August 29, 2019
This Week

Sunday Service 
September 1, 2019 10:00am  
Welcome Home
Rev. Joanna Fontaine Crawford
 
Welcome Home!   It's Church Reunion Sunday! Wear a t-shirt that reflects something about you, bring a dish for the potluck, and don't forget the water you brought back from your trip (even if it was a trip to the back yard). Please sign up if you can help with setup/cleanup.
 
No Religious Education Classes This Week
 
Share the Plate:      
In September, 50% of cash and all designated money will be donated to
Texas Gun Sense. Thi s organization advocates for common sense,
evidence-based policies to reduce gun in juries and deaths.
From their webiste: 'We use "gun sense" because we recognize citizens' right to own guns, but also believe our laws could be strengthened to include more sensible policies that would protect the general public from avoidable accidents and injuries from guns.'
  
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.  September love notes will be for our Soundboard team.  please be sure to stop by the Love Notes box and show your love!   
A Few Words from the Minister...
Coming Home
One sort of odd place for me to experience "home" was in an airport in Rhode Island. Read more
A Few Words from the DLFD...
(Director of Lifespan Faith Development)
Faith Development is all we do...
All of you are doing faith development in many ways...
A Few Words from the Music Director...
Music Doings
CHOIR- I was delighted to have choir gather together for rehearsal again last night, and to welcome a new soprano and a new alto! I won't name names- no pressure! We still have vacant seats in the tenor and bass sections (and we wouldn't turn down more treble voices either). Consider that if you like singing in a group. More information can be found in the Live Oak Website.

MUSIC TEAM- has a list of activities that we would like non-choir members to lead! Music aptitude not necessary, just enthusiasm for it! Some include: choir member/music volunteer appreciation tasks (like an occasional thank you note to volunteer soloists or cookies for a rare Wed. night rehearsal), Carolling organization (with guaranteed support from us musicians) sing-alongs with Seniors (retirement center), pancake breakfast leader (choir will provide volunteers), possible concert organization help, and someone who will take frequent photos of the choir members and other musicians performing in church. Other ideas could be added- fun activities all!
 
Special Notices
You Don't Want to Miss a Sunday in September!
Sept 1st:  
Church Reunion: Water Communion & potluck lunch
Exploring Membership Workshop
 
Sept 8th:   
Fed & Informed:  Stewardship Kick-Off (food provided)
 
Sept 15th:  
Fellowship Fair:  Learn about the opportunities to get involved at Live Oak
 
Sept 22nd: 
Hands On Live Oak: Lend a hand as we spruce up our spiritual home  
 
Sept 29th: Stewardship Finale 
 
Stewardship
If the news is talking about pumpkin spice, that can only mean one thing - the Stewardship campaign is coming! This year, we are asking everyone to Fuel the Flame of our faith community by pledging during our Stewardship drive. Watch your mail for information about the campaign, which will formally kick off on September 8. We hope to see you at the kick-off event (with food provided by the Stewardship Committee) after second service on September 8!   
  
New Social Action Leader Announced 
The Executive Team is pleased to announce the appointment of Carolyn Dower as leader of the Social Action team. We look forward to her passionate, visionary direction for this important role at Live Oak.

The Executive Team is also interested in creating a separate position that would focus on Live Oak's community service efforts. If you are interested in being considered, please email executiveteam@liveoakuu.org . 
 
 
 
Social Action Chair  
Together we can make a difference. 
Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray, president of our Unitarian Universalist Association, wrote in the Summer 2019 UU World magazine: read more 
 
Exploring Membership at Live Oak UU Church 
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" workshop where we'll get to know each other, talk a little bit about Unitarian Universalism, and a lot about Live Oak.

You are invited to this Exploring Membership workshop, Sunday September 1st from 11am to 1pm. We will meet in room 109 after the Sunday service. 
Light lunch provided. Child care provided.

Amy Dark & Tim Buckley 
Co-Leaders, Membership Team
 
 
Join the Seniors for Coffee
The seniors gather in the Narthex for coffee and a delicious treat at 10:30 Thursday, September 5th. For more information about the Senior Group. If you have questions, talk to Rev. Joanna.
 
Women's Labyrinth Group 
Sunday, September 8, 6:30-9 p.m. Room 103  
We gather for a sharing circle followed by a labyrinth walk. Please join us as we walk the twists and turns of our lives and support each other along the path. If the heat is still intense, we can "walk" finger labyrinths inside. Feel free to bring a song, poem or short reading to share with the group. The group is open to women high school age and older. Contact: Linda Webster
 
How do I get Involved at Church?
Are you looking for a way to nurture your spirit? Do you wish to enrich connections with other church members? Are you ready to step up and get involved?  At Live Oak, church members, the minister, and the staff share 
responsibility for the ministries of the congregation. We call this "Shared Ministries."  Check it out.   
 
Tim & Amy, Leaders of the Membership Team
 
THE CUPBOARD IS BARE
The need is great and the cupboard is bare. In this case, that cupboard is a cart in the Narthex.

Live Oak partnered with Hill Country Community Ministries (HCCM) a few years ago to become a location where our neighbors in need could receive fresh food. And we agreed to collect non-perishable food to help stock the HCCM pantry that makes such distributions possible.

The distribution part is certainly a success. When we began several years ago distributing food in our parking lot once a month, about 25 families were served. On a Friday, 110 families came in the August heat to receive food. And for the church members who helped, it was a good feeling being of assistance to our neighbors.

But during the years in which the distribution has drawn so many more families, our donations to the pantry have been dwindling. HCCM maintains the pantry to provide food to families in crisis. So when someone comes to our door and asks for aid, we need a well-stocked pantry at HCCM ready to serve them.

Help fill up the cart in the Narthex with non-perishable food and household essentials. Here is a list of items that are needed.

The next time we distribute food to our neighbors, let's send the HCCM truck back to the food pantry with an overflowing cart.
 
ESL Volunteer opportunities
Become a member of a great team. 

This fall we would like to offer separate classes for our beginning and our intermediate adult students. The students are delightful and very appreciative of all efforts to help them.

If you can help, we have teaching material and you can be an assistant until you feel comfortable leading. We need help at the church Thursday mornings, and Monday & Wednesday evenings. We need help at the Leander Library on Tuesday and Wednesday morning. (please contact Mary Hengstebeck 512-983-7009(cell) or mary.hengstebeck@gmail.com) 
 
 
Outreach Endowment application
Outreach Endowment application due date coming up soon!
The due date for submitting applications for the 2019 Endowment grant is September 30th. The Live Oak UU Church Endowment was created and funded by the congregation in 2006 with the mission of supporting the broader Unitarian Universalist denomination through our outreach efforts. Please visit the Endowment website or email endowment@liveoakuu.org for more information and application submission. We have three potential applicants so far and would love to see more - please pass the word! 
 
Fall Campout Nov. 8-10
Looking for a fun way to connect more deeply with other Live Oak members and friends?  Camping together is one way many of us enjoy fulfilling the Enrich Connections and Embrace Joy parts of our church Mission Statement. Read more
 
Faith Development    
Here's what you need to know this week!

This Sunday is our annual homecoming and water communion ritual. We are having a church homecoming so there will not be RE classes this week.

Parents of High School youth, please join me after worship for an overview of the coming year. Grab your food and we will meet briefly in Room 205. High School youth are invited to join Clint Miller in Room 209 for a planning session for next Saturday, 9/7.

Fall RE begins next Sunday, September 8. Please register now as it helps me create accurate lists before we start. If you have not registered before, please use this link. Families who were registered last year have received a link via email to renew their registration. Please let me know if you have lost that link.

We can use more adult help in our programs. Maybe you can assist once a month in a class, maybe more. Please consider how you can help in RE this year by contacting Carrie Krause. Let's grow our base of adults sharing the journey with our children and youth. Many hands make light work and allow for a richer experience for all involved.

 
??? - Contact Carrie Krause, dlfd@liveoakuu.org
 
In the Community
UBarU Camp & Retreat Center Upcoming Events:
Upcoming events at UBarU Camp & Retreat Center:
 
Star Party August 30 - September 2
 
Men's Retreat October 25-27 
 
Women's Retreat October 11-13 
 
Murder Mystery November 8-10 
Come be part of a Murder Mystery Weekend: "Murder at the Four Deuces"  
The game is interactive and unscripted to allow you to develop your character as you try to solve the mystery.  We will have theme-based fun and activities in addition to the problem-solving, scheming and character playing. Lodging and meals will be part of the weekend which will begin on Friday evening at dinner when you can chose your character.  
 
For more information on all events and to register, visit www.ubaru.org and look under "events."
 
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