December 3, 2020
This Week
December 6th at 10:00am
Living Advent
Rev. Joanna Fontaine Crawford
Advent has traditionally been a time of waiting and preparation. This year, our holiday has many limitations because of covid. As we live on the continuum of grief and celebration this year, what might a period of advent, of joyful anticipation and spiritual preparation look like for you?

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

Worship, 10:00 am. Link:

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

Share the Plate
Share-The-Plate for Health!
Let’s be kind to the Kind Clinic

Our December Share the Plate community partner is Kind Clinic. Kind Clinic was founded with the vision of providing sexual wellness and health for all, regardless of race, creed, gender, or sexual orientation, without judgment or stigma. This month, all designated "share the plate" donations, and half of all undesignated donations, will be given to Kind Clinic.

October Recipient - Resolve $609.39
A Few Words from the Minister
What Are You Really Trying to Buy?
I've talked before about my misadventures in trying to buy something that isn't really for sale... read more
A Few Words from the DLFD
Waiting for the New Year
I hope you find moments of quiet as the days shorten and the darkness and cold envelop us. Read more
Special Notices
Faith Development 11.30 to 12.6.20
Here's what you need to know this week... read more

Budget Preview Meeting
December 6th during Fellowship Time
This will be an optional Zoom room for those that want to know more about the proposed 2021 budget. The link will be on the What's Happening page.

Blue Christmas Vespers
Thursday, December 10, 6pm
This has been a difficult year, full of loss, and this holiday season will be different than in years past. Please join us on zoom for this interactive service as we open a space for feelings of grief and loss, and a time for reflection. Visit the What's Happening page for the link.

Exploring Membership Workshop
December 6, 12:00pm
Exploring Membership is an interactive workshop, currently on Zoom, for anyone interested in learning more about church membership. The Zoom meetings are an hour or less, the first step in becoming a member. Attending an Exploring Membership Workshop does not commit anyone to membership, so please come if you are curious. Visit the What's Happening page for the link.
Live Oak UU Justice Ministry
Bending the Arc
Live Oak is at the start of a three-part process to bring more focus to justice ministry within the church. The goal is to create a permanent platform within the church to open more paths for members put their UU religious values into action.
Step One Live Oak recently joined 34 other UU congregations who are members of Texas Unitarian Universalist Justice Ministry (TXUUJM). Read more

Your Help Needed:
Film a brief video of you and anyone else in your home giving a holiday greeting (Merry Christmas, Happy Yule, whatever holiday(s) you celebrate) and send it to Carrie Krause, no later than 12/14/20. Thanks!
Tips: Turn phone sideways, leave a little bit of silence at beginning and end of video (about 5 seconds on each side)

The Mitten Tree is Back
Donations will be handled differently, but there are several ways you can participate without leaving your house!

Semi-Annual Congregation Meeting & Special Meeting Called by the Board of Trustees
Meetings will be back-to-back online with Zoom beginning at 11:00am on December 13. A quorum is required. The Congregational Meeting will primarily focus on reviewing and voting on the proposed 2021 budget. A Special Meeting is called to discuss and vote on the movement of funds to enable balancing the 2021 budget. Meeting link, agenda, and a proxy ballot form will be available here
Share the Plate Nominations
Now is your chance to say where our money goes!
The share-the-plate team is in need of your help. Starting now and going through the whole month of November, you may nominate any 501(c)3-designated organization to be a S-t-P partner for 2021. Fill out this form by December 1 and the team will make final decisions by the end of the year. You may submit as many organizations as you would like, as long as they 1. uphold our UU values and 2. have a 501(c)3 number. Include as much information about the organization as possible so we can know why their mission matters to you.

Change your automatic donation
Changing your automated pledge contribution to our new church management system makes giving a breeze! If you've struggled with donating money electronically to Live Oak, this news is for you.

Live Oak is saying goodbye to VANCO's complicated donation screens and adopting Breeze, which will make pledge and other church contributions easier. The assistant treasurers are asking all Live Oak contributors who contribute through VANCO to transition to Breeze by January 1 at the latest. Read more
Live Oak Has a New Phone Number
737-240-3345 Pages to Visit:
Worship Service & Fellowship Hour: for
Community Outreach & Social Justice:
In the Community
UBarU Camp & Retreat Center is offering e-events to help you connect with camp and with each other. All the details are at 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

UBarU Winter Family Camp December 31, 2020 thru January 2, 2021   
Weekend includes winter holiday activities, games, and multi-generational times.
 Fun, campfires, rest and a chance to celebrate some winter holidays
together with folks at camp! Physical distancing, masks and other COVID
accommodations are expected of all participants and staff. Event is limited to
7 family/quaran-team units in cottages and Suites. Tent campers and/or use of
personal campers in encouraged for a limited number of groups.
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