January 9, 2020
This Week
This Week   
Sunday, January 12 at 9:00am & 11:00am 
Sinead Was Right  
Rev. Joanna Fontaine Crawford
Share the Plate:       
Share the Plate to fill some plates
In January, all designated funds and half of all undesignated cash will be donated to
Hill Country Community Ministries. They are our community partner and responsible for our signature program, Fresh Food For All.  
December Share the Plate total: $746.99
Literacy Council of Williamson County
Love Notes  
Each month, there will be a different group at Live Oak featured in our "Love Notes" appreciation program. You're encouraged to grab one of those pink sheets and let the group know how much you appreciate what they contribute to Live Oak life.  December love notes will be for our Share the Plate Team.  Please be sure to stop by the Love Notes box and show your love!   
A Few Words from the Minister...
Discerning the Facts
There is a concerted effort to manipulate our understanding of reality.  Read more
Special Notices
The 2020 election is our chance to make history.
The UUA is presenting a video that we can watch together THIS SUNDAY, JANUARY 12 from 3 to 5 pm in room 106. Read more. 
This is a strategy session to help congregations incorporate UU values into community voting actions. In this political moment, UUs are called to join forces with all people who want to organize our communities and our nation to #VoteLove and #DefeatHate. Let's UU the Vote in 2020! 
Share the Plate Team Recipients for 2020
The Share the Plate Team wants to thank everyone who submitted nominations for our Share the Plate partners for this year. 
We had 25 nominations for some pretty great organizations. Review this year's list.
Talent Show!
Our second annual Talent Show is set for Saturday evening, May 2, 2020.  
Our first show last year was a great success and we know this year's will be, too! Start thinking about which of your talents you'd like to share with your fellow Live Oakers! More info and a sign-up sheet will be available soon.  
Live Oak Men Gather 
The Live Oak Men's Group will be meeting Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at 7pm Tuesday in the church Library. Please join this informal discussion. For more information.   
Next Bookworms meeting
The next meeting of the Bookworms is on Wednesday, January 15 at 7:115 pm at the house of Margie Taylor in Leander. We will talk about Liane Moriarty's NINE PERFECT STRANGERS.  This is a fun book and easily available. Come and let us talk about it. 
Help Distribute Food to Our Neighbors
Live Oak Church will be distributing food to our neighbors at Fresh Food Friday.  Please volunteer to help with the following tasks:
Thursday, January 16th 1:00 pm to approximately 2:30 food needs to be separated into smaller quantities for distribution. Meet at Hill Country Community Miniseries, 1005 Lacy Dr. Leander, TX. 78641.
Friday, January 17th 8:30 am to 11:15 in the Live Oak parking lot. This is when we distribute the food to our neighbors. Volunteers are needed to set up and take down tables, help with the selection of food, and help carry food to our neighbors's cars.  You do not need to remain the entire time.
Any questions contact Donna Durbin at HCCM@liveoakuu.org
Women's Stitching Circle  
Got an ambitious project for the new year? (Like crocheting a Baby Yoda?!) Show us!
Tuesday, January 21st in the LO Library from 7 to 8:30 pm
Come join a circle of women who support each other - and not just with our handicrafts - on the third Tuesday of the month. And best of all, we typically share laughs while sharing crafty knowledge.      
Join the Seniors for Coffee 
The seniors gather in the Narthex for coffee and a delicious treat at 10:30 Thursday, January 16th. For more information about the Senior Group. If you have questions, talk to Rev. Joanna. 
Spring Campout!
The spring campout will be April 17-19 at Cedar Breaks Park on Lake Georgetown.  All are invited to the 2020 spring campout! Make your reservation here.  If you have questions email Jen Swan at campout@liveoakuu.org and join the Live Oak Camping Group on Facebook. Please let me know if you're coming and what site you've reserved so I know to look for you!
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 
Faith Development     
Here's what you need to know this week!
Thank you for supporting our elementary Homeless Helper project. We sold out of bags on Sunday morning.
This week our elementary ages begin a two-month unit, "Who's Who in UU?" focusing on black, indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) Unitarian Universalists. Middle and High School will begin to look at democratic process and right of conscience this month to go with our theme of the fifth UU principle.
Adults continue the five-week series called "The Corruption of Our Democracy." If you missed session one, but want to join us for session two, I encourage you to watch the video, "Legalize Democracy" and to read the preparatory handouts found here. Follow this blogpost on the website and in the newsletter for what happened each week so you can stay up to date if you miss out.
A repeat (and update) from last week - OWL for 4th and 5th grades ONLY will be offered on Sunday mornings from 10 - noon. Class size will be limited and open first to Live Oak members. Due to the potential size of this class, we are not opening it up to the community. If you are interested in your child participating, complete the  interest form, mark the following class dates on your calendar.
Feb 9 (Parent Meeting), Feb 23, Mar 1, Mar 8, Mar 22, Mar 29, Apr 5, Apr 19, Apr 26, May 3, May 24  
??? - Contact Carrie Krause, dlfd@liveoakuu.org
In the Community
House Concert Fundraiser for Our Intern Minister 
Perfect for the post-holiday slump! 
Saturday, February 1st 2020, 7 to 9 pm.  
House concert fundraiser to get our intern minister, Kiya Heartwood through seminary (Starr King School for the Ministry).
Did you know that Kiya is an award-winning roots rock, and folk singer-songwriter? Honest testimony from having seen her 'in concert:' wonderful music and lyrics range from funny to heartrending. You do not want to miss this!
What: fundraiser/house concert
Cost: $15.00 per person, $25 per couple or sliding scale
Where: Dower house with light snacks, wine, beer and sparkling water provided. We are five minutes from the church.
RSVP: Carolyn Dower: socialaction@liveoakuu.org (this is NOT a social action event nor a Live Oak event) Address will be given when you rsvp.
First UU San Antonio Presents: LBGTQ Coffeehouse 
Coffeehouse featuring Canadian folk singer-songwriter 
Lucie Blue Tremblay
Saturday, February 8, 7:00pm-9:00pm, Fellowship Hall
This bilingual singer-songwriter has a warm voice, great charm and a trademark whistle. Her uplifting global message is honor, strength, tolerance and peace. As a member of the LGBTQI community, she approaches songwriting with love and truth while she honors women's music from her core. Seating is limited. Tickets available at Brown Paper Tickets - $20 advance general, $25 at the door. Coffeehouse refreshments included. 
UBarU Upcoming Retreats & Camps
Fiber Arts Retreat Feb 14-17
Men-Aligned Retreat March 27-29
Spiritual Practices Retreat April 3-5
Women-Aligned Retreat April 17-19
Writer's Weekend May 1-3
Family Camp May 22-25
Summer Youth camps June & July (based on age)
Visit UBarU.org for more information
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