February 11, 2021
To make sure we all stay safe and well,
we're going to reschedule the
Spread the Love event to next weekend.
Once more, we're going to miss you now so we're safe tomorrow.
See you on 2/20/2021 from 10-1.
This Week
February 14, 2021
The Love Ethic
Rev. Joanna Fontaine Crawford
Author and activist bell hooks notes that progressives who reference love are often treated with disdain for being naïve, but she contends it is this force that will lead us to dismantle systems of oppression. On this Valentine’s Day, we’ll consider the idea of love as a choice and a force we can channel for transformation.

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 (approx. 10:45/11:00) https://link.liveoakuu.org/FellowshipHour

Share the Plate
Make this fund your Valentine
The Minister’s Discretionary Fund is our February 2021 Share the Plate recipient. The fund is a resource Rev. Joanna can use to help members facing an immediate hardship or to respond to others who seek help from our church. The money has gone to such needs as travel to a parent’s funeral, school tuition and Covid-related medical devices.

Go to the Donate link on the Live Oak website’s home page. Use the drop down menu to designate your donation for the “Ministers’ Discretionary Fund.” In addition to those designated donations, half of all undesignated gifts in February will go to the fund.

January recipient: Hill Country Community Ministries $850.00
A Few Words from the Minister
Perhaps You Have Been Called "for Just Such a Time as This"
We talk about "shared ministry" but "shared leadership" is perhaps even more important. Read more
A Few Words from the DLFD
Faith Development 2.8 to 2.14.21
The latest information... read more
Special Notices
Special Meeting Results - YAY!
We're building an elevator!
The congregation voted to approve the capital fund elevator project after the Jan 31 special congregational meeting. The draft minutes for the meeting are here.
This is truly something we should be proud of!

Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes Jan. 17, 2020
Meeting minutes available here.

Women's Labyrinth Group
Sunday, February 14, 6:30-9 pm on Zoom
We gather for a sharing circle followed by a finger labyrinth walk, focusing on the Celtic Goddess Brigid—Her Holy Well and Sacred Flame--for healing, poetry/creativity/inspiraton, and smithcraft/transformation. Have a candle available to light. Also feel free to share a song, poem or short reading, or maybe something you’ve created. The group is open to women high school age and older. The Zoom link with be sent via email for those who are on the email list for the Women’s Labyrinth Group, as well as a special Triple Spiral Labyrinth pattern. If you need a copy of the labyrinth graphic and/or the Zoom link, contact: Linda Webster
Women's Stitching Circle
Still here, still virtual!
February 16th 7 - 8:30 pm (third Tuesday of the month)

It's a new year! And we're still staying at home, but getting together via zoom. Calling on crafters, stitchers, project procrastinators! What have you been working on? Or, if you're like me and haven't picked up a craft project since we last met, this is your chance to get motivated. I'll be there with my crochet hook! Look for the zoom link on the What's Happening page.
Live Oak Church will be distributing food to our neighbors at Fresh Food Friday and need volunteers to help.

* Thursday, February 18 @ 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, February 19 @ 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 the 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 for any questions please contact Donna Durbin at: HCCM@liveoakuu.org
The Live Oak Bookworms will meet on Zoom on Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 7:15 pm. Our text is Florence Gordon by Brian Morton. Come and join the discussion. We also need suggestions of titles for the next few months.

Live Oak Seniors' Coffee Hour
Join us for Coffee hour on Thursdays at 10:30am. On the 1st & 3rd week of the month, Rev. Joanna will lead a lively discussion. The other weeks will be an informal gathering. The Zoom link will be on the What's Happening page.
Got a Shot of Your Shot?
This vaccine is amazing - if I could, I'd be ringing a church bell every time someone in the congregation got theirs! In lieu of that -- when you get the vaccine, would you send me a photo? It can be a photo of you getting the shot, or smiling afterward, or even just a shot of the bandaid on your arm. These photos will probably be used in a future worship video. Send to: minister@liveoakuu.org

LiveOakUU.org Pages to Visit:
Worship Service & Fellowship Hour: http://www.liveoakuu.org/ for
Community Outreach & Social Justice: http://www.liveoakuu.org/justice/
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 cottages are available for personal and family get-aways. Just send me an email and we can confirm plans. Details about rates and accommodations

Each Friday at 6:30 p.m.   Join us for Friday Fellowship with Rev. Betty. Friday Fellowship includes meditation, readings, homily and discussion. All are welcome! Co-sponsored by UU Free Range Ministry and UBarU Camp & Retreat Center registration

Each Friday at 10 a.m. Friday  Dance as a spiritual practice, for all ages (adults and kids), genders, abilities, and fitness levels. Set an intention for joy, energy, movement, and community. Open to UUs and wider community, led by Community Minister Rev. Erin Walter. Questions or song requests, contact erinjwalter@gmail.com  link

Saturday, March 6 at 11 a.m. Coffee with the Director where we can talk about what is happening at UBarU, hopes/wishes for camp and ourselves registration

March 26-28 Women-aligned Retreat  
April 9-11 Men-aligned Retreat 
Youth Summer camps- dates are based on age of camper
Details at www.ubaru.org

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