September 3, 2020
This Week
This Week   
Sunday, September 6, ONLINE at 10:00am  
As We Roll Down This Unfamiliar Road: Homecoming 2020
Rev. Joanna Fontaine Crawford
Join us for Worship at 10:00am: the link will be on the Live Oak homepage: www.liveoakuu.org
Join us for Fellowship Time immediately following the service: https://bit.ly/LiveOakFellowshipHour 
 
Share the Plate:       
Knowledge is Power; Share It! 
Our September Share the Plate community partner is The Freedom to Read Foundation. FTRF is a non-profit legal and educational organization affiliated with the American Library Association that protects and defends the First Amendment to the Constitution and supports the right of libraries to collect - and individuals to access - information. All designated "share the plate" donations, and half of all undesignated donations, will be given to TFTR for the month of September.
 
 
A Few Words from the Minister...
Homecoming 2020
It's the people, not the place. Read more  
 
 
A Few Words from the DLFD...
(Director of Lifespan Faith Development)
Back to School 
I've been thinking about the sacrifices families are making... 
read more 
 
 
Special Notices
Town Hall This Sunday
Immediately after the worship service, during the Fellowship time on Zoom, we'll be having a town hall to discuss "What is the story we want future members and people in the larger community to tell about Live Oak during the pandemic?" Once we know what we want this story to be, we can make plans for living out that story this next year. Come listen and talk!  
 
Faith Development 8.31 to 9.6.20
Here's is the latest on faith development...read more  
 
Exploring Membership September 6th 
You are invited to this Exploring Membership Zoom workshop, Sunday, September 6th from noon to 2pm. RSVP not necessary.  Please join us. The link will be posted on the What's Happening page.
 
Board meeting minutes 2020.8.16 
Minutes from Policy Committee meeting 8/16/2020 can be found here. 

How to update your online donation from VANCO to Breeze
Changing your automated pledge contribution to our new church management system makes giving a breeze! 
If you've struggled with donating money electronically to Live Oak, this news is for you.

Live Oak is saying goodbye to VANCO's complicated donation screens and adopting Breeze, which will make pledge and other church contributions easier. The assistant treasurers are asking all Live Oak contributors who use automatic contributions through VANCO to transition to Breeze as soon as possible.

How to make the change: 
* Go to the VANCO payment page at http://bit.ly/byebyevanco 
* Log in to see your existing automatic transactions.  
* Follow the on-screen instructions to delete those transactions. 
* Then go to the Breeze online contribution page at https://louu.breezechms.com/give/online 
* Go through the (much simpler) steps to set up your new contribution.

To avoid duplicating payments, you may want to cancel the VANCO transaction as soon as it runs one month, and add a reminder to your calendar to set up Breeze the following month.

Questions? Email asst-treasurer@liveoakuu.org .  
 
Give LOUU a "Lift"
LOUU elevator planning is well under way.  If you know of a grant opportunity to help us with the final funding, please fill out this form. The more outside funding we get, the less we need to deplete our reserve funds.
 
Visit Live Oak's Online Sanctuary
Need a moment to catch your breath, to meditate, to be reminded of your faith values? Our "online sanctuary" is open 24-7. On this page, you'll find videos of music, meditations, and readings to soothe your soul. You can find the sanctuary by going to LiveOakUU.org-->Worship-->Online Sanctuary, or simply bookmark this link. New pieces will be added on a regular basis.

Sunday Mornings
On Sunday mornings go to http://www.liveoakuu.org/ and click on the link for the worship service. That will take you to our Youtube Premiere page. Gathering will begin at 9:45, and the service begins at 10:00 am.  
After the service, go back to http://www.liveoakuu.org/ and click on the link to Fellowship Time. That will take you to a Zoom meeting room where we will gather in breakout rooms for a deeper discussion with a small group of members. (It's a great way to get to know other members.)
 
What's Happening This Week
Enriching Connections has become an even more vital part of all that we do. We want to make it as easy for you to stay connected as possible. So we encourage you to add something to your morning routine. As you sip your coffee or tea, go to this link: http://www.liveoakuu.org/whats-happening-this-week/ 
It will have the most up-to-date information about connection events. Be sure and save the link! We want to enrich connections, but we are also putting safeguards in place so that we can feel safer when we gather in this way. (But if you have a friend who might want to join, feel free to privately send them the link.) 
 
Do You Usually Drop Your Pledge Check in the Offertory Basket?
Here's how to submit payments in the time of Covid-19:
By mail:
Live Oak UU Church
3315 El Salido Pkwy
Cedar Park, TX  78613
Online:
Click the Donate button on the website or follow this link

ENRICH CONNECTIONS
Have a great potential member? Concerned that someone is struggling to find their place? Contact the Membership Team and we can reach out. Email: membership@liveoakuu.org 
 
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 http://ubaru.org/home/e-events 
  • e-offering from UBarU for Young Adults (ages 18-35) - Sept 17th at 7 p.m. Register here
  • Men Aligned Retreat October 16-18
     
Friday Fellowship with UBarU
Every Friday, 6 to 8 pm Central time
We gather in this time between the week that was and the week ahead, to share, to contemplate and to meditate. Friday Fellowship is cosponsored by UBarU and Unitarian Universalist Free Range Ministry.
 
To join, you must register by following this link. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
 
The deadline for the weekly e-newsletter and the Sunday announcements is midnight on Tuesday.  The submission form can be found here
If you have any questions or comments about this Newsletter please email: editor@liveoakuu.org