May 2, 2019
This Week
Sunday Service 
May 5, 2019 9:00am and 11:00am
"I Take as My Text...": A 21st Century Unitarian Universalism Part 1
Rev. Joanna Fontaine Crawford
Religious Education - 10:00am-10:55am 
Share the Plate
Wonders and Worries is an organization that provides support for children and teenagers when a parent faces a serious illness. After a consultation to see what would best fit a child or teenager after a parent's diagnosis, they provide counseling in individual or group settings. Wonders and Worries also provides periodic parenting training sessions and family fun events.   
A Few Words from the Minister...
The Big Tent of Live Oak
We are a big tent of generosity and free thought.   Read more


Special Notices
Come to the Live Oak UU 2019Talent Show on Friday May 10 at 7 p.m.! 
This is a FREE, fun event for all Live Oak members and friends, and kids of all ages are welcome.  
Feel free to invite family, friends, and neighbors. Coordinating this event has given me a chance to get to know some of you better already, just chatting about what you've signed up to do. Some of the participants and their talents are already well known to many of us, but many are not. I'm excited to get to know all of them better, just by watching them perform in the show! Many thanks to everyone who has signed up; it's going to be fun!
Men's Breakfast 
The men of Live Oak are invited to join an informal Saturday morning breakfast on May 11 at 9am in the Fellowship Hall.  There will be a pot of coffee brewing and every one is asked to "bring a dish to pass". Please plan on attending. Any questions? Email Rob Sartin and Sam Gleason at
Talent Show rehearsal this Sunday, May 5 at noon.  
Help us make the Talent Show run as smoothly as possible by attending the run-through/rehearsal this Sunday, May 5 at noon in the sanctuary. 
We'd like to have as many participants as possible take part in the  
rehearsal/run-through this Sunday, after the second service. We will be going through acts in order, talking about entering and exiting the stage, checking out equipment and tech needs, etc. If you can't make it, please let Jen Swan know you are still planning to be in it. If you've decided to do something different than what you signed up to do, please let us know. It might affect the order in which we have the acts. Hope to see you then! Jen Swan Text or call 512-468-4735, or message me on Facebook.
Proposed Expenditures from the Capital Fund  
There is a proposal that will be reviewed at the May 19th Congregational meeting:  
Exterior Painting: Jon Durbin has received a proposal for the repair and painting of all exterior wood and metal surfaces. He will be available in the Narthex between services the next 2 Sundays to discuss the the need for painting with examples of the serious rot and deterioration of the building soffits. If you have any questions or suggestions, please talk to him.
- CT Goss Chair, Capital Fund Committee
The Capital Fund Committee asked members for ideas for improvements. One suggestion was to have a bench near the parking lot so people with limited mobility have a place to sit while waiting to be picked up. Thanks to the Buildings & Grounds Team for purchasing a bench without using Capital Funds. And a special THANK YOU to Rana Williams and Ray McPherson for installing the bench and making a member's suggestion a reality.
CT Goss, Chair Capital Fund Committee
May Congregational Meeting  
May 19, 2019 
The Congregational Meeting will be held in the Sanctuary immediately following the service. The major topics are elections to the Board of Trustees, Assistant Treasurer, and Nominating Committee. There will also be a Capital Fund update and vote and the introduction of an engagement survey for Live Oak.

All members are encouraged to attend. Visitors and friends are welcome. Proxy forms will be available in the Narthex starting May 5. Note that absentee ballots will not be used. Voting will be limited to present members and proxy ballots.

Proxy ballots can also be downloaded here and printed out ahead of time.
Exploring Membership 
May 5th 12pm-2pm  
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.  For more information or to RSVP, contact Amy or Tim at
Building Use Training

If you have keys to the building, and have not already done so, please attend a Building Use Training session.  The next one is Wednesday, May 8 at 6:30pm


It'll take about 20 minutes.  Please RSVP so I will have enough handouts.  You do not need to be a keyholder to attend. 

-   Diane Stepakof-Fay


Senior Living 
Upcoming Free Events with the Senior Coffee Club 
Thursday, May 9th at 10:00am
How to Pay for Senior Living 
When you or your parents approach the transition between independence and the need for assistance, things can get expensive and complicated. This free workshop will get to the truth about how to pay for senior living, unraveling the myths of Medicaid and VA benefits, and the essential documents you need as you age. After, we will walk a few doors down to the newly opened The Enclave at Cedar Park Senior Living Special Tour. Join our Senior Coffee Club and Keith Leuty, elder law and estate planning attorney, and VeeCee Spears, Medicaid expert to explore your options. 
Tuesday, May 21 at 6:30pm
Make Social Security Work For You! 
Are you nearing retirement? This free workshop will help you determine how to make the most of your Social Security funds. Topics covered: When to file, What if I'm still working? How much will SSI pay me? What about my spouse? Join our Senior Coffee Club and Mike Smith of Smith Financial Group, an expert in retirement planning, to discuss these important issues. Bring a
7th Annual World Labyrinth Day Walk for Peace   
Saturday, May 4, 1 pm
Take steps for peace and be part of a global event, sponsored by The Labyrinth Society. We will gather at the entrance to the labyrinth to "Walk as One at 1." Labyrinth walks are scheduled throughout the world at 1 p.m. in each locality to send a wave of peace all over the planet as the earth turns. We invite you to bring a short reading, a poem, or a song, and your own wishes for peace. For more information:
Church Ladies Lunch 
The LOUU Church Ladies Lunch group will meet on Monday, May 13th, 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!
Books and Cooks Summer RE 
Ready to serve up some faith development alongside some ethnic dishes?
We need leaders, both youth and adults, to make our summer program a success. Sign up online or on the poster in the Narthex!
Faith Development   
Here's what you need to know this week!

Upcoming Adult RE
This Sunday: Fuller Theological Conversations: Ecclesiology (Our Walls) - Join our final theological conversation for the year at 10 AM in Room 109, as we talk about what holds Unitarian Universalism together as a religious community - Covenant and Polity. You can view the intro video and find resources for further study on our Facebook page.

Summer Musings on the Message will begin on June 9. Each Sunday at 11 AM you are invited to join a discussion on the worship message in Room 109. These conversations are not a critique of the service, but a chance to reflect on how the message spoke to you, and what challenged you or comforted you in your faith development journey.
Please remember that we are seeking input regarding Adult Faith Formation programming as we begin to plan for next fall. Please take a moment and complete the survey found here. Thanks for your help.

Children & Youth

For the month of May we build the walls of our theological house by focusing on Ecclesiology and talking about congregational polity and covenant. As we approach the end of our RE year, are you interested in learning more about what we do in our RE classes? Would observing help you feel confident leading over the summer or next year? We are having an open house on  May 5th or 12th. Of course, parents are always welcome to observe their child's class, just let us know you are coming.

High School Overnight Postponed Due to schedules and lack of support this weekend, there will not be a youth overnight. Please stay tuned for information on another date!

Summer RE Leaders sign-up is now available, and we need lots of helpers! Don't forget that youth are encouraged to sign up to help lead as well! See the poster in the Narthex, or sign up online at Books and Cooks.

??? - Contact Carrie Krause,

Church Calendar

5/4    World Labyrinth Day
5/5    Exploring Membership
5/8    Sack Lunch with the Minister
5/9    How to Pay for Senior Living
5/10  Talent Show
5/11  Men's Breakfast

In the Community
UBarU Camp & Retreat Center Upcoming Events:
Upcoming events at UBarU Camp & Retreat Center:
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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