September 5, 2019
This Week
Sunday Service 
September 8, 2019 9:00am and 11:00am 
"You Can't Build Beloved Community with a Scalpel "
Rev. Joanna Fontaine Crawford

Bring Your Gift to the Altar
Usually, the "children's chapel" copies what is done in the Whole Church worship services. But this time, we're copying something they do! Starting this Sunday, 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!

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...
Don't Be Afraid of Some Change ...
It's time for a new church year -- and a new liturgy! Read more 
A Few Words from the DLFD...
(Director of Lifespan Faith Development)
Living the Theme: Welcome to All
"One of the marvelous things about community is that it enables us to welcome and help people in a way we couldn't as individuals."  Read more
Special Notices
You Don't Want to Miss a Sunday in September!
Sept 8th:   
Fed & Informed:  Stewardship Kick-Off brunch 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. Sign up here.   
Sept 29th: Stewardship Finale 
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!   
Live Oak Hosts iAct Passport Program This Sunday  
iAct (Interfaith Action of Central Texas) has a program called "Passport," where participants visit diverse houses of worship and community celebrations in order to learn more about other religions and cultures. This Sunday, Live Oak is the Passport destination! Attendees will meet with Rev. Joanna at 10:30 in the Fellowship Hall to learn more about Unitarian Universalism. Then, they'll join us at 11:00 for our worship service. Please give them all a warm welcome! 
Office Closed 
The office will be closed until September 16th.
Live Oak Men Gather 
The Live Oak Men's Group will be meeting Tuesday, September 10, 2019 at 7pm Tuesday in the church Library. Please join this informal discussion.
Here's more information.  
Live Oak Social Action, article 2 
"The arc of the moral universe may bend towards justice, but it doesn't bend on its own." ~ Barack Obama
Hello from your new Social Action Chair. If you didn't see my first article in last week's newsletter please check it out. 
In that article I said that there are a lot of us in the congregation who want to do more than just talking. We want to help bend the arc toward justice as I like to put it. As step one I agreed to take the social action lead. Step two is where the congregation comes in.    Read more 
Draft Minutes of Policy Committee Meeting
The draft of the August 28 Policy Committee Meeting minutes can be found here.
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
LO Women's Stitching Circle  
September 17th from 7 to 8:30 pm in the library.
What're you working on? We want to see! Got a new Fall project? An old one that you're having a hard time finishing? We want to see your project! Come join a circle of women who support each other - and not just with our handicrafts. And best of all, we typically share laughs while sharing crafty knowledge. 
The need is great and the cupboard is bare. In this case, that cupboard is a cart in the Narthex. Read More
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 
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! 
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!

It's RE kick-off this week. 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.

Speaking of studios, we have added a new one this year - the 'head' space. It will be a quiet, reflective space where they can read, be read to, journal, meditate, whatever calming activity they need for the day. You can help them with this addition by reinforcing the calm, quiet aspect of this choice. It will not be a space for visiting with friends, as that is possible in the other two studios.

Middle School and High School start the year out with welcoming and ice-breaker games. Every year as people come in there is a need for the group to re-form. The presence of youth is vital during the first few weeks if that is to happen, so encourage them to attend and help shape the youth groups for the year!

Our adult programming will begin on September 22nd. For information about upcoming classes, please visit the Learning pages of the website.

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,
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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