The View: PUC's weekly newsletter
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August 20, 2015
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Our Theme This Month Is
Our Theme Next Month is

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!
This Week's Sermon

"Take it Easy"

As Unitarians, does the Sabbath apply to us Is  in our society?  Brad Shreve explores the history of the Sabbath in many cultures, its importance,  and why it is still relevant today.

Brad Shreve,
PUC Member
Next Week's Sermon

"Take Me to Church"
What is it about "church" that keeps us coming back? Why are you here?  
How does this institution survive? 
We'll explore these questions and more.
Missy Rogers,
PUC Member

The New School Year Begins

RE will be taking registrations for the coming school year beginning this Sunday. Forms will be available at the Welcome Table and on the PUC website. If you fill them out in person at church, please be sure to include all info and sign and date the form. You can put the completed form in my mailbox, hand it to a person at the Welcome Table, or hand it to me after the service. We have lots of fun and learning planned for this year at all ages. 

October 1 will be the first of a new series called “Solve­It Sunday”. This multi­age level program will give children an issue or problem to explore in depth, and solve using our 7 UU Principles. Thanks to Michele Bethune, who has planned the lesson and will be leading on October 1.

As summer ends and the new school year begins, our youth face transitions big and small. Remember the basics of plenty of rest, nutrition, and family and community support to nourish them as they navigate. Be sure you understand expectations your elementary child's teacher has for homework and parent teacher communications before school starts, if possible, and at least by the first or second day of school. Establish as many routines (before and after school and bedtime) as possible to start the year off, and stick to them. Routine helps both you and your child be successful managing busy schedules, and provides your child added security. Middle grades and high schoolers should have some way of keeping track of their assignments. Putting the dates that big projects are due on the family calendar can help avoid last minute panic. Some teachers are good at helping kids chunk long range projects into shorter mini­deadlines, and others not, so you should be prepared to help your child as needed in 4th through 8th.  Most high school students have had enough practice to manage, but the transition to high school with its many social demands can throw a freshman who has sailed through eighth grade off, so be ready to lend support, if needed, knowing that the goal is always for your high schooler to mange for herself. 

I am holding all of you in my thoughts and prayers, hoping for a fantastic start to a meaningful and Wonder filled school year.

Love and wonder,


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.

PUC welcomed two new members during Sunday service this past week: mother and son Suzanne and Brian Spears.


Craig Block expects to be home soon from his latest round of chemotherapy. He enjoys texts and Facebook messages.

Pat Shull, now at Lomita Post-Acute Care Center, welcomes visitors in the afternoon. Cards are also welcome.

Marvel Burke, recovering from her broken arm, expects to be released soon from the transitional Care Unit at Torrance Memorial Hospital.

Noel Hammond is recovering from his recent heart attack at home,
when he's not visiting Marvel at Torrance Memorial.

Peggy Boyd, undergoing chemotherapy, would appreciate cads and phone calls.

Val Richards is healing from a recent bout of pneumonia.
Cards are always appreciated.


As many of you have heard, our wonderful custodian, Danny Howard, was in a motorcycle accident recently and suffered broken ribs and a dislocated shoulder. It was not his fault but the injuries will prevent him from working for a while. If you are so inclined to contribute to a “we are thinking of you” fund, there will be a basket just outside the door after the service this Sunday.

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!

Shuja Oberoi
Linda Jenson

Welcome Table
Melissa Garcia

Dee Masters

Top Chef

Debi Robinson

Office Volunteer
A. Mystery
Help Wanted/Item Wanted

Calling Ushers to Be

Looking to meet new people while being of service to PUC?  There are a couple of usher positions available.  It’s an excellent volunteer opportunity that asks you to serve only once a month and allows you to watch the sermon at the same time.
Please contact Brad Shreve.  His phone number and email are listed in the PUC directory.

A Chair, A Chair, My Kingdom for a Chair
Rev James needs a new or gently used computer chair on wheels that swivels.   If you have one to donate please email a photo to Kim.

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.  Contact Director of Religious Education Vicki Gavel,,  should you be interested.

Unitarian Universalist Service Committee
Call to Arms
Haitian-Dominican Republic Crisis

A massive crisis, fueled by racism, is unfolding along the Haitian border, and it just kicked into high gear. Now, it’s up to moral activists like you and me to raise awareness and stop it.

As you may know, Haiti and the Dominican Republic (DR) share an island. Nearly a million people of Haitian descent, most of them black, live on the Dominican Republic side. Many were born there, and until recently they had birthright citizenship just like any other Dominican.

But the Dominican government has chosen to erase the citizenship of thousands of Dominicans of Haitian descent and put plans in motion to force nearly all people with Haitian heritage to leave the DR. And late last week, after an announced pause, the Dominican government announced the beginning of deportations in earnest.

Imagine if the U.S. government revoked the citizenship of every Latino in our country — including U.S. citizens born right here — and forced them back to the countries where their parents or grandparents were born. Every Latino business owner, teacher, nurse, student, and child.

It's absurd. And it's happening in the Dominican Republic, right now.

To learn more about the situation and how your signature can help look here.


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.


Help Support the de Benneville Pines’
Fire Relief Fund

Although camp was closed only four weeks, it is critical that we recoup our lost income in conjunction with serious unexpected fire-related expenses.  The financial losses and expenditures related to this fire are still being assessed but will be significant.  What we know are initial costs to fundraise for now.  Will you give to alleviate initial fire losses of $105,750?   

Perhaps you, your family, or group would like to be responsible for one listed here.

1.    Replace Initial Loss of Income – ($74,000)
2.    Food loss – Spoiled during camp closure ($5,000)
3.    Hire Civil Engineers to develop an erosion protection plan ($7,800)
4.    Install Straw Wattles to reduce erosion up behind camp ($9,150)
5.    House & Feed Volunteers – ($3,800)
6.    Unexpected Miscellaneous repairs this summer ($6,000)

Find information about how to donate here.


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 
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: Darcy Carroll

Next Open Date:
August 30

PUC's calendar of events can be found here.

For Sunday morning announcements contact Clay Bosler 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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