October 10, 2019
This Week
Sunday Service 
October 13, 2019 9:00am and 11:00am 
"Reality is Not Fake News"
Rev. Joanna Fontaine Crawford

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...
Books
 
Do you ever wonder about the sources used in some of my sermons?  Read more  
A Few Words from the DLFD...
(Director of Lifespan Faith Development)
Youth and Coming of Age
I had the joy of spending last weekend at UBarU Retreat Center
 
 
A Few Words from the Music Director... 
Fall Activities Taking Shape
Having taken off to Ecuador in September...
Read more 
Special Notices
HELP DISTRIBUTE FOOD TO OUR NEIGHBORS
Live Oak Church will be distributing food to our neighbors at Fresh Food Friday.
Please volunteer to help with the following tasks: 
* Thursday, October, 17th @ 1:00 p.m. to approximately 2:30 p.m. food needs to be separated into smaller quantities for distribution. Meet at Hill Country Community Ministries, 1005 Lacy Dr, Leander, TX 78641 
* Friday, October 18th @ 8:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. in the Live Oak parking lot. This is when we distribute the food to our neighbors. Volunteers are needed to set up and take down the tables, help with the selection of food, and help carry food to our neighbors cars. You do not need to remain the entire 2 & 1/2 hours.  
Your help is needed!  
Any questions please contact Donna Durbin at: HCCM@liveoakuu.org 
 
Invitation to the Red Bench October 17 
Join a civil conversation on "forgiveness" with people from many faiths
The next Hill Country Red Bench conversation is on October 17, 2019, at the Islamic Center of Brushy Creek in Cedar Park. The topic is "forgiveness"; 
time is 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The Center is located at 1950 Brushy Creek Rd, Cedar Park, TX 78613.  The evening will begin with a light meal. Everyone sits at tables with a table host who facilitates the conversation. For more information, check out the iAct webpage, iact@interfaithtexas.org, or Rev. Betty's office.  
 
SOCIAL ACTION PROJECT 
Postcards for Gun Reform
On October 20th Live Oak will participate with Austin Interfaith in signing pre-printed postcards that will be hand delivered to Senator John Cornyn's office. The postcards asks for enhancing background checks, restricting high-capacity magazines and passing a federal "red flag" law.

The postcards will be in the Fellowship Hall after both services.Carolyn Dower, socialaction@liveoakuu.org
   
 
Buildings and Grounds Meeting 
The LOUU B&G Team will meet on Monday, October 14 from 7:00 to 8:00 in Room 106.   
 
WORKERS ARE NEEDED
In the Spring and Fall each year, members of Live Oak join other churches and by everyone working one day, (or half a day) the lives of many Austin Area elderly and disabled benefit by having their homes repaired. It is extremely rewarding work for volunteers. Please volunteer by completing this very short form.  This Fall the work day is Saturday October 19th. For more information about Hands on Housing
Thank you, Wayne McCullough, Live Oak Hands on Housing Coordinator. 
 
Women's Labyrinth Group 
Sunday, October 13, 6:30-9 p.m in Live Oak Library
We gather for a sharing circle followed by a labyrinth walk. We bask in the light of the full moon, and we dance with light and shadow on our path. You may want to bring a crystal to charge under the full moon, as well as a song, poem or short reading to share. The group is open to women high school age and older. Contact: Linda Webster  
 
LO Women's Stitching Circle  
October 15th, 7 to 8:30 pm in the library
The holidays are around the corner. Got a craft project in mind? 
We do all kinds of crafts and stitching together. Sometimes it's the only time of the month that we do! Come join a circle of women who support each other - and not just with our handicrafts. And best of all, we typically share laughs while sharing crafty knowledge. 
 
Join the Seniors for Coffee 
The seniors gather in the Narthex for coffee and a delicious treat at 10:30 Thursday, October 17th. More information about the Senior Group. If you have questions, talk to Rev. Joanna.
Next Bookworm Meeting
Come and join us 
The Live Oak Bookworms will meet on Wednesday, Oct.16 at 7:15 pm at Wendy Marks's house. Our text is Deborah Feldman's UNORTHODOX. This is a most unusual story. You do not want to miss it.
 
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 
 
Green Team work session
What a high energy meeting we had!
After waiting for a very long time for Fall weather to resume our yard work the Green Team got together on Tuesday morning to do some much needed clean up. And what a turn-out we had! There were more willing volunteers than we have had at any time since we started gardening 16 years ago. It was a perfect day to get our hands into the soil. Go and see how neat it looks.

On the photo from left are Jon Durbin, Ray McPherson, Donovan Wenger, Lee Collins, Sue Buckley, Jean Wiggermann, Hella Holoubek and Jeanne Kyser. Not shown, because they joined us later, were Kim Ono and Tim Buckley.
GOOD WORK.
 
 
ESL students send notes to EL Paso students 
Our students and their family members enthusiastically wrote notes to El Paso children.  Read more 
 
2019 Fall Campout
Camping together is one of my favorite ways to Enrich Connections with fellow Live Oakers!  Read more  
 
You must be registered for religious education at Live Oak and attending youth group to be eligible to participate.
 
Faith Development    
Here's what you need to know this week!

Nursery/PreK can use your help. Are you willing to volunteer once a month for a worship service and RE time? Know someone who would like a paid position in our nursery? Please let Carrie know.

Please register if you haven't already done so. We would like to wrap up registration for current families by the end of October.

Middle School and High School are off to a great start so far! Middle School is working on creating a UUtopia using our principles as guiding values. Our High School group has been focused on Protests and will begin to look at service projects this Sunday as we talk about a possible service learning trip at the end of the year. Register to be added to the email list for families and the chat group for high school youth!

On Sunday morning, adults continue their discussion of the second principle: justice and compassion in human relations. The Undoing Racism chalice circle is full, but other chalice circles can form if leaders step forward. Please consider this opportunity to learn together. For more information about chalice circles or other adult learning, please visit the  Learning pages of the website.

Are you a new member of Live Oak? Consider joining 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
Climate Emergency Townhall- Local Action Starting in Your Neighborhood
October 20, 2019 2 PM-3:30 PM 
St. Andrews Presbyterian-14311 Wells Port Drive  
Find out how to take action from two of Austin's key environmental leaders, Brigid Shea and Brandi Clark Burton. Audience members will have the opportunity to ask questions.   Admittance is free and all are welcome. 
 
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:
 
Men's Retreat October 25-27 
    
For more information on all events and to register, visit www.ubaru.org and look under "events."
 
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