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April 20, 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!
"By What Authority?"
Today's sermon will try answering the question, by what authority are ministers' truth claims confirmed? What makes pulpit oratory legitimate? True? Additionally, in light of comments overheard that the May 7 vote on whether or not to call Reverend Steven Wilson was a "foregone conclusion," some statistics on the hundreds of thousands of people who died that we, today, might have the right to choose our spiritual leaders.
Reverend Dr. Stephen H. Furrer
April 23rd Lyceum: Seminar and teach-in led by the Interim Minister on issues of institutional racism contributing to turmoil at the Unitarian Universalist headquarters in Boston that has resulted in the resignation of UUA President Peter Morale and to senior staff members.
  • Henrickson Hall 1-2 pm. 

Candidating Sermon #1

 Heather Clancy
Safia Bethune
Lydia Nitzschner

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

Linda Jenson and Barbara Marriott

Welcome Table
Amy fields and Judy Shaffer

William Koelsch

Top Chef
Naresh Deo
Usher's Needed
PUC is in need of additional ushers. If you would like to be a usher volunteer please contact Ray Waters. Ray's phone number can be found in the member's directory or you can email him at raywaters35@gmail.com

Gaby our office Administrator is expecting her first child, a baby girl! Lets join her in celebrating an addition to her family and to the PUC community. 


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.

Increase Over Your Last Year's Pledge &
Meet the Prospective Minister at the
Now More Than Ever Donors’ Event

Tuesday, May 2nd at 7:00 pm (sunset at 7:52 pm)
Pacific Unitarian Church

We have great news. When you raise your pledge by 25% or more over last year’s pledge, you are invited to a special event for donors like you who will be meeting our prospective minister, Reverend Steven Wilson. Thirteen members have already increased their pledges by 25% or more. Thanks! Will you consider joining them and coming to this lovely evening of wine, hors d'oeuvres and enlightening conversation? The event takes place two days after Reverend Steven’s first sermon, five days before his second sermon and our vote. Enjoy this opportunity to to spend some time getting to know him before you make this important decision.

We are just $50K shy of our pledge drive goal. This year our pledge drive goal is the same as last year, $240,000. To increase your pledge over last year by 25% or more, either go to the PUC pledge page, or call or email members Jean Tordella, Lora Childers, or contact Gaby in the PUC office. If you can’t recall what you pledged, any one of us will help.

Your Pledge Team,
Tara Unverzagt
Jean Tordella
Lora Childers

Question & Answer Session with the Ministerial Search Committee
When: Sunday April 23rd 
Where: PUC Library

On Sunday, April 23, at 12:15pm, the MSC invites you to join them for a Q & A in the library. We’ll discuss the ministerial search process of the past few months and the upcoming candidating week prior to Rev. Steven Wilson arriving on April 30th. Come join the MSC after enjoying lunch on the patio!
Save the Dates for the April 30 – May 7 Ministerial Candidating Week!
Rev. Steven Wilson will be joining PUC for a “candidating week” from Sunday, April 30th through Sunday, May 7th.  Some important dates to note:
  • Sunday, April 30th – Rev. Steven Wilson’s first sermon
  • Friday, May 5th—Cinco de Mayo -  themed dinner at 5:30pm at PUC
  • Sunday, May 7th – Rev. Steven Wilson’s second sermon & PUC’s congregational vote
In addition to the dates mentioned above, there will be coffee hours “off the hill," open office hours, an afternoon hike, meetings with staff and the board, and more.


Thoughts of a Mystery Donor

As members come through with that extra 25% that is so important this year, we’ve asked them what’s behind their decision to step up. Here is the thinking of one donor who prefers to stay anonymous. 

Why Do You Contribute?

A simple yet very complex question with a multitude of answers that are constantly shifting. The first phrase that comes to mind is EXTENDED FAMILY. Sure you might not want to live with them, or maybe you would. For the most part they are intelligent, active, open, opinionated, and trustworthy with a friendly, positive attitude. Just like your own relatives including a clinker or two that you sometimes hesitate to invite for Thanksgiving.


This is the next concept that surfaces - human worth, environmental, world, and human conditions.


As one contemplates these and others, the comprehension of the circumstance is overwhelming and you quickly see that you don’t have enough hands, time, or other resources to tackle the whole enchilada by yourself. What to do?


Rather than throw up your hands in frustration, seek out the course that will allow you to invest of your resources in a manner that most closely aligns itself with your values and desires.

Nothing is perfect, but for me, I have found these things and more in PUC. Join alongside and establish your course with an EXTENDED FAMILY, EMBRACING, ENGAGING, LEARNING, SHARING, and much, much more.



Bring your time, skill, and treasure.

April 23rd during service RE garden day for children and youth of all ages. If possible, have your children dress in clothes that they can get dirty. We'll be exploring the garden with the Green Sanctuary Comittee in honor of Earth Day, getting a close look at compost, and learning about processes that help the garden grow. 
Upcoming Events
  • Bowling at PV Bowl Saturday May 6th, 4pm. For all PUC Members and Friends, hosted by the Religious Education Committee. Suggested donation TBD.
       (Please RSVP by emailing Claire at DRE@pacificunitarian.org)
  • Memorial Day BBQ - Monday May 29th,12pm-5pm. With a bouncy castle, grilled hot dogs and games! 
Playing in the Sage...

“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature -- the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.”
---Rachel Carson, Silent Spring

The canyon that we perch above has been a riot of color and noisy wildlife.
The friends at Pacific Sage Preschool have been wanting and waiting to go for some walks, but with all the much-needed rain the growth was taller than they are.
It would have pushed the accepted 10% loss for expeditions.
Marina Kissner, who did such an amazing job adding an informational element to our canyon walks, and her parents Andy and Janet (and a shanghaied family member) have cleared the trail for adventure!
The children are happy, excited and grateful…The wildlife in the canyon are still thinking about it.
Pacific Sage Preschool


Sunday, April 23

Earth Day Expo and Interfaith Service
Our Reverend Stephen will help lead the service

Expo 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Worship at 4:00 pm
Community Meal at 5:00 pm

South Coast Interfaith Council (SCIC) and Garden Church invite you to this Earth Day Expo and Interfaith Service at Garden Church, 429 West 6th Street, San Pedro, 90773.  All are welcome. Reverend Ann Woofenden preaching. For more information gardenchurchsp.org; RSVP to office@scinterfaith.org.

A note about the host church: Rooted in the Christian tradition and Swedenborgian theology, the Garden Church provides a living experience of encountering the Divine in community, scripture, nature, and the life of useful service, and being the church together on multiple levels. Through worshiping, working and learning together, feeding the hungry, and addressing the needs of the local community, this church is living sanctuary for all who seek a place to grow, to love and be loved, and to belong. Creating a place of spiritual community where God’s love is made visible as people are fed in body, mind, and spirit.

 Are You Part of the UU World?
Are you receiving the UUA’s quarterly Magazine?  All members are entitled to a free subscription which also entitles us to sign up for access to back issues and weekly emails.
If you are not receiving the magazine just contact Gaby in the office and she can send your name and address to the UUA.
Coming to PUC: A New Social Justice Newsletter 
Next week you will begin to receive PUC’s new newsletter, PUC Justice. In it will be what is happening at PUC and in our community.  If you have any questions or suggestions, please send them to wearepuc@gmail.com.
                          St. Petersburg Men’s Chorus
If you are among those of us who were disappointed that their schedule precluded a performance at PUC this spring you are in luck!  They will be performing on Thursday, May 11th at 7:00 PM at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 31290 Palos Verdes Drive West, Rancho Palos Verdes. 
PUC Dance Party: April 28th @ PUC  
Dee Masters is hosting a dance party on at PUC!
  • Free admission
  • No skill is required
  • All Ages are welcome
  • Folk dance to current day dance
*Childcare will not be provided

Spring has sprung and the Long Beach Pride Parade is coming soon. This years theme is "Viva La Vida." We always have a great time, but this Year's event can be made better by you.  Come join us!

The parade is on Sunday, May 21 and starts at 10:30. We are renting a truck again, so those with mobility issues can join in the fun.

We'll have a table set up each week on the patio starting this Sunday for sign ups. You can also email sosl@pacificunitarian.org  

If you have any questions, please drop by the table on Sunday or you can call either Brad Shreve or Maurice Chevalier. Our numbers are in the church directory.

Save the Date: PUC Family Camp
June 9th to 11th 

Have you signed up yet for PUC’s annual family camp from June 9-11 at Camp de Benneville Pines near Big Bear?
There will be something for everyone including:
  • Hikes – both long and leisurely
  • Meditation
  • Kids’ crafts and activities
  • Drama lessons
  • Archery
  • Watercolor painting
  • Dance lessons
  • Blind wine tasting
  • The Un-Talent show
  • And more to come . . .
To reserve a spot, please send an email with the number of adults and or children in your party to Janet Kissner at jlkissner@gmail.com
If you would like to help plan this year's event or lead an activity at camp, please contact Janet. Come join the FUUN!
Janet & Andy Kissner, Camp de Benneville Pines Co-Deans
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.

Reading and Responding Book Club
Third Monday of Each Month
11:00 a.m.
PUC Library

We meet and discuss a new book on the third Monday of each month in the library. All genres. We have a pretty lively discussion and quite a good time.

We have decided to let members adopt a month and then they can choose the book to read for that month. This should assure we have a book chosen well in advance.

See you all in March.
Tuesday 7:30-9:00 pm. 
PUC Library
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.
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 
                   Judi Carter
              Jennifer Hocutt

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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5621 Montemalaga Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275


Office Hours

Sunday            9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.                             
Monday           9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. 
Tuesday           9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.  

Wednesday      9:00 a.m - 2:00 p.m.
Thursday          9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Friday               Closed
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