The View: PUC's weekly newsletter
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September 3, 2015
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Sunday Service 10:30 a.m.
Child care is available starting at 10:00 a.m.
Join us for some radical hospitality after the service!
Our Theme This Month Is
Our Theme Next Month is
This Week's Sermon

"Taking the Beautiful Approach"
Kim shares three questions to consider:
"What is the place of reverence in my life?”  
“Am I living in exile to my own sense of reverence?” 
“Are we, as a community, prepared to help understand, process, and honor one another’s experiences of reverence?”

Kim Gosney,
Minister of Congregational Life
Next Week's Sermon

A Gathering of Waters &
“Hello I Must Be Going”
We inaugurate our new church year with our traditional Unitarian Universalist gathering of the waters. All are invited to bring some water forward, and each is asked to offer a single word of aspiration for our coming year. (Okay, we’re UUs, if it’s two or even three no one will be counting.)  Our interim minister James will share a homily with the traditional UU interim first sermon title, “Hello, I Must Be Going.”

Rev James Ishmael Ford & Kim Gosney

Many Thanks to our Office Ministry Volunteers
office volunteers
Your PUC Office Volunteers
Brad Shreve, Gary Hart, Judy Shaffer, & Lora Childers
Not Pictured: Trish Botsko and Val Richards

As many of you know, PUC has been operating for the past 14 months without an office administrator.  This is an extraordinary feat – the tasks are many, varied and complex.  A small group of valiant volunteers – the Office Ministry – rose to the occasion and have been “keeping the trains running on time” with a remarkable abundance of their time & talent.  We all owe them deep gratitude and thanks for the countless (and I do mean countless) hours of time spent both in and outside the office to enable the continued functioning of PUC business.  We all owe our thanks to:

Gary Hart – Office Ministry Volunteer Coordinator
Trish Botsko
Lora Childers

Val Richards
Brad Shreve
Judy Shaffer

Each was already a very active PUC volunteer and took on this responsibility out of a commitment to this congregation and what our community means in people's lives. The next time you see them, please take a moment to thank them for their extraordinary efforts.  

As a result of the fiscal year 2015-2016 congregation-approved budget, we just hired a half-time temporary office administrator from an employment agency to get us started with an eye towards filling the role more permanently.  We welcome Gaberiel Gaynair (she prefers to be called Gabby) to the PUC staff.  Once our Interim Minister James Ford gets on campus and we have an opportunity to collaborate, we’ll publish office operating hours.  There is a lot to learn and many folks to learn from, so we ask for your patience & understanding until Gabby gets her feet underneath her.  Thanks to Kim Gosney, our Acting Chief of Staff for leading this effort and engaging with the employment agency, and who along with Gary Hart, interviewed many candidates until they found the right fit. 

John Einhorn, Trustee President
Clay Bosler, Personnel Committee Chair


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.

Marvel Burke hopes to be home very soon.  
Come join friends in the PUC Library on Sunday morning from 9:30 to 10:30 and join the Joys and Sorrows Circle.  The Circle gives a compassionate space for sharing and listening.  Organized by Sandy McNeil.  
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 our Minister of Congregational Life Kim Gosney at (310)504-4919 or email

Sunday Hospitality

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

Bill Karg
We need a second greeter for first Sundays.  You come about 1/2 an hour before church, stand at the entrance to the patio, smile, say hello, and help with name tags when needed.  If this ministry speaks to you
contact Jean Tordella.

Welcome Table
Pam Harris
Lee Ann Hart

Carlos Angeles 
Brad Shreve

Top Chefs

Yoko and David Kane

This Sunday, September 6, is our last day of Summer with the Doctors. Again, a huge thanks to all of the folks who have stepped up to teach these fun classes over the summer! 

Your wonderful Religious Education volunteer teachers will be spending Saturday, September 12 getting ready for Homecoming Sunday which is also our first day of classes in the 2015­/2016 RE year. Please be sure that your family has filled in paperwork registering your children for these classes as soon as possible, so that we have a good idea of numbers and can make some final decisions about group assignments and classroom locations. To those who are waiting for an interactive form that you can fill out at the PUC website, my apologies. It will not happen this year. Pick up an RE registration form at the Welcome Table on Sunday or grab me and I'll get you one. Please use your registration form to indicate your preferred volunteer activities for the year. If you do not have a lot of time, that is absolutely okay. Say so, and we will work out some way for you to help without too much stress. We are small and need everyone to pitch in in order to make sure the kids have this valuable educational experience.

Many thanks to Cindy Paieda, who has early childhood training and is stepping forward to work with our young Pixies, at least until the end of 2015. Cindy is working on National Board Certification (teaching) which is a labor intensive and challenging career decision, so may not be able to work into the spring. If you think you might enjoy preschool children, please let me know. I will be happy to teach a week for you so you get the feel, and I will always provide plans and materials. You won't be sorry if you give it a try, I promise.

Finally, I am trying to compile a list of all 18­ to 35 year olds who might be interested in meeting once a month for socializing and programs of interest to your group. Whether you are 18 and single, 35 and a parent, or anywhere else on your 18 to 35 year old journey on this earth, you deserve time connect with fellow UU minded folks for fun and fellowship.  Coming together can be very rewarding. To get started, email me at with your name, age, and best contact information. I will get back to you ASAP.

May Love and Wonder Be Yours!
Vicki Gavel,
Director of Religious Education


RE Teacher Training & Orientation
September 12
10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  

PUC Campus

RE teachers, please plan to attend this very important training and orientation.  You should have your invitation, and I need your RSVP to plan childcare and your lunch. Please let me know if you did not get the invite, and please RSVP.


Town Crier for the Choir

Singing in the PUC choir is what espresso is to coffee. It is what Tesla is to the automobile world. It's the orchid of the flower world. Need I say more? To paraphrase Severin Stay to sing one song or stay for the rest of your life. He/we welcome singers of all levels. If you heard Missy Rogers last Sunday you learned studies show that singing, especially with a group, boosts your endorphins to the hilt.

Come join us. Your spirits will be lifted!

Darcy Carroll


PUC Game Night
Next Saturday, September 12
Classrooms 1

PUC's Game Night is a favorite PUC event for some some folks.  Come join us for an evening of fun and fellowship.  It's a great time for adults and kids.  Bring a favorite game or two and, if you like, snacks to share. Children under 12 years old must bring their adult.  Classroom 1 is the one closest to the library.

Pianist Sought in Escondido's UU Church

Chalice Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Escondido has an opening 
for a Sunday Morning Musician (pianist). This is an independent contractor position that requires work approximately one Sunday per month.  
See the complete job description and application instructions here.  Please help spread the word to any pianists you might know in the SoCal area!

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

PUC Library

Looking forward to having you join us! Contact Robin Arehart if you have any questions.

September: To Play the Fool by Laurie King
October:   If You're Lucky, Your Heart Will Break: Field Notes from a Zen Life by James Ford, our new interim minister
November:  Paris by Edward Rutherfurd, a novel about Hemingway
December: The Shipping News by E. Annie Proulx


End of Life Decisions: A Panel Discussion
Saturday, September 12
9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Torrance Memorial’s Hoffman Conference Center

As part of the Endowment Committee’s relationship with Harris Financial Managers, PUC members and friends are eligible to attend monthly seminars on various financial planning topics.  Some of the topics to be discussed by a panel of experts include Advance Healthcare Directives, palliative care, and the “human dimension”. Torrance Memorial’s Hoffman Conference Center is located at 3315 Medical Center Drive, Torrance. For registration information call 310-517-4728.


Gentle Yoga Class for All

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.  Taught by Debi Robinson.


This Sunday's Flowers 

Deep in their roots,
all flowers keep the light.

Poet Theodore Roethke

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

This Sunday's flowers will be provided by Judy Shaffer.

Next Open Date:

PUC's calendar of events can be found here.

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

 Office Hours

                Sunday            9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. 
                                        The office is closed during the service from 10:30-11:30.

                Monday           Closed

                Tuesday         10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.           

                Wednesday    10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

                Thursday        10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

                Friday             10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

                Saturday         Closed

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