December 10, 2020
This Week
Worship
December 13th at 10:00am
Winter Speech Choir
Live Oak Families
 
Join us for an all-ages service that celebrates both the dark and the return of the light, explains some of the winter holidays, and considers the meaning behind this time of the year.


Join us for Worship at 10:00am: the link will be on the Live Oak homepage: www.liveoakuu.org

Worship, 10:00 am. Link: https://link.liveoakuu.org/LOUUworship

No Fellowship Hour this week due the Congregational Meeting. Details below.


Share the Plate
Share The Plate for Health!
Let’s be kind to the Kind Clinic

Our December Share the Plate community partner is Kind Clinic. Kind Clinic was founded with the vision of providing sexual wellness and health for all, regardless of race, creed, gender, or sexual orientation, without judgment or stigma. This month, all designated "share the plate" donations, and half of all undesignated donations, will be given to Kind Clinic.


October Recipient - Resolve $609.39
A Few Words from the Minister
Virtual Holidays at Live Oak
Mark your calendar for all of these holiday events, online at Live Oak! Read more
A Few Words from the DLFD
Faith Development 12.7 to 12.13.20
What's happening this week and beyond... read more
Special Notices
Blue Christmas Vespers
Thursday, December 10, 6pm
This has been a difficult year, full of loss, and this holiday season will be different than in years past. Please join us on zoom for this interactive service as we open a space for feelings of grief and loss, and a time for reflection. Visit the What's Happening page for the link.
Semi-Annual Congregation Meeting & Special Meeting Called by the Board of Trustees
Meetings will be back-to-back online with Zoom beginning at 11:00am on December 13. A quorum is required. The Congregational Meeting will primarily focus on reviewing and voting on the proposed 2021 budget. A Special Meeting is called to discuss and vote on the movement of funds to enable balancing the 2021 budget. Meeting link, agenda, and a proxy ballot form will be available here
Your Help Needed:
Film a brief video of you and anyone else in your home giving a holiday greeting (Merry Christmas, Happy Yule, whatever holiday(s) you celebrate) and send it to Carrie Krause, no later than 12/14/20. Thanks!
Tips: Turn phone sideways, leave a little bit of silence at beginning and end of video (about 5 seconds on each side)

Let's Get Cooking!
We can’t get together and share food this year, but we can share recipes. Don’t forget to submit yours to: http://www.liveoakuu.org/recipes/. Deadline is December 15th.

Women's Labyrinth Group
Sunday, December 13, 6:30-9 p.m.: Women's Labyrinth Group on Zoom. Join us for a sharing circle and a finger labyrinth walk. December 12 is the Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe. We will tell her story and reflect on the themes of compassion and resilience during challenging times. 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. If you need a copy of the Live Oak Labyrinth graphic and/or the Zoom link, contact: Linda Webster
Bookworms
The bookworms will meet on Wednesday, December 16 at 7:15 pm via Zoom to talk about Jeannette Walls’ book THE GLASS CASTLE. Come and join us if you have read the book or if you would like to find out more of the group. This is a fascinating story, should make a good discussion.
We will select texts for the next few months, so be prepared to bring suggestion.
Help Distribute Food to Our Neighbors
Live Oak Church will be distributing food to our neighbors at Fresh Food Friday and need volunteers to help.

* Thursday, December17th @ 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, December 18th @ 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
Live Oak UU Justice Ministry
Bending the Arc
Live Oak is at the start of a three-part process to bring more focus to justice ministry within the church. The goal is to create a permanent platform within the church to open more paths for members put their UU religious values into action.
Step One Live Oak recently joined 34 other UU congregations who are members of Texas Unitarian Universalist Justice Ministry (TXUUJM). Read more

The Mitten Tree is Back
Donations will be handled differently, but there are several ways you can participate without leaving your house!

Share the Plate Nominations
Now is your chance to say where our money goes!
The share-the-plate team is in need of your help. Starting now and going through the whole month of November, you may nominate any 501(c)3-designated organization to be a S-t-P partner for 2021. Fill out this form by December 1 and the team will make final decisions by the end of the year. You may submit as many organizations as you would like, as long as they 1. uphold our UU values and 2. have a 501(c)3 number. Include as much information about the organization as possible so we can know why their mission matters to you.

Change your automatic donation
Changing your automated pledge contribution to our new church management system makes giving a breeze! If you've struggled with donating money electronically to Live Oak, this news is for you.

Live Oak is saying goodbye to VANCO's complicated donation screens and adopting Breeze, which will make pledge and other church contributions easier. The assistant treasurers are asking all Live Oak contributors who contribute through VANCO to transition to Breeze by January 1 at the latest. Read more

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

UBarU Winter Family Camp December 31, 2020 thru January 2, 2021   
Weekend includes winter holiday activities, games, and multi-generational times.
 Fun, campfires, rest and a chance to celebrate some winter holidays
together with folks at camp! Physical distancing, masks and other COVID
accommodations are expected of all participants and staff. Event is limited to
7 family/quaran-team units in cottages and Suites. Tent campers and/or use of
personal campers in encouraged for a limited number of groups.
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