The View: PUC's weekly newsletter
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September 17, 2015
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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!
Our Theme This Month Is
Our Theme Next Month is

In the Interim

As I was driving to the church in the wake of Tuesday’s rain, I was listening to a brief story on the rain. All very southern California. Leading in with references to accidents and backups on the freeways, of course. And then a great line, the host was speaking with a meteorologist and asked if this might be a foreshadowing of the hoped for El Nino. The meteorologist replied with a pure Hollywood image, “Think of it as a trailer…”

I find I’m still getting used to local ways. Slowly. Collapse of the interstates in the face of two inches of rain. (Yes, two inches, plus…) Sounds right. An NPR host using “gnarly” without a hint of irony. For that matter, “SoCal.” When did that term appear? I may be a California native, and coming here after being gone for a quarter of a century (except for that occasional visit) I find the “dirt” right, the trees right, the weather right, but there is going to be some uphill slogging to get the culture right. Probably just spent too long in New England, where we talk faster and are more comfortable with darker images and jokes than seems generally true here.

I’m loving coming up the hill to our little roost in the mountain, and thankfully, the gang that gathers is pretty pure Unitarian Universalist. If you go to Providence or Boston no doubt you’d recognize your sisters and brothers at the various churches, if a little more spiffily dressed than we prefer here. Just family variation.

Jan and I continue to settle in down in Long Beach. This Wednesday she’s taking her mom to see a filming of Jeopardy. Despite some taunting from East Coast friends we abandoned our near daily walk on the beach in the face of the rain. So, we’re working our way in.

I’m so glad we get to play.

Looking forward to seeing you all in church,


Musical Notes

So happy to be working with the choir this season. Each year things change a bit - sometimes more low voices than high voices and visa versa. This year we seem to have a balanced group. I take that as a sign for our church in general. Last year we sang a portion of a beautiful Schubert piece and a portion of Julio Montero's Immigrant Song. This year we are planning to perform both pieces in their entirety. So you will occasionally hear bits of these pieces and then in the spring we will invite you to a couple of concerts. 

I also want to take this opportunity to urge parents to sign their children up for our Youth Choir. It is a great way for children to give something to the church. They may not be able to contribute money, but they can give their time and talent. It is a precious gift that the congregation loves. It provides our community with hope for the future.  

Keep Singing,


This Week's Sermon

"Wishing You a New Year:
A Meditation on Rosh Hashana"
One of the things James likes about Rosh Hashanah is how it occurs near the beginning of our tradition Unitarian Universalist church year. He thinks the ancient traditions of Rosh Hashanah contain some pointers that might be useful to us on our liberal religious way. Come and
see what you think.

Reverend James Ishmael Ford,
PUC's Interim Minister

Musical Guest Linda Alvarez 
performs with the PUC Choir
Next Week

Service Is a Warm Blanket

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.


Home again are: Craig Block after another round of chemo; Marvel Burke, healing nicely after her fall and hospitalization and, happily, able to use her right arm; and Pat Shull after her stay at the Lomita Post-Acute Care Center.  


Long time member Gerry Howey was recently diagnosed with lung cancer. Please keep her in your thoughts, and send healing energy.


Cards and calls are always welcome to those
undergoing or recovering from health problems.

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!

Betsy Waters
Are you the missing ingredient in our secret sauce?A second greeter for
third Sundays is needed.  

Welcoming Trustee
Ben Cowan

Welcome Table
Deb Reynolds

Kristen Williamson

Elizabeth Drake
Brittany Manning

Top Chefs
Margo Meikle


Keeping Our Children Safe

It has always been important that a parent, grandparent, or other responsible adult be supervising the child or children they brought to church that morning when the service ends and they have picked them up from Religious Education.  This year we will be working hard to help ensure our children are more closely supervised.  One part of this effort is setting up a comfortable table in the meditation garden where people can sit, eat and chat while watching children who are playing behind the sanctuary.  If a child you are responsible for choses to play behind the hall please join him or her and take advantage of the table placed there for your comfort.  

Children should not be playing in the Hall after the service and we ask all adults to very kindly help them remember this if you see them unsupervised in the Hall. It is equally important that unsupervised children not be playing around the parking lot.  We ask that our entire PUC community help remind children playing adjacent to the parking lot without an adult supervising that they should go look for their adult and ask where else they may play.

As always, any child may be check into child care after having lunch.  Adults who would prefer to focus on fellowship should take advantage of this.


The Monks & the Mandala

Due to a serious medical emergency, the monks are held over in Atlanta, Georgia for an unknown amount of time. We will re-schedule the Mandala experience as soon as we know more. Stay tuned, and thank you for your patience.


Playing in the Sage

“And sure enough, even waiting will end...
      if you can just wait long enough.”                                            ― William Faulkner

Our rain harvester is happily collecting rain this week and the bright red hand pump waits to gleefully and noisily fill our buckets. 

We thought we had successfully lured our Licensing Analyst up here to be beguiled by our Coral Trees. Unfortunately, he was pulled away by the harsh reality of his work, which is to ensure the health and safety of the children cared for in licensed homes and centers. 

The Title 22 Licensing code is almost two inches thick and it outlines the minimum standards. Community Care Licensing and the State of California hope people choosing to care and provide learning experiences for young children will strive to be better that, but it is not always the case.

When our analyst finally comes next week and sees the beauty of the site, learns about the philosophy, and hears the story of the people who came together with their time and talents to be better than that code, he can’t help but be happy for the children and families who will come here…I am.


Pacific Sage Preschool


UUSC: 75 Years Advancing Justice

UU Service Committee's grand tradition is returning for its 41st year. It's Guest at Your Table.....the annual intergenerational human rights education and fundraising program that supports the work of UUSC and our grassroots partners around the world.
 PUC will have a kickoff in November to do our part in advancing awareness of Human Rights.  Watch for more information coming each week in The View.
Sandy McNeil


Earn Money for PUC When You Shop at Ralphs

Ralphs Annual Registration Begins

Latest Information
Starting September 1 all participants are required to register or re-register.

 Register your Ralphs Rewards Card in the Ralphs Rewards Community Contribution Program. Choose Pacific Unitarian Church as your designated organization. Every time you shop, 1% to 4% of your expenditure goes to PUC. 

If You Have Never Registered
Register online at   (If you have not previously entered your email address and been assigned a password, click on "Create an Account" and follow the 5 easy steps.

 If You Have Registered in the Past
If you have already registered your Rewards Card on-line, log in to and click "Sign In”.  Enter your email address and password. Click on "My Account" (top right had corner) and follow the instructions.

 Or Try This
If you do not want to register your current Ralphs Rewards Card on-line, pick up a Scanbar letter in the PUC Office.  Take this letter with you the next time you go shopping and present it with your Ralphs Rewards Card to the cashier.  The cashier will sync your card with PUC as your designated Community Contribution organization.

 Website Registration Instructions are printed out and available in the PUC Office.


The South Bay Chamber Music Society Recital
This Sunday September 20
3:00 p.m. 
Henriksen Hall

The South Bay Chamber Music Society will present The Simone Porter Recital at PUC to open our 53rd Concert Series.  As is always the case, the concert is open to the general public and there are no admission charges.


Women Reading and Responding Book Club
Third Monday of Each Month
Next Up: September 21
11:00 a.m.

PUC Library

Looking forward to having you join us! Contact Robin Arehart if you have any questions.

September: To Play the Fool by Laurie King
October:   If You're Lucky, Your Heart Will Break: Field Notes from a Zen Life by James Ford, our new interim minister
November:  Paris by Edward Rutherfurd, a novel about Hemingway
December: The Shipping News by E. Annie Proulx


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 

Deep in their roots,
all flowers keep the light.

Poet Theodore Roethke

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 will be provided by Olga Slavich.

PUC's calendar of events can be found here.

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For Sunday morning announcements contact Kim Gosney

We are located at
5621 Montemalaga Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275


Office Hours

The office hours will shift as Gaby, our new administrator, continues her training.

In the near term the office will be open:

                Sunday            8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.                       

                Monday           Closed

                Tuesday           Phone messages are checked during the day.      
                Wednesday     10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

                Thursday        12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

                Friday              Phone messages are checked during the day.    

                Saturday          Closed


Hours for Reverend James Ford, Interim Minister
Appointments are always recommended.

               Tuesday         11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

               Wednesday    11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

               Thursday        11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.


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