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January 26, 2017
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!
      SAVE THE DATE !
 
   SATURDAY  MARCH 18, 2017 @ 5:00
 
  PUC'S 60TH ANNIVERSARY PARTY

 
     (More information to follow)
“A UU Toolkit for Beloved Community”


-Vivien Hao
"From Hopelessness To Hope"


-Reverend Dr. Stephen H. Furrer


Pat Marks

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


Greeters 
Marvel Burke


Top Chef
Andy Kissner

 
Joys
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Concerns

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The Ministerial Search Committee --
Where Have You Been?
 
You may be wondering what the Ministerial Search Committee (MSC) has been up to lately as you have not heard from us in awhile -- well, we've actually been busier than ever!
 
As shared previously, during the months of October and November, the MSC was hard at work preparing PUC's congregational record which included information on PUC's history, financials, survey results, and more. During the month of December, potential ministers reviewed congregational records of churches in the ministerial search process while the MSC anxiously waited to see who would show interest in PUC.
 
On January 2 - the first day that ministers can post interest - the MSC was delighted to receive a list of potential candidates for PUC! Since that time, we have been reviewing the candidates' packets and conducting some preliminary phone interviews. We cannot share candidates' names or share details of our discussions to respect the candidates' confidentiality. 
 
Once we narrow the search to the most promising candidates, we'll choose a few to preach in "neutral pulpits" - churches where neither the candidate nor the MSC is known. From that group, we'll select a final candidate to visit PUC in April.
 
Although we can't share candidate details, please contact us anytime with questions regarding the process at [email protected]
 
Yours in Service,
 
The MSC (Darcy Carroll, Maurice Chevalier, Naresh Deo, Pam Harris, Gary Hart, Janet Kissner, Caitlin Masters)
 
Worship Associates' Training
 
If you've ever wanted to help lead Sunday services with the minister, here's your chance to get trained and start your new ministry. Rev. Furrer is offering Worship Associates' Training (Part 2) Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017 from 10-noon. If you didn't attend Part 1, we can catch you up! Please contact Rev. Furrer or a member of the Worship Committee to reserve your spot. Members are Vivien Hao, Dale Osborne, and Melissa Tyrrell. Snacks will be served!

 
I am a Good Person! I am a Kind Person!
Meditation and Mindfulness for Children
(and those who pretend to be grown-up)
 
Sunday 29 January, 2017
12:15  (after lunch)
in the Hall.
All are welcome
 


This Sunday we will be offering a very special meditation instruction. Children, young adults, grown-ups and the young-at-heart are all encouraged to attend to learn simple, yet effective techniques for cultivating calm, concentration, and kindness. 
 
Through the development of loving-kindness and compassion towards ourselves, our loved ones, and all beings, we can over time dissolve anxiety and conflict and let our innate confidence and generosity flourish. Becoming more present, aware, and awake, we can find the richness and beauty of life as children do, in the perfection of things as they are.
 
Wouldn’t this be a nice gift to give yourself and your family? Join us!
 
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.
 
Pacific Unitarian Church
4621 Montemalaga Drive
Rancho Palos Verdes
CA 90275
 
Please RSVP [email protected] so that we may determine numbers.
Recent Exhibitions
Bermuda National Gallery Biennial 2016
Torrance Art Museum: South Bay Focus, 2015
Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art, 2015

It’s Budget Time Again!
 
The Finance Committee is beginning to work on the operating budget for the fiscal year starting July 1, 2016 (FYE 2017).  If your committee would like to have a say in their planning please complete the Budget Request Form (PUC Budget Form) that is due by Sunday, February 19th.  A few paper copies can be found in the Finance mailbox in the office.
Religious Education
 
 February 18th-20th, 2017 is Winter Camp for families at Camp DeBenneville Pines. Contact Claire Moss, DRE if you are interested. It would be fun to have a group of PUCers up there!
 
From the camp website: "Get to Platform 9 & 3/4  on time or you'll miss the express train to the Wizarding World of Camp de Benneville Pines!  Come help harness magic to transform ourselves and our world. Classes include magical dueling at the forts, riding broomsticks at the sled run (weather permitting), wand-making and other magical crafts, and the raising of magical energy through fun, student-centered worship."
 
Parent Information Session Sunday January 29th, from 12:15pm-1:15pm - Learn about what your children are discussing in PUC’s Religious Education programs, find out about upcoming events, get to know other RE parents. RSVP to [email protected]
 
Teacher Training Session TBA - Get involved with RE by becoming an assistant or fill-in teacher. Volunteer one or two Sunday’s per month, and be part of nurturing the next generation. Interested? Contact Claire Moss at [email protected]
Would like to enroll your child in OWL for 7-9th graders?
 
Are interested in being trained as an OWL program facilitator?
 
Do you want to help organize the OWL session?
 
Email PUC Director of Religious Education, Claire Moss at [email protected] 
(include your child’s name and grade).
 

Seniors POW WOW
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.

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.

Thanks,
Lisa Sites
 
Playing in the Sage ....
 

“If you really want to make a friend, go to someone’s house and eat with him… the people who give you their food give you their heart.”
                                                                                   ---Cesar Chavez
 
Kiko, who is from Brazil, recently brought “Pao de Queijo – Cheese Bread” to share. The friends had been a little cranky with each other lately, but this is not unusual after weather that has made us too close companions for too long. This Brazilian treat is delicious and it didn’t take long for the friends to be friends again. Watching them sit together laughing and talking in little groups while they ate these little warm balls of wonder, I was again amazed at our mix of children.
 
The friends that live and work together at Pacific Sage Preschool are a diverse lot…each one walking that fine line between unique and individual or weird and eccentric. Culturally, they represent eleven countries and nine different languages, so it is sometimes work to become a bonded and connected learning community. There are many differences such as language, family/culture customs, and simply individual preferences that we need to understand before they become obstacles getting in our way.
 
Acknowledging where we are different, we look for the places where we are the same…and everybody has to eat! “FOOD” is a sturdy yummy bridge to build between us and we take many opportunities to cook with the friends, using the things growing in the children’s (and Permaculture) garden.
 
Making food and eating together is more than a time to talk, taste new foods, and try on new ideas. It is a time to offer another a little piece of our heart.
 
Warmly,
Sylvia
Director
Pacific Sage Preschool

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. 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.
This Sunday's Flowers 
 
This Sunday Flowers are donated by Penny Good.
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.
 
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
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by noon on Wednesday.

 

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

Wednesday      9:00 a.m - 2:00 p.m.
Thursday          8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.  
Friday               Closed
Saturday           Closed

 

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