August 20, 2020
This Week
This Week   
Sunday, August 23, ONLINE at 10:00am  
Spirit Drumming  
Kiya Heartwood 
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:       
Share-the-Plate to Save Their Health 
Our August Share the Plate community partner is Samaritan Health Ministries. This is a clinic for uninsured patients in Williamson and Travis Counties. They provide free or low-cost medical, dental, pharmaceutical, women's health and mental health services. All designated "share the plate" donations, and half of all undesignated donations, will be given to Samaritan Health Ministries for the month of August.
 
A Few Words from the Minister...
Special Notices
Faith Development 8.17 to 8.23.20
Please read for more information about what is happening in faith development this week. 
 
Donation, Member Management Tools Become a Breeze
New church management software will make regular tasks easier for members, volunteers, and staff. 
Live Oak's assistant treasurers and administrative staff are finishing up a months-long transition to Breeze, web-based church management software specially designed for small- to medium-sized churches.

Breeze, which includes membership and pledge/donation information as well as contact tools, is replacing numerous systems around the church, including VANCO, PowerChurch, and various manual tracking spreadsheets. Expect to see Breeze's donation interface rolled out imminently. It is much simpler than VANCO's system and should make setting up one-time and recurring donations quicker.

Looking forward, the Breeze team anticipates rolling out the system's self-serve function, which will allow members and friends to confirm their own information, change addresses, track giving, and more.  
 
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.
 
Fresh Food Friday
HELP DISTRIBUTE FOOD TO OUR NEIGHBORS 
Live Oak Church will be distributing food to our neighbors at Fresh Food Friday this week and need volunteers to help.

* Friday, August 21st @ 8:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. in the Live Oak parking lot. This is when we distribute the food to our neighbors. Volunteers are needed to set up, direct people to the drive through area, collect client information, and place food in client's trunk. You do not need to remain the entire 2 & 1/2 hours.

HCCM has asked for 7 people. We are asking you to please let us know if you will be able to participate in either activity, so we know if we have enough people. To RSVP or for any questions please contact Donna Durbin at:  
HCCM@liveoakuu.org
 
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 
 
Labyrinth Presentation on Zoom by Live Oak Women's Labyrinth Group
Tuesday, August 25, 7-9 pm 
"Labyrinth Journeys" will be presented by the Live Oak Women's Labyrinth Group on Zoom, sponsored by BookWoman. Members of the Women's Labyrinth Group (begun in 2005) will share their reflections on labyrinth walking. This program is part of the "Getting to Know the Goddess" Series, sponsored by BookWoman. Contact Linda Webster for the Zoom link. 
 
Needed: pictures of your personal chalice
Do you have a chalice at home, or a candle you use for lighting at the beginning of our online worship service? Please send a photo to minister@liveoakuu.org. Thanks!
 
Pushing for Justice Caravan
Several current and past members of our congregation took part in a "caravan for justice" in Georgetown last weekend for Javier Ambler, a black man killed by WilCo Sheriffs during a LivePD taping last year. After cars were decorated and lined up, there were powerful words shared by family members of Javier and support voiced by elected officials. We then set out with flags flying, horns blaring, and fists in the air through downtown Georgetown, past a confederate statue at the courthouse, around the juvenile "justice center" and paused in front of the Sheriff's office before heading back through downtown. The line of cars stretched throughout the city and hopefully brought some much needed awareness to racial injustice. Read more at https://www.justiceforjavierambler.com/ 
 
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.)
 
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
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 upcoming events are offered free of charge and donations are gratefully accepted at https://ubaru.org/home/Support.  
 
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