March 21, 2019
This Week
Sunday Service 
March 24, 2019 9:00am and 11:00am
"Growing in 'Circles of Trust': Trusting Paradox"
Rev. Dr. Barbara Coeyman
The quality of trust is central to building Beloved Community. Through a lens of the "Circle of Trust" program based on spiritual writing of Quaker Parker Palmer, let's explore some habits of trust. In particular, let's consider how to trust in paradox: the reality that two apparent opposites can both be true.
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.  
A Few Words from the Intern...
This week I had a small surgery on my right shoulder. My wife Meg is helping me by driving and cooking and typing. It is a little embarrassing.  Read more 
Special Notices
Policy Committee Meeting  
The Board of Trustees will be having a regular business meeting on Wednesday, March 27 at 6:30 PM in the Narthex. The meeting is open to all members of the congregation.
In Solidarity 
Live Oak reaches out to the Muslim community at their time of grief.  
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  
Looking for your totally radical donation
Donations are needed to make the auction a success. 
The auction is fast approaching and we know you must have put the biggest social event of the year on your calendar. Doors will open at 6:00 for refreshments and childcare will be provided.

Since we will be donating 30% for disaster relief, it is even more important that YOU complete your donation form before the 4/14 deadline (sorry late donations will NOT be accepted). You can donate and find great suggestions and information thru our website:
You can also find printed forms in the Narthex. So fill it out TODAY. 
We are looking forward to seeing you at the TOTALLY RAD AUCTION.
Common Read
Talent Show
Attend a Live Oak service and it's obvious there's talent galore! Just look around at the kids dancing and musicians (adult and child) on stage. 
Don't be shy -- let your light shine! Have you been taking music lessons, or do you secretly want to do stand-up comedy? Do you like story telling or doing magic tricks? What better audience than your friends at church! We want all kinds of acts and people of all ages. Get some friends together and create dance routine or comedy skit. The list of possibilities is endless, and your friends want to see what your talent is. Rebecca Maze can accompany any singers. Friday, May 10, 2019. 7-9 p.m. Childcare will be provided. Details are still being ironed out, but you can sign up by emailing Rebecca Maze at  
Hands on Live Oak Postponed 
We'll announce the new date when it's been chosen. 
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 - 
Chalice Pathway Stage Repaired  
Thank you Wayne McCullough and Ray McPherson for repairing the back drop to the stage. It had been vandalized and new cedar boards needed to be cut and installed. With time the new wood will blend in.  
Tim Buckley, Chair Buildings & Grounds Team
March Food Distribution Report
On the 3rd Friday of March, 69 families, comprising a total of 235 individuals, were served 1,714 pounds of fresh food in the church parking lot. Thanks to the work of the 15 volunteers who make this possible.  
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  
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   
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:
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

Fuller Conversations:
There are only two drop-in first Sunday theological discussions remaining this spring. The next one is coming up on April 6th. We will meet at 10 AM in Room 109 to discuss how humanism has shaped our current theology as Unitarian Universalists. Watch for the introductory video on our Live Oak Facebook page - coming soon!
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

This month's theme is pneumatology and we are looking at spiritual practices in all of our classes. We will use art, meditation and movement as our spiritual practices during the month of March.

Are you interested in learning more about what we do in our RE classes? Would observing help you feel confident leading? Stay tuned for a couple of open house dates in April and May. Of course, parents are always welcome to observe their child's class, just let us know you are coming.

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!

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Church Calendar
3/23  Hands on Housing
3/27  Sack Lunch with the Minister
3/27  Policy Committee Meeting
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

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:
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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