November 5, 2020
This Week
November 8th at 10:00am
Schrödinger's Sermon
Rev. Joanna Fontaine Crawford
It’s the Sunday after the election. What comes next?

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
Resolve to Share the Plate this month
Help bring more Live Oakers into this world!

Our November Share the Plate community partner is Resolve: The National Infertility Association. Resolve helps provide access to infertility care, insurance coverage, support, education, and awareness for infertility. Reproductive medicine is a new and constantly changing field, and insurance companies haven’t caught up to providing equal access to the care that thousands of hopeful parents need.

When we think of access to “reproductive choice,” we often think of Planned Parenthood and comprehensive sex education; however, there is another gap that needs to be filled. Black women are twice as likely to have infertility and are less likely to seek treatment. In fact, 15% of all women who pursue IVF (in vitro fertilization) live below the poverty line. Resolve is actively working to provide equal access by lobbying for infertility coverage, medical care, and education.

As you may have heard, the newest member of our congregation was born this week. Baby Willow was the result of nine years of waiting, four years of fertility treatment, three rounds of IVF, and the compassion of one gestational carrier to bring her into this world. We ask you to please give generously in her name. So many families are waiting for their rainbow baby, and Resolve is how you can help give them a voice.

October Recipient - The Breast Cancer Resource Center $428.39
A Few Words from the Minister
When you're hit with a crisis
Where uncertainty fills the room
Like a giant balloon leaving
Little space for anything else... Read more
A Few Words from the DLFD
(Director of Lifespan Faith Development)
The Longest Week of the Longest Year
A long week in what has felt like the longest year of my life... read more
A Few Words from the Music Director
Online Choir Membership
Sing In the Holidays with more

Special Notices
Faith Development 11.2.20 to 11.8.20
Faith Development Updates...Read more

Live Oak Members Speak Up for
Live Oak members of all ages attended the October 22 meeting of the Leander ISD school board meeting to voice their support for non-discrimination language to be added to LISD's policies. A teacher responded. Read more

Calling All Inventers, Crafters and Artists
The Advent Boxes task force is planning out special holiday boxes that will go to every household at Live Oak, and your help is needed. Can you create ~100 of your art? Maybe you produce things on your 3-D printer, or can do calligraphy, or can knit potholders. Let us know your skill, and we may ask for your help. Email and I'll pass your offer on to the team.

Women's Labyrinth Group on Zoom
Sunday, November 8, 6:30-9 p.m.
Join us for a finger labyrinth walk as we remember our ancestors and our beloved family, friends and pets who have died. We will tell their stories and share our memories and photos. 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. If you need a copy of the Live Oak Labyrinth graphic and/or the Zoom link, contact: Linda Webster
Endowment Committee Meeting
Final grant review and recommendation
The Live Oak UU Church Outreach Endowment Committee will meet (via Zoom) on Monday, November 9 at 7:00 p.m. for a final review and recommendation of grants to fund for this year. This is an open meeting. If interested, please contact for the link to the meeting.

Honor Your Furry Friends
Help our garden grow!

The LOUU pet memorial garden is back on track with some covid-style adjustments. On Nov 8th, the high schoolers of Live Oak will be (socially distantly) painting bricks to honor your loved furry friends who have passed over the Rainbow Bridge. If you would like your pet(s) memorialized, please email my mom at with your pet’s name and any personalized message you would like included on the brick. It’s just a standard-sized brick so be mindful of space limitations.

These bricks will be along the rim of the garden and once installed, you will also be able to add your own bricks or other memorials, and/or your pet’s remains.

Get these messages to my mom by Nov 7th so we can have them painted on the 8th. Bricks are painted in primary colors and the writing will be in black.

Keegan Sarwate
Friend Celebration of Our Holiday Arts
Halloween is done, more festivities to come!
Thanks to everyone who sent in photos of their children's Halloween costumes for our postlude last Sunday! Those pictures from you all really "make" our videos. Read More

Live Oak Has a New Phone Number
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 Pages to Visit:
Worship Service & Fellowship Hour: for
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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