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December 22, 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!

There will be NO LUNCH SERVED on Sunday 12/25/16 and Sunday 1/1/17.  The Top Chefs are taking a break to spend time with their families during the holidays. 
From the Interim Minister:

Europeans began colonizing North America as the Reformation was happening. Some colonists—including many Protestants—came in order to practice religion in their own way ironically. Intolerance of other religions was widespread until after the American Revolution and the adoption of our Bill of Rights. Following the 1848 Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo freedom of, and freedom from, religion was extended to California.
Unitarian Universalists believe that the heart of the Christian message is the adult Jesus’ message of compassion and inclusiveness, simple teachings that continue to inspire anyone who cuts through the many dogmas and doctrines that surround them, and surround the figure of Jesus. As the Unitarian John Adams wrote, in a letter to Thomas Jefferson, another Unitarian: the whole of religion, philosophy, and morals can be summed up simply in the words “Be just and good.” This is what we try to teach in our religious education program.
We celebrate again the Christmas Story both in Sunday school and adult worship service. We celebrate its heart: learning to love; We celebrate its magic;
Its childlike joy;
And its capacity, year after year, to liberate us from the cold world of retribution, “bottom lines,” and prosaic fact.

Merry Christmas!
Good will to all!

Rev. Stephen H. Furrer

December 24th
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service 
A celebration with choral music, and readings.

Reverend Dr. Stephen H. Furrer
December 25th 

"The Heart of Christmas"

Reverend Furrer will lead a simple service. DRE Claire Moss will be here to shepherd any children who come by while those in Henrikson Hall will consider when you dispense with all the falderal, what we can deeply enjoy about Christmas.
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.
January 15th at 12:15pm New to UU1 in Voyagers Room
January 22nd at 12:15pm New to UU2 in Voyagers Room

Sunday Hospitality
A Special Thank You to all of our Volunteers!

Playing in the Sage…  

"Kindness is like snow — it beautifies everything it covers."
— Kahlil Gibran
Winter arrived with cold rainy drops falling from the sky on Wednesday - December 21st.  For us in California, it is a much needed but not always wanted or appreciated gift…perspective.  Surprisingly, it is frequently easier to get what we want, rather than what we really need.
The great thing about winter is it seems to slow down time, and the world, to give us a chance to reflect from whose viewpoint to see things. (Nature says, “Choose me!”)
The children and staff of Pacific Sage Preschool hope winter brings family and friends everything you need…and a little of what you want.

Pacific Sage Preschool

Hey, Party People! 

Do you love to plan parties but don’t have enough opportunities? We are looking for you!  Our PUC community loves to get together at various events at church and it would be great to have a team of folks who like to work from time to time on special events. This is the kind of job for those of you who don’t want to attend monthly committee meetings!  The next big, fun event will be the kick-off to the Pledge Drive which also falls on our 60th anniversary, March 17th.  

Contact Judy Shaffer for details.
The Connectors Team:  Judi Carter, Betty Paieda, Barbara Paulsen, and Judy Shaffer.

BUDDHIST MEDITATION GROUP meets at PUC Library Tuesday evenings, 7:30-9:00 pm. 
No meditation this week, 20th December.
Resumes next week, 27th December.
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. Give yourself the gift of presence!
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.
                                WOMAN’S MARCH LA
Social Justice is organizing a group of people to attend the human rights march to be held in downtown Los Angeles on Saturday January 21, 2016 at 9:00 am.The group will gather at Pershing Square, walk to City Hall, and return to Pershing Square.
Women’s March LA states: “Our mission is to stand together in solidarity for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health and our families ~ recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country.” For more information go to: 

We encourage you to join us !
Please contact Helen Ciriello ~ cellohelen@outlook.com 
if you are interested. We would like to get a feel for the number of people
planning to attend. Bring friends along if you like. We will gather at PUC to carpool together.
Religious Education

Get involved with RE Social Justice during the Holiday Season 
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.

Looking for several people to help with costumes for our Christmas Pageant. Contact Claire Moss, DRE dre@pacificunitarian.org if you’re interested.

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

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  
Artistic/Tech Savvy Person Wanted

PUC's 60th Birthday Celebration is coming in March, and we're looking for someone to put together a visual history of those sixty years to present at the Annual Dinner/Birthday Celebration. Lots of photos from very nearly our beginnings up to the present are available in year-labeled albums and boxes, many with names of those pictured on the back. Please call the Church Office or Betty Paieda (phone number and e-mail address in the PUC Directory) if you're interested. Betty, one of our Church Historians, will work with you to assemble a DVD. 
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
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.

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.
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 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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Wednesday      9:00 a.m - 2:00 p.m.
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