March 5, 2020
This Week

This Week   
Sunday, March 8 at 9:00am & 11:00am  
Voyage of St. Brendan
Kiya Heartwood
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...
More Elections!
One of the very positive things to have happened over the last three years has been a resurgence of interest in civic responsibility and elections of all types.  Read more  
A Few Words from the DLFD...
(Director of Lifespan Faith Development)
I had an 'aha' moment where I noticed the lack of tension in my body... read more
Special Notices
Buildings and Grounds Team Meeting
The Buildings and Grounds Team meeting is scheduled for 7pm Monday, March 9th in room 106. Please attend personally or via zoom at
Women's Labyrinth Group
Sunday, March 8, 6:30-9 pm in the Library 
We gather for a sharing circle followed by a labyrinth walk. Please join us as we walk the twists and turns of our lives and support each other along the path-the path that "calls us from the center of who we are and who we long to be." The group is open to women high school age and older. Contact: Linda Webster.
Live Oak Men Gather 
The Live Oak Men's Group will be meeting Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at 7pm Tuesday in the church Library. Please join this informal discussion. More information 
Labyrinth Workday and 16th Birthday of Our Labyrinth
Save the dates:  
March 14 (Saturday), 10 a.m.-12 noon for the Labyrinth Workday
March 22 (Sunday) for the Birthday Party for Our Labyrinth (built in 2004) 
The Labyrinth Team will provide the birthday cake. We invite you to the the labyrinth in gratitude and celebration. 
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.  
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 at 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).
Photographers Needed!
We are looking for community members with photography skills to donate their time at the Children's Dedication Service. 
Photographers are needed to take pictures of children and their families at the Children's Dedication Ceremony on March 29th. This is a special day for new families and new family members, and we are hoping to provide them with a lasting memory. All photos will be given completely free of charge, with payment being smiles of gratitude. Anyone interested will need to have their own equipment and be available from 10:30am to 12:30am on March 29th.

We know we have some fantastically talented folks in the community and know you will help make some beautiful memories!  If you have any questions 
or wish to volunteer please contact Michele Olivier.
Worried about COVID-19?
News about coronavirus may have you alarmed, and wondering how our church will respond.   Read more 
Travis Audubon Baker Sanctuary Tour
Bird Watchers' Guided Tour! 
Calling all bird lovers and others: Interested in a personal tour of the Travis Audubon Baker Sanctuary?
Chris Murray, who spoke at LOUU a few months ago, is offering a guided tour to LOUU members as a thank you for our Share the Plate contributions.  We are limited to 20 people so please RSVP to, or on the LOUU Interests and Events Facebook page. Sunday, April 5 at 4 pm. The tour will be 1-2 miles and will include some unsteady terrain. The address is 12308 Lime Creek Rd in Leander.
Baby/Child Dedication Sunday, March 29 
On Sunday, March 29, we will have a baby/child dedication during the morning worship services. If you are interested in having your child participate, please send an email to More information about this ceremony.  
Live Oak Talent Show May 2
Thanks to those who already volunteered help, but more is needed.
Before Fed & Informed was over on Feb 16, 2 people had volunteered to help: one to do the posters and one to run sound and lights! A few more people are needed: 1) to create and manage online and paper sign-up sheets, 2) stage manager (for rehearsal April 26 as well as the show May 2) to help move people and equipment on and off the stage, 3) an emcee. If you're looking for a way to get involved in the church and to meet more people, consider one of these volunteer opportunities. For more info about what these might entail, see Jen Swan. Thanks! 
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: 
Faith Development     
Here's what you need to know this week!
The month of March we are focused on our 7th UU principle in our elementary-High School classes. This Sunday we consider how our actions impact our earth and where we can change habits to slow climate change.

Adults are invited to join Rev. Betty for a class on Unitarianism. That class begins at 10 AM in room 109. You might also consider reading more about the following Sundays, all part of our UU 101  class this month. In addition, Carrie will lead an intro Spiritual Practices session from 12:15 - 1:45 in room 109. You can read more about this offering on the learning pages or in the DLFD article found here.

New dates for the Undoing Racism Chalice Circle. Please read more about it on the  Adult Learning page and sign up today.

We welcome Ariana and Gracen to our childcare staff. Ariana has been on staff for about a month and this Sunday is Gracen's first day. Stop by and say hello! If you know of someone else looking for part-time employment working with young children on Sunday morning, please have them contact

In the Community
2020 Camp UU Hogwarts Summer Camp
Registration opens Friday, February 28
From July 27th-31st, 2020, we continue the annual tradition of transforming First UU of Austin into a magical castle of fun and adventure. Students will have the opportunity to play Quidditch and Wizard Chess, as well as pursue studies of Herbology, Potions, Magical Creatures, and more! Most importantly we relate our UU values and traditions to the rich story of bravery and loyalty and love in the Harry Potter series our classes in Defense Against the Dark Arts and by learning about social justice and service in Muggle Studies. Registration will open Friday, February 28 for members of all Austin area UU churches and returning campers. Registration will open to the public on Friday, March 6, 2020. We welcome campers (rising 1st-6th grade), junior prefects (rising 7th-9th grade), and senior prefects (rising 10th-12th grades) for the full-day camp. Info here.  
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)
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