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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.
 

Friendswood Friends Church

Altruist Relief

West Street Recovery, Houston

Mama Rosie’s Feed the Hungry 

Hurricane Harvey Community Relief Foundation of the Texas Organizing Project (TOP)

Southeast Texas Food Bank, Beaumont

Transgender Foundation of American

Best Friends Animal Society

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.

 

We will be blessed by the presentation by Sarah Junkin Woodard from Jubilee House Community, Inc. and the Center for Development in Central America. She will be sharing stories and crafts from her work with the people of Nicaragua. The CDCA focuses on justice now and works to help communities become self sustaining and democratic.

http://jhc-cdca.org/

Posted 11/15/2017

Karen Gregorio, Latin American Coordinator of Friends World Committee for Consultation (FWCC) will talk about the work of FWCC and Friends in her home country of Guatemala.

Posted 11/8/2017

We will gather at Kraftsman Bakery (http://www.kraftsmenbaking.com/) after Early Meeting (around 9:30) Sunday, November 12th, to enjoy each other's company, socialize and probably partake of some of their food and beverages.

Posted 11/7/2017

The Sense of the Meeting. Lidney Molnari and David Wilcox will lead a discussion on this Quaker concept used by The Meeting for arriving at a decision.

Posted 11/3/2017

An opportunity to trade objects and services without using common currency and to support “Buy Nothing Day,” a national effort to provide alternatives to the media driven consumerism of “Black Friday.” This also offers the community an opportunity to share in the Quaker testimonies of simplicity, stewardship, and community by creating a space to practice thinking together in a new way about how we place value on objects and services within our community.

We will also share a meal of left-overs from Thanksgiving feasts, so all attendees are invited to bring left overs to share.

To get involved, just come. Bring a table, shelf, rug or blanket to display your goods or a sign that describes your service(s). Bring some food to share, if you wish. CHILDREN ARE WELCOME! Children are often the best models of how this can work. They have the ability to add value to an item by describing potential uses, and the creativity to negotiate three-way trades.

There will be a designated area for “free” items that you are willing to give to whomever wants them. Visitors may then use such items to barter and trade with if they wish. At the end of the day, whatever is left on the free table will be donated to the women’s center.

No money will be exchanged for services or goods. The purpose of this event is to challenge those who choose to participate to NOT SHOP or BUY anything on this day after Thanksgiving.

Posted 11/3/2017