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Thank you for all who have expressed their concern and desire to help with relief for those suffering from hurricane Harvey and the widespread flooding.  We are grateful that our Meetinghouse was unharmed and remained high and dry. Other Houston Friends have not been so fortunate. Friendswood Friends Church has been flooded, as well as many of their members' homes. Bayshore Friends Church in Baycliff, Lighthouse Fellowship of Friends in League City, and Friends Community Church in Angleton have also been affected.
 
If you would like to contribute toward hurricane relief, you may send your check to Live Oak Friends Meeting, 1318 W. 26th St., Houston, TX 77008, noting "Fund for Sufferings, hurricane relief" on the check.  Or, you may contribute on this website through Paypal. Be sure to specify "Fund for Sufferings, hurricane relief" in the "Add a Note" section on the PayPal donation form.
 
Our Care and Concern Committee will see that contributions are used in the most effective way possible. - Jimmy Pryor, Treasurer, Live Oak Friends Meeting
 
10/18/2017
Thank you all for your heartfelt messsages and contributions.  Thanks to the generosity of many Quaker Meetings and individuals, we have been able to donate to the following organizations who were either damaged by Harvey or are doing meaningful work in the recovery effort.
 

 

 
 

We are a culturally open,  inclusive, family-oriented community, with attenders from diverse spiritual and social backgrounds.  All are welcome to worship with us.  We are also seekers who meet in silent worship expecting to experience direct communion with God, the divine Spirit that infuses all life.  A fundamental Quaker belief is that there is "that of God in everyone." We strive to remain mindful of this, listening and looking for and responding to ‘that of God’ in each other in our daily interactions.  We also seek to conduct our lives according to the Quaker testimonies of integrity, equality, simplicity, and peace. 

For more information about Quakers and Live Oak Friends Meeting in particular, please click here.

The Meeting was founded in 1954, and has been growing ever since. Our Meetinghouse is the conception of James Turrell, a well-known artist who is also a Quaker. The architect is Leslie Elkins. Many generous donors from Houston, around the world and within the Meeting helped us fund the Meetinghouse.

The Meeting has about 75 attenders each week (plus or minus). Child care is provided. We have programs for both adult and children's religious education in addition to Meeting for Worship. Live Oak Friends Meeting is affiliated with Bayou Quarterly Meeting, South Central Yearly Meeting, and Friends General Conference.

We are currently in the process of moving this website to the Quaker Cloud; feel free to check out our new website at https://www.fgcquaker.org/cloud/live-oak-friends-meeting-houston.  After everything is moved, you will be able to reach the new site using www.friendshouston.org.

 

"What do I do next?"
Through the many transitions in life, "What's next?" is a powerful question.
Our opening queries are:
How and when do I feel most alive? Most happy? Most "in service" or useful?
How can I cultivate vitality, engagement, and a sense of purpose in this new stage of life?
Dr. Bob Stecker and MaryBeth Smith will facilitate the discussion. All ages are welcome to participate.

Posted 10/17/2017

First Day School tomorrow, Oct. 15, at 9:20 am: reading and discussing excerpts from the book "The Practice of the Presence of God" by Brother Lawrence.
It contains the letters and conversations of Nicholas Herman, known as Brother Lawrence, and reveals how he continually walked with God –with perfect liberty and continual joy."

Posted 10/14/2017

Come join Cavanaugh Nweze and Andrew Cobb of West Street Recovery to hear about grassroots relief work and ongoing empowerment work in communities of color in Houston's Eastside. The team started out doing boat rescues and 5 weeks after the storm they continue to demo homes and coordinate supply needs for these communities. They are also working on longterm visioning of empowerment in these communities. Come hear about their work and how we can turn a crisis from a danger into an opportunity for underserved communities.

Posted 9/29/2017

We will read and discuss more advices from the Philadelphia Faith and Practice on Quaker life.

Posted 9/27/2017

Dr. Bob Stecker returns to First Day School on 9/24 to continue the series, "Journey to Elderhood." The focus of the discussion will be "Downsizing." As people age, frequently they move to smaller quarters and release a lifetime's worth of accumulated possessions Additionally, our social contacts and relationships may gradually decrease in numbers, as friends move away, or we relocate to be closer to family. We also lose some significant relationships through death. In the face of these voluntary and involuntary losses, what is our response? What can we aspire to, in the face of loss and new opportunities?

Posted 9/21/2017