October 3, 2019
This Week
Sunday Service 
October 6, 2019 9:00am and 11:00am 
"Giving Up Contempt"
Rev. Joanna Fontaine Crawford

Religious Education Classes 10:00am-10:55am 
Share the Plate:       
The Share the Plate recipient for October is the Travis Audubon Baker Sanctuary. Travis Audubon was founded in 1952 by visionary Central Texans who recognized the vital connection between conserving wildlife habitat and the ecological balance necessary for healthy, sustainable, and habitable communities. They are a non-profit corporation with tax-exempt status, governed by a 12-person Board of Directors and managed by a full-time Executive Director. Many of their programs and activities are organized and led by a dedicated, experienced, and highly skilled corps of volunteers. Their outreach programs strive to educate the community about the vital connection between conservation and sustainable, healthy human habitats. Supporting Travis Audubon gives you a voice for conservation, education, and advocacy.

  (In September, we raised $645.74 for Texas Gun Sense)    
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 Membership team.  Please be sure to stop by the Love Notes box and show your love!   
A Few Words from the Minister...
"What are you doing to have fun?"
When the search committee from Live Oak and I had our first conversation together - over the phone - at the end of the call, they asked if I had any questions. Read more 
A Few Words from the DLFD...
(Director of Lifespan Faith Development)
Living the Theme: Justice & Compassion
This month's theme is our second principle: justice, equity and compassion in human relations... read more 
Special Notices
Office Closed Wednesday 
The office will be closed on Wednesday, October 9th for Yom Kippur. 
No Sack Lunch with the Minister this week.
Draft Minutes of Policy Committee Meeting
The draft of the September 25 Policy Committee Meeting minutes can be found here. 
Message from the Board About Amending the Bylaws
The Board of Trustees would like to begin a process of updating Live Oak's bylaws. Information can be found here.   
Live Oak Men Gather 
The Live Oak Men's Group will be meeting Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at 7pm Tuesday in the church Library. Please join this informal discussion. More information. 
Women's Labyrinth Group 
Sunday, October 13, 6:30-9 p.m in Live Oak Library
We gather for a sharing circle followed by a labyrinth walk. We bask in the light of the full moon, and we dance with light and shadow on our path. You may want to bring a crystal to charge under the full moon, 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  
Fall Hands on Housing Event 
Mark your calendar for Saturday, October 19 and participate in Hands on Housing. (HoH) It is the day that volunteers from Live Oak and many other area churches repair and spruce up the house of an elderly or disabled neighbor. More information will be provided in next week's newsletter.  
 - Wayne McCullough, Live Oak HoH Coordinator
Ancestor Labyrinth Walk
Saturday, October 26, 7:30 p.m
Join us on the labyrinth as we remember our ancestors and our beloved family, friends, and pets who have died. We will tell their stories and share our memories. Bring a drum and come in costume, if you'd like. This community walk is family friendly for all persons. Please gather at the labyrinth and bring something to sit on. We also invite you to bring finger food to share, and we'll provide drinks. For more information: labyrinth@liveoakuu.org 
2019 Fall Campout
Camping together is one of my favorite ways to Enrich Connections with fellow Live Oakers!  Read more  
Exploring Membership Workshop
If you are wanting to learn about becoming a member of Live Oak church think about attending the Exploring Membership Workshop at noon on Sunday October 6 in room 109. Light lunch and childcare will be provided. Any Questions please send email to membership@liveoakuu.org.  
- Tim Buckley & Amy Dark, Leaders of the Membership Team 
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 
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! Keep coming and help build momentum. First Sundays of the month are for fun and rest. Games, naps, music and snacks are all part of the fun for the youth groups on first Sundays. Register to be added to the email list for families and the chat group for high school youth!

Adult drop-in session for this week will include our first look at the second principle: justice and compassion in human relations. For more information about chalice circles or other adult learning, please 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, dlfd@liveoakuu.org
In the Community
Climate Emergency Townhall- Local Action Starting in Your Neighborhood
October 20, 2019 2 PM-3:30 PM 
St. Andrews Presbyterian-14311 Wells Port Drive  
Find out how to take action from two of Austin's key environmental leaders, Brigid Shea and Brandi Clark Burton. Audience members will have the opportunity to ask questions.   Admittance is free and all are welcome. 
Paths to Compassionate Cultural Care for Aging LBGTQ+  
Tuesday, October 29th at First Baptist Church in downtown Austin 
All-day workshop, panel discussion, and viewing of the documentary film "Gen Silent". We will be discussing issues faced by older LGBT adults and the resources available to them as well as facilitate an open discussion about how to best support older LGBTQ+ adults as they age. More information  
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 
For more information on all events and to register, visit www.ubaru.org and look under "events."
The deadline for the weekly e-newsletter and the Sunday announcements is midnight on Tuesday.  The submission form can be found here
If you have any questions or comments about this Newsletter please email: editor@liveoakuu.org