June 18, 2020
This Week
This Week   
Sunday, June 21, ONLINE at  10:00am  
Rethinking Public Safety 
Rev. Joanna Fontaine Crawford  
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:       
June's Share the Plate partner is Via Hope: Texas Mental Health Resource, which provides education, training, and consultation to individuals in recovery from mental illness, their family members, and mental health professionals throughout the state of Texas. Reaching out to those on the front lines of mental health, and those suffering, has never been more important than during this time of forced isolation. All designated "share the plate" donations, and half of all undesignated donations, will be given the Via Hope for the month of June.
A Few Words from the Minister...
I. Miss. You.
I woke up Wednesday morning missing you so badly, it's a wonder you didn't look out your window and see me outside, just driving from one member's house to another. Read more  
A Few Words from the DLFD...
(Director of Lifespan Faith Development)
Faith Development News 6.15 to 6.21.20
Here's what is new this week... read more  
Special Notices
Building a New Way ... To Worship
This Sunday, June 21, will be our last time to do worship though Zoom.  
Beginning June 28, our worship service will be held on the "Youtube Premiere" platform. The service time - Sundays at 10:00 am - will remain the same. Read more 
Policy Committee Meeting Sunday
The Live Oak trustees and policy committee will be meeting this Sunday, June 21 from 1-3pm. Topics to be discussed include establishing a board priority dashboard, rental policy during Covid-times, and possible contingency budget next steps. See details here.  The Zoom link will be on the What's Happening page. 
Live Oak Church will be distributing food to our neighbors at Fresh Food Friday next week and need volunteers.

* Friday, June 19th @ 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 or too many people. Please RSVP to Donna Durbin at: HCCM@liveoakuu.org
Just Mercy Film & Discussion 
Taking a look at justice and mercy in our flawed judicial systems. 
On Sunday, June 28 we will be showing and discussing the film "Just Mercy" via Zoom. The film portrays the true story of Bryan Stevenson working as a lawyer defending those wrongly condemned and those not afforded proper representation. The film exposes the racism inherent in our systems of justice.

If you have not yet seen the film, you can join us at 3:00 to watch it on Zoom. Everyone who has seen the film (on their own or with us) can join us at 7:00 for a facilitated discussion. We will be discussing the film version, so if you have read the book, please watch the film to join our discussion.  
Virtual Talent Show Postponed
Watch this space for a new date for the Talent Show! 
We want to give ourselves, and everyone wanting to participate, more time to work on their acts, get a video made, and time for us to organize them all. The new date hasn't been decided on but will be announced soon. Stand by!
We need photos and videos of your pets!
For an upcoming "pet blessing" service, we need your pets. Please email photos and videos to Rev. Joanna. She is also looking for a few people to speak about the importance, and the life lessons they've learned from their furry companions. If you would be willing to contribute a short piece, please email her for details. 
Live Oak Trading Post 
Meet up here to offer, ask, or trade items
During the past 3 months of quarantine, I have never taken toilet paper, eggs, and toothpaste for granted as much as I have in the last 3 months. I have seen kindness, resourcefulness, and ingenuity when it comes to getting these everyday items. I'm excited to present to you our 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. now we don't have to wait for the next Zoom meeting to see if anyone needs anything! 
- Heather Malkawi  
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.

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
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
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.  
Additionally, we are planning to host an in-person Star Party at camp Aug 13-16.  We have a few more private rooms available and camping is encouraged.  Details about precautions we will take, registration and more are at 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