November 7, 2019
This Week
Sunday Service 
November 10, 2019 9:00am and 11:00am 
What Encouragement Looks Like  
Rev. Joanna Fontaine Crawford 

Religious Education Classes 10:00am-10:55am 
Share the Plate:       
In November all designated funds and half of all undesignated cash will be donated to Camp Corral. Camp Corral is a 501c3 that gives children of disabled veterans and those killed in action a free week of summer camp. 
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 Stewardship team.  Please be sure to stop by the Love Notes box and show your love!   
A Few Words from the Minister...
Being In the Know
How do you know what is happening at Live Oak?  Read more 
A Few Words from the Music Director... 
Resources on Loss
I wanted to put together a resource list for you. (on loss and death) Read more 
Special Notices
Fed & Informed, Sunday noon
Fed & Informed is this Sunday!  
1) Please sign up today to help with setup or cleanup. 
2) Bring something tasty to share. 
3) If you're a team/committee leader, come with details about what your group will be doing over the next 3 months.
Register to Vote!
There will be Volunteer Deputy Registrars at Live Oak on Sunday during Fed & Informed.  They are non-profit, non-partisan volunteers for Williamson and Travis counties.  They are sworn to register any and all eligible voters regardless of party affiliation.  If you live outside Williamson or Travis county, they can provide mail-in Secretary of State forms.  Look for the table set up in the Narthex. 
Special Policy Committee Meeting
There will be a special meeting of the Policy Committee at 6:30 PM on Wednesday, November 13 in the Narthex. At the meeting, the Board will discuss the 2020 budget. The meeting is open to all members of the congregation. 
Policy Committee Meeting
The Policy Committee will be having a regular business meeting on Wednesday, November 20 at 6:30 PM in the Narthex. The meeting is open to all members of the congregation. 
Pet Memorial Garden
Honor Your Furred or Feathered Friend 
My name is Keegan Sarwate and I'm an 8th grader and member of LOUU. For my Scouts Silver Award, I'm building a pet memorial garden on our church grounds, in early 2020. There will be a rainbow bridge and memorial stones to honor the pets you have lost. You will be able to bury your pet's ashes, or just remember them with a stone. There is no cost for burial or memorialization if you provide your own stone. If you would like to have a stone pre-painted in a base color for you to personalize, please send an email to for instruction. 
Nominate orgs for Share the Plate today!
You're invited to nominate nonprofits for next year's Share the Plate (STP) calendar. Each month, through the STP community outreach program, Live Oak donates 50% of collection plate cash and any STP-specified funds to a nonprofit that aligns with Unitarian Universalist values. Find the form here or send an email to The STP team will be accepting nominations through November 25th.  
Women's Labyrinth Group
Sunday, November 10, 6:30-9 pm in the Live Oak Library 
In the time of the Ancestors as the days grow shorter, we gather for a sharing circle followed by a labyrinth walk. Since the moon will be almost full, you may want to bring a crystal to catch the moonlight, 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
Live Oak Men Gather 
The Live Oak Men's Group will be meeting Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at 7pm Tuesday in the church Library. Please join this informal discussion. For more information. 
Live Oak Women's Stitching Circle 
Tuesday, November 19 in the LO Library from 7 to 8:30 pm 
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 - on the third Tuesday of the month. And best of all, we typically share laughs while sharing crafty knowledge.  
Live Oak Church will be distributing food to our neighbors at Fresh Food Friday on November 15th.  
Please volunteer to help with the following tasks:  
* Thursday, November 14th @ 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, November 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 needed!  
Any questions please contact Donna Durbin at:
Selfies with Santa needs candy!
We want your extra and unwanted Halloween candy!
At Selfies with Santa, one of the crafts for kids while they wait for Santa is to decorate gingerbread houses. The SwS team would love your extra Halloween candy (or that candy you just don't like!) to use for gingerbread house decorations. Please bring all extra and unwanted candy to church or contact Marie Mulling (512) 817-6028 to donate. 
Adult Class: A Good Death 
...we are all mortal and death can come at any time for ourselves or for a loved one. Read more    
Faith Development    
Here's what you need to know this week!

It's nearly pageant time! Watch for a signup sheet in the next couple of weeks for ways to participate and support this multigenerational event.

Elementary class continues their five-week unit on loss. Because of the church campout, the classes will be combined into K-2nd (Room 201) and 3rd-5th (Room 206).

High School and Middle School will continue their look at the principles by focusing on our 3rd principle - acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth.

Adults are invited to participate in our second session on "A Good Death." You do not need to have attended the first class to participate. Regardless of your age, this class will provide information on the practical aspects of preparing for your own death or the death of a loved one, and how to deal with the legal side of death. No registration is required.

Are you a new member of Live Oak? Interested in participating in a small group designed especially for you? 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.

We really need help in our nursery/preK rooms, as well as a couple more elementary age volunteers. 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,
In the Community
UBarU Camp & Retreat Center Upcoming Events:
Upcoming events at UBarU Camp & Retreat Center:
  • Winter Family Camp Dec 27-30 featuring Rev. Skwarek as the chaplain
  • Fiber Arts weekend  Feb 14-17, 2020   Bring you projects- new, unfinished, stalled and share, learn and work on those projects in a community of fellow artists of all levels of experience. 
  • Contemplative Spiritual Practices retreat  April 3-5, 2020   Join Rev. Moore and Sandy in a weekend of contemplation, spiritual growth and renewal.  
For more information on all events and to register, visit and look under "events."
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