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February 9, 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)
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
George Washington:
Ché of Fairfax County

As the congregation contemplates the essentials of good leadership and as America evaluates the performance of its new President, Rev. Furrer will preach on our country's first chief executive. The radical values, traits, accomplishments, and legacy of George Washington.

In the Tradition of many of his predecessors, Rev. Furrer will be hosting a "lyceum" next Sunday (February 19th) on the first UU Principle: "the inherent worth and dignity of every person." A 20 minute presentation followed by discussion and dialogue. 

Where: Henriksen Hall
Time: 12:15 p.m. 
When: February 19, 2017

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

Jean Tordella
Peggy Tigerman 

Welcome Table
Kris Williamson
Pam Harris 

Kevin Gallagher
Amin Damji

Top Chef
Margo Meikle

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.

UPDATE FROM THE TREASURER  -  Tax Receipt letters have been sent via email or US mail to all members and friends who have made cash or stock donations to PUC between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016. These letters acknowledge your financial donation to PUC during the past calendar year, and can be useful if you claim charitable deductions on your tax return.  Please note that the tax receipt letter is totally different and separate from the pledge status statements sent out last December. Pledge status statements are based on money donated toward pledges aligned with our fiscal year (July 1st through June 30th) whereas the tax receipt letters summarize money donated during the calendar year (which goes from January 1 through December 31st) regardless of which pledge year the donation was intended.  If you have any questions, if you need more detailed information, if you believe the information in the receipt is wrong, or if you didn't receive a tax receipt letter and believe you should have, please do not hesitate to contact me at treasurer@ pacificunitarianchurch.org

Thanks,  Trish
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.
Religious Education
Would you like childcare for the Black and White Concert? Please email Claire, dre@pacificunitarian.org, by Wednesday February 15th. With the interest of several families, we’ll be able to make this a reality.  
It’s time to collect Guest at Your Table boxes! Please return them to the office administrator or the DRE by Sunday February 19th
 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 ....
“Seeds have the power to preserve species, to enhance cultural as well as genetic diversity, to counter economic monopoly and to check the advance of conformity on all its many fronts.” 
                                                       ----Michael Pollan

Seeds also have the capacity to be bits of wonder and magic.
The children like to look for and collect the black coral seeds in the yard and I love reminding them to be careful with them. After all, there is a tree inside.
The rain we have been having lately has been hurrying spring here on the hill and everything is green and growing, so in anticipation of spring planting in our garden, and after reading “Jack and the Beanstalk”, the friends have been starting bean seeds in the window of our science room. Doing it in zip bags gives us the pleasure of being able to watch as the seeds wake up and start to change.
Listening to the children talk about their experiences with planting and the different types of beans we had to choose from (and the possibility of attracting giants with our project), I was reminded they are like seeds, and little bits of wonder and magic that we get to watch wake up and change. What is the possibility of attracting giants?
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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