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January 12, 2017
Sunday Service 10:30 a.m.
Child care is available starting at 10:00 a.m.
Join us for our delicious brunch after the service.
We welcome guests!
“Have We a Dream, Too?”

Reverend Furrer on the Life and Legacy of the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.  In the years since his murder, Martin King has become sort of an icon. In fact, he was a complex person involved in many more political efforts than racial integration alone. As is true for our Unitarian Universalist faith as well….
“The Founding and Early Years of PUC”

Part two of Reverend Furrer’s brief history of our congregation. Early March PUC will celebrate its 60th birthday. Who founded our congregation and who has done the heavy lifting? Come and find out!
Been coming to PUC for a while and interested in becoming a member? Or maybe you're new and want to find out more. We have a two sessions schedule to find out more about UU, PUC, and the people that hang out here, and introduce yourself to us. 

Please call or email Judi Carter at  judicarter@hotmail.com ( phone number listed in the member directory) or the office to register.  We look forward to getting to know you better."

January 15th at 12:15pm New to UU1 in Voyagers Room
January 22nd at 12:15pm New to UU2 in Voyagers Room


Denise Shiozawa

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

Linda Jenson
Barbara Marriott

Welcome Table
Marlene Barone
Greg Garcia

Top Chef
Naresh Deo

Melissa Tyrrell

Many of us silently light a candle in our service for a personal joy or sorrow. If you choose to have yours read aloud by the minister or celebrant please write a brief announcement in our "joys and sorrows" book before the service.This book will now be on the welcome table on the patio. Your written joy or sorrow will also be published in the view unless you decline

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.

You will always be directed to the right person if you email pastoralcare@pacificunitarian.org.

PUC Needs Worship Associates
Pacific Unitarian Church has a strong Sunday worship program because of the talent and energies of the Sunday worship team.  Right now, PUC needs more members and friends to serve as Worship Associates, assisting Rev. Furrer and other speakers for the Sunday service.  Serving as a Worship Associate can be a great way to serve the PUC community.  It is a great opportunity to sharpen your speaking skills, and to share our message of hope and compassion with the community.  The PUC Worship Committee is forming a team of Worship Associates – if you are interested, there will be a training session conducted by Rev. Furrer on Saturday, January 14 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.  Lunch will be provided.  The training will be hands on, lively, and fully prepare you to be a part of a very special team!  To reserve your slot (please RSVP by January 4th) , please contact Dale Osborne at Dalensteph@earthlink.net or call him at (310) 704-4850.
Round two of input for PUC’s new logo. We took the input from the last round and came up with three new choices. If you would like to provide feedback, please do so by January 23rd. You can send an email to pucadmin@pacificunitarian.org, write comments on a form in the PUC office, or talk to Tara Unverzagt.

We appreciate everyone’s input. The more input we have the better we can represent ALL of us! Thanks!
Hey, Party People! 

Do you love to plan parties but don’t have enough opportunities? We are looking for you!  Our PUC community loves to get together at various events at church and it would be great to have a team of folks who like to work from time to time on special events. This is the kind of job for those of you who don’t want to attend monthly committee meetings!  The next big, fun event will be our 60th anniversary, March 17th.  

Contact Judy Shaffer for details.
The Connectors Team:  Judi Carter, Betty Paieda, Barbara Paulsen, and Judy Shaffer.
Religious Education
Sunday 1/15/17 - Religious Education Classes
February 18th-20th, 2017 is Winter Camp for families at Camp DeBenneville Pines. Contact Claire Moss, DRE if you are interested. It would be fun to have a group of PUCers up there!
From the camp website: "Get to Platform 9 & 3/4  on time or you'll miss the express train to the Wizarding World of Camp de Benneville Pines!  Come help harness magic to transform ourselves and our world. Classes include magical dueling at the forts, riding broomsticks at the sled run (weather permitting), wand-making and other magical crafts, and the raising of magical energy through fun, student-centered worship."
Parent Information Session Sunday January 29th, from 12:15pm-1:15pm - Learn about what your children are discussing in PUC’s Religious Education programs, find out about upcoming events, get to know other RE parents. RSVP to dre@pacificunitarian.org
Teacher Training Session TBA - Get involved with RE by becoming an assistant or fill-in teacher. Volunteer one or two Sunday’s per month, and be part of nurturing the next generation. Interested? Contact Claire Moss at dre@pacificunitarian.org
Would like to enroll your child in OWL for 7-9th graders?
Are interested in being trained as an OWL program facilitator?
Do you want to help organize the OWL session?
Email PUC Director of Religious Education, Claire Moss at dre@pacificunitarian.org 
(include your child’s name and grade).
Artistic/Tech Savvy Person Wanted

PUC's 60th Birthday Celebration is coming in March, and we're looking for someone to put together a visual history of those sixty years to present at the Annual Dinner/Birthday Celebration. Lots of photos from very nearly our beginnings up to the present are available in year-labeled albums and boxes, many with names of those pictured on the back. Please call the Church Office or Betty Paieda (phone number and e-mail address in the PUC Directory) if you're interested. Betty, one of our Church Historians, will work with you to assemble a DVD. 

Seniors POW WOW
NEXT Thursday January 19th
Third Thursday of each month
11:00 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. in the PUC Library

This on-going support group offers fellowship and friendship in hope that our meeting will develop close and helpful bonds among us. Come, participate, and get to know other seniors.

Women Reading & Responding Book Club

Third Monday of Each Month
11:00 a.m. PUC Library   

We will be taking a break for the month of December. We will be reading Anne Perry's "The Face of a Stranger" for January, a Victorian mystery with psychological,  feminist, and political overtones. Meet William Monk, a police investigator who battles amnesia, and Hester, the nurse who practised medicine in the Crimean War and fights an uphill battle to bring the lessons of the battlefield home.

All are welcome to come and join us the third Monday of every month.  All you gentleman are welcome as well.

Lisa Sites
We stand together in solidarity for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families — recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country.In the spirit of democracy and honoring the champions of human rights, dignity, and justice who have come before us, we join in diversity to show our presence in numbers too great to ignore. We stand together, recognizing that defending the most marginalized among us is defending all of us.

We support the advocacy and resistance movements that reflect our multiple and intersecting identities. We call on all defenders of human rights to join us. This march is the first step towards unifying our communities, grounded in new relationships, to create change from the grassroots level up. We work peacefully while recognizing there is no true peace without justice and equity for all.
                                WOMAN’S MARCH LA
Social Justice is organizing a group of people to attend the human rights march to be held in downtown Los Angeles on Saturday January 21, 2016 at 9:00 am.The group will gather at Pershing Square, walk to City Hall, and return to Pershing Square.
Women’s March LA states: “Our mission is to stand together in solidarity for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health and our families ~ recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country.” For more information go to: 

We encourage you to join us !
Please contact Helen Ciriello ~ cellohelen@outlook.com 
if you are interested. We would like to get a feel for the number of people
planning to attend. Bring friends along if you like. We will gather at PUC to carpool together.
Playing in the Sage ....

“The unknown is not what to be afraid of, it’s only when the unknown becomes known that one can decide whether to be afraid or not.”
                                                                             ---Markus Peterson

Children have an enthusiasm and fearlessness about embracing the unknown. Playing in the rain is a good example. Water falling, soft or hard, from the sky is magical. The drops hang on the plants like little jewels and the puddles beg for ‘cause and effect’ jumping.
But as adults, we can suppress that natural curiosity without thinking…with a fear of what could happen. Being wet, muddy, cold could be trouble, annoying or a gateway to disease. Our prior experiences stop being a place to build new learning and just become a place to stop.
The New Year lies before us like a big puddle of unknown.
We and the children say, “JUMP!”
Pacific Sage Preschool

BUDDHIST MEDITATION GROUP meets at PUC Library Tuesday evenings, 7:30-9:00 pm. 
Learn meditation and the purpose of meditation in the Buddhist wisdom tradition. Developing our love and compassion for all beings, we can find joy and meaning in life. Give yourself the gift of presence!
Newcomers welcome anytime, no experience required. Just bring an open mind and a kind heart - we can even help you find those! While meditation instruction is free, donations ($10-$20) to support our activity are gratefully accepted.  
Dan Dempster has been authorized by Khenpo Migmar Tseten (Buddhist chaplain at Harvard University and Director of the Sakya Institute for Buddhist Study, Cambridge) and is a certified meditation instructor.
This Sunday's Flowers 
Please sign up for your turn to bring Sunday's Flowers on the Flower Calendar inside the door of the PUC Office
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's calendar of events can be found here.
The PUC Board of Trustees

                    Mike Buttitta -President 
                    Dee Masters -Vice President
                    Trish Botsko -Treasurer
                    Ben Cowan -Secretary

              John Einhorn
              Randy Ripley
              Tara Unverzagt 

Ways to Contact Your Trustees

This email is forwarded to the trustees, Lead Minister, Director of Religious Education, and Pacific Sage Preschool Director.

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Mike Buttitta, President      mikebuttitta@gmail.com
Trish Botsko, Treasurer     treasurer@pacificunitarian.org
Phone numbers and individual email addresses for all other Trustees can be found in the Member Directory.

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