October 29, 2020
This Week
November 1st at 10:00am
The Opposite of the Borg
Rev. Joanna Fontaine Crawford
November’s theme is the continuum between individualism and collectivism. Fiction has given us stories about the dangers of ultra-collectivism. Reality is showing us the danger of ultra-individualism.

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

Join us for Fellowship Time immediately following the service (approx. 10:45/11:00)

Share the Plate
Resolve to Share the Plate this month
Help bring more Live Oakers into this world!

Our November Share the Plate community partner is Resolve: The National Infertility Association. Resolve helps provide access to infertility care, insurance coverage, support, education, and awareness for infertility. Reproductive medicine is a new and constantly changing field, and insurance companies haven’t caught up to providing equal access to the care that thousands of hopeful parents need.

When we think of access to “reproductive choice,” we often think of Planned Parenthood and comprehensive sex education; however, there is another gap that needs to be filled. Black women are twice as likely to have infertility and are less likely to seek treatment. In fact, 15% of all women who pursue IVF (in vitro fertilization) live below the poverty line. Resolve is actively working to provide equal access by lobbying for infertility coverage, medical care, and education.

As you may have heard, the newest member of our congregation was born this week. Baby Willow was the result of nine years of waiting, four years of fertility treatment, three rounds of IVF, and the compassion of one gestational carrier to bring her into this world. We ask you to please give generously in her name. So many families are waiting for their rainbow baby, and Resolve is how you can help give them a voice.

September Recipient - The Freedom to Read Foundation $588.39
A Few Words from the Minister
Election Heroes Among Us
In addition to voting, there are the people who do so much work behind the scenes to ensure that every vote is counted, and that everyone feels safe and secure voting. And some of these are Live Oakers... read more

A Few Words from the Music Director
A Celebration of our Holiday Arts

Thanks to everyone who sent in photos of their children's Halloween costumes for our postlude last Sunday! Those pictures from you all really "make" our videos. Read more

Special Notices
Faith Development 10.26 to 11.1.20
This week's updates. Read more

Exploring Membership Workshop
You are invited to this Exploring Membership Zoom workshop, Sunday, October 4th from noon to 2pm. RSVP not necessary. Please join us. The link will be posted on the What's Happening page.

Policy Committee is Budgeting
Your Policy Committee met 10/18 with the main goal of getting a draft budget started. The draft minutes of that meeting are now available here. A follow-up special meeting will be held this Sunday, Nov 1 from 3-4pm on Zoom to try to finalize our plans. Any member is invited. The agenda is here. The meeting link will be on the What's Happening Page.
An Interfaith Service of Reflection and Ritual
Wednesday, November 4th, 7:30pm-8:30pm, online here.

Join our two congregations, Live Oak UU and Shir Ami, as we come together after the election as one steadfast Texan community, via Zoom. This will be an interfaith service of readings and ritual, and you will be invited to share what is in your heart, and a hope you have for yourself, our community, our state, our country, or our world after having civically engaged in voting.
Honor Your Furry Friends
Help our garden grow!

The LOUU pet memorial garden is back on track with some covid-style adjustments. On Nov 8th, the high schoolers of Live Oak will be (socially distantly) painting bricks to honor your loved furry friends who have passed over the Rainbow Bridge. If you would like your pet(s) memorialized, please email my mom at cindylagreca@gmail.com with your pet’s name and any personalized message you would like included on the brick. It’s just a standard-sized brick so be mindful of space limitations.

These bricks will be along the rim of the garden and once installed, you will also be able to add your own bricks or other memorials, and/or your pet’s remains.

Get these messages to my mom by Nov 7th so we can have them painted on the 8th. Bricks are painted in primary colors and the writing will be in black.

Keegan Sarwate

Live Oak Has a New Phone Number
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
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
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