Virtual Holidays at Live Oak

Usually, in December, we have flyers about all the events happening at Live Oak in December. Things are, of course, different this year. Everything is online, but we still have the traditions you love.

Tonight (Thursday) is our Blue Christmas service at 6:00 pm. We … read more.

Faith Development 12.7 to 12.13.20

A Special Week

There are no religious education classes this week, 12/13. Please join us for the All Ages Non-pageant worship service. After the service you are invited to attend the annual congregational meeting. Links to both of these events are on the homepage.

Thursday … read more.

What Are You Really Trying to Buy?

Back in 2017 (doesn’t that seem like 10 years ago?), I wrote this on Facebook:

This December, as you shop for gifts, pause before each purchase and ask, “What am I really trying to buy?” Like the year I bought tons of board games. What … read more.

Waiting for the New Year

Tis the season of Advent and waiting. I hope you find moments of quiet as the days shorten and the darkness and cold envelop us. Advent is also a season of preparing our heart for what is to come. I am busy preparing what will … read more.

Faith Development 11.30 to 12.6.20

Faith Development for Families

RE Class Times: (subject to change with advance notice)
PreK – 11:30 – 12:00
K-5th – 11:30 – 12:15
6th-8th – 11:30 – 12:15
9th-12th — There will not be a youth gathering this month due to the Covid-19 increase in our community. However, youth are … read more.

The Church of the Crowded Table

This is the church of the crowded table
Our elbows bump, we whisper apology
And murmur absolution, and
Receive community and offer it to
The person next to us

The crowded table is an open table
Whoever you are
Whomever you love
All genders, all cultures
With whatever spirituality that guides you
All who are … read more.

Faith Development 11.23 to 11.29.20

There are no Religious Education classes this Sunday, 11/29

Be sure to pick up your PreK Activity Box for December if you registered for one. You may pick up on Sunday, 11/29 from 1 to 2, or on Saturday, 12/5 between 9 & 10 AM.

Faith Development … read more.

Grumbling Gratitude

I am not a fan of forced gratitude and have even preached about it. I’ve pointed out if that if we make a cult out of gratitude, we establish denial its chief sacrament.

But you know, some years break the rules. And 2020, with … read more.

Faith Development 11.16 to 11.22.20

Winter Speech Choir

On December 13, the worship will be a winter speech choir with participants of all ages invited to contribute to the video. If you are interested in reading, or just holding up some very important signs for the camera, please fill out the … read more.


Tomorrow is Friday the 13th. The last Friday the 13th was March 13. The Live Oak Board and I had just sent out a letter that we would be moving to virtual services after that weekend. Even then, we thought it would be short-lived. We … read more.