April 25, 2019
This Week
Sunday Service 
April 28, 2019 9:00am and 11:00am
Old Ways to New Worlds  
Kiya Heartword
Religious Education - 10:00am-10:55am 
Share the Plate
There's no UBarU without U! 
In April, all checks and envelopes marked "Share the Plate" and half of all undesignated cash will go to support UBarU.  The Unitarian Universalist Camp and Retreat Center is located in the storied Hill Country near Kerrville, Texas. UBarU serves UU congregations and other groups consistent with the mission of providing a welcoming, peaceful place to gather for spiritual, educational, and recreational purposes in harmony with our Unitarian Universalist Principles and the land.
A Few Words from the Minister...
Being a Community Partner with BAGA
Along with Live Oak Board member Mark Anderson and Administrator Diane Stepakof-Fay, I attended the Bangladesh Association of Greater Austin (BAGA) Pohela Boishakh festival.  Read more

A Few Words from the DLFD...
(Director of Lifespan Faith Development)
Adult Feedback
We invite your feedback on the offerings... read more 
Special Notices
It's Auction time!!
Bid, bid, bid on Saturday!
April 4/27 6:00-9:00 
The biggest social event of the year is just around the corner--the service auction of course. Don't believe me? Come and find out. Laugh, make new friends, have a snack, a sip of wine, and of course bid, bid, bid. We will set aside 30% of the profits this year to go to disaster relief so all the more reason to come. We need YOU to make this a successful event so can we count on you?? 
Maypole Dance  
Sunday, April 28, after second church service  
We will celebrate Beltane and the beauty of Spring with a Maypole Dance in the area just outside the Fellowship Hall. At Beltane, the earth is fully awake. Now is the time when sweet desire weds wild delight in the greening of the year. When we dance the Maypole, we dance to renew the earth, and to renew ourselves and each other so that love may bloom. For more information: labyrinth@liveoakuu.org
Talent Show Sign Up Deadline Coming Up
Next Tuesday, April 30 is the deadline to sign up to perform in the talent show. The talent show is shaping up to be a good one, but there is still room!
There will be a run through for all performers on Sunday May 5 after church (noonish), and performers should plan to arrive at church around 6 p.m. the night of the Talent Show (Fri May 10). You can sign up online or on one of the sign up sheets at church. If you're considering it but are undecided feel free to reach out to me to chat about it: jmkswan@gmail.com or on facebook or 512-468-4735. Next Wed. May 1 is the deadline to request childcare for the talent show for performers as well as audience members. To request, contact me with # of kids and their ages. Speaking of audience members, we hope you'll come and see what hidden (or not so hidden) talents your fellow Live Oakers have! The show will be Friday May 10 at 7 p.m. in the church sanctuary. Please come and support your friends!    
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 membership@liveoakuu.org.
Building Use Training

If you have keys to the building, and have not already done so, please attend a Building Use Training session.  There are two sessions coming up:

Tuesday, April 30 at 10:00am

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


Join the Seniors for Coffee
The seniors gather in the Narthex for coffee and a delicious treat at 10:30 Thursday, May 2nd. If you have questions, talk to Rev. Joanna.
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. For more information: labyrinth@liveoakuu.org
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 ChurchLadiesLunch@LiveOakUU.org if you have questions or need more information. We look forward to seeing you!
On the 5th Tuesday, 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. On Tuesday, April 30th, 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: arch@liveoakuu.org
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!
Fresh Food for All Distribution Report
On a beautiful Friday morning, 51 neighbors received fresh food. Thanks to the work of 17 volunteers from Live Oak. And the food that is donated on Sunday mornings was loaded on the truck for the return trip to Hill Country Community Ministries. Live Oak busy at Empowering our Dream of reaching out to the community.
Executive Team Meeting Minutes 
The minutes from the April 17th Executive Meeting can be found here.
Faith Development   
Here's what you need to know this week!

Upcoming Adult RE

Join the Social Action Forum on April 28, 10 AM, as we wrap up our year of conversations with "What's Next for You?"

Fuller Theological Conversations: Ecclesiology (Our Walls) - Join our final theological conversation for the year at 10 AM on May 5, as we talk about what holds Unitarian Universalism together as a religious community - Covenant and Polity.

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.

Children & Youth

This week will be our final discussion on pneumatology. 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 Save the Date: Overnight at Live Oak for members of our high school youth group, May 4-5, 7 p.m. to 10 a.m. the next morning. This was a request of the youth, so please help make it happen. We will need rovers (four total) and some help with breakfast. High School families should watch for a sign-up for how they might volunteer.

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, dlfd@liveoakuu.org

Church Calendar
4/27  Service Auction
4/28  Maypole
4/30  Serve the Homeless at ARCH
5/1    Sack Lunch with the Minister
5/2    Senior Coffee
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

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 www.ubaru.org and look under "events."
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