September 26, 2019
This Week
Sunday Service 
September 29, 2019 9:00am and 11:00am 
"Atticus is Not the Answer"
Rev. Joanna Fontaine Crawford

Religious Education Classes 10:00am-10:55am 
Share the Plate:      
On the 5th Sundays of a month, 50% of cash and all designated money is deposited in the Large Project Fund. Our Buildings & Grounds Team then uses these funds to take on larger projects and improvements. Recently these funds were used to replace the Fellowship Hall chairs ($1,500) and replace the 20 year old coffeemaker ($700.)  
Thank you, The Buildings & Grounds Team  
(In August, we raised $561.46 for Austin Dog Alliance)    
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...
To Be a Leader
There is a streak of anti-authoritarianism in our UU culture. Many of us have resisted unprincipled authority throughout our lives.

We resist authority ... but does that mean we should also resist BEING an authority, one of ethics and integrity?  Read more
Special Notices
Stewardship Update Week 3
Final Push! 
The Stewardship Committee is pleased to report that, as of last Sunday, we have received pledges in excess of $195,000. This is great for us, but we aspire for more. If you have not turned in your pledge form, you can turn it into the green box next Sunday at church, or pledge online anytime.  We also hope you can join us for our wrap-up event after second service this coming Sunday, September 29. See you there! 
Hands on Live Oak
The following "hands" were busy helping last Sunday:

Kenzie Anderson

Stuart Hale


Sue Buckley


Hella Holoubek


Ignacio Carroll

June Miller


Marenna Crawford

Konrad Mulling


Bryan Damis


Jonathan Norwood


Cooper Dark


Tracy Norwood


Lucian Davis


Sean Schemayder

Spencer Douglass

Mike Schultz

Harper Forell

Teddy Van Winkle

Skye Foreman

Cordelia Weaver


Oliver Goss


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.   
Membership Team Meeting Notes
The Membership Team met this month and you are invited to review the  meeting notes.  
- Amy Dark & Tim Buckley 
Notes from Capital Fund Committee Meeting
You are encouraged to review the notes from the recent meeting of the Capital Fund Committee.  
- CT Goss, Leader, Capital Fund Committee 
Donation to HCCM
Over the past weeks, the Newsletter has been showing a picture of the cart in the Narthex. The cart is used to collect food and hygiene items for the Hill Country Community Ministries (HCCM) pantry. Friday when the the distribution truck was emptied and 92 families received fresh food, it returned with 109 pounds of donations from Live Oak Church. That is how we Empower the Dream of helping our neighbors.  
Thank You, The HCCM Team  
Welcome New Members 
 Diane - Michael - Nan - Mia - Chris - Bodhi
Get acquainted with some of Live Oak's newest members:
Dianne Sylvan is a novelist who writes urban fantasy and paranormal romance. Meet Dianne 

Michael Leburkien's interests have ranged from religion to French Civilization to law. Meet Michael
Nan Bradford-Reid is an artist, seamstress and DIYer with "far too many projects." Meet Nan   

Mia Franceschi turned her passion for recycling into a new career after moving to Austin three years ago. Meet Mia 
Chris Mihealsick has a secret ninja power, Ikebana, which we hope to see at Live Oak. Meet Chris
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  
- Tim Buckley & Amy Dark, Leaders of the Membership Team 
On the 5th Sundays and Tuesdays, volunteers from Live Oak church help serve dinner to the homeless at Austin Resource Center for the Homeless (ARCH). Located at 500 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78701. Please join us on Sunday September 29th. Contact Alison Dieter by email: for more information about this program. 
You must be registered for religious education at Live Oak and attending youth group to be eligible to participate.
Join the Seniors for Coffee  
The seniors gather in the Narthex for coffee and a delicious treat at 10:30 Thursday, October 3rd. More information about the Senior Group. If you have questions, talk to Rev. Joanna.
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. The middle school will start their UUtopia project this Sunday and the high school will continue their discussion of protests and building momentum for change. Register to be added to the email list for families and the chat group for youth!

Adult drop-in session for this week is a continuation of our discussion about our 1st principle in action. 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,
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 
For more information on all events and to register, visit and look under "events."
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