March 28, 2019
This Week
Sunday Service 
March 31, 2019 9:00am and 11:00am
A Reasonable Use of Oracles 
Rev. Joanna Fontaine Crawford  
Religious Education - 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 that improve our building and grounds. Recently these funds were used to refurbish the lawn sprinkler system. The projects are always necessary.  
Thank you, The Buildings & Grounds Team
A Few Words from the Minister...
The Power of Calm
Sometimes, the most radical act of solidarity we can do is to remain calm. Non-anxious. Still. (Boring, even.)  Read more

A Few Words from the DLFD...
(Director of Lifespan Faith Development)
The Spiritual Practice of Lectio Divina
I thought I'd share my own practices with you, in particular a new one that I've been exploring with my spiritual director. 
Special Notices
Membership Update
As chair of the Executive Team, it gives me great joy to announce that Amy Dark and Tim Buckley have accepted our request that they become co-Chairs of the Membership Team, building on the wonderful work done by their predecessors, Jonathan and Kristen Sheets. 
Thank you, Amy and Tim! I know the rest of the congregation joins me in appreciation and looks forward to your leadership so that we all may better ENRICH CONNECTIONS with visitors and new members!  
Rev. Joanna Fontaine Crawford
Exploring Membership
Interested in Becoming a Member of Live Oak?  Why do we light a chalice? What does it mean to be a member of Live Oak? Rev. Joanna will lead this "Exploring Membership" class where we'll get to know each other, talk a little bit about Unitarian Universalism, and a lot about Live Oak.  
On the 5th Sunday, Live Oak church helps serve dinner to the homeless at Austin Resource Center for the Homeless (ARCH). Located at 500 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78701. OnSunday, March 31st, meet up in the church parking lot when volunteers carpool at 5:00pm. You will return by 8:30pm. Questions contact Alison Dieter by email:
Join the Seniors for Coffee 
The seniors gather in the Narthex for coffee and a delicious treat at 10:30 Thursday, April 4th. If you have questions, talk to Rev. Joanna.
Church Ladies Lunch 
The LOUU Church Ladies Lunch group will meet on Monday, April 8th, 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 if you have questions or need more information. We look forward to seeing you!
Not Exactly a Fancy LED Sign! 
But the new HVAC units have been installed to replace the 35 year old Sanctuary and Narthex units. At least they are shiny! We would be happy to give tours of the attic! Thank You to everyone who contributed to the Capital Campaign.  
From: Members of the Buildings & Grounds Team
Common Read
Vocal Workshop   
On Sat. April 6 at 10:30 AM, Susan Meitz will give an hour and a half WORKSHOP FOR TREBLE VOICES in the Sauber Music Building. This is for altos and sopranos (including children).  If you have any questions about it please contact Rebecca at:
Choir Sunday Offer 
Low Time Commitment Opportunity!  
Short term choir membership is open to Sopranos and Altos, from now until April 1st! (We wouldn't turn away any Tenors or Basses, either.) Young singers are also welcome.   I will provide Mp3s of all music, as well as extra help at your convenience. There are two required rehearsals: Sat May 18th at 6:30, and one other individual or Wed. practice to be chosen to fit your schedule. The Choir Sunday service will be one service only, at 10AM on the 19th. "Here Comes the Sun", and "What a Wonderful World" will be among several pieces temporary members can participate in. We are open to requests as well. It is our hope that even busy people (and their musical children) may be able to participate. 
Singing with a choir is a joyous activity, and that joy compounds with the addition of more people. It really does feel good. Ask any choir member!  
Rebecca Maze, Music Director - 
Live Oak's Got Talent 
Embrace the lighter side of life; Enrich your bravery; Encourage your fellow Live Oakers and Empower Expression!   
Do you or your kid practice martial arts? How about a routine, maybe set to music. Gymnastics? Same. Can you sign? Pair up with someone who sings and sign while they sing. Juggling...improvisation...parody a scene from a show or movie. How about glow-in-the-dark dancing? There are endless talent show ideas on the Google. The show will be Friday, May 10 at 7 p.m.; childcare will be available. S ign up by emailing Rebecca Maze at  
Get CPR, First Aid and AED Training  
Saturday, March 30 from 9 am to noon 
We are having CPR, First Aid and AED training at Live Oak UU Fellowship Hall. Cost is $25 per person. Time is March 30, from 9 am to noon. Ages 12 and up are welcome to register. Please register at here  
Walk to End Hunger April 7
Support Our Signature Partner Hill Country Ministries and take a leisurely walk along Brushy Creek Trail.  
What: CropWalk Leander-Cedar Park
When: Sunday, April 7, Registration at 1:30p, Walk at 2:00p
Where: YMCA-204 E. Elm Trail, Cedar Park
What: Raise awareness and funds to end hunger in our community. They work in partnership with our signature partner Hill County Community Ministries.
Cost: No cost to participate but it is a fundraiser. If you can't make it, you can make donations to support our team leader Helen "Betty" Skwarek here.  
Spring Campout April 12-14 
Everyone is invited to our annual spring campout April 12-14 at Cedar Breaks Park in Georgetown.  Read more
Faith Development   
Here's what you need to know this week!

Upcoming Adult RE

Fuller Conversations:
Join us next Sunday, April 7, for our next Fuller Conversation on Theology. We will meet at 10 AM in Room 109 to discuss how Humanism has shaped our current theology as Unitarian Universalists. Watch for the introductory video on our Live Oak Facebook page - coming soon!
Is climate change your justice issue? ORDER YOUR BOOK NOW!!
UUA Common Read discussion on 
Justice on Earth: People of Faith Working at the Intersections of Race, Class, and Environment will be on April 14 from 12:15 to 2:00 p.m. Bring a lunch and join in the conversation. You need to purchase the book and read it ahead of the class. Childcare may be provided upon request at least two weeks in advance (3/31/19). Please let Carrie know if you plan on participating and if you need childcare.  Common Read sign-up

Children & Youth

This Sunday is our final look at spiritual practices in our RE classes. Elementary ages will look at gratitude and happiness and work on a special project. Middle and High School will work on projects around the campus.
Are you interested in learning more about what we do in our RE classes? Would observing help you feel confident leading? Stay tuned for a couple of open house dates in April and May. Of course, parents are always welcome to observe their child's class, just let us know you are coming.

Remember that you can find the latest information about Faith Development programming on the   Learning pages of the Live Oak website or in the newsletter. Please keep yourself informed about what is happening!

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Church Calendar
3/30  CPR Training
3/31  Exploring Membership
3/31  Feed the Homeless at ARCH
4/3    Sack Lunch with the Minister
4/4    Seniors' Coffee
4/7    Fuller Conversations
4/7    Crop Walk
4/8    Church Ladies Lunch
4/12-4/13  Spring Campout
4/14  Common Read

In the Community
UBarU Camp & Retreat Center Upcoming Events:
Work Bee weekend May 17-19
Summer Family Camp May 25-28
Youth summer camps June 9-29 (based on age)
Sky & Earth youth science camp July 28-Aug 3
For more information and to register, visit and look under "events."
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