March 9, 2020
This Week
This Week   
Sunday, March 15 at 9:00am & 11:00am  
Interdependence in the Time of Covid-19
Rev. Joanna Fontaine Crawford 
Share the Plate:       
We Share the Plate this month with SAFE: Stop Abuse for Everyone.   
The SAFE Alliance exists to stop abuse for everyone by serving the survivors of child abuse, sexual assault and exploitation, and domestic violence. We are dedicated to ending violence through prevention, advocacy, and comprehensive services for individuals, families, and communities that have been affected by abuse.
February Share the Plate total: $1119.94
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 Fresh Food for All Team.  Please be sure to stop by the Love Notes box and show your love!   
A Few Words from the Minister...
Church in the Time of Covid-19
As you have probably read by now, we're changing how we do church for a while, in an effort to reduce the spread of Covid-19.  Read more
A Few Words from the President...
Adjustments Live Oak UU Church is Making to Help 
Prevent  Further Spread of COVID-19 
and plans we are putting into place to stay connected as a beloved community:  read more 
Special Notices
Special Policy Committee Meeting
The Live Oak Board has called a  Special Meeting  
Sunday, March 15th at 10:15am
Purpose: to discuss and put in place special actions in light of health considerations during coronavirus pandemic.
Location: room 106 or zoom meeting:

Geo Groups. Are You in One?  
We're in the process of creating "Geo Groups" of Live Oak members -- mapping out where everyone lives, then creating groups of people who live in the same geographic area.  Read more 
Sack Lunch with the Minister Goes Virtual 
Beginning March 18, Sack Lunch with the Minister will be virtual instead of in person.  Watch for instructions on how to connect. 
Worldwide Healthcare Comparison 
The Everyday Relationships Women's Covenant Group has been busy!  One member said she'd like to know more about the health care systems models in other countries as we prepare for upcoming elections. So we took the topic and ran with it. We analyzed nine countries' healthcare systems' flaws and successes.   We'd like to share the chart we created.  
Note: These are for informational purposes only. If you look at two web sites, you'll likely get two slightly different numbers, dollars spent or required, and so on.
One Labyrinth Workday, Many Labyrinth Walks
The labyrinth requires very little maintenance, and yet we've learned in the past that if don't we don't remove the little grass that there is in the Spring, we won't be able to walk it in August. It's one of those ounce of prevent things. It is, after all, a stone labyrinth, and mowing it is a big pain. (Trust us, we've tried!)

Having said that, this Saturday, March 14th, from 10 AM to noon, we'll have a labyrinth work day to remove grass from the path, and to cut back the branches that have grown into the outer circuit.

Looking at the weather forecast, at this point the rain is forecast for the afternoon, so we should be good, but use your own judgement. If we have to cancel, then we'll reschedule.

Be sure to bring work gloves and a knee pad if you have one. You can bring a leaf rake if you have one, but we've discovered in the path that just pulling the weeds by hand works the best.

If you have any questions, please write
Hope you can join us! 
Mike Schultz
Labyrinth Birthday Walk
Sunday, March 22 
Our labyrinth is 16 years old on the Spring Equinox. We invite you to celebrate by walking the labyrinth anytime you are at church. As we walk, we appreciate the greening of the Earth, and we can see this new growth as a reflection of our own renewal. For more information: 
Children's Choir call for Easter
They make every holiday better!
This Easter, Kiya Heartwood tells me the sermon will reveal that Jesus was a singer! That makes perfect sense to me. And what better way to celebrate than to have any children, youth, and treble singers come together to sing "Morning Has Broken"! Recordings are widely available online, and it is #38 in our hymnal. Who is interested? We will find time to practice, but one will do it. Contact me (Rebecca) at or pull me aside at church.  
Policy Committee Meeting
The Policy Committee will be having a regular business meeting on Sunday, March 29 at 1:00 PM. The meeting is open to all members of the congregation.  
Get acquainted with Live Oak's newest members
Elena Espinosa can be found tutoring students in our ESL Program.  Meet Ele

Susan Weatherford when she not on a rafting trip she enjoys our Live Oak community.  Meet Susan 
Performing Preventative Plumbing
"Acting is not an important job in the scheme of things. Plumbing is." 
- Spencer Tracy

Your Buildings and Grounds team recently replaced several internal and external plumbing valves, including the main building shutoff near the street. While this was an expensive bill for a fairly invisible asset, it saved us potentially several thousand dollars down the road if there was an issue with the city shutoff.

Live Oak Endowment 
As you might imagine, the Live Oak Endowment has been adversely affected by the current stomach churning decline in the stock market.  A re-balancing earlier in February from equities to CDs has helped a little. 
The summary table highlights performance over the past 12 months including balances, grants disbursed and investment gains.
There are currently four vacant positions and the Endowment and Nominating Committees are looking for additional members.  Please let us know if you might be interested and/or have any questions.
Wayne McCullough, Andrew Tucker, Jon Durbin
Endowment Committee
Are You Able to Discern When Things are Communicated Unclearly? 
The Executive Team has empowered Edith Waters to create a "Clarity Task Force" to examine how as a church we may communicate more clearly. Those interested, please email Edith. People who may be especially gifted to do this work include those who are neurodivergent, new to Live Oak and Unitarian Universalism, and/or those who know how to write code (because they are accustomed to communicating without the benefit of the vehicle -- computers -- making assumptions).
Calling all ages and acts to perform onstage for friends and family!
The second annual Live Oak Talent Show will take place Saturday, May 2 at 7 pm, with one rehearsal the Sunday before on April 26 in the sanctuary right after church. We need all ages of singers, dancers, musicians of all types, magicians, monologuers, songwriters, unicycle riders, joke-tellers, stand-up comics, gymnasts, and anything else you can think of! Watch this space for more info about when and how to sign up to perform! 
Spring Campout!
The weekend of April 17-19 should be a good time to see wildflowers at Cedar Breaks Park on Lake Georgetown! 
Live Oakers have reserved 15+ campsites so far and there are still a few campsites available that weekend. Members and Live Oak friends alike are welcome. You can make your reservation here.  The park is close enough to come out just for the day if you wish, and stay for our traditional evening potluck and campfire (hopefully no burn ban!). Email, talk to Jen Swan, or see past newsletters for more info on our campouts. Join our Live Oak UU Camping Group on Facebook to ask questions and see pictures of past campouts. 
Have a great potential member? Concerned that someone is struggling to find their place? Contact the Membership Team and we can reach out. Email: 
In the Community
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 for more information
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