January 14, 2021
This Week
January 17, 2021
Content of Character
Rev. Joanna Fontaine Crawford
The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King famously shared his dream where his children would live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. In 2021, what does “character” mean?

Join us for Worship at 10:00am: the link will be on the Live Oak homepage: www.liveoakuu.org

Join us for Fellowship Time immediately following the service (approx. 10:45/11:00)

Share the Plate
Don’t Just Share the Plate; Fill Their Plate, Too
Share-the-Plate with our annual partner
Our January 2021 Share the Plate community partner is Hill Country Community Ministries. HCCM is a coalition of churches assisted by area businesses, civic organizations, service clubs and concerned individuals that provides food, clothing and other assistance for people in crisis and those living in poverty in southwest Williamson and northwest Travis counties. HCCM also spearheads Live Oak’s monthly signature project, Fresh Food for All, which brings fresh produce and other perishables to our community. This month, all designated "share the plate" donations, and half of all undesignated donations, will be given to HCCM.

A Few Words from the Minister
No Expectations, Bad and Good
I expected some post-holiday blues. But there was so much I didn't expect. Read more
A Few Words from the DLFD

A Stuffie Slumber Party
We are having a party and your stuffie is invited! Read more

Special Notices
Faith Development 1.411 to 1.17.21
The latest in Faith Development... read more
Share the Plate Recipients for 2021
These are the organizations that we'll be Sharing the Plate with this year:

  • January - Hill Country Community Ministries
  • February - Minister's Discretionary Fund
  • March - SAFE: Stop Abuse For Everyone
  • April - RIP Medical Debt
  • May - NAMI Central Texas - National Alliance on Mental Health
  • June - Texas Critter Crusaders
  • July - UBARU
  • August - Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas
  • September - Anti-Defamation League
  • October - Camp Kesem
  • November - Round Rock Area Serving Center
  • December- Minister's Discretionary Fund
November Policy Committee Meeting Draft Minutes
Minutes available from Policy Committee

Policy Committee Meeting Sunday
The Policy Committee will be meeting this Sunday 1-3 PM to discuss these items, including bylaws change suggestions to articles 1-4. All are welcome to attend this open meeting via the link on the What's Happening page.
At long last, thanks to the generosity of our Live Oak members and friends, we met our funding target to proceed with a vote on building an elevator! Plan on attending the special congregational meeting January 31 after the service for a celebration, presentation, and vote on the project proposal. More details and materials to come.
Women's Labyrinth Walk Rescheduled
We have rescheduled our monthly finger labyrinth walk and sharing circle for Sunday evening, January 17, 6:30 p.m. on Zoom.

Each time we gather, we have a sharing circle followed by a finger labyrinth walk. This time, we are focusing on our hopes and visions for 2021, including Tarot insights. No Tarot experience is necessary. The group is open to women high school age and older. The Zoom link with be sent via email for those who are on the email list for the Women’s Labyrinth Group, as well as more information about the Tarot Year card. If you need a copy of the Live Oak Labyrinth graphic and/or the Zoom link, contact: Linda Webster
Social Justice and Community Outreach Ministries
2021 Social Justice and Community Outreach Ministry at Live Oak. Where are we? Where are we going? How do we get there? Where we are. Read more
The Live Oak Book Worms will meet on Zoom on Wednesday, Jan. 20 at 7:15 pm to talk about Erin Morgenstar‘s STARLESS SEA. Come and join our discussion. New members are always welcome.

Live Oak Church will be distributing food to our neighbors at Fresh Food Friday and need volunteers to help.

* Friday, January 15th @ 8:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. in the Live Oak parking lot. This is when we distribute the food to our neighbors. Volunteers are needed to set up, direct people to the drive through area, collect client information, and place food in the client’s trunk. You do not need to remain the entire 2 & 1/2 hours.

HCCM has asked for 7 people for each activity. We are asking you to please let us know if you will be able to participate in either activity, so we know if we have enough or too many people.

To RSVP or for any questions please contact Donna Durbin at: HCCM@liveoakuu.org
LiveOakUU.org Pages to Visit:
Worship Service & Fellowship Hour: http://www.liveoakuu.org/ for
Community Outreach & Social Justice: http://www.liveoakuu.org/justice/
In the Community

Streaming Concert Tickets Benefitting the Austin Sanctuary Network and our friends Hilda, Ivan and Alirio!

Join us for an evening of transcendent music by singer-songwriter Carrie Newcomer, and part of the proceeds will benefit asylum-seekers Hilda and Ivan Ramirez and Alirio Gamez who are fighting their deportations back to the countries where they fled violence.
***Austin Sanctuary Network will receive net 30% of proceeds from tickets purchased through THIS LINK specifically

Carrie Newcomer, who has hosted benefit concerts for ASN for several years, has been called a “Prairie Mystic” by the Boston Globe, a “soaring songstress” by Billboard and was described as having “a voice as rich as Godiva chocolate” by the Austin American Statesman.

UBarU Camp & Retreat Center is offering e-events to help you connect with camp and with each other. All the details are at http://ubaru.org/home/e-events. The cottages are available for personal and family get-aways. Just send me an email and we can confirm plans. Details about rates and accommodations

We will have a UBarU Zoom presentation on "Archeology in Texas: Institutions, Organizations, Site Types and Work, and A Featured New Kerr County Paleoindian Site." Tuesday January 12th, 7 pm. This is directly relevant to UBarU, as the Paleoindian site to be discussed is not far south of UBarU on the Guadalupe River. We believe pre-historic peoples frequented what is now UBarU at least seasonally for hunting and gathering chert for tool making. Please go to the E-events page at UBarU.org for additional detail on this presentation by a Texas Archeological Steward and the registration link.

The deadline for the weekly e-newsletter and the Sunday announcements is midnight on Tuesday. The submission form can be found here
If you have any questions or comments about this Newsletter please email: editor@liveoakuu.org