March 14, 2019
This Week
Sunday Service 
March 17, 2019 9:00am and 11:00am
Ireland: Folklore and Fakelore       
Kiya Heartwood 
Religious Education - 10:00am-10:55am 
Share the Plate
In March, all checks and envelopes marked "Share the Plate" and half of all undesignated cash will go to support th e mission of  Epilepsy Foundation Central & South Texas.  They strive to help people with Epilepsy to not define their lives by their diagnosis, but to lead active productive lives in supportive bully-free communities. As one of 50 Epilepsy Foundation National Organization affiliates, they are the only organization dedicated to the health and welfare of more than 155,000 individuals with Epilepsy residing in 79 counties of Central & South Texas. Programs include medical, educational, and social services for individuals with Epilepsy and their family.
A Few Words from the Minister...
Resilience Requires Recovery - for everyone!
Our brains, like overstimulated toddlers, need breaks. Even if - or especially if - our regular life is wonderful and exciting all on its own, we need recovery time.  Read more
A Few Words from the DLFD...
(Director of Lifespan Faith Development)
Summer is Coming
Spring is just around the corner, followed by the last day of school and then summer vacation!   Read more  
A Few Words from the President...
Winter into Spring
Thank YOU for the new Live Oak sign!  

Ah, Winter into Spring. Yes, if you don't know it, I recommend listening to the George Winston album of that name. But I really want to share why I love this season -- "Winter into Spring."

Winter is coming to an end. Admittedly this was a much bigger deal to me when I lived in Iowa. But still, Texas has its winter. With some dreary days and cold days. And at the end of that, when we can see spring on our doorstep...that's what I love! Ah, anticipation! The anticipation of what's to come.

Anticipation of something is a powerful force. When the coming event is positive, the anticipation can bring us great joy. We wonder and contemplate and try it out in our minds. It's as though we have more air in our lungs. And it gives us a bit of an updraft.

Over the past few weeks here at Live Oak, we've been doing some anticipating together. After a successful capital campaign last summer, we voted on a priority list for this year's spending. We are so lucky to have a generous congregation! Our current project was to replace our well-used sign that has served us steadfastly these past dozen+ years with a brand new monument sign complete with LED live lettering so we can communicate on a whole new level. Now THAT is something to anticipate.

And anticipate we have done. I heard excited conversations in the Narthex. I saw people walking in the parking lot to check out the progress. I read Facebook posts asking questions and getting answers. Lots of anticipation. Excitement building. And's complete. I have a photo here but please check it out yourself. After all that anticipation you must!

What a beautiful sign! I'm so joyful. And thankful! Thank you to everyone who has helped, supported, given time and/or money. Every bit is much appreciated!!

But that's not the end of the story. For this is a gift that keeps on giving! Each week we'll be posting a message on our sign. Oh my, can you imagine all the things we can say? To ourselves, to our neighbors, to the world? Sounds like we will have much to anticipate, won't we?!
Rachel Sartin, President
Special Notices
Exploring Membership
Interested in Becoming a Member of Live Oak?  Why do we light a chalice? What does it mean to be a member of Live Oak? Rev. Joanna will lead this "Exploring Membership" class where we'll get to know each other, talk a little bit about Unitarian Universalism, and a lot about Live Oak.  
Service Auction
You know what is totally RADICAL!? We are now taking donations for the 2019 Service Auction!   Check out the webpage.
Now, through April 14th you can donate by filling out this form online, or filling out a printed version and returning to Tina Van Winkle.  
Please send any inquiries or questions to
Printed versions will be available starting next weekend in the Narthex! LATE ENTRIES WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED so fill one out and get started on your donation today!  
Choir Sunday Offer 
Low Time Commitment Opportunity!  
Short term choir membership is open to Sopranos and Altos, from now until April 1st! (We wouldn't turn away any Tenors or Basses, either.) Young singers are also welcome.   I will provide Mp3s of all music, as well as extra help at your convenience. There are two required rehearsals: Sat May 18th at 6:30, and one other individual or Wed. practice to be chosen to fit your schedule. The Choir Sunday service will be one service only, at 10AM on the 19th. "Here Comes the Sun", and "What a Wonderful World" will be among several pieces temporary members can participate in. We are open to requests as well. It is our hope that even busy people (and their musical children) may be able to participate. 
Singing with a choir is a joyous activity, and that joy compounds with the addition of more people. It really does feel good. Ask any choir member!  
Rebecca Maze, Music Director - 
Labyrinth Birthday Walk 
Our labyrinth is 15 years old on the Spring Equinox, and we invite you to celebrate by walking the labyrinth anytime you are at church this Sunday, March 17.
Women's Stitching Circle  
What'cha working on? We want to see it! 
The Live Oak Women's Stitching Circle will meet March 19th in the Library from 7:00 to 8:30 pm. Come for companionship, comfort and compliments while you work on your handicraft!  
We are discussing Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale HurstonWe will be meeting at Hella Holoubek's house at 7:15 p.m. on Wednesday, March 20. If you need directions please contact Hella at 512-918-3276. 
On Saturday March 23rd, Live Oak will be participating in Hands On Housing. This is an interfaith project that repairs and paints homes of low income households. Many people working together can make major improvements to 10 homes in Austin. Be part of this important project for people in need! No experience necessary other than a willingness to work for a few hours. Sign up NOW 
Thank you, Wayne McCullough - Live Oak Hands on Housing Coordinator 
Get CPR, First Aid and AED Training  
Saturday, March 30 from 9 am to noon 
We are having CPR, First Aid and AED training at Live Oak UU Fellowship Hall. Cost is $25 per person. Time is March 30, from 9 am to noon. Ages 12 and up are welcome to register. Please register at here  
Hands on Live Oak
The weekend after Hands on Housing, help out at Live Oak!
Participate in our twice-a-year workday on March 31st from 12-3.  We'll work on sprucing up the church inside and out.  All ages welcome.  Sign up by sending Diane an email.  Lunch will be provided for our workers. 
Starting Monday morning, the work will begin on replacing the 35 year old Sanctuary and Narthex air conditioning system. The work will take the entire week and will be very disruptive. The 2 large HVAC units are located in the attic above the Sanctuary and all the equipment will need to be carried up and down the stairs.Therefore there will be large equipment in the hallways. There will be low occupancy this week because the STEM School will be on spring break. If all goes well, the units will be up and running by Sunday morning.  
Buildings & Grounds Team Update 3/11/19
Since there wasn't a meeting in March, here is an update on activities. 

Men's Group March Meeting 
Seven men met and had a good discussion about "transitions" in life.  Mark your calendars for next month's meeting on Tuesday April 9th @ 7pm in the Library
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.  
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:

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
ESL student earns U.S. Citizenship    
Mei and her family recently celebrated her new citizenship with the Leander evening ESL class. She is a student in Brian Winkleman's class. It was wonderful having her daughter, Jennifer, and her husband being part of her celebration. Just another example of how Live Oak ENRICHES CONNECTION with our community.  
Spring Campout April 12-14 
Everyone is invited to our annual spring campout April 12-14 at Cedar Breaks Park in Georgetown.  Read more
Faith Development   
Here's what you need to know this week!

Upcoming Adult RE

Justice Songs for the Journey, 
THIS SUNDAY, 10 AM in Sanctuary. As part of our month of spiritual practice we will explore, as a multigenerational community, the music of protest and justice from the past and present. All ages are welcome for this adventure. Come ready to sing, chant, drum and move together!

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. You need to purchase the book and read it ahead of the class. Childcare may be provided upon request at least two weeks in advance. Please let Carrie know if you plan on participating and if you need childcare. Common Read sign-up

Children & Youth

There will be PreK class as an option on the 17th, but they are also welcome to join the Justice Song workshop with a parent. This month's theme is pneumatology and we will be looking at spiritual practices in all of our classes. We will use art, meditation and movement as our spiritual practices during the next four weeks.

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,

Church Calendar

3/15  Fresh Food for All
3/17  Labyrinth Birthday
3/19  Women's Stitching Group
3/20  Bookworms
3/23  Hands on Housing
3/30  CPR Training
3/31  Exploring Membership
3/31  Hands on Live Oak

In the Community
Lecture at Wildflower Church 
Redeeming "Progress" - The Prodigal Species Comes Home
The Rev. Michael Dowd is Coming to Austin with a New Presentation
When: Thursday evening, March 28, 7-9 pm
Where: Faith Presbyterian Church Sanctuary, 1314 Oltorf, Austin TX 78704
Sponsor: Wildflower Church Adult Religious Education and Climate Action Teams
Donation Requested: to Wildflower Church
Presenter: The Rev. Michael Dowd

Healing Our World lecture at First UU Austin
Read more

The Red Bench Conversations - Genocide
With the US Administration's attitude towards immigrants, genocide is a timely topic:
The next Red Bench Conversations will be a special event on genocide. The presenter will be one of the last holocaust survivors, a woman who not only knew Anne Frank, but whose mother married Anne Frank's father after the war so was, posthumously, Anne Frank's step-sister.

The topic is especially relevant. When Donna and I (Jon Dubrin) were in Armenia, we visited their genocide memorial. One statement that hit home for me was that the first step is dehumanizing. We are already seeing what happens when you are bombarded by rhetoric about the "influx" of immigrants as - animals, terrorists, murderers, rapists . . . Where is this leading? This is an opportunity for great discussions.

Sunday March 24, Congregation Agudas Achim

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

UBarU Camp & Retreat Center Upcoming Events:
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 and look under "events."
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