December 13, 2019
This Week
Special Schedule for this Sunday!  
Sunday, December 15, Special Schedule: (Only one service) 
Please join us at:  
9:30 am for our Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser: Our choir steps off the stage and into the kitchen, cooking up a delicious breakfast and raising funds for the church. $5 per adult, $3 per child, or $10 per family
11:00 Celebrating a Rainbow of Promises: Join in an active worship service as we learn through story and song, and decorate our special holiday tree with symbols of the promises we make to each other.
Noon: Congregational Meeting
Share the Plate:       
In December all designated funds and half of all undesignated cash will be donated to the Literacy Council WILCO.  This nonprofit organization serving adults in Williamson County and parts of Northen Travis County.  They are dedicated to improving community lives through adult literacy education by providing GED, English as a Second Language (ESL), Adult Basic Education (ABE) and Vocational Training. Half of all cash received in the collection plate, and all checks designated "StP", will be donated to The Literacy Council WILCO.
Love Notes  
Each month, there will be a different group at Live Oak featured in our "Love Notes" appreciation program. You're encouraged to grab one of those pink sheets and let the group know how much you appreciate what they contribute to Live Oak life.  December love notes will be for our Child Care Workers.  Please be sure to stop by the Love Notes box and show your love!   
A Few Words from the Minister...
"I Wish I Had a River..."
Last Sunday, I did something I don't think I've ever done... read more 
A Few Words from the DLFD...
(Director of Lifespan Faith Development)
The Corruption of Our Democracy
The study guide for this course invites us to learn a new narrative and work to create a truly inclusive democracy.  Read more
Special Notices
December Congregational Meeting
The December Congregational Meeting will be held December 15 immediately after the 11 am service. You can read about the agenda here.

Proxy ballots are available in the Narthex and can also be downloaded here. (We're not doing absentee ballots, so make sure you give a proxy to someone if you can't attend the meeting.) 
Special Vespers Service:  
Thursday, December 19, 7:00 pm  
A "Blue Christmas" Vespers  
Rev. Joanna Fontaine Crawford
Some years, the holiday season serves as a magnifying glass for our sadness. Please join us for this service as we open a space for feelings of grief and loss, and a time for reflection.  
Help Distribute Food to Our Neighbors   
Help With Fresh Food Friday 
Live Oak UU will be distributing food to our neighbors at Fresh Food Friday on December 20th. Please volunteer to help with the following tasks:

Thursday, December 19th at 1:00 pm to approximately 2:30 food needs to be separated into small quantities for distribution. Meet at Hill Country Community Miniseries - 1005 Lacy Dr. Leander, TX. 78641.

Friday, December 20th at 8:30 to 11:15 in the Live Oak parking lot. This is when we distribute food to our neighbors. Volunteers are needed to set up and take down tables, help distribute the food, and help carry food to people's cars. You don't have to stay the entire 2 1/2 hours.

Questions - please contact Donna Durban at
NO Stitching Circle in December
Enjoy your holidays and whatever craft you work on that doesn't come out perfectly, remember it's the thought that counts! See you in January!  
Next Bookworms Meeting 
The Live Oak Bookworms will meet on Wednesday, December 18 at 7:15 pm at Wendy Marks's house. We will talk about Nora Ephron's book I FEEL BAD ABOUT MY NECK. No great literature, but clever and funny. Wendy may show us a movie, and she wants us to bring some cookies to share is the spirit of Christmas.  
Live Oak Spring Campout April 17-19 at Cedar Breaks Park!
A church campout is a great way to enrich your Live Oak connections! 
Our spring campout will be held at Cedar Breaks Park on Lake Georgetown the weekend of April 17-19, 2020. You can reserve your site here . If you're not a camper, the park is close enough to visit for the day on Saturday and stay for our traditional potluck supper in the evening. Watch the newsletter or Sunday morning announcements for more upcoming info. If you have questions, email Jen Swan and join the Live Oak Camping Group on Facebook. 
Labyrinth Walks
Winter Solstice Labyrinth Walk for All Ages . 
December 21 (Saturday), 5 p.m
This family-friendly Winter Solstice walk for all ages celebrates the return of the light during the darkness of winter. We'll gather in the Common Ground to meet the Old Sun God, the Crone, Mother Night, and the Children of Wonder. We walk the labyrinth to honor the light that is reborn in us and to carry this light of love and peace out into the world. After the walk, we'll provide refreshments in the Common Ground, and we invite you to bring snacks. In case of rain, we'll walk a canvas labyrinth in the Common Ground.  
New Year's Eve Labyrinth Walk for All Ages
Dec. 31 (Tuesday), 8 p.m
We'll journey on the labyrinth from the old year to the new year, complete with toasting marshmallows and eating s'mores around a firepit at the center of the labyrinth. Bring something to sit on, and come dressed for outdoor weather. This is a family friendly walk for all ages. Please gather at the labyrinth. 
Bake "Sale" Donations Needed
Every year for Selfies with Santa, we have a "pay what you will" bake "sale." For this, we need your brownies, your cakes, your holiday cookies, all your delicious desserts! The first year we had Selfies with Santa, an individual told us our baked goods were the only holiday treats their  family had that year because of how rough life had been. This is why a bake "sale" is such an important part of this ministry. Items should be portioned for individuals. If you cannot bring your items on Dec 14 to Selfies with Santa, please contact Marie Mulling (512)817-6028 to arrange drop off.
Have a great potential member? Concerned that someone is struggling to find their place? Contact the Membership Team and we can reach out. Email: 
The Mitten Tree
Please help provide gifts to our neighbors.  
We still have a few tags on the tree. Live Oak UU works with Hill Country Christmas Bureau to provide gifts for those in need. Please help by visiting the tree in the Fellowship Hall. Take a tag, buy the gift, and return the gift to the tree by December 15th.  
Questions - contact 
Faith Development     
Here's what you need to know this week!

We have only one service at 11 AM this week as we hold our annual holiday pageant worship. At 9:30, the choir is hosting a pancake breakfast fundraiser. Come early, have some breakfast and join us for worship. There will be nursery care only today. We encourage all preschool ages and up to attend the active worship service.
The next two Sundays we will have activities for elementary through High School ages.
December 22: Holiday Crafts
December 29: Labyrinth Walk
Adults programming will resume in January with a five-week series, The Corruption of Our Democracy. If you are interested in helping facilitate this series, please sign up here. 
Are you a new member of Live Oak? Interested in participating in a small group designed especially for you? You can read more about it  here, including the link to sign up for the groups. The first group begins in January and there is still room. The goal is to offer these six-session groups three times during the year, so if the first group fills or the timing doesn't work for you this fall, we will keep your name on the list for the next offering.
??? - Contact Carrie Krause,
In the Community
UBarU Camp & Retreat Center Upcoming Events:
Upcoming events at UBarU Camp & Retreat Center:
Winter Family Camp Dec 27-30 featuring Rev. Skwarek as the chaplain
Weekend includes winter holiday activities, break out sessions for adults and kids as well as multi-generational times.  Fun, campfires, games, food, rest and a chance to celebrate some winter holidays together with folks at camp!
Early bird registration $160.00 before 1 December &  $185.00
after for adults & kids 13+ years. Kids just $90 (ages 5-12 years) or free, if 4 years and younger.   
Fiber Arts weekend  Feb 14-17, 2020 
Our 4th Annual Fiber Arts weekend is coming-Valentine's Day to Monday, President's Day to offer more time for sharing, working on your projects, relaxing and enjoying time with each other.  (Although there is a 2 day option if that works better for you).  
Information and registration also available at 
For more information on all events and to register, visit and look under "events."
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