January 20, 2020
This Week
This Week   
Sunday, January 26 at 9:00am & 11:00am 
The Democracy Experiment  
Rev. Joanna Fontaine Crawford
 
 
Share the Plate:       
Share the Plate to fill some plates
In January, all designated funds and half of all undesignated cash will be donated to
Hill Country Community Ministries. They are our community partner and responsible for our signature program, Fresh Food For All.  
 
December Share the Plate total: $746.99
Literacy Council of Williamson County
 
 
Love Notes  
Each month, there will be a different group at Live Oak featured in our "Love Notes" appreciation program. You're encouraged to grab one of those pink sheets and let the group know how much you appreciate what they contribute to Live Oak life.  January love notes will be for our Share the Plate Team.  Please be sure to stop by the Love Notes box and show your love!   
A Few Words from the Minister...
Courage?
I cannot pretend to be neutral... read more 
 
A Few Words from the DLFD...
(Director of Lifespan Faith Development)
What is Unitarian Universalism?
Whether you are new to this faith or have been around for a while, the adult faith development team is offering classes this spring that will help you answer that question. Read more   
A Few Words from the President ...

Twice a year our congregation's governance requires that we come together to vote on key items which are broad enough and important enough to be considered and approved by the entire congregation. We historically have these congregational meetings in December and May. Our December meeting usually has the next year's budget to approve. Last month in addition to approving the budget, we also had some important work on bylaws revisions that we asked the congregation to approve.

During the congregational meeting, the proposed bylaws changes had quite a bit of discussion back and forth. Read more 
 
Special Notices
HOPE Sunday 
Every fourth Sunday is H.O.P.E. Sunday - Help Our People Eat! Please bring non-perishable groceries this Sunday to Live Oak, to be donated to Hill Country Community Ministries. The groceries will be taken up during the worship services at 9 and 11 am. Help fill up the cart with non-perishable food and household essentials. Here is a list of items that are needed.   
 
Policy Committee Meeting 
The Policy Committee will be having a regular business meeting on Sunday, January 26 at 12:30 PM in Common Ground. The meeting is open to all members of the congregation.  
 
What is the Live Oak Outreach Endowment all about?  
Come find out and ask questions on Tuesday, January 28 at 6:00 pm
Are you aware that Live Oak UU Church has an Endowment and that grants from this Endowment fund projects for UU Congregations, affiliated groups and non-profit civic organizations throughout the United States? Would you like to know more about this important Church outreach and possibly become involved?  There will be a general orientation town hall meeting on Tuesday, January 28 at 6:00pm.  While physical presence is preferred, if you want to participate, but cannot get to Live Oak, Zoom attendance is an option.  Here's the video link: https://zoom.us/j/124159385 
 
Got a Taste for Worship?  
Are you interested in meeting guest preachers, ensuring the smooth flow of worship, and working with Rev. Joanna to craft fulfilling worship services? If so, email her at minister@liveoakuu.org and let her know you're interested in learning more about the new "Vergers Team" that is being created. (This is separate from being a worship leader, though you can also do both.)
 
Welcome New Members  
Get acquainted with Live Oak's newest members:
 
Thomas Moore is comfortable with Live Oak because he was a member before. Meet Thomas
 
 
Next Exploring Membership Workshop
Workshop is scheduled for February 2 at noon in room 109. 
 
Capital Fund Meeting Report
The Capital Fund Committee has the responsibility of planning projects and managing the congregation's contribution to the Capital Fund. We desperately need more members to help us. Please contact CT at capitalfund@liveoakuu.org ASAP! The notes from the recent meeting are available for review. 
 
One - on - One Tutors Needed
Do you want the chance to get to know someone and help them at the same time?
The Adult Basic Education program needs two or more tutors in our Leander Library location. Tutors meet weekly with their student, helping them with reading comprehension, writing, and sometimes math. Please contact Kim Ono biwabiwa@austin.rr.com or Mary Hengstebeck 512-983-7009 for more information.
 
Company's Coming to Live Oak - Hosts Needed!
Company's coming! On Thursday, Feb. 20, Live Oak will be hosting the iAct interfaith "Red Bench" event at 6:30 pm. Time to show all those folks how UUs do hospitality! Can you contribute a soup, casserole, or salad? Can you help with set up or cleanup? Please let Rev. Joanna know! minister@liveoakuu.org
 
Are YOU prepared for a Zombie Apocalypse?
Safety Team recruiting new members
Are you ready for the no-win scenario? If someone calls you a "prepper", do you feel a sense of pride? If you answered yes to any of these, and even if you didn't, Live Oak needs you. The Live Oak Safety Team needs more members to prepare the church for problems big and small. Not everything the Safety Team worries about is a big as active shooters. We are more likely to have to deal with a fire. The Safety Team researches the scenarios, develops a plan to deal with them, and then helps the church be ready if and when the time comes. Largely, we're trying to prevent the loss of life, limb, and property. If you are willing to help us with this big task, please email Mike Schultz. We are planning a meeting at the end of January. Even if you are not sure, you can attend and find out more.
 
Polytheistic Family Gathering Nights
Deities of the world are calling! 
We welcome those who practice spiritual arts, animistic traditions, and/or polytheistic beliefs to join us in sharing community among diverse traditions. Come on by for simple family friendly rituals and discussion of your unfolding mystical experiences. We will have crafts available for children, but we encourage you to bring games and activities for kids to share. We are seeking to celebrate relationships with nature, to connect with the spiritual presence in our everyday lives, and to build supportive community and connection. We will be meeting 5-7 pm on the last Friday of month in the Common Ground Building our community means building our hearth space together. Bring food to share for a potluck dinner to nourish our bodies and spirits. We will supply plates, utensils, napkins and cups. We will not wash dishes on site, so plan accordingly. See you soon!  - Shama Blaney & Mariette Henke 
 
Spring Campout!
The spring campout will be April 17-19 at Cedar Breaks Park on Lake Georgetown.  All are invited to the 2020 spring campout! Make your reservation here.  If you have questions email Jen Swan at campout@liveoakuu.org and join the Live Oak Camping Group on Facebook. Please let me know if you're coming and what site you've reserved so I know to look for you!
 
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 
 
Faith Development     
Here's what you need to know this week!
 
Elementary age continue a two-month unit, "Who's Who in UU?" focusing on the African American inventor, Lewis Latimer. Middle and High School are traveling downtown to participate in the Homeless Giveaway run by Austin Atheists Helping the Homeless. They will leave the Live Oak parking lot at 8:20 AM and return by 10:45 AM. There will not be regular youth groups. All participants need to have notified Carrie by Wednesday of their desire to participate so adequate transportation can be arranged.
 
Adults continue the five-week series called "The Corruption of Our Democracy." If you missed previous sessions, but want to join us for session four, you can catch up by watching the video,  Legalize Democracy,  and reading the preparatory handouts for sessions  twothree, and four. Follow this blogpost on the website and in the newsletter for what happened each week so you can stay up to date if you miss out.
 
Our Whole Lives (OWL) for 4th and 5th grades ONLY will be offered on Sunday mornings from 10 - noon. Class size will be limited and open first to Live Oak members. Due to the potential size of this class, we are not opening it up to the community. If you haven't already indicated your interest, please complete the  interest form, and mark the following class dates on your calendar. If you are new to Live Oak and want an introduction to the OWL program for this age group, please join Carrie at noon on February 2 for an overview. Childcare is available. This does not take the place of the mandatory orientation.
 
Feb 9 (Parent/Child Orientation), Feb 23, Mar 1, Mar 8, Mar 22, Mar 29, Apr 5, Apr 19, Apr 26, May 3, May 24  
     
??? - Contact Carrie Krause, dlfd@liveoakuu.org
 
In the Community
2020 Camp UU Hogwarts Summer Camp
Registration opens Friday, February 28
From July 27th-31st, 2020, we continue the annual tradition of transforming First UU of Austin into a magical castle of fun and adventure. Students will have the opportunity to play Quidditch and Wizard Chess, as well as pursue studies of Herbology, Potions, Magical Creatures, and more! Most importantly we relate our UU values and traditions to the rich story of bravery and loyalty and love in the Harry Potter series our classes in Defense Against the Dark Arts and by learning about social justice and service in Muggle Studies. Registration will open Friday, February 28 for members of all Austin area UU churches and returning campers. Registration will open to the public on Friday, March 6, 2020. We welcome campers (rising 1st-6th grade), junior prefects (rising 7th-9th grade), and senior prefects (rising 10th-12th grades) for the full-day camp. Info here.  

First UU San Antonio Presents: LBGTQ Coffeehouse 
Coffeehouse featuring Canadian folk singer-songwriter 
Lucie Blue Tremblay
Saturday, February 8, 7:00pm-9:00pm, Fellowship Hall
 
This bilingual singer-songwriter has a warm voice, great charm and a trademark whistle. Her uplifting global message is honor, strength, tolerance and peace. As a member of the LGBTQI community, she approaches songwriting with love and truth while she honors women's music from her core. Seating is limited. Tickets available at Brown Paper Tickets - $20 advance general, $25 at the door. Coffeehouse refreshments included. 
 
UBarU Upcoming Retreats & Camps
Fiber Arts Retreat Feb 14-17
Men-Aligned Retreat March 27-29
Spiritual Practices Retreat April 3-5
Women-Aligned Retreat April 17-19
Writer's Weekend May 1-3
Family Camp May 22-25
Summer Youth camps June & July (based on age)
Visit UBarU.org for more information
 
House Concert Fundraiser for Our Intern Minister 
Perfect for the post-holiday slump! 
Saturday, February 1st 2020, 7 to 9 pm.  
 
House concert fundraiser to get our intern minister, Kiya Heartwood through seminary (Starr King School for the Ministry).
 
Did you know that Kiya is an award-winning roots rock, and folk singer-songwriter? Honest testimony from having seen her 'in concert:' wonderful music and lyrics range from funny to heartrending. You do not want to miss this!
 
What: fundraiser/house concert
Cost: $15.00 per person, $25 per couple or sliding scale
Where: Dower house with light snacks, wine, beer and sparkling water provided. We are five minutes from the church.
RSVP: Carolyn Dower: socialaction@liveoakuu.org (this is NOT a social action event nor a Live Oak event) Address will be given when you rsvp.
 
First UU San Antonio Presents: LBGTQ Coffeehouse 
Coffeehouse featuring Canadian folk singer-songwriter 
Lucie Blue Tremblay
Saturday, February 8, 7:00pm-9:00pm, Fellowship Hall
 
This bilingual singer-songwriter has a warm voice, great charm and a trademark whistle. Her uplifting global message is honor, strength, tolerance and peace. As a member of the LGBTQI community, she approaches songwriting with love and truth while she honors women's music from her core. Seating is limited. Tickets available at Brown Paper Tickets - $20 advance general, $25 at the door. Coffeehouse refreshments included. 
 
UBarU Upcoming Retreats & Camps
Fiber Arts Retreat Feb 14-17
Men-Aligned Retreat March 27-29
Spiritual Practices Retreat April 3-5
Women-Aligned Retreat April 17-19
Writer's Weekend May 1-3
Family Camp May 22-25
Summer Youth camps June & July (based on age)
Visit UBarU.org for more information
 
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