April 23, 2020
This Week
This Week   
Sunday, April 26, ONLINE at  10:00am  
Whole, Holy and Loved 
Carrie Krause  
Join us for Worship at 10:00am: https://bit.ly/LiveOakWorship
Join us for Fellowship Time immediately following the service: https://bit.ly/LiveOakFellowshipHour 
 
Share the Plate:       
April's Share the Plate is going to the Minister's Discretionary Fund.  We always collect for the Minister's Discretionary Fund on Christmas Eve. Now, Christmas is coming early because we anticipate that with the current stay at home orders, more people may need a little help. This account is used to confidentially help members in need. Through this benevolence fund, we're able to give help to that member who just needs one month's rent to be paid so they can make it to their next payday, or help with groceries, or a medical bill. While we are all apart, let us continue to come together to support one another.    
 
March Share the Plate total: $637.63
The SAFE Alliance 
 
 
Love Notes Recipient for April -- LIVE OAK! 
Every month, we recognize a group for all that they do and bring to the church. Past recipients included the Stewardship Team, our childcare workers, the Membership Team, and others. 
For the month of April, the group we are recognizing is ... LIVE OAK! 
Please write a love note to Live Oak, telling us what this church has meant in your life. Rev. Joanna will read them in the April 26 service. Send those love notes to: lovenotes@liveoakuu.org.
And we need art, too! Whether you are 4 years old or 94, we'd love it if you drew a picture depicting something about Live Oak, and sent it to that same email address. These will also be shared April 26.
 
A Few Words from the Minister...
Life Springs
I do not have a green thumb. This is true.  Read more  
A Few Words from the DLFD...
(Director of Lifespan Faith Development)
Faith Development 4.19 - 4.25.20
Here's what you need to know...read more 
 
 
A Few Words from the President...
Update on Live Oak Finances During Covid-19
I want to update you on the financial status of Live Oak. Like everything else right now, the COVID pandemic is causing changes in our church financial situation. And I want to assure you that the board, in conjunction with Reverend Joanna, is working to ensure the financial health of our congregationRead more
 
 
A Few Words from the Assistant Minister...
I hope everyone is sheltering and making good use of  
these strange times.  
Our Tuesday night deep dive...read more  
 
 
 
Special Notices
H.O.P.E. Sunday
Every fourth Sunday is H.O.P.E. Sunday - Help Our People Eat!  
Though we are conducting services online for a while it doesn't mean we can't still Help Our People Eat. Instead of bringing non-perishable groceries to Live Oak please consider making a cash donation to Hill Country Community Ministries. If you want to help you can go to http://hccm.org/money.php and DONATE. $5 will provide 20 meals! They will NEED this more than ever in the coming weeks/months!

Thank You, The HCCM Team 
  
Policy Committee Meeting
The Policy Committee will be having a regular business meeting on Sunday, April 26 at 12:30 PM. The meeting is open to all members of the congregation. This will be an online meeting via Zoom. The link will be available on the What's Happening This Week page.
 
Monday Meditation
Come as you are...
Let's try something new, and let me (Carrie) be honest, it's for me as much as for you! I'm having trouble keeping my spiritual practice going and wondered if you might help me. Starting next week, I'll be zooming early on Monday mornings - 7:00 - 7:30 AM - to meditate and set my intention for the week. I invite you to join me. I have a sitting meditation, but if you prefer to walk, just grab your phone and join me. I'll experiment with a variety of guided and breathing meditations, too. If you have a practice you would like to share, let me know.
 
We will start with a brief check-in, followed by a 5-10 minute meditation. Finally, we will end our time together by setting an intention for the week (whatever that looks like for you). I hope you consider dropping in. Link will be posted on the What's Happening page. 
 
See you on Monday!
 
Virtual Office Hours
This week: Monday 4/27 from 10:00am - 11:00am 
Need a question answered?  Just want to say hello?  Diane will be in her office on Monday.  She misses seeing your faces!  See What's Happening This Week for the link.  
 
Sacred Art and Spiritual Writing Groups
Let's do art together! 
Introducing Sacred Art and Spiritual Writing Groups! We will meet every 1st and 3rd Monday at 6pm to share our poetry, prose, memories, and short stories of uplifting and supportive themes with each other. I will offer an (optional) theme but any uplifting pieces of writing will always be welcome. Every 2nd and 4th Monday at 6 pm we will do Sacred Art together! Again, I will offer a theme such as sunlight, or strength in each other, but you can use the time to work on any art or craft while chatting with each other. Looking forward to seeing you!  Check the What's Happening This Week page for the link.
 
Zen Meditation Group Meets on Zoom 
Thursdays 7:00-8:30pm 
The Zen Meditation Group is still meeting on Thursday nights.  But now it's via Zoom.  The session will include a check in, meditation, and reading with
discussion. Currently, they are reading, Falling Into Grace -- Insights on the End of Suffering  by Adyashanti.  The link is available on the What's Happening This Week page. 

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.

Ready for some party games over Zoom?  NEW DAY & TIME 
Many Jackbox Party games can be played over Zoom, so let's play some Murder Trivia Party 2!  Join us Mondays at 8:30 pm for a Party Game Night.  Watch out for more information on the Information and Events.  The link will also be available on the What's Happening This Week.
 
Zoom!
We encourage you to connect with Zoom in various ways.  
 
If you are planning a Zoom gathering for Live Oak members on your own Zoom account, please provide Diane with the date, time, link and title of the meeting. She will add it to the What's Happening page.  
 
If you need a zoom meeting scheduled on the Live Oak account, send a request to Diane, and she will help you schedule it and provide the link.  
 
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.) 
 
Preparing to Get the Most Out of Sunday's Service
Get ready to worship in a completely new way!  Read more

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

Sack Lunch with the Minister Goes Virtual 
Wednesdays at noon.   
Sack Lunch with the Minister will be virtual instead of in person.   Join us:  https://bit.ly/LiveOakSackLunch 
 
Live Oak Men's Group 
Thursdays at 7:00pm on Zoom.   
Contact: mensgroup@liveoakuu.org for the meeting link or for more information.  
 
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
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:  
 
We are adding Zoom's new security fixes. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
 
We look forward to seeing you on Friday.
 
Betty and Robyn
Rev. Betty Skwarek
UU Free Range Ministry
cell: 512-994-8748
 
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