February 7, 2020
This Week
This Week   
Sunday, February 9 at 9:00am & 11:00am 
The Secret Codes in Music 
Kiya Heartwood 
Share the Plate:       
Your Donation Makes Their Lunch (Count)
We Share the Plate this month with LunchCounts!, a local organization started by a student at St. Andrews, dedicated to paying off school lunch debt in Austin, Pflugerville and Del Valle ISS schools. All month long, half of all cash donations and all StP-designated checks will be donated to LunchCounts!
January Share the Plate total: $1687.20
Hill Country Community Ministries 
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.  January love notes will be for our Nominating Committee.  Please be sure to stop by the Love Notes box and show your love!   
A Few Words from the Minister...
Locally Relevant
February 2020: connecting with our neighbors. Read more 
A Few Words from the DLFD...
(Director of Lifespan Faith Development)
Articulating Your UU Faith
Are you comfortable talking about what it means to be a Unitarian Universalist?  Read more 
Special Notices
Office Closed 
Due to a family emergency, the office will be closed until February 17th.  Diane will be checking voice mail and email during this time.
Policy & Endowment Team Meeting 
The Policy Committee & Endowment Team meeting scheduled for Saturday has been postponed. Watch for an announcement about a new date.  
Music at Live Oak - Spring 2020 
Looking for (musical) play dates?  
At our recent Music Team meeting, it was decided that we would try to get more of our own (members and friends) up on stage doing music. Although hiring professional musicians is a wonderful change once in a while, there is nothing like being up there playing with and for your own community. Even very simple music can add to the service. It takes courage, but it really is a gift to the congregation. You may last have played your horn or violin in high school. You may have sung in the high school choir but you can't commit to the Live Oak choir. That's OK! If you are willing to do a little work remembering how to play (or sing), along with others, it can be very rewarding, and who knows where it might lead.
Here is a link for signing up on our list. If you would like to comment about it, there is a space for that too. I think we have many amateur musicians in our congregation that might enjoy trying something new! Thanks in advance!
- Rebecca Maze
Fed and Informed Brunch  
February 16 at 10:00am 
All of you are cordially invited to Live Oak UU's Spring Fed and Informed Brunch. Whether you go to Live Oak UU every Sunday, or if you pick and choose your sermons, this is a great time to hear from all our teams and see what fun activities and chances for fellowship are up and coming in the next few months! 
This Fed and Informed Brunch will be held between the services.  Religious Education (RE) will not be held that day so that students and teachers may attend! 
We need all the help we can get in making this happen. Let's make sure members and guests alike leave with a full tummy by volunteering to bring a dish to share. Please sign up here. 
If you have any questions about the food, ask Alyssa Goss.   
Q uestions about the program should be directed to the Executive Team.

Chalice Pathways and Memorial Garden  
Live Oak is so fortunate to have beautiful space behind the church building, it is much like having our own park. With spring fast approaching take a walk out back, breath deeply and enjoy this piece of nature. In our 'park' there is the chalice circle which is available for life's celebrations holding up to 110 people. Just down the path from the chalice circle is a grove of oaks with wild flowers called the 'memorial garden'. This is a place for sprinkling and burial of ashes and placing a memorial marker to honor a loved one. This peaceful garden is available for members of Live Oak and the general public at a modest cost. Also in the planning stage by one of Live Oak's forward thinking teens is a corner of our garden for pet ashes and remains, please no St. Bernards. If you would like more information, check out our web page or email chalicepathways@liveoakuu.org 
Your Capital Campaign Dollars at Work! 
Four new water fountains are being installed this week.  Some of them will have a bottle filler spigot.
Women's Labyrinth Group 
Sunday, February 9, 6:30-9 p.m in Library  
Women's Labyrinth Group (Room 103); We gather for a sharing circle followed by a labyrinth walk, focusing on the Celtic Goddess Brigid-Her Holy Well and Sacred Flame for healing, creativity, transformation, and courage. Linda will share Brigid's fire, which she received from a friend who visited Brigid's sacred sites in Kildare, Ireland. Feel free to bring a song, poem or short reading to share with the group or maybe something you've created. The group is open to women high school age and older. Contact: Linda Webster 
Live Oak Men Gather  
The Live Oak Men's Group will be meeting Tuesday, February 11, 2020 at 7pm Tuesday in the church Library. Please join this informal discussion. Visit for more information 
Building and Grounds Team Meeting 
The Buildings and Grounds Team meeting is scheduled for 7pm Monday, February 10th, in room 106. Please attend personally or via zoom at https://zoom.us/j/539282429. 
  Report on Meeting with the Architect
Gary Shaw, has been working on drawings and plans and he recently met with members of the Capital Fund Committee and members of the church. The final recommendations will be presented to the congregation for approval. In the mean time, a lot of questions are being answered. You are encouraged to read the report and direct questions to members of the Capital Fund Committee. capitalfund@liveoakuu.org
Accepting Nominations for LOUU Elected Positions 
LOUU elections coming up in May - let us know if you have a great nominee! 
If you are interested in any of the elected positions, or if you know someone who would serve Live Oak well, please email nominating@liveoakuu.org. If you have questions, the Nominating Committee encourages you to read the Bylaws or contact any member of the Nominating Committee for more information. You may use the nominating@liveoakuu.org email address or you may contact any individual member of the Nominating Committee: Barbara Coldiron, Sanjiv Sarwate, Carolyn Dower, Julia Mitschke, or Becca Russell.
Got a Taste for Worship?  
Are you interested in meeting guest preachers, ensuring the smooth flow of worship, and working with Rev. Joanna to craft fulfilling worship services? If so, email her at minister@liveoakuu.org and let her know you're interested in learning more about the new "Vergers Team" that is being created. (This is separate from being a worship leader, though you can also do both.)
One - on - One Tutors Needed
Do you want the chance to get to know someone and help them at the same time?
The Adult Basic Education program needs two or more tutors in our Leander Library location. Tutors meet weekly with their student, helping them with reading comprehension, writing, and sometimes math. Please contact Kim Ono biwabiwa@austin.rr.com or Mary Hengstebeck 512-983-7009 for more information.
Company's Coming to Live Oak - Hosts Needed!
Company's coming! On Thursday, Feb. 20, Live Oak will be hosting the iAct interfaith "Red Bench" event at 6:30 pm. Time to show all those folks how UUs do hospitality! Can you contribute a soup, casserole, or salad? Can you help with set up or cleanup? Please let Rev. Joanna know! minister@liveoakuu.org
Have You Heard?
Have you heard about Live Oak campouts? 
Live Oak has campouts twice a year (spring, fall) and all members and friends are welcome! This spring we're camping at Cedar Breaks Park on Lake Georgetown the weekend of April 17-19. You can make your reservations here
If you're thinking you'd like to try camping but have never done it before or haven't in a long time, talk to some of the folks who go on the campouts regularly. Read more  
Have a great potential member? Concerned that someone is struggling to find their place? Contact the Membership Team and we can reach out. Email: membership@liveoakuu.org 
Faith Development     
Here's what you need to know this week!
This Sunday you are encouraged to join the all-ages activity in the Fellowship Hall. We will gather between services, at 10 AM, to create valentines for our neighbors at the senior care center next door.

Adults are invited to register for the upcoming Articulating Your UU Faith workshop on Saturday, February 22, from 9-5. Please see the description on the adult learning page and complete the form to participate.

On February 23rd, adults can participate in an Advocacy 101 session led by Carolyn Dower. This is a regular drop-in class. You might also consider reading more about the upcoming  UU 101 class which begins in March.

Our Whole Lives (OWL) for 4th and 5th grades class is full. All families who are participating have received an informational email. Please remember to attend the Parent/Child Orientation this Sunday, Feb. 9, at noon. Don't forget to let Carrie know if you need childcare for siblings during the Parent/Child Orientation.

OWL: Feb 9 (Parent/Child Orientation), Feb 23, Mar 1, Mar 8, Mar 22, Mar 29, Apr 5, Apr 19, Apr 26, May 3, May 24

In the Community
2020 Camp UU Hogwarts Summer Camp
Registration opens Friday, February 28
From July 27th-31st, 2020, we continue the annual tradition of transforming First UU of Austin into a magical castle of fun and adventure. Students will have the opportunity to play Quidditch and Wizard Chess, as well as pursue studies of Herbology, Potions, Magical Creatures, and more! Most importantly we relate our UU values and traditions to the rich story of bravery and loyalty and love in the Harry Potter series our classes in Defense Against the Dark Arts and by learning about social justice and service in Muggle Studies. Registration will open Friday, February 28 for members of all Austin area UU churches and returning campers. Registration will open to the public on Friday, March 6, 2020. We welcome campers (rising 1st-6th grade), junior prefects (rising 7th-9th grade), and senior prefects (rising 10th-12th grades) for the full-day camp. Info here.  
UBarU Upcoming Retreats & Camps
Men-Aligned Retreat March 27-29
Spiritual Practices Retreat April 3-5
Women-Aligned Retreat April 17-19
Writer's Weekend May 1-3
Family Camp May 22-25
Summer Youth camps June & July (based on age)
Visit UBarU.org for more information
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If you have any questions or comments about this Newsletter please email: editor@liveoakuu.org