February 21, 2019
This Week
Sunday Service 
February 24, 2019 9:00am and 11:00am
Lives on Fire: Lives on Fire  
Rev. Joanna Fontaine Crawford  
Religious Education - 10:00am-10:55am 
Share the Plate
In February all checks and envelopes marked "Share the Plate" and half of all undesignated cash will go to support the mission of Austin Diaper Bank. Austin Diaper Bank is dedicated to providing diapers to Central Texas families who need a clean, reliable supply of diapers for a healthy and comfortable quality of life. They support over 10,000 families in Central Texas each year. In Central Texas, 1 in 3 families goes without clean and dry diapers. Austin Diaper Bank is on a mission to MAKE 1 in 3 NONE IN 3. Their goal in 2019 is to provide 600,000 diapers and we can help make that a reality.
A Few Words from the Minister...
Saying "Hello"
Who was the first person you met at Live Oak? read more
A Few Words from the DLFD...  
(Director of Lifespan Faith Development)
Homeless Giveaway Field Trip
March 3rd we will be helping the Austin Atheists with their Homeless Giveaway... read more
Special Notices
Policy Committee Meeting 
The Board of Trustees will be having a regular business meeting on Wednesday, February 27 at 6:30 PM in the Narthex. The meeting is open to all members of the congregation. 
Work Starts on a New Sign  
Before the new LED sign is installed, the old one had to come down and the area around the sign cleaned up. On Saturday morning, a crew of volunteers got the job done! Thanks, Sue Buckley 
What Happens in Children's Chapel? 
Did you know we have "worship with training wheels?"
Children's Chapel takes place during both services in room 106. It is designed for kids ages 3-7 who may not be ready to join their parents in the "big" service. We incorporate elements of the regular worship service, including having the children help with setting up the altar, lighting the chalice with an LED tealight, and choosing our story and song.

Each child has a chance to share joys and concerns and talk about the lesson in that week's story. We finish by taking up a pretend collection (with beads instead of money) and discussing why people give money to our church and community. We call this "worship with training wheels." Parents are welcome to sit in with us any time, so feel free to come check it out!  
-- Monica Weaver
Vocal Workshop and Talent Show  
Polish up on your vocal technique and show it off too!
These two events actually have a whole month between them.  
On Sat. April 6 at 10:30 AM, Susan Meitz will give an hour and a half WORKSHOP FOR TREBLE VOICES in the Sauber Music Building. The basses and tenors will have their chance at a later date, because this is for altos and sopranos (including children). Susan has a degree in Vocal Performance from Texas State, and has performed in many area choirs regularly, including St. David's Episcopal where she is employed as the soprano section leader. Having taken a summer's worth of lessons from her myself, I am overjoyed to be able to share her expertise with members and friends of Live Oak! If you have any questions about it please let me know at: music@liveoakuu.org.

TALENT SHOW Friday, May 10th, 6:30PM in the sanctuary. All performing arts welcome. Finally, we will get to see your hidden (or not so hidden) talent! Please sign up for a spot soon with me, at the above address.

Rebecca Maze. Music Director
The Men's Group Met Last Week  
The Live Oak Men's Group meet on Tuesday in the Library. We welcomed back a member who has been away a few months while traveling in Europe. At the meetings, we gather together and discuss whatever issues we bring with us. Usually, we have an open discussion format. Join us on the second Tuesday evening of the month. Any questions, please contact Sam Gleason or Rob Sartin or email: mensgroup@liveoakuu.org
Is it Broccoli of Broccolini?
That was one of the questions these city slickers asked as they sorted food that was to be distributed at the February Fresh Food for All. Distributing free food to 80 neighbors takes many volunteers. Read how they resolve this question and learn what is required to make this project so successful. 
Congratulations to Our ESL Student
Join us to honor our ESL student becoming a citizen. With all the talk of Walls and declaring a National Emergency, it is a joy to be part of this new citizen's life. Join the celebration on Tuesday February 26 at 7pm at the Leander Library in the Conference Room D that is in the Library Annex.   
Capital Fund Committee Meeting
The Capital Fund Committee met and reviewed 2019 priorities, planned for architect selection, and discussed allocation to the capital replacement fund. Please review the Meeting Notes and the committee members would welcome any questions.  
CT Goss, Chair Capital Fund Committee  
Parents of Young Children Covenant Group 
PYC is officially back! 
We meet on the 2nd Saturday of each month from 5-7pm in room 208 for adult conversation about childcare and family issues that are important to us.
We are an inclusive, open-minded group designed to foster acceptance, appreciation and support among members while building long term friendships. If you have kids, middle school-aged or younger (even babies), please join us. Free child care is provided! Please RSVP with number and ages of children who will need childcare and contact us if you have any questions! parents of youngchildren@liveoakuu.org     
Spring Campout April 12-14 
Everyone is invited to our annual spring campout April 12-14 at Cedar Breaks Park in Georgetown.  Read more
Call for nominations 
If you are interested in any of the elected positions, or if you know someone who would serve Live Oak well, please email nominating@liveoakuu.org. If you have questions, the Nominating Committee encourages you to read the Bylaws or contact any member of the Nominating Committee for more information. You may use the nominating@liveoakuu.org email address or you may contact any individual member of the Nominating Committee: Barbara Coldiron, Jon Durbin, Susan LaRonde, Julia Mitschke, or Becca Russell 
Volunteers needed for Auction 4/27
The 2019 Auction committee is searching for a few committed individuals to support the biggest social event of the year.  Below is a short list of chores and the minimum of volunteers needed for each chore:
  • 2+ decorating-join a group to plan/create an 80's theme for the event. Decorating will be done Friday, 4/26, the night before the auction.  
  • 2 Crowd control/greeter - arrive early to help direct incoming members  
  • 2. Registrars-assign paddle #s, pass out auction booklets, and ensure that contact information is current. This is a sit down position and arrive early.  
  • 6+ clean up-post auction hardy individuals to put the church back to Sunday standards after the auction on Saturday night  
  • 2+ Food service join a team to select and set up beverages and finger foods. Need to arrive early for set up day of auction and clean up prior to the end of the auction.
Help make this year's auction totally gnarly!  Contact Roberta to get involved. 
Faith Development   
Here's what you need to know this week!

Adult RE - If you missed last week's information in the newsletter on the upcoming UUA Common Read discussion on Justice on Earth: People of Faith Working at the Intersections of Race, Class, and Environment, you can read more about it   here. The discussion will be on April 14 from 12:15 to 2:00 p.m. Bring a lunch and join in the conversation.
Our next Fuller Conversation for adults will take place on March 3rd and the topic will be Transcendentalism. Please watch for the introductory video next week with resources for you to read ahead of time if you wish.
High School Youth will be going on a social action field trip next Sunday, March 3rd to help the homeless. Families registered for the program have already received information. There is an opportunity for Live Oak members to support the efforts of the organization the youth will be working with. For details, please read the DLFD article this week. You can find it here.

Remember that you can find the latest information about Faith Development programming on the   Learning pages of the Live Oak website or in the newsletter. Please keep yourself informed about what is happening!

??? - Contact Carrie Krause, dlfd@liveoakuu.org

Church Calendar
2/27  Sack Lunch with the Minister
2/27  Policy Committee Meeting
3/3    D&D Group
3/6    Sack Lunch with the Minister
3/7    Seniors Coffee

In the Community
CampUU/Hogwarts for July 22-26, 2019
First UU of Austin

UBarU Camp & Retreat Center Upcoming Events:
Astronomy Weekend March 1-3
Men's retreat March 22-24
Women's retreat March 29-31
Work Bee weekend May 17-19
Summer Family Camp May 25-28
Youth summer camps June 9-29 (based on age)
Sky & Earth youth science camp July 28-Aug 3
For more information and to register, visit www.ubaru.org and look under "events."
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