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April 14, 2017
Easter Egg Hunt after service this Sunday. Gift bags for kids who participate! We've been collecting money for Harbor Interfaith over the past few weeks in honor of the hunt. You can still donate on Sunday and the donations will be delivered next week. Thanks to all who have given so far!
 
Upcoming Events
  • Bowling at PV Bowl Saturday May 6th, 4pm. For all PUC Members and Friends, hosted by the Religious Education Committee.
  • Memorial Day BBQ - Monday May 29th,12pm-5pm. With a bouncy castle, grilled hot dogs and games! 
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!

When “Minister” Is More Than a Job Title

It’s a really rotten day. You are sent to an emergency room in an ambulance, and after 8 hours you are admitted. Nurses in and out. Fluid, lots of fluid. Get this fever down. Tests and more tests. What to do about the child, the responsibilities? Your family scrambles to figure it all out.

The next morning there you lie, wondering what it means to your family that you can’t be there for them. Wondering at the strangeness of having your life abruptly put on hold. And then, there in the doorway is your minister, asking if you would like to spend a little time together, but not presuming to enter without an invitation. You can see that it’s just fine to say, Not today. You also see it doesn’t matter how you look. It doesn’t matter that you can’t really hold up your end of a conversation. The conversation turns out to be easy. You find that there is a whole set of skills your minister has that you would never otherwise get to see.

And it feels so good to see a caring face, when you didn’t think you wanted to see anyone. It feels good to talk to someone who knows how hospitals work. It feels good to be with someone who can sit with you and think about the questions that swirl in your mind, or to just sit there gently talking about nothing in particular and yet be soothing.

And later, when you feel better, you wonder at the fact that visiting someone in a hospital is a skill; it can be done well or it can be done poorly. It’s hidden from most, and yet it is there for each of of us at PUC. You realize for the first time why “minister” is both a job title and a verb.

That was me, and because we are in this final phase of the pledge drive and working hard to make it to goal, I am giving a lot of thought to the importance of having a settled minister. Our minister may see us in some of the most vulnerable, even intimate, moments of our lives. Our minister matters for many reasons, but this may be the most important. Please, if you haven't yet pledged, do so now. And even if you have pledged, consider increasing your pledge from last year by 25%. If you can’t imagine ever needing pastoral care for yourself, look around on Sunday morning. There are people you talk to every week who will need this, and it may not be the people you think.

Sincerely,

Lora Childers
Member of Your Pledge Team

It ain’t over till it’s over”

                   ~ Baseball Legend Yogi Berra

The PUC Pledge Drive is still going, still driving towards our goal of $240,000.  

There was a push to get pledges in by March 26th so that the congregation could give the Ministerial Search Committee some confidence that we could reach our goal when they contacted our prospective Settled Minister a few days later.  On March 24th we were at only 43% of our goal.  In just two days, our PUC community stepped up and pledged $72K more to put us within reach of $240K.  Thanks to all who have so generously made their pledge.  

There is some basic math behind what it takes financially to operate PUC.  

At our current size, it takes an average of ~$1,950 per pledge (which is ~$1,450 for each member) per year to run PUC.  Yet about one-third of our pledges are for $600 a year or less. Lots of us have settled in on $100 a month as “feeling about right” for a pledge. In fact, almost half of PUC’s pledges are for $1200 a year or less. Some are simply paying what they can afford, and the congregation certainly understands that. At the same time, some who can pay more don’t realize they aren’t contributing the fraction of the budget it takes to cover their share.  Is the answer to simply raise your pledge to $1,950? Well, the fact is not everyone can, so a lot of us need to raise our pledge even more to cover the folks who at $50 a month are giving all they can.    

So how does it break down? In the graph below, each block represents a pledge during this Pledge Drive.  A total of 110 pledges have been recorded thus far; 19 account for half of the total pledge amount.

From our current total, we only need an average increase in pledging of $303 per member to achieve our goal.   

If you pledged $100 per month last year and did the same this year, well, because $100 is a nice round number, please consider bumping it up to $125.   Almost half of our pledges are for $100 per month or less – increasing in your pledge, regardless of your original pledge amount, is important.    

Now is the time to act!  

The budget isn’t final until the congregation approves it in June – but time is running out.  We will preview next fiscal year’s budget at a Town Hall on April 30th - just over two weeks away.  This will give the congregation an opportunity to share & discuss priorities.  The budget will be adjusted if needed and feasible based on the latest pledge amount and presented for approval at a Congregational Meeting on June 4th.  So, there is urgency to get our increased pledges in and counted soon.  You can do this a number of ways:

1. The online pledging page has been updated so that you can easily increase your pledge here:  http://pacificunitarian.org/pledge

2. Send an email to [email protected] and I will log your update on your behalf.

3. Call Gaby in the PUC office during office hours and verbally update your pledge.  Phone is 310.378.9449, office hours are Sunday 9am-1pm, Monday through Thursday 9am-2pm.  

4. Call Jean Tordella or Lora Childers and verbally update your pledge, or ask them for any help you may need.  Their phone numbers are in the PUC directory.  

Our beloved PUC community depends upon our Members’ & Friends’ time, talent & treasure.  You needn’t be a member to pledge - you are welcome to pledge regardless of your affiliation or frequency of attendance.  We thank you for your generous pledging to date.  However, we must ask you to look harder & dig deeper and increase your financial support for PUC.  Unitarian Universalist principles are needed Now More Than Ever.  It’s Up to Us!

John Einhorn
Proud PUC member 
[email protected]

Join your Board of Trustees Presidents in grouping together to increase your pledge.  Mike Buttitta, Gary Hart & John Einhorn (along with Sandy, Lee Ann & Lora) – three of the last four Trustee Presidents (the fourth, Clay Bosler, has moved out of state) – have increased their pledges for the current drive over and above their original pledges. Gary led the way & then the rest joined in.  What is it about PUC that moves you – Religious Education, food ministry, social justice? Are you a member of the choir, Green Sanctuary, book club?  Why not increase your pledge and follow the president’s lead by calling another PUC member that shares your passion & challenge him or her to join you. Let us know how it goes and we’ll publish your group’s progress to motivate others.

If ten groups each raised $5,000 we’d be there.

"The True Resurrection."


Reverend Furrer offering a Unitarian Universalist understanding of Easter. Focus on the life and teaching of Jesus through the lens of his masterful use of parables. 
 
April 16th Lyceum: Seminar and teach-in led by the Interim Minister on issues of institutional racism contributing to turmoil at the Unitarian Universalist headquarters in Boston that has resulted in the resignation of UUA President Peter Morale and to senior staff members.
  • Henrickson Hall 1-2 pm. 
"By What Authority?"
 
Today's sermon will try answering the question, by what authority are ministers' truth claims confirmed? What makes pulpit oratory legitimate? True? Additionally, in light of comments overheard that the May 7 vote on whether or not to call Reverend Steven Wilson was a "foregone conclusion," some statistics on the hundreds of thousands of people who died that we, today, might have the right to choose our spiritual leaders.
 
Reverend Dr. Stephen H. Furrer
From the Minister:
 
Thirty-seven years as a parish minister have given me some insights into what keeps people involved in voluntary organizations like PUC. Everyone’s different, of course; members jump in or drop away for reasons unique to themselves. Nevertheless, it’s been my experience over the years that those who stick around tend to grow or evolve through three stages or levels of participation. One can think of these as the consumer stage, the contributor stage, and the investor/owner stage.
 
Most people who first join a Unitarian Universalist congregation do so as consumers, looking to fulfill some need or desire in their lives. With 80% of our members raised in another—or no—faith tradition, Unitarian Universalism is probably more “consumerist” than other faiths. As a result, many of our denominational growth strategies are aimed at how best to attract consumers. How do we get people in the door? And, what kinds of programs can we offer—for children, young people, and adults—that will best “meet their needs?” Most of us, however long and deeply we’ve been involved in this congregation, originally joined just this way: we attended services, enrolled our kids in RE, or what have you and found it somehow valuable.
 
But the question “How valuable (when weighed against other choices)?” is still paramount. Until, for one reason or another, the member gets involved as a contributor. They plug into a fun, upbeat committee; pitch in with Religious Education; start organizing and running social events that get people together for fun and fellowship. Somewhere along the line there’s a change; “What’s in it for me?” or “What am I getting out of this?” falls away in favor of feeling valued and taken seriously by virtue of one’s contributions to congregational life. A corresponding level of commitment all but invariably ensues.
 
Typically, folks who feel that they are contributing meaningfully to the ongoing life of the congregation evolve, over time, into investor/owners. Investor/owners may not have a formal role or position, though they often do. Their value to the congregation is contained as much in their presence as in what they happen to be currently doing. For such folks, being a Unitarian Universalist, and being a member of a congregation, is an integral part of who they are in addition to the things they do as a UU. These are also the people to whom the congregation turns in times of crisis, difficulty, or transition, whether they are holding a specific office or not.
 
The lines between the above stages are not always clear. Attracting new people is important, to be sure. It seems to me, however, that a more meaningful measure of the congregation’s growth is how well our members move, naturally and comfortably, from feeling like a consumer to becoming a contributor and, ultimately, an investor/owner.
 
The annual canvass is a measure of that transformation. There are many ways to contribute to PUC; financial contributions are only one of them. The $500 differential between last year’s relatively high average pledge and our relatively low median pledge, presents some of us with an opportunity to contemplate a new level of participation—and of growth.
 
In faith,                  Stephen


 

  Jane Parmenter
Rodney oakes

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




Greeters 
Betsy Walters and Ray Waters

Welcome Table
 Melissa Garcia

Ushers
Greg Garcia and Melissa Tyrrell

Top Chef
Debi Robinson
Usher's Needed
PUC is in need of additional ushers. If you would like to be a usher volunteer please contact Ray Waters. Ray's phone number can be found in the member's directory or you can email him at [email protected]
Joys
&
Concerns
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Gloria Nussbaum is seeking a driver a driver who can transport her husband or her son to her the Rehab hospital where she's staying: Lomita Post Acute Care Center, 1955 Lomita Blvd. (between Walnut St. and Eshelman Ave.). Gloria reports that she has received close to fifty get well and encouragement cards--for which she is very grateful.

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To have your joy or concern appear here, send it to
[email protected] 
or call the PUC office.  For information on how to do so,
scroll down to the
 end of The View.

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You will always be directed to the right person if you email [email protected]
 

Increase Over Your Last Year's Pledge &
Meet the Prospective Minister at the
Now More Than Ever Donors’ Event

Tuesday, May 2nd at 7:00 pm (sunset at 7:52 pm)
Pacific Unitarian Church

We have great news. When you raise your pledge by 25% or more over last year’s pledge, you are invited to a special event for donors like you who will be meeting our prospective minister, Reverend Steven Wilson. Thirteen members have already increased their pledges by 25% or more. Thanks! Will you consider joining them and coming to this lovely evening of wine, hors d'oeuvres and enlightening conversation? The event takes place two days after Reverend Steven’s first sermon, five days before his second sermon and our vote. Enjoy this opportunity to to spend some time getting to know him before you make this important decision.

We are just $50K shy of our pledge drive goal. This year our pledge drive goal is the same as last year, $240,000. To increase your pledge over last year by 25% or more, either go to the PUC pledge page, or call or email members Jean Tordella, Lora Childers, or contact Gaby in the PUC office. If you can’t recall what you pledged, any one of us will help.

Your Pledge Team,
Tara Unverzagt
Jean Tordella
Lora Childers

Coming to PUC: A New Social Justice Newsletter 
Next week you will begin to receive PUC’s new newsletter, PUC Justice. In it will be what is happening at PUC and in our community.  If you have any questions or suggestions, please send them to [email protected]
 
Question & Answer Session with the Ministerial Search Committee
 
When: Sunday April 23rd 
Where: PUC Library


On Sunday, April 23, at 12:15pm, the MSC invites you to join them for a Q & A in the library. We’ll discuss the ministerial search process of the past few months and the upcoming candidating week prior to Rev. Steven Wilson arriving on April 30th. Come join the MSC after enjoying lunch on the patio!
 
 
Save the Dates for the April 30 – May 7 Ministerial Candidating Week!
 
Rev Steven Wilson will be joining PUC for a “candidating week” from Sunday, April 30th through Sunday, May 7th.  Some important dates to note:
 
  • Sunday, April 30th – Rev Steven Wilson’s first sermon
  • Friday, May 5th—Cinco de Mayo themed dinner at 5:30pm at PUC
  • Sunday, May 7th – Rev Steven Wilson’s second sermon & PUC’s congregational vote
 
In addition to the dates mentioned above, there will be coffee hours “off the hill”, open office hours, an afternoon hike, meetings with staff and the board, and more.

 
Members' Facebook Page

Do you know that there is a Facebook page for PUC Members? It's different than the public PUC Facebook page. If you haven't already done so, go to Facebook and sign up.
PUC Dance Party  
 
Dee Masters is hosting a dance party on at PUC!
  • Free admission
  • No skill is required
  • All Ages are welcome
  • Folk dance to current day dance
*Childcare will not be provided

 

Sunday, April 23

Earth Day Expo and Interfaith Service
Our Reverend Stephen will help lead the service

Expo 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Worship at 4:00 pm
Community Meal at 5:00 pm

South Coast Interfaith Council (SCIC) and Garden Church invite you to this Earth Day Expo and Interfaith Service at Garden Church, 429 West 6th Street, San Pedro, 90773.  All are welcome. Reverend Ann Woofenden preaching. For more information gardenchurchsp.org; RSVP to [email protected].

A note about the host church: Rooted in the Christian tradition and Swedenborgian theology, the Garden Church provides a living experience of encountering the Divine in community, scripture, nature, and the life of useful service, and being the church together on multiple levels. Through worshiping, working and learning together, feeding the hungry, and addressing the needs of the local community, this church is living sanctuary for all who seek a place to grow, to love and be loved, and to belong. Creating a place of spiritual community where God’s love is made visible as people are fed in body, mind, and spirit.


Spring has sprung and the Long Beach Pride Parade is coming soon. This years theme is "Viva La Vida." We always have a great time, but this Year's event can be made better by you.  Come join us!

The parade is on Sunday, May 21 and starts at 10:30. We are renting a truck again, so those with mobility issues can join in the fun.

We'll have a table set up each week on the patio starting this Sunday for sign ups. You can also email [email protected]  

If you have any questions, please drop by the table on Sunday or you can call either Brad Shreve or Maurice Chevalier. Our numbers are in the church directory.

                    

Islamophobia and Anti-semitism in 2017:
A Community Conversation

Wednesday, April 19
6:30 pm to 9:00 pm

South Coast Interfaith Counsel presents this community discussion at Temple Menorah at 1101 Camino Real, Redondo Beach, 90177. All are welcome. For more information call 562-983-1665, or email [email protected].  South Coast Interfaith Counsel is the oldest and largest interfaith council in Southern California. SCIC has an association of more than 140 faith communities and organizations, encompassing over 35 cities.

Save the Date: PUC Family Camp
June 9th to 11th 

 
Have you signed up yet for PUC’s annual family camp from June 9-11 at Camp de Benneville Pines near Big Bear?
 
There will be something for everyone including:
  • Hikes – both long and leisurely
  • Meditation
  • Kids’ crafts and activities
  • Drama lessons
  • Archery
  • Watercolor painting
  • Dance lessons
  • Blind wine tasting
  • The Un-Talent show
  • And more to come . . .
 
To reserve a spot, please send an email with the number of adults and or children in your party to Janet Kissner at [email protected]
 
If you would like to help plan this year's event or lead an activity at camp, please contact Janet. Come join the FUUN!
 
Janet & Andy Kissner, Camp de Benneville Pines Co-Deans
Seniors POW WOW
Third Thursday of each month
April 20, 2017
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.

Reading and Responding Book Club
Third Monday of Each Month
Next: April 16th 
11:00 a.m.
PUC Library


We meet and discuss a new book on the third Monday of each month in the library. All genres. We have a pretty lively discussion and quite a good time.

We have decided to let members adopt a month and then they can choose thebook to read for that month. This should assure we have a book chosen wellin advance.


April 16th:   A Man Called OVE by Fredrik Backman selected by Susan


See you all in March.
BUDDHIST MEDITATION GROUP
Tuesday 7:30-9:00 pm. 
PUC Library
 
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.
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 
                   Judi Carter
              Jennifer Hocutt

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

 

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