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February 2, 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)
"From Hopelessness To Hope"

Victor Hugo once remarked that he could never commit suicide as he was too curious how French politics would turn out. This morning Reverend Furrer will preach on other reasons & methods to avoid the winter doldrums and how NOT to commit suicide.

-Reverend Dr. Stephen H. Furrer
What's So Funny?
A sermon focusing on the nature of humor by considering Dr. Richard Wiseman’s effort to discover the world’s funniest joke. We can all benefit, the midst of growing social and political turmoil, from the ability to see what’s funny…and what’s not.

-Reverend Dr. Stephen H. Furrer

Marty Gorman

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

Susan Owen
Helen Ciriello

Welcome Table
Lee Ann Hart
Kim Pratto-Storr 

Dee Masters
 Brad Shreve

Top Chef
Naresh Deo

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.

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!


It’s Budget Time Again!
The Finance Committee is beginning to work on the operating budget for the fiscal year starting July 1, 2017 (FYE 2018).  If your committee would like to have a say in their planning please complete the Budget Request Form (PUC Budget Form) that is due by Sunday, February 19th.  A few paper copies can be found in the Finance mailbox in the office.
The Path To Sanctuary Webinar
If you are interested in learning how PUC can become a sanctuary congregation to assist families who are in danger of being deported due to the new policies of the Trump administration, please sign up for the Path to Sanctuary webnair, a series beginning Feb. 27.
 Please email Vivien Hao prvivien@gmail.com to let her know you would like to be part of the immigration leadership group at PUC. Once we learn what becoming a sanctuary congregation involves, we can decide if we want to officially sign on (this may require PUC Board of Trustees' approval). 
To learn more and register, visit:
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   

The book for February will be The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka on the 20th at 11 a.m., which is the 3rd Monday of the month. Please bring suggestions for March, April, and May.

Lisa Sites
Playing in the Sage ....

“Wise man is the rooster of the universe: He awakens the unawake!”
                                                  ----Mehmet Murat ildan
The new lunar year began last Sunday and we are now rising and shining in the "Year of the Fire Rooster".
Chinese New Year is celebrated for two weeks, which gives the friends at Pacific Sage Preschool lots of time to explore the customs, food, and stories of this holiday. Chinese New Year is also celebrated by different Asian cultures and as a result there are interesting and delicious little variations. We are lucky to have several Asian families that are acting as guides for our journey.
Some of the things that we have discovered are: in China, the rooster represents luck and prosperity but as a symbol of hard work your fortune this year is not going to come winning the lottery…unless you work really hard at playing it!

Roosters also symbolize bravery, competitiveness, and holiness. In Chinese folk stories, the rooster’s crow scares ghosts, which can only appear at night. The rooster's crow means the day is coming. An old belief, people still paste a rooster picture to the door every Spring Festival to keep ghosts from dropping in. Older people teach children to imitate a rooster's crow. Then the children are instructed that if they ever encounter a ghost, they should crow like a rooster to scare the ghost away.

After learning this, the children have been crowing like crazy in our "chase" games around the school, but I think this could be a great response to all the craziness in the world today. After all a ghost is just a spirit, sometimes mean or sometimes lost. Crow like crazy to signal the light!
“Gung Hay Fat Choy!” – Happy Chinese New Year!
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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