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Live Oak Friends Meeting is working with Interfaith Ministries to help settle a refugee family from Iraq to Houston.  The family consists of the parents and four children ranging in age from 4 to 12.  They will arrive sometime in July.  We have most of the household items needed to furnish their new home.  We are still looking for four twin beds for the kids.  Financial help is needed to pay for the first month's rent and groceries.    Anyone interested in meeting the family at the airport or spending time helping them adjust to their new home should contact Nell Warnes.  We helped a family settle two years ago using this program and are excited to participate again.

Posted on 6/8/2010 by Nell Warnes

After visiting David Powell for the last six years, it is very difficult for me to express myself as his execution approaches.  Many of you have asked for more information about his situation.
Amnesty International has a web page describing the legal circumstances surrounding his case: People can change. Will Texas? After three decades on death row, clemency sought on rehabilitation grounds.
Also Robert Leleux of the Texas Observer has taken this as an opportunity to reflect on his personal feelings and opinions on this case and the death penalty in general.  He is publishing a piece each day starting from June 1 until David's execution on June 15th.  In addition to his thoughts each piece contains a video of those that know David.

Posted on 6/7/2010 by Nell Warnes

RSS feeds for the Live Oak Friends Meeting website are available again! RSS ("Really Simple Syndication") allows users to keep up with announcements and changes to the website without having to remember to visit the site itself. For more information on RSS feeds and how to use them, click here.
LOFM has two feeds available:

  • Announcements Feed (a list of public and private announcements concerning the life of the meeting)
  • Full Site Feed (a list of announcements, bulletin board items, page changes, etc. - basically any changes or updates to the site)

In order to view members-only items (such as private announcements), you'll have to have logged in to your account on the website.

Posted on 4/11/2010 by Webmaster

Member Kathryn van der Pol and her husband invite all Friends to come to their Fish Fry this Saturday, March 13 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. It will be held at their business, Adolf Hoepfl Garage near the meetinghouse on N. Shepherd, just north of Sears.  This is a fundraiser for their bike ride in the MS-150.  This will be Kathryn's 7th year to ride and Sybren's 8th.
The flyer attached has all the details.  This is a great family event.  Bring your friends, enjoy the great food, the live music, the weather, and help raise funds to find a cure for Multiple Sclerosis.

Posted on 3/10/2010 by Kathryn van der Pol

The RSS feeds for features and announcements have been discontinued with the change to our new website. We are working on a solution to allow visitors to subscribe to announcements and articles and receive email updates, but that may take several weeks to complete.
Thanks for your patience!

Posted on 2/26/2010 by Webmaster

Friday, March 5, 7:30pm             Chris Moore-Backman
                                                         “Walking with Gandhi:  Project Nonviolent Life”         
Chris Moore-Backman will be the keynote speaker for the LOFM Peace Festival at 7:30pm on Friday, March, at the Meeting House.  LOFM will join with the greater Houston peace community to hear Chris share his experiences of “Walking with Gandhi” through his work as an Alternatives to Violence Project facilitator, a staff member for Nonviolent Peaceforce (an international peace team initiative), and human rights activist in Columbia. 
Chris recently launched a project called Operation Nonviolent Life which works from the premise that the building blocks of a nonviolent society are the vibrant, productive, nonviolent lives of individual men and women, and that nonviolent movements are the tapestry of such lives woven together.  He developed The Wheel of Nonviolence, which is the basis of the adult education series currently underway at LOFM.
Saturday, March 6           
9:00am             Fellowship & Food (fruit, baked goods, beverages)
9:30am             Participants of The Wheel of Nonviolence Series
Chris-Moore Backman will meet with participants from all 3 groups of The Wheel of Nonviolence series to discuss the 10 points of the wheel, to answer questions, to hear about your experiences,  and to listen to your suggestions.   This time with Chris (including the called meeting at 11:00) will allow us to go deeper in understanding how The Wheel can help us knit together as a community to create a joyful life while building a cohesive and powerful nonviolent movement.
11:00am          Special Meeting for all LOFM members and attenders
We will explore the topic of “building and nurturing community” with Chris Moore-Backman by identifying our individual strengths, passions, and weaknesses which will allow the Meeting to create an empowering balance through mutual encouragement and sharing our knowledge and strengths with each other.  We will also consider the question, “What is the constructive program for LOFM in the decade of 2010?” 
12:30pm         Lunch and music to kick-off the Peace Festival
                         Bring a picnic or enjoy our festival food.
                           (donations to cover expenses for the festival food will be appreciated)
1:00-8:00         PEACE FESTIVAL!

Posted on 2/18/2010 by Susan Long

LOFM's Quaker Parenting Potlucks start this Saturday - Febuary 20, 2010 at the Little House at 6:00. These gatherings are for families, empty nesters and anyone who would like to talk about the relationship between Quakerism and parenting. We are aiming for a monthly get-together for community, support and spiritual growth. You do not have to commit to coming every month - come when you can. Bring a dish to share.
Our vision is to eat together, then have the kids mostly play in one room while the adults talk in the other. Elizabeth (and maybe Alexander) Tyska will be on hand to help supervise the younger children. My hope is that those that are able will contribute abit toward paying her for this evenings help.
If you have questions, contact Joan Stewart.

Posted on 2/18/2010 by Susan Long

South Central Yearly Meeting will take place April 1-4 at Greene Family Camp. For more information and to register go to the SCYM website: http://www.scym.org

Posted on 2/11/2010 by Susan Long

Dick Steele is off to Thailand to visit a refugee camp in Mae Sot for people fleeing Burma. He will be back the end of February.

Posted on 2/11/2010 by Susan Long

On February 20, we will be switching over to a new version of the LOFM website. The new website will allow the clerks to add content, such as committee minutes, to the website without going through the webmaster. Also, we will be implementing individual userid/passwords for more security.
On February 20, when we make the swtch, everyone will get an email letting them know what their userid will be, with instructions for setting a password. You will need to do this in order to access the private content, such as the newsletters and directory.
If your e-mail address in the directory is not correct, please let us know (listkeeper@friendshouston.org) before February 20 so that we can correct it.
If you need more help or support through this transition, please don't hesitate to ask! Jeff Fox, Zoe McCoy, Patrick Brooks, and Susan Long are available to help.
For a more detailed description of the changes - see the attached document.

Posted on 2/11/2010 by Susan Long