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January 19, 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!
   SATURDAY  MARCH 18, 2017 @ 5:00

     (More information to follow)
“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!
Race Relations in the Trump Era

Will Trump Make America White Again?
How Should UU's Respond?

-Vivien Hao
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


Lisa Sites, one of PUC's newest members, considers herself a citizen of the world. After growing up in Germany and England, she returned to California, where she taught theater arts in elementary, middle, and high schools, as well as at Cypress Community College.
Most recently, Lisa lived in Indianapolis for four years, while her husband Perry was undergoing medical treatment. When he passed away in 2015, she moved back to LA and, now retired, lives with her only child, Chelsea and Chelsea's husband, Dan, in Harbor City.
As a member of the PUC choir, Lisa says she appreciates our music program as well as the open-minded people she has met here. Although she was raised Catholic and had a Jewish mother, she said she felt "at home" from the first day she set foot in a UU church several years ago.
Lisa enjoys participating in book clubs, is an avid reader and is active in Democratic Party politics. 

Clint Patterson

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

Linda Jenson
Barbara Marriott

Welcome Table
Juli Carter
 Amy Fields

Top Chef
Vivien Hao

William Koelsch

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.

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!
Worship Associates' Training
If you've ever wanted to help lead Sunday services with the minister, here's your chance to get trained and start your new ministry. Rev. Furrer is offering Worship Associates' Training (Part 2) Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017 from 10-noon. If you didn't attend Part 1, we can catch you up! Please contact Rev. Furrer or a member of the Worship Committee to reserve your spot. Members are Vivien Hao, Dale Osborne, and Melissa Tyrrell. Snacks will be served!

Dear Friends of South Bay Chamber Music Society
As is our custom, these South Bay Chamber Music Society concerts are presented entirely free of charge. The funds needed to bring you this series come from a combination of public and private sources, but mostly from generous donations from you, our patrons!
Religious Education
 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).

Seniors POW WOW
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 ....

“I believe that one can never leave home. I believe that one carries the shadows, the dreams, the fears and the dragons of home under one's skin, at the extreme corners of one's eyes and possibly in the gristle of the earlobe.”
                                                        ― Maya Angelou, Letter to My Daughter
I believe this is true and I believe there is more.
Carrying around a part of "home" allows us to wander far and wide and live among strangers, but we need to find physical places where we feel safe enough to unpack those dragons, rearrange the shadows and dreams, and add to that home in our heart.
I have been touring many young families through the classrooms of Pacific Sage Preschool, and common remarks are,“ It’s really beautiful!” (Thank you) and “It doesn’t look like a preschool.” (Thank you, again!) From their questions and comments, though, I get the feeling that what they are really looking for is a “home” and not a “school” for their children. A place their children can grow with and not struggle against…on their way to becoming who they are.
Our Reggio philosophy places great importance on the environment as the 3rd teacher, along with the children and the adults who work with them. The environment should be filled with engaging, beautiful, and interesting materials. It should be flexible and evolving as the children’s interests change and evolve.  It should say to a child…”You belong here”.
It should feel like home.
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.

This email is forwarded to the trustees & Lead Minister (ex-officio.)


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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