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Upcoming Sunday Services & Programs at Live Oak Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

Worship_leader_Stromer_inviting_embracing_meditationJoin us on Sundays! We offer spirited and thoughtful worship services -- plus fellowship -- two (2) Sundays a month (1st and 3rd Sundays of each month) at 4:00 p.m. at 1700 Santa Clara Avenue in Alameda (in the sanctuary of Christ Episcopal Church).

Kids of all ages are always welcome to stay in the sanctuary with their parent(s). We often have a few young ones there. At the back of the sanctuary there is a carpeted area with a child-sized table and chairs, art supplies, and a few toys for kids. There are also a few cloth bags with quiet toys that children may play with as they sit in the pews by a parent. Some kids choose to sit in the back and quietly read or play. (We hope soon to once again offer a children's religious exploration program as an alternative for kids (preschool age & older.)

We are always delighted when visitors join members and friends after worship to chat or ask questions. And many stay for a fellowship Accessible icon and assisted listening device iconmeal. It's a terrific opportunity to get to know a few people as we break bread together. We hope you will consider joining us for the meal.

Accessibility is important to us. The sanctuary, guild room, parish hall, bathrooms, and courtyard are wheelchair accessible. We also offer assisted listening devices in the sanctuary. And we have large-print Orders of Service (programs) and hymnals. Just ask the greeter at the welcome table for any of these. And please do tell us if you have other needs that we might be able to accommodate.

Upcoming Sunday Services & Programs -- 2019

Live Oak UU welcomes you to join us for worship, fellowship, and children's programming twice a month -- on 1st and 3rd Sundays (January through December).

Worship: Sunday, November 17, 4:00 p.m.
Elod Szabo, ministerPreaching from the Housetops
Rev. Előd Szabó, Transylvanian Unitarian minister

The fiddler on the roof is a well-known smbol for the desire to find joy and happiness in very uncertain times such as we are now experiencing. Likewise, a preacher on the housetop is a person who always remembers who sent him/her and the message to his/her people. How do Transylvanian Unitarians try to take the challenge and speak out?

Előd Szabó was born in Kolozsvár, Transylvania. He comes from a long line of ministers including his grandfather who was bishop of the Hungarian Unitarian Church from the 1970's to 1990's.  Since 2007 he has been a minister in the village of Ürmös. He lives with his wife Kata, a nursery school teacher, and their two young sons. He is in the area for post-graduate studies this year at Starr King School for the Ministry in Berkeley, focusing on homiletics and other fields of study which will help him better serve when he returns home.

Worship: Sunday, December 1, 4:00 p.m.
Be Ye Lamps Unto Yourselves
Worship Leader Richard Stromer and Worship Associate Peter Hand

Buddhism is a faith tradition deeply compatible with Unitarian Universalism and one to which UUs are frequently drawn. Central to both faiths is an imperative to continuously examine our religious assumptions in the light of lived experience. The final, culminating guideline offered by the Buddha during his long lifetime, "Be ye lamps unto yourselves," speaks directly to this concern. In this service we will explore the profound significance of this precept both for Buddhists and Unitarian Universalists.

Adult Regligious Exploration: Sunday, December 8, 4:00 p.m.
A second year for this series -- with all new topics. Participants to collectively explore a range of spiritual topics through shared readings and thought-provoking discussion. Meetings last approximately an hour and a quarter, with ample time after for snacks (provided) and conversation. Join us as we seek to grow both individually and as a community of faith! Led by Richard Stromer. Meeting is in the Guild Room at Christ Episcopal Church. Questions? Contact Richard at

The topic this month is: Humor
Topics for coming months will include: Impermanence, Love, Imagination, Suffering, and Acceptance.

Worship: Sunday, December 15, 4:00 p.m.
Comfort and Joy
Worship Led by Kate Hand and Richard Stromer

While this season is often filled with wonderful things, it can also be a stressful and challenging time of year. Looking for a bit of brightness in the dark? Join us for our annual Winter Solstice service, where we will be exploring some spiritual practices to enhance our life's journeys. This service will also feature our annual Candlelighting Ritual.

Worship: Sunday, December 22, 4:00 p.m.
The Gift of Love: A Holiday Celebration in Story and Song
Young couple from The Gift of the MagiWorship led by Richard Stromer with the assistance of Jackie Roth

Of all the gifts given and received at this special season, love is
undoubtedly the greatest. The Gift of the Magi, O. Henry's classic short story, tells the tale of a poor young couple struggling to purchase special Christmas gifts for each other and of the sacrifices they each make in
honor of their love. Combining a dramatic reading of this poignant and inspiring story with the singing of favorite carols, we will celebrate both the joy and the beauty of this magical time of the year. In addition, we will observe the first night of Hanukkah by lighting a menorah and singing about the never-ending struggle for justice and freedom which is central to this ancient Jewish festival.

Please mark your calendars for December 22 -- and join others from Live Oak for this added holiday gathering. And please invite friends and family to share this very special "Gift of Love" with you. Refreshments will follow the service.



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