The View: PUC's weekly newsletter
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July 14, 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!
July 17th Sermon
Past, Present and Future

Robin Arehart invites us to consider when to focus on the present moment alone and when to invite in the past and the future which make us fully human.

Robin Arehart
July 24th Sermon
You're Worth It!

Brad explores the first principle...its origin, its history and how it applies to us today.

Brad Shreve
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.
Heather Completed her last chemo infusion on July 10th!
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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In this season of transitions, if you have a pastoral concern,
or know of someone in need, the following help is available:

In July and the first two weeks of August, contact Teri Masters at at (310) 634-7617.

From August 1st on, Reverend Stephen Furrer,
our new Interim Minister, will be here to help.

Is Pastoral Care Your Ministry?

The Pastoral Care Team will provide a caring presence, careful listening, and spiritual and emotional support to Pacific Unitarian Church members and friends who are facing life's challenges and/or who are alone. The Pastoral Care Team members work together to create an atmosphere of hope for those in the PUC community who are experiencing times of challenge, transition,
or crisis.

There are many levels of participation in the Pastoral Care Team. You might want to make calls or visits to those in need at home, or in the hospital or a nursing facility. Maybe you could make a post surgery meal for a member. You could write a note of encouragement to someone who is ill or is facing a challenge, or provide a ride to a doctor’s appointment.

 If you are interested in spreading the love, please call Pastoral Care Team leader Teri Masters at (310) 634-7617 or email to

Sunday Hospitality

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

Betsy Walters
Ray Waters

Welcoming Trustee
Tara Unverzagt

Welcome Table
Melissa Garcia 
Greg Garcia

Top Chef
Margo Meikle

Elizabeth Drake
Melissa Tyrell
Fiscal Year 2016/2017 Board of Trustees

On Monday night, July 11, 2016, your Board of Trustees conducted the traditional Old Board/New Board meeting to kick off the new fiscal year. At that meeting the Board said goodbye and thanked Bruce Lewis who has served his three years on the Board in an exemplary manner. Bruce will continue to chair the very busy Facilities Committee, so he will still be giving of his talents.

The New Board welcomed Tara Unverzagt, having been duly elected at the June Congregational Meeting.  The first order of business was the election of new officers for this fiscal year. The results of the election were as follows;  Mike Buttitta as President, Dee Masters as Vice President, Trish Botsko as Treasurer and Ben Cowan as Secretary. John Einhorn and Randy Ripley will continue as Board members, adding a wealth of knowledge and experience as they serve out their final year.  

All the contact information for the Board of Trustees can be found on the last page of the View and as well on the PUC website.  

Do you like to ride your bicycle? We’re starting a PUC cycling group! Bring your bike, shoes, and clothes to church. We’ll start at the parking lot at 12:30 (plenty of time to eat and change). The ride will be determined by the group that shows up, but will be about 1-2 hours. You can expect some hills (it IS PV after all!) It will be a “no drop” ride, regrouping at the top and bottom of all hills. We’ll explore some places that perhaps you’ve never explored before.
Join the fun and get some exercise in!

Tara Unverzagt, Ignite
PUC artist Sue Cutler is again showing paintings in the hall. All are for sale. 20% of the salesprices will be donated to the church. Beautify your home at the same time you support your church and make Sue happy!

Seniors POW WOW
NEXT Thursday July 21
Third Thursday of each month
11:00 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. in the PUC Library

This on-going support group offering fellowship and friendship in hope that our meeting will develop close and helpful bonds among us. Come, participate, and get to know other seniors.

The Sea Laboratory

When: Thursday July 21st
Where: 1021 N Harbor Dr. Redondo Beach 90277
Time: Meet us there at 9:45am our private tour begins at 10am

Hello PUC members and friends; we are holding a Water Wise Summer Activity for all ages at the Sea Lab in Redondo Beach. It’s Thursday the 21st of July at 10am. It’s located at 1021 N Harbor Dr. Redondo Beach, CA 90277.  We are asking that all who would like to attend please RSVP by the 20th to Nina Reeder
There is a $5 donation fee for all students, which includes a 2 hour private tour.  All that wish to attend are asked to meet us there at 9:45 as our tour begins promptly at 10am. Metered Parking is available in a parking lot across from the Sea Lab as well as along adjacent streets. 
We look forward to educating you and our children of water wise decisions as well as ways to help our environment. Hope to see you there. 

The mission of LA Kitchen sounds a lot like the UU mission. PUC has teamed up with LA Kitchen to make serious changes in our community. Come hear founder, Robert Egger, speak after service on July 31st during brunch. We’ll have tables and chairs set up in the hall. So grab your lunch and head into the hall to find a table.
We also have a trip to LA Kitchen scheduled for Saturday Aug 20th, leaving PUC parking lot at 8am. Or you can meet us there at about 9:15am:

L.A. Kitchen
230 W Avenue 26
Los Angeles, CA 90031
Space is limited, so please RSVP now

Dinners With UUs
(otherwise known as party time!)
 Dinners With UUs is a favorite way for new and long time members to connect.  In the past we have held pot-luck dinners in the homes of members every other month.  Depending on the number the host can accommodate there are usually 8-10 guests, each bringing something to share.  Some hosts are equipped to handle kids, others aren’t.  We try to balance the offerings so that all our members will be able to enjoy these events.
 Our first dinner will be hosted by Rachel Bruhnke, on Saturday, August 27th at 6 PM.  She has a lovely vegetable garden ( which we can enjoy) and lots of space so 20 members including kids are welcome.  We will have a sign-up sheet available on the patio after most services starting this Sunday.  Look for Judy Shaffer, Joyce Block Miller or Betty Saunders with your questions or to sign up.


A Small Favor For Our RE Program

At the end of the month our kids will be making rain sticks with a little help from you.  Please bring in your used paper towel rolls (preferred) and your used toilet paper rolls on Sundays between now and July 31st. You may place them in the marked bag on the bench just outside the PUC office. This simple step is a great way to help support our kids this summer.  

    Nicolas Warrick
    Tracy Blender
    Ramona Burke
    Evan Murray
    Debby Lennard
    Robert Monzingo
    Shuja Oberoi
    Betty Saunders
    Clayton Bosler
    Rose Hayden

“It takes a long time to become young.”
Pablo Picasso

Playing in the Sage…  
“Look at the worms, Eric. See how they glow with life? Like jewels! Aren’t even the smallest lives beautiful?”
                                                     ---Tim W. Burke, The Flesh Sutra

In keeping with PUC’s commitment to social justice and environmental issues, the friends at Pacific Sage Preschool have decided to become stewards of the earthworm composter.
We started by reading about and examining two types of worms…the little “red wigglers” which will be doing most of the hard work and some “night crawlers,” which are big and deliciously slimy!
Friends tore and spritzed newspaper to create a moist yummy bed for the worms to nestle in, and after singing “happy new home to you” we had the celebratory gummy worms!

Pacific Sage Preschool

Years ago, people told each other stories about where the Earth came from and how people, animals, and plants came to be. Some of these beautiful stories help us connect with the mysteries of the universe. For the first few weeks we delve into this story from the Navajo Nation about how Snail Girl brought fresh water to the world. 

July 17:  Water Science 
A fun morning soaking up water knowledge!  Science teacher and RE parent Robert Bethune does cool experiments and gives us a new respect for water.

July 24:  Water Music 
Our kids spend a magical morning in the gazebo, as the Peninsula String Trio performs music inspired by water.  

July 31: Dirty Water/Clean Water
Our teens help teach about water scarcity and human needs.  

August 7: Water for Wild Things
Revisiting our water mural, the kids talk about how animals use wild water, and how we keep our rivers clean and safe for animals and people.

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

July: In the Company of Cheerful Ladies Alexander McCall Smith
August: The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende 

Contact Robin Arehart if you have any questions.

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 Sunday’s flowers are courtesy of Judy Shaffer.

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 - Member Elect

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.)


Mike Buttitta, President
Trish Botsko, 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

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5621 Montemalaga Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275


Office Hours

Sunday             9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.                             
Monday            8:00 a.m - 2:00 p.m.
Tuesday           8:00 a.m - 2:00 p.m.   

Wednesday      8:00 a.m - 2:00 p.m.
Thursday          8:00 a.m - 2:00 p.m.
Friday               Closed   
Saturday           Closed


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