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September 7, 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!

Sept 10th
Water Communion and Homecoming: 

In our Homecoming water service we will explore our summers, the superhero qualities water has, and how precious both it and we are.  Most of this service is traditional in its style, except that the sermon will be significantly shortened to facilitate a time for participatory water communion sharing from families and children.  Don’t forget to bring water for the gathering.


Ok, everyone breathe regularly while you begin to read this newsletter article.
I am not exactly sure who should get this, this is essentially an inquiry.  However, in taking stabs at who might best represent the different groups and committee's that flesh out life at PUC at our Committee Fair on September 17th your name came up.  So, I am asking you to either say yes, or connect me to the person best equipt to spend 40 minutes at a table on the plaza on Sunday September 17th from 11:45 to 12:30.  40 simple minutes you can do with a plate of food in front of you.  Ok, here is my list.
Teri M.             for Pastoral Care
Brad S.            for Ushers
Jean T.            for Greeters
Carolyn W       for Social Justice 
Judi C             for Membership
Naresh D         for Food Ministry
Mike B.            for Facilities
Lisa S              for book/reading group (is that a women's reading group?) 
Patterson’s      for choir 
Rev Steve        for both new"Spiritual Memoir writing groups"
Tara U.            for our new Marketing/Outreach team.
Ted M.             for the French/Discussion group
Nat M.             for the Senior Pow Wow
Dan D.             for the Tuesday Tibetan Buddhist Meditation group
Barbara P        for a possible Singles Support gathering.
Ok, now for those I have identified, we have moved onto the poignant part of the exercise.  The rest of you reading can imagine what might be coming next, and or think of this as a good opportunity to propose the start or return of a PUC group or activity. On three I want those listed above to hold your breath.
Ready 1,   ....   2, .......    3. .....
Ok, you have until you need to take another breath the task of figuring out someone better to represent the group, your new Irrev. has tagged you with the responsibility for representing on the 17th. Is there a person?  Yes, or  No,  remember you can't breathe, better than you.  If you can’t think of anyone, and/or it seems too difficult to bother them, I would ask you to consider maybe just doing it yourself. 
Ok, when you make a decision, take a breath.
Whew!  It’s good to breathe.  Take a few good deep breaths to stabilize 
You have another question that must be answered before your next breath.
Excellent.  Ok, 1, 2, 3, now hold it again! Excellent.  Ok, 1, 2, 3, now hold it again!
Ok, if it will be you sitting at that table for 40 short minutes, ask yourself
What kinda prop or small gimmick represents your committee or group.    (A beret?  A big soup spoon?  A peace sign?  a visual display of all the PUC name tags?
It's hard not to breathe; …  Right?  
Ok, maybe that prop that first crosses your mind, or simple poster that says the name of your group or task is all you can think of.  Fine.  You need to breathe.  Trust me, that prop is good enough, remember you can't take a breath until you decide on your committee's representative image or prop? 
“Sure, Mike, the toolbox from the office is a fine prop.” 
“Yes, sure Brad, a pile of Hymnals and the collection plates work. 
Carolyn, might invite Maurice to sit with her at the Social Action table to help
All great efficient choices. 
Take a breath.  Let’s not perfection be the enemy of your brains need for oxygen.
Ok, take another few deep relaxing breaths.  Relax, …we are almost done.  
I (Steve Wilson) will have blank sign-up sheets that each group can easily adapt to use everyone to use to gather names, notes, and/or doodle a drawing of the fountain when nobody is visiting your table.  
Ok, ready to hold your breath again.  1, 2 3.  Go.
Now think about the simple rap you will want to use to talk to people.  
Can’t think of one.  Keep it simple.  Imagine someone walks up to your little shared portion of a table and says.... what do you do regarding your assigned group.  
Here’s another example, Carolyn, pitching social action might say something like this...."The Social Action Group, is in the process of forming.  We are not sure exactly what it will look like, but it will likely function as a coalition of different political interests.  We are going to pull together people with environmental concerns, LGBTQ issues, and those interested in doing direct charity.  We have yet to meet this year, but likely we will agreed to combine together to cooperate to give our church opportunities to be active on the values we claim to guide us."       
Hey that's pretty good, Carolyn
Maybe Bill K represents the 1st and 3rd Tuesday Seniors, by saying simply that our group is a long-standing chalice made up of older PUC members who have grown close gathering each week and sharing their lives.  We are seeking new members who are ideally over 65 and want some friends to talk every other Tuesday afternoon.
Whatever you got is probably good enough.  We are not doing physics here, and more poignantly you’re running out of breath.  It is just a simple opportunity to pitch your little portion of PUC,, 
It's fine.,  It's good enough,… Ok Breathe.”
Enjoy your breath, not like your yoga instructor suggests, but like a cheetah does after a good chase.
Now, take another breath and don’t take another breath until you have written down some simple elevator speech about your niche.  Go, do it.  You will forget what you just thought, and lose sleep worrying about it later.  Go ahead.  Write it down, your blood pressure is rising. Write down those simple 2-4 sentences about your committee or group.  Ok, breathe again.
Great, ready now take one more deep breath, and while you are holding your breath, either go record Sept 17th 11:45 to 12:30 in your book, or phone, or calendar, or write it on your hand for all I care. 
Breathe again. 
Take a deep breath.  Your almost done.  Ready, here is the stick, in the exercise.   Remember, while your holding your breath, start to panic a little because when nobody does anything for your group on that day, your name will be attached to the empty space.  That won’t feel good.
There will be a little placard with your name on it waiting for you that day.  If you are not going to replace yourself, your name will hover over an empty chair. Owwie!  And, I thought I actually kinda liked the new minister.
I thank you in advance for doing your part to flesh out all that PUC is, does, and can be.
Thanks,   Steve  
PUC Dance Party!
Friday, September 15   7-9:30pm
All ages welcome.
Try a couple of fun, easy dances like the Virginia Reel, Patty Cake Polka, Pop Goes the Weasel, and the Waltz.
There will also be plenty of time for free dancing.
Bring friends, bring wine, bring conversation - Hang out.
It's really a fun party!


Saturday, September 30, 2017 at 7pm in Henriksen Hall
Love Notes: A concert about love featuring some of your PUC Favorites - 
Caitlin and Teri Masters, Gary Hart, Abraham Cervantez, Robin Paterson and Severin Behnen will serenade you with songs about that wonderful force called LOVE.

Master of Ceremonies - Dee Masters.

Classical, folk, pop, jazz, Broadway--something lovely for everyone

A huge thanks to all of you who bid on this at the last auction.
If you did not get a chance to bid on this at the auction, additional tickets ($20) are available in the PUC Office, or see Teri Masters.
Sunday Hospitality

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

Welcome Table
Pam Harris, Kris Williamson

Jean Tordella, Peggy Tigerman

Dee Masters, Brad Shreve

 Top Chef
Our entire lineup of Top Chefs will contribute to this weeks fantastic menu

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

Want to Learn More About Our Church?

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.

We Need Your Photo

Please stop by the photo booth on the patio over the next two Sundays.
We need to get everyone's picture for our new PUC Photo Directory.


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. 

Special Fall Event - Save the Date!

Camp de Benneville Pines for a 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:

Volunteer Fair
Sunday, September 17
After Church

Find out what the various committees and groups do. While you are learning, see if you would like to jump in and join the effort, and the fun. It’s the best way to connect with our church community. 

If you are part of a group that hasn’t been contacted, please reach out to Tara Unvezagt and she’ll be sure you get a space on the patio.

Join in! The more you give the more you get.


Intercultural Transformation Workshop

Saturday, September 30, 2017 | 9-4
Where: Pacific Unitarian Universalist Church, 5621 Montemalaga Dr, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275
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
Playing in the Sage
“I was no longer following a trail. I was learning to follow myself.”
                     ---Aspen Matis, Girl in the Woods: A Memoir

R: See? You go this way and then it is wiggly and then you go straight.
M: I want to go this way too.
R: That’s ok. See? (Pointing to a place the lines on the will rocks meet) We can go here.
Life offers us so many choices on ways to go.  We walk, run and dance with friends, family and strangers on the same trails, wiggly and straight. We share experiences and adventures. Sometimes we lead and sometimes we follow.
Then trails diverge and our lines may or may not meet again.
And that’s ok.
Pacific Sage Preschool


PUC is over half way to meeting it's goal for our Aids Walk this year.

If you'd like to make a donation or join us on the walk, please go to and follow the instructions. The walk is on Sunday, October 15 and is a 10k (6.2 miles) We always have a great time.

Come help us reach our goal...and beyond. BIG Thank You's to the many who've donated and signed up to come along on the 15th.

If you have any questions, please call Brad Shreve or Maurice Chevalier. Our numbers are in the church directory. 

Religious Education
Sunday Classes

September 10th
September 10th Intergenerational Water Communion Service. No Religious Education classes. Childcare available.

September 17th
First day of Fall Religious Education classes

Seniors POW WOW
Third Thursday of each month
Next:  September  21
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.

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

The book for September is Zookeepers Wife by Diane Ackerman.  

Rev. Steve

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.
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
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
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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