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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).

We provide Religious Exploration programming for children and youth on the 1st and 3rd Sundays, too. Of course, kids of all ages are always welcome to stay in the sanctuary with their parent(s). We often have a few young ones there. Likewise, parents are always welcome in the children's classroom.

Many 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 -- 2018

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 December 16, 4:00 p.m.
The Miracle of Darkness, a Celebration of Wonder
Worship led by Mary MacKay and Kate Hand

"Every moment of light and dark is a miracle."  ~ Walt Whitman

Even as a child, she had preferred night to day, had enjoyed sitting out in the yard after sunset, under the star-speckled sky listening to frogs and crickets. Darkness soothed. It softened the sharp edges of the world, toned down the too-harsh colors. With the coming of twilight, the sky seemed to recede; the universe expanded. The night was bigger than the day, and in its realm, life seemed to have more possibilities.”  ~ Dean Koontz

In a world that grows ever more illuminated (including those small screens we hold so dear!) we pause to recall the quiet wonder of Darkness – for without the dark we would never see the stars or follow a single candle through the night…  As the earth turns once again toward the sun, JOIN US in celebrating the Winter Solstice -- and the many small miracles that surround us.

Don't forget: On December 16, the worship service will be preceded by Live Oak UU's annual Holiday Concert (at 3:00 p.m.). Music celebrating Christmas, Hannukah, Solstice, and more! All are welcome. No charge. Please come and enjoy seasonal music.

Starting a New Year: 2019

Worship: Sunday, January 6, 4:00 p.m.
The Tolling of the Bells
Worship led by Richard Stromer and Lisa Fry

In this, our annual memorial service, we will honor those loved ones who have died since our last Tolling of the Bells, as well as all family and friends who have died in years past. The theme for this year’s Tolling of the Bells draws its inspiration from Paul McCartney’s Let It Be, a song of solace and consolation in the face of loss and grief. Considered by many to be among the Beetle’s most spiritual songs, Let It Be reminds us that…

When the night is cloudy there is still a light that shines on me.
Shine until tomorrow, let it be, let it be.

As we celebrate the lives of those we have lost, we will also seek healing and hope -- the light that shines eternally in all of us -- even in our deepest sadness, if only we can find the courage to “let it be.”

Sunday, January 13, 4:00 p.m. -- Soul Talk: An Adult Spiritual Development Program

Soul Talk, led by Richard Stromer, meets at 4:00 p.m. on the second Sunday of each month in the Guild Room at Christ Episcopal. This series offers an opportunity for participants to collectively explore a range of spiritual topics through both shared readings and thought-provoking discussion. Meetings last approximately an hour and a quarter, with ample time afterward for snacks (provided) and conversation. Come join us as we seek to grow both individually and a community of faith!

Questions? Contact Ricard at

Topics and Coming Dates:
January 13: Evil
February 10: Justice
March 10: Compassion
April 14: Mystery

Come for one session, two, or all.

Worship: Sunday, January 20, 4:00 p.m.
MLK Sunday: Title to be announced
Worship led by Jay Roller and Richard Stromer

More to come.

Holiday concert on Sunday, Dec. 16, 3:00 p.m. Free



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