August 22, 2019
This Week
Sunday Service 
August 22, 2019 10:00am  
Live Oak 101
Rev. Joanna Fontaine Crawford
Religious Education - 11:00am-11:55am  
Share the Plate: The Dog Alliance  
In August, 50% of cash and all designated money will be donated to this
Cedar Park, Texas-based nonprofit that provides service dogs for veterans who are challenged by the visible and invisible wounds of war. The "Hounds for Heroes" program trains these dogs to assist individuals with post-traumatic stress and mobility issues and provides them to veterans at no charge. The nonprofit also provides therapy dogs to reduce stress in the workplace, the airport, the courts, and schools. Other programs bring therapy dogs into nursing homes and hospitals and encourage reluctant readers through a reading dog program. Learn more at  
A Few Words from the Minister...
Offering Sabbath
On a local Facebook group focused on being inclusive, a person asked a question about how everyone is taking care of themselves, mentally. It is a question for our time - how to recover and refuel so that you are able to continue fighting for justice and building Beloved Community.   Read more
Special Notices
Movie with a Message: Crazy from the Heart 
Friday, Aug 23, 7pm
Rev. Joanna will be hosting "Movie with a Message" in the sanctuary. The movie, "Crazy from the Heart" stars Ruben Blades and Christine Lahti and tells the story of a high-school principal finding love with a Mexican-American rancher working as custodian in her school. The movie explores issues of bigotry, institutional racism, classism, and sexism. It was made for television (cable) and includes sexual references, light profanity, and racist epithets. (Probably more appropriate for adults and high schoolers.) A discussion will follow the movie.  
You Don't Want to Miss a Sunday in September!
Sept 1st:  
Church Reunion: Water Communion & potluck lunch
Exploring Membership Workshop
Sept 8th:   
Fed & Informed:  Stewardship Kick-Off (food provided)
Sept 15th:  
Fellowship Fair:  Learn about the opportunities to get involved at Live Oak
Sept 22nd: 
Hands On Live Oak: Lend a hand as we spruce up our spiritual home  
Sept 29th: Stewardship Finale 
Soundboard Training
September 1, at either 9:30 or right after service 
As we start a new HoMe team year, it's a great time to learn to run the soundboard.   Come over to the sound desk at 9:30am or right after the service. 
Exploring Membership at Live Oak UU Church 
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" workshop where we'll get to know each other, talk a little bit about Unitarian Universalism, and a lot about Live Oak.

You are invited to this Exploring Membership workshop, Sunday September 1st from 11am to 1pm. We will meet in room 109 after the Sunday service. 
Light lunch provided. Child care provided.

Amy Dark & Tim Buckley 
Co-Leaders, Membership Team
Stewardship 2020 Team Needs Your Help! 
The Stewardship team has already starting planning this year's campaign. We would love to add some members to our team and/or recruit volunteers for small tasks (no meeting attendance required!). 2020 is going to be big year and we need a great Stewardship Campaign to make things happen. Examples of things we need help with: stuffing envelopes, helping create a display for the fellowship hall, pricing and/or getting food for the events, setting up for the events, etc.  
Please contact Kristen Anderson if you would like to help  
Policy Committee Meeting 
The Board of Trustees will be having a regular business meeting on Wednesday, August 28 at 6:30 PM in the Narthex. The meeting is open to all members of the congregation.
Women's Potluck
ESL Volunteer opportunities
Become a member of a great team. 

This fall we would like to offer separate classes for our beginning and our intermediate adult students. The students are delightful and very appreciative of all efforts to help them.

If you can help, we have teaching material and you can be an assistant until you feel comfortable leading. We need help at the church Thursday mornings, and Monday & Wednesday evenings. We need help at the Leander Library on Tuesday and Wednesday morning. (please contact Mary Hengstebeck 512-983-7009(cell) or 
A Friend with a Truck
Everybody needs a friend with a truck. Live Oak is lucky to have Donovan Wenger. This week he loaded up his truck with our excess furniture and took it to HCCM Thrift Shop. Thanks Donovan! Tim Buckley
Outreach Endowment application
Outreach Endowment application due date coming up soon!
The due date for submitting applications for the 2019 Endowment grant is September 30th. The Live Oak UU Church Endowment was created and funded by the congregation in 2006 with the mission of supporting the broader Unitarian Universalist denomination through our outreach efforts. Please visit the Endowment website or email for more information and application submission. We have three potential applicants so far and would love to see more - please pass the word! 
Fall Campout Nov. 8-10
Looking for a fun way to connect more deeply with other Live Oak members and friends?  Camping together is one way many of us enjoy fulfilling the Enrich Connections and Embrace Joy parts of our church Mission Statement. Read more
Faith Development    
Here's what you need to know this week!

This Sunday is our last adult class, "Musings on the Message" for the summer. Please join us in Room 109 at 11:00 as we discuss what we hear in the sermon. Adult drop-in programming will resume on September 22.

In RE programming, our final Books and Cooks class takes us to Australia. The class will meet in Room 205, and children 5th grade and under should be signed out by a family member by noon. Older youth (middle school and up) are encouraged to sign up to help lead a session, or just come and help with the cooking and story time.

Since it is a food-based curriculum, please check the ingredient list each week when you sign your youth in. We will make sure that our dishes are gluten-free, nut-free, and dairy-free as much as possible to avoid common allergens.

Fall RE begins on September 8. That is when class lists will be updated and children and youth will begin in their new age groupings. Please register now as it helps me create accurate lists before we start. If you have not registered before, please use the link on the sidebar. Families who were registered last year have received a link via email to renew their registration. Please let me know if you have lost that link.

We can use more adult help in our programs. Maybe you can assist once a month in a class, maybe more. Please consider how you can help in RE this year by contacting Carrie Krause. Let's grow our base of adults sharing the journey with our children and youth. 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:
Star Party August 30 - September 2
Men's Retreat October 25-27 
Women's Retreat October 11-13 
Murder Mystery November 8-10 
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.  
For more information on all events and to register, visit and look under "events."
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