The View: PUC's weekly newsletter
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August 11, 2015
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Our Theme This Month Is
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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!

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around The View by clicking the items below. 

Upcoming Sermons
Opening Letter
Joys and Concerns
Sunday Hospitality Volunteers
Meet the Minister
Family Religious Education News
Soulful Sundown
This Week's Sermon
"From Faith, Hope and Love to
Attention, Gratitude and Compassion"

Please plan to join us as Clay Bosler compares three great Christian and three great Buddhist virtues. And please plan to stay afterwards for the"Meet the New Minister" event after lunch!
Clayton Bosler,
PUC Member
Next Week's Sermon

"Take it Easy"

Brad Shreve,
PUC Member

“I believe that one can never leave home.
I believe that one carries the shadows, the dreams, the fears and the dragons of home under one's skin, at the extreme corners of one's eyes and possibly in the gristle of the earlobe.” 

― Maya Angelou, Letter to My Daughter

I believe this is true.

Carrying around a part of ‘home’ allows us to wander far and wide and live among strangers, but we need to find physical places where we feel safe enough to unpack those dragons, rearrange the shadows and dreams and add to that home in our heart.

As I tour families and friends through the classrooms of Pacific Sage Preschool, common remarks are, “ It’s really beautiful!” (Thank you) and “It doesn’t look like a preschool”. (Thank you, again!) Our Reggio philosophy places great importance on the environment as the 3rd teacher, along with the children and the adults who work with them.  The environment should be filled with engaging, beautiful and interesting materials. It should be flexible and evolving as the children’s interests change and evolve.  It should say to a child…”You belong here”. It should feel like home.

I would say we are well on our way, but we can only go so far without the children. So I wander through the classrooms moving materials, adding treasures and tending plants and animals…waiting (And wishing the little voices in my head came with little bodies).

I have to believe that like flowers and children, Pacific Sage Preschool will open in due and proper time…and be amazing!

Speaking of home, the little blue house is back on the yard and lovely. It will be a wonderful home for mommies and daddies or fairies and pirates. Thank you Gary Hart, John Einhorn and Andy Kissner for the restoration work and Andy for helping John Tyrrell and Randy Ripley provide adult supervision (and major muscle) with the YRUUs ---Henry, Jake, Ben, Kate, Avy, Willow, Patrick, and Mia providing the rest of the muscle and fun. I am sad no one took pictures for the archives (And I will be sadder if I forgot anyone). But the work is done and it’s time for fun!

Pacific Sage Preschool

It’s time to celebrate!

Please join us for the Grand Unveiling of the Pacific Sage Preschool.
Saturday, August 22nd from 10:00 to 2:00
There will be appetizers and ‘family friendly’ cocktails.

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.
Joys & Concerns

Craig Block began his seventh round of chemo this week.
Call his mobile to see how he's doing, when he'll be coming back home,
and he'll let you know if he's up for a visit.

Marvel Burke and Noel Hammond are hoping to leave Torrance Memorial Hospital and return home this weekend.

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 reach the PUC
office scroll down to the 
end of The View.

If you have a pastoral concern, or know of someone in need, please contact Kim Gosney or email

Sunday Hospitality

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

Betsy Waters

Welcome Table
Try it - You'll like it!
Volunteers needed.
Contact Debbie Reynolds
to learn more.

Elizabeth Drake
Brittany Manning

Top Chef
This week is a collaborative congregational effort.

Office Volunteer
A. Mystery
Meet the Minister

This Sunday, incoming interim minister 
Rev. James Ford, who goes by James,
will be joining us for the service and for a
“Meet the Minister” event. Please plan to 
get some food if you wish and bring it
into the sanctuary to welcome and get
to know our new minister!

Family Religious Education News

We have only four Sundays left in our Summer with the Doctors series.  Volunteers for August 16, 23, 30, and September 6 are still needed.  Please email me at if you are able or planning to work with the youth any of these days.  I need a reminder on who has said what.  Thanks, xo.

Friday, August 14 will be our final Soulful Sundown at the beach.  All our kids are going back to school any day now, so our brief summer interlude is winding to a close.  Sigh.  Time for kids (and adults) to dream their own dreams, create their own days, and learn and do what calls to them is precious.  It has been a great honor to spend Friday nights with many of them at the beach.  If you can come, bring one good family oriented joke to share.

Please be aware that ALL RE KIDS will need to be enrolled for fall.  I will have enrollment forms on the Welcome Table, available at the PUC website by August 26, and in classrooms by the 29th.

Please fill one out for your family and get it to me in person, by box in the office, or via the web (forget carrier pigeons, they are on strike these days) before September 13, Homecoming Sunday.  It will have a page explaining rules and procedures.  Even if you have agreed to them a thousand times, you will have to do it again.  It will be okay.  Just remember, don't sign without reading, because there may be a clause volunteering you for life.

Could You Be a Pixie Teacher?

We need a special someone with a bit of experience with preschoolers, (teaching, volunteering, parenting, you remember when you were that age...) to step up to work with our Pixies in the fall.  If you think you might be that person, please let me know.  I promise to make it simple and fun; the kids will make it rewarding and meaningful.  Come be part of making the his and herstories of tomorrow with our small but mighty interesting UU's

Thank you to everyone who attended the multi-generational service on the 9th.  Our youth did a great job, and all the awesome support you gave them will be carried in their hearts, I am sure.

Love and Wonder,



Soulful Sundown

Intergeneration Service on the Beach
Final - This Friday August 14
7:00 p.m.
On the beach at Avenue G and Esplanade in Redondo Beach

This is our final Friday!  End the work week by exploring our UU principals in a fun way and share a beach sunset with your PUC friends.  Family Religious Education presents an active service at 7:00 p.m. 

New comers will feel very welcome.  It’s relaxed and appropriate for all ages.  The planned portion of the evening will last about 45 minutes.  Park your car where Avenue G intersects with Esplanade in Redondo Beach. Walk down the stairs and meet up on the sand, just a few yards from the walkway.  

Look for the rainbow flag! 


Women's Reading & Responding Book Club 

Third Mondays
NEXT: August 17
11:00 a.m.
PUC Library

August: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Americanah
September: Laurie King's To Play the Fool

Please join us to discuss and to chat.
Questions? Contact Robin Arehart.


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 Increase your mental and physical flexibility while releasing stress and enhancing body awareness

Poses and exercises to build strength, relieve pain and stress, and improve balance

Suggested Donation: $15/class.  Taught by Debi Robinson



Camp de Benneville Pines
Summer Camps Aren't Just For Kids!

One of the best ways to help Camp recover from a huge financial loss due to the 4-week fire closure is to fill our adult summer programs with UU's and friends from all over the Pacific South West District (PSWD). Summer Programs for Adults offer a perfect way to come to camp and enjoy the fellowship and fun of adult camp, and support our efforts to have a successful summer despite the fire!  Read on and don't miss out in coming to camp this summer.

Help us close the gap!
Janet James, 
Camp  Manager

Art Groove
Summer Adult Art Camp
Friday, Aug 21 - Thursday, Aug 27

This year exciting changes make it an even more enriching experience for UU’s with an artistic aptitude. Five main subjects will be offered: life drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture. Each camper will choose an area of study, receiving expert instruction from a highly recognized artist within that field. Materials are provided, and teaching accommodates all levels of experience from beginner to advanced.

The Art Groove experience is customizable to each camper’s preferences. Attendees may also blend art instruction with classic de Benneville summer pleasures such as hiking, swimming, yoga, dancing and, of course, relaxation under the pines. Evening “Art Jams” feature movies, discussion groups, and even more outlets for artistic expression. Throughout the six days of camp, art will be displayed in a spirit of sharing and learning, culminating in a special exhibit on the final evening.

Cost per Camper: $995

$75.00 deposit per person upon registration

Price includes instruction, workshops, materials, food, lodging and all standard activities available at de Benneville Pines.

Click here for more information or to register

Yoga and Wellness Camp
"The Story of Your Life"
Friday, Sept 11 – Sunday, Sept 13

Each of us has a unique story to tell.  Our individual lives are full of experiences that shape who we are. The way we think, the way we move, the way we engage with another person – they all reflect our own unique story.

At yoga camp this year we’ll explore the many things that have shaped our story, and we’ll mine the depths of our story to bring the best parts of who we are into the light.

Let the practices of yoga, art, dance, storytelling, rich discussions, and chanting open the pages of your story! 

 Beginners to advanced yoga practitioners welcome!

Cost: $185 per person
Price includes food, lodging, classes and activities (additional fees for massage, acupuncture, and/or individual instruction).
Upgrades: $30 pp for Craig’s Cabin and Cabin 6.
Thursday arrival $20 per person
(Lodging only, bring picnic food. Friday dinner is first meal).
Non-refundable registration fee: $75 

Click here for more information or to register.



This Sunday's Flowers 
Consider expanding your horizons.  What is growing in your garden this summer?  Show off your botanical bounty.  Let us all enjoy your creative fruit and/or veg display.

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

This week: Kim Gosney

Next Open Dates:
August 23 & 30

PUC's calendar of events can be found here.
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