February 4, 2021
This Week
February 7, 2021
Denazification and Cult Deprogramming Part 2
Rev. Joanna Fontaine Crawford

In the second part of a two-part series, we address the “cult of disorientation,” and how friends and family members can help someone who has been manipulated by a cult. Part 1 of the sermon series can be found here.

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
Make this fund your Valentine
The Minister’s Discretionary Fund is our February 2021 Share the Plate recipient. The fund is a resource Rev. Joanna can use to help members facing an immediate hardship or to respond to others who seek help from our church. The money has gone to such needs as travel to a parent’s funeral, school tuition and Covid-related medical devices.

Go to the Donate link on the Live Oak website’s home page. Use the drop down menu to designate your donation for the “Ministers’ Discretionary Fund.” In addition to those designated donations, half of all undesignated gifts in February will go to the fund.

January recipient: Hill Country Community Ministries $850.00

A Few Words from the Minister
A Letter to Senator Cruz from a Pastor
"As a pastor, I can only imagine the turmoil you are experiencing. I have had people sit in front of me, weeping with guilt because something they did, perhaps out of ignorance or carelessness, has had catastrophic consequences..." read more
A Few Words from the DLFD
Faith Development 2.1 to 2.7.21
Here are this week's updates! Read More

Special Notices
Accepting Nominations for Live Oak Elected Positions
LOUU Board elections are coming up in May
There are openings for treasurer, trustee and nominating committee members.  If you are interested in any of the elected positions, or if you know someone who would serve Live Oak well, please let the nominating committee know: 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 email address above or you may contact any individual member of the Nominating Committee: Mark E. Anderson, Carolyn Dower, Becky McPherson, Julia Mitschke, or Sanjiv Sarwate.

Justice Ministry and the Texas Legislature
Finding the bills we want passed, looking for partner organizations
Report on TXUUJM
We are looking for Texas Legislature bills in these five categories that we want to support or oppose:
1. Racial Justice
2. Environmental Justice
3. Healthcare Access
4. Economic Justice
5. Voting Rights

I checked on my Texas representative and senator then looked up what bills they have proposed. If you want to do the same I can send you instructions on how to do that.

TXUUJM is looking to partner with organizations that will also be pushing the same positive bills.

So, if you know of any bills in these areas or have ideas for organization with which we could partner, please let us know.
You can reach Carmen or Darius at this address: texasuujusticeministry@liveoakuu.org
Exploring Membership
Interested in becoming a member of Live Oak? Or just getting some more information about us? Join the Zoom meeting on Sunday at 12:00. The link will be on the What's Happening Page.

Spread The Love 2021 Project
Volunteer to donate items of love to your fellow LOUU's! And get your own on 02/13/2021!
It’s be a long year, and we’ve all been through a lot. To help lighten spirits and remind everyone that we’re all in this together the Fun and Fellowship team is do a “Bag of Love” event for all households! Read more

Thank You!
Hella Holoubek, Ray & Becky McPherson, Sue Buckley, and Wayne Gregory, for moving a pile of dirt to solve a drainage problem outside the Fellowship Hall. It takes many tasks like this to maintain our beautiful building and grounds.
A special thanks from YE Olde Sexton, Tim
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.
Got a Shot of Your Shot?
This vaccine is amazing - if I could, I'd be ringing a church bell every time someone in the congregation got theirs! In lieu of that -- when you get the vaccine, would you send me a photo? It can be a photo of you getting the shot, or smiling afterward, or even just a shot of the bandaid on your arm. These photos will probably be used in a future worship video. Send to: minister@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
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

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