September 12, 2019
This Week
Sunday Service 
September 15, 2019 9:00am and 11:00am 
"Sacred Disco "
Rev. Joanna Fontaine Crawford

Religious Education Classes 10:00am-10:55am 
Share the Plate:      
In September, 50% of cash and all designated money will be donated to
Texas Gun Sense. Thi s organization advocates for common sense,
evidence-based policies to reduce gun in juries and deaths.
From their webiste: 'We use "gun sense" because we recognize citizens' right to own guns, but also believe our laws could be strengthened to include more sensible policies that would protect the general public from avoidable accidents and injuries from guns.'
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.  September love notes will be for our Soundboard team.  please be sure to stop by the Love Notes box and show your love!   
A Few Words from the Minister...
From "The Question Box"
"What is the role of a minister? Beyond Sunday services, when would a person in the congregation connect with you?" Read more 
A Few Words from the DLFD...
(Director of Lifespan Faith Development)
Adult Faith Facilitators!!!
The Adult Faith Development team has something planned between services for nearly every Sunday through May. 
Special Notices
You Don't Want to Miss a Sunday in September!
Sept 15th:  
Fellowship Fair: Learn about the opportunities to get involved at Live Oak
Sept 22nd: 
Hands On Live Oak: Lend a hand as we spruce up our spiritual home  
Sept 29th: Stewardship Finale 
Bring Your Gift to the Altar 
There will be a small altar in front of the chancel every Sunday, where anyone can add an object. We already have some shells and stones, but we'd love to have small figurines (say, a religious figure, an animal, etc) that people can also choose from.
Do you have an item to contribute? The item will stay at Live Oak, so this is a gift to the church. If so, bring it Sunday!
Live Oak Church will be distributing food to our neighbors.   

Please volunteer to help with the following tasks:
* Thursday, September, 19th @ 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, September 20th @ 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 and take down the tables, help with the selection of food, and help carry food to our neighbors cars. You do not need to remain the entire 2 & 1/2 hours.  

Your help is needed! Any questions please contact Donna Durbin at:

The need is great and the cupboard is bare. In this case, that cupboard is a cart in the Narthex. Read More
Outreach Endowment application
Outreach Endowment application due date coming up soon!
The due date for submitting applications for the 2019 Endowment grant is September 30th. The Live Oak UU Church Endowment was created and funded by the congregation in 2006 with the mission of supporting the broader Unitarian Universalist denomination through our outreach efforts. Please visit the Endowment website or email for more information and application submission. We have three potential applicants so far and would love to see more - please pass the word! 
Faith Development    
Here's what you need to know this week!

If you have a youth in 8th grade and up, the deadline for registering for the Coming of Age retreat is midnight, Sunday, 9/15. Please consider this opportunity for your youth. You can read more about it here.

Please register if you haven't already done so. A procedure change to note this year: elementary children will no longer sign in downstairs. Parents should sign them in at the classroom upstairs, preferably by 10:05, which is when class will begin. If you arrive late, please enter quietly as we will begin opening circle on time to allow more class time in our studios. Sign out is upstairs at the same classroom by 10:55.

Middle School and High School start the year out with welcoming and ice-breaker games. Every year as people come in there is a need for the group to re-form. The presence of youth is vital during the first few weeks if that is to happen, so encourage them to attend and help shape the youth groups for the year!

Our adult programming will begin on September 22nd. For information about upcoming classes, please visit the Learning pages of the website.

Please consider how you can help in faith development across the ages this year by contacting Carrie Krause. Let's grow our base of adults sharing the journey with our children, youth, and adults. Many hands make light work and allow for a richer experience for all involved.

??? - Contact Carrie Krause,
In the Community
UBarU Camp & Retreat Center Upcoming Events:
Upcoming events at UBarU Camp & Retreat Center:
Men's Retreat October 25-27 
Women's Retreat October 11-13 
Murder Mystery November 8-10 
Come be part of a Murder Mystery Weekend: "Murder at the Four Deuces"  
The game is interactive and unscripted to allow you to develop your character as you try to solve the mystery.  We will have theme-based fun and activities in addition to the problem-solving, scheming and character playing. Lodging and meals will be part of the weekend which will begin on Friday evening at dinner when you can chose your character.  
For more information on all events and to register, visit and look under "events."
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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