Location

Northwest Austin/Cedar Park

3315 El Salido Parkway
Cedar Park, Texas 78613
Directions

512-219-9008

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Next Sunday Service

August 2, 10:30 AM
Betty Skwarek

Finding Wisdom

No one can give another person, wisdom. No one is born with it. It cannot be taught, yet it has been highly prized by most of the world’s major religions and philosophies over millennia. Is wisdom still to be prized and if it is how do we find it? Where and how do we look for wisdom for today and for the future? Are the answers in established religions, in new belief systems, in science or our inner selves?

Betty was our Live Oak Ministerial intern in 2013-2014. She graduated from Meadville Lombard in 2014 and is currently working as a community minister helping to establish the Adult Basic Education program to go along with Live Oak's English as a Second Language program. She has also been working to build connections between Unitarian Universalists in Bastrop County and served as the chaplain for elementary and junior camp at U Bar U.

Pastoral Care

Live Oak UU Church provides compassionate care and practical support to members and friends of the congregation during life transitions, hospitalizations or other crises.

The Pastoral Care Team provides a vital function for the pastoral concerns of members, friends and their families. This is the compassionate heart-center of Live Oak. Each of us is called to minister to those around us, but this team is the organizational center of pastoral care.

Ways that the Pastoral Care Team Could Offer Support:

  • Be a presence during difficult times
  • Provide home meals
  • Arrange for emergency child care
  • Coordinate transportation for errands, medical appointments, grocery shopping
  • Perform odd jobs
  • Visit members and friends in the hospital or other facilities
  • Provide set up and clean up for memorial services
  • Coordinate member care with Live Oak small groups and teams

If you, or anyone you know, have circumstances or concerns with which the Pastoral Care Team can be helpful, please email pastoralcare@liveoakuu.org

Pastoral Care Team Minister and Chair

Members shall:

  • Adhere to ethical guidelines, particularly confidentiality and privacy concerns.
  • Communicate spoken and written joys and concerns
  • Practice self-care, including consultations with a minister, if needed.
  • Keep team members informed about pastoral needs in the congregation.
  • Attend monthly meetings or let the team know otherwise.

Pastoral Care Resource Guide

The Pastoral Care Team has developed a Resource Guide which contains information on the many agencies in the community that help people in different types of crisis. A hard copy of the Guide is located in the entry to the library. The index to the Guide, with links, can be found online at Pastoral Care Resources.

Angel Ride Team

This is a program for Live Oak UU Church approved drivers to provide transportation for Sunday service for friends and members of the congregation. If a ride is needed, please send an email to: angelride@liveoakuu.org 

For More Information and Application Forms

Ministerial Discretionary Fund

Some assistance is available to members who suffer financial setbacks. This fund is disbursed at the discretion of the Live Oak minister. The use of this fund is not discussed with members of the Pastoral Care Team. Only the minister, the church treasurer, and bookkeeper know of this transaction. All three are bound by ethical guidelines related to confidentiality.

End of Life Form

The Pastoral Care team has developed a form that is intended to provide guidance in planning for End of Life situations. See the End of Life form on the Forms page.

edited: Tim B 3/7/2015

Mission Statement: 

The mission of the Pastoral Care Team is to provide compassionate care and practical support to members and friends of the congregation during life transitions, hospitalizations or other crises.

Active State: 
Active
Group Type: 
Team
Contact Person: 
Sharon Fitzpatrick
Contact Email: 

pastoralcare@liveoakuu.org

Group Location: 
Room 106
Group Meeting Date: 
Fourth Thursday of the month at 7:00 pm
Ministry: 
Congregational Life
Group's Parent Group: 
Angel Ride

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Our Minister

Rev. Joanna Fontaine Crawford
Rev. Joanna Fontaine Crawford
Minister@liveoakuu.org

Want to chat with Rev. Joanna about an idea for the church, something happening in your life, or just to get to know each other better? 1:00 every Thursday is now "Tea Time," in the minister's office. Email minister@liveoakuu.org to sign up for a particular Thursday to come by and meet with her.

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