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May 18th, 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!
On Cheating & How Not To
Reverend Furrer on the many benefits of not cutting corners and strengthening our moral muscles.
"Emblazon on My Memory"

Memorial Day Sermon focusing on the act of materialization and why. How do we remember? 

Rev. Stephen H. Furrer
Members of the congregation bring a flower to the Sunday service and during the service all the blooms are gathered together at the front of the church. The flowers are blessed by the congregation and then, the end of the service, each person brings home a flower different from the one they brought. The Flower communion service was originally created in 1923 by Unitarian minister Norbert Capek, who founded the Unitarian Church in Czechoslovakia. “The significance of the flower communion is that as no two flowers are alike, so no two people are alike, yet each has a contribution to make. Together the different flowers form a beautiful bouquet. Our common bouquet would not be the same without the unique addition of each individual flower, and thus it is with our church community: it would not be the same without each and every one of us. Thus this service is a statement of our community.”  – Reginald Zottoli

Coming to PUC

Memorial Day Weenie Roast & Auction on Monday, May 29th
Camp deBenneville 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


Ann Booth

Tricia Johns
Brittany Montgomery

Jeff Sweet

Barbara Marriott

Dorie Chadwick

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

Welcome Table
Marlene Barone & Greg Garcia

Betsy Walters and Ray Waters

Top Chef
Debi Robinson

Melissa Tyrell

Al Henriksen has been reassigned to Kaiser Harbor City RM 2005. Al is slowly recovering from a tumble. Visitors and cards are welcome.


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.

Sunday, June 4, 2017, 12:00 pm
Congregational Meeting Announcement
Pacific Unitarian Church
Henriksen Hall
Approval of Budget and
Election of Board of Trustees
A congregational meeting, as called for in the PUC bylaws, will be held after service on Sunday, June 4, 2017 at 12:00 pm, in Henriksen Hall, for the following purposes:
  • Approve the July 2017-June 2018 Budget
  • Elect the July 2017-June 2020 PUC Board of Trustees
Board Of Trustee Nominee Bio's 

Bio for Dan Dempster
Dan Dempster moved from Boston to Palos Verdes in 2013 with his wife Sharon and two young sons Dylan and Miles. Having spent time on the East Coast it was their plan to return to family and friends in California, where Sharon was born and raised. Once a reserve infantry officer in the Canadian Army and Bermuda Regiment, Dan now uses his motivational and team-building skills as the coach for Miles’ T-Ball team, and is happy for it.
In 2015 the Dempsters first visited PUC as a family, as it happens, for Reverend John’s last sermon. Having discovered PUC, they continued to attend regularly, through interim ministers Reverend James and Reverend Stephen and now Reverend Steve. “We were impressed by the friendliness of the congregation, the thought-provoking sermons, the delightful music and the awesome food ministry. But what really convinced us to join was going to de Benneville Pines last year. We were searching to give our kids a solid moral foundation without dogma, and we saw it in the conduct of the PUC teens there.”
Dan Dempster is a professional artist member of the Copley Society of Art (1879). His explorations in drawing, painting and sculpture are based on deep familiarity with the water, having grown up in, on and under the ocean surrounding Bermuda. His weathered sculpture was shown in New York by Fulcrum Gallery SoHo from 1994 to 2004. He has been Vice-President of the Bermuda Society of Arts, Treasurer of the Bermuda Arts Council and is a Fellow of the Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art. His work has been selected for Biennials of the Bermuda National Gallery, the New Hampshire Institute of Art and the Torrance Art Museum South Bay Focus.
Dan has been charged with reviving the East Art Wall gallery and the art above the pulpit on the North wall. As music and food are intrinsic to the Sunday experience at PUC, so art should be. It is his intent to drive improvements in presentation and selection of art at PUC.
However, Dan’s primary involvement with PUC has been running and teaching the Buddhist meditation group that has been meeting weekly on Tuesdays in the Library since November, 2015. He is authorized to teach Dharma and meditation by his long-time teacher, Lama Migmar Tseten, Buddhist chaplain for Harvard. Through Religious Education he has been introducing meditation once a month after service on Sunday, and will be offering meditation sessions at the deBenneville retreat this year. Lama Migmar has accepted his invitation to do a teaching visit later this Fall/Winter.

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.


The PUC Auction catalog is available here.

Times are approximate.

12:00 pm Weenie Roast & Auction Begins
1:30 pm Auction in the 100s FOOD & DINING close
2:00 pm Auction in the 200s ENTERTAINMENTS & OUTINGS close
2:30 pm Auction Items in the 300s LESSONS & SERVICES close 
3:00 pm Auction Items in the 400s ALL THE REST! close
3:15 pm Raffle
3:45 pm Check out opens
5:00 pm Event ends
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. 
Look for These Auction Offerings

New This Year:
Swedish Solstice Dinner by the Ripleys 
Family BBQ by the Garcias
Champaign Brunch with Reverend Furrer prepared by the Hucutts
Love Notes: A Concert, featuring Caitlin & Teri Masters, Gary Hart, Abraham Cervantez, Shaina Hammer, and Severin Behnen
Rams Game with Reverend Steve
Dee & Tea: Dee Masters Reads Dickens, hosted by Jean Tordella
"There I Was," Humorous, Frightening, Heroic Stories told by former LAPD officer Mike Buttitta & former fighter pilot John Einhorn, hosted by the Lewises
Contemplative Walk with Artist Dan Dempster
Wine Tasting Experience & 4 Bottles, donated by winemaker Aaron Walker
Sharknado! A movie evening hosted by Brad Shreve
Welcome Spring! Beach Walk led by Joani Thompson
Mini Succulent Garden Workshop for adults and kids by Shannon Keolsch
Story Time for the Playgroup or Party by Lisa Sites

Annual Favorites:
That's Amore Italian Dinner hosted by Judy Shaffer
Authentic Chinese Dinner hosted by Vivian Hao
Indian Dinner & Cooking Demo hosted by Barbara Paulson
Lunch at the Bluewater Grill hosted by Jim Micheals,
A Stroll & Lunch Are Good stuff hosted by Maurice Chevalier and Brad Shreve
Vegetarian Cooking by Top Chef Naresh Deo
And much, much more!

As Well as Tickets and Passes
Festival of the Arts, Laguna Beach
"Ahoy Captain" Whale Watching for 2
Laugh Factory for 2
Mulligan Family Fun Center
And even more!

Two super packed Lego baskets worth over over $200 each
Playing in the Sage...
“Let us dance in the sun, wearing wild flowers in our hair...”
---Susan Polis Schutz

Dear Friends,
The winds blowing up through the canyon are sending the end of the school year flying our way much too quickly.  The children have grown as a community of learners and friends and our days together have been filled with wonder, laughter and adventure.
We will be having an “End of the School Year Celebration” at Pacific Sage on Wednesday morning, June 7th. It is for all the children to all work together once before summer adventures separate us. At 12:30 pm we will honor our friends who will be moving on in their learning journey with certificates, cake and a rowdy rendition of “Happy Trails.”
Please join us if you can!
Pacific Sage is open through the summer so we say “Let the fun in the sun begin!”
Pacific Sage Preschool
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

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.

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 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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