June 17, 2021
This Week
June 20, 2021
"Look Spaghetti Arms, this is Self-Differentiation"
Rev. Joanna Fontaine Crawford

As humans, we crave togetherness with others. But the key to the happiest relationships (as well as peace within oneself) is learning how to hold healthy boundaries and differentiate between what is our responsibility, and what is the responsibility of others. Come hear what Dr. Murray Bowen, and Johnny Castle from Dirty Dancing, can teach us about this liberating skill. 

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
Animals need our help
Live Oak’s Share the Plate recipient for June is Texas Critter Crusaders. This all-volunteer group works almost nonstop to raise money for the sometimes desperate needs of animals at the Taylor Animal Shelter and in other small communities. For example, they have paid for vet care for a dog hit by a car, surgery to remove a dog’s disabling tumor, and treatment of a cat’s broken leg. In some cases, they’ve raised money to help individuals pay for emergency care for their beloved pets that’s otherwise unaffordable for them. They also run adoption events to try to get these animals into forever homes. June’s Share the Plate is a way we can directly aid the sweet critters in our “interdependent web of all existence.” Visit https://texascrittercrusaders.com for more information.

Please help. Go to the Donate link on the Live Oak website’s home page. Use the drop down menu to designate your donation for “Share the Plate”.

May recipient: NAMI - $460.00
A Few Words from the Minister
Deciding to be Happy
“You can’t wait until life isn’t hard anymore to decide to be happy.” Read more
A Few Words from the DLFD
Faith Development 6.14 to 6.20.21
What's happening this summer...read more
Special Notices
Board of Trustees meeting
June 20th
The Board of Trustees (previously known as Policy Committee) will be meeting June 20th at 1pm via Zoom. We'll be planning for the upcoming board year and church reopening, as well as action items from the congregational meeting and bylaws update. All are welcome to join. Full agenda The zoom link is in the agenda and will be on the What's Happening page.

Vote for Your Favorite Worship Service
Deadline JUNE 23
Will it be a service on the Blitz? The post-election "Schrödinger's Sermon"? How about Christmas in August? To give staff and producers a break for vacations and study leave, we will be following the tradition of Church of the Larger Fellowship and replaying our most popular services this August. Vote today for your favorite service! This will narrow down the list, then you'll get to vote again for the finalists later this month. Deadline for this round:

To see descriptions of services: https://link.liveoakuu.org/servicedescriptions

Live Oak Church will be distributing food to our neighbors at Fresh Food Friday and need volunteers to help. Last month we distributed 2,420 pounds to 125 families (378 individuals). Of these families, 22 were new!

* Friday, June 18 @ 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
Volunteers Needed to Listen to Stories!
Sign up for a 30-minute time-slot (children are welcome to join you) to hear one of our adult ESL students read a children’s story over Zoom. They have been invited to read to elementary-aged children at a local school and they just need to practice first. This is the easiest half-hour you can donate to this important social justice work. Just listen to them practice reading their stories.

Each student is assigned a set of books that should take about 25 minutes to read. Feel free to sign up for more than one slot--our ESL students want to be full of confidence when they are in front of school kids.

You can signup to help by using this link or contacting one of the coordinators listed below:

Mary Hengstebeck (512-983-7009), Kim Ono 908-392-1888), or Audrey McCann (903-603-5070)

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.
LiveOakUU.org Pages to Visit:
Worship Service & Fellowship Hour: http://www.liveoakuu.org/
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

Star Party 9/3 - 9/6 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