September 19, 2019
This Week
Sunday Service 
September 22, 2019 9:00am and 11:00am 
"The Transylvanian Unitarians"
Kiya Heartwood

Religious Education Classes 10:00am-10:55am 
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...
Facilitating Conversations Means Being a Part of Them
A metaphor that I've heard used for leadership is to imagine a large ballroom with a balcony... read more  
A Few Words from the DLFD...
(Director of Lifespan Faith Development)
Adult Classes Resuming
This Sunday, September 22, our adult drop-in sessions will begin again from 10:05 - 10:55. Read more
Special Notices
Stewardship Update 
On our way!
The Stewardship Committee is pleased to report that as of the end of the day on Sunday, September 15, Live Oak has received $184,469 in pledges for 2020, putting us at 78.5% towards our goal of $235,000. We thank those who have pledged, and encourage those who have not yet pledged to turn their pledges in ASAP. Paper pledge forms may be turned in to the green box in the Fellowship Hall on Sundays or submitted online anytime.     
Hands on Live Oak
This Sunday is Hands on Live Oak.  Join us as we spruce up the building and grounds.  After the second service, we'll head to room 109 to grab a quick lunch and get assignments.  If you haven't already, please let Diane know you'll be helping. 
Social Action Article 3
Engaging Live Oak members, friends and the community about social justice issues.
Why are we calling it social action and not social justice? The short answer is because we are hoping to inspire the congregation to act, and to make it as easy as possible.  Read more 
Policy Committee Meeting
The Board of Trustees will be having a regular business meeting on Wednesday, September 25 at 6:30 PM in the Narthex. The meeting is open to all members of the congregation.     
You must be registered for religious education at Live Oak and attending youth group to be eligible to participate.
Book Group Opening 
"If we learn to open our hearts, anyone, including the people that drive us crazy, can be our teacher." - Perna Chodron
Opening for new "Bookstuff" members. Stuff = mostly books by Buddhist authors. This is a group that has been closed for years, but as we are finishing up our current book we would like to open up the circle to new members.    
Read more 
Bring Your Gift to the Altar 
There will be a small altar in front of the chancel every Sunday, where anyone can add an object. We already have some shells and stones, but we'd love to have small figurines (say, a religious figure, an animal, etc) that people can also choose from.
Do you have an item to contribute? The item will stay at Live Oak, so this is a gift to the church. If so, bring it Sunday!
Live Oak Church will be distributing food to our neighbors.   
Friday, September 20th @ 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:

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 for more information and application submission. We have three potential applicants so far and would love to see more - please pass the word! 
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. A procedure change to note this year: elementary children will no longer sign in downstairs. Parents should sign them in at the classroom upstairs, preferably by 10:05, which is when class will begin. If you arrive late, please enter quietly as we will begin opening circle on time to allow more class time in our studios. Sign out is upstairs at the same classroom by 10:55.

Middle School and High School are off to a great start so far! As of today the plans for this coming Sunday are to do community service for the church through Hands on Live Oak projects! Bring service forms for school and we can give them credit for their hours! Advisors will reach out with more information later in the week.

Our adult programming begins this week. For more information, please see the DLFD article in the newsletter or visit the Learning pages of the website.

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,
In the Community
UBarU Camp & Retreat Center Upcoming Events:
Upcoming events at UBarU Camp & Retreat Center:
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 and look under "events."
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