November 21, 2019
This Week
Sunday Service 
November 24, 2019 9:00am and 11:00am 
The Loaves of Our Heritage
Rev. Joanna Fontaine Crawford and Kiya Heartwood

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.  November 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...
That Whole Gratitude Thing
I've had some Thanksgivings where the circumstances of my life meant that the only hard part about coming up with something to be thankful for was how to narrow down the bounteous list. And I've had years where there was such an ache in my heart, it was hard to even be willing to consider being thankful.  Read more 
Special Notices
Welcome New Members
Shyno - Ri - Ryan - Darius
Get acquainted with some of Live Oak's newest members: 
Shyno Chacko recently moved here from California.  Meet Shyno  
Ri Wade was drawn to Live Oak because it is a  place that enjoys young children.   Meet Ri  
Ryan Sullivan has lived all over Texas and now considers Austin home.  Meet Ryan  
Darius Long enjoys a church home that challenges him to grow.              Meet Darius 
The Office will be closed until December 3rd.
No Sack Lunch with the Minister next week (11/27)
Bylaws Amendment Process
In our ongoing process to update the Live Oak bylaws, we're now looking at the third and fifth articles. Read about the proposed changes here. They include a fairly significant change regarding the elimination of the Policy Committee. So please take a look.   
The Capital Fund Committee is Tackling Big Projects
Members of Live Oak Church have made a significant contribution to our future by donating to the Capital Fund. The committee responsible for suggesting allocations of the funds is at the verge of making major recommendations to the congregations. Please review the notes from our recent meeting. Thank you, CT Goss, Capital Fund Committee Leader.
Bake "Sale" Donations Needed
Every year for Selfies with Santa, we have a "pay what you will" bake "sale." For this, we need your brownies, your cakes, your holiday cookies, all your delicious desserts! The first year we had Selfies with Santa, an individual told us our baked goods were the only holiday treats their  family had that year because of how rough life had been. This is why a bake "sale" is such an important part of this ministry. Items should be portioned for individuals. If you cannot bring your items on Dec 14 to Selfies with Santa, please contact Marie Mulling (512)817-6028 to arrange drop off.
Have a great potential member? Concerned that someone is struggling to find their place? Contact the Membership Team and we can reach out. Email: 
H.O.P.E. Sunday - Help Our People Eat
Every fourth Sunday is H.O.P.E. Sunday - Help Our People Eat! Please bring non-perishable groceries this Sunday to Live Oak, to be donated to Hill Country Community Ministries. The groceries will be taken up during the worship services at 9 and 11 am. Help fill up the cart with non-perishable food and household essentials. Here is a list of items that are needed. Last Friday we donated 217 pounds of donated cans and hygiene items. Let's do it again - help us continue to Empower the Dream of helping our neighbors.

In addition to providing our donation last Friday, we distributed 1,975 pounds to 79 families totaling 286 individuals. Thank You, The HCCM Team  
The Mitten Tree
Live Oak UU works with the Hill Country Christmas Bureau to provide gifts for those in need. You can help by visiting the mitten tree in the Fellowship Hall. Take a tag, buy the gift, and return to the Fellowship Hall by December 15th. Questions - contact 
Exploring Membership Workshop  
The Next Exploring Membership Workshop will be conducted on Sunday December 1st after the 11am service. We will meet in room 109 and a light lunch will be served and childcare is available.   
Membership Team Meeting Minutes
The meeting minutes are available for review. Any questions, please contact Tim & Amy at 
December Congregational Meeting
The December Congregational Meeting will be held December 15 immediately after the 11 am service. You can read about the agenda here. 
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.  
Faith Development     
Here's what you need to know this week!

It's not too late to sign up to help with the pageant. Sign up for open jobs listed here.

This week our classes take a break from their regular learning to engage in an all ages activity in the Fellowship Hall. We will create thanksgiving luminaria for the tables at the retirement center next door.

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 first group begins in January and there is still room. 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
Weekend includes winter holiday activities, break out sessions for adults and kids as well as multi-generational times.  Fun, campfires, games, food, rest and a chance to celebrate some winter holidays together with folks at camp!
Early bird registration $160.00 before 1 December &  $185.00
after for adults & kids 13+ years. Kids just $90 (ages 5-12 years) or free, if 4 years and younger.   
Fiber Arts weekend  Feb 14-17, 2020 
Our 4th Annual Fiber Arts weekend is coming-Valentine's Day to Monday, President's Day to offer more time for sharing, working on your projects, relaxing and enjoying time with each other.  (Although there is a 2 day option if that works better for you).  
Information and registration also available at 
For more information on all events and to register, visit 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
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