April 11, 2019
This Week
Sunday Service 
April 14, 2019 9:00am and 11:00am
Telling the Bees: Grief as a Spiritual Practice
Rev. Joanna Fontaine Crawford  
Religious Education - 10:00am-10:55am 
Share the Plate
There's no UBarU without U! 
In April, all checks and envelopes marked "Share the Plate" and half of all undesignated cash will go to support UBarU.  The Unitarian Universalist Camp and Retreat Center is located in the storied Hill Country near Kerrville, Texas. UBarU serves UU congregations and other groups consistent with the mission of providing a welcoming, peaceful place to gather for spiritual, educational, and recreational purposes in harmony with our Unitarian Universalist Principles and the land.
A Few Words from the Minister...
Tenebrae Service - Friday April 19 7:00 pm
What's a Tenebrae Service and Why are We Having One? 
Read more
A Few Words from the DLFD...
(Director of Lifespan Faith Development)
Musings on the Message
Summer is pretty low-key at Live Oak... Read more 
Special Notices
Deadline Sunday, 4/14 for auction submissions
Hey dude you are almost out of time!
You still have time to submit your auction donation(or 2 or more), if you hurry. So use our fancy website that have great suggestions or fill out a hard copy at church. We can't wait to see your talents or special treasures.
We hope to see you at the auction on Saturday, 4/27.  Our biggest social event will start at 6:00 with refreshments and end at 9:00. Babysitting will be provided.
Easter: Baby/Child Dedication 
During the Easter service at Live Oak, we will be having a "Child Dedication" ceremony. This is where the congregation and the parents/guardians dedicate ourselves to the child. If you are a member or intend to make Live Oak your community, and would like your baby/child to be a part of this ceremony, please email minister@liveoakuu.org. More information 
Fellow Hands on Housing Volunteers! 
Note that due to rain prediction for this Saturday, we will not be working on the home.  iAct has rescheduled all this Spring's projects to next Fall. I look forward to working with all of you then. - Wayne McCullough

Women's Labyrinth Group
Sunday, April 14, 6:30-9 p.m.: Women's Labyrinth Group (Room 103); We gather for a labyrinth walk and sharing circle. We will create "Wisdom Stones" for our walk, a new idea from the Veriditas labyrinth retreat that I recently attended.  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
Finance Committee meeting
Calling all finance wannabes!  
At some of our clogging performances, we have audience participation and I tell people in the audience that if you can walk, you can do this dance. Well, if you know that 2 is greater than 1, you can attend a finance committee meeting. This is a great way to learn about some of the inner workings of the church. No experience necessary and no commitment implied in coming to see what it is all about.

When and where: Wednesday, April 17, 6:00 p.m., Room 106.
Live Oak Church will be distributing food to our neighbors. Please volunteer to help with the following tasks:  
* Thursday, April 18th @ 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, April 19th @ 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: HCCM@liveoakuu.org
Community Labyrinth Events in April and May
Sunday, April 28, after second church service: Maypole Dance to celebrate Beltane and the beauty of Spring
Saturday, May 4, 1 p.m.: 7th Annual World Labyrinth Day Walk for Peace, a worldwide event, sponsored by The Labyrinth Society. Labyrinth walks are scheduled throughout the world at 1 p.m. in each locality to send a wave of peace all over the planet. For more information: labyrinth@liveoakuu.org
Books and Cooks Summer RE 
Ready to serve up some faith development alongside some ethnic dishes?
We need leaders, both youth and adults, to make our summer program a success. Sign up online or on the poster in the Narthex!
Campout: Don't Forget...!
Going on the campout this weekend or coming on Saturday for the potluck? Here are a few last minute reminders:
  • Bring chairs and your own table settings, and a dish to share for the potluck.
  • There is water access so bring swimming gear, kayaks, canoes.
  • If you have a National Parks Pass, it can be used at this park for a discount.
  • Check in is anytime after 3 pm; checkout is 2 pm on Sunday.
  • Every site has water, electricity, fire ring, and covered picnic table.
  • There are hot showers and flush toilets.

Call or text Jen Swan 512-468-4735 with questions. More info 

Save the Date - April 19 Tenebrae Service
Friday, April 19 7:00 pm  
Good Friday Tenebrae Service
Tenebrae means "shadows" in Latin. This Unitarian Universalist somber service commemorates the last days of the life of Jesus with readings, communion, and an extinguishing of candles. All are welcome.  
Live Oak UU Talent Show 2019
There's still time to sign up to perform in the talent show!  
The deadline for signing up to perform is Tuesday, April 30. Here's a link to the sign up sheet, and there's also a paper sign up in the church Narthex. Sign up either or both places. (put link here) Childcare will be available upon request. To request, text, email or message Jen Swan  512-468-4735 or comment on the post on the Event page linked from Interests and Events. Specify # of kids and their ages. Deadline for childcare requests is Wednesday, May 1.   
Join the Seniors for Coffee
The seniors gather in the Narthex for coffee and a delicious treat at 10:30 Thursday, April 18th. If you have questions, talk to Rev. Joanna.
Minutes from Building & Grounds Team Meeting 
At the April Buildings & Grounds Team meeting, there was discussion of the proposal to paint the exterior of the building and the steeple. Review the meeting minutes for more detail. 
The Homeless Are Fed Thanks to Live Oak
On Sunday March 31st, Kathy Lunny, Karl Weston, and Alison Dieter volunteered at Austin Resource Center for the Homeless (ARCH). This is a center that serves the homeless and Live Oak members help on the 5th Sundays and Tuesdays of a month. About 130 men were served submarine sandwiches. Mark your calendars for June 30th because it is the next time volunteers are needed. 
For more information contact Alison arch@liveoakuu.org.  
In Case You Were Worried
With heavy rain over the weekend, you may have missed water dripping from ceiling tiles and puddles of water on the hallway floors. We have been anxiously waiting for the heavy spring rains since roof repairs were made last fall. Looks like the problem has been solved! 
This announcement is brought to you by your Buildings & Grounds Team!
Faith Development   
Here's what you need to know this week!

Upcoming Adult RE

Is climate change your justice issue?
Our  UUA Common Read discussion on  Justice on Earth: People of Faith Working at the Intersections of Race, Class,  and Environment will be this Sunday, 12:15 to 2:00 p.m. Bring a lunch and join in the conversation.
Join the Social Action Forum on April 28, 10 AM, as we wrap up our year of conversations with "What's Next for You?"
Fuller Theological Conversations: Ecclesiology (Our Walls) - Join our final theological conversation for the year at 10 AM on May 5, as we talk about what holds Unitarian Universalism together as a religious community - Covenant and Polity.

Children & Youth

This month we are exploring Transcendentalism and Humanism in our RE classes. This week the focus is on Humanism. As we approach the end of our RE year, are you interested in learning more about what we do in our RE classes? Would observing help you feel confident leading over the summer or next year? We are having an open house on April 14th, May 5th or 12th. Of course, parents are always welcome to observe their child's class, just let us know you are coming.

High School Save the Date: Overnight at Live Oak for members of our high school youth group, May 4-5, 7 p.m. to 10 a.m. the next morning. We will need rovers (four total) and some help with breakfast. A sign-up will be sent out to High School families in the next two weeks. Please step up to help out!

Summer RE Leaders sign-up is now available. See the poster in the Narthex, or sign up online at Books and Cooks. 
Questions??? - contact Carrie Krause, dlfd@liveoakuu.org

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, dlfd@liveoakuu.org

Church Calendar

4/12-4/13  Spring Campout
4/13  Hands on Housing (CANCELLED)
4/14  Common Read
4/14  Women's Labyrinth Group
4/17  Sack Lunch with the Minister
4/17  Finance Meeting
4/18  Senior Coffee
4/27  Service Auction

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