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May 4th, 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!
Saving, No Managing the World: A Recipe
Contrary to Marvel Comics and Paramount Pictures, the world will not be saved by Superman or the latest brave action hero.  In fact, contrary to many religious traditions the world doesn’t need saving at all.  What the world really needs is for humans to realize that what it needs is to be carefully and inspiringly managed.  Today as a community spiritually committed to its own little acts of heroism and world transformation we will suspend our cynicism, perhaps even reality for a moment, to hear a report of just how the world was “saved.”
Reverend Steve Wilson
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…

Enjoy The View!

We have lots of events coming up.  PUC's Cinco de Mayo Party with your prospective minister is this Friday. There is Bowling at PV Bowl on Saturday. Planning for the Memorial Day Weenie Roast & Auction is underway, and RSVP and auction collection information follows. Camp de Benneville is six weekends from now, and it is time to reserve your place. More information on these and more follow.

Marlene Barone

Rocco Lardiere

Robin Paterson


On Sunday, April 30, 2017, we held a Town Hall meeting to discuss the status of and predictions for the remainder of our current fiscal year (ending June 30th) Operating Budget.  I also gave a power point presentation, and distributed paper copies of three proposed operating budgets for FYE18 (a "dream" budget, a more realistic budget, and what I might refer to as an "austere" budget).  You can view both the power point presentation and the budget handout on the PUC website members' page, under $$financials$$, or ask Gaby and she will print you out a paper copy.
First and foremost, I want to thank all the people who came to the meeting and asked questions and gave suggestions about how we can better raise and spend our money.    Second, I want to thank Randy Ripley, Judy Shaffer and Ben Cowan for all their help in serving on the Finance Committee.  Third, I want to give a shout out and thank you to Tara Unvergazt, Lora Childers, Jean Tordella and John Einhorn for all their hard work and dedication serving on the Pledge Drive Committee.  Fourth, I want to thank all the people who made pledges, increased their pledges, or made additional pledges, as well as the anonymous people who put up the matching funds   As a result of everyone's effort, by the middle of the afternoon, we reached our Pledge Drive goal!!!
Throughout this week and part of next, I will be working with the finance committee to revise the FYE18 Operations budget to incorporate the additional pledges and your suggestions.  Please, take a good look at each line item in the budget and let me or anyone on the finance committee know your ideas for how we can raise more money (revenue side), save more money (expense side) or better allocate the money we have (priorities).   For example:  Are you willing/able to fill in for any of our staff during their vacation time or maternity time, thereby saving some costs that would otherwise be spent on a temporary employee?  Do you have a particular skill set that you can volunteer your time doing (e.g. website design, computers, facility maintenance, advertising, facility coordination and rental, teaching, custodial, etc.), thereby freeing up some of that allocated funding for other things?  Are you willing to give of your time developing or resurrecting a team or committee that can generate or save revenue, such as Stewardship, Finance, Auction, Little Rocks, Black & White Party, Pledge Drive, etc.?  Let us know!!!   Leave a message with Gaby or send an email to finance@pacificunitarianorg.   The deadline for suggestions is May 10th, as the final draft budget needs to be published no later than May 21st in the Notice of Annual Congregational Meeting.  It will be voted upon on June 4th.
  Thanks so much!

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

Welcome Table
Lee Ann Hart and Melissa Garcia

Susan Owen and Helen Ciriello

Top Chef
John Hocutt

Dee Masters and Brad Shreve

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.

Approval of Called Minister Candidate Reverend Steven Wilson

 A congregational meeting, as called for in the PUC bylaws, will be held after service on Sunday, May 7th, 2017 at 12:15pm, in Henriksen Hall, for the following purposes:

  • Approve Reverend Steven Wilson as the next full-time called minister for PUC 

In their effort to ensure broad representation of the current membership of PUC in the important business of the congregation, the Trustees approve both absentee and email voting for the May 7th meeting. Current members must be 18 or over, have signed the membership book, and have a current contribution of record (pledge or waiver), in order to vote.

Since the Board of Trustees has allowed for absentee ballots and email voting, and PUC’s bylaws require a two week notice, no amendments to the ballot will be allowed. For absentee ballots, to protect your confidentiality, place your ballot in a plain sealed envelope inside another sealed envelope and sign your name on the outside envelope only. If voting via email, please recognize that the anonymity of your vote cannot be assured. Absentee ballots, in written or email form, must be received by the PUC office by Sunday, May 7th at 12:00pm noon for your vote to count.
Please contact any member of the Board or the Ministerial Search Committee if you have any questions.  The Ministerial Search Committee can be reached via email at MSC@pacificunitarian.org.
This is a very important step for the future of PUC, and your vote is required.  Rev. Steve Wilson will be in the pulpit on both Sunday April 30th and Sunday May 7th.  Please join us after service on Sunday, May 7th or get your absentee ballot (included on next page) in prior to noon of that date.

If you are unable to attend the meeting on May 7th, please submit your Absentee Ballott via email or to Gaby in the office.

Link for Absentee Voting Ballot 

Ready for a fiesta?

Your Cinco de Mayo fiesta will be
...guess when...
Friday May 5th!

The party starts at 5:30 pm at PUC.

Expect Mexican food, Margaritas,
sodas, beer, and music.

More importantly, expect to meet
your ministerial candidate,
Reverend Steven Wilson.

A $5 donation would be welcome.

Muchas Gracias!


Religious Education 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.
  • Memorial Day BBQ - Monday May 29th,12pm-5pm. With a bouncy castle, grilled hot dogs and games! 
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 a 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


Something Not Everyone Knows 

Only a fraction of the fun of the PUC auction is found at the event itself. The real enjoyment is in all the fellowship we get to share throughout the year. "How?" you wonder. Many of the PUC auction items are meals and other gatherings that you enjoy with a group. It’s a really fun way to get to spend time with members and friends of PUC who you might never have had a chance to meet. Honestly, it’s as enjoyable to be the host as it is to attend these events. Don’t miss this chance to connect with your community. The list of offerings will be out in about two weeks.

"I love discovering what people have come up with each year to entertain us and provide experiences that bring us together.  It's always pleasant to 
get to know members I may not otherwise spend time with."

Lee Ann Hart

"I love feeding frenzies...and our auctions are often like that.  The challenge to win the parking space or the many bids to name a sermon topic.  And
I am alway so proud of our PUC family that steps up and helps us earn the money we need to continue to do good things up on this hill."

Gary Hart

Auction Contributions Needed by Friday, May 12

Jump in and help make the magic happen! What do you want to share with your church community - a special meal, lessons, a fun outing or experience, a gift card to your favorite place? 
If you’ve donated in the past... 

...you will be getting a call from Barbara Paulson.
Feel free to help out by calling her first.

If you have a first time donation...

...contact Lora Childers; contact info in the directory.

Donations from area businesses - can you help? 

If you know a business you can approach, go for it.
See Gaby in the office or member Lora Childers
for tax ID number. We can also give you a
letter to give to businesses.

Let us know if you are coming to the Weenie Roast & Auction here.
Bring a vegetable dish, drink, side dish or dessert to share! The RE Committee is providing hotdogs, buns, veggie burgers, condiments and fixings. We'll be grilling the veggie burgers and hotdogs, with space for other yummy things you might want to bring and grill such as eggplant, kabobs, or steak.

Bouncy Castle
Traditional Raffle
Annual Auction

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 

Sign-up Now: 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 6 weeks away!  Over 40 PUC members have already signed up including Brad Shreve and Maurice Chevalier, Joani Thompson, Tara Unverzagt, Lisa Sites, Jennifer and John Hocutt, and the Dempster, Fields, Lourence, Moss, Einhorn-Childers, Garcia, Koelsch, Matson-DeKay, 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 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
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.

To request a Sunday morning announcement contact Gaberiel Gaynair

Please send View submissions to newsletter@pacificunitarian.org 
by noon on Wednesday.


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5621 Montemalaga Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275


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Tuesday           Closed  

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