December 19, 2019
This Week
This Week   
Sunday, December 22 at 9:00am & 11:00am 
Yes, She Knew: Mary and the Magnificat
Rev. Joanna Fontaine Crawford
Share the Plate:       
In December all designated funds and half of all undesignated cash will be donated to the Literacy Council WILCO.  This nonprofit organization serving adults in Williamson County and parts of Northen Travis County.  They are dedicated to improving community lives through adult literacy education by providing GED, English as a Second Language (ESL), Adult Basic Education (ABE) and Vocational Training. Half of all cash received in the collection plate, and all checks designated "StP", will be donated to The Literacy Council WILCO.
Share the Plate Next Week  
On the 5th Sundays of a month, 50% of cash and all designated money is deposited in the Large Project Fund. Our Buildings & Grounds Team then uses these funds to take on larger projects and improvements. These funds will be used for paint and supples to remodel the Nursery and Pre-school rooms.  
Thank you, The Buildings & Grounds Team  
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.  December love notes will be for our Child Care Workers.  Please be sure to stop by the Love Notes box and show your love!   
A Few Words from the Minister...
The Practice That Gives Me Reality
And still, the holidays come. Latkes will be fried, tamales steamed, gifts unwrapped... read more 
Special Notices
No Newsletter Next Week
There will not be a newsletter published on 12/26.  Look for it next year! 
Special Vespers Service:  
Thursday, December 19, 7:00 pm  
A "Blue Christmas" Vespers  
Rev. Joanna Fontaine Crawford
Some years, the holiday season serves as a magnifying glass for our sadness. Please join us for this service as we open a space for feelings of grief and loss, and a time for reflection.  
Congregational Meeting Minutes (Coming Soon)
The minutes from the Congregational Meeting will hopefully be ready soon. Once they are, you can find them here. 
Special Policy Meeting
There will be a special meeting of the Policy Committee at 6:30 PM on Wednesday, January 8 in the Narthex. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the results of the congregational meeting and the bylaws amendments process.
  Welcome New Members
      Shannon                                     Laurie
Get acquainted with some of Live Oak's newest members:
Shannon Thorne came to the right place because she enjoys meeting new people.  Meet Shannon
Laurie Citfci will be discovered as a member of the Choir and learn why.  Meet Laurie
Help Distribute Food to Our Neighbors   
Help With Fresh Food Friday 
Live Oak UU will be distributing food to our neighbors at Fresh Food Friday on December 20th. Please volunteer to help with the following tasks:
Volunteers are needed to set up and take down tables, help distribute the food, and help carry food to people's cars. You don't have to stay the entire 2 1/2 hours.

Questions - please contact Donna Durban at
Live Oak Spring Campout April 17-19 at Cedar Breaks Park!
A church campout is a great way to enrich your Live Oak connections!
Our spring campout will be held at Cedar Breaks Park on Lake Georgetown the weekend of April 17-19, 2020. You can reserve your site here. If you have questions, email Jen Swan and join the Live Oak Camping Group on Facebook. 
On the 5th Sundays and Tuesdays, volunteers from Live Oak church help serve dinner to the homeless at Austin Resource Center for the Homeless (ARCH). Located at 500 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78701. Please join us on Sunday Dec. 29th and Tuesday Dec. 31st. Contact Alison Dieter by email: arch@liveoakuu.orgMore information about this program.
Capital Fund Committee Met
As a result of the Congregational meeting, the Capital Fund Committee met to start work on approved projects: Remove door posts, and Drinking fountain replacement. They reviewed the next steps in the Elevator Project planning. The committee is asking for volunteers to become members of the Capital Fund Committee. Review Meeting Notes. 
Labyrinth Walks
Winter Solstice Labyrinth Walk for All Ages . 
December 21 (Saturday), 5 p.m
This family-friendly Winter Solstice walk for all ages celebrates the return of the light during the darkness of winter. We'll gather in the Common Ground to meet the Old Sun God, the Crone, Mother Night, and the Children of Wonder. We walk the labyrinth to honor the light that is reborn in us and to carry this light of love and peace out into the world. After the walk, we'll provide refreshments in the Common Ground, and we invite you to bring snacks. In case of rain, we'll walk a canvas labyrinth in the Common Ground.  
New Year's Eve Labyrinth Walk for All Ages
Dec. 31 (Tuesday), 8 p.m
We'll journey on the labyrinth from the old year to the new year, complete with toasting marshmallows and eating s'mores around a firepit at the center of the labyrinth. Bring something to sit on, and come dressed for outdoor weather. This is a family friendly walk for all ages. Please gather at the labyrinth. 
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!

This week we will have a holiday craft and game day for elementary through High School upstairs in Rooms 204 and 205. Please sign in as usual outside those classrooms.
December 29th our elementary - High School groups will walk the labyrinth together. Please gather in Room 109 for a quick intro before we walk. Sign in sheets will be there for all children and youth!
Adult programming will resume on January 5th.
We continue to need help in our elementary and preschool/nursery areas. If you are interested in serving in one of these areas, please contact Carrie.
??? - Contact Carrie Krause,
In the Community
UBarU Camp & Retreat Center Upcoming Events:
Fiber Arts weekend  Feb 14-17, 2020 
Our 4th Annual Fiber Arts weekend is coming-Valentine's Day to Monday, President's Day to offer more time for sharing, working on your projects, relaxing and enjoying time with each other.  (Although there is a 2 day option if that works better for you).  
Information and registration also available at 
For more information on all events and to register, visit and look under "events."
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