January 3, 2019
This Week
Sunday Service 
January 6, 2019 9:00am and 11:00am
Fire Communion 
Rev. Joanna Fontaine Crawford 
Religious Education - 10:00am-10:55am 
Share the Plate
In January, half of all cash and all designated money will go to 
Hill Country Community MinistriesHCCM is a coalition of churches
assisted by area businesses, civic organizations, service clubs and concerned individuals that provides food, clothing and other assistance for people in crisis and those living in poverty in southwest Williamson and northwest Travis counties.  
Embrace More Joy in 2019!
We'd love to help you become more involved at Live Oak. On Sunday, stop at the table in the Narthex with the big "Enrich Connections" sign; member Tim Buckley will be there between 10 am and 11 to answer any questions you may have about all the different ways to enhance your involvement. From book clubs to feeding the hungry, there are multiple avenues for getting to know new friends and do meaningful things.
A Few Words from the Minister...
Decluttering the Old Year, Setting Up the New
What are the lessons you learned this past year? The goals you set, maybe even met? What did you learn about yourself in 2018?  Read more 

A Few Words from the DLFD...
(Director of Lifespan Faith Development)
Living the Theme: The Fire Within
How are you living into your Unitarian Universalist values and how will that change the world for better? Read more 

Shama Blaney: As a multi-generational UU, it is not surprising that I would be attending a Unitarian church as an adult. What may be surprising, is that as an adult I'm attending a UU church as a believer.  Read more
Special Notices
The deadline for submitting 2018 reimbursement requests will be Jan.7th.
Preaching for Lay Speakers
Preaching Meaning  
A Preaching Class for Church Members  
Revs. Betty Skwarek and Joanna Fontaine Crawford  
Tuesdays, 7 pm, beginning January 8
Would you like to become a more confident, effective speaker? Join Revs. Betty and Joanna as we teach "Preaching Meaning." In this class, you'll learn how to craft and deliver an effective and dynamic message, rich with meaning. This 8-session class begins January 8. Sign up by sending an email to Rev. Betty.
Ideas for Social Events
Do you like to have fun? Do you enjoy the people at Live Oak and want to get to know them better at social events?
The Executive Team would like to get your ideas for social events in 2019 and beyond. We are forming a new group and would really like your input as to what kinds of events you would enjoy and possibly help with. We will have two sessions: 10:15-10:45 AM on Sunday, January 6 and 12:15-12:45 PM on Sunday, January 13. Both sessions will be in the church library.  
Is a "First Service Choir" viable? 
If you want to hear a choir, be the choir!
I am testing the waters at this point. I envision a choir of mixed ages who would venture into real choral literature (elementary level) as well lighter selections. I hope to draw interest from people who already attend the first service, and it would be delightful to have new members, or members who are new to choir. A regular rehearsal time would be chosen according to member's schedules. On special occasions, both choirs could unite.  
If you have missed hearing choir in the first service, and you enjoy singing, please catch me after the first service and let me know. I would love to explore this, and would welcome any brave souls who feel similarly!   
 - Rebecca Maze, Music Director 
Men's Group
Discuss important stuff with other Live Oak UU men! 
The men's group will meet in the church library on Tuesday, January 8 at 7:00 PM. We will discuss various topics of the day and make our plans for 2019. Join us!
Hurrah for Songs Without Words!
Calling all Horns and Strings
Band and Orchestra students/adults-if you are interested in forming a church ensemble please contact (music@liveoakuu.org) or talk to Rebecca after the service. Music would be simple enough for everyone to enjoy playing it, and performing once or twice next semester would be a good goal. It would be fun, and roundly appreciated by the congregation, of course!  
Standing on the Side of Love Banner
Is no longer "standing"!  Want to mount a new banner?  Contact Diane: administrator@liveoakuu.org 
December Food Distribution Report
On the 3rd Friday of December, 50 families were served fresh food for the Holidays.  The recipients came out on the chilly morning for food. Thanks to the volunteers who make this possible.  
Calling All Chefs and Chef-Wannabes
Would you like to get together with other cooks and bakers for fun and learning? We're starting a Cooking Covenant Group in January. Email me to let me know if you'd like to be included. minister@liveoakuu.org.  
  -- Rev. Joanna
Financial Peace
Do you yearn for Financial Freedom?
Last year, three families in our congregation escaped debt and are on the road to financial freedom using these principles. Are you next?

Free informational meeting Sunday, Jan. 6 at 6:00pm in Room 106. Classes will run Jan. 13 to Mar. 10, Sunday evenings until 6pm. Childcare available upon request. Questions - Contact Karen or Ram Santhanam, gokarenkaren@gmail.com

Hiring Childcare Providers
Live Oak is looking for 2-3 more childcare providers and a childcare coordinator for Sunday morning and occasional events during the week. This would allow for time off and coverage during illness. If you know of someone who is interested, please pass this information along to them. Applications should be submitted to Carrie Krause, dlfd@liveoakuu.org .
**Please note that providers must be at least 18 years of age and pass a background check prior to employment**
Faith Development   
Here's what you need to know this week!

We are back to all classes meeting at their scheduled time. Sixth graders will return to youth group and 5th graders will join their class in Room 206. Eighth graders will join the older youth in Room 209. Adult faith development will meet in Room 109 to discuss our prophetic voice. Check our Live Oak Facebook page for the introductory video to this session.
If you are interested in helping teach this spring, especially in the elementary classes, please contact me and we can talk. Faith Development classes can't happen without your support. Join the team!

If you have any questions about the program, please don't hesitate to contact Carrie Krause - dlfd@liveoakuu.org . Sunday mornings can be busy, so if you asked me for something, please follow up with an email to be sure I get the message.

Church Calendar
1/6   D&D Group
1/6   Financial Peace University
1/8   Preaching Class
1/8   Men's Group
1/9   Finance Meeting

In the Community
UBarU Camp & Retreat Center Upcoming Events:
Full information for each event can be found at:    www.ubaru.org  
Fiber Arts Weekend Feb 15-18, 2019
F un, friendship, learning and creating!  Fiber artists of all levels, abilities and experiences are welcome! 
Murder Mystery Weekend January 25-27, 2019 
This will be a unique weekend at UBarU as we travel back in time to the Roaring '20s!  Flappers, the Mob, Speakeasies, Prohibition, Women's suffrage, the radio, Jazz and more. 
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.   
Astronomy Weekend March 1-3 , 2019
SW UU Women's Conference
February 22-24 in Hot Springs, AR  Read more 
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