July 16, 2020
This Week
This Week   
Sunday, July 19, ONLINE at  10:00am  
Blessing the Animals that Bless Us
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...
We're Not Okay...And That's Okay
I'm not okay. You're probably not okay. And considering what's happening in the world right now ... that's okay.   
A Few Words from the DLFD...
(Director of Lifespan Faith Development)
Lessons on Critical Reflection
Stories are essential to our learning and who is represented in those stories matters if we are to move closer to a world with peace, justice and liberty for all.  Read more  
Special Notices
Faith Development 7.13 to 7.19.20
Here are this week's updates. 
Policy Committee Meeting Sunday
The Policy committee will be discussing financial operations, governance, recorded meeting policy, rental policy, and guiding principals for the board this Sunday, June 19 at 1:00. The packet is here.
Live Oak Church will be distributing food to our neighbors at Fresh Food Friday this week and need volunteers are needed to help.  Some of our regular volunteers will not be available so please consider volunteering if you are able.  
Friday, July 17th @ 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 for each activity. 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.
To RSVP or have questions please contact Donna Durbin at: HCCM@liveoakuu.org  

H.O.P.E. Sunday - Help Our People Eat! 
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
Don't forget to "capture" some water!
September 6th will be our annual water communion/homecoming service. Even this year, when we're still online? Absolutely, and it's going to be a good one! Usually, this time of year, I remind everyone to capture some water from their vacations, backyard sprinklers, etc. Well, I'm doing the same, but I want you to "capture" it in another way. Take a short video or photo this summer of some water you experience - taking a walk near a neighborhood stream, your kids on a slip-and-slide, using water to make lemonade, jumping into your pool, your dog splashing in a kiddie pool, etc. No need to wait - go ahead and send it to minister@liveoakuu.org
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