May 13, 2021
This Week
May 16, 2021
The Freedom Boundaries Give Us
Rev. Joanna Fontaine Crawford
The word "freedom" has been claimed this past year as a justification for doing as one wishes. But is that really freedom? 

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

No Fellowship Hour this week. Join us for the Congregation Meeting. Details below.

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

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
Dear Live Oak, I'm Worried

Dear Live Oak, I’m going to get real, and blunt. I’m worried about the parents in our congregation. They are NOT okay. Read more
A Few Words from the DLFD
Faith Development 5.10 to 5.16.21
Please note this is a repeat... read more
Special Notices
Live Oak Unitarian Universalist Church
Semi-Annual Congregational Meeting Notice
Sunday, May 16, 2021 at 11am on Zoom
The major agenda items are: the election of board and church officers, trustees, and members of the Nominating Committee; amendments to our church bylaws; and a status update on the Capital Projects. 
Detailed information about the meeting and the voting process (and changes to the agenda, if any) can be found here.

The Zoom link will be on the What’s Happening page
All members are encouraged to attend.

Proposed Slate of Officers
Here is the Slate of Officers that will be voted on at the May 16th Congregational Meeting:
  • President: CT Goss
  • Vice President: Amy Dark
  • Treasurer: Nominating is still seeking a candidate / will accept nominations from the floor
  • Secretary: Liz Waters
  • Trustee: Karen Santhanam and Julia Mitschke
  • Assistant Treasurer: Nick Pritchard and Barbara Coldiron
  • Nominating Committee: Linda McCullough, Christopher Carroll and Tina Van Winkle 
Bylaws to be Voted on at Congregational Meeting
Here are the revised bylaws that will be voted on at the May 16th Congregational meeting.
What's Your Favorite Hymn?
Our Question Box service is coming up in June. Let us know your favorite hymn by taking this quick (seriously, like 3 seconds) survey

New Social Justice Group Forming
A group of members are determined to develop a stronger Social Justice commitment at Live Oak church. At our May meeting, we started reviewing the church’s involvement with community partners and developing goals. Review the meeting notes, and if you would like to learn how you can be part of the church’s active social justice future, contact Wayne Gregory.

Women's Labyrinth Group rescheduled
The Women's Labyrinth Group has been rescheduled for Sunday, May 16, 6:30 p.m. on Zoom with a focus on peace and compassion, as well as self-compassion.
At the Center of the labyrinth, we'll meet Kwan Yin, the Chinese bodhisattva of compassion and peace. You are invited to bring a poem or short reading to share. The group is open to women high school age and older. If you need the Zoom link or a copy of the Live Oak Labyrinth graphic, contact: Linda Webster

Bookworms will meet May 19th at 7:15 to discuss "Squirrel Meets Chipmunk.” The Zoom link is on the What's Happening page.

Live Oak Church will be distributing food to our neighbors at Fresh Food Friday and need volunteers to help. Last month we distributed 3,300 pounds to 124 families (396 individuals). Of these families, 24 were new!

* Thursday, May 20 @ 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, May 21 @ 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:

Literacy Program - Adult Basic Education Tutors Needed
ABE offers one-on-one lessons to adult students in reading comprehension and writing. Training for new tutors 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 a good volunteer opportunity for you. Contact Kim Ono or Mary Hengstebeck for more information.
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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Worship Service & Fellowship Hour:
Community Outreach & Social Justice:
In the Community
San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship along with First UU Church of Austin, is hosting a special guest May 16, 2021 at 9:30am:

A Systems Engineer’s Solution: Food and Climate
Sailesh Rao, Ph.D., Founder and Executive Director of Climate Healers

In April 2021, the Journal of Ecological Society published his peer reviewed paper, "Animal Agriculture is the Leading Cause of Climate Change – A Position Paper". Here is the link. Dr. Rao is a systems specialist with a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University and the author of two books, Carbon Dharma: The Occupation of Butterflies and Carbon Yoga: The Vegan Metamorphosis, and an Executive Producer of four documentaries, The Human Experiment (2013), Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret (2014), What The Health (2017), and A Prayer for Compassion (2019).

Dr. Rao is a Human, Earth and Animal Liberation (HEAL) activist, husband, dad and since 2010, a star-struck grandfather.  We hope you will be able to attend this hour and 15 minute presentation with questions/answers.
Here is the link to attend the class.

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

May 28-31 Family Camp  - Details at

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

Star Party 9/3 - 9/6 Details at

The deadline for the weekly e-newsletter and the Sunday announcements is midnight on Tuesday. The submission form can be found here
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