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Closing Words

It’s hard to believe my time as Intern Minister at Pacific Unitarian Church is coming to an end this week. My partner and I will be moving to San Antonio, TX where I will continue my path towards ordained ministry with a few more classes and another hospital chaplain internship. I hope to send an invitation to PUC to join in my ordination celebration in 2-3 years as you’ve all been crucial in my formation process.
All of you have changed my life and helped to shape who I am and who I am becoming as a minister. Your willingness to wholly embrace me by letting me into the vulnerable parts of both your congregational and individual lives has touched me deeply and made me feel both honored and inspired. We’ve laughed, cried, struggled, and played together and I will hold you always in my heart.

My final words to you are the closing words I for last Sunday’s service:

Hold on to what is good good

                  even if it is a handful of earth.

Hold on to what you believe           

even if it is a tree which stands by itself.

Hold on to what you must do         

even if it is a long way from here

Hold on to my hand                     

even when I have gone away from you

 - Nancy Wood


In Faith and Love,
Krista Weber
Intern Minister

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We Remember

PUC's Memorial Wall Dedications

Following the Worship Service

The tiles being dedicated this year are for:

Georgia Ferderber
Johanna S. Lytle 
Shirley Mokren 
Mariann Rock Mueck 
Lenore Yoder Snodey 

We are seeking some shade for the seating area this year. Anyone with a portable pop-up shade canopy, please contact Jennifer Hocutt at  (area code three, one, zero) 480-7280.

Memories Made Here

Camp de Benneville Weekend in Weeks
Friday, Saturday & Sunday
June 5, 6 & 7
Camp de Benneville sign

The de Benneville Pines Weekend is almost full.  There are a limited number of beds still available.  If you have already paid for the weekend, Thank You!  

  • If you have not paid, payment is due ASAP.  
  • The last day to pay for the weekend is Sunday June 1.  
  • We are in need of attendees who want to facilitate activities at camp.  
Questions?  Interested in facilitating an activity?  See Andy Kissner on the patio Sunday morning, or at or 213-595-2093.
Standing on the Side of Love
PUC at Pride Parade

Over 40 PUC’ers  participated in the 2015 Long Beach Pride parade last Sunday.  Thank you to everyone who joined and made it a successful and fun event.   Over 35,000 gathered for the parade and witnessed PUC standing on the side of love.

 Brad Shreve, Chairperson
Standing on the Side of Love

Family Religious Education

Summer RE

Our Spring, 2015 RE Program will end with our trip to Camp de Benneville Pines, June 5-7.  Our Summer program, “Summer with The Doctors” will begin on June 14th.  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.  Our RE Committee is hoping to be able to plan some fun field trips also.  Register by emailing me at with 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 info; adress(es), phones, and emails.  I am looking for special people who are willing 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.

I am amazed by all the dedication and support shown by the man members and friends who volunteer in our classrooms and on our RE Committee!  They will be formally recognized in a couple of weeks at RE Sundae Sunday, but anytime is a good time to tell someone thank you for their service to our beloved community.  I appreciate each of you, and look forward to building an even stronger and more comprehensive RE Program.

With wonder and love,

May 24  Memorial Day Weekend  

No Family Religious Education this week.  Child care is available.

May 31  FRE Sundae Sunday

Our FRE classes will have short presentations to the congregation.  Please attend with children if possible.  After the service, there will be the makings for your perfect ice cream sundae.

June 7  

  • Church Retreat at de Benneville Pines
  • Youth Choir at de Benneville

For questions about PUC's Family Religious Education program contact Vicki Gavel,
Director of Religious Education at


Morehouse Farewell
Saturday, June 13
6:00 p.m.
Henriksen Hall

We will gather to celebrate the time we have been given with Reverend John and Frances Morehouse as they embark upon the next part of their journey.  Please mark your calendars for this cocktail dress soiree. RSVPs will be appreciate once you receive your formal invitations.

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 

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


Unitarian Universalist Community Church of Santa Monica
Reception for 
Art Wall Exhibit
Sunday, June 7
Noon to 1:30 p.m.

Artist Mathilde Lombard  
Number of Years

The show will run through June 28 and is open to the public Sundays 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and on week days by appointment.

 Lombard’s acrylic paintings showcase her passion, “…I work intuitively, without preconceived notions and allow the painting to lead me. Truly, art is a never ending exploration - rich and exciting, frustrating and joyful!”

 Lombard has been featured in numerous galleries throughout Southern California and has been published in a number of art collection publications.

May 21, 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

May 24

"The Memory of Trees" 

Rev. John draws a connection between a life well lived and the interdependent web
of all life.  

Our Memorial Tile Dedication will immediately follow the worship service. 

Rev. John T. Morehouse,
Lead Minister

May 31

"Mercy by Any Name" 

Rev. John T. Morehouse,
Lead Minister
Next Month Our Theme Will Be
Tree of Life
The Tree of Life in Palace of Shaki Khans, Azerbaijan,17th-century

Keep Jim Paterson in your thoughts, and send healing energy, as he recuperates from surgery. 


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:
Wendy Clancy &
Gregory Garcia

(Our High School Students)

Top Chef:
Naresh Deo

Office Volunteer:

Brad Shreve

This Sunday's Flowers 

are brought to you by 

Jen Hocutt

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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