April 30, 2021 Acorn News


Only a poem can reach ears contaminated by the ominous clamor, the stilted language of mercenaries.

Only poems have the power of merging the shortest words to the largest wonder.

Only a poem born in the slow simmer of decades dares transcend the tyranny of time.

Only poems, without ever using the word, can spell love using letters forged by fire.

Only a poem passionate enough to impregnate the  earth will heal the world's wounds.

Lisl Auf der Heide


“Telling Our Stories”

Rev. Tamara Casanova Suzuki

Maya Angelou has said, “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”

Telling our stories helps to define our lives and the world we live in. Today we look at how the stories we tell and hear affect what we perceive to be real in our world. WE WILL BE ENGAGING IN A SHORT WRITING PIECE DURING SERVICE TODAY SO PLEASE HAVE SOMETHING AVAILABLE TO CAPTURE YOUR RESPONSES.

This Week’s Events and Meetings (All Virtual)

Sunday May 2
9:00 AM Religious Exploration
10:00 AM Worship Service

Monday May 3
9:00 AM Yoga

Tuesday May 4
9:00 AM Yoga
4:00 PM Pastoral Care
5:00 PM Facilities
7:00 PM Covenant Group Facilitators

Wednesday May 5
8:00 AM Coordinating Team
9:00 AM Acorn deadline
9:00 AM Yoga
11:00 AM Membership Ministry
5:00 PM Mid Week Meditation
7:00 PM Wed. Covenant Group

Thursday May 6
9:00 AM Yoga

Friday May 7
9:00 AM Yoga
10:30 AM Hookers & Needlers

Saturday May 8
11:00 AM Tech Rehearsal

Sunday May 9
9:00 AM Religious Exploration
10:00 A.M Worship Service

Artist: Karim Abu Shakra Hamzeh

Worship Service 05.02.21

Live Oak Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Goleta
LEA Morris, joined by Rev. Tamara and local UU ministers

Order of Service
May 2, 2021
“Telling Our Stories”

Worship Service by the Reverend Tamara Casanova Suzuki
A/V support: Michael Wittman; Tech support: Paris Psaros

Music for Gathering (Begins at 9:50 AM)
John Douglas, Music Director
Welcome Song ~ Do You Hear #112
Words: Emily Thorn; Music: William Caldwell

Gloria Liggett, Worship Associate

Chalice Lighting
Call to Worship

Opening Song ~ When Our Heart Is in a Holy Place #1008
Words and music: Joyce Poley

Message for All Ages Steven Lovelace, Director of Religious Exploration

Sharing of Joys and Sorrows

Congregational Response ~ Filled with Loving Kindness #1031
Words: Traditional Buddhist Meditation; Music: Ian Riddell

Homily Telling Our Stories Rev. Tamara Casanova Suzuki

Musical Response
Sharing in Stewardship Melanie Jacobson

Closing Song ~ There’s a River Flowin’ in My Soul #1007
Words and music: Rose Sanders


Five-minute break and then all are invited to re-gather for our after-service social hour.

Live Oak Sunday Worship Sunday May 2, 2021
via Zoom
10:00 AM

Join with link below or use the button!

Meeting ID: 991 200 709
Dial by your location
+1 253 215 8782 US
+1 301 715 8592 US
Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/a3HkXnuGD

Mid-Week Meditation and Sharing continues!

We will continue to meet virtually for our Mid-Week Meditation and Sharing gatherings. Please join us every  Wednesday at 5:00.

Join Zoom Meeting—Meeting ID: 592 669 597
Dial by your location
+1 253 215 8782 US +1 301 715 8592 US

Upcoming Service - May 9, 2021

"Loss—Holding On and Letting Go"

Michael Eselun

Moving together through these challenging times, we find ourselves confronted by loss in so many dimensions. What might be there for us? Do we hold on or let go? UCLA Oncology Chaplain and popular guest speaker, Michael Eselun will share reflections on these questions.


Dear Live Oak Ministries,

It is that time of the year again to be thinking about your ANNUAL REPORTS!! Once you’ve thought about it, please gather, collect, compose and submit your Ministry’s ANNUAL REPORT before or on the “drop dead” deadline of MAY 15, 2021 at noon. Please send to: administrator@liveoakgoleta.org.

Also, a reminder that ministries need to submit their request for our upcoming fiscal year. All requests should be sent to our Live Oak Treasurer, Janet Mocker, by April 30 . Send to:  bookkeeper@liveoakgoleta.org Thank you so much!!

Social Justice Upcoming Activities 05.02.21

Friday, April 30 at 4:30. Santa Barbara County African American Life, Culture, Contributions, 1890-1990 - a  panel discussion on the new virtual exhibit Santa Barbara African American Life, Culture, and Contributions, 1890-1990 created by the Santa  Barbara County Genealogical Society (SBCGS). You will hear from some of the featured African American  participants in the exhibit who generously shared their stories, photographs, and historical documents, as well as a few members from SBCGS who put the exhibit together. The exhibit will run through June. Register for the panel at SB Public Library site.

UCSB Arts & Lectures Race to Justice Virtual Events (each $10) Treat yourself to one or more and help our country move toward Racial Justice.

-4/30 Bryan Stephenson “American Injustice: Mercy, Humanity and Making a Difference
-5/4 Heather McGhee “The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together
-5/12 Patrisse Cullors “When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Dialogue

The artists of The Oak Group will hold its annual  exhibition and sale at SB Art Gallery, 1321 State St May 1-28. It will benefit SB Wildlife Care Network who educate about living in harmony with wildlife. The  show can also be seen online through the month of May at these sites: www.oakgroup.org; www.sbwcn.org; www.santabarbarafineart.com.

Camp DeBenneville Pines-May 2 Half-basket

Camp De Benneville Pines, our Pacific Southwest Region UU camp has special meaning to many of us at LOUUC. Nestled in the San Bernardino Mountains near Big Bear, Camp De Benneville has been a UU home-away-from-home for 60 years. Enthusiasts here at Live Oak put the camp on our family map when Lura and Aidan were small, and we revelled in the restorative fun this intergenerational retreat offers. Like so many who discover De Benneville Pines, we keep going back. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the El Dorado Fire last fall, however, have prevented in-person camping there, posing a major financial drain. Nonetheless, Camp Connect - the virtual “stand in” for the real thing - continues to reach youth and adults. Donations from UUs across our region keep this magical place afloat. I hope we will do our part to help the camp reopen - hopefully this fall. Click HERE for more information on programs at Camp De Benneville Pines.

Melanie Jacobson


Updating our Birthday List If you started at Live Oak after August 2018, or have not seen your birthday in the Acorn, let us know at administrator@liveoakgoleta.org.

Thank you and Happy Birthday

COVID-19 Vaccination Update

Santa Barbara County remains in the Orange Tier this week, and COVID-19 vaccines are available without charge to everyone age 16 and over. The Public Health Department, Cottage Health Systems, Lompoc Valley Medical Center, many healthcare providers and many pharmacies are all offering vaccines county-wide. The supply of vaccine remains strong and there is enough vaccine for everyone who wants one.

Please remember that for persons aged 16-18, the only vaccine currently approved is the Pfizer BioNTech  vaccine. This may reduce the number of locations that can vaccinate people in this age group, as that vaccine has more stringent cold-holding requirements than  other vaccine options.

The FDA has allowed use of the Johnson & Johnson one-shot vaccine (Janssen vaccine) to resume, after a pause to evaluate reports of very rare blood clots in some recipients.

As the vaccine (and pandemic) situation is changing constantly, this information will be updated weekly in the Acorn.

Who can get the vaccine in Santa Barbara County at this time?
Anyone aged 16 or older

Where can people get the vaccine?
Primary care providers and clinics are offering vaccines to their patients.
Local pharmacies offer vaccination appointments.
Local hospitals, especially Cottage and Lompoc Valley Medical Center, are hosting community vaccination clinics.
The Public Health Department continues its public vaccination clinics.
Veterans may be eligible to be vaccinated through the VA.

How can I make an appointment?
Visit the Public Health Department's vaccine website for links to scheduling sites for a wide range of vaccine providers, including area hospitals, special clinics, and pharmacies offering vaccination:

If you are not able to go online or need additional assistance, you can call 2-1-1, select your language preference, then select option 4 to be transferred to an operator who can help you make an appointment

The State’s My Turn website available and can be used to book appointments locally. The website is: https://myturn.ca.gov/

After vaccination:
Remember that we all still need to practice social distancing, wear a face cover, and take standard COVID-19 precautions after we are vaccinated and until the pandemic has subsided. If you do choose to gather with others, outdoors is safer than indoors.  Vaccination greatly reduces your risk of contracting COVID19, but it is not perfect. Continuing to follow masking and social distancing guidance while the pandemic is ongoing protects both people who are still waiting to get the vaccine as well as those who have received it.

The California Department of Public Health has issued guidance for fully vaccinated persons that may be helpful as you consider what activities to participate in. It can be found at:

Let's keep taking care of each other -- until we are all taken care of. If you have specific questions, please contact Kendra Wise at kendrawise@gmail.com.

Religious Exploration 05.02.21

Live Oak Religious Exploration

Time: May 2, 2021 Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 995 438 0524
Password: 007564

It's almost MAY and that means summer is right around the corner. It also means that RE Sunday is upon us.

For Sunday:
So ChUUrchcraft is done for the moment. It’s possible that we continue to work in our “world”, just needs to be discussed with USSB.

RE will start at 9:00 AM on Sunday.

Bring your art supplies, whatever you like working with. We will be working on our Self-Portraits. We will share ideas about what a self-portrait is, and what goes into creating one. REMEMBER: If you have photos of yourself or your life, make copies of them, it’s not necessary to use actual photos. Also print photos in B&W and add color to them, it looks so cool. But not all self-portraits involve images of you, but can be a compilation of things you love or that really represent you.

As we move towards RE Sunday at the end of May, here is what I would like from each of you...

    1. A good photo of your art Self Portrait
    2. A short paragraph on your feelings around
      a. A person who inspires you.
      b. Your favorite UU principle, or the one that you reasonate with, and why?
      c. What do you look most forward to when the pandemic is over?
      d. Has JUSTICE been served in our quest for Social Justice and briefly say why or why not?

Hope to see you all 9:00 on Sunday. Be sure to thank Krystal if you see her, we could not have done ChUUrchcraft without her.

Steven: dresteven@liveoakgoleta.org

Help Create a Central Coast Public Bank

Creation a public bank as a depository and lending bank for public agencies could save Santa Barbara County millions of dollars per year and improve our quality of life. Hal Hill and John Douglas are working as part of a five-county advocacy group to form a public bank. Santa Cruz County Supervisor Zach Friend has sent an email to the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors asking them to pass a resolution declaring it’s intent to join with the other Central Coast counties in their effort to form a public bank.

Hal needs you to step up and agree to give a three-minute speech to the Board, via Zoom, on this matter. Please contact Hal at haroldhill770@hotmail.com or (805) 680-7528 and he will send a draft script to you and instructions on how to participate in the meeting webinar with the SB County Board of Supervisors on May 4. Thank you.

Hal Hill

Panel on Watershed Health and Homelessness

You are invited to attend the May 5th, 2021 IRWM Summit on the topic of Watershed Health and People Experiencing Homelessness: Spotlight on the Central Coast and Ventura Counties, Statewide Impact. This  vent brings together key elected leaders, agency leaders, professionals and practitioners in California and at the Federal level to discuss challenges, opportunities and successes around this important and complex topic. The  registration information is attached and because we would like this to be interactive, we are encouraging you to submit a question or two for our panelists and/or for  general discussion. You may do this on the registration page found at
https://dudek.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_-gphY-dZRQmQDFUjo9sjlQ OR, use the button below.

This event is being sponsored by the Santa Barbara County IRWM, Santa Cruz IRWM, Santa Clara Valley  Water District, Pajaro River Watershed IRWM, City of Watsonville, County of Santa Barbara, Watersheds  Coalition of Ventura County and the Local Government Commission.

Please feel free to distribute the invitation widely. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact me  and we look forward to your participation and  attendance.

Jane Gray, jgray@dudek.com

Greetings From Your Fundraising Shepherds

Your fundraising shepherds once again want to share some ideas that can be functional even when we are in a lockdown. Here are two that we’ve mentioned  previously in The Acorn:

Sell items to Live Oak members by advertising in The Acorn. For example, Kristin Ingalls has shown and sold two beautiful handmade tapestries in this way and then donated the proceeds to Live Oak. Thank you, Kristin!

And just last month, Priscilla Marchus and Glen Takaichi generously donated their condo on Kauai for a week to a Live Oak family with the proceeds going to Live Oak. Thanks so much, Priscilla and Glen!

Is there something that you feel would be of interest to offer in The Acorn?

Or you can . . .
Sell items on outside sites such as Next Door,  Facebook Marketplace, or Craigslist. This is the “no shlepping” rummage sale you saw advertised in The Acorn during the fall.

Bottom line: these sorts of sales are easy and free to advertise, with the profits going to Live Oak. Of  course, using outside sites allows for money to come not from other Live Oak members but from outside of the congregation.

Carter and Wendy Morgan recently sold this dresser ($130) on Facebook Marketplace and this mirror ($30) on NextDoor. The full proceeds of these sales($160) has been donated to Live Oak.

What do YOU want to sell?
Please feel free to post a sale item (with a photo) in The Acorn. Or you can contact any of the Fundraising Shepherds if you would like to discuss items for sale or other creative fundraising ideas that you may have. Thank you!!!

Your shepherds - Carter and Wendy Morgan, Kristin Ingalls, Paula Bagalio

Earth-Based Ministry– Happy Beltane!!

Beltane Blessings!

May Day or Beltane is a cross-quarter Earth holiday between Spring Equinox and Summer Solstice - a brilliant moment in the Wheel of the Year to bring ideas, hopes and dreams into action, savor the Earth's sensual abundance and revel in our creative capacities.

Until we can celebrate Earth holidays in person again, Live Oak Congregation’s Earth Based Ministry sends an informational and inspirational message on Solstices, Equinoxes and the cross-quarters. If you would like to be added to the list to receive these, please email jnorthsinger@gmail.com.

Food Collection During Sheltering in Place

Thanks so much to those of you who have generously contributed food to the Santa Barbara Food Bank. As you probably know, this is a terrific organization that is filling an even larger-than-usual need in our community. We are glad to have Live Oak support their efforts!

Items that are particularly appreciated include: canned goods such as tuna, fruit, beans, and soups; peanut butter; pasta; rice; cereal. We will gather items every Monday. You can donate food in one of three ways any day of the week:

  1. You can drop off donations in boxes that we have put out at Live Oak on the patio just outside of the cottage;
  2. You can drop off in a box we have left outside of our front door at home:
    6542 Camino Caseta in Goleta; or
  3. You can get in touch with us via email (morganfamily1@cox.net) for a pickup at your home. Just leave food donations in a bag (preferably paper) outside of your door.

Thanks for your support of families in our community!
Carter and Wendy Morgan

<span style="font-size:125%;">Thank you Pat for sharing your beautiful artwork with us! Rose done in watercolor.</span>
Thank you Pat for sharing your beautiful artwork with us! Rose done in watercolor.

Live Oak Photo/Creative Gallery

Live Oak Birthdays
Late April / Early May


Reverend Tamara 4/19
Wilma Seelye 4/26
Barb Finch 5/1
Wilson Hubble 5/4
James Wells 5/4
Barbara Kuhn 5/5
Aidan Pearson 5/9