April 4, 2019
This Week
Sunday Service 
April 7, 2019 9:00am and 11:00am
Art as Spiritual Practice  
Rev. Joanna Fontaine Crawford  
Religious Education - 10:00am-10:55am 
Share the Plate
There's no UBarU without U! 
In April, all checks and envelopes marked "Share the Plate" and half of all undesignated cash will go to support UBarU.  The Unitarian Universalist Camp and Retreat Center is located in the storied Hill Country near Kerrville, Texas. UBarU serves UU congregations and other groups consistent with the mission of providing a welcoming, peaceful place to gather for spiritual, educational, and recreational purposes in harmony with our Unitarian Universalist Principles and the land.
A Few Words from the Minister...
Free Universal Theological Translator with Membership!
You are equipped with the openness to ask questions, and the commitment to religious pluralism to swap some of their language for words that make more sense to you.  Read more
A Few Words from the DLFD...
(Director of Lifespan Faith Development)
Living the Theme: Spirit on Fire
Use these reflections, stories and suggested activities to extend your learning on Transcendentalism and Humanism this month.  Read more
Special Notices
Draft Minutes of Policy Committee Meeting 
The draft of the March 27 Policy Committee Meeting minutes can be found here, and a copy will be posted on the bulletin board in the Narthex by Sunday, April 7.
Easter: Baby/Child Dedication 
During the Easter service at Live Oak, we will be having a "Child Dedication" ceremony. This is where the congregation and the parents/guardians dedicate ourselves to the child. If you are a member or intend to make Live Oak your community, and would like your baby/child to be a part of this ceremony, please email minister@liveoakuu.org. More information 
Books and Cooks Summer RE 
Ready to serve up some faith development alongside some ethnic dishes?
We need leaders, both youth and adults, to make our summer program a success. Sign up online or on the poster in the Narthex!
Service Auction  
We desperately need donations for the Service Auction.
We are now taking submissions for the 2019 Service Auction! All donations, handmade, service, event, or donated item are welcome! The Service Auction will be on 4/27 and we are only taking submissions through APRIL 14th so submit your item at today!  
Committed to being a Teaching Congregation
The Live Oak Board of Directors is excited to announce a couple of recent decisions. At our November 2018 meeting, we reaffirmed our commitment to being a teaching congregation. In order to do this, we set up a fund that accepts contributions and then quickly had donors step up to provide all of the money that we needed to pay Kiya for her 18 month internship (paired with a grant from the Unitarian Universalist Association).  
We realize that there may be others in the congregation who would be interested and able to help support Live Oak in having additional interns in the future. If you would like to donate to the fund, you may send a check (or place it in the collection basket) with "Teaching Congregation" in the memo line or you may use a credit or debit card by using the DONATE button on the liveoakuu.org website and selecting "Teaching Congregation". The Board also plans to allocate money to the fund in future church budgets.  
Save the Date - April 19 Tenebrae Service
Friday, April 19 7:00 pm  
Good Friday Tenebrae Service
Tenebrae means "shadows" in Latin. This Unitarian Universalist somber service commemorates the last days of the life of Jesus with readings, communion, and an extinguishing of candles. All are welcome.  
Ballet on Film
Join us for an outing 
Some of us are planning to go to the Arbor 8 Theater at Great Hills on Sunday, April 7 for a performance directly from the Bolshoi Theater of the ballet Golden Age, music by Dmitri Shostakovich. This is similar to the opera performances you may have read about. We will meet in front of the theater at 12:45 pm for the performance at 12:55. Tickets are for sale at $19.49. The performance will take 2 1/2 hours, and later we plan to go to La Madeleine nearby for treats. The address of the theater is 9828 Great Hills.
Gnarly Annual Auction 4/27 6-9pm
Deadline for donations 4/14 and clean up volunteers needed
Oh my gosh!! Deadline for your Gnarly service item(or 2 or more) is Sunday, April 14th. Yikes!! If you need suggestions, check out our auction website. You can also find a hard copy in our Narthex. We need lots of items to make this a success. Don't forget 30% is going to disaster relief.
Want to help with the auction? We need hardy members to help put the church back to Sunday ready after the auction. Contact Roberta to volunteer.
Campout Coming Up Soon!
It's almost camping weather, just in time for our campout!  
The LOUU 2019 Spring Campout is coming up in less than 2 weeks!
April 12-14 at Cedar Breaks Park in Georgetown.
There are no more available campsites, but come on out for the day on Saturday and stay for our traditional potluck supper and campfire in the evening! If you're really hankering to camp, post a Facebook message on the Interests and Events page or the Live Oak Camping Group page and ask if anyone will share their site (and the cost of it). Questions? Ask on the Camping Group page or email campout@liveoakuu.org
Live Oak Men Gather 
The Live Oak Men's Group will be meeting April 9, 2019 at 7pm Tuesday in the church Library. Please join this informal discussion. 
Spring 2019 Hands on Housing Volunteers Needed
Because of a rain delay, the new date for Hands on Housing is Saturday April 13th, join the Live Oak crew giving the gift of home repair and fresh paint to a low income household in Austin. Please volunteer - Experience appreciated, but not required. Complete this VOLUNTEER FORM .  
Building & Grounds Team Meeting 
The B&G Team will meet Monday April 8th at 7pm. The actual meeting will be in room 106 and available by videoconference. All church members are encouraged to participate. Videoconferencing instructions stated in the AGENDA   
Volunteer Service at ARCH (Austin Resource Center for the Homeless)
Live Oak has offered 4 volunteers for the fifth Sunday and fifth Tues. of each month to serve dinner to the homeless. We meet in the parking lot at 5:30 on Sun. and 5:15 Tues. and return around 8:30. Please contact Alison Dieter at ARCH@liveoakuu.org if interested in going. Thanks much! 
Church Ladies Lunch 
The LOUU Church Ladies Lunch group will meet on Monday, April 8th, at the La Madeleine at 9828 Great Hills Trail. All Live Oak women and their friends age 16 and over are welcome at this informal lunch. We will begin gathering in the back room around 11:45. Please contact Margaret Sheehan at ChurchLadiesLunch@LiveOakUU.org if you have questions or need more information. We look forward to seeing you!
Vocal Workshop   
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. This is for altos and sopranos (including children).  If you have any questions about it please contact Rebecca at: music@liveoakuu.org.
Live Oak's Got Talent...Galore! 
Dance like nobody's watching! Sing your heart out! Show us what you're made of! 
Do you or your kid play in a band (they don't all have to be Live Oakers)? Can you make balloon animals? Are you secretly a Mime? Can you do yo-yo tricks? Jump rope? Hula Hoop? Any and all talents are welcome! Come watch your friends amaze you with their talent! Childcare available.  Sign up here. 
Walk to End Hunger April 7
Support Our Signature Partner Hill Country Ministries and take a leisurely walk along Brushy Creek Trail.  
What: CropWalk Leander-Cedar Park
When: Sunday, April 7, Registration at 1:30p, Walk at 2:00p
Where: YMCA-204 E. Elm Trail, Cedar Park
What: Raise awareness and funds to end hunger in our community. They work in partnership with our signature partner Hill County Community Ministries.
Cost: No cost to participate but it is a fundraiser. If you can't make it, you can make donations to support our team leader Helen "Betty" Skwarek here.  
Faith Development   
Here's what you need to know this week!

Upcoming Adult RE
Fuller Conversations:
Join us next Sunday, April 7, for our next Fuller Conversation on Theology. We will meet at 10 AM in Room 109 to discuss how Humanism has shaped our current theology as Unitarian Universalists. You might want to view this video as an introduction to the class.
Is climate change your justice issue?
 UUA Common Read discussion on 
Justice on Earth: People of Faith Working at the Intersections of Race, Class, and Environment will be on April 14 from 12:15 to 2:00 p.m. Bring a lunch and join in the conversation. You need to purchase the book and read it ahead of the class. Please let Carrie know if you plan on participating and if you need childcare.  Common Read sign-up

Children & Youth

This month we will explore Transcendentalism and Humanism in our RE classes, beginning with Transcendentalism this Sunday. As we approach the end of our RE year, are you interested in learning more about what we do in our RE classes? Would observing help you feel confident leading over the summer or next year? We are having an open house on
April 14th, May 5th or 12th. Of course, parents are always welcome to observe their child's class, just let us know you are coming.
High School Save the Date:
Overnight at Live Oak for members of our high school youth group, May 4-5, 7 p.m. to 10 a.m. the next morning. We will need rovers (four total) and some help with breakfast. A sign-up will be sent out to High School families in the next two weeks. Please step up to help out!
Summer RE Leaders sign-up is now available. See the poster in the Narthex, or sign up online at Books and Cooks.

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
4/6    Vocal Workshop
4/7    Fuller Conversations
4/7    Crop Walk
4/8    Church Ladies Lunch
4/9    Men's Group
4/10  Sack Lunch with the Minister
4/12-4/13  Spring Campout
4/13  Hands on Housing
4/14  Common Read

In the Community
UBarU Camp & Retreat Center Upcoming Events:
Upcoming events at UBarU Camp & Retreat Center:
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
Human Sexuality camp based on OWL values (rising 8-9th graders)  Aug 4-10 
For more information and to register, visit www.ubaru.org and look under "events."
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