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Your Compassionate Ministry

On June 14th I will preach my last sermon at PUC. I find it altogether fitting that I leave on a note of compassion. We have grown together in so many ways these last ten years; in size, in organizational ability, in staffing, in outreach, in learning and most importantly in caring for one another. Our greatest achievement together has been to extend compassion to not only those who have walked through our doors but those who we serve in our community.

It is no accident that our service ends with the words "now the service begins", reminding us that what we share on a Sunday is the spirit to carry us into the world on Monday. Whatever we might think about each other at any one moment, the fact remains that we treat people here with love and respect. It is the most consistent comment I hear from newcomers: They feel loved and cared for the first time they walk on campus. Couple that with our food ministry, our care of our youngest and oldest, the many small groups and our partnership with Harbor Interfaith Services and you have a compassionate ministry to extend into the world.

Francis and I are so proud of what PUC has become.  We will miss you all very much. Please carry on the work of compassion in the years ahead and remember that ministry is what we all do together.

Yours always, 
Rev. John

Annual Congregational
Meeting & Elections

NEXT WEEK Sunday, June 14 

Materials are available on the members section of the PUC website linked here.   If you don’t know the password for the members section, contact the PUC office; hours and contact information appear at the end of The View.

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Playing in the Sage...

Work on the preschool is humming along like all the bees in the garden. Summer is only a few weeks away and along with it comes the second event for Pacific Sage Preschool.

Please plan on joining us on Saturday June 20 from 9:00 a.m. to noon when the preschool hosts a Summer Solstice Celebration and our Second Public Open House.  There will be children’s activities, music and the chance to tour all the completed classrooms.

I want to thank the many volunteers who have generously shared their time and talents to bring us to this milestone.  Thank you to everyone who has taken our flyers out into the world.  Word of mouth has been effective in putting a warm and caring face with the Pacific Sage Preschool name.   

And thank you to all the UU children and families, who have donated wooden toys and games. If your spring-cleaning is finally done, the school could still use small baskets to hold these and other treasures, houseplants, any natural objects like shells, geodes or rocks, and big coffee table books on almost any subject such as castles, lighthouses or wild animals and sea life.  Call the preschool at (424) 241-0308 for more information.

Pacific Sage Preschoo


Camp de Benneville
Are You the One?

This is Andy Kissner’s final year as our de Benneville camp dean.  PUC needs someone, or a pair of someones, to carry on the tradition.  Please talk with Andy about what is involved.  Our trip to de Benneville would be a great time to learn the ropes.
Job Opportunity

Camp is looking for an onsite summer employee to wash dishes and lodge host.   Start immediately.  Runs through Labor Day.  Approximately 30 - 36  hours per week.  Contact information here.
Family Religious Education

Time to Sign Up for Summer FRE

Our Summer program, Summer with The Doctors will begin on next Sunday.  Take a minute as you read this to send an email and sign up.

  • Students who will be in Kindergarten through 6th grade next fall are invited to register for Summer with Doctor Seuss.  
  • Students who will be attending 7th through 12th grade are invited to register for Summer with Doctor Who
  • Childcare will be provided for younger children, and will offer planned activities for those old enough to participate.  

Register by emailing Director of Religious Education Vicki Gavel at with each child's name, birthdate, grade next year, and any relevant information about health status, allergies, etc.  Also, please include the names of parents or any other adults who may be caring for the student, and all contact information: address(es), phones, and emails.  

We are looking for special people (that’s you!) to sign up for co-teaching summer RE.  Lesson plans and materials will be supplied and prepared for you, all you have to give is your time and caring and you will receive back lots of appreciation and moments of joy.  Please contact me soon if you are interested.  Our RE Committee is hoping to be able to plan some fun field trips also. 

This Sunday
  • Church Retreat at de Benneville Pines
  • Youth Choir at de Benneville
There will be no RE classes this Sunday since many of our members will be at camp.  There is child care available for those who need it.  We have one simple procedure.  For their safety, to use childcare our children MUST be signed into childcare by their responsible adult, or they cannot be allowed to attend.


You Are Invited

Morehouse Farewell
Saturday, June 13

6:00 p.m.
Henriksen Hall

You can see the evite here, but for some reason it is not accepting RSVPs.  Please make your RSVP of Yes to Tracy Blender.

Celebrate the time we have shared with Reverend John and Frances Morehouse as they embark upon the next part of their journey.   The suggested donation is $15 per person or $30 per family.  Donation receptacles are in the PUC Office and by the doors at Sunday services.   Cocktail attire.   You can RSVP to or call the PUC Office at (310) 378-9449; leaving a message is fine.

Do you have a tribute story about Reverend John and/or Frances?  Please put it to paper so we can present these memories to them.  Paper and envelopes will be provided at near the donation receptacles, and you can deliver your completed tributes, in your unsealed envelope, in the same spot. ​

At the Same Time, Game Night Forges On

Friends with children, no childcare will be provided but Carols Angeles will be volunteering, along with other adults, to facilitate board game play for our children ages six and up. So, if you are planing on coming and bringing your child, please let Carlos know so we can have an idea of how many children we will have and how many adults we'll need.  Depending on the length of the party, parents may be asked to come and volunteer for 30 minutes to make the evening run smoothly.


Women's Reading and Responding
Book Club 

Third Mondays
NEXT: June 15
11:00 a.m.
PUC Library

Please join us to discuss and to chat.
June: Peter Heller's The Painter
July: Cokie Robert's Founding Mothers
August: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Americanah 
Laurie King's Play the Fool

Questions? Contact Robin Arehart.

Create Meaning Center logo

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


June 4, 2015
Our Theme This 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!
Candle Lighting

June 7

Living with Compassion 

Rev. John T. Morehouse,
Lead Minister

June 14

Compassion & Hope 

Rev. John T. Morehouse's
Final Sermon at PUC

In July Our Theme
Will Be

Tree of Life
The Tree of Life in Palace of Shaki Khans, Azerbaijan,17th-century
Frank Paulsen Memorial and Celebration of Life

NEXT Saturday, June 13
12:00 p.m.
Henriksen Hall, PUC 

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 you may complete one of the Joys and Concerns slips in the back of the Hall and place it in the box, or send it directly to Betty Paieda at joysandconcerns@

If you have a pastoral concern, or know of someone in need, please contact Rev. John or email pastoralcare@

PUC's calendar of events can be found here.

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

Jean Tordella 

Welcome Table:
Betty Saunders &
Pam Harris

Carlos Angeles &
John Einhorn

Top Chef:
Naresh Deo

Office Volunteer:

Judy Shaffer

This Sunday's Flowers 

are brought to you by 


Flowers in our sanctuary

  • can bring joy,
  • can be a way to share your celebration or memorial,
  • can be a focal point of meditation,
  • can be a point of relief from a long week. 
Please sign up for your turn to bring Sunday's Flowers on the Flower Calendar inside the door of the PUC Office.

Next Open Dates:

All of June


Both Town Hall and Congregational Meetings are held in Henriksen Hall about half an hour after the end of the Sunday morning worship service.  Members are encouraged to attend.  Friends of the congregation as well as visitors are welcome to attend.

Sunday, October 5, 2014 
Town Hall Meeting
Improving our Covenantal Democratic Process at PUC

Sunday, November 9, 2014
Town Hall Meeting

Making PUC Work for You - PUC’s Organizational Structure and Governance  

Sunday, December 7, 2014
Congregational Meeting
Report to the membership of where we stand financially

Sunday, January 4, 2015
Town Hall Meeting:
PUC's Purpose and Vision

Sunday, February 1, 2015
Town Hall Meeting:
Member Roles, Rights and Responsibilities

Sunday, April 12, 2015
Town Hall Meeting
Pacific Sage Preschool and Spring Canvass Updates

Sunday, May 3, 2015
Town Hall Meeting:
Annual Congregational Meeting preview and discussion

Sunday, June 14, 2015 
Annual Congregational Meeting & Elections


Our Seven Principles

This is what binds us together

  1. The inherent worth & dignity of every person
  2. Justice, equity & compassion in human relations
  3. Acceptance of one another & encouragement  to spiritual growth in our congregation
  4. A free and responsible search for truth & meaning
  5. The right of conscience & the use of the democratic process within our congregation & in society at large
  6. The goal of world community  with peace, liberty, & justice for all
  7. Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part
Unitarian Universalism in Our Area

Pacific Southwest District UUA
The Pacific Southwest District of the Unitarian Universalist Association consists of 50 Congregations in Arizona, Southern California and Southern Nevada. The PSWD is also part of the Pacific Western Region of the UUA.

Camp de Benneville Pines
Affiliated with the Pacific Southwest District of the Unitarian-Universalist Association and welcoming people of all faiths for programming compatible with the UU philosophy of respect for the interconnected web of life and for the worth and dignity of all human beings.

UU Church in Anaheim 
(714) 758-1050
511 S. Harbor Blvd
Anaheim, CA   92805-4525

First Unitarian Church of Los Angeles 
(213) 401-1191
2936 West 8th Street
Los Angeles, CA   90005-1588

UU Church of Long Beach 
(562) 597-8445
5450 East Atherton Street
Long Beach, CA   90815-4099

Neighborhood Church 
(626) 449-3470
301 N Orange Grove Blvd
Pasadena, CA   91103-3599

South Bay Unitarian Fellowship 
(310) 374-1451
2603 Matthews Avenue
Redondo Beach, CA   90278-3303

UU Community Church of Santa Monica 
(310) 829-5436
1260 18th Street
Santa Monica, CA   90404-1296


Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m.

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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