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April 6, 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!

Meet our minister candidate – Rev. Steven M. Wilson
 
As was shared in Sunday’s service and in the April 3 email, the MSC with unanimous enthusiasm is pleased to announce Reverend Steven M. Wilson from Lexington, MA as our minister candidate for PUC!

 

Rev. Steven is currently the Minister of All Souls Braintree Unitarian Universalist Church and Bernardston Congregational Unitarian Society in Massachusetts. He was ordained in Rutland, VT in 2007. He received his Masters in Divinity from Boston University’s School of Theology in Social Ethics and Social Policy in 2013. His Bachelor of Science is from Ithaca College, Corporate Communications with a minor in Psychology in 1989.  

Rev. Steven possesses the following qualities: 

  • Warm, personable, compassionate
  • Strong pastoral care provider, relationship builder
  • Intelligent, engaging worship leader
  • A wealth of energy and enthusiasm
  • Great sense of humor, creative
  • Attentive communication skills – truly listens and picks up on cues

Rev. Steven has a strong background and interest in social justice issues including serving for the past six years on the UU Mass Action Board of Directors, the legislative voice for UUs across Massachusetts.

Rev. Steven’s work history includes:

  • All Souls UU Church of Braintree, MA 5/8th time minister 2009-present
  • Bernardston, MA Unitarian Society ¼ time minister 2005-08, and 2009-present
  • Spirit of Life, Sydney Australia ½ time Developmental Minister Jan-July 2009
  • First Parish (Unitarian) Northfield, MA ¼ time Minister 2003-2008
  • Unitarian Universalist Church, Rutland, VT ½ time Minister 2004-2008
  • Third Unitarian Church, Chicago, IL Parish Intern September 9/00-6/02
  •  First Parish, Lincoln, MA Student Minister 1997-98
  •  First Parish, Lexington, MA Member 1995-1997

In the survey and cottage parties, the congregation listed the priorities of our next called minister to be a spiritual, intellectual leader and facilitator who can foster a sense of fellowship and community within PUC and is strong in energy, passion, collaboration, and creativity. It was also shared that PUC had untapped potential in social justice, small group ministry, adult religious education, and spiritual growth. The MSC believes that Rev Steven Wilson can support and grow PUC in these areas.

Rev. Steven Wilson will spend a “candidating week” with PUC from Sunday April 30th through Sunday May 7th.  He will preach on both Sundays and spend the week in between hosting coffee hours, office hours, and meeting with staff and the board. On Friday, May 5, all PUC members are invited to attend a Cinco de Mayo themed dinner at PUC. The week will provide an opportunity for PUC to decide whether to “call” him as well as an opportunity for Rev. Steven to evaluate PUC. 

After his sermon on May 7th, we will hold a congregational meeting at which we will vote to either accept or decline Rev. Steven as our new called minister, with a required majority of 90% of the attending congregation. Absentee ballots will be available.    

Our Annual Pledge Drive has passed 75% of goal, but there are still plenty of people we haven’t heard from yet - you know who you are!  PUC is needed by our community and by each one of us, Now More Than Ever. Please support our mission and get your pledge in as soon as possible. You can do so in a couple of ways.

Do it directly through the link on PUC website's pledge page.

Or

Call member Jean Tordella for help setting up your pledge - she’s a whiz!
You will find her phone number in our directory in the Members section
of the PUC website.

How To Pledge

1. You can visit the PUC website's pledge page.

2. Do it by phone. Either call Gaby in the office on Wednesday or Thursday between 9:00 a.m - 2:00 p.m. at (310) 378-9449, or call member Jean Tordella any time at (310) 403-8661.

3. Finally, you can fill out a pledge form, and either mail it or turn it in on this Sunday morning. Pledge forms are available both at the pledge table on the patio and in the office, or use the one you received in the mail.
"Pass Over Anguish/ Pass Into Freedom"
 

Rev. Furrer preaching on Passover, its history, and its replication in modern and everyday life.
"Casa de Cambio"

...Unpacking the symbolism and dogma surrounding Easter and understanding it as generations of Unitarians and Universalists have.
 
Reverend Dr. Stephen H. Furrer


 

    Bruce Lewis    

    Renee Arehart

    Joani Thompson

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




Greeters 
Jean Tordella and Peggy Tigerman

Welcome Table
 Kris Williamson and Pam Harris

Ushers
Kevin Gallagher and Amin Damji

Top Chef
Margo Meikle
Joys
&
Concerns
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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]
 

    

Los Angeles River Cleanup
Saturday, April 29
9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Golden Shore Marine Reserve, Long Beach

This is a great event for adults, teens, and families. Come on down to a lovely estuary in Long Beach and spend the morning helping to heal our planet. Help pick up more bits of plastic that you would imagine possible - a great basis for a family discussion about how our choices affect the planet. Spend the morning with friends and family in a beautiful location. Gather for lunch afterwards at a nearby restaurant.

For more information, to register your participation with the LA River Cleanup organization, and to fill out a release (you must turn in your waiver at the Cleanup to participate), go to the LA River Cleanup website: https://folar.org/cleanup/goldenshore. We will be registering as individuals and not as a group.

                
                            Last year's PUC crew at the LA River Cleanup.

 

Sunday, April 23

Earth Day Expo and Interfaith 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 

 
Join the fun at PUC's annual family camp from June 9-11 at Camp de Benneville Pines near Big Bear. There will be something for everyone from relaxing in nature to joining fun activities.
 
Sign up early as PUC will invite other local UU churches to join so the minimum is met.
 
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]
 
There will be a booth on the patio and more details to follow soon in the View. 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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[email protected]     www.pacificunitarian.org 

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