
 
Recently found boxes and bags full of pictures of PUC people dating clear back to our very beginnings in 1957 are calling out for someone to put together some video presentations. PUC’s 60th Anniversary is February 17, 2017, and a history through pictures for that celebration would be dandy. Most of the pictures have been sorted by event and/or date, many have the participants identified on the back. This will be an interesting and informative project for someone with the special skills needed to bring these historical low-tech photos into our modern high-tech world. Contact Betty Paieda, her e-mail and phone number are in the PUC Directory.


Girl Scout Gold Award, “Path of Enlightenment” Is Complete

On October 16th at our Sunday Service, Marina Kissner, who is in YRUU and has attended PUC for 6 years, presented her Girl Scout Gold Award. Marina has been a Girl Scout since the first grade and is 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 created a “Path of Enlightenment” along the hiking trail at PUC. Along the trail, she labeled the major religious figures and native plant life. There are two brochure racks, one at each trail starting point (at entrance to parking lot and/or behind meditation garden). A QR code is available to follow the path on your smart phone or you can visit the link online at http://pathofenlightenmentpuc.blogspot.com/.  Marina has also created a seven-minute video for those who are not physically able to hike the path so they can enjoy it virtually.

Marina’s goal is to help people learn about different religions and plant life 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 is thankful for her YRUU classmates for helping put the numbered markers on the path and for Sylvia Velasquez Lawrence from Pacific Sage Preschool for letting her walk the path with the preschool children to get ideas for the children’s activity. She is also thankful for Bruce Lewis for being her project advisor and the PUC Board for approving and supporting her project. 

Marina hopes you will enjoy the path and learn something new!
DINNERS WITH UUs
 
Our “Dinners With UUs” program is looking for a volunteer coordinator. These monthly gatherings at members' homes are a long time part of PUC’s programs to bring people together in informal settings. No experience needed to fill this volunteer position, just a willingness to seek out hosts and guests and maintain a schedule for the dinners. And as a wonderful plus, the coordinator will get to know lots of really great PUCers! Interested? Contact Judy Shaffer, her e-mail and phone number are in the PUC Directory.
 
Last month Dee and Teri Masters hosted a dinner for​ 9 at their house in Torrance. The guests included folks who have been PUC members for a long time and some who are relatively new to the church. It was a pleasure for those attending to get to know each other in a friendly and intimate setting. If you are asked to host a Dinner with UUs, do it! It's not difficult, the meal is potluck and the number of guests depends on you. And if you would like to be a guest at one of these dinners, the signup sheet is at the Welcome Table. Get to know one another and have a great time at a Dinner for UUs!
Playing in the Sage…  


 
 
“Where the spirit does not work with the hand, there is no art.”
-----Leonardo da Vinci

It is in human nature to create. Children do it with energy and abandon. Come and support the “Holiday Fair Trade Faire” on Sunday. Help keep that spirit alive!
 

Warmly,
Sylvia
Director
Pacific Sage Preschool
Religious Education
 
Upcoming Calendar

Sunday 11/20/16 - Intergenerational Service - no RE classes today. Childcare is available for children 5 and under during service.
Sunday 11/27/16 - Children’s Chapel
Sunday 12/4/16 - RE Classes
Saturday 12/10/16 - Holiday Tree Trimming
Sunday 12/11/16 RE Classes
Thursday 12/15/16 7:30pm-9:00pm One Voice 
Sunday 12/18/16 Intergenerational Service

Get involved with RE Social Justice during the Holiday Season 
Guest at Your Table - collect money for the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC). Our 2rd-5th graders decorated their boxes on 11/6. Other ages will have boxes to take home in the coming weeks. Look for an activity after service if you are interested but don’t have a child in RE. 
Giving Tree - donate hats, socks and scarves of any size to Harbor Interfaith Services in December.
Toy Drive - Help us purchase toys for children at Toberman Neighborhood Center in December.

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
Because you care!
 
Are you interested in Social Justice Issues? Whether your interest is in food justice, the environment, Black Lives Matter, children/education issues, are generally interested in making the world a better place, join us for the first meeting of the new Social Justice Team. We are meeting on Dec 7th at 7pm in the PUC library. We are taking a new approach to social justice and if you’d like to be in on the ground floor, this is the meeting to show up to!!

Be an Usher Coordinator and be a critical part of PUC's Welcoming Team. You don't need much more than a friendly smile. Our Usher Coordinator ensures we have enough ushers to staff each of the four Sundays each month, and trains new ushers that come on board. We currently have an outstanding team and all positions are filled.

You can train a new usher quickly and easily on one Sunday morning and there's an easy to read duties sheet that is used as a reminder of what needs to be done.

Anyone interested please contact Brad Shreve. His phone number and email are in the church directory, or you can simply tap on his shoulder on Sunday mornings.



Plan to do any shopping this holiday season at Amazon.com? If so, use smile.amazon.com instead. 

You get the exact same amazon but Amazon makes a small donation to Pacific Unitarian Church when you shop. 

Happy shopping!  http://smile.amazon.com/ch/95-2250196  
Did You Know....You can contribute $$$ to PUC when shopping at Ralphs? Go to   www.ralphs.com  and register choosing Pacific Unitarian Church as your non-profit community organization.  Yearly registration started in September, so if you haven't registered/renewed since September, you are not currently participating in Ralphs Community Contribution Program.  Scan bar letters are available in the office for those who prefer to register by taking this letter into Ralphs when shopping and syncing up their Ralphs Card. It doesn’t cost you anything.  Ralphs gives PUC a percentage of what you spend there.

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

We will be taking a break for the month of December. We will be reading Anne Perry's "The Face of a Stranger" for January, a Victorian mystery with psychological,  feminist, and political overtones. Meet William Monk, a police investigator who battles amnesia, and Hester, the nurse who practised medicine in the Crimean War and fights an uphill battle to bring the lessons of the battlefield home.

All are welcome to come and join us the third Monday of every month.  All you gentleman are welcome as well.

November 21stThe Road to Character by David Brooks
Come and check out a discussion even if you haven’t  read or finished the book.


Thanks,
Lisa Sites

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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

[email protected]
This email is forwarded to the trustees, Lead Minister, Director of Religious Education, and Pacific Sage Preschool Director.

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

 

Mike Buttitta, President      [email protected]
Trish Botsko, Treasurer     [email protected]
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
[email protected]

Please send View submissions to [email protected] 
by noon on Wednesday.

 

We are located at
5621 Montemalaga Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275


 

Office Hours

Sunday            Closed.                             
Monday            Closed.   
Tuesday           Closed.   

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

 

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Office: (310) 378-9449    Fax: (310) 378-1508

[email protected]     www.pacificunitarian.org 

The November 2016 South Bay Unitarian Fellowship newsletter is available if you click on
http://sbuf.org/newsletters/2016/newsletter1611.htm
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