July 23, 2020
This Week
This Week   
Sunday, July 26, ONLINE at  10:00am  
Screaming Inside Our Hearts: The 2020 Question Box
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:       
Our July Share the Plate community partner is ATX Helps. Driven by the Austin Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Austin Alliance-as well as a number of other businesses, nonprofit entities, faith-based organizations, and individuals-ATX Helps's goal is to raise $14 million for the construction and operation of at least one shelter that will provide immediate housing and other necessities for Austinites experiencing homelessness. All designated "share the plate" donations, and half of all undesignated donations, will be given to ATX Helps for the month of July.
A Few Words from the Minister...
How Are You Being Changed During This Time?
I've become aware that there is a sweetness to this time that is available, if I am willing to be open to it, and if I have the ability to make adjustments in how I'm thinking, and what I'm doing. Read more
A Few Words from the DLFD...
(Director of Lifespan Faith Development)
UU Wellspring Sources
"What will you do with this one wild and precious life?" asks the poet Mary Oliver. Read more
Special Notices
Faith Development Plans
See the latest information on classes starting in August! 
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.

Add your words to fall Stewardship book!
The Stewardship Committee is putting together a book for our members and friends during this fall's campaign, and we'd like your words--just a couple of sentences or a paragraph--to inspire, reassure, and amuse readers.

Share your thoughts to one of the questions on the quick form  (up to about 75 words). Feel free to answer more than one by submitting the form multiple times.
Live Oak Endowment Fund
The Endowment Fund is open for business!
The Live Oak Endowment Committee is now soliciting proposals for grants for the year 2021. It's no surprise that the market has been volatile this year, but we recognized that the need for giving grants is great. The five members (Jon Durbin, Andrew Tucker, Wayne McCullough, Katherine Enyart, Carolyn Dower) met recently and are pleased to announce the decision to start the process with a general target of giving out in total $10,000 - $15,000 in grants. 

We are seeking applications from UU congregations, UU community organizations and organizations that uphold our UU values. Start up groups and community organizations must apply through a sponsoring UU church. You can be part of the process. Did you submit a share the plate recipient? That organization may be eligible for an endowment grant.  Did you come from another UU church or have UU friends around the country - tell them! Help us spread the word.

Please look at the guidelines link for more information  The application can be found here. The deadline is September 30, 2020. 

The Endowment Committee will evaluate the proposals and grants will be awarded after the approval by the Live Oak UU Church governing body.
Questions? Contact endowment@liveoakuu.org.

New Fun and Fellowship Chair
The Executive Team is happy to announce the appointment of Michele Olivier as leader of the Fun and Fellowship Team. Look out, she is mighty perfect for the job.

Attending Church from my Living Room
Watch the service on your TV!
I love the new YouTube format for our church services. It enables me to watch the service on my TV while typing into the Chat window from my laptop. The video quality is so much better than the Zoom services, with the added bonus of closed captions!

If you have a smart TV or a device that enables your TV to access YouTube, you can watch the service on your TV. We have a ROKU device which is an internet access point that our TV is connected to. Since we no longer have a cable provider, the ROKU is the only way our TV accesses programming - besides the actual airwaves that you can still receive if you have an antenna. We have Netflix, Amazon Prime, YouTube and many other channels.

There are many other ways to access YouTube via your TV including Xbox and Playstation. If you have the means to do it you can watch the service on your TV too! Once you have YouTube on the TV you can search for the Live Oak service and view it during the live Premier broadcast. I do this from my couch while also running it on my laptop so I can easily participate in the chat. You can even "pop out" the chat so that is the only part you see on the laptop. This has been a very enjoyable way for me to enjoy the service! I hope you can do the same. Here's an article on how to internet enable your tv.
- Katherine Enyart

2020 Talent Show!
Already planning to participate? Send an email to talentshow@liveoakuu.org by July 31 with as much info as you can about what your act will be.

Have your video ready? Send to talentshow@liveoakuu.org by Aug 7. All ages are encouraged to participate, and remember to make your act family friendly!

Having a virtual talent show allows for acts that wouldn't work in a live show. Consider all the kinds of videos you see on youtube. In addition to all kinds of musical and theatrical acts, there are demos of all kinds: cooking (baking, preserving food) , makeup and hair styling, exercise, reading a story, projects of all kinds. Are you sewing, woodworking, making musical instruments, planting a garden or making a chicken coop? Can your pet do tricks? Do you have an entertaining/"talking" cat? Do you keep chickens? Have you started a new hobby? It doesn't have to be a serious video -- consider bloopers or spoofs!

You might think nothing you do is interesting or entertaining, but your church family would like to see/hear about what you're doing while we're apart from each other. Showing part of yourself like that helps us know you better. We're missing each other during this time and this is a fun way to connect.

Exploring Membership August 2nd
You are invited to this Exploring Membership Zoom workshop, Sunday, August 2nd from noon to 2pm. RSVP not necessary.  Please join us. The link will be posted on the What's Happening page.
Parking Lot Project
This happened this yesterday thanks to everyone's generosity during the Capital Campaign. They'll be back to do the stripes.
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.)
Live Oak Trading Post 
This is where our members who are in need of items small or large, will be able to put it on the list with their preferred contact information. Other members will be able to look at the list and see if these are items that they can supply; or set up a trade for something else. This list is also set up so that if a member has something to offer, that can be put on the list also and just indicate it is being offered. Please take a moment to look at and use the Trading Post.  
Tuesday Night Deep Dive 
This regular 7:00pm Tuesday evening Zoom Deep Dive with Kiya is for those who need a deeper check-in and a supportive place to process.  The link can be found on the What's Happening This Week page.

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
Click the Donate button on the website or follow this link

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
CommUUnity Creek, an Online Middle School Adventure August 3 - 7
For more information click here

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 upcoming events are offered free of charge and donations are gratefully accepted at  https://ubaru.org/home/Support.  
The 4th Annual Star Party will happen virtually Aug 13-16.  For more information visit: https://ubaru.org/home/starParty
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