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September 28, 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!

Bring a Friend to Church Sunday &
Blessing of the Animals

Plan on bringing your two legged, and four legged friends to church. Friends will have the opportunity to get a post church overview of Unitarian-Universalism in general after church at our first New UU Class.

Through the Eyes of Animals:  
The contribution of an autistic person to our collective comprehension, comfort, and honoring of our fellow creatures

We have all heard the expression “Your body is a temple.” Today, like Dr. Seuss’s Lorax suggests, we speak for those who have no voice.  Well, not exactly.  Lifting up the insights of insights of autistic author and animal behavior expert Temple Grandin we try to bridge the gap a bit between how we and the animals we love and or eat experience the world.  The service includes an animal blessing.

Reverend Steve Wilson

Sunday Hospitality

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

Welcome Table
Lee Ann Hart & Nina Reeder

Amy Fields & Susan Owen

Dee Masters & Brad Shreve

 Top Chef
Andy Kissner
presents his All American Breakfast

Notes from PUC's Emerging Pastoral Care Team

Jim Michaels is still recovering from hip surgery, and expected to be home in a few weeks.  However, for the next two weeks he will be at the Seacrest Facility at 1416 W. 6th Street, San Pedro, CA 90732.  He is now receiving visitors there. 
Cards can be sent to his home at 6525 Via Sienna in
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90274.

Mary & Ron Keyes.  As I announced last week at church, Mary lost her Mom to both age and a failing heart.  We await the details of a date for a service for Chaing Jing Jong, (likely sometime in the next two months).  Cards of sympathy and concern can be sent to Ron and Mary Keyes at 5424 Little-bow Rd. Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275.


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.


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Sunday Flowers

Sunday's flowers are from
Janet Kissner to celebrate Marina's October 3 and
Andy's October 9 birthdays.
September Birthdays Missed
by View 

(Your editor was ill)
Maurice Chevalier
Vivian Hao
Ardith Morningstar
Randy Ripley
Jean McDaniel
Jean English
Alexandra Garcia
Sandra McNeil
Birthdays for the Next Week
Lisa Sites
Brade Shreve
Marina Kissner
Teri Masters
Gloria Nussbaum

Board Meeting

On Monday, October 2 at 7:00 pm your trustees will meet to discuss the most pressing and systematic issues our Community faces.

Membership Committee

Tuesday, October 3 at 2:30 the Membership Committee with meet at Church to discuss the way we greet and meet and process, as well as new members. 

Worship Committee

On October 5 at 7:00 pm the Worship Committee will meet.  It is in the Worship Committee where decisions about the content and style
of our Sunday Services come to life.
We Need Your Photo
We would love to see your shining face on our bulletin board. If you haven't brought in your picture yet, see the office volunteer.

Religious Education
Registration is open for 2017-2018

Why register? Families who have attended at least 3 times are encouraged to register their children, whether or not they are members. This allows the RE program to know more about children and youth to provide a safe and fun environment.

Register here

Read over our Safety Policy and Family Covenant 

Download the October-December Calendar

October RE Schedule

October 1: Animal Blessing during Time for All Ages and RE Classes

October 8: RE Classes

October 15: AIDS WALK, Children’s Chapel

October 21: Game night at PUC, 6pm-8pm

October 22: RE Classes

October 29: Intergenerational Halloween service

Host an Our Whole Lives (OWL) Facilitator 

October 13-15

PUC is hosting a training for adolescent OWL sexuality education facilitators. 

Do you like within 20 minutes of PUC? Do you have an extra bed that someone could use? Are you interested in hosting and getting to know a UU
from another area?

There are several people attending the training looking for home stays. 

Send Claire Moss an email if you are interested and/or want more information!

Intercultural Transformation Workshop
Saturday, September 30, 2017
9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Cost: $20 per person (scholarship available upon request to, includes continental breakfast and lunch
For More Info: Contact Vivien Hao (
Our world is becoming more multicultural, yet according to The Pew Research Center, 78% of Unitarian Universalists still identify as White or Euro-American and 53% are considered upper middle class. How can we move toward a more inclusive and diverse Beloved Community more reflective of the community we find ourselves in? How can we cross cultural barriers without creating World War III or be left feeling guilt and shame? How can we frame this sacred work theologically grounded in our Principles and rich faith tradition?
Join The Rev. Dr. Jonipher Kupono Kwong and The Rev. Tera Klein in exploring culture defined broadly by increasing both our intercultural competency and humility. Learn some tools and exercises to communicate across culture and handle conflict cross-culturally when (not if) it arises.
Registration Link

A Note from Reverend Steve

PUC has been selected to host a workshop designed to help congregations throughout So Cal better understand race relations and how PUC can better reach out and engage a multi-cultural world. I see this as an excellent opportunity for me, for all of us, to be better prepared to minister to and attract the world around us  

Please see Vivian Hao or Steve Wilson for news on how to sign up.  Again, we are hosting this event, so it would be great if we could be here.

We are hosting members of congregations across So Cal. We need volunteers for home hospitality or kitchen help even if you cannot make the workshop yourself.

Love Notes Concert
Saturday, September 30
7:00 pm
Heriksen Hall
Do you love to hear Teri Masters sing? How about a duet with Caitlin about love triangles? Have you heard Robin Paterson play a beautiful piece on the grand piano? Want to drift to the dulcet tones of our out master tenor Abraham Cervantes? Severin on the 88 and Gary Hart on the 6-string? All topped with Dee Masters as master of ceremonies. (Masters - get it?)

A huge thank you to all who bid on this in the last auction. You are all set. If you did not get a chance to bid on this, additional $20 tickets are available in the PUC office, or see Teri Masters. Tickets may also be purchased at the door.
Fifth Friday Ballroom Dance
Friday, September 29
6:30 pm to 10:00 pm
Learn More About Church
Sunday, October 1 & 8
12:30 pm
Voyagers Room

Register to attend two information sessions, New UU 1 and New UU 2, on two Sundays, October 1 and 8, at 12:30 pm in the Voyagers’ Room.  The minister and Connections/Membership leaders will meet with you to get to know you better, to inform you of our UU history and how you might become a member of our congregation.  The sessions are different, so attendance at both is best.  You can sign up at the Welcome Table on the patio or email Judi Carter at  We hope to see you there.

Spiritual Memoir Writing Groups
Tuesday, October 10
7:00 pm
Wednesday, October 11
10:00 am

This on-going adult ed course begins are right around the corner.  We will begin the gathering of lay writers who will sit and share stories from their life.  There is no writing assignment required as we enter the first class.  The two sessoins are independent of one another. Just come if you are interested.

Pushing a Stroller Six Miles is a Heavy Load!

Don’t worry, you’ll have friends who’ll take turns with you.

Don’t Want to Deal With Heavy Downtown Traffic?

Don’t worry, we plan to carpool.

There are excuses to not join the AIDS Walk, but lots of good reasons.

AIDS Project LA provides 20 different services from 15 locations throughout Los Angeles County, including: medical, dental, and behavioral health care; health education and HIV prevention; and STD screening and treatment. For people living with HIV, they offer housing support; benefits counseling; home health care; and the Vance North Necessities of Life Program food pantries; among several other critically needed services.

Please join us and Walk the Walk. If you can’t make it, then please give generously. You can join the walk or donate by going to:

Brad Shreve and Maurice Chevalier will also be on the patio every Sunday until the walk, and can accept your donations and help you sign up to join us.

News from the LGBTQ Concerns group: PUC has reached half of our fund-raising goal of $3000 for the LA AIDS Walk. The AIDS Walk has been a long-standing tradition for PUC and with two weeks left in the campaign, we're asking for you to give generously to reach our goal. We also welcome more people to donate their feet, and join us in the walk for fun, laughs, and good exercise.

SJ@PUC Coalition Movie Night
Friday, October 20
PUC Library

Last Friday the Social Justice Coalition kicked off the SJ@PUC Coalition Movie Night at church. We watched the powerful film, The Best Democracy Money Can Buy. This movie and the nearly 20 people who filled the library was a promising showing for a first night.  We will be back in that same room, on October 20 for another political documentary. All of these movies will be free of charge.

Camp de Benneville Pines Gaming Retreat
October 20 to 22

Come play tabletop board, card, and role-playing games with us at camp! Games such as Apples to Apples, Dungeons and Dragons, Magic The Gathering, Settlers of Catan and many more! Sign up to run games or just bring some games to share and play in the Lodge. Registration includes meals and lodging for the weekend.

For more info:

Environmental Priorities Network's Fall Forum
Saturday, November 4
9:00 am to 1:30 pm
St. Luke’s Presbyterian Church
Rolling Hills Estates

Environmental Priorities Network’s (EPN) Fall Forum is titled Our Solar Powered Future is Here and  How You Can Take Part. The media is filled with human-interest footage of the storm named Harvey. Naomi Klein in her Intercept article posted Monday, says she has a message for the media, “Talk About Climate Change . . . The records being broken year after year — whether for drought, storm surges, wildfires, or just heat — are happening because the planet is markedly warmer than it has been since record-keeping began.” Climate scientist Dr. Jim Hansen on the Democracy Now show today says, “The question people are asking is what is the impact of humans on this hurricane?  And there are substantial impacts on sea level, the amount of water vapor in the atmosphere therefore the amount of rainfall and on the strength of storms.  Humans are already impacting all of those . .. .”

The upcoming EPN forum is the appropriate conversation.  The Forum will be held on Saturday, November 4 at St. Luke’s Presbyterian Church, Rolling Hills Estates 9:00 am to 1:30 pm.  Please save the date. 

The LA County Department of Public Health came by PUC to raise awareness of Zika and West Nile viruses in LA.   Here is a link to their website for more info: or

Seniors POW WOW
Third Thursday of each month
11:00 a.m. to 12:30 am
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.
7:30 pm to 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.

News from de Benneville Pines

All summer long we have quietly been raising money to add a new water tank at Camp de Benneville Pines. Now we need your help to keep the water flowing. Contribute today and your dollars will be matched.

Why do we need a new tank? Our 55 year-old tank is just not cutting it in 2017. It’s not big enough. It’s not up to earthquake standards. And it’s not even accessible for firefighting, which has proven a problem.

This summer there have been three fires on our mountain: one up in Big Bear and two down the hill. While they were contained without the need for evacuation, they serve as an important reminder that we need to be fully prepared to fight a fire at Camp if and when the time comes.

More than 160 donors from 20 UU congregations, have already stepped up to help secure our water storage future and we are pretty close to our goal. But we need your help to finish the job! 

And right now, generous donors from First UU Church of San Diego are matching every donation you make.

Please contribute online today. It's easy and secure. You can use your credit card or donate straight from your bank account.
And every penny you contribute will be matched!
Thanks so much for your help in continuing to improve the camp you love.
From the mountaintop!
Janet James, Executive Director

Nutrition Focus Group
Sunday, October 22
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
PUC Library

You are invited to join in a nutrition focus group supported by the National Science Foundation on October 22  from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm in the PUC Library. We are looking for 10 participants with one or more of the following health conditions: Pre diabetes, Type II diabetes, High Blood Pressure/ Hypertension, Heart Disease, High Cholesterol, Stroke or Heart Attack in the past, and Weight Management. You will be asked to spend one and a half hours in a small group. Your participation is completely voluntary. You can withdraw at any time prior to our gathering.  At the completion of the focus group, you will receive $50 for your participation. Contact Constance Jackson, MPH, CEIO at 310-366-4996 or email to  RSVP no later than October 15.

Focus group is being coordinated by former member Constance L. Jackson, MPH, CEIO of MediaHealth Technologies.

PUC Member Directory
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 
               Tara Unverzagt -Vice President
                    Naresh Deo -Treasurer
                    Ben Cowan -Secretary
                Asst. Secretary - Jennifer Hocutt

      Dee Masters 
    Judi Carter 
       Dan Dempster 
   Gary Hart

Contact Your Trustees
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Mike Buttitta, President
Naresh Deo, Treasurer
Phone numbers and individual email addresses for all other Trustees can be found in the Member Directory.

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Sunday  10:00 am to 1:00 pm; closed during service
Monday  1:00 am to 3:00 am
Tuesday 11:00 am to 1:00 am
Wednesday  11:00 am to 1:00 am
Thursday   9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Friday Closed
Saturday Closed

All hours approximate.

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