SMUUF welcomes Minister Krista Weber Huang as our new contract minister!
We are excited to have Minister Krista with us for the month of August, returning December through June 2019. We thank the Ministerial Search Committee and the Board of Trustees for their time and work, giving the decision careful consideration over the past 5 months. Thanks to all in the congregation for your guidance and trust during this process.
We’ll have an official installation ceremony during a Sunday service in December when she returns.
Adult Religious Exploration
"I Am An Atheist (And So Can You!)" (With no apologies to Stephen Colbert.)
"Why Naturalism Is Like a Box of Chocolates." (With no apologies to Forrest Gump.)
We welcome SMUUF member Gil Fulmer leading RE session this Sunday. He will argue that, although both theists and atheists agree that there are many concepts of god, they all speak as though they arrive at their beliefs about them by the same method.
There will be no childcare during Adult RE in the month of August, but will restart at 9:30 a.m. beginning September 9.
Coffee will be available, and all are welcome to attend.
Donate-the-Plate to Hays County Child Protective Board this Sunday
June Hankins, Recording Secretary for the Board, will be at church Sunday to tell us about the Child Protective Board and how the donation will be used. We hope you will be generous, as usual. Make your check out to SMUUF, with Child Protective Board on the Memo Line.
FUUDies (Fantastic UU Diners)
The Fantastic UU Diners eat together after church at a different local restaurant almost every Sunday. They love to have new folks join them! See Jeannie Lewis or Lee Bricker after worship. They’ll save you a seat!
There will be no children's RE before the service. Children's RE will resume September 9th.
Childcare will be provided during service for all ages throughout the summer, beginning at 11:00 am.
Thank you to all who participated in our Jedi Academy Summer Camp!
Coming in September: A workshop at UBarU for our YUUTH. This is a workshop our church will participate in as we guide our YUUTH through the “Coming of Age”. 8th graders will be asked to attend. Details coming soon.
Coming of Age Retreat for 8th-10th grade
First UU San Antonio's DRE is planning a Coming of Age retreat for students in 8th-10th grade. They have invited us to be a part of it. It will be held at UBarU on September 14-16. The cost would be $80. Contact Laura Haygood if you are interested.
Week of Friday, August 17 - Thursday, August 23
Check the SMUUF Calendar for current listings of activities
Following a break in July and August, we will resume meeting in the fall.
The Sewing Guild meets at the Allen Family home in Martindale on Wednesday afternoons 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
Friday "Talk, Then Walk"
Hospitality Teams get it done every Sunday!
A great way to get involved at SMUUF is by joining a Hospitality Team. For one month approximately every 7 months, each team provides the refreshments for the SMUUF service, sets up the building, and cleans everything up afterward. Then on the last Wednesday of that month, the team prepares and serves dinner for diners at the Southside Community Center. It's a wonderful way to meet other SMUUF members and get right into service with us.
SMUUF Board Meeting Minutes available
Automate Your Pledge
Tired of writing checks for your pledges? There are three ways you can avoid check writing, and never miss a monthly gift.
- If your bank has bill pay, you can set up an automatic monthly check to SMUUF directly from your bank. It's simple, and it costs you and SMUUF nothing, it should be a free service if offered by your bank.
- You can authorize a regular withdrawal (known as ACH) directly from your bank to ours.
- You can authorize a regular charge on a credit card that SMUUF can process.
For the latter two options, use our donation app to set up recurring payments either by credit card or direct deposit. It's painless!
TOMORROW! SMUUF Members Invited to Craddock Avenue Median Ribbon Cutting
Saturday, August 18
SMUUF Craddock Avenue Property, Craddock Ave. between Furman Street and Allen Street
Breakfast tacos and coffee will be served
Our church has applied through the City's "Adopt-A-Spot" program to care for the newly designed and landscaped median in front of our church property on Craddock Avenue. We are invited to attend the Ribbon Cutting with refreshments, a tour, and a program on Saturday, August 18. Click here to view the press release.
Participants Needed - Community Conversations on Health
St. David’s Foundation has teamed up with Georgetown Health Foundation, Seton Health System, and Central Health System to conduct a series of community conversations. The purpose of these conversations is to gain input on what community members identify as the opportunities and barriers to improving health. This information will inform the development of a community needs assessment and ultimately a community health improvement plan driven in partnership with communities.
The conversations would last approximately 90 minutes and we will provide $25 gift cards to each participant (up to 12 participants for a small group discussion), food, and a $500 donation to our church.
Host Families needed for foreign-exchange students
The U.S.-State-Department-sponsored, nonprofit Academic Year in America (AYA) is looking for Host Families for foreign-exchange students from all over the world.
With the school year to begin in about 6 weeks, there are still about 100 students – ages 16 & 17 -- in need of Host Families. Even though these wonderful kids have passed their English proficiency exams, been cleared by the U.S. Consulate and have obtained J-1 VISAs, they remain in limbo. By law, a foreign-exchange student cannot arrive on American soil until he or she is placed with a Host Family.
Click here to view a letter from Garland Hancock -- the Texas coordinator for AYA for more information.
UBarU Camp & Retreat Center Upcoming Events
UBarU Summer Camps for all ages
2018 Summer Camp remaining dates:
August 31 - September 3: UBarU Labor Day Weekend Star Party
October 5-7: Women's retreat
October 19-21: Men's retreat
A week of camp at UBarU is a time to make new friends and reconnect with old friends. We will swim in the beautiful limestone swimming tank, ponder the Milky Way on clear evenings, do some community service, walk the labyrinth, and take field trips to enjoy the gorgeous Texas Hill Country. And of course, we spend some time having fun while we deepen our UU faith.
GoFundMe for the Cournoyer family
Jewel and her husband Justin are expecting identical twin boys in October. They also have an adorable two year old son. Due to a rare gestational condition and a shared placenta, Jewel's pregnancy is considered extremely high risk. Making things even more difficult is that dad was recently deployed with the U.S. Army National Guard to the continent of Africa. Justin will be gone for at least one year.
One burden we can and should lift from their shoulders is any financial needs they may have. Jewel will need to hire several people to help her through this time. Funds raised here will go towards a postpartum doula to help during the day so Jewel can rest/recover, a housekeeper and extra costs of twins (double diapers, double everything!)
Visit https://www.gofundme.com/the-cournoyer-5 to donate.