January 10, 2019
This Week
Sunday Service 
January 13, 2019 9:00am and 11:00am
Recovering the Ball ... And Your Spirit
Rev. Joanna Fontaine Crawford 
    
Religious Education - 10:00am-10:55am 
    
Share the Plate
In January, half of all cash and all designated money will go to 
Hill Country Community MinistriesHCCM is a coalition of churches
assisted by area businesses, civic organizations, service clubs and concerned individuals that provides food, clothing and other assistance for people in crisis and those living in poverty in southwest Williamson and northwest Travis counties.  
 
A Few Words from the Minister...
What Would You Like to Create at Live Oak?
Part of our mission is to "empower dreams." Do you have a dream for Live Oak you'd like to work toward?  Read more
A Few Words from the DLFD...
(Director of Lifespan Faith Development)
Upcoming Adult Classes 
Looking for an adult class to attend?  Read more 
 

Special Notices
Policy Committee Meeting
The Board of Trustees will be having a regular business meeting on Wednesday, January 23 at 6:30 PM in the Narthex. The meeting is open to all members of the congregation. 
 
Service Auction date Saturday, 4/27
Service Auction the social event of the year is planned for 4/27.  
It will be GNARLY. 
 
Ideas for Social Events
Do you like to have fun? Do you enjoy the people at Live Oak and want to get to know them better at social events?
 
The Executive Team would like to get your ideas for social events in 2019 and beyond. We are forming a new group and would really like your input as to what kinds of events you would enjoy and possibly help with. We will have another meeting - 12:15-12:45 PM on Sunday, January 13th in the church library.  
 
Women's Labyrinth Group
Sunday, January 13, 6:30-9 p.m.: Women's Labyrinth Group (Fellowship Hall); We gather for a sharing circle followed by a labyrinth walk, focusing on our hopes and visions for 2019, including what the Tarot has to offer. We will each decoupage a glass candle to reflect our hopes for the new year. No Tarot experience necessary. The group is open to women high school age and older. Contact: Linda Webster (lilithfree2@gmail.com)  
 
Church Ladies Lunch
The LOUU Church Ladies Lunch group will meet on Monday, January 14th, at the La Madeleine at 9828 Great Hills Trail. All Live Oak women and their friends age 16 and over are welcome at this informal lunch. We will begin gathering in the back room around 11:45. Please contact Margaret Sheehan at ChurchLadiesLunch@LiveOakUU.org if you have questions or need more information. We look forward to seeing you! 
 
Women's Stitching Circle 
Got a new or old project? We want to see or help or encourage you!
The Live Oak Women's Stitching Circle will meet January 15th in the Library from 7:00 to 8:30. Come for camaraderie, confirmation and comfort while you work on your handicraft! 
 
Men's Third Wednesday Lunch
On Wednesday, January 16th, at 11:45a.m., the Men's Linguistic Society Luncheon will meet at the IHOP Restaurant south of Duval at 183. Please join us for lunch and discussion. MORE INFORMATION
 
Join the Seniors for Coffee
The seniors gather in the Narthex for coffee and a delicious treat at 10:30 Thursday, January 17th. If you have questions, talk to Rev. Joanna. 
 
 
Help Distribute Food to Our Neighbors 
Live Oak Church will be distributing food to our neighbors. Please volunteer to help with the following tasks:  
 
* Thursday, January 17th @ 1:00 p.m. to approximately 3:00 p.m. food needs to be separated into smaller quantities for distribution. Meet at Hill Country Community Ministries, 1005 Lacy Dr, Leander, TX 78641    
   
* Friday, January 18th @ 8:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. in the Live Oak parking lot. This is when we distribute the food to our neighbors. Volunteers are needed to set up and take down the tables, help with the selection of food, and help carry food to our neighbors cars. You do not need to remain the entire 2 & 1/2 hours. Your help is appreciated! 
   
This partnership with Hill Country Community Ministries is the church's "signature project". It is our opportunity to live our Mission of ENRICHING CONNECTIONS with our neighbors in need. Any questions please contact Donna Durbin at: HCCM@liveoakuu.org 
 
Bookworms' January Meeting
Bookworms' January meeting will be held at Wendy Marks home on third Wednesday at 7504 Lobelia Drive Austin at 7:30 p.m. If you need directions please contact Wendy at 512-335-0250. We will be discussing I KNOW WHY THE CAGED BIRD SINGS by Maya Angelou.   We also have some good ideas to make our monthly book selections easier.
 
Improvements Big and Small
When the Capital Fund Committee asked members to suggest improvements, good ideas were submitted. Some will require involvement of many members and extensive planning to implement. But there are suggestions that can be easily completed by using the Building & Grounds Team funds. The team has purchased two umbrella stands because of a suggestion by a member.  
Thanks to all. CT Goss, Chair, Capital Fund Committee
 
 
Is a "First Service Choir" viable? 
If you want to hear a choir, be the choir!
I am testing the waters at this point. I envision a choir of mixed ages who would venture into real choral literature (elementary level) as well lighter selections. I hope to draw interest from people who already attend the first service, and it would be delightful to have new members, or members who are new to choir. A regular rehearsal time would be chosen according to member's schedules. On special occasions, both choirs could unite.  
 
If you have missed hearing choir in the first service, and you enjoy singing, please catch me after the first service and let me know. I would love to explore this, and would welcome any brave souls who feel similarly!   
 - Rebecca Maze, Music Director 
 
Hurrah for Songs Without Words!
Calling all Horns and Strings
Band and Orchestra students/adults-if you are interested in forming a church ensemble please contact (music@liveoakuu.org) or talk to Rebecca after the service. Music would be simple enough for everyone to enjoy playing it, and performing once or twice next semester would be a good goal. It would be fun, and roundly appreciated by the congregation, of course!  
 
Calling All Chefs and Chef-Wannabes
Would you like to get together with other cooks and bakers for fun and learning? We're starting a Cooking Covenant Group in January. Email me to let me know if you'd like to be included. minister@liveoakuu.org.  
  -- Rev. Joanna
 
Financial Peace
Do you yearn for Financial Freedom?
Last year, three families in our congregation escaped debt and are on the road to financial freedom using these principles. Are you next?

Free informational meeting Sunday, Jan. 6 at 6:00pm in Room 106. Classes will run Jan. 13 to Mar. 10, Sunday evenings until 6pm. Childcare available upon request. Questions - Contact Karen or Ram Santhanam, gokarenkaren@gmail.com

 
Faith Development   
Here's what you need to know this week!

We are back to all classes meeting at their scheduled time. Sixth graders will return to youth group and 5th graders will join their class in Room 206. Eighth graders will join the older youth in Room 209. Now that our elementary OWL class is over, we are in need of more elementary teachers so we can split classes more evenly. If you are interested in helping teach this spring, especially in the elementary classes, please contact me and we can talk. Faith Development classes can't happen without your support. Join the team!

High School OWL (grades 10-12) is coming this spring.
The facilitators will meet later this month to determine the calendar and schedule the parent orientation, so stay tuned. The class will meet on Sunday afternoons with the exact time and dates TBD. Class space will be limited with priority given to Live Oak families.

If you have any questions about the program, please don't hesitate to contact Carrie Krause - dlfd@liveoakuu.org . Sunday mornings can be busy, so if you asked me for something, please follow up with an email to be sure I get the message.

Church Calendar
1/13  Women's Labyrinth Group
1/14  Church Ladies' Lunch
1/15  Stitching Circle
1/16  Men's Lunch
1/17  Senior's Coffee
1/17  Sorting Food at HCCM
1/18  Fresh Food for All
1/23  Policy Committee Meeting

In the Community
UBarU Camp & Retreat Center Upcoming Events:
Full information for each event can be found at:    www.ubaru.org  
 
 
Fiber Arts Weekend Feb 15-18, 2019
F un, friendship, learning and creating!  Fiber artists of all levels, abilities and experiences are welcome! 
 
 
Murder Mystery Weekend January 25-27, 2019 
This will be a unique weekend at UBarU as we travel back in time to the Roaring '20s!  Flappers, the Mob, Speakeasies, Prohibition, Women's suffrage, the radio, Jazz and more. 
 
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.   
 
Astronomy Weekend March 1-3 , 2019
 
SW UU Women's Conference
February 22-24 in Hot Springs, AR  Read more 
 
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