March 11, 2021
This Week
March 14, 2021
"Our Year (kind of) Apart"
Rev. Joanna Fontaine Crawford
It has been a year since Covid-19 caused the "life as we know it" to change. During this time, we have experienced sorrow, fear, ingenuity, and expressions of great generosity. Join us for this special service uniting Unitarian Universalist religious professionals around the country as we bear witness to this anniversary and respond with hope.
Rev. Joanna Fontaine Crawford, Live Oak UU Church
Rev. Nathan Ryan, Unitarian Church of Baton Rouge
Rev. Nancy McDonald Ladd, River Road Unitarian Universalist Church
Aisha Hauser, CRE-ML, Church of the Larger Fellowship
Rev. Matthew Crary, Borderlands Unitarian Universalist
Rev. Walter LeFlore, Unitarian Universalist Church of Roanoke
Rev. Pamela Wat, First Unitarian Church of Wilmington
Rev. Darcy Roake, Community Church Unitarian Universalist New Orleans
Rev. Kimberly Quinn Johnson, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the South Fork

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

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

Share the Plate
SAFE: Stop Abuse for Everyone is our March 2021 Share the Plate recipient.
The SAFE Alliance is a merger of Austin Children’s Shelter and SafePlace, both long-standing and respected human service agencies in Austin serving the survivors of child abuse, sexual assault and exploitation, and domestic violence.

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 March will go to the fund.

February recipient: Minister's Discretionary Fund $2750
A Few Words from the Minister
The Last Sunday, a Year Ago
Sunday, March 15, 2020 was the last day I preached from Live Oak's chancel. The next Sunday, our service was held via Zoom, and we began our year of being One Year (kind of) Apart. Read more
A Few Words from the DLFD
Faith Development 3.8 to 3.14.21
The news for this week! Read more
Special Notices
It is with some sadness but support for his spiritual journey that I share that Darius Long is leaving Live Oak in order to find a religious home that better fits his desire for something God-centered. He appreciates the friendships he has made here, and looks forward to staying in touch, though he is withdrawing his membership. We wish him well on his religious path and look forward to hearing where it takes him. -- Rev. Joanna
Women's Labyrinth Group on Zoom
Sunday, March 14, 6:30-9 p.m
We gather for a sharing circle followed by a finger labyrinth walk, as we celebrate the upcoming Spring Equinox, which is also the birthday of our labyrinth (built in 2004). 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 NOTE: Daylight Savings Time begins on March 14.

Live Oak Women's Stitching Circle
C'mon back to the circle!
Live Oak Stitching Circle (crafters welcome!)
Tuesday, March 16th, 7 to 8:30 pm.
We are still meeting via zoom. Check the What's Happening page for the link. What are you working on? There are no judgments in this group - just good conversation and support! Come join us!
Live Oak Church will be distributing food to our neighbors at Fresh Food Friday and need volunteers to help.

* Thursday, March 18th @ 1:00 p.m. to approximately 2:30 p.m. food needs to be separated into smaller quantities for distribution. Meet at Hill Country Community Ministries, 1005 Lacy Dr., Leander, TX 78641

* Friday, March 19th @ 8:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. in the Live Oak parking lot. This is when we distribute the food to our neighbors. Volunteers are needed to set up, direct people to the drive through area, collect client information, and place food in the client’s trunk. You do not need to remain the entire 2 & 1/2 hours.

HCCM has asked for 7 people for each activity. We are asking you to please let us know if you will be able to participate in either activity, so we know if we have enough or too many people.

To RSVP or for any questions please contact Donna Durbin at:

The old stove has been with us since we moved into the building almost 20 years ago, most likely the building was built around it in 1986. And as anything of advanced age, it periodically leaks gas. On windy days, the down draft from the vent system blows out the pilot lights and it is a hazard. Review the Capital Fund Committee and Building & Ground Team meeting minutes to learn about plans to update the church kitchen. Questions? Please contact me. Sue Buckley

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.
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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

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  link

Saturday, March 6 at 11 a.m. Coffee with the Director where we can talk about what is happening at UBarU, hopes/wishes for camp and ourselves registration

April 9-11 Men-aligned Retreat - Details at
April 16-18 Women-aligned Retreat - Details at

Youth Summer camps- dates are based on age of camper
Details at

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