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March 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!

Mike Buttitta
President of your Board of Trustees

Our Pledge Drive is underway and the Cottage Parties are scheduled.  Find a Cottage Party near you, sign up and attend.  Be active and join in on PUC’s journey into the future.  As we said last year, “It’s up to us,” and it truly is.  This year, “Now more than Ever” is an appropriate title.  The very near future is exciting for PUC and it is all because of you.  PUC runs with a strong staff and a very strong group of volunteers who compliment the very existence of our community.  

Why now is the time is very clear to me.  PUC is moving forward.  We have an outstanding administrator, who really needs to be moved to full time status.  Our RE program is under fantastic leadership and should be supported fully.  Our music program is just what the doctor ordered as our community and country struggle through these times.  

Thanks especially go out to the hard-working Pledge Drive Team, Tara Unverzagt, Jean Tordella, and Lora Childers.  We are very lucky to have such dedicated volunteers whose endless hours mostly go un-noticed by most, but whose results can be seen by all.  I encourage you to complete your pledges from last year and dig deep during this current drive.  Now more than ever it is truly up to us.

Four Cottage Parties Start This Friday

This year we are holding cottage parties, a long time UU tradition. You'll find a cottage party is a great time to connect with your PUC community and our leadership. Please, make room in your schedule to attend.

Now more than ever, it's time to gather and talk about what PUC means to you, what PUC means to our wider community, and about how the funds you contribute annually support all that PUC is and will become.

Check your calendar and plan to come to one of the following events:

Friday, March 10
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
334 17th St., San Pedro

A family friendly urban garden party at the home of Rachel Bruhnke
Homemade veggie chili will be served. Bring something to share if you like. Plan to arrive at 6:30 pm.
RSVP here.
Attendees so far include Kimberly, Josh & Naomi Storr, Robin, Renee & maybe Alan Arehart, Penny Trunnell, Ben Cowan, John Einhorn, Dee Masters, and Lora Childers.

Friday, March 10
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
6542 Monero Dr, Rancho Palos Verdes

At the home of Mike & Sandy Buttitta
Cheese & crackers, fruit & cookies, wine & coffee
RSVP here.
Attendees so far include Bruce & Tracy Lewis, Helen Ciriel, Joani Thompson, Dee Masters, John Einhorn, and Lora Childers.

Saturday, March 11
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

1241 19th St, Hermosa Beach
At the home of Jean Tordella
Coffee, tea, and freshly baked scones
Plenty of parking at neighboring school
RSVP here.
Attendees so far include Ron Keyes, Donna Ryan, Dee Masters, and John Einhorn.

Sunday, March 19
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
20907 Denker, Torrance

At the home of Judi Carter
Snacks will be served
Special guests will be Reverend Stephen, as well as Lee Ann and Gary Hart of the Ministerial Search Committee.
RSVP here.
Attendees so far include Reverend Stephen Furrer, Ray & Carolyn Waters, Vivien Hao, Margo Meikle, Gary & Lee Ann Hart, Dee Masters, and John Einhorn.
TWO weekends and it's here!
Join us for Dinner & Music
Saturday, March 18 at 5:00 PM
Pacific Unitarian Church
5621 Montemalaga Drive Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

Dinner tickets are available after service Sunday on the patio
or by visiting Gaby in the office.

Suggested Donation for Dinner tickets: $10 per person, $20 per family.

Child care will be available. Please RSVP for childcare by emailing Claire at Dre@pacificunitarian.org

If you need a ride, please contact Ann Bailey 310-462-3663.

For information contact Gaby at 310-378-9449.

I wanted to thank the entire congregation for the wonderful thoughts and generous gift. I am very thankful for the wonderful support and kindness you all have bestowed on me since day one.

Thank You,
Mark & Gaberiel Sese
Pursuing Excellence
Reverend Dr. Stephen H. Furrer. What are we paying for when we "buy" liberal religion? What's our "product" and what's it's "worth"? Not believing in hell, religion for us is no a fire insurance policy. What is it then? Ever wondered what liberal religionists are investing in, and why it'll pay manifold dividends? Find out why!
" Leap Of Faith"

Reverend Dr. Stephen H. Furrer

Severin Behnen

Each Sunday Severin’s music uplifts and soothes each one of us. Thank you so much Severin, and a very Happy Birthday to you from all of us at PUC.

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
Naresh Deo,
Engineering Greatness in the Kitchen

Gloria Nussbaum is recovering from surgery. Prayers, loving  thoughts, and cards to her home are welcomed. 
Hope Foye will be moving to Las Vegas with her daughter. A farewell Gathering will be held at her community club house on March 25th from 2-5 p.m. Please refer to the member directory for home address.
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.

Why Pledge? Thoughts from Robin Patterson

I am Robin Paterson. My husband, Jim and I have been members since 1964. Fifty-three years.  Why do we pledge and increase our pledge every year? Why are we so committed to this church?

Since we have been here, this place has been on the RIGHT SIDE OF HISTORY. In the 60’s we protested the Viet Nam War. Our church was a Symbolic Sanctuary for draft resisters. I was on the board with Jerry Hill who was our lawyer for conscientious objectors.

We marched for the farm workers and Caesar Chavez in the successful Grape Boycott. Some of our members were arrested and strip searched.  

We rallied for our Jewish brothers and sisters when they were threatened.

We stood in support of Same Sex Marriage opposing Proposition 8.  

Yes, we have been on the RIGHT SIDE OF HISTORY

We need this place, this space for our children, where they are encouraged and challenged to explore all the possibilities.  Where they are, as our hymn says, nurtured in love and conscience refined.  

We love the beauty of this space where we can watch the hawks  soar and be at one with nature, as we are prodded from the pulpit to be our better selves.  

And “Ah” the Music. Music that transforms and heals.  

In 2008, Reverend John, Teri Masters and I had the task of finding a new choir director.  We had some wonderful applicants. Quite a dilemma.   But the stars were aligned and we chose Severin. We really had no clue as to the true genius of this man. What resonated with us were 2 key things that he wrote on his resume. He said, I am interested in working in a liberal, open and intellectually stimulating environment that promotes justice and peace. I am passionate about performing, teaching, and composing. 

And passionate he is, and also very kind. So what are his dreams for the coming year. Today you will hear the Kyrie from the Schubert Mass. Severin dreams of doing the entire Mass.  And while we are at it how about the beautiful Mozart Mass?  You will also hear some of his wonderful, fun arrangements. He would love funds to bring in more outside musicians.  He would love more choir members. Come, join us, you won’t be disappointed.

And if you haven’t yet pledged, please join Jim and me in pledging today and consider increasing your pledge from last year.

Fifty-three years. Yes, we are in for the long haul, and it has been a rewarding journey.

Thank you,
Robin Patterson

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

Join the fun at PUC's annual family camp from June 9-11 at Camp de Benneville Pines near Big Bear. There will be something for everyone from relaxing in nature to joining fun activities.
Sign up early as PUC will invite other local UU churches to join so the minimum is met.
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
There will be a booth on the patio beginning in mid-March and more details to follow soon in the View. 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

Attention Committees:
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.

Pledging Stock Can Double Your Tax Savings

Thanks in part to the IRS, if you have stocks that are worth more than you paid for them, you can give a portion of that investment to PUC for a double tax reduction. One, because you are gifting, you do not pay capital gains tax on any growth you have on the donated portion of the investment. Two, you are allowed to deduct the full present value of the stock as a charitable donation (if you itemize your deductions and have held the investment for more than a year.) For example, if you are in the 25% federal marginal tax bracket and donate $1000 of Microsoft shares that you bought for $500, you save the capital gains tax, $75, as well as claim a charitable deduction of $1000 that can reduce your federal taxes another $250. The result is that your $1000 donation has only a $625 impact on your household budget. And your California tax savings probably decreases the impact on your budget even more. Now that’s a great deal for you and PUC!

Tara Unverzagt,
IRS Registered Tax Return Preparer
Certified Financial Planner

Religious Education
We're looking for more childcare providers for Sunday mornings and special events! Must be 16 or older, have some experience working with children and be able to work 2 Sundays a month. 

It’s time to collect Guest at Your Table boxes! Please return them to the office administrator
or the DRE.

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. 

Contact Claire Moss, Director of Religious Education,
 at dre@pacificunitarian.org for information in all these areas.
OWL: Our Whole Lives

Honest, accurate information about sexuality changes lives. It dismantles stereotypes and assumptions, builds self-acceptance and self-esteem, fosters healthy relationships, improves decision making, and has the potential to save lives. For these reasons and more, we are proud to offer OWL.
Would you like to enroll your child in OWL for 7-9th graders?
Are you 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
March 16, 2017
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.
Playing in the Sage ....
“For the 99 percent of the time we've been on Earth, we were hunter and gatherers, our lives dependent on knowing the fine, small details of our world.  Deep inside, we still have a longing to be reconnected with the nature that shaped our imagination, our language, our song and dance, our sense of the divine.”

---Janine M. Benyus
If there is to be any hope for the world tomorrow, we have to give our children experiences and reasons to care about it today. At Pacific Sage we spend a lot of time outdoors, in our yard, the gardens and in the canyon. We stop to listen to the birds sing and the crows complain. We encourage the children to look out for the bees working around them, as well as each other. Learning to be a social being means learning to read each other, to know if we are happy, sad, angry or scared. Being a social being in the world means we need to be able to read natures cues as well.
Over time, the children begin to feel their connection and responsibility. The rolly-pollys, lizards and plants that live outside stop being “things” and become individuals with feelings, jobs to do and families to care for…just like them.
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.
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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by noon on Wednesday.


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5621 Montemalaga Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275


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