July 30, 2020
This Week
This Week   
Sunday, August 2, ONLINE at  10:00am  
On Walden Pond  
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...
Off to Reboot My Brain 
During August, can you join me in some focused daydreaming? Read more  
A Few Words from the DLFD...
(Director of Lifespan Faith Development)
Faith Development 7.27 to 8.2.20
RE starts on Sunday! Read more  
Special Notices

Add your words to fall Stewardship book!
The Stewardship Committee is putting together a book for our members and friends during this fall's campaign, and we'd like your words--just a couple of sentences or a paragraph--to inspire, reassure, and amuse readers.

Share your thoughts to one of the questions on the quick form  (up to about 75 words). Feel free to answer more than one by submitting the form multiple times.
Join us for the first annual LOUU Lasagna Dinner 
Tuesday, August 11th at 6:30pm 
We'll all make our favorite version of the dish and meet on Zoom for some Covid appropriate dinner fun! We'll break into small rooms, or "tables"
To chat, swap recipes, and reconnect over a meal - as families have done forever.
As an enticement the lovely Mary will be baking homemade bread for the first 14 gluten tolerant homes that sign up! Sign up is available on the Facebook event or via this link.
We can't wait to see you there!
Hill Country Community Ministries Annual Meeting
On July 23, I attended the annual meeting of Hill Country Community Ministries member churches. You can read the HCCM meeting packet here.  
Representing Live Oak, I voted "yes" on all ballot measures. It was impressive to hear from the President that even though HCCM lost 85% of their volunteer workforce because of covid concerns, they have continued serving families in need, over and above the number served last year. (In the meeting, the Director, Tiesa Holloway, specifically mentioned the increases Live Oak has seen in families served.)

If you would like to be more involved with HCCM, perhaps serving as a delegate to their annual meeting, please let me know! -- Rev. Joanna
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.

New leadership at the Safety Team
Building a safer Live Oak 
The Executive Team is happy to announce the appointment of Joel Bercu as leader of the Safety Team. Many thanks to Joel for leading us to a safer Live Oak.
Something New With The Talent Show! 
We're adding something new to the August 15 talent show!
In addition to talent acts, we're inviting anyone who's been attending Live Oak, not just members, to submit a "get to know me" video to be shown during the talent show. We're especially interested in having newer/newish people (but anyone is welcome!) to make a video introducing yourself to the Live Oak community. We haven't been able to mingle and chat and get to know you in person so tell us about yourself, pets, family, work, passions, hobbies, anything you want us to know about you. You can also do a talent act if you wish. Anything to help us know you better!
Just to give us a head up, we ask everyone who's planning to submit videos of either kind to send a quick email to talentshow@liveoakuu.org by Monday Aug 3 (new deadline) just to let us know you're planning to participate.
When your talent or other video is ready, send it to the same email address, talentshow@liveoakuu.org by Friday Aug 7. Follow that up with another quick email saying you sent a video, to be sure we get it.
The Talent Show will be on Saturday, Aug 15 at 5 p.m. on Youtube Premiere (same as worship services). Send any questions to talentshow@liveoakuu.org.

Exploring Membership August 2nd
You are invited to this Exploring Membership Zoom workshop, Sunday, August 2nd from noon to 2pm. RSVP not necessary.  Please join us. The link will be posted on the What's Happening page.
Parking Lot Project
Look at our beautiful parking lot! 
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
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
Striking a Balance - 19th Annual Caregiver Conference
The largest, longest-run FREE caregiver conference in Central Texas returns August 17th through 20th as a virtual conference, providing unpaid caregivers with relevant information and vital resources to help to ease the challenges of caring for an aging family member. More info 

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