September 17, 2020
This Week
This Week   
Sunday, September 20, ONLINE at 10:00am  
Learning from the Blitz 
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...
Living Out the Best Narrative
What is your story, of creativity, strength, and love?   Read more  
A Few Words from the DLFD...
(Director of Lifespan Faith Development)
Continuous Learning
As strange as it seems right now when life seems so busy for me as a religious educator - trying to navigate new technology, learning how to edit video, imagining new ways of connecting congregants - I've challenged myself to even more learning throughout this year.   Read more  
 
 
Special Notices
Office Closed 
Diane will be on vacation until 9/27. She will be out 9/28 for Yom Kippur.  Someone will be checking messages.  Please be patient if they don't get back to you right away. 
 
Faith Development 9.14 to 9.20.20
See what's happening this week in Faith Development. Read more
 
Stewardship Pledge Campaign 2021
Pledge season is underway!
The LOUU Stewardship Pledge Campaign 2021 continues for two more weeks. As of Tuesday, we've received over $110,000 in pledges, which is around 49% of last year's total. If you haven't already, pledge online, return your pledge by mail, or join us at the Stewardship Drive-Thru event on October 4th!
 
Policy Committee is meeting Sunday
The Policy Committee will be holding our regular monthly meeting this Sunday at 1pm, via Zoom. Topics to be discussed primarily center on budget planning for next year and financial communications and reporting. Full agenda and meeting link are here.
 
"Just for Visitors" 
At the September meeting of the Membership Team, a decision was made to offer a new Zoom meeting event after the Sunday Service. Volunteers will be available to answer questions after a Sunday Services. We are missing the Welcome table in the Narthex on Sunday morning where we had a place to talk to visitors! Thank you Donna Durbin for your work on setting this up.  
- Tim Buckley & Amy Dark 
 
LO Endowment Committee seeking proposals for grants
The Live Oak UU Church Endowment Committee is soliciting proposals for grants for the year 2021. The deadline is September 30, 2020.  
 
Did you submit a share the plate recipient? That organization may be eligible for an endowment grant!
 
The Endowment Committee is seeking applications from UU congregations, UU community organizations and organizations that uphold our UU values. Startup groups and community organizations must apply through a sponsoring UU church. Did you come from another UU church or have UU friends around the country - tell them! Help us spread the word.

Guidelines, past recipients and the grant application can be found on the Live Oak UU Church website.

The endowment fund is separate from our operating budget and does not consist of donations.  
Questions? Contact endowment@liveoakuu.org. 
 
Calling Potential Readers!
Calling all readers! I'm going to need some readers over the next few months to record themselves for worship services. If you're willing (you can always decline if you're busy that week) to be considered, please let me know. And if you can't do video, but are willing to contribute an audio recording, let me know that.

I'll give you all the details about how to do it, so even if you're not sure about the tech part, if you're willing, let me know. We'll figure out that part together. If you can get on zoom, you can make a recording!

Send an email to:
minister@liveoakuu.org  
 
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.  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   
  • September 17 at 7:00 p.m. Young Adult Spiritual Community with Ren Pasco (young adults ages 18-35 years old are invited) registration
  • September 20 at 4 p.m.  Autumn Equinox family gathering.
    Join UBarU as we celebrate the onset of the fall season with an inspirational and informative program. We will learn the science behind the equinox and witness the effect of the season change on the flora and fauna of UBarU. Also, be prepared for some physical activity.   registration 
  • September 21 from 7-8:00 p.m.  "What Are You Invested In?" In the tech world, people are human capital whose minds are invested in creating ideas that translate into revenue.  We are all human capital, and should be asking ourselves the question, "what am I invested in?" And, "what is the revenue I get from my investment?"
    Retired CPA and UBarU Treasurer Patricia S. Baillif reframes the obvious financial question and turns it to our human condition. What are you invested in? If you are human capital, how are you allocated? Have you gotten good returns on your investment(s)? Should you use this time to rebalance? If you're just starting out, how do you make smart choices? No one knows what will happen. Is there a way to hedge against risk? (Ahem, a shout-out for face masks.) registration 
  • September 22 at 7 p.m. "What's Involved With Water at UBarU: Drainages, the Aquifer, Vegetation, and Prehistoric Inhabitants"  by Kevin Hartley  link to meeting
  • September 30 at 6:30 p.m. "Alter Ego" lead by Dr. Randy Partain registration
     
  • Men Aligned Retreat October 16-18
  • Winter Family Camp December 31 - January 2
    
 
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