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December 8, 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. 
Reverend Stephen Furrer, the PUC Choir and Music Director Severin Behnen team up to usher in the holidays with tributes to Unitarian poet e.e.cummings and Nobel Laureate Bob Dylan. Excerpts from cumming's play Santa Claus with dramatic appearances by Death, Child, Woman, an unruly mob, and dear, old, misunderstood Santa himself.
"The Christmas Story"

A collaboratively put together by Rev Furrer, DRE Claire Moss, and the kids and young people in our Sunday school. From shepherds in their fields to our country's Founding leaders, a panoramic & Unitarian view of what Christmas is all about.

Welcome to the Dempster Family

PUC welcomes the Dempster family as new members to our beloved community. 

Dan Dempster is a professional artist, whose paintings, drawings, and sculptures have been shown throughout the world. He teaches a weekly meditation class at PUC and has studied Tibetan Buddhism for many years.

He narrowly escaped joining a monastery by meeting Sharon Holtz, whom he married and with whom he has two boys, Dylan, 9, and Miles, 5, both students at Lunada Bay Elementary School.

Sharon and Dan met in Bermuda, where Dan grew up and where Sharon was working. Today, she is the spa manager at Terranea Resort in RPV. 
Grandmas Elda Holtz enjoys spending time with the boys, cooking, sewing, knitting and singing in the church choir.

Sunday Hospitality

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

Jean Tordella
Peggy Tigerman

Welcome Table
 Kris Williamson
Pam Harris

Top Chef
Margo Meikle

Kevin Gallagher
Amin Damji

Holiday Tree Trimming Potluck
December 10th, 5pm-8pm
Bring donations for the Giving Tree (socks, hats and scarves) and a potluck item. We’ll be making ornaments, decorating gingerbread houses, enjoying food together and singing.
RSVP with the number of people and your potluck item to dre@pacificunitarian.org by December 8th
MSC Posts congregational record for potential ministers
The Ministerial Search Committee (MSC) achieved a milestone in PUC's ministerial search process. The congregational record, which includes information on PUC's history, financials, survey results, and much more was approved. During the month of December, potential ministers will review the congregational records of churches who are in the ministerial search process. PUC will be notified in early January of those ministers who are interested in PUC. The MSC will then begin to review the Ministerial Records of interested ministers.
Thank you to everyone who shared their views through the online survey and cottage party as your input was very valuable. A special thank you to the Board, Margo Miekle and all others who assisted with providing information to support the process.
The Ministerial Search Committee
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.
Keeping In touch 

We miss long-time PUC members Julius and Ginny Schwartz, who have been living in San Diego. Julius is painting and teaching classes in their retirement community. Ginny now is in the Memory Center there. She (and Julius, too) would love notes and cards from friends here. Call Barbara Paulsen, the Church Office, or see the PUC Directory for their address.
Religious Education
Upcoming Calendar

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 
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  
Dear Campers and Camp Supporters
In this harried world and at this crazy time, Camp de Benneville calls.

It is the place where you can nourish, heal, and strengthen your spirit. You experience joy, love, and beloved community there. And nature brings awe and comfort as you immerse yourself in the wilderness.
You love it. Camp needs your support.
And if you'll do it in the next four weeks, you'll double your impact. 
We have received a challenge from anonymous donors who are asking you to join with them to support Camp de Benneville Pines. If you can pitch in and help us raise $50,000, your dollars will be matched!
$50 becomes $100. $500 becomes $1,000, and $5,000 becomes $10,000!
With your help we will replace roofs, work on the decks, and continue to improve the lodge. And together, we'll make camp more accessible so everyone can come regardless of their ability to pay.
Thanks to our anonymous donors for their amazing generosity, and thank you for helping make de Benneville Pines a beloved destination for beloved community.
Wishing you well this holiday season,
Janet James
Playing in the Sage…  
 "It's the most wonderful time of the year...and everyone telling you be of good cheer…It's the most wonderful time of the year"...

Winter is coming. The breezes are brisk and like the small creatures on the hill, we yearn to spend more time holed up in our little "burrow," warm and cozy with the children. The cold reality is the staff running around frantically trying to put the children back into their shoes, socks and sweaters. J

Now as the year draws to a close, we are excited to thank all of our extended families and friends for a "most wonderful year" of magic (and occasional mayhem). Please let us know if you can join us for our 2nd Annual Breakfast with Santa here at Pacific Sage Preschool. It is our gift to you.
Pacific Sage Preschool

Mindfulness and Meditation:
Tools for Change, Techniques for Coping                                             

Sunday 18 December, 2016
12:15 - 1:15 pm (after lunch)
in the Library or Hall.
All are welcome.

Despite all the celebration, the holiday season can be a difficult time for many. We may find ourselves sad and lonely, even surrounded by family and friends. This year in particular we may find ourselves depressed and anxious about the future. What to do?

Through developing love, compassion, joy, and equanimity we can rediscover purpose and meaning in life. Becoming more present, aware, and awake, we can rediscover the richness and beauty of life, and find ourselves of help, kindness and cheer to others.

Wouldn’t this be a nice gift to give yourself and your loved ones? Join us for this introduction. 

Regular Tuesday evening Buddhist meditation group practice is 7:30-9:00 p.m. in the Library.

Dan Dempster has been authorized by Khenpo Migmar Tseten, Buddhist Chaplain at Harvard University. He is a member of PUC and leads 7:30-9:00 Tuesday evening Buddhist meditation practice in the library.

Please RSVP dandmpstr@gmail.com so that we may determine numbers.

Seniors POW WOW
NEXT Thursday December 15th

Third Thursday of each month
11:00 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. in the PUC Library

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

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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by noon on Wednesday.


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