The View: PUC's weekly newsletter
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May 26, 2016
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by noon on Wednesday.
Sunday Service 10:30 a.m.
Child care is available starting at 10:00 a.m.
Join us for a delicious brunch after the service!
May 29th Sermon

Cloud of Witnesses: Memorial Day Sunday
June 5th Sermon
The Ruler of the Queen's Navy

Flower Communion - Last Sunday of the Church year.
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.

Heather Clancy, 12 years old, is diagnosed with a pure cell germinoma and is undergoing chemotherapy. It has been a challenging couple of weeks for the family.
Cards are very welcome.
Kim Gosney, Minister of Congregational Life, has information available, please learn how you can help the Clancys get through this busy time.
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.
If you have a pastoral concern, or know of someone in need, please contact Kim Gosney, our Minister of Congregational Life at (310)-504-4919 or email

Sunday Hospitality

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

Marvel Burke

Welcoming Trustee
Ben Cowan

Welcome Table
Claire Moss
Teri Masters

Top Chef
Vivien Hao

Dee Masters
Amin Damji

RE Holds a Special Remembering Circle
Memorial Day Weekend
Sunday, May 29
After the Children Are Sung Out of the Service
RE Classrooms

The Sunday of this Memorial Day weekend, all the children in RE will be together for a Remembering Circle led by member and former parent-child educator Tracy Blender.  They will talk about people who have passed, including PUC’s recent administrator, Craig Block, who was known to many of the children and who passed in December. The focus of the holiday, those who die in service to their community and country, will be discussed. Together they will talk about why this happens and what it might mean. If your child thinks he or she might like to talk about the passing of special people, he or she is invited to bring a photograph.  All the children will have an opportunity to talk about their own now-gone people, if they choose. Parents & grandparents are invited to attend. Of course, children who may be very sensitive about this topic are always welcome in child care during the activity.  Please let RE chair Michele Bethune know that morning and she will explain how.

Dedication of Tiles on the Memorial Wall
The annual tile dedication will be held Sunday, May 29th after the service.  The following people will be honored:
           Craig Block, Joyce Coutoumanos, Chuck Howey, Gerry Howey,  Marty Rasdall Knipps, J. Robert Shull, Frank Paulsen and Lou Sutherland.
RE presents PUC's
Memorial Day
Weenie Roast & Potluck

Get ready for some family fun!

PUC kicks off the summer on

Memorial Day

Monday, May  30th 

from noon to 5:00 pm

Bouncy House

Fun Games

Hotdogs - beaf, turkey, and tofu


RSVP here and let us know what you will be bringing to the potluck.

See you at the Weenie Roast!

 Members of the congregation bring a flower to the Sunday service and during the service all the blooms are gathered into a shared vase. The flowers are blessed by the congregation and then, the end of the service, each person brings home a flower different from the one they brought. The Flower communion service was originally created in 1923 by Unitarian minister Norbert Capek, who founded the Unitarian Church in Czechoslovakia. “The significance of the flower communion is that as no two flowers are alike, so no two people are alike, yet each has a contribution to make. Together the different flowers form a beautiful bouquet. Our common bouquet would not be the same without the unique addition of each individual flower, and thus it is with our church community: it would not be the same without each and every one of us. Thus this service is a statement of our community.”  – Reginald Zottoli

Come Join PUC Friends and Family
at Camp de Benneville Pines

Friday, Saturday & Sunday
June 10, 11 & 12
Angulus Oaks, CA

PUC's annual Camp de Benneville Pines weekend is only two weeks away. Many activities are planned including games, arts and crafts, archery, hiking, scavenger hunts, wine tasting, and of course, Saturday evening's UNTalent Show! 

Even more fun than the activities and the memories made is who we share them with. More folks have joined - come join us for a FUUN weekend!


Couples and Singles
Jennifer & John Hocutt 
Clay & Nuna Bosler 
Maurice Chevalier & Brad Shreve 
Judy Shaffer 
Tara Unverzagt 
Payal Padakia 
Steve Urmini 
Claire Damecour & Gary Norton 
Dan & Chelsea Sites 
Penny Good 

…and the registration keeps growing! 

Share the fun!  This year we have some extra room, so feel free to invite your friends and family.  If you would like to join, please contact co-deans Andy Kissner at or Janet Kissner at to register or with questions. And "May the Forest be With YUU."


de Benneville Memories

Ask Alexandra Garcia and her sister Rhiannon and they will say that playing on the “fort” of giant boulders next to the lodge, making bows and arrows out of sticks and string and having epic weekend long battles are some of the best things about camp.  Then there is the archery and swimming with their dad and all their church friends.

Camp de Benneville is very important to the whole Garcia family.  This fall Greg went for a work weekend to help do remediation after last year’s fire.  He reports that the whole camp is in great shape and that the fire damage is farther up the mountain and isn’t visible from camp.

       Environmental Priorities Network          


The Environmental Priorities Network is sponsoring its eleventh annual Solar Homes Tour in Torrance and the Beach Cities on Saturday, June 11th, from 9 AM to 4 PM. Using the sun to produce electricity is the best thing that can be done to reduce the dangers of the climate crisis. Of course it will save you money as well. A flyer listing the names and addresses of each home owner as well as the time when each home is open to visitors is available. These homes have many other environmental features like solar hot water heating, low voltage lighting, drought –tolerant planting, and electric cars nearby.
To receive the flyer or to obtain more information about this June 11th event, contact Lillian Light at  or 310 – 545 1384 or Diane Wallace  at  or 310 – 266 1241. There is no charge for the flyer or for visiting these homes, but contributions are welcome.  

Fun for All at the Long Beach Pride Parade

This past Sunday, PUC participated in the Long Beach Pride parade for the third year in a row. All age groups were represented – from preschoolers to some of us older folks.  Teens from our Youth Group were especially enthusiastic, which isn’t easy when your arms get tired from waving hands and rainbow flags the entire parade route. 

The city of Long Beach is known for its strong support of the gay community.  Crosswalks were changed to the colors of the rainbow flag, and signs, banners and flags decorated homes, high rise condominiums and businesses along the parade route and the throughout the nearby neighborhoods.

Marching down Ocean Boulevard was thrilling, as spectators yelled, “Happy Pride!” and “Thank you for being here!” Many were most appreciative that our church, and other faith based groups, showed love and support for those who are LGBTQ.

Thank you to all who joined in the fun.  We’d love to have you with us at next year’s parade. It’s just 12 months away, which is plenty of time to develop your hand waving skills. 

Heeding the call of the mountains on Saturday, May 14, our generous PUC family came together for a wonderful evening of bidding, eating, socializing, and sharing.  The auction raised over $10,000.  Once again, big thanks to everyone who had a hand in making the night a success, from those of you who donated items, to volunteers who planned, decorated and organized, to Margo Meikle and her kitchen crew, to helpers the night of the event. It takes all kinds of time and talent to make an event like this a success, and PUC has lots of talent and people willing to invest their time.

If you have not yet received information as to what items you won, or who won your items, please see Jen Hocutt, London or Kevin Gallagher, or Missy Rogers.  You can also send an email to and we will make sure and get you what you need.

There are a handful of items that we will keep available to the congregation, and if you are interested, please do two things.

1.  Email to let us know which interest you.

2.  Make a donation for that item directly to the church, being sure and note what the money is for.  That money will go into our Little Rocks campaign as part of Stewardship.  

One item still available is a Party at PUC hosted by Missy Rogers on June 25.  She will do all the preparation and cleanup, provide a DJ and some food. All you need to do is bring yourself and some friends and enjoy an evening under the stars at PUC. $10 per person. 

We also have a couple services provided by realtor Marie Hoffman to help you increase your home's value if you plan to sell, or just increase your own enjoyment of your home. Minimum bid is $30 per item.

Los Angeles Harbor College Music Department
Presents a Recital by
Anita Chang and Rodney Oakes
Friday, May, 27, 206
8:00 PM

Anita Chang and Rodney Oakes will present a concert of music for piano, sackbut, trombone, and the electroacoustic music medium on Friday, May 27, at 8:00 PM in the Los Angeles Harbor College Music Department Recital Hall. Works by Brahms, Schubert, Schumann, Mendelssohn, plus new works for sackbut, trombone, and electronics by Oakes will be presented.  Admission is free. For more information, call (310) 233 – 4429.
Playing in the Sage…      
“Aaah, summer - that long anticipated stretch of lazy, lingering days, free of responsibility and rife with possibility. It's a time to hunt for insects, master handstands, practice swimming strokes, conquer trees, explore nooks and crannies, and make new friends.”
                                                             -----Darell Hammond

Summer is almost upon us and the insect and wildlife hunting at Pacific Sage Preschool will no doubt be amazing and productive. Many interesting natural friends stop off on the hill to enjoy a rest and the admiration of the children. I think they pass the word that we support a “no harm zone.”
The school will be open during the summer months and we are looking forward to the new friends that will be joining us and the few friends that will continue their learning journey at the “big school.”
We are also excited that our first teacher/collaborator Ms. Perla will be joining us June 1st. We can’t wait for you to meet her.
Pacific Sage Preschool
Religious Education Spring Calendar


May 29 Memorial Sunday (TBA)

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

June: The Jane Austen Bookclub - Karen Joy Fowler

Contact Robin Arehart if you have any questions.


Gentle Yoga Class for All
Wednesdays 11:30 a.m to 12:30 p.m.
Henriksen Hall

A class designed for all levels, shapes, and ages.  We will focus on a gentle practice through movement to help unblock your flow of energy and increase your mental and physical flexibility while releasing stress and enhancing body awareness. Poses and exercises build strength, relieve pain and stress, and improve balance. Questions:

Suggested Donation: $15/class. 


This Sunday's Flowers 
Please sign up for your turn to bring Sunday's Flowers on the Flower Calendar inside the door of the PUC Office

This week's flower's are dedicated to the memory of Brian Fredrickson. 
PUC's calendar of events can be found here.

Congregational Meetings & Town Halls

Additional details on the specific topics will be distributed prior to the meetings. 

June 5, 2016
Congregational Meeting
Annual Business Meeting

The PUC Board of Trustees

                     John Einhorn -President 
                     Bruce Lewis -Vice President
                     Randy Ripley -Treasurer
                     Trish Botsko -Secretary

              Mike Buttitta
              Ben Cowan
              Dee Masters
             James Ford – ex officio

Ways to Contact Your Trustees
This email is forwarded to the trustees, Lead Minister, Director of Congregational Advancement, Director of Religious Education, and Pacific Sage Preschool Director.
This email is forwarded to the trustees & Lead Minister (ex-officio.)


John Einhorn, President
Randy Ripley, Treasurer
Phone numbers and individual email addresses for all other Trustees can be found in the Member Directory.

To request a Sunday morning announcement contact Kim Gosney

We are located at
5621 Montemalaga Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275


Office Hours

Sunday             8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.                             
Monday            Closed
Tuesday           Closed   

Wednesday      10:00 a.m - 5:00 p.m.
Thursday          12:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m
Friday               Phone messages are checked during the day.    
Saturday           Closed


Hours for Reverend James Ford, Interim Minister
Appointments are always recommended.
Tuesday         11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Wednesday    11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Thursday        11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.


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