May 7, 2020
This Week
This Week   
Sunday, May 10, ONLINE at  10:00am  
Providing the Laugh Track
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:       
May's Share the Plate is going to UBarU, a Unitarian Universalist Camp
Retreat Center in the Hill Country near Kerrville, Texas.  Their mission is
to provide a welcoming, peaceful place to gather for spiritual, educa-tional, and recreational purposes in harmony with our Unitarian Universalist principles and the land. 
 
 
Love Notes Recipient for May - Carrot Express Drivers
Every month, we recognize a group for all that they do and bring to the church.  For the month of May, we are recognizing the folks that volunteered to deliver Easter goodies to our kiddos.  Please write a love note to share what this meant to you and your family. Send those love notes to: lovenotes@liveoakuu.org.
A Few Words from the Minister...
Come video editors, musicians, and others!
We need your help! Can you edit video, sing a song, film a babbling brook? Let us know!  Read more  
A Few Words from the DLFD...
(Director of Lifespan Faith Development)
Faith Development News
Here's what you need to know... read more 
 
 
Special Notices
Zoom Update 
The folks at Zoom have been hard at work to make Zoom more secure.  They have released an update that includes some security measures.  After 5/30, this update will happen automatically the first time you join a meeting.  It may take a few minutes, so you should plan to join a little early.  It is an option to do it ahead of time.  When you login, you'll see this: 
  Click on "now" and follow the instructions.
 
Touch Group for Grown-Ups 
We're taking the Touch Group idea from our Unitarian Universalist youth and putting an adult twist on it. At youth rallies, touch groups give the youth an opportunity for deeper sharing with a small group of friends. We may not be kids anymore, but we still need opportunities for deeper sharing too. If this is something you want to try, please register for the next time we get together.  
 
We meet online for 1 1/2 hours on the third Monday at 3:00 p.m. Our next meeting is  Monday, May 18.  
 
Please register in advance for this meeting.  After you register, you will receive a confirmation with the information about how to join the group.   
If you have questions, please contact me, Betty Skwarek, at  hskwarek@uuma.org or call me at 512-994-8748. And please don't get confused if your invitation says "Helen Skwarek."  That's my formal name.
 
I hope you can join us this month,   
Betty  
 
Buildings and Ground Meeting
The Buildings and Grounds Team meeting is scheduled for 7pm Monday, May 11th. Please attend via zoom.  The meeting link is on the What's Happening page.
 
HELP DISTRIBUTE FOOD TO OUR NEIGHBORS  
Live Oak Church will be distributing food to our neighbors at Fresh Food Friday next week and need volunteers to help with two activities. Please note: Hill Country Community Ministries will use the same process as last month to protect both clients and volunteers.

* Thursday, May 14th @ 1:00 p.m. to approximately 2:30 p.m. food needs to be separated into smaller quantities for distribution. Meet at Hill Country Community Ministries, 1005 Lacy Dr, Leander, TX 78641  
* Friday, May 15th @ 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.

Any questions please contact Donna Durbin at: HCCM@liveoakuu.org 
 
Draft Minutes of April Policy Committee Meeting
The draft minutes for the April regular Policy Committee meeting can be found here.
 
May Congregational Meeting
The May Congregational Meeting will be held online on May 17 following the morning service. More information can be found here.
 
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!
 
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.

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

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