March 7, 2019
This Week

Sunday Service 
March 10, 2019 9:00am and 11:00am
Meditation & World Religions       
Rev. Joanna Fontaine Crawford  
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...
UU Lent Photos
What does "vulnerability" mean to you?  Read more
Special Notices
Labyrinth Workday 
It's spring cleaning time for the Labyrinth. 
Our Labyrinth needs a little sprucing up before its birthday party later this month. I know that it looks OK at the moment, but we need to rake up some dead vegetation, reset some of the stones, take down the Blue Jay house, and if there's time, I think that we should remove the berm at the edge of the labyrinth.  (By the way, anyone want a Blue Jay house?)

The clean up will be this Saturday, March 9 from 10 am to 12 pm. I hope to see you there!  If you have any questions, send an email to
- Mike Schultz
Draft Minutes of Policy Committee Meeting
The draft of the February 27 Policy Committee Meeting minutes can be found here, and a copy will be posted on the bulletin board in the Narthex by Sunday, March 10.
Capital Fund Committee Meeting
On March 6th, the Capital Fund Committee reviewed the projected expenses to the Capital Reserve Funds. It is difficult to estimate expenses that are many years from now. Example what will a new air conditioner cost in 2040. But members are making the best possible projections. Please review the meeting notes.  
CT Goss, Chair, Capital Funds Committee
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!  
Women's Labyrinth Group
Sunday, March 10, 6:30-9 p.m Live Oak Library 
Gather for a Spring Equinox labyrinth walk and sharing circle as we ponder what is awakening in us. We gather for a sharing circle followed by a labyrinth walk, focusing on the upcoming Spring Equinox: the awakening earth, the balance of light and dark, the playful Maiden. What is awakening within you? 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 ( 
Live Oak Men Gather  
The Live Oak Men's Group will be meeting March 12, 2019 at 7pm Tuesday in the church Library. Please join this informal discussion. 
Help Distribute Food to Our Neighbors 
Live Oak Church will be distributing food to our neighbors. Please volunteer to help with the following tasks:  
* Thursday, March 14th @ 1:00 p.m. to approximately 3:00 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, March 15th @ 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 appreciated!  
This partnership with Hill Country Community Ministries is the church's "signature project". It is our opportunity to live our Mission of ENRICHING CONNECTIONS with our neighbors in need. Any questions please contact Donna Durbin at: 
Labyrinth Birthday Walk 
Join us for a playful labyrinth walk after both church services on March 17 to celebration our labyrinth's 15th birthday. May the greening of the earth bring 
us to new energy and growth . For more information: 
Meeting Notice 
There will not be a Building & Grounds Team meeting in March.  The next meeting will be April 8th.  
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!  
Spring 2019 Hands on Housing Volunteers Needed
On Saturday March 23rd, join the Live Oak crew giving the gift of home repair and fresh paint to a low income household in Austin. Please volunteer - Experience appreciated, but not required. Complete this Volunteer Form.
Thank you, Wayne McCullough, Live Oak HoH Coordinator 
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.  
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  
Church Ladies Lunch 
The LOUU Church Ladies Lunch group will meet on Monday, March 11th, 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 if you have questions or need more information. We look forward to seeing you!
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
Parents of Young Children Covenant Group 
PYC is officially back! 
We meet on the 2nd Saturday of each month from 5-7pm in room 208 for adult conversation about childcare and family issues that are important to us.
We are an inclusive, open-minded group designed to foster acceptance, appreciation and support among members while building long term friendships. If you have kids, middle school-aged or younger (even babies), please join us. Free child care is provided! Please RSVP with number and ages of children who will need childcare and contact us if you have any questions! parents of     
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, 
Sunday, March 17th, 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. Childcare may be provided upon request at least two weeks in advance.

Children & Youth

High School Youth Field Trip 
was a great success. 5 youth and 2 adults braved the very chilly weather and helped the Austin Atheists Helping the Homeless organization distribute food, clothing and personal items to the homeless. I hope to develop an ongoing trip like this for next fall and possibly extend it to younger youth as well. Stay tuned!

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
3/9    Labyrinth Workday
3/9    Parents of Young Children
3/10  Women's Labyrinth Group
3/11  Church Ladies Lunch
3/12  Men's Group
3/14  Sort Produce at HCCM
3/15  Fresh Food for All
3/17  Labyrinth Birthday
3/19  Women's Stitching Group
3/23  Hands on Housing

In the Community
Healing Our World lecture at First UU Austin
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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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