October 31, 2019
This Week
Sunday Service 
November 3, 2019 9:00am and 11:00am 
Me, God and Green Day 
Rev. Joanna Fontaine Crawford 

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.  October 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...
Eating Halloween Candy, Filling Up My Calendar
I remember talking to someone about their day-after-Halloween tradition...my tradition was a little different. Read more  
A Few Words from the Music Director... 
Autumn and Loss
We are approaching what many cultures celebrate as a time when the veil between the living and the dead is the thinnest.  Read more
Special Notices
Draft Minutes of Policy Committee Meeting
The draft of the September 25 Policy Committee Meeting minutes can be found here.
Special Policy Committee Meeting
There will be a special meeting of the Policy Committee at 6:30 PM on Wednesday, November 13 in the Narthex. At the meeting, the Board will discuss the 2020 budget. The meeting is open to all members of the congregation. 
References from the Sunday Sermon
Any of the collection books of Deborah Willis. 
  • Willis, Deborah. Black: A Celebration of a Culture. 2014.  
  • Willis, Deborah. Family History Memory: Recording African American Life. New York: Hylas Pub, 2005. 
  • Willis, Deborah, Cheryl Finley, Elizabeth Alexander, and Thelma Golden. Harlem: A Century in Images. New York, NY: Skira Rizzoli International Publications in association with the studio Museum in Harlem, 2010. 
New Office Hours  
Beginning November 1st, Diane will be in the office as follows:
Tuesday 8:30-2
Wednesday 8:30-2
Thursday 8:30-4
Selfies with Santa needs candy!
We want your extra and unwanted Halloween candy!
At Selfies with Santa, one of the crafts for kids while they wait for Santa is to decorate gingerbread houses. The SwS team would love your extra Halloween candy (or that candy you just don't like!) to use for gingerbread house decorations. Please bring all extra and unwanted candy to church or contact Marie Mulling (512) 817-6028 to donate. 
Join the Seniors for Coffee
 The seniors gather in the Narthex for coffee and a delicious treat at 10:30 Thursday, November 7th. For more information about the Senior Group. If you have questions, talk to Rev. Joanna.
Adult Class: A Good Death 
...we are all mortal and death can come at any time for ourselves or for a loved one. Read more    
November Exploring Membership Class 
Interested in learning more about Live Oak church and how to become a member? Exploring Membership Workshops are conducted on the first Sunday of each month. If you would like to attend the next workshop on November 3rd after the second service, please complete this form. If you have any questions, email: membership@liveoakuu.org
Outreach Endowment Update 
The Outreach Endowment Committee received 11 applications this year - the most we've ever received! The next step is to present our recommendations to the Board for their final approval. Thanks to everyone for getting the word out and encouraging organizations to apply!
Fall Campout Around the Corner!
It's almost time for the campout and I couldn't be more excited!  The location is Blanco State Park, Nov 8-10 and we have about 10 sites reserved for about 30-ish people! Don't forget camp chairs -- probably the most forgotten item at campouts! Bring a dish to share for the Saturday evening potluck. It can as elaborate or as simple as you want -- a bag of chips and guac or salsa count! Questions? See me or email me at campout@liveoakuu.org or join the Facebook Live Oak Camping Group. See you outside!  - Jen Swan
Faith Development    
Here's what you need to know this week!

Thanks to everyone who helped make our bake sale a huge success. We raised $290 for Angry Tias and Abuelas. Our pastoral care team also now has a stash of cards to send to members in need of TLC.

This Sunday our elementary class begins a five-week unit on loss. Parents will be kept up to date on what is being discussed each week so they can facilitate further conversations at home.

Adults are invited to participate in a 3-part series on "A Good Death." Regardless of your age, this class will provide information on the practical aspects of preparing for your own death or the death of a loved one, and how to deal with the legal side of death. No registration is required.

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 dates and times for the meeting will be determined as the group forms. 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, dlfd@liveoakuu.org
In the Community
UBarU Camp & Retreat Center Upcoming Events:
Upcoming events at UBarU Camp & Retreat Center:
For more information on all events and to register, visit www.ubaru.org and look under "events."
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