April 28, 2021
This Week
May 2, 2021
"The Paradox of Tolerance"
Rev. Joanna Fontaine Crawford

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) https://link.liveoakuu.org/FellowshipHour

Share the Plate
May's Share the Plate recipient is NAMI of Central Texas. Their mission is to improve the lives of all individuals affected by mental illness through education, support and advocacy programs. They envision a community that addresses mental illness as a health issue and provides the systems, resources and education for all people to achieve recovery.
Founded in 1984, NAMI Central Texas, formerly NAMI Austin, is a member of the largest grassroots mental health organization in the United States, the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Through innovative education, support and advocacy programs, they are changing the way our community addresses mental health. NAMI Central Texas serves Travis, Williamson, Hays, Bastrop, Burnet, and Caldwell counties.
For more information, resources, support or to volunteer, visit their website at https://namicentraltx.org

Go to the Donate link on the Live Oak website’s home page. Use the drop down menu to designate your donation for “Share the Plate”.

March recipient: The Safe Alliance - $470.00
A Few Words from the Minister
Who Does Your Heart Break For?
We know we cannot solve all of the problems. So where do our hearts pull us toward? Read more
A Few Words from the DLFD
Faith Development 4.26 to 5.2.21
Upcoming classes...read more
Special Notices
Bylaws to be Voted on at Congregational Meeting
Here are the revised bylaws that will be voted on at the May 16th Congregational meeting.

World Labyrinth Day
Finger Labyrinth Walk on Zoom
Saturday, May 1, 1 p.m
World Labyrinth Day is sponsored by The Labyrinth Society annually. The focus is “Walk as One at 1” local time on Saturday to create a rolling wave of peaceful energy across the globe. The Labyrinth Team at Live Oak invites you to join us on Zoom with a finger labyrinth walk so that we can participate in this worldwide event. We invite you to bring a short reading, a poem, or a song, and your own wishes for peace. Or you may want to walk the Live Oak Labyrinth at a time convenient to you and send out energy for world peace from our labyrinth during the entire month of May.
For the Zoom link to the May 1 Finger Labyrinth Walk at 1 p.m.—and for a graphic of the Live Oak Labyrinth that you can print—email Linda Webster. You can also find other labyrinth patterns on the Internet that you can download.
It’s Time Texas Legislators Listen to You!

The Environmental Awareness Group met on Thursday and discussed environmental bills that are working their way through Texas legislature. Church members are encouraged to contact their state senators and representatives in support of environmental legislation.

Mark your calendars and plan to join the Live Oak Environmental Awareness Group at our next Meeting May 27th @ 6:30pm. Any questions please contact Chris Mihealsick.
Exploring Membership
Are you interested in learning more about Live Oak? Join me at noon this Sunday at https://link.liveoakuu.org/ExploreMember for our Exploring Membership gathering. In this hourlong zoom gathering, I'll share with you some information about Unitarian Universalism and what it means to be a member of this congregation. Feel free to bring your lunch over to your computer as we chat and get to know each other. -- Rev. Joanna
Last Call for VANCO
There are a few people that haven't changed their electronic payments from VANCO to Breeze. We are going to be cancelling our VANCO service. If you still need to change, please do the following:

  • Go to the VANCO payment page at http://bit.ly/byebyevanco
  • Log in to: see your existing automatic transactions.
  • Follow the on-screen instructions to delete those transactions.
  • Then go to the Breeze online contribution page at https://louu.breezechms.com/give/online
  • Go through the (much simpler) steps to set up your new contribution.

Questions? Email asst-treasurer@liveoakuu.org.

ABE Tutors Needed
Do you want an activity to punctuate your week, give you something to look forward to, help you remember what day it is? Our Adult Basic Education program needs 2 tutors right away. We're getting one student who realizes it's time to get his GED but falls short of the requirements for the Literacy Council Williamson County pre-GED program, and another who didn't learn to read or write properly due to civil war in her home country of Liberia. Our program offers one-on-one lessons to students. Training is provided. If you can spend 1 1/2 hours each week giving an online lesson and about thirty minutes for preparation, this may be just the volunteer opportunity you've been looking for. Contact Kim Ono or Mary Hengstebeck for more information.
Opportunity – help your neighbors learn English on Zoom.
If you have been thinking you might want to help, we invite you to observe some classes.
Getting to know our wonderful students, is a great way to have a positive influence in our community. Our goal is to increase student’s confidence so they can talk with people at stores, their neighbors, their children’s teachers, and health professionals. Our goal is not perfect grammar or perfect pronunciation.
Anyone who wants to teach or assist, will work with current teachers to become familiar with our classroom activities. You determine when and how much you want to participate. Conversation classes are 1.5 hours, and we structure them so that the students are doing 80% of the talking.
If you would like more information, please contact Mary Hengstebeck or 512-983-7009.
Live Oak Seniors' Coffee Hour
Join us for Coffee hour on Thursdays at 10:30am. On the 1st & 3rd week of the month, Rev. Joanna will lead a lively discussion. The other weeks will be an informal gathering. The Zoom link will be on the What's Happening page.
LiveOakUU.org Pages to Visit:
Worship Service & Fellowship Hour: http://www.liveoakuu.org/
Community Outreach & Social Justice: http://www.liveoakuu.org/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 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

Each Friday at 6:30 p.m.   Join us for Friday Fellowship with Rev. Betty. Friday Fellowship includes meditation, readings, homily and discussion. All are welcome! Co-sponsored by UU Free Range Ministry and UBarU Camp & Retreat Center registration

Each Friday at 10 a.m. Friday  Dance as a spiritual practice, for all ages (adults and kids), genders, abilities, and fitness levels. Set an intention for joy, energy, movement, and community. Open to UUs and wider community, led by Community Minister Rev. Erin Walter. Questions or song requests, contact erinjwalter@gmail.com  link

May 28-31 Family Camp  - Details at www.ubaru.org

Youth Summer camps- dates are based on age of camper
Details at www.ubaru.org

Star Party 9/3 - 9/6 Details at www.ubaru.org

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