October 24, 2019
This Week
Sunday Service 
October 27, 2019 9:00am and 11:00am 
Changing the Focus: Black Photography
Kiya Heartwood

Religious Education Classes 10:00am-10:55am 
 
Share the Plate:       
The Share the Plate recipient for October is the Travis Audubon Baker Sanctuary. Travis Audubon was founded in 1952 by visionary Central Texans who recognized the vital connection between conserving wildlife habitat and the ecological balance necessary for healthy, sustainable, and habitable communities. They are a non-profit corporation with tax-exempt status, governed by a 12-person Board of Directors and managed by a full-time Executive Director. Many of their programs and activities are organized and led by a dedicated, experienced, and highly skilled corps of volunteers. Their outreach programs strive to educate the community about the vital connection between conservation and sustainable, healthy human habitats. Supporting Travis Audubon gives you a voice for conservation, education, and advocacy.

  (In September, we raised $645.74 for Texas Gun Sense)    
 
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.  October love notes will be for our Membership team.  Please be sure to stop by the Love Notes box and show your love!   
A Few Words from the Minister...
Join the "Skull Cinema" Challenge!
 
Last Sunday, I threw down a challenge. Will you join in? Read more  
A Few Words from the Music Director... 
Pageant Song Rehearsal this Sunday
Children and Youth Singers needed 
The Christmas Pageant, scheduled for Dec 15th, is going to have at least 3 songs to be performed by a Youth Choir. This would extend to young children who are willing to learn songs by ear. This Sunday there are activities planned for all ages in the fellowship hall, and I would like to introduce at least two of the performance pieces to potential singers at 10:00-10:25. All children and youth interested should remain in the sanctuary after the first service, so that we can begin to practice quickly, leaving time for other activities for the remainder of the hour.

"Christmas is Coming" (Muppets version) and "Moonlight Whispers" (a solstice carol) are two of the songs. The other, a UU version of The 12 Days of Christmas, is still under construction by Carrie Krause! Stay tuned for more details! And contact me with questions or to let me know you have a young singer who is interested.  music@liveoakuu.org

Thanks!
Rebecca Maze
 
Special Notices
New Office Hours  
Beginning November 1st, Diane will be in the office as follows:
 
Tuesday 8:30-2
Wednesday 8:30-2
Thursday 8:30-4
 
TXUUJM BECOMES A SPONSOR FOR BOLD BORDER ACTION IN LAREDO OCTOBER 26  
A message from Rev. Chuck Freeman, executive director of TX UU Justice Ministry 
    
Texas UUs,

Horrific and depraved human rights crimes being perpetrated in our name daily on the Texas border.

WE CAN'T DO EVERYTHING BUT WE CAN DO SOMETHING

TXUUJM is honored to become a sponsor of the Bold Border Action For Justice & Compassion in Laredo October 26.  We are very grateful for the leadership of Mary Grace Ketner from 1st UU San Antonio and numerous UUs from several congregations in the Hill Country ministering through the Interfaith Welcome Coalition.

Check out the flyer. Please support this vital effort in every way you can including going to the border if you are able.  
 
H.O.P.E. Sunday 
Every fourth Sunday is H.O.P.E. Sunday - Help Our People Eat! Please bring non-perishable groceries this Sunday to Live Oak, to be donated to Hill Country Community Ministries. The groceries will be taken up during the worship services at 9 and 11 am. Help fill up the cart with non-perishable food and household essentials. Here is a list of items that are needed. Last Friday we donated 133 pounds of food that had been collected over the month. Let's do it again - help us continue to Empower the Dream of helping our neighbors.
 
In addition to providing our donation last Friday, we distributed fresh food to 86 families totaling 253 individuals, distributing 2,408 pounds in our 2-hour event. Thank You, The HCCM Team.  
 
Adult Class: A Good Death 
...we are all mortal and death can come at any time for ourselves or for a loved one. Read more    
 
SOCIAL ACTION PROJECT FOR GUN REFORM 
An easy project - just sign the card!
Thank you to those who signed the postcards that will be hand delivered to Sen. John Cornyn's office in Washington DC. I hope to have more signatures this Sunday. Look for my sign in the Fellowship Hall. - Carolyn Dower 
 
 
November Exploring Membership Class 
Interested in learning more about Live Oak church and how to become a member? Exploring Membership Workshops are conducted on the first Sunday of each month. If you would like to attend the next workshop on November 3rd after the second service, please complete this form. If you have any questions, email: membership@liveoakuu.org
 
HELP FEED THE HOMELESS 
On the 5th Sundays and Tuesdays, volunteers from Live Oak church help serve dinner to the homeless at Austin Resource Center for the Homeless (ARCH). Located at 500 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78701. Please join us on Tuesday October 29th. Contact Alison Dieter by email: arch@liveoakuu.org 
For more information about this program.
   
 
Adult Basic Education Party 
ABE students and tutors enjoyed food, fun, and games at Oct. pot luck party. When the weather turned chilly one Saturday in October, thirteen students and tutors in our ABE program gathered together and had a party. Students from Costa Rica, Cambodia, Germany, and S. Korea brought dishes from their cuisine. Tutors brought even more treats. We enjoyed kimchi, bulgogi, egg rolls, rice balls, spicy bean dip, pumpkin pie, and more. Everyone enjoyed chatting, most meeting face to face for the first time. (One -to- one lessons is the reason.) Of course parties are more fun with a game, and we got a lot of laughs, stories, and rolling eye groans playing 'Life Memories'. We are all looking forward to the next party in Spring. If you would like to know more about becoming a tutor, please contact Kim Ono (biwabiwa@austin.rr.com) or Mary Hengstebeck (512-983-7009). 
 
 
   
 
Outreach Endowment Update 
The Outreach Endowment Committee received 11 applications this year - the most we've ever received! The next step is to present our recommendations to the Board for their final approval. Thanks to everyone for getting the word out and encouraging organizations to apply!
 
 
 
Ancestor Labyrinth Walk
Saturday, October 26, 7:30 p.m
Join us on the labyrinth as we remember our ancestors and our beloved family, friends, and pets who have died. We will tell their stories and share our memories. Bring a drum and come in costume, if you'd like. This community walk is family friendly for all persons. Please gather at the labyrinth and bring something to sit on. We also invite you to bring finger food to share, and we'll provide drinks. For more information: labyrinth@liveoakuu.org 
 
2019 Fall Campout
Camping together is one of my favorite ways to Enrich Connections with fellow Live Oakers!  Read more  
 
Faith Development    
Here's what you need to know this week!

This Sunday we have an all ages faith development activity in the Fellowship Hall at 10 AM. Children through adults are encouraged to participate as we make cards of compassion together. We will begin our time with a metta meditation. After the meditation you are encouraged to find a table with supplies and create as many cards as you like.

In addition, our elementary children will have a table set up with baked goods and a display of their art from our unit on immigration. Donations will be accepted for the baked goods as a fundraiser for Angry Tias and Abuelas. Money will go to support their legal aid fund for migrants awaiting court hearings at the border. Please give generously.

Are you a new member of Live Oak? There is still time to join our newly forming Acorn Chalice Circle. You can read more about it  here, including the link to sign up for the groups. The dates and times for the meeting will be determined as the group forms. The goal is to offer these six-session groups three times during the year, so if the first group fills or the timing doesn't work for you this fall, we will keep your name on the list for the next offering.

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, dlfd@liveoakuu.org
 
In the Community
Paths to Compassionate Cultural Care for Aging LBGTQ+  
Tuesday, October 29th at First Baptist Church in downtown Austin 
All-day workshop, panel discussion, and viewing of the documentary film "Gen Silent". We will be discussing issues faced by older LGBT adults and the resources available to them as well as facilitate an open discussion about how to best support older LGBTQ+ adults as they age. More information  
 
UBarU Camp & Retreat Center Upcoming Events:
Upcoming events at UBarU Camp & Retreat Center:
 
    
For more information on all events and to register, visit www.ubaru.org 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
If you have any questions or comments about this Newsletter please email: editor@liveoakuu.org