July 3, 2019
This Week
Sunday Service 
July 7, 2019 10:00am  
The Know Nothings 
Kiya Heartwood
 
Religious Education - 11:00am-11:55am  
 
Share the Plate
In July, 50% of cash and all designated money will be donated to
Drive a Senior. Drive a Senior Northwest has been serving seniors in Cedar Park, Leander, and Northwest Austin since 1986.
Direct services are provided by volunteers, but there are many costs associated with keeping over 500 clients and their 8500 rides per year organized! Your donation helps the seniors in your community remain independent by providing free transportation and other support services so they can live in their own homes longer and stay active in their community!
 
 
Love Notes
Every 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.  July love notes will be for our Buildings & Grounds team.  please be sure to stop by the Love Notes box and show your love!   
 
A Few Words from the Minister...
 Rev. Joanna is on vacation this week. 
 
 
 
 
A Few Words from the DLFD...
(Director of Lifespan Faith Development)
Fahs Lecture
Vision is having a table big enough for anyone who comes and finds truth in our midst.  Read more  
 
 
 
 
 
A Few Words from the Music  Director 
Results of Question Box Service Hymn Choices
Signs of the Times?
Our annual Question Box Service, which Rev. Joanna presented in June, includes both surprise questions from the congregation for her, and hymn requests for the musician, which are drawn from a jar. This has been a regular event for some years, and I always list the choices submitted after the service is over. They are fairly repetitive most of the time. This year, though, was very interesting and exciting to me. There were far more hymn choices, and almost all of them had never been chosen before! It could mean a number of things, which you are free to speculate on. Here is a link to the list if you are curious.
   
 
Special Notices
Alison Dieter walks the talk 
Longtime Live Oak member Alison Dieter takes the UU belief in the worth of every person to the outcasts in our society: People who are homeless and people who are on death row.

She organizes Live Oak volunteers who serve dinner at Austin Resource Center for the Homeless (ARCH). She credits the late Lynn Slater of LOUU with drawing her in to the ARCH work, which she has now been doing for so long she can't remember when she began.

She is also a regular visitor to Texas' Death Row in Livingston in East Texas to talk to inmates and she exchanges letters with them. You might have signed birthday cards for prisoners that Alison puts out at church.

Her interest in abolishing the death penalty began in the 1990s when she learned more about the infamously corrupt conviction that put Rolando Cruz on Death Row in Illinois for a crime he didn't commit. Talk to Alison to find out about changes on Death Row in Texas that she says have contributed to more mental health issues among prisoners there.

To join Alison at ARCH on the fifth Sunday or the fifth Tuesday of the month, contact her at arch@liveoakuu.org. 
 
Office Closed
The office will be closed on July 4th.
 
Draft Minutes of Policy Committee Meeting
The draft of the June 25 Policy Committee Meeting minutes can be found here. 
 
Church Ladies Lunch
The LOUU Church Ladies Lunch group will meet on Monday, July 8th, at the La Madeleine at 9828 Great Hills Trail. All Live Oak women and their friends age 16 and over are welcome at this informal lunch. We will begin gathering in the back room around 11:45. Please contact Margaret Sheehan at ChurchLadiesLunch@LiveOakUU.org if you have questions or need more information. We look forward to seeing you!
 
Women's Stitching Circle
What'cha working on? We want to see it! 
The Live Oak Women's Stitching Circle will meet July 16th in the Library from 7:00 to 8:30 pm. Come for companionship, comfort and compliments while you work on your handicraft!  
 
Endowment
 
In an effort to make the Live Oak Endowment more visible and meaningful to members, we will periodically be updating and publishing the following summary.  The first number, $453,186 was the value of the Endowment on June 30.  The amount available for grants, as defined in the bylaws is the value in excess of the initial Endowment balance, inflation adjusted to maintain constant purchase value.  The $35,700 available today is a pretty volatile number.  Last month, it was $21,600.
 
That said, the Endowment Committee is currently soliciting grant proposals and, regardless of market conditions, has agreed to award up to $20,000.  We encourage members to help spread the word.  Grant guidelines and the application form are on the Church website under the Endowment tab.  Grant proposals regularly exceed funds available so it is a selective process recommended by Endowment Committee and approved by Policy Committee.
 
Send questions or comments to   endowment-committee@liveoakuu.org
 
 
2019 Austin PRIDE Parade
Come march with us @ Austin PRIDE 8/10/2019
 
Live Oak UU is marching in the 2019 Austin PRIDE parade to show our support for our LGBTQ friends and family! This years theme is BOOGIE Wonderland! LOUU and the Central Texas UU Congregations will march together in our own parade space.  You are encouraged to wear a UU shirt and spice it up with BOOGIE Wonderland or rainbow accessories! The Parade kicks off at 8pm at the Texas State Capitol Building and marches down Congress Ave., turning right on 4th St. through the Warehouse District. We will meet at a time and location to be announced 2 weeks prior to the parade. Please let Tanna Thomas or Karen Santhanam know if you have any questions or concerns!  
 
Fall Campout Nov. 8-10
LOUU church campouts are a great way to Enrich Connections and Embrace Joy!
 
Blanco State Park will be the location of the fall campout, set for Nov. 8-10. If you have the flexibility, feel free to camp for longer; some of us like to go a couple days before.   Read more 
 
Faith Development    
Here's what you need to know this week!

Our summer programming continues this Sunday at 11 AM. Adults are invited to attend our weekly discussions on the worship topic called 'Musings on the Message.' Attendees will meet in Room 109 beginning at 11:10 and ending at noon. These groups will mostly be self-facilitated, but you will find all the materials there ready for you to begin each Sunday.

Children and youth are exploring cultural cuisine throughout the summer using the curriculum  Books and Cooks. Each week they will engage with food from another culture through a story and cooking a dish together. There will be optional games and art activities to fill time as needed. The class will meet in Room 205 for the summer, and children 5th grade and under should be signed out by a family member by noon. Older youth (middle school and up) are encouraged to sign up to help lead a session, or just come and help with the cooking and story time.

Since it is a food-based curriculum, each week when you sign your child in at the table in the Fellowship Hall you will find a list of the ingredients for the day so that you can let the teachers know if there is something your child should not have. We will make sure that our dishes are gluten-free, nut-free, and dairy-free as much as possible to avoid common allergens.  Please check each week!

If you are interested in helping over the summer, there are still slots available for teachers. Please see the sign-up in the Narthex or sign-up here

??? - Contact Carrie Krause, dlfd@liveoakuu.org
In the Community
UBarU Camp & Retreat Center Upcoming Events:
Upcoming events at UBarU Camp & Retreat Center:
   
Sky & Earth youth science camp July 28-Aug 3
 
For more information 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