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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). AND, this month, for one more special service on December 22!

Live Oak UU's Annual Holiday Concert!

Three Live Oak men singingSunday, December 15 -- 3:00 p.m.

Enjoy Music of the Season:
~ Christmas
~ Hanukkah
~ Solstice
~ Winter

Free! All Are Welcome!

Worship: Sunday, December 15, 4:00 p.m.
Celebrating Darkness:
A Service in Honor of the Winter Solstice
Worship Led by Kate Hand and Richard Stromer

While we often focus our celebrations at this time of year on the return of the light, a deeper and more ancient wisdom reminds us that darkness is equally precious and necessary to our wellbeing. In this service we will honor the rich and wondrous gifts of the dark in the form of a magical Winter Solstice story. This service will conclude with our annual candlelighting ritual, one of the highlights of the year at Live Oak.

This service will be preceded by Live Oak's annual holiday concert, featuring music celebrating the joys of the season and Hanukkah, Christmas, the Winter Solstice. Watch for more information on the concert shortly.

HaircutWorship: Sunday, December 22, 4:00 p.m.
The Gift of Love: A Holiday Celebration in Story and Song
Worship led by Richard Stromer
Story shared by Jackie Roth and Richard Stromer

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.

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


And Join Us for the Start of the New Year: 2020

Worship: Sunday, January 5, 4:00 p.m.
Worship led by Richard Stromer and Jim Freschi
The Tolling of the Bells

In this, our annual memorial service, we will celebrate 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. We will also contemplate the profound bond linking love and loss and how fully honoring and embracing the eternal connection between the two can bring us peace and comfort.   Please bring photos and mementos of loved ones you wish to memorialize for our special alter of remembrance. This service will also feature the choir performing Bobby McFerrin’s stunning contemporary rendition of the 23rd Psalm, a beloved text evoking consolation in the face of life's deepest sorrows. 



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