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May 11th, 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!
Memories of Mother

Reverend Furrer preaching on memories of his mother, with notes on the Greek myths of Demeter and Persephone, poet Kahlil Gibran, psychoanalytic theory, and more…
On Cheating & How Not To
Reverend Furrer on the many benefits of not cutting corners and strengthening our moral muscles.

Coming to PUC

Memorial Day Weenie Roast & Auction on Monday, May 28th
Camp de Benneville starts Friday, June 9th

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 two sessions schedule to find out more about UU, PUC, the people that hang out here, and introduce yourself to us.
May 21st at 12:15pm New to UU1 in Voyager's Room
May 28th at 12:15pm New to UU2 in Voyager's Room


Noel Hammond

Mia Tyrrell

Jim Paterson

Message from the Finance Committee

Let us know ASAP what  you want/need/would like to see in the budget for FYE18.  It is so great that we met pledge drive goal of $240k, but we may still need make cuts to get to a balanced budget,  because (1) pledges don't cover all of the expenses, and (2) we don't always collect 100% of the pledges. The FYE18 budget currently is looking like something between the draft "realistic" and draft "austerity" budgets proposed at the 4/20 town hall (and available on our members' website under $$financials$$).  Some funding is being slashed dramatically and some is being slashed totally.  Please, look at the drafts and give us your feedback NOW!

The treasurer reports that we are currently running behind FYE17 budget.  For the past several weeks, we have been dipping into our reserves.  But, our May auction is slated to bring in $11,000 in revenue.  If we have a really good auction, we can rebuild our cash reserves and meet our budget! Let's make the auction a really huge success!!.  
Sunday Hospitality
It takes many hands to
make a Sunday.  Special thanks
to all of our volunteers!

Welcome Table
Pam Harris and Kris Williamson

Jean Tordella and Peggy Tigerman

Top Chef
Naresh Deo

Kevin Gallagher and Amin Damji

Gloria Nussbaum would appreciate someone giving her son Paul and his aide a ride to Gloria and Will’s home for a short visit.  A 4 door car would be required. Paul lives in San Pedro and the Nussbaum’s live just off PV Drive North near the Rolling Hills Covenant Church. If you are able to help out please contact Rev. Teri Masters who will coordinate.  Thanks!


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You will always be directed to the right person if you email pastoralcare@pacificunitarian.org.

Rev. Steve Wilson is Called to PUC!
On Sunday, May 7, the sounds of popping champagne and sparkling cider could be heard as we called our new settled Minister, Reverend Steve Wilson from Massachusetts to Pacific Unitarian Church! The vote was overwhelmingly positive – 101 “yes”, 1 “abstention” and 0 “no” votes.
This year has been busy for the MSC as Re.v Steve was identified as our candidate and the past few weeks have been busier than ever with planning for his candidating week.
The Ministerial Search Committee would like to thank everyone who participated in the candidating week festivities – coffee hours, small groups, committee and board meetings, the Cinco de Mayo party, the two Sunday services, and more. And thank you to all who voted in-person or absentee! 
A special thank you to Naresh Deo and Debi Robinson of the Food Ministry for hosting the Cinco de Mayo party, to all the committees and members who welcomed Rev Steve, to the Board for making time for MSC questions, and a big thank you to Gaby Gaynair our Office Administrator and Lora Childers for making sure our many View articles and special e-mail blasts were sent to the congregation.
Rev. Steve will begin his ministry at PUC on August 13. When he arrives, his PUC contact information will be shared. In the interim, if you have any questions, please contact the MSC at msc@pacificunitarian.org.
Yours in Service,
The MSC (Darcy Carroll, Maurice Chevalier, Naresh Deo, Pam Harris, Gary Hart, Janet Kissner, Caitlin Masters)


Board Of Trustee Nominee Bio's 

Bio for Gary Hart

I am a native Californian, born and raised in Southern California.  I retired 10 years ago after over 30 years’ experience in developing and managing large technology projects.  My last position was with The Capital Group, mutual fund manager of American Funds, as a Senior Vice President.

I have been with my wife, Lee Ann Hart, for over 38 years.  My life is significantly better for that union, and I cannot imagine not having her as the center of my world.

I have a Bachelors Degree and a Masters Degree from the University of California at Long Beach, both in Research Psychology (Neuroscience) & Statistics.  My work history includes the California State University Chancellor’s Office, CCH Computax, and Systems Programming Limited.  I also spent three years in the US Army, mostly in Germany, in the early 70’s.

PUC is my first church.  I was not raised with any religious training, and, before finding this wonderful spot, was mostly of the notion that organized religion did more harm than good.  I am an atheist, a humanist, and a believer in the need for spiritual growth throughout one’s life.  I get that from PUC.

Since joining PUC, I have been on the following committees:  Facilities, The West Wall, Social Justice, Strategic Planning, the Board of Trustees, the Pledge Drive, the Office Ministry, and the Minister Search Committee.

Bio for Jennifer Hocutt

I began attending PUC in 1988 under the name Jennifer King. I enrolled my daughter, Carolyn, in the RE program, and officially became a member of the church a couple of years later.

During the 1990s I served on many committees including RE, design, the early days of the endowment fund, one year on the board, and as a member of the 1996 ministerial search team. It was while teaching in RE here at PUC that I met a tall, brilliant man who I married in 1998. Together, we have three children, all of whom attended church most Sundays and went through the Coming of Age program.

In the early 2000s, I took a break from PUC and continued to pledge but attended only occasionally. I began attending regularly again in 2007 when Mariann Mueck asked me to join the task force to replace the windows in the west wall of the Hall. Since then, I have enjoyed lending a hand on work parties, the auction, and in the kitchen with Margo. As a team, my husband John and I are responsible for maintaining the Memorial Wall.

Some of my closest ties and fondest experiences at PUC have come from serving on committees and being involved in events like the annual auction. Then there is the annual deBenneville Pines retreat, my favorite of all activities.

I have an interest in the concept of shared leadership and became involved with the district leadership school throughout the 1990s and early 2000s. That work later led me to join Dale Osborn on the board of the Chalice Oak Foundation, an incubator for start-up justice projects.

My earliest years were spent in an Army family. I was born in Germany then moved every two years until we settled in Torrance where I attended public school including West Torrance High and El Camino College. I am a graphic designer and have worked in marketing for manufacturing companies as well as non-profits and am currently employed full-time by a county agency in Downey.


Bio for Judi Carter

 Judi is a long-time Unitarian Universalist from Atlanta, Georgia. She was active in the Northwest UUC there where she served as a Board Member, Chair of Membership, a member of the Search Committee and Nominating Committee.  She has been at PUC for over a year. She is serving on the Board now and also as Coordinator of the Connections Team. She also volunteers at the Welcome Table and participated in the Rummage Sale. She believes the best way to make our community meaningful to her is to jump in and give it all she’s got.


PUC won't be in the Long Beach Pride parade this year, but a group of us are getting together to watch. This is our opportunity to see the entire parade rather than just a small part that marches near us. This will be fun.

If you'd like to join us, you can call Brad Shreve. His number is in the member's photo directory, or you can email to sosl@pacificunitarian.org. I guarantee you'll have a good time.

Religious Education Upcoming Events
  • Memorial Day BBQ - Monday May 29th,12pm-5pm. With a bouncy castle, grilled hot dogs and games! 
7 Things to Know About the
Weenie Roast & Auction

+ Takes place the Monday of Memorial Day weekend. Runs from 
noon to 5:30 pm.

+ Activities include bouncy house, games, music, crafts, and PUC's traditional auction and raffle.

+ Even more fun spread throughout the year. Many auction items are meals or other gatherings you enjoy with a group. An enjoyable way to spend time with fellow PUCers.

+ Still time to get your donation into the auction, be it a dinner, event, lesson, service or something else. Contact Lora Childers or Barbara Paulson; contact information in PUC directory.

+ Catalog of offerings and schedule for the day available next week.

+ Brings side dish, drinks or desert to share. Religious Education provides hotdogs, veggie burgers, buns and fixings. Space on the grill for things you want to cook.

+ RSVP here. 
Playing in the Sage...
“Everything turns in circles and spirals with the cosmic heart until infinity. Everything has a vibration that spirals inward or outward — and everything turns together in the same direction at the same time. This vibration keeps going: it becomes born and expands or closes and destructs — only to repeat the cycle again in opposite current. Like a lotus, it opens or closes, dies and is born again. Such is also the story of the sun and moon, of me and you. Nothing truly dies. All energy simply transforms.”
---Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

To all the mothers who put us on that spiral path of transformation, Happy Mother’s Day!
Pacific Sage Preschool

Mother's Day is Sunday, May 14. Remind your supporters to shop at smile.amazon.comand Amazon will donate to Pacific Unitarian Church.
Save the Date: PUC Family Camp
June 9th to 11th 

Join us at PUC Family Camp - June 9th to 11th 
PUC’s annual family camp from June 9-11 at Camp de Benneville Pines near Big Bear is only a month away!  Our theme this year is “Change."Over 60 PUC members have already signed up including Brad Shreve and Maurice Chevalier, Joani Thompson, Tara Unverzagt, Lisa Sites, Chelsea Sites & Dan Howell, Jennifer and John Hocutt, Bruce and Tracy Lewis, Stacy Arnstein, and the Dempster, Fields, Lourence, Moss, Einhorn-Childers, Garcia, Koelsch, Matson-DeKay, Ripley, Sweet, Bruhnke, Williamson, Bechtol-Botsko, and Kissner families.
There will be something for everyone including:
  • Hikes – both long and leisurely
  • Meditation
  • Kids’ crafts and activities
  • Drama lessons
  • Archery
  • Watercolor painting
  • Healthy cooking
  • Dance lessons
  • Blind wine tasting
  • The UUn-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
Seniors POW WOW
Next: May 18th 
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 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.

May: “Hope," a memoir of survival in Cleveland “ by Amanda Berry and Gina De Jesus with Mary Jordan and Kevin Sullivan

June: "The Girl on the Train" by Paula Hawkins.

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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